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Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 220
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 2.87%
Wants: 57
Gots: 34 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BlackBelt5112203 on 01-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For our Second Anniversary beer, we tapped into the legendary fictional adventures of the mythical Cap'n Skoon to bring you this monster Baltic Stout. It's big and roasty like an imperial stout but fermented with a German lager yeast. Ideal for sipping now, or be like the Cap'n and stash some away in your cargo hold for the years to come. Cheers!
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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/18/12, poured into a snifter glass

A- pours pitch black with a small fizzy khaki colored head that vanishes almost immediately, leaving nothing bend

S- aroma of black licorice, dried fig, raisin & prune, sweet molasses, a hint of charcoal, black cherry and dark chocolate

T- flavor up front is dominated by a variety of dark fruits; fig, plumb, prune and black cherry. Sweet molasses kicks in mid-palate, complimented by a slightly smoky charred malt. A hint of dark chocolate follows, eventually finishing with medicinal holy notes and a linger of black licorice

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, eventually finishing smooth and creamy with just a hint of lingering alcohol warmth. Alcohol is hidden quite well for the most part

O- This has aged quite nicely and everything seems to mesh well. It definitely opened up more in both aroma and taste after it warmed up a bit, a nice slow sipper (948 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 12/18/12
Serving Temp: 45 Degrees
Glass: Tulip

Appearance:
Pitch black body with no light penetration. Rich, reddish-brown head (2 finger thick on pour) disappears quickly to nothing. Trace lacing and thick legs.

Aroma:
Thick syrup, heavy chocolate, and smokey campfire. Heavy roast. Sweet, dark dates and fig. Tart cherry and cola notes.

Taste:
Sweet, tart raisin and cherry. heavy smoked wood and light vanilla and caramel. Bitterness is present but overpowered by the dominant sweetness. Alcohol burn on the way down might turn some off. Aftertaste is raisin and ash.

Mouthfeel:
Thick - might want to have a spoon handy. Carbonation is noticeable, but just. Super sweet, syrupy finish.

Overall:
A tasty, if not a tad overly sweet treat in a glass. As the glass warms, a more prolific beer can be found - so follow the recommended serve temp of 55 degrees or start colder and allow the temp to rise, this is the perfect beer to get an understanding of how temperature affects taste and aroma. Definitely worth grabbing, if bottles are still floating around! (1,073 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a dark, dark black hue with a one finger super dark milk chocolate hued head that leaves some light creamy side lacing and a gentle creamy blanket. Solid.

S - Aromas of rich chocolate, roated malts, light sweetness. Some faint dark fruits, almost like dark chocolate covered raisins.

T - Taste is just like the nose. Super rich chocolate, nice roasted malts, dark chocolate bitter finish. Loads of chocolate. Smack in the middle is dark fruits, primarily raisins for me, resulting in a big time chocolate covered raisin taste profile.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall, a solid beer but...this is more russian imperial than anything due to how big the dark fruits are. (780 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.02/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 12/18/2012.

Appearance - Very inky and dark. Stains the glass. Small khaki head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Dark fruits. Intense roast. Raisins. A little oxidized and a ton of black patent malt.

Taste - Really raisiny. Could be a result of age. Very bitter malts. Ashy coffee malts. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This could be too old. Seems strange that it would be. Either way, it's intense. (481 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westbrook Brewing Co. - Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Super thick viscosity motor oil black with a brown hue around the sides. Minuscule mocha head that dissipates quickly. Nice rings of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is super decadent chocolate with sweet malt and a touch of roast.

Taste - Rich and carbed. Chocolate and sugar comes in first, followed by fruity roasted malt and an earth bitter almost hop-like finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Rests bitter and plum. Good drinkability. Booze is well hidden, perhaps too well hidden haha.

Overall - This is a good brew, a robust imperial stout. A must try for sure. (681 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/18/12

Pours black with light tan head. Minimal head that dissipates to ring along the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty with lots of raisins and chocolate.

Taste is sweet and chocolatey malts up front. Ripe fruit such as plums or raisins come in later. Good bit of dark chocolate bitterness comes late. Matbe a hint of smokiness too.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was excellent. (442 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on on 12.29.13
Bottled On: 12/18/12

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fine dark brown head that fades fast.

S - Chocolate, malty, subtle roast.

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee, roasted - toasted malts.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Bitter, but decent flavors. Middle of the road to me. (321 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. While pouring the glass it's a hard fudgy brown color, but blackness fills the glass and clings to the edges as it rises in the glass, even when held up to the light. Deep red and brown thick frothy looking head, a couple of medium sized bubbles but mostly small. Really good lacing, coats the glass and there's a strong film skimmed across the top the whole way through.

Smell is good, most of the classic aromas you'd expect from a good heavy stout, but on the sweeter end. Kind of like there's a slight hint of bakers chocolate sprinkled in with a heavy amount of milk chocolate. Slight charred and smokey aromas as well.

