Garden State Stout - New Jersey Beer Company
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3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into a pint glass. Consumed at the Trinity Irish Pub & Carvery in Atlantic City, NJ.
Murky dark and minimally viscous, with a very smallish head, this stout probably could have benefited from a better pour, but that’s neither here nor there. Not really very much lacing at all. Smell is interesting, with notes of chocolate and cocoa punctuating the definite malty presence. Concentrated sniffs reveal a slight undertone of coffee as well.
Roasted malts lead off the taste, followed by the dark chocolate nuances from the nose. Sweetish notes of dark fruit like raisins and dates round off into a mild bitterness on the back end. Very slight hoppiness appears at the finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is on the light side, with a slick feel and a substantial, though buoyant, body. I would have preferred a bit more chewiness.
New Jersey is known for many unsavory things and thankfully this stout does not take after its namesake. Clean and straightforward, with a good mix of flavors to keep your palate interested, the Garden State Stout will provide a solid drinking experience should you decide to imbibe.
05-15-2011 00:35:40 | More by r0nyn
3.98/5 rDev +11.5%
A - Black pout with an active brown foam head. Decent lacing on the glass, and the 1" head retained well.
S - Scents of cocoa powder and dark malt. A bit of pumpernickel bread is noted; slight spicy note.
T - Flavor is rich and malty like Ovaltine. Has a milk chocolate sweetness. This is a rich stout.
M - Rich body with a heavy feel. Residual sugars linger.
O - A decent stout that would appeal to those with a sweet tooth. I'd try this again. Pair this with a good burger or pastrami sandwich.
03-17-2013 23:00:18 | More by socon67
3.5/5 rDev -2%
Deep deep brown with a deep tan head that dissipates over time. lots of chocolate on the nose, some coffee, big roast character, some charcoal and asphalt.
Full bodied but the bright carbonation makes it feel lighter in the mouth. Some roasted barley flavor up front roll into big rich chocolate flavor with some touches of coffee and roasted grains. Finishes with just enough bitterness to balance, some acrid flavors but nothing too off. Slightly tinny on the finish as well. Finishes with some lingering tannins and an overall chocolate flavor. Mild bitterness lingers as well. Overall pretty good.
10-18-2013 00:43:51 | More by jtierney89
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
A: It poured jet black with a large head that quickly died down.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, although the flavors seem to be a bit more subdued.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some smoothness.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and goes down smoothly. This could be a good choice to pair with food because the flavors are relatively mild.
05-09-2010 18:18:58 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +12%
On tap at Copper Mine Pub
A - black as black can be, nice tan head, lots of lacing
S - the chocolate is very up front on this one
T - malty goodness up front, not bitter and then the chocolate hits on the backside...yum.
M - very smooth...loved it
D - very drinkable, even on a day that was mid-70's in temperature. The alcohol wasn't over powering which made it very enjoyable and hence the drinkability factor earned a few points for that.
Overall, a good stout although I was a bit confused as one chalkboard listed it simply as a stout and another board had it as a chocolate stout.
05-17-2010 12:20:14 | More by rkcrozier
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
Served in a pint glass. The beer is pitch black with a thin dark tan head. The head thins to a ring and leaves no lacing.
The aroma is slightly sweet, but mostly as expected, dark roasted malts and coffee. Flavor as initially a little medicinal. There's plenty of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. There is a nice bit of dark fruit sweetness that must be partially from the raisins mentioned on the label. The carbonation is high which helps balance the viscosity. By the end of the glass I'm liking it much better than when I started. The flavors come out much nicer when it warms.
09-28-2010 01:13:07 | More by mjaskula
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
A: Poured a small chocolate colored head. No lacing but some alcohol legs.
S: Chocolate notes, booze, coffee and roastiness.
T: Big chocolate flavor, some coffee and a ton of alcohol. This beer is unbalanced. The booze is over powering.
M: Alcoholic and carbed. Chewy though.
O: No head but awesome chocolate flavor. Just a tad boozy for me.
12-22-2011 01:55:18 | More by JerseyKirk
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of dark chocolate.
T: Light to moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some very light notes of dark chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.
O: Easy to drink and relatively smooth but the overall flavors and aromas are a touch light for my personal preference. Would likely pair very well with a lot of different foods since it is rather light.
05-16-2013 01:01:46 | More by dbrauneis
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
First had: on tap at the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild 15th Annual Beer Festival, USS New Jersey, Camden, NJ
Looked like a stout: opaque black with a dense, foamy, tan head. Roasted malts in the nose, semisweet chocolate, and bitter coffee. The taste followed the smell, roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate. Finishes pretty dry and clean. Not quite full-bodied, but quite easily drinkable.
06-19-2011 02:49:15 | More by Rifugium
3.45/5 rDev -3.4%
Appearance: pours a black color with a short 1/2" tan colored head. No lace develops.
Smell: roasted malt, some coffee, and a hint of bitterness comes through to the nose.
Taste: roasted malt, prunes, light coffee tones, a hint of dark chocolate, and a mild bitterness creates a decent stout. A bit of a metallic flavor arrives while swallowing.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp to start, still crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.
Drinkability: this beer was easy to drink but a bit to crisp for my liking.
09-10-2010 23:22:28 | More by Gavage
Garden State Stout from New Jersey Beer Company
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