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Dark Construct Stout - Roth Brewing Company

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 23.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Roth Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 10-29-2010)
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Reviews by atsprings:
Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

On-tap at the brewery's tap room served in a standard pint glass a deep opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a nice amount of roasted malts. The taste is smooth roasted malts and a nice touch of bitter cocoa. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with mild carbonation. This is an enjoyable strong stout, one I would certainly have again.

atsprings, Nov 20, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

My first taste of another local NC brewery.Poured into a nonic a deep dark brown with ruby highlightd when held to the light,a 1/2 finger creamy beige head atop.Coffee and char really stood out aroma-wise,a bit of tobacco and licorice also showed thru.I tasted alot of tobacco and char at the onset and the tobacco flavors became even more bold as I drank more,light smokiness and char underneath with minimal sweetness.I havent had a stout with such pronounced tobacco-like flavors, this was pretty raw but not bad.

oberon, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Jordanbryan10
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Jordanbryan10, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of syntheticwings
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

syntheticwings, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a deep coal black color out of the growler. The head is a mocha thing, all kinds of thickness and staying power, and even when it lessens it remains a mostly-solid skim the whole time.

Not even sure how to score the aroma...it's fruity, mineral-laden, even a bit earthy/yeasty, but nothing I usually associate with this kind of stout. It does have a nice smoky layer happening, and it's surely hinting that maybe this is just going to be a unique type of stout...

Yeah, things balance out a bit in the flavor, bringing in juicy dark fruit (fig, raisin, grape), a gentle mineral bite, watery coffee, a light flash of chocolate, wood smoke (also light), and something slightly burnt. Nothing bad going on here, although I've had better foreign/export stouts I suppose.

Texturally this achieves a great balance between carbonation sizzle and velvety smoothness. I like when a stout of this kind does that, and Dark Construct does it very well.

My first and only Roth beer to date, but based on this, they're very welcome to the region. Will seek out more for sure...

Metalmonk, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of gorby16
1/5  rDev -71.8%

gorby16, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a dark brown on the verge of black with head that lasts forever. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of fruit though I can't pinpoint which fruit exactly. Taste is solid; coffee from the malts and a hint of chocolate with the undetermined fruit coming through ever so vaguely. Mouthfeel is a little light, but not in a bad way. Overall, I consider this to be one of the best that Roth has to offer.

tdm168, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

22 oz. Large pressure release upon opening. Near black with gigantic tan head, even with a careful pour. Slightly concerning, but it's not like the bottle was a gusher or anything.

Aroma, heavy chocolates and roast malt. Fainter anise, mocha latte. Slight metallic tinge, this increases heavily as it sits.

Taste, Very pleasant, the metallic thing doesn't seem to be present. Mixing some nice roast malt with dark chocolate, mocha. There is a tobacco presence. Dryer coffee finish. Almost more of a slightly sweeter foreign stout than a slightly less sweet milk stout.

A little thinner bodied than I'd like, probably some result of the higher carbonation. Carbonation does not get in the way of drinkability though, drinks very easy. Abv a tick below "imperial" is not noticeable.

Bung, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Arborescence, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

I've been curious about this tiny newcomer to the Raleigh beer scene since the summer so when I saw a growler at Sam's today I decided to take the plunge. Pours a commendable pure jet black but is remarkably bald without even a hint of a head. The nose slowly improves as it warms but offers only faint roasted malt after about twelve minutes' wait.

An interesting first taste, with coffee and roasted tones taking the lions share of the carries but this is also more than moderately hopped and comes out remarkably balanced for a traditional export type stout. Light and smooth in texture and low in carbonation, this one really needs to warm to give you the full measure of what it has. This is the closest thing to a "summer stout" I've come across. Of course, it would be December with record cold at the moment. Alcohol is detectable but not obtrusive. Certainly commendable and worth trying, if not the revolution promised on the label. Would recommend.

daliandragon, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of NCLorax
4/5  rDev +12.7%

NCLorax, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3/5  rDev -15.5%

dbrauneis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Lantern, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of DruRho
3/5  rDev -15.5%

DruRho, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Besteffen82
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Besteffen82, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

DrunkinYogi, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of jderricknc
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%

A very nice stout, with good taste but also easy to enjoy (not a stout that requires use of a spoon, but still one that has a feel to it). Nice, deep, color and a good, lively taste and smell. Also have to compliment the taproom and staff, who spent an extended period on a slow afternoon discussing brewing.

jderricknc, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of brystmar
1.88/5  rDev -47%

Surprisingly forceful pop from the cap as the bottle opens. Black liquid pours into my glass, releasing a torrent of finely-bubbled brown head. Very little liquid settles in the glass initially; almost an 80/20 ratio of head to body lets me know something's wrong.

A quick whiff and a small taste confirm that it is, unfortunately, infected -- and not marginally so. Tart medicine roars to life, assuring me no traces of the roasty stout base remain. Ugh... I was really looking forward to this one too :(

I debated whether or not to review Dark Construct based on this bad bottle, but since none of the other reviews mentioned infections, I feel obligated to get the word out on this batch. I look forward to replacing this review if/when I can get my hands on a non-infected bottle.

brystmar, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of danoeltico
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

danoeltico, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Falcone, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ozark123
1.3/5  rDev -63.4%

I hope I just had a bottle from a bad batch, because this was the worst stout I have ever tasted. Distinctive medicinal aromas and an aftertaste that tasted like cigarette ashes. This must be a start-up brewery that can't afford to throw away a bad batch. Can't say that I would be willing to try this again. Just too bad of an experience.

ozark123, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

22 oz

Pours jet black with a coarse coffee-and-cream head, dissipates slowly with some bubbles clinging to the glass.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, with some oak hints.

Tastes of bitter cocoa and roasted coffee with some minor coffee acidity and maybe a twinge of licorice.

Body on the fuller side, a bit viscous, with a soft carbonation.

A pretty good medium strength stout with a good body and an okay taste. Not much to complain about here. I've had better stouts, but I've had far worse too.

Cylinsier, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of y2korey
4/5  rDev +12.7%

y2korey, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of heelsn02
3/5  rDev -15.5%

heelsn02, Jan 29, 2012
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Dark Construct Stout from Roth Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.