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Phantom Punch Winter Stout - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Phantom Punch Winter StoutPhantom Punch Winter Stout

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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 269
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 30.05%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kaelingirl on 11-24-2012

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Reviews: 52 | Hads: 269
Photo of mikeg67
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours black with tall, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, vanilla and coffee. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, prunes and herbal hops. Finish is long and dry. Very nice brew.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours near pitch black with a finger of mocha foam. Aroma is chocolately, with a hint of roasted coffee bitterness. Predominant flavor is roasted malt with some coffee notes. Not a lot of vanilla flavor to speak of, but I prefer things that way. This has a lot of roast bitterness in the finish, and finishes dry, yet full bodied.

This is an enjoyable stout. Drinks easy, yet provides a lot of roasted malt flavor.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cola black with a dense cocoa head that hangs around a bit and leaves lacing.

Smells-Roasted malts, burnt sugar, chocolate

Taste-Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, hint of vanilla/marshmallow sweetness

Mouthfeel- smooth and heavy

Overall-would have preferred more vanilla but a nice stout for those that aren't crazy about overly sweet beers but still like a chocolate stout.

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Photo of Boto
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can: This one pours an inky dark brown color. there was a small tan head that didn’t leave any lacing. Decent but lighter nose. Some chocolate, roasted malts and maybe a hint of vanilla. The taste is good. Chocolate and roasted malts, faint vanilla. Neutral: no sweetness or bitterness noticeable. Tasty.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown - virtually black; no hint of ruby accents; 1+ finger medium brown head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; very nice, long lasing lacing;

S: deeply roasted grains with vanilla; chocolate in the background;

T: deeply roasted grains through mid-palate; then vanilla comes in to balance that; don't really get any chocolate until well after the swallow; virtually no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very nice; would pair well with a chocolate dessert;

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Photo of founddrama
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

LOOK: Draught into a 16 oz. shaker. Dark dark nutty brown, almost black. Two fingers of creamy tan head.

SMELL: Brown sugar and roasted malts.

TASTE: Typical roasted malt stout flavor. Oddly, the stand-out thing is that it's NOT washed out with coffee or chocolate notes.

FEEL: Full-bodied and a little on the chewy-thick side.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I had no idea on what to expect from this stout. Just the name, the famous, or should say infamous Phantom punch by Alli!
I love my stouts and I did enjoy this.
It may not be as rich and creaming as some of the other 'big' guys, but this came close in all other aspects.
I could not detect any coffee or chocolate overtones here.
The price is right, the taste is good, I would love to hear its name over and over. The Phantom ,, the punch that rocked the world.
Try it,

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Photo of Duhast500
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Dogfish Head pint glass.

The color is a dark black with a finger of brownish head with slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is dark malts at first with a black licorice aroma. There is a tease of raisins and a slight bit if chocolate aroma as well.

The taste is dark chocolate and almost a bit brownie flavored. There is a good malt presence that gives more burnt toast flavor. There is a bit of tootsie roll flavor and that holds in the aftertaste and is the best part of the flavor profile.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and is smooth at times as it has a nice drinkable feel. There is lots here with a nice balanced feel that just adds to the flavor that really wows.

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Photo of illpass78
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a one-finger tan head that sticks around a bit. Not much lacing.

Aroma: Smells of vanilla, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Follows the nose, with vanilla and cocoa leading the way. Tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; not a sludge-fest, but really sturdy.

Overall: Killer stout from these Maine canners. Best as a dessert beer, I'd say, but not overly sweet or chocolatey - just a big, sturdy, tasty stout with nice accents of vanilla and cocoa. Might be my favorite Baxter beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Single 12oz can purchased for $1.75 at Craft Beer Cellar on Islington St, Portsmouth NH. Poured cold into a tulip. Code is smudged and difficult to read. "SANTA BABY"? Then something completely incomprehensible. Then "10.28.14" (Oct 28, 2014).

Dark brown brew, 1/2" of frothy tan head settles very quickly. Thin nose of dry black malt. Somewhat saline feeling in the smell. Taste adds just a tiny bit of sweetness and a fair dose of generic herbal bittering hop. Feel is thin and kinda fizzy.

Not a bad beer, true to the style, I guess. Less enjoyable than Baxter's other offerings though, IMHO.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

From the 12 fl. oz. can marked 10-28-14 on the bottom of the can. Sampled on November 21, 2014.

It is a handsome looking pour with its very dark brown to just about black color leading up to a thick, foamy tan head.

Vanilla beans are the first of the aroma sensations I pick up followed by toffee malts and cocoa.

Thinner body than I would have hoped.

The taste is also vanilla based and malt forward with a slight bitterness to follow. This is all over the map but all in all I enjoyed it.

