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Phantom Punch Winter Stout - Baxter Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 261
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 30.57%
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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 smakawhat
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Thanks Toasterchef!

A real great head color on this, mocha chocolate brown! Whipped up bubbles it looks like dessert! Settles at a nice slow pace leaving leopard like brown spots of lace. Body is quite dark almost black, but just giving some brown sense of dark walnut.

Nose is umm, sort of yeasty sticky and off putting at first. There's some good quality ripping grain and husk action to this, a bit dry, a little bit of milk chocolate sense too. Not too bad, but first whiff wasn't that great.

Palate lacks a little bit with an almost wet body. Light cigarette ash like quality for charring, a solid toasty aroma fills the bill. Feel comes off a little fleeting in the aftertaste. Warmth brings out some cola like flavors too, and there's a bit of a noticeable hop presence of pine but a little bit burried.

Overall not too bad, has some great qualities, drinkable and certainly doesn't feel big at 6.8, well hidden.

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Photo of portia99
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours black and opaque in the glass. a Thick finger of dense and creamy head with a mocha coloring lingers for a minute or two. Thick webs of lacing are left on the glass. Good looking stout.

S - Dark roasted malts up front, cocoa powder, touch of char, hints of licorice. Coffee joins the party especially as the beer begins to warm up a bit. Vanilla presence is marginal.

T - Quite a bit of charcoal and burnt malt up front. Some fruity esters on the fringes. Coffee, roasted malt and bakers chocolate. Heavy on the burnt and heavily kilned flavors but missing some complexity and finer points...a bit one dimensional.

M - Medium-full bodied. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side of the spectrum and quite creamy. Lots of burnt and charcoal flavors that dominate and leave a heavy bitterness after the swallow.

O - Had high hopes for this...stout in a can made with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs...sign me up. A little bit lacking in execution however. Heavy on burnt flavors and missing (or just overpowered?) the complexity and nuances that I was looking for and hoping to find here. Overall, just an average offering for the style...not terrible, but won't send me out looking for more either.

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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 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 beer4colin
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ Union Brewhouse, naturally...The Best Beer Bar South of Boston!

A- Shows up deep and dark, opaque with 2 fingers of deep brown head.
S- a nice roast!
T - the fun starts here....very smoky coffee finishing with even more smoke...a touch of burnt caramel working in.
MF - certainly not silky smooth. This is a bit rough around the edges but, IMO, you should expect hat from a stout, Rustic.
OA - the tops of the Baxter line! I need to check these out packaged (cans?). Great offering!

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Photo of Etan
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can sent to me by Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: Pours a brown-hued black with a soft tan head.

S: Cocoa, slightly bitter coffee notes, roasted malt, maybe a hint of vanilla.

T: Some lactose-like sweetness, chocolate, sharp notes of roast, slight vanilla bean, light hop bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty, but the roasted malt is a bit harsh.

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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 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 ToasterChef
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A chilled can is poured into a pint glass.

The beer has a dark chocolate brown color and very pretty brown foam head. I poured a little vigorously and the head is a few inches in height. I actually had to leave some of the beer in the can, as all of it would not fit. Lacing is fairly patchy. I gave my glass a hot water rinse before pouring, so I had hoped for some really great lacing, but no such luck. Otherwise, this is a very pretty stout.

The beers aroma has a burnt/ashen quality that is a little different form other stouts. After a few more sniffs, the cocoa nibs are the dominant scent. Vanilla can also be smelled at this point.

The flavors in this beer mirrors the aroma fairly well. There isn't much of an ashen flavor, but the finish does have a quick bite of burnt bitterness. Both vanilla and cocoa can be detected, but neither is too strong, in my opinion. The alcohol is well hidden.

The beer is quite smooth. Carbonation bubbles don't tickle my tongue, but if I hold the beer in my mouth, I can feel them moving around. It has a full body, but it goes down quite well. The coating is minor, but my lips are left a bit sticky.

This is a fairly good beer. I don't buy too many six packs of stouts, preferring to get a single 22 oz bottle to enjoy over an evening, but I am glad I bought this beer. It's nice to have a local, seasonal stout. I may not get more of this beer this season, but I can see myself getting some next year. If you're in this area, you probably won't be disappointed with this brew if you're looking for a local and/or seasonal stout.

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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 jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Well, waiting on the Bros to announce if they will postpone NotB on the eve of the most likely biggest blizzard in Boston history, at the 11th hour. So while I wait for the announcement, might as well crack a beer, and what better than a Winter Stout for the storm, and Phantom Punch as that's what I felt since they kept up with "the fest is on no matter what" then suddenly rumors of postpone at the 11th hour once I have everything planned and can't cancel the hotel.

Pours a nice mocha colored creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with nice lacing,lines, with a nice dark beer pretty much pitch black color.

Nose is pretty much exactly what I expected, plenty of oats, nice creamy dark malts, very light cocoa and baker's chocolate, a light black malt but no roast or bitterness, a bit of caramel and sweet malts but not a lot, the cacao nibs come out more as it warms and the more I nose, as well as vanilla which almost explodes later on. Nice robust dark malts and stout malts, nice beer aroma.

Taste starts with a very faint metallic flavor from teh dark malt, but that disappears quickly, and leads to the other dark malts, a faint black malt and bitterness with tannins etc, faint hint of char even, etc. Plenty of creamy oats, chewy, light caramel and sweet malts, etc. Then into the vanilla, plenty of vanilla, as well as a nice creamy cacao nib chocolate flavor. That all gives way fairly early to a big hop presence, which is very surprising. The malts were great, then the hops take over and shouldn't at all. Spicy, slightly salty like earthy hops destroy everything else, fairly bitter, and a bit astringent as teh bitterness topples the soft malty oatmeal stout. A faint mint from the hops as well. Finish is long bitter spicy earthy hops, light oatmeal stout as well as very faint vanilla and baker's chocolate.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice and creamy with decent carb.

Overall very mixed bag. The oatmeal stout portion with vanilla and cocoa nibs was very nice. Then the crazy spicy earthy hops comes in like a "phantom punch"... oh I get it now... but still that astringent bitterness with quite spicy chewy hops don't go well at all, and make the beer more like an American Black Ale (aka Black IPA), which I don't like as those flavors clash so much. Although the mint is nice, the rest of the hop flavors don't play nice at all.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark, dark brown with a light brown head. Plenty of lacing once the head dissipates. Smell is not too strong, but you get whiff of roasted malts, chocolate and espresso. The taste consists of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Slight metallic taste probably from the can. Medium body with some carbonation. Sticky on the lips too. A decent local stout, but I think it could be a lot better.

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Photo of brureview
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass.

Deep chocolate color with a 3 finger head.

Light lemon aroma from head. Pleasant, and not too strong.

Mouth feel is not very carbonated and on the smoother side for a stout.

The taste is light- strong lemon presence with some cocoa. Not much chocolate.

Overall a lighter stout- but easy to drink and a welcome change from the stronger brews of this style.

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Photo of Shumania
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into an Alchemist strange glass. Canned on 11/14/12.

A: Dark dark black with a good 2 inch head. No light is getting through this.

S: Good kick off burnt coffee and chocolate with the vanilla beans coming through.

T: Vanilla is strong on the backend. There is a really nice roastiness to this beer. Maybe a little cherry in there as well.

M: This is a full bodied stout without being syrupy. I like that there is a chewiness to it.

This was a pleasant surprise! I would definite be happy with a few of these on a cold evening.
On a side note, I like the packaging of the can with all of the places to take a canned beer around the rim.

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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 donkeyrunner
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black color, not one of those pansy dark brown stouts. Pock marked hot cocoa colored head settles into a crescent moon of retention. Fairly sticky.

Dark, dark roast malt and chocolate syrup aroma. Maybe some vanilla if I search.

Char and bitter baker's chocolate at first sip. Harsh char and carob bitter contradict the smooth mouthfeel but balances the slick, sludgy dark chocolate syrup. Thick.

The bottom end of the top tier of chocolate stouts IMO. Sweet can art.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick creamy, coffee-colored head into a nonic glass that left thick lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was dark brown, almost black.
s - big vanilla and coffee aromas with a hint of roasted chocolate.
t - coffee dominates with some roasted chocolate malts coming through as well. the finish was very bitter from the coffee.
m - medium and slick.
o - really solid stout that had some nice complexities. carbonation was great.

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Phantom Punch Winter Stout from Baxter Brewing Co.
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