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Orange Bliss Stout - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Orange Bliss StoutOrange Bliss Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 57
Gots: 48 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: exposur3 on 12-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Stout brewed with cacao nibs, oranges, and a hint of vanilla.
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Ratings: 288 | Reviews: 35
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black body. Nice mocha head. Settles to a medium collar. A few islands of foam.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Citrus, but not a real distinct citrus. Some caramel.

Taste - Intense dark roasted malt. Coffee and bitter chocolate. Orange builds into the finish and an oily orange flavor persists.

Mouthfeel - Thick and very bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I would prefer the orange flavor up front, but I'll take the chocolate orange combination any way I can take it.

Photo of thagr81us
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured pitch black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, oranges, vanilla, dark chocolate, orange zest, and dark fruit. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, oranges, spice, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The nose on this one was quote pleasant and very complex. The vanilla and orange notes come off quite strong and definitely draw you in. The flavor however does have a lot going on but it all hits you at once. Once that wave is over a spice note comes out and backhands you in the face. And just when you thought it was over the booze dropkicks you in the groin. I'm not saying that this is a bad brew, as it is definitely not. I'm just saying that a little more care on balancing all the flavors out would have done wonders for this one.

Photo of richj1970
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into chalice glass.

A: Poured midnight black with an almost usurp thickness and one finger tan head. Almost no lacing at all.

S: Big roasted malts, bitter espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of citrus.

T: Much more coffee flavor than I was expecting. Nice roasty malts with high quality bitter dark chocolate and a hint of orange in the back.

M: Nice big bodied brew with fair carbonation and consistent with style. Coats the tongue nicely, but also has a strangely dry finish.

O: Very nice stout. I wasn't sure the flavor combinations would work with this one, but they do in spades. I might have to pick up another bottle soon.

Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Photo of Bung
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep dark brown, almost black, and opaque. Thick deep tan, nearly brown head on the pour that mostly recedes. Thick, almost syrupy lacing that quickly recedes. Handsome brew.
Smell: not getting orange in the nose. Cocoa and vanilla are prominent. A hint of spice.
Taste: full imp stout with all the flavors in the nose. Just a hint of orange and don't think I'd pick that up unless I was trying to find it. No matter, this is delicious.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens, GA). 11.99. Bottled 11/26/13. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours oil black with a gorgeous full two fingers of deep mocha head. The froth slowly fades to a haze and a thin ring that leaves only a few specks of lace.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, orange peels and burnt sugars. The orange aromas become much stronger as it warms.

Amazing taste of the classic chocolate orange explodes on the tongue. Also a powerful and balancing roasty bitterness keeping it in check. Dark chocolate, orange marmalade, creamed coffee, roasted malts, burnt caramel, trace smoke, candied citrus peel, earthy, woody, faint vanilla and just a hint of booze. An excellent combination of flavors that make it much easier to drink than the abv might imply.

Nice medium heavy body with subtle but present carbonation. Bittersweet dark cocoa and orange peel linger in the finish.

Another year for Westbrook and another excellent imperial stout. Arguably too bitter and roasty but I think that keeps the delicious sweet chocolate orange from ever nearing cloying. The full 22 ounces went by quickly and easily. Tasty and unique, I think this one is worth trying.

Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Craigory
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler fill from Green's Piney Grove, poured into a Libby's "stout glass."

A: Pours black and thick, with a rust-colored head. I also get a little lacing as I drink; this is a pretty Imperial Stout.

S: No joke on the orange, as the first thing I smell here is big orange pulp and peel, like the leftovers from hand-squeezed orange juice. The orange is followed by velvety chocolate.

T: A little roast, followed by big orange citrus-y juiciness, then smooth, bitter-sweet chocolate. The orange and chocolate continue to play off each other--rather than one flavor following the other, they weave in and out, until a more standard imperial stout roastiness finally cuts through their dance.