Taste is really good. Again with nice aromas with chocolate and hints of coffee. Lots of dark and deep roasted grains, good malt bill. I mentioned a charred aroma in the nose, it's not as strong here, more like a hearty roasted, like if you were put some peanuts or some other shelled nut in the oven or over a fire, so I guess slightly nutty is a fair description in the flavor profile as well.

Mouthfeel is extremely interesting. I think I have a love/hate relationship with it. At first the flavor doesn't seem to linger, but the more you drink it, the beer flavor tends to linger more and more. Might have trailed off a little since it's a year old, but still nice. Strong flavor that is a pretty otter chocolaty, but full flavored all the way and has an earthy bitter finish. Overall I really can't believe how light the beer is. It doesn't sit heavy AT ALL even though it's so full flavored. According to the label it's brewed with German lager yeast which is probably a main reason why. Alcohol is well masked, this is one that should be a slow sipper, but DANGEROUSLY drinkable. Bottle is a lot, but is great and could be consumed by any stout lover, if you have more of this lying around and haven't drank it yet, it's something that can be consumed individually, but wouldn't share it with more than 2 people. I felt guilty cracking this on my own, but this is one that 12+ ounces really does the beer so much more justice.

Great beer, love that they went for this for the second anniversary. Thanks EasyReader for sending this bottle, it's phenomenal! (2,247 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to AtlCarl for sending me one more bottle of southern goodness, near to a place I hope to be visiting during the depths of this MN winter that's almost upon us. 22 oz. bottle dated 12/18/12, split with my wife.

My 11 year old pour expertly & the brew is dark black with carbonation that's close to invisible to the naked eye. Nose sits down in first class: lovely fudge wafting from the kitchen when the brownies are cooking, & the coffee pot churning away right next to the stove. So good I don't even want to put it in my mouth & ruin the illusion of greatness. Or is it illusion? Hmmm.

Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout is no sleight of hand. The seductive nose slides into a sublime taste experience that starts out strong just as the nose does, with restive chocolate & a sharp dose of roast that veers towards coffee. Beneath that hot mess is a touch of hop bittering, hint of a distant bonfire, & a deep balancing sweetness. Drinkable enough that Westbrook should be slapped with a felony if this is sold on tap.

This is an unexpected 'wow' beer. Too many middle-of-the-road stouts have bored my palate lately, & this brew hits all the right notes, hard. Westbrook? Do more like this & the gose. An excellent beer. (1,230 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black, brown espresso one finger head with great lacing/retention.

S - Heavy roasted malts, cocoa powder, licorice and bitter coffee.

T - Again with the big roasted malts all throughout. Also getting molasses, dark fruits, bitter coffee and cocoa powder.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation. Creamy, smooth and chewy. Too drinkable.

O - Such a treat! Haven't had a beer this roasty that wasn't smoked on purpose in a while. Just a great beer through and through. (479 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured jet black with pretty good thickness and concsistency. A nice tan cap sits atop after it settles. Head rentention was pretty good and the lacing was spotty

S: A nice charred nose with plenty of milk chocolate and bakers cocoa. A wee bit of coffee is picked up as well

T: Tasted of milk chocolate with some bakers powder cocoa peeping in and out, roasted malt base, a little hop bittering, light pine waaay in the background with a nice char and bittering on the finish. Speaking of finish, chocolate, moderate sweetness, sordove dry

M: Wee lcarbonated, fuller bodied, robust, hearty and everything you wold want from the style

O: A pretty good RIS and my first Westbrook brew. (690 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle gifted from Chris @ Peabody's in Boone, NC... into an Olde Hickory snifter.

Very solid brew, great look... black body and slight mocha head that fades quickly, sexy brown lacing. Roasty nose, slightly boozy... chocolate malty goodness with a peppery finish.

Killer brew - grab a few bottles if you get a chance. (335 characters)

Photo of UNCCTDawg
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler, keg tapped at Piggly Wiggly at Market Commons.

A- Great looking stout, pitch black with a half inch of dark brown frothy head.

S- Smells bring chocolate up front, with maybe so dark fruits and a sweet marshmallow finish.

M- Light, not heavy like most imperial stouts, well balanced.

T- Wow... The well balanced feel on the mouth is because this beer drinks perfectly. Tastes of toffee and sweetness are overwhelming. I really like this. Drinks very nice.

Overall- best beer I've had from Westbrook, and they make good beer... Better than Mexican Cake IMO. (584 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a dark black color.
s - chocolate and some roast.
t - chocolate, molasses with a peppery finish.
m - creamy and medium mouthfeel.
o - excellent beer and dangerously drinkable. (300 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black, opaque, very dark, rich brown head. Dissipates to a ring, with lots of lacing. The aroma is heavy on the roast, with dark fruits, bitterness, coffee, and cocoa. Taste leads with dark fruits, earthy