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Norm - Wormtown Brewing Co.

Not Rated.

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145 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 43
Gots: 18 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewing Co. 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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4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dope
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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Norm from Wormtown Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.