Phantom Punch Winter Stout - Baxter Brewing Co.
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4.04/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
02-13-2013 13:57:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.23/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
03-29-2013 19:27:49 | More by Kegatron
3.76/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-08-2013 04:32:15 | More by jlindros
4.19/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
02-14-2013 02:02:39 | More by smcolw
4.06/5 rDev +8%
12 ounce can with canned on dating on the bottom (11-14)
Pours very dark brown, but not black. Erects a dark mocha head, that stays forever. before leaving gobs of fine sheeting and lace. Stout looking indeed.
Rich chocolate and coffee sniff with hints of vanilla and coconut.
On the palate and mouth this stuff is richly coating and a full assault missile on the taste buds. Waves of chocolate, black coffee, and again vanilla. Thick and chewy. Big and brash. Not for the weak. Stout lovers go get some.
01-22-2013 23:19:40 | More by Billolick
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
12-02-2012 22:37:31 | More by smakawhat
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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!
01-08-2013 00:31:47 | More by GarthDanielson
4.18/5 rDev +11.2%
Stout in a can.
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a good sized tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roast with hint of dark sugar and ash. This has a light earthy hop aroma. The malt aromas in this are huge for the style. The flavor is bitter roast and earthy hop with bits of chocolate and caramel and a hint of vanilla, ash, and smoke. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet roasty mouthfeel. I was surprised by this one its really quite good. The vanilla is subtle but it adds to the chocolate effect quite nicely.
12-11-2012 23:09:26 | More by johnnnniee
4.14/5 rDev +10.1%
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!
02-21-2013 03:46:34 | More by Durge
4.18/5 rDev +11.2%
A-Pours very black. Not getting any light invasion (although my light source is rather weak). Head is thin and mocha. It leaves stains all about the glass. Pours with viscosity too.
S-A bit charred, a ton of chocolate syrup and even a honeyed character. Burnt toast and light smoke. Vanilla extract. Bitter Dutch chocolate squares.
T-Bitter chocolate and burnt coffee. An uncanny imitation of a dark chocolate bar. Bitterness all about. More vanilla extract. Coercive scorched flavors. Nibs and beans and nibs and beans! A hint of anise. Formidable.
M-Full and bitter. Alcohol is drowned out. Modest carbonation. Higher bitterness. Flavor lingers and lingers…maybe 'clings' is a better description. Flavor is very legit but don't confuse this with a sessionable beer; each can needs some one-on-one time.
O/D-Baxter is a very intriguing brewery. I absolutely love being able to grab a Stout in a can that doesn't cost $15 for a four pack . This is a feisty beer. Finely crafted. Its pretty awesome actually. WIth your purchase of $10 you are rewarded with a big, bad, brawny posse of six dark troublemakers. Hey Baxter, you just bought yourself a seat at the 'cool kids table' with this beer.
12-29-2012 05:04:56 | More by VelvetExtract
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
12-16-2013 17:27:25 | More by tigg924
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
04-09-2013 03:35:44 | More by AlexFields
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
12-07-2012 02:44:11 | More by cbutova
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
12-07-2012 03:54:47 | More by Dope
Phantom Punch Winter Stout from Baxter Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.