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Phantom Punch Winter Stout - Baxter Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaelingirl on 11-24-2012)
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Photo of brureview
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.

brureview, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jhb138
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

jhb138, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DelicateDelirium, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of KalH
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

KalH, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -20.2%

chippo33, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Kelp, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
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!

GarthDanielson, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Screper
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Screper, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +13%

PatGreer, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

smutty33, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

VelvetExtract, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of mbs11
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

mbs11, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of tjeppaint
4/5  rDev +6.4%

tjeppaint, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's as black and used motor oil with a thick head that is dark beige.

Aroma: Chocolate malts, dark roasted coffee beans, slight vanilla bean, floral hops, tons of roasty and earthy tones.

Taste: Rather full bodied and very roasty. Dark roasted coffee beans, chocoalte and cocoa, minor notes of milk sugar with quite a bite. Vanilla beans here and there and good roasted floral hops.

Notes: Very drinkable and something to be enjoyed on a cold night this one will warm you up very well. Cheers.

horshack7, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Gambrinus1184, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
3/5  rDev -20.2%

erlenmeyer, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of portia99
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.

portia99, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of MaineBrewing
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at whole foods in Portland, ~$10 six pack of cans.

A - poured a pitch black with three finger thick brown cream head. Just looks like dessert. Head took a while to dissipate, but was always present in a fine layer. Good lacing, very inviting appearance.

S - Intense roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, hops fight there way through with slight pine and grassy aroma.

T - Big roasted malt flavor, no surprise from the smell... Coffee, vanilla and chocolate are all there, great Bittering hop profile round out the taste. This is a really flavorful stout.

M - thick and creamy body, carbonation is a little high for a stout but works.

Overall - This is just a ridiculously delicious stout, with great roasted and coffee character. it feels creamy up front but has a bite from the carbonation and hop bitterness. One of the best local-to-me stouts and has become a winter staple this season.

MaineBrewing, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of beer4colin
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!

beer4colin, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of ThaFATkid
1/5  rDev -73.4%

ThaFATkid, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of DanWrath
5/5  rDev +33%

DanWrath, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Goldfishman
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Goldfishman, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of keysburg
1/5  rDev -73.4%

keysburg, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.25/5  rDev +13%

ILiveOffHops, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of guezarka
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

guezarka, Dec 17, 2012
Phantom Punch Winter Stout from Baxter Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.