M: Full-bodied, viscous, with just enough carbonation.

O: Another fantastic offering from Westbrook. You've gotta like orange and chocolate to dig this, but they pull the idea off perfectly.

Photo of zac16125
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: 11/26/13

A: Pours an absolutely jet black with just under 1 fingers width of really nice, dark mocha colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves no appreciable lacing.

S: Orange is the most prominent aroma, then leathery notes and roasted malt. Subtle bakers chocolate and coffee are there as well, but they are faint.

T: Much richer than the aroma implied. Tons of roasted malt flavors, along with dark chocolate and coffee. Orange is there, but its not the dominant flavor. Some bitterness on the finish that is the combination of black coffee and citrus rind. I also get heavy cream and leather. Really excellent flavor profile.

M/D: Think, chewy, very smooth. This is one of the thickest stouts Ive ever had, bordering on (but not quite) Zhukov thickness. Awesome.

O: This is great. Mexican Cake might be more flashy, but I may actually prefer this one to MC. Really impressed. Well done.

Photo of csparace
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance (4.50) - pours a crude thick black with an intensely dark mocha head. Head fades somewhat quickly. No visible carbonation. Pure black in the cup with a golden ring where the head used to be.

Smell (4.50) - abundantly chocolate and orange. Smells exactly like you would imagine that combination to be. Hidden beneath that are hints of coffee.

Taste (4.75) - bitter chocolate orange immediately. Slightly sweet. Orange flavor is bold and very pronounced. Roasted flavor comes out in the bitterness - also very bold. It is a very coffee like flavor. Orange outlasts everything else. Ever so mild vanilla. Even though the orange is very pronounced it still stays within the character of a stout very well.

Mouthfeel (4.50) - thick and semi sweet. Dry stout character prevails. Lips are quite sticky. Orange flavor lends itself to being slightly acidic.

Overall (4.50+) - gonna go get more of this ASAP. This is outstanding. Excellent stout with an awesome combination of flavors. This is everything I wanted in the orange truffle abduction from pipeworks and more.

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dense black that fades to dark red at the corners, khaki head that falls back to a ring

S: Fudgy chocolate, a little booze, and as it warms more herbal citrus

T: Smooth dark chocolate, sweet malt, then it moves to a nice citrus bitterness, finishes with aromatic roasted grains

M: Heavy imp stout feel, silky, smooth, and finishes a little syrupy. The sticky aromatic aftertaste lingers nicely.

O: I love this beer, one of my favorite stouts of all time. I grabbed a bottle every chance I got but was lucky enough to get it on draft for this review. If you like imperial stouts this is a must try. I know it's an anniversary edition release but I really hope Westbrook makes more.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, nice tight mocha head, pitch black. Smells a bit sweet. Nice, rich, slightly thick mouth feel. Lots of bitter chocolate, maybe getting a bit of the orange with a tingle on the tongue. Decently hoppy for a stout. This being my first Westbrook stout, , color me impressed.

Photo of cvm4
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours really thick and almost gooey like, impressed, with an espresso brown head.

S - Roasted malts, cocoa powder and definitely a noticeable citrus smell.

T - Bitter (deep) dark chocolate, huge roasted malts and citrus that envelopes the palette.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Really thick, smooth and velvety.

O - Impressed... This is such an impressive beer how flavors you think wouldn't go together actually do.

Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a small amount of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A nice, typically stout-like aroma of coffee, chocolate, and malt. Didn't really get much of the advertised orange, but this wasn't an issue.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee (not a huge amount, but present), a little caramel, and the orange in the finish. A decidedly well-balanced flavor. The orange adds a new, welcome dimension without being overbearing.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a super-smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: A well made, interesting stout. Very tasty, very drinkable.

Photo of dar482
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a black color.

The aroma literally smells like a chocolate orange. The orange is this floral orange instead of this aggressive citrus. Some coffee and roasted malt.

