Backbone Chocolate Espresso Stout - Boneyard Beer Company
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Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.94/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance- Pours up a minimal amount of head which has little retention as well. The head is a medium beige with some burnt umber while the the body is a chocolate brown with tinges of burgundy that appears as mix of chocolate brown and maroon when held up to the light. Some spots of lacing but that's about it.
Nose- Very rich and deep coffee from the growler that almost smells like roasting beans. The glass shows a good amount of coffee but not nearly as much as from the growler. Hints of chocolate that run from milk to mildly bittersweet. Swirling shows mild cocoa. Fairly simplistic but still very nice.
Taste- Starts off with a chocolate front that seems mostly of the milk variety. Slight espresso starts to creep in on the middle and tends to define the rest of the flavor profile. Fairly mellow but it also doesn't have the sour/acrid notes that a lot of coffee beers have. It also doesn't force the chocolate so much that beer becomes to bitter. A little thin but still pretty enjoyable. No flaws, just a very solid beer with tons of accessibility, balance, and integration. Lacks complexity and presence to a degree but is very proficient at what it does. Reminds me a bit of a milk stout but I'm pretty sure no lactose is used. I wonder what it would be like if it had been. Good to really good beer- I would say that it is pretty much in between. Probably closer to really good.
Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied and would seem rather thin if the carbonation wasn't so light. Instead it has a slight smoothness to it which makes it pretty drinkable.
Drinkability- Very easygoing. Around 13 for a growler seems pretty reasonable as well. I would definitely buy this again if I saw it on tap somewhere.
Overall- Good to really good beer, closer to really good. Very true to the style without some of the off-flavors of a lot of chocolate/coffee stouts. Definitely worth a try and something I would buy again.
Serving type: growler
02-13-2014 03:24:52 | More by artoolemomo
4.14/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Growler Nation the other day.
The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. As the name implies, on the nose I get consierable chocolate, and coffee, along wth some roasty malt and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted beer, and while the beer has some modest sweetness, there's enough bitterness in the finish to counter and balacne that sweetness very nicely. The beer is not at all heavry or tiring on the palate, though the mouthfeel is surprisingly soft and full. Alcohol is very well disguised (the menu says it's in the 6% range), and drinkability is terffific.
Wouldn't ever take this over Boneyard's Suge Knite, but nevertheless, this is a pleasant, easy to enjoy stout from Boneyard.
Serving type: on-tap
10-03-2013 22:59:48 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Imperial pint at fstop fitzgeralds in Salem $4.00 Served in aroom temp mug. Black ale small light tan head goes fast leaving lace. Nice toasty burnt dark malts in aroma. Taste is much the same maybe with some liqurice simple but good Good mouthfeel,goes down nice. All in all a nice easy drinking stout
Serving type: on-tap
12-29-2012 04:03:30 | More by Reidrover
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Bailey's PDX, $2.50 for 10 oz. pour, 9.10.11. The Big Board listed ABV as 6%.
Zero fingers head, full pour, dark brown opaque body, no visible carbonation. Nose features cocoa nibs, fairly dry. Taste is chocolatey some coffee and vanilla, quite sweet, almost a marshmallow sweetness. Soft mouthfeel for style, some lacing, pretty dry finish. One of Boneyard's smaller beers, IMO not quite on the level of Oakshire Expresso Stout, though wonder if this might be the base beer for Suge Knife.
Serving type: on-tap
12-17-2011 22:50:55 | More by jdense
Backbone Chocolate Espresso Stout from Boneyard Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.