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Photo of CLEmark
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a tulip glass, special thanks to ChrisL24481

Appearance: Dark , nice thick head that left nice lacing on the glass. Looks like a great stout

Aroma: I got lots of chocolate and cream. Lots of dark malts. Maybe some vanilla and possible spice?

Taste: Body tastes of chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe some coffee/nutty/earthy flavor. I didn't get much hops like others. Tastes like it should be a stronger beer. Last gulp seemed to have a bit more alcohol punch to it

Mouthfeel: medium to full body. Pleasant creamy feel but not overwhelmingly creamy.

Overall: Aptly named dark stout. It has the strong chocolate and malt flavors of some big beers but without the high ABV. Got this in a trade so I'm not sure about the cost but I could easily drink more of this in one sitting. Pleasantly surprised with this one. Complexity you don't expect from a canned beer and very drinkable. Maybe my scores for this are a bit high due to the heavy stouts I've been tasting lately but I really liked this.

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Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: moderate carbonation, 1 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: cocoa, chocolate, Bosco chocolate syrup

Taste: chocolate, Bosco chocolate syrup, coffee, light vanilla

Mouthfeel: Sweet with a roasty body, medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall: An average to above average export stout. There is not anything bad about this stout, but not much jumps out to me either. That said it was a good sipper that I had a coupe of during a snowy football watching day.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It snowed this morning in Boston and thus something winter-y was needed for tonight.

Appearance- Good thick head with a deep dark body. Not too thick.

Smell- Deep rich stout smell with a subtle hint of cloves.

Taste- Chocolate and coffee with a aftertaste of cloves and spice!

Mouthfeel- I love how this feels when I drink it. The cloves and spice aftertaste brings out the taste that every winter beer should have. It's like biting into a gingerbread cookie.

Overall- I like this beer. It's a really nice stout feel followed by a rich spice that needs to be pared with a night in front of a fire with a warm blanket.


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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(copied from blog - written January 5, 2013)

Appearance – Pours black with a huge creamy tan head.
Smell – I can’t really put my finger on the smell of it, dominated by chocolate for sure, maybe some burnt/roasted coffee.
Taste – Dry, bitter, roasted malt upon first taste that quickly rolls into a mixture of sweet flavors such as chocolate, vanilla and caramel.

This beer is named after the 1965 Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston boxing match in which Louisville born Cassius Clay knocked Liston out within two minutes of the fight's beginning [link]. Appropriately so, this beer looks, smells and tastes so good but, man, if you drink a whole 6 pack, watch out cause you’ll get knocked out like Liston (har har). Really a delicious stout no matter you like dry stouts or sweet ones because it is the best of both worlds — it starts out dry and finishes smooth and sweet. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mountdew1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Color was a very nick dark brown that was completely opaque. Had a nice creamy rich mocha brown head, that left a solid layer with a little bit of cling. A fair amount of sediment was floating around the bottom. Smell was nicely sweet, lactose with a touch of smoke. Flavor starts with some roasty biter dark chocolate, then becomes a bit more bitter. A bit of acid that balanced out as it sat, but not quite as mellow as I would expect. Felt great in the mouth. Coated very well, pretty much as it should. Overall, the lack of balanced mellowness, and what seemed to be excessive sediment took it down a notch.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to IPAkindaguy for this can in a recent trade!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep midnight-black, with a lustrous beige head on top. Good retention and lacing. As with most Export stouts in my experience, the aroma comes across fruity and sweet. Vinous wine-like aromas, chocolate, vanilla, fresh bread.

Decent girth to this dark beer, but a touch too slick on the finish. Carbonation level is alright, but it drinks a little thinner than I'd like for the style. Sweet chocolate and vanilla right off, with a wash of sweet maraschino cherries, alcohol. I don't know, something about this just doesn't keep me sipping.

I almost always gravitate well to anything dark when it comes to beer - especially anything Stout-related. But I keep trying these Export Stouts, and I just can't get behind them. Not sure what it is - the sweetness, fruit-quality - I don't know, but this is just not a style I will reach for often. I'll stick with the more roasted-forward stouts.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/14/12
received as an extra from trade with IPAkindaguy, Thanks, man!
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown verging on black, a thick 3 finger beige head sprouts up quickly enough and lasts for quite some time, leaving some very nice lace down the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nice looking brew.

Aroma: Huge, creamy notes of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla bean, roasted malts, lightly roasted coffee and a light herbal hoppiness manifests itself in the roasted malt profile very nicely. Wow, this really smells like a chocolate milkshake.

Taste: The stout opens with a whisper of light grassy hops before you're hit with notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts and some coffee. The beer finishes dry, but leaves you with welcome notes of creamy, yet bitter chocolate and roasted notes of malt, nuts and coffee left loitering on your palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good, easy drinking, chocolate forward stout that I wish was made more readily available to me. The flavors are deep and rich, yet this stout is oddly refreshing. Really solid, although not knock your socks of flavor. Recommended for a fairly session-able, full flavored stout.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark brown, basically black with one finger of thick tan head. Retention and lacing are both excellent.

S: Cocoa nibs, light vanilla, some malted milk balls and a touch of roast.

T: Similar to aroma, but roasted malts come out a bit more. Roast is supported by quite a bit of cocoa nibs and a hint of vanilla. I get some nice caramel to add some sweetness, though the beer stays on the dry side.

M: Medium thickness with nice carbonation.

O: Not overly complex, but a nice tasting stout. Strong chocolate flavors mixes with roasted malts and a bit of sweetness to creat a nice beer.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours half jet black body, half thick coffee colors head with good lacing. Looks really good.

Nose has a lot of odd piney winter spice character, some vanilla and milk chocolate, not a lot of roast...fairly mild aroma overall and a little odd.

Flavor opens with vanilla, then more of the odd green spice character but less than in the nose, then chocolate, then some nice roast I didn't get from smelling it. Definitely tastes better than it smells. Enjoyable overall, would be way better without those odd flavors.

Mouthfeel is strong, very thick and creamy, rich and well carbed.

Strange beer--looks and feels great, smells kindof off, tastes good but a little off. Enjoyable overall.


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Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Black with a smooth and creamy looking mocha colored head. This stays rich and frothy with some thick lacing. Smells of roast, cocoa, vanilla and weird hop presence that I guess is coming off like a kind of Noble hop? It definitely has spiciness to it. The taste is similar but does seem to do a little better, with a decent balance of roasted malts, a sweet combo of cocoa and vanilla and then a tingle of earthy and spicy citric hops. Dry and bitter on the finish with some lingering smoke. The feel is medium bodied with a crisp creaminess in the mouth that flows well. Just a smidge of warmth is present and this is overall pretty smooth. This was decent but the weirdness of the aroma kind of put a damper on things. I’d maybe check a can out of this but it really isn’t worth picking up multiples of.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a dark cola brown with two fingers of light tan head.

Hints of milk chocolate and charcoal on the aroma. Seems a bit boring but not bad. Dark roasted malts in the pallet with a bit of a sweet finish. Hints of coffee and some cocoa.

The most is medium with sharp carbonation. Overall not bad, nothing special though.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned on 12/11, about 10/11 weeks old. 6$ for a 6pack what a steal!

A: Big thick root beer like head. Thick/opaque black. Leaves nice lacing.

S: Roasted barley, coco nibs, some espresso notes, marshmallow, honey,

T: Coffee and chocolate notes up front. Lots of dark semi sweet coco ad vanilla notes. A little bit of floral/citrus hop kiss. a lot of roasted flavors in malt profile, definitely English style. Has a dry-ish finish too from bitter chocolate.

M: Has a nice silky body like an oatmeal stout. drinks smooth. Higher carbonation than many stouts.

O: This is awesome, kind of like a session RIS. Flavors of a big stout (oatmeal stout) without the super boozyness and heavyness. Right up there with Ipswich oatmeal stout as my favorite stout purchases. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely opaque black with an impressive brown head that settles to a sturdy top layer with serious lacing. Looks promising. The aroma delivers a nice deep chocolate malt with hazelnut coffee and some vanilla and some light herbal hop edges. I think it smells terrific. The first taste offers a bit more coffee heavy flavors, roasted coffee, almost burned grounds with a somewhat sharp edge yet the mellow, deep malt holds it together nicely for something that invites the big gulp approach. There's some subtle seaweed sort of grass hop in the background that makes it interesting along with a charcoal finish. Perhaps more notable is the near full body and thick, silky feel accented with a bit of fine carbonation sparkle for some contrast. I don't know, this seems like a pretty damn good stout and one I could drink a few of easily when in a malt-bomb mood. It's interesting without being especially complex and delivers the nice dark punch I look for in a stout. I'm quite pleased by this nice stout to ride shotgun to my favorite IPA, Stowaway. Nice work Baxter!

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beige head that remains lumpy after settling. Plenty of stringy, webby lace. No lumps. Dark, dark brown where no light passes.

Strong freshly ground coffee aroma. No sweetness--completely dry to the nose.

Coffee, black no sugar is the flavor. Thin for an oatmeal stout. Plenty of carbonation. The aftertaste is also of coffee. So, I'd say this beer is a bit one-dimensional, but it is fully flavorful and easy to drink.

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Phantom Punch Winter Stout from Baxter Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.