The flavor follows with that orange chocolate, cocoa chocolate, a slight booze and then tons of coffee bitterness on the end with some woodiness. It's almost a floral orange note. A bit of drying on the end.

This is a surprise and the orange is so fun in this.

Photo of Jonny41
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got very little orange which I appreciated
Coffee chocolate stands out with great flavor and very smooth
one of the best I've tried and probably would have rated higher had I not also had black Tuesday the same night

Photo of Zach136
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle in 13oz belgian tulip snifter

A - looks like a stout. Solid lacing and head retention considering ABV.

S - Semi sweet chocolate, cereal and a touch of orange juice.

T - Roast and bitter black chocolate blend with the orange.

M - Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Surprisingly dry mouthfeel.

O - Great beer, I love this combination. I prefer a sweeter chocolate / orange but this is an amazing beer I'd love to drink again.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a matching Westbrook snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head about 2 fingers strong. It is slow to fade leaving spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is roasty with enough orange zest to brighten things up a bit and overtake the fruity void where alcohol/hops might typically be present. There is plenty of cocoa character to be found. Overall its not bad.

The taste is bitter roast, cocoa and coffee. A slight zest of oranges and a hint of dusty roasted grain into the aftertaste. The orange in integrated well, im just no sold on the flavors cohesively working together.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a nice offering but nothing special. Ive had a few of these stouts/porters that feature orange zest or juice and I just dont get it, its a strange combo to me but still worth trying.

Photo of rickcrip76
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at Ale Yeah! in Decatur, GA.

A - Dark, not as viscous as I anticipated, half finger of beige head that receded quickly

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, some vanilla, not much citrus at first but became a little more present as it warmed up.

T - Follows the nose with roasted malt, chocolate leading the way. My biggest quip here was the lack of anticipated citrus. It is a very drinkable beer, but I really wanted it to deliver more orange. The orange was present, but it was almost an afterthought or coincidence. Even as the beer warmed, it's orange angle didn't deliver the way I wanted it to.

M - A very drinkable beer. Medium/full bodied and relatively smooth. It had a little more carbonation than I generally like in a stout.

O - I'd drink this beer again because it is a good stout beer, but I wouldn't drink it again for the orange novelty aspect it is supposed to bring.

Photo of brentk56
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great pour - I have seen some dark stouts in my day but this one is among the darkest; a magnificent mocha head caps the liquid and grows rocky while leaving quite a few strands of lacing behind

Smell: Rich dark chocolate aromatics with just a hint of citrus pith

Taste: The liquid unfolds on the tongue with rich dark chocolate flavors; by mid-palate, the citrus pith adds a subtle contribution; the finish blossoms with a bitter chocolate character that is the product of both the cocoa nibs and the orange

Mouthfeel: Velvety and creamy; full bodied, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite an impressive beer, even by the high standards to which I hold Westbrook - a brewery that has rarely disappointed

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of JGam115
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich black, firm tawny head. 80% dark cocoa powder, dough, big roast. There's the orange! Dayum that's fine. Like Mexican Cake had sex with an orange.

Photo of SurferEric
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious coffee and chocolate up front with a sweet, fruity hint of orange that follows.

Photo of rudzud
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice, nice dark brown black hue with a big, creamy three finger dark mocha head that fades at an average rate to leave very light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice dark chocolate, almost fudge/brownie like, as it warms up the orange really pops on this. Very, very nice fresh orange zest and some faint roast.

T - Taste is very silky smooth chocolate, dark, rich, expensive. Very nice melted gooey chocolate, light roast, sweet malt, faint coffee notes. After the big chocolate there is loads of oranges here. Orange zest and oils, loads of chocolate. Really, really nice with a very pleasant lingering orange note.

M - Mouthfeel is super silky smooth, heavy, though, it actually feels a bit watery.

O - Overall this was a very, very tasty and aromatic stout. The orange is very well done here.

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Orange Bliss Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.