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Pinstripe Stout - Blue Pants Brewery

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Pinstripe Stout
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Blue Pants Brewery visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 11-18-2010)
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Photo of Reaper16
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap into a pint glass @ Suds of the South beerfest

***Note: my review of this beer is under the assumption that this is an AMERICAN STOUT style beer, not a double/imperial stout***

Pours a ashy looking black color. That doesn't mean anything does it? Well, I guess I mean that it is more of a dark dark gray than black, like charcoal. Shoulda' just said charcoal. I don't like deleting sentences, as you can see. 1.5 fingers of khaki head is quick to dissipate.

Pinstripe Stout has a potent nose. It doesn't smell like an imperial stout, but there's plenty of stuff going on. Well, in quantity of smell not quantity of different smells. You like chocolate? There's plenty of baker's chocolate here. You like coffee? Lots of it here. Roast? Naturally. Vanilla and/or cream puff filling? Indeed. Hops? Not so much. But that's OK.

The taste follows the nose. Again, this doesn't taste like an imperial stout. It tastes, at most, like an Export Stout. There's a lot of coffee and darkish chocolate and sweetness too but oh, so much roast flavor... but it isn't a heavy beer and it isn't complex. I drank multiple rounds of this before learning of its ABV% of 8. You can't taste that 8% whatsoever.

This is an American Stout, no more. Blue Pants would be wise to market this not as an imperial stout. It just isn't full enough (in mouthfeel or complexity) to be a successful beer in that category. As a straight-up stout however, I can't really ask for much more than what Pinstripe Stout delivers. Good work, Blue Pants.

Reaper16, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of EricTKole
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%

EricTKole, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -18.9%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

John_Beeryman, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of BlueMoon10
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

BlueMoon10, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Roxie_B
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: Bottle
Appearance: Dark and about what I expect in a stout
Smell: Big coffee nose with a bit of wood in it.
Taste: The taste is a bit watery but has some nice coffee to it. A bit less bitter than other stouts I've had but enjoyable.
Mouthfeel. Not as thick as other stouts but still leaves a nice lingering coating.

Overall: A solid local brew for North Alabama. Good price per pour and I am pleased to report the brewery is right down the road from me. This is a great thing for Alabama, never thought I'd see the say. Good job to the Free the Hops campaign and the folks at Blue Pants. I suspect I will enjoy this more when the weather cools down come October or November. Not something I'd go really far out of my way for but if you are in the North Alabama area and you like a good malty coffee stout you should check this one out.

Roxie_B, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Sanmn420
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Sanmn420, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of CraigTravor
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

CraigTravor, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a lasting layer of deep tan-hued foam.

Smell: As one would expect, a coffee-forward, roasty aroma with touches of the added vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruit.

Taste: Roasty malts are prominent, though some charred toast is also present. The dregs of a pot of tangy coffee thrown in, a little vanilla showing. Some chalky dark chocolate. Medium-light sweetness. A little dark fruit. Slight milky tone midway and into the drying, roasty, warming, coffee-centric finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation, a bit foamy in the mouth.

Overall: A fairly competent, enjoyable coffee-dosed stout.

ChainGangGuy, May 31, 2014
Photo of JDJ
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours out very dark, almost completely opaque. Decent tan head and a fair amount of thin lacing.

Smell is a little weak, but I'm also experiencing some allergy problems, so I guess I'll have to try another one. I can pick up some basic stout scents, coffee, burnt toast, etc.

Taste is pretty impressive. Rich, dark roast coffee, a little smoky malt flavor, and a faintly sweet touch. Really delicious.

A little overcarbonated for my taste, maybe even for the style; yet, somehow, still deliciously creamy and smooth.

This beer pours out looking good, and goes down smoothly and quickly. Maybe not the best stout I've ever had, but definitely one I'll be buying again.

JDJ, Apr 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

IpeeA, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

rworkman, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

memphischas, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Mbpike, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Justinbshelton, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Mojo
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - obsidian black. A vigorous pour yield a massive caramel colored head. Retention and lacing are both great.

S - Chocolate, coffee, and a hint of vanilla.

T - follows the nose. Up front there is some sweet molasses and raisin. Coffee is the dominant flavor, but there is also chocolate, vanilla, and chicory. The finish has just a hint of alcohol warming.

M - very full with a coffee aftertaste.

O - My first offering from these guys. A right decent stout. There are better ones, but this one is worth a taste.

Mojo, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

YoudownwithABV, Jan 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Jeffrey2310, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

CRJMellor, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

AlaskanYoung, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of jzeilinger
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to rich1970 for this bottle.

A - Pours the typical black, opaque color that stouts are known for but way over carbonated with half of the glass consisting of a massive dark tan head, the bottle also made a huge spritzing sound when it was opened. The head eventually died down (after 5 minutes) to where it should be - a nice even layer across the top.

S - A little bit of coffee and a whole lot of dark roasted chocolate.

T - This beer is dominated by dark roasted chocolate and coffee with a nice bitter coffee/chocolate bite at the very end, some alcohol warming in the back of the throat on the way down.

M - It's hard to get any texture from this beer because of the gigantic carbonation issue, as soon as it hits the tongue it's foams up like crazy in the mouth to the point of almost masking the overall flavor. The carbonation bubbles up immediately like a geyser.

O - A tasty stout but the massive carbonation is really killing this for me, 'would love to try this one again from a different batch. (I should probably let the bottle sit open all night and try it tomorrow, the carbonation issue is ridiculous.) Unfortunate, because the flavors I am getting are nice and roasty and work well.

jzeilinger, Sep 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

firstlighthiker, Sep 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

paulgarrison, Aug 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

henryhampton, Aug 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

qchic, Aug 11, 2013
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Pinstripe Stout from Blue Pants Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.