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Backbone Chocolate Espresso Stout - Boneyard Beer Company

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Backbone Chocolate Espresso Stout
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BA SCORE
88
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Docer on 11-01-2010)
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Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Chou
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mrkinnex
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jdense
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.

Photo of SirWilliam666
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of honkduh
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of djbreezy
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brickhouse in Vancouver, WA.

appearance - dark chocolate malty, smooth head, some retention

smell - coffee and chocolate, some roasty malts

taste - big carefully roasted malt profile, some light marshmallow, coffee is definitely in the mix with a nice cold espresso profile

mouthfeel - a bit on the thin side for a stout, not as balanced as could be but fine

overall - the coffee profile is good, the body and mouthfeel could be improved

Photo of grittybrews
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cola brown into a tulip with two fingers of khaki head. Roasty aroma with coffee and hints of cocoa sweetness.

Slightly low carbonation and a creamy, light mouthfeel. Smooth espresso up front with mild caramel and milk chocolate followed by more bitter coffee on the finish.

Easy-drinking overall, but I thought the coffee flavor components were a little overbalanced (even for an espresso stout).

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brownish nearly black with a nice brown cap

S: Roasted malts, subtle espresso and cocoa

T: Very smooth and well balanced on taste. Like a perfectly blended beer here. Not to much of one thing. Nice creamy cocoa and espresso taste, its not overpowering because it is a single a stout and this I have to keep in mind

M: Nice creamy feel, carbonation and body, plenty of taste for a single stout

O: Another tasty and impressive beer from Boneyard

Photo of beertooth
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds. Served in an Imperial pint.

Black beer with ruddy brown edges. There's two fingers of khaki head that settles to a thin layer and leaves minimal spotty lacing.

The nose is nice. Dusty burnt malts and coffee, it's pretty straight forward and simple.

The taste follows with slightly bitter malts and mellow coffee. I also pick up some baker's chocolate. Again, no frills and straight forward. It reminds me of a really roasty porter. The coffee really starts to pop out as it warms and adds some heft roasty bitterness to the finish.

The mouthfeel is light, medium bodied with a big bubble bite.

Tasty stout, but could use a little work to make it great.

Photo of Elimination
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the first version, and I can tell this sample is much better.

Look is very dark brown, not black, but still remains a hearty looking stout.

Smell is espersso, coffee, a bit of chocolate, some bready like malts, a sweetness that kind of tingles the nose.

Taste is a strong but not overpowering dark roasted coffee, very high grade espresso beans, chocolate. For a coffee stout, this seems to really stand out, because its not overdone, or not under at all.

Mouthfeel is light, remains on the tongue and plays with taste and not sludge

Drink is very good, a perfect winter beer, honestly something I would like to have before work, Haha.

Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brother brought this back from Bend to share.

Pours a flat black color with a pretty nice off white head.

Aromas are very espresso forward with dark chocolate as well. Smells really nice.

Taste is very coffee like, burnt toasted grains, and a little gritty. Flavors then settle into some creamy malts and dark bitter chocolate. Finish is crisp, but a little fleeting with some mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is decent, but feels a little thin.

Drinkability is good. Very nice coffee stout, with a little more body and finish this would be really good.

Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Green Dragon during their meet the brewer event.

- Roasty dark brown and black... very light mocha head.. down to a thin ring and some scattered fizzy bits...

- Light coffee and sweet oat and grainy chocolate... bitter touch...

- Very smooth and well balanced... slightly creamy sweet, oats, light bitter grassy hops... coffee is sure present, but not overdone... perhaps some slight bitter chocolate notes.

- Smooth, and not too dry, sticky, or chewy at all.. very well done.

- Overall a great stout offering and something I hope is a regular for them.

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Backbone Chocolate Espresso Stout from Boneyard Beer Company
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