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Garden State Stout - New Jersey Beer Company

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Jersey Beer Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-20-2010)
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Reviews by magnj:
Photo of magnj
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black body below a 1 finger tan head.

S - Cocoa and coffee dominate and are surprisingly aggressive given the ABV.

T - Right up front I get roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate in a nice balance. Nice bitterness from the dark malts, hops present but indistinguishable. Really flavorful but drys out and ends rather clean despite some sweetness up front.

M/D - Full body and sticky but doesn't taste or seem thick or huge. Glad they stopped where they did with the ABV, any bigger and to me it's be a little hard to approach as a go to stout. Drinks good, will probably be nicer in the dead of Winter.

magnj, Oct 10, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

acurtis, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

JMS1512, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of r0nyn
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

r0nyn, May 15, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

socon67, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of JT99125
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

JT99125, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours basic black with two finger tan head with fairly long retention.

S: Mostly coffee and roasted malts.

T: Espresso. Roasted malts. Hint of chocolate.

M: Medium body. Almost a little thin for a stout.

O: Easy drinking brew with nice flavors, but for me this was on the borderline for being more of a porter.

richj1970, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of erialbill
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

erialbill, May 23, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jtierney89, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of zero_signal
3/5  rDev -15.7%

zero_signal, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of fusco86
5/5  rDev +40.4%

fusco86, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +12.4%

richbrew, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, May 09, 2010
Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rkcrozier, May 17, 2010
Photo of kkmiller76
4/5  rDev +12.4%

kkmiller76, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Canada_Dan, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of mjaskula
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mjaskula, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of RobertJBeer
4/5  rDev +12.4%

RobertJBeer, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of JerseyKirk
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

JerseyKirk, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

AnitaBrewski, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of benz08
4/5  rDev +12.4%

benz08, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

dbrauneis, May 16, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rifugium, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

TheBigBoy, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gavage, Sep 11, 2010
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Garden State Stout from New Jersey Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.