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Norm - Wormtown Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

151 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 42
Gots: 18 | 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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3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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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.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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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!

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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!

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Norm from Wormtown Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.