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Norm - Wormtown Brewery

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 19 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 08-27-2012

2012: Growler and tap only
2013: Growler, tap, and limited 22oz bottle release (120 12 bottle cases total, bottled on October 4).
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Wormtown Brewery - Norm

Bottled October 2013, consumed 11/20/13, 6.8%
22 oz. bomber to standard pint

Let it sit out of the fridge for 20 minutes or so before opening.

Pours very black. Thin tan head fades out to a ring with a little island in the middle.

Smell is sweet chocolate and coconut. Buttery and rich. A specific sense of powdered cocoa too.

Taste is more of the same but not as sweet as the smell was. Coconut seems to float around in the flavor. It's there but not too strong at the expense of the other components. The oatmeal stout serves well as the base for this beer. It does not feel too confectionery or cloying. I had some concern that might pop up but happily it does not.

Body is smooth and viscous at first. Not quite thick but almost. Carbonation activates on the tongue a little. Aftertaste has some bitter chocolate and roasty malt flavors.

I think this is an excellent beer. I had no trouble putting back the whole bomber. Between this and Sweet Tats Wormtown has delivered two of the best stouts I've had in the past few years. Great job on this one.

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Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounces bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Bottled in October 2013
Served in a pint glass

Although I have never met Norm, I have seen him at many a beer fest, and he seems like a really good guy. It is nice to see Wormtown name a beer after someone who is so passionate about the craft.

As for the beer, it poured an oily, near pitch black and was topped an an inch tall, super tight and creamy, tan colored crown. Almost nitro-like in appearance. Decent lacing. Clingy streaks and spotty drops clung to the sides of the glass and lasted throughout most of the session.

Like other reviewers have noted, the nose was totally reminiscent of an Almond Joy candy bar. The coconut presence was really intense. Lots of milk chocolate. Touch of almond-like nuttiness. Loads of vanilla. Overall, quite sweet but not excessively.

The flavor profile was somewhat similar to the nose except not as punchy, nor as sweet. Lots of bittersweet chocolate up front. Coconut and vanilla notes came through in the center. Some French roast coffee as well. The finish was quite roasty and smoky. Slightly acrid with a heavy dose of earthy, bittering hops. I definitely could have done without all the bitterness.

The mouthfeel approached medium bodied for the style. Perhaps a touch thin. The liquid however was pillowy soft and creamy on the palate with a fine, subtle effervescence. The oatmeal lent the beer a smooth and silky suppleness.

The aroma on this beer was exceptional, but the other aspects of it were slightly less than stellar. If the intensity in the nose could match what was happening in the flavor profile, and the bitterness on the finish were minimized, this could be amazing.

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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.

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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.

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