Orange Bliss Stout - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Bung:
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Tap at Grapevine. Sturdy black pour, finger of light brown head. Laces the glass quite well.
Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolate cocoa. Just a hint of orange zest.
Taste, nicely roast malt, dry cocoa are big. Orange creme sickle is prominent, but melds very well. Finishes quite dry, coffee and cocoa.
Solidly medium to full body. Not quite creamy carb. Coats well. Little to no abv presence. Orange in a big roasty; dry chocolatey stout.
Excellent 3rd anniversary brew, only bested by the Mexican Cake thus far for me.
Serving type: on-tap
01-11-2014 23:24:40 | More by Bung
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4.16/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Growler from Piggly Wiggly, Myrtle Beach, poured into a tulip
A- pours a viscous opaque black with a small dark-tan creamy head that retains for a while, eventually reducing to leave just a ring around the edge
S- lots of coffee/fresh espresso aroma up front, underlying notes of chocolate, smoky charred malt, burnt popcorn and a hint of vanilla, can't really pick up any orange aroma
T- Smoky malt gives notes of charcoal and campfire up front, dark sumatra-like coffee notes blend with dark chocolate with a hint of sweet vanilla. The orange is subtle but noticeable near the finish, very reminiscent to an orange nougat filled chocolate. Smoky/burnt malt on the finish with lingers of chocolate and candied orange
M- medium-viscous body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel, eventually finishing creamy and silky, ABV is hidden well
O- The orange flavor plays well, giving it a candied-like flavor. The only thing that held it back a bit for me was the malt was a bit too smoky/charred, which seemed to overpower the subtlety of the orange, otherwise a nice sipper that serves well in growler format
EDIT: As the beer warms, the orange becomes much more prevalent, so I added .25 to my taste score
Serving type: growler
07-09-2014 23:34:02 | More by Treyliff
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Dark brown to black with almost no transparency like its sucking up light, a black hole. Sporting 2 fingers of dark brown head that fades relatively fast.
S: Kailua, coffee liqueur, dark chocolate, orange and slightly piney hops, milk chocolate, orange candy, lightly fruity.
T: Coffee, chocolate, orange. The first sip says dark chocolate and orange, with a smoky aftertaste and a charred feeling is left on the tongue.
M: Thick chewy body, medium low carbonation.
O: Really well done brew. A little on the dry and dark side as opposed to sweet and milk chocolaty. Well done though. Drank in Summerville, NC, July 4th 2014.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 03:59:40 | More by patre_tim
3.79/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Bottled on 11/26/13.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and orange liqueur aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and orange liqueur flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mixture of cocoa and orange qualities.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 03:32:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The Orange Bliss Stout reminded me a good deal of mexican cake without the spice of the peppers. There is a lot going on in this stout, but the orange & chocolate flavors are not overpowering. Another excellent Westbrook brew. If you are a fan of mexican cake, than you would not be disappointed in the Orange Bliss.
Serving type: bottle
06-29-2014 13:52:36 | More by Runningonempty
4.24/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Haven't done a review in a while.
Poured from a bomber into a large brandy snifter.
A: Pours a deep, oily black. Impenetrable by light, even if I tried. There is also about a finger of brown/dark khaki colored head. Exactly how I want my stouts to look.
S: Smells of potent chocolate, dark chocolate to be exact. There are some strong roasty notes that come through before ultimately dissipating to a faint scent of citrus.
T: Huge notes of dark chocolate overtake my pallet, followed by that faint citrus flavor. There's just enough citrus to let you know that it's there. I was actually surprised at how the orange actually took a backseat to the possibly overwhelming flavors of dark chocolate. Some smoky, roasted malts come through for the finish and I really enjoy that. Not enough stouts utilize a smoky flavor like this particular brew does. Good stuff.
M: Mouthfeel is customary for a stout. Little chewy, but nothing too noticeable. The alcohol is non-existent, which is a treat for 9%. This is actually quite drinkable for it's ABV, especially since I'll be finishing this bomber in under an hour.
Overall: Westbrook did a great job with this beer. As someone who is unfamiliar with their beers outside of the Gose, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. It would be smart for them to make this a yearly release, because it is an enjoyable stout that offers the flavors of oranges, and that is a flavor that not many breweries attempt to showcase in their stouts. While the orange flavor is sort of in the background, it does allow for a change of pace when drinking this. A fine beer by Westbrook and thanks to ThickNStout for graciously including this as an extra even though I would've been totally fine with centering a trade around this beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2014 00:39:14 | More by RichD
Orange Bliss Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.