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Phantom Punch Winter Stout - Baxter Brewing Co.

Phantom Punch Winter StoutPhantom Punch Winter Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%


Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kaelingirl on 11-24-2012)
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 03:35:44 | More by AlexFields
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-19-2013 18:51:42 | More by Bendurgin
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-29-2013 19:27:49 | More by Kegatron
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: can

05-01-2013 21:22:39 | More by Onenote81
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-16-2013 17:27:25 | More by tigg924
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 23:12:32 | More by portia99
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: can

12-02-2012 22:37:31 | More by smakawhat
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Ohmmygawd

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

11-13-2013 03:12:22 | More by Ohmmygawd
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-06-2012 01:59:04 | More by ToasterChef
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-14-2012 07:27:30 | More by Etan
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-17-2013 01:25:15 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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beer4colin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 20:29:54 | More by beer4colin
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 04:32:15 | More by jlindros
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

11-28-2012 17:47:03 | More by ChrisL24481
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 01:38:00 | More by brureview
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Shumania

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 01:45:52 | More by Shumania
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

05-10-2013 23:34:47 | More by mountdew1
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-09-2012 21:17:27 | More by donkeyrunner
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GPHarris

Alabama

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-14-2013 15:44:07 | More by GPHarris
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting very close to review #1000 and having a nice get together tasting for that tomorrow night. Excited to try this one.

A- Poured into the Baxter can-shaped glass. Comes out black with nice light mocha colored head. Forms to about two fingers in size and has good retention. Immediately upon descending big rings of lace start to form nicely on the glass. Eventually a ton of web-shaped lacing all around the glass.

S- Chocolate and stout. Reminds me of opening up some new cocoa powder with a roast grain profile mixed in with that. Definitely some nice vanilla beans that open up with warmth.

T- The cocoa flavor is definitely the most noticeable thing about this beer. It is definitely on the side of dark cocoa powder and works nicely. Dark roasted grains, dark fruits, caramel and even a raisin-spice like flavor comes into play. Vanilla beans show up and are not over the top or artificial feeling similar to many stouts that use this addition.

MF- The body has a nice substance to it, somewhere right in the middle for a stout. It is nice because it isn't too thin to support to the flavors but too thick to feel super-rich for a 6.8% stout. Moderate, smooth carbonation. Definite bitter feeling complimentary to the big roast and dark cocoa flavors.

Solid stout with a very big and nice cocoa presence, something like a nice cocoa powder for baking. Vanilla shows up as well as the rest of stout flavors to round it all out and make this one hard to put down between sips.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 02:44:11 | More by cbutova
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a big fluffy dark brown head. Fades slowly with a wonderful wall of lacework left behind. Great head retention.

S: Decent bitter chocolate with some great creamy vanilla. A little bit of char and smoke mixed in.

T: Char, smoke and bitter chocolate up front. Lots of it. A little bit of vanilla mixes in to sweeten it up and adds a bit of a creamy texture. Bitter chocolate and char becomes more bitter in the middle as the vanilla fades. Touch of smoke and bitter baker's chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Bitter smoke, cocoa and char become more prevalent as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied, creamy.

O: Pretty decent stout with a nice touch of extra complexity from the cocoa and vanilla. Creamy with nice drinkability. A little bit more vanilla would have balanced out the bitter roasty flavors better and made this really good, IMO.

Serving type: can

12-07-2012 03:54:47 | More by Dope
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Dools9

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 11-11-12 poured into a shaker pint.

A: Man, this is one good looking brew. Its very dark black, the head is brown, thick and creamy looking. Its retains very well and leaves behind patchy lace.

S: Lots of coca right off the bat. Hershey's syrup like smell with some vanilla sweetness and plenty of malty roastiness as well.

T: Big and roasty upfront followed by a good kick of bittersweet chocolate. Vanilla is there but not too strong. Definitely a good amount of roastiness and slightly smoky in the aftertaste.

M: Medium feel all the way, smooth drinking, and the carbonation is right where it should be. Slightly creamy feel as well.

O: Its pretty good, a little bit of everything with this one. Some smoke, a bit of char, cocoa and vanilla. Overall, a tasty stout, with awesome artwork on the can.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 04:49:36 | More by Dools9
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, blackish color with a deep ruby highlight around the edges when held up to the light. Frothy, foamy, light brown head that starts a solid inch and a half on the pour, but settles nicely into a surface coating after a minute or two. Loose, clingy lacing along the glass as you drink. Aromas are sweet and rich, with a vanilla undertone and cocoa nib highlight on a roasted coffee main character. Flavors of rich and bitter roast initially, with a touch of campfire and char, followed by the darkly bittersweet cocoa nib. The vanilla characteristics only peak their head out here and there, in an attempt to lighten the heavy bitter and roast characteristics, only to be slightly overpowered. Rich, roasty, and bitter aftertaste, with the cocoa lingering on a bit through the slick, clean, and slightly dry finish. Very smooth and light in mouth. The ABV helpss make this a very drinkable beer, and the heavy flavors surprisingly do not build on your palate, leaving you a reprieve between each sip to recover and prepare for the next. Tasty stout!

Serving type: can

01-08-2013 00:31:47 | More by GarthDanielson
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/7/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, lactose and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of coffee, lactose and chocolate followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to pound down for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2013 13:57:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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flayedandskinned

California

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-30-2013 01:24:07 | More by flayedandskinned
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Phantom Punch Winter Stout from Baxter Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.