Phantom Punch Winter Stout - Baxter Brewing Co.

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85
very good

218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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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3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

6.3/10

Photo of Kegatron
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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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3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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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3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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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3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Phantom Punch Winter Stout from Baxter Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.