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Pinstripe Stout - Blue Pants Brewery

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Pinstripe Stout
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: t0rin0 on 11-18-2010)
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 23:06:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque ebony with 4 fingers of mocha colored head, that finally tightens up to 2 fingers of head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Coffee & cocoa, all fade as this warms

T: Follows the nose, some powdery dryness & carob up front. Some roastyness, carob & more coffee as this warms, there's a touch of chicory along with dryness. Finishes roasty, slightly boozey, pretty dry with a bit of raisin & carob lurking in the background

MF: Light bodied, creamy/soft carbonation

A pretty good, drinkable coffee slanted Imp Stout, I'd rather have founders or expresso yeti, but a passable alternative

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 01:03:53 | More by russpowell
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-01-2013 05:39:09 | More by CRJMellor
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fredmugs

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

06-03-2013 01:17:11 | More by fredmugs
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:25:03 | More by jzeilinger
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black but with absolutely no head whatsoever. At first I really thought I got a defective bottle that had not been carbonated. There is just a very faint ring around the top but you have to look close. Really a big letdown.

Aroma is a nice mix of coffee and vanilla with the coffee just winning out. Plenty of roast as well and really reminiscent of a well-brewed mocha.

Loads of coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla on the flavor along with plenty of roast. All is quite nicely balanced and there is a pleasant sweetness smoothing everything out. The lack of carbonation really shows up here leading to an excessively watery mouthfeel. The flavors also drop away rather quickly leaving just a slightly astringent bitterness.

Overall, a nice beer that just falls a bit short. I really like what is going on with the coffee and vanilla and it is a little weak and fades quickly. The lack of carbonation really kills this beer and takes away greatly from the mouthfeel and appearance. It is certainly not worth the $10 I paid for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 01:46:50 | More by rangerred
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-11-2014 04:31:33 | More by CraigTravor
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-15-2012 03:38:30 | More by freduardo
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-30-2013 00:59:43 | More by TheBishopco
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-13-2014 07:30:49 | More by BlueMoon10
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-24-2014 22:43:42 | More by atlbravsrno1
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 17:35:12 | More by Reaper16
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IpeeA

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-30-2014 00:41:33 | More by IpeeA
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grumpygerman

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-06-2013 13:48:55 | More by grumpygerman
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-20-2012 01:19:27 | More by justinm4bama
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KeyWestGator

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

05-18-2013 19:22:55 | More by KeyWestGator
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-09-2013 01:16:52 | More by Jeffrey2310
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memphischas

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-21-2014 04:05:27 | More by memphischas
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-02-2013 15:33:59 | More by AlaskanYoung
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Mojo

Alabama

4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:37:57 | More by Mojo
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-23-2013 20:07:28 | More by firstlighthiker
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boudreaux

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an oily, black with hints of brown when held to the light; little/no head, with a touch of brown film sitting on the top of the brew and sides of the glass; completely opaque

S: heavy coffee grounds, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, and roasted malt; straightforward; pretty much smells like dark-roast coffee with a touch of sweet cream and alcohol

T: mimics the aroma, but the vanilla really steps up; not too complex, but bold and unapologetic; I expected bitterness from the coffee, but the vanilla balances it well; a really decent brew

M: oily and carbonated; not at all what I expected; little/no creaminess, and kinda weak

O: a good effort by a small-time brewery; you can tell this one has potential, but it's not quite there yet

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 21:55:49 | More by boudreaux
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

06-19-2013 23:19:06 | More by Syracuse12
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Justinbshelton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-22-2014 16:32:09 | More by Justinbshelton
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Pours a black color with a thin and quickly disappearing tan head, not really much lacing. Aroma is a hint of roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, bread, nutty, and a hint of earthy hops. Flavor is roasted malts, cocoa, a bit of vanilla, and a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is medium, a touch of creaminess, but a fairly dry, chalky, and bitter finish. Not really a whole lot of coffee in this one, decent stout, closer to milk stout aromas and flavors. Good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 04:12:29 | More by mtstatebeer
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Pinstripe Stout from Blue Pants Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.