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Phantom Punch Winter Stout - Baxter Brewing Co.

Phantom Punch Winter StoutPhantom Punch Winter Stout

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very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
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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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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2012 20:29:54 | More by beer4colin
Photo of Gatch


4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 21:32:32 | More by Gatch
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.

Serving type: can

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

Serving type: can

12-14-2012 07:27:30 | More by Etan
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: can

12-11-2012 23:09:26 | More by johnnnniee
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.

Serving type: can

12-09-2012 21:17:27 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: black colored body with a big foamy lumpy dark brown one finger head. It fades slowly to a half finger leaving spectacular clingy lacing. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen.

S: spectacular blend between coffee, chocolate and a little bit of vanilla. Some nice smokey/charred-ness tends to show its face in the smell.

T: takes those smells and makes it fairly sweet with some nice toastiness in the taste.

M: medium with a nice dryness to be expected with the style. Basically, this is fairly drinkable for the worth of its style - one, two, or three, you pick.

O: another well done beer by Baxter, I think they're becoming a top-notch company for me at least for the state of Maine.

Serving type: can

12-09-2012 02:23:27 | More by BeerKangaroo
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.

Serving type: can

12-07-2012 03:54:47 | More by Dope
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 02:44:11 | More by cbutova
Photo of ToasterChef


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
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

Serving type: can

12-03-2012 07:05:51 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of smakawhat


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
Photo of maxk


4.1/5  rDev +9%
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).

Serving type: can

11-30-2012 20:59:15 | More by maxk
Photo of PeterIngemi


4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a dfh snifter

A: pours viscously, black with a creamy finger of chocolate head, nice retention and lacing, this looks good

S: nice dark and malty with a touch of alcohol vanilla and chocolate. Nice aroma, I wish it was a little more pungent, not as mich vanilla as i expected, but still very pleasant.

T: man, this is really tasty, dark malts give nice chocolaty notes along with dry and roasty cocoa nibs and a touch of vanilla, again I was expecting it to be a little more foreword but I think it's used very well here, very nice balance. Very faint hint of smoke... Touch of alcohol.

M: nice full mouthfeel, lush and creamy, dry overall with a bit of a bitter punch from the roasted cocoa and hops used. Also nicley drinkable.

O: this is a very nice stout, very enjoyable.... I'd reccomwns it to anyone who enjoys a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:18:49 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of ACD


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 6 pack of the Phantom Punch Winter Stout.

Very pleasantly surprised!

It pours a very dark brown to almost black with a dark creamy head that disappears as it settles.

A very thick tasting beer, but easily drinkable!

Not too much carbonation and a little sweet and smooth.

Overall this is a great tasting stout for a cold winter's night!

Serving type: can

11-28-2012 20:58:21 | More by ACD
Photo of 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
Photo of kaelingirl


4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Pours black with a thick deep tan head crowned by a light tan center. Head lingers and becomes quite fluffy. The chocolate aroma hits first followed by a roasty malt. Vanilla is very faint. The taste is dry roasty chocolate with a bit of an alcohol finish. A thin body that leaves you wanting to take another sip. Very nice

Serving type: can

11-24-2012 23:52:51 | More by kaelingirl
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Phantom Punch Winter Stout from Baxter Brewing Co.
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