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Black Rock Stout - Crossroads Brewing Company

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Reviews: 11
Hads: 34
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 21.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crossroads Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ngeunit1 on 05-25-2011

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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 34
Photo of renegadeburger
3.05/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

got to try this one while i was there on tap as fresh it could be

my sample poured deep brown almost black but the brown i believe came from some residual yeast in the beer or the beer was not true jet black as a stout head disappated left behind minimal lace in the glass i waited several minutes before taking a sip

taste was ok had a real heavy intense coffee flavor and hop flavor in there bodium medium but not a whole lot of malt character on my side

mouthfeel nice and creamy that was pretty good it helped set off some of the abrasive astringent harsh and bitter dark roaster flavors the carbonation was bright and acidic

overall an average beer i was not really feeling this one lets try some more

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Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source. Listed as 6.8%ABV.

Typical stouty appearance, opaque black, with a dense cap of tan foam that retained as a thick collar. Roasty malts in the aroma and not much else. Your basic stout. Taste was pretty good, heavy on the rich roastiness, dark malts, coffee, unsweetened chocolate. Again, pretty basic, but pretty good...nothing you haven't had before. Average roasty mouthfeel, medium body. I let this one sit for quite a while before trying as it was served pretty cold. Overall not a bad stout.

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Photo of timfc
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking on-tap at the brewery...

It's dark with a nice head. It smells and tastes like roast malt, there's not as much behind the roast malt as I'd like in a beer of what should be around 7.5% alcohol, but... The board lists it at 6.8 for this batch. It's a little thin in terms of mouthfeel (for my tastes).

Overall, I'd order another, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours black with hints of dark brown when held up to the light.The head on this beer is a half finger tall and light tan. The head reduces to a very thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a uniform thickness. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of bitterness with wonderful notes of dark roasted (almost burnt) malts and some hints of coffee + bittersweet chocolate.

T: Again, the flavor follows the nose for this beer with the dark roasted malts dominating followed by the coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is some lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable with a good coffee presence. Definitely sessionable and one to grab again the next time I see it when I'm out and about.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Drop Off Service, New York, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high dense tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and coffee beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with notes of coffee beans and roasted malts along with hints of molasses.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a bit of smoothness and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy drinking and sessionable as well as being quite flavorful.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass. Web site says 7.3% abv.

Deep thick oily black...nice froathy white foam.
Smells of roasted malts and a bit of coffee...
taste is of smooth roasted malts, coffe and smoak-ey roastness.
Very smooth and easy drinking. Very good stout. The abv is hidden extremely well for a foreign stout...one may say its a RIS. Either way, its a fantastic stout. I am loving Crossroads...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, NY.

Pours a deep and dark black, with a lingering 3/4 inch foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells quite dry (that sentence doesn't really make sense, whatever)- tons of roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, and espresso.

The taste is similar, this is a very roasty and bitter stout. There is a very bitter baker's chocolate flavor, along with dried espresso beans, smoke, etc. The bitterness lingers for a while.

This one has a medium body, with a a creamy but dry mouthfeel, and a low amount of carbonation.

Another excellent beer from these guys, one of the better export stouts I've had.

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Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 32-oz growler at Westmere Beverage. Full growler pour was $15.99. According to the Westmere website, this one is 7.3% ABV. . . .

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolatey-brown head that settles quickly.

S: Roasted barley malt and a touch of roasted coffee - nice all-around roastiness - and chocolatey malt.

T: Follows the nose: roasted barley, some coffee and chocolatey - milk chocolate (not dark). Becomes even more chocolatey as it warms; I also get a faint sense of molasses, maybe even some darker fruit. Finishes with a touch of earthy bitterness, provides nice balance.

M: Full-bodied, creamy - but a bit flat (perhaps this growler has been sitting too long, as I purchased it on Friday and drank it on Sunday).

O: Nice. Impressed with this one; I think it's my favorite of the 3 or 4 beers I've had from Crossroads so far.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with some brown hints coming in around the edges with a finger of brown head. The head fades slowly down to a thin ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of coasted caramel and chocolate aromas. Also just a touch of coffee and some earthy aromas as well.

T - Starts off with lots of roasted slightly burnt caramel and chocolate malt flavor. Through the middle some coffee and stronger burnt flavors come through with just a touch of milk sweetness. The finish is a mix of roasted sweet caramel flavors and chocolate flavors that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit creamy. The lingering flavor is nice and roasty with some nice sweet notes.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of roasted and sweet flavors. The chocolate flavors mix in really nice with the sweeter malts. There is also just a touch of milk sweetness that blends nicely.

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Photo of beastmammoth
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, awesome beer. Perfect medium mouthfeel, dangerously drinkable with serious rich roasted character. Smell hits you up front with dark roast coffee, some bitter chocolate, bitter charred flavors and some sweet cream. I can't stay away from this beer. Crossroads is great.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A delicious dark rich beer...although, not exactly a stout in my book...more like a cross between a less-milky stout and a sweet porter. Very thick, chewy, malty, roasted and full flavored. Since this brewery is only 2 miles form my house, it gets an extra seal of approval and a high recommendation!!

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Black Rock Stout from Crossroads Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.