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Norm - Wormtown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

102 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 102
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%


Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2012: Growler and tap only
2013: Growler, tap, and limited 22oz bottle release (120 12 bottle cases total, bottled on October 4).

(Beer added by: rudzud on 08-27-2012)
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Reviews by jbertsch:
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apears black with a khaki head that fades to a ring.

Smells awesome. Big on both fudgy chocolate and coconut. Mounds bar in a glass.

It tastes as expected, but is suprising how righteous both the chocolate and coconut flavors are. They're both in full force but also balanced well. Sweet coconut hits first, but decadent chocolate is right behind it. I love how the coconut was not skimped on.

Full mouthfeel. A touch slick but in a silky dark chocolate kinda way.

Overall this is just awesome. Its not about providing layers of hidden flavors...its about huge chocolate and huge coconut flavors. Its unbashful and an awesome desert beer. Anyone who loves Mounds Bars, Bountys, Almond Joy, etc., you have to try this beer. Wormtown really does stouts and porters well.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 13:50:34 | More by jbertsch
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark nutty brown, medium lacing no legs.

S- Oatmeal malty backbone, with smallest amounts of roasty chocolate and lesser of vanilla

T- Funky aftertaste; probably my lack of non ba oatmeal stout drinking. Oatmeal, and then follows the nose with the smallest amount of chocolate and vanilla in the back.

M- Light, but that is to be expected. Medium carb, but def present down the throat.

O- A pretty fair oatmeal stout. There are some things to improve on here with the presence of chocolate and vanilla, and making this one a bit smoother and thicker.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 00:55:37 | More by gueuzedreg
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

03-26-2014 20:19:46 | More by beernads
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Robtobfest

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +12%

03-19-2014 16:21:46 | More by Robtobfest
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

02-27-2014 21:15:16 | More by cwelsh55
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cavemanlawyer1999

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12%

02-23-2014 06:35:51 | More by cavemanlawyer1999
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csustar001

New York

3/5  rDev -29.2%

02-22-2014 23:30:54 | More by csustar001
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jegross2

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Norm from Wormtown Brewing Company out of Worcester, Massachusetts. Norm is an oatmeal stout brewed with cacao nibs and toasted coconut.

Score: 84

Fall 2013 vintage bottle served in a Hopslam snifter and enjoyed on 02/06/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with less than a finger of tan head off the pour. Solid, but unspectacular lacing and retention. 3.75/5

Smell: On the colder side, the aroma is very milky. Coconut milk with a hint of chocolate is the best characterization. As it warms up, however, the milkiness fades substantially and a roastiness comes through as the chocolate character also amplifies. By room temperature, the beer exudes the aroma of a freshly baked chocolate covered toasted coconut macaroon. At no point in the nose complex, but it's quite effective in its simplicity as it warms up. 4.75/5

Taste: The taste, unfortunately, has an opposite development as the aroma. At first, right out of the fridge, its a nice and creamy blend of toasted coconut and milk chocolate. However, as it warms up, it starts to taste a bit blander, with a 2% milk flavor upfront and a distinct metallic flavor in the finish. Like the nose, the taste is not very complex. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Super creamy mouthfeel, with a good viscosity. The carbonation level here is nice, although maybe a touch overdone. Nice balance overall on the flavor profile. 4.25/5

Overall: A nice beer that smells downright amazing as it sits out for a little bit, but falls apart taste-wise the more that it breathes and warms. I like the concept of this beer, and the nose and initial flavor are proof that it has a lot of potential, but the execution was lackluster and the metallic finish was a real turn off. My other bottle, which may have been from a different batch, was much worse and tasted like 2% milk and metal right out of the gate. Even at the nice price point I likely will not seek this one out again unless they can fix whatever is making this bottle have a metallic flavor.

Cost: $6 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 05:08:55 | More by jegross2
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IndyDad

New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-03-2014 04:45:29 | More by IndyDad
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1424IpA

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

02-03-2014 00:11:59 | More by 1424IpA
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-29-2014 22:41:27 | More by Bilco
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Kruja5

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-26-2014 23:14:07 | More by Kruja5
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ChrisComp72

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-26-2014 01:42:21 | More by ChrisComp72
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mirish72

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-25-2014 18:15:36 | More by mirish72
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IcemanCometh

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-20-2014 01:46:56 | More by IcemanCometh
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

01-19-2014 19:22:19 | More by FrankHammer
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Todd

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

01-19-2014 02:35:53 | More by Todd
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GimmeAGuinness

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Others have given accurate descriptions of appearance and aroma, so I'll briefly say that the color of the foamy head is a wonderful light tan that darkens near the edge of the glass. Pour it slowly; the head is very persistent.

The flavor of this beer is amazing. I've never tasted coconut in a stout before this, and I find it is a perfect complement to the dark roastiness of the malt. I think there's juuust a bit too much coconut in there, but it's by no means overpowering. I could happily drown in this stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:52:22 | More by GimmeAGuinness
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at 52F in a snifter as recommended by Wormtown Brewing.
Warmer serving temps work well for this beer despite a relatively low ABV.

Poured an attractive dark opaque chocolate with a 1/2 finger head. It's best to pour slowly- the beer is unfiltered.

I swirled the beer for better aroma/taste. The aroma was deep coconut/cocoa, which does not dissipate with warming- instead the aroma/taste is enhanced with warming-fuller coconut and cocoa.

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

The aroma transitions well into the taste- this often may not be the case in craft beer with strong aromas. There is a full body of coconut melded with cocoa. Perhaps the most coconut I have tasted in a beer.

Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:44:10 | More by brureview
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MenardMa

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

01-06-2014 02:59:19 | More by MenardMa
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Duff27

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two fingered light tan head on a dark brown body. Head is dense, sticky, and long lasting.

Sweet undertones on the nose, low roastiness.

Moderate, soft roast on the forefront. In yo face coconut, yum! This come through on the tail end of each sip. Can see it bordering on cloying for some. Drinks about its 6.8%abv.

Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

Outside of Proprieters (which is a whole 'nother story) I've never experienced this much (real tasting) coconut flavor. Would love to try an imperial version of this with a thicker mouthfeel. Thanks mj0126!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:40:46 | More by Duff27
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Horbar

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-05-2014 23:15:45 | More by Horbar
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into the larger version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Liquid comes out darker than I expected. As it streams out of the bottle it's sort of a fudgy dark brown, but gets darker as it rises in the glass. There are some deep reddish brown highlights on the edges. Theres a coffee milkshake brown colored head with small bubbles that makes it look sort of creamy. The head erupts on a hard pour with average lacing to it, but overall it's a nice pretty looking beer.

Smell is way sweeter than I expected, but it's pleasant overall. Serious malt bill here with a lot going on to make it smell. Plenty of more sweet than bitter chocolate, not quite milk chocolate, but close. In addition to that, there's plenty of coconut. It basically smells what I would anticipate a liquified milk chocolate covered toasted macaroon to smell like. As I mentioned before there's a strong malt bill, and you can pick up some medium roasted coffee aromas as well. Smells delicious and decadent without feeling like you can only have a few sips.

Taste is a little better than the smell. The coconut is more prominent here, and it's like a nice fresh toasted coconut flavors. I don't remember reading/hearing about lactose being brewed with this, but it's a little milky (probably remnants from being brewed with coconut), in addition to more sweet than bitter chocolate. It's sort of tastes like a milk soaked chocolate cake that's topped with toasted coconut flakes and having a coffee milk or light roasted coffee to wash it down.

Mouthfeel is really good, and it grows on you the more you drink it. Full bodied with a nice lingering flavor. The carbonation level is pretty much perfect. It's sweet and milky/creamy while also getting a nice chocolate/fudgy feel that finishes robust and slightly earthy. It's so full and flavorful for only being a 6.8% ABV oatmeal stout. I've only had a couple of oatmeal stouts that are so full and flavorful. I thought this should be classified as more of a milk/sweet stout (something to that effect because it is sweet and creamy, but it does have that distinct feel that a quality oatmeal stout produces. Drinkability is top notch, you don't even need to be a beer lover to drink this beer. Great brew from Wormtown, I'm sure they did Norm proud, it's a great coconut beer and overall just a great beer.

Thanks BBG for the recommendation!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 04:14:41 | More by AndyAvalanche
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MrDarcy

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-05-2014 00:26:55 | More by MrDarcy
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mmmaaattt

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-04-2014 16:58:21 | More by mmmaaattt
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Norm from Wormtown Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.