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Norm - Wormtown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

120 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 37
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
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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Photo of jlindros
4.65/5  rDev +11%

Tap at peppercorns
Darker colored thick creamy 1 finger head almost pitch black beer. Nice layered lacing.

Nose oh damn! Pure almond joy. Lots of dark chocolate and milk chocolate, lots of toasty coconut, little coffee ice cream and chocolate milk shake, caramel, light buttery vanilla and almost oak like presence probably from the coconut.

Taste starts luscious and creamy with lots more toasted coconut. Toasted and fresh shredded coconut, with again a light buttery coconut oil flavor. Then chocolate galore. Some dark and bakers but mostly creamy milk chocolate and cocoa butter, some vanilla again as well as coffee ice cream. Light oatmeal taste and feel to a hint of oatmeal cookie. Touch of caramel and toasty dough malt, and a hint nutty.Light cinnamon i think or that might be my imagination running away with me. A light bitterness on the finish with creamy silky feel, more chocolate and coconut galore lingering, a touch of booze toward the end as i swirl the beer around my mouth for what seems like ages.

Mouth is fuller bodied rich creamy silky smooth and sexy satin decent carb.

Overall deliiicious! I wish i could freeze it in the winter and skate on it, then melt it in the spring and drink it again. Also bathe in it and make clothes from it. I don't think it gave me as much of a hard-on as Rudzud, but I really enjoyed this beer. I really hope they bottle it.

jlindros, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

beernads, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of rab53
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

rab53, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Kelp, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -4.5%

PEIhop, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
1/5  rDev -76.1%

ShanePB, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Duff27
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

Duff27, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.65/5  rDev +11%

So this beer has been years in the making as with much persistence Norm convinced Ben to brew a coconut stout. Finally it happened!

A - Poured into a standard snifter a deep dark oily black with a wonderful one finger mocha head that faded to leave wonderful lacing throughout and nice retention.

S - Aromas mind blow. Its melted almond joys in a glass. Super large chocolate aromas and roasted, toasted coconut. Sooo much damn chocolate in this, crazy. I'll let JLindros go into detail about malt styles and such; all you need to know is this is a damn almond joy in a glass.

T - Taste is so dam. Close to the nose. Chocolate explodes rich and dark intermingling with wonderful roasted coconut flakes. There are light nuttiness atleast so I taste, could be my mind playing tricks...man oh man.

M - Mouthfeel is almost too silky and smooth. This is velvet for my mouth, rich and creamy. The carbonation is on the low side, which lends only to the milky creaminess.

O - Overall this beer ranks up there for me with top Wormtown beers right behind Tennessee Tats for me. Seek this beer out while you can, its outstanding. Wish, wish they'd bottle this beer.

rudzud, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Reagan1984, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Big time want, very happy to cop a bottle.

A-Pours quite close to black. Thinner, tan head grows then fades until it sits like a thin wafer above the beer's body. Light lacing.

S-Yes! I get some serious coconut here. I actively seek out any beer brewed with coconut and I never seem to smell or taste much of it (especially in stouts or porters). This one is the exception. Chocolate covered coconut macaroons. Mounds bar. Toasted coconut meat and coffee with coconut syrup. Really impressive.

T-The coconut is genuine and downright tasty. It matches the chocolate and roast quite well. Dark chocolate and light roast coffee. Very similar to a Mounds bar. This is probably the most coconut forward beer I have tried and I love that. That being said, the flavor is a noticeable step down from the nose.

M-Body is relatively light. Carbonation is also soft. Very drinkable. The light body complements the unique flavor well.

O/D-Wormtown is one of my favs and when I heard they brewed a coconut stout I almost died. This one really lives up to my own personally hype-mobile. Can't wait for next year, assuming they re-brew this.

VelvetExtract, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Dicers, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Dope
4.61/5  rDev +10%

Bottled October 2013.

A: Pours a very dark brown. Very large and frothy light brown head. Head retention is excellent as it slowly fades away. Top-notch lacing; heavy and thick and ever-present.

S: Really nice bittersweet chocolate aroma. Sweet grains backing it up, oatmeal I assume. Swear I get coffee even though there's no coffee in this. Not really getting a ton of coconut, mainly it's a chocolate oatmeal stout from the aroma. Mildly earthy. Very pleasant regardless.

T: Now there's the coconut. Lots of nice toasted coconut up front with a perfect backing of sweet oatmeal and bittersweet chocolate. Perfect balance and melding of flavors. Mild earthy coconut with lots of bitter cocoa in the aftertaste. This beer is stupid good.

M: Medium bodied, very very smooth and creamy.

O: Whoa. Great oatmeal stout. Addition of cocoa and coconut puts it over the time. It is mellow and smooth and creamy and so easy drinking. At the same time there is surprisingly great strength and complexity for 6.8%. Flavors compliment each other nicely and are well balanced. Amazing brew by Wormtown.

Dope, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -4.5%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Todd, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

egrace84, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Davepoolesque, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

hoppymcgee, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of jegross2
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

jegross2, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Kmlund
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Kmlund, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter

A - Pours a near black color with a finger of frothy khacki foam that shows good staying power. Foamy lacing left on the glass.

S - Super chocolatey aroma, cocoa powder, smooth roasted malt. Sweet toasted coconut aroma really rounds this one out nicely...very good smelling beer.

T - Slight astringency up front, tons of cocoa, touch of coffee roastiness, milky chocolate/Hershey's syrup. Coconut in the middle and thru to the finish and beyond.

M - Full bodied and velvety smooth. Mid-level carbonation with a low fizzy tingle to it. A bit slick and oily.

O - Overall a good American stout. Really like the coconut aspects here. Coconut is an underutilized ingredient I think. Really adds nice sweet, creamy, and toasty notes to a stout. I would definitely grab another couple of bottles if I see them before they disappear.

portia99, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

trevorpost, Dec 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

DerekMorgan, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

tbone1384, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of morebeergood
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

morebeergood, Dec 31, 2013
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Norm from Wormtown Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.