Phantom Punch Winter Stout - Baxter Brewing Co.

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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 11
Gots: 34 | 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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Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 54
Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shumania
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of GPHarris
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.

Photo of brureview
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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!

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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.

Photo of portia99
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of MaineBrewing
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Photo of beer4colin
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

Photo of Gatch
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a huge, bubbly, medium-brown head that becomes lumpy and pillowy and settles into great lace and retention.

S: Heavily roasted malt with hints of dark, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, and carob powder. Some complex aromas such as spice and sweet molasses but also a hint of hops if you dig your nose deep enough.

T: Very true to the style. While the roasted malt and bitter chocolate dominate the front, unique flavors and a slight hop presence show up in the back. Almost a lactose or sweet quality in the finish. Unique malty flavors cling to your palate and hang around reminding you of the style.

M: Great body (esp. as it warms), huge and delicious roasted malt qualities, and the right carbonation. The finish can be cloying because there's so much going on.

O: A beer for malt lovers and fans of this particular style. I am one of those people and appreciate when a brewery can offer a beer like this and nail it on the head. In my opinion, Baxter has a very accurate representation of the style. Well done!

Photo of Dools9
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.

Photo of Etan
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
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.

Photo of Dope
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.

Photo of cbutova
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.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 11/13/12

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of near-brown head

S: Starts off with some dark cocoa, roasty malts, and light vanilla/sweetness. Some very light hops come though as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a solid roasted malt base and then moves into a nice dark chocolate/cocoa with a little sweetness from the vanilla. The hops round off the sweetness so it isn't cloying at all. Finishes with a light bitterness/sweetness mix

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Chewy

O: A solid foreign-style stout with a great chocolate and vanilla profile. Doesn't overbear or get too sweet, and is very easy to drink given the 6.8%. Worth a try this season

Photo of smakawhat
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of maxk
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up some cans the other day, I wish there were more canned stouts out there. Poured chilled into a little tasting glass.

Pours deep black, looks almost like dirty motor oil, but in the best way possible. Beautiful colored head, a creamy brown. As the head settles, it does leave good lacing down the glass.

The can prominently advertises being brewed with vanilla and cocoa, and that definitely comes through in the nose. A slight bit of roasted coffee smell is present in addition to little bit of malty caramel.

This beer has a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet. There are subtle notes of the aforementioned vanilla and chocolate that set in late. More up front are bitter coffee and some malt sweetness.

Once in the mouth, this is a BIG feeling beer. It's remarkably chewy and creamy.

This is the first Baxter beer that I've ever had. I'm pleasantly surprised at how good it is, I could make this a winter regular for me. I really like the packaging too (cool blue can with red accents).

Phantom Punch Winter Stout from Baxter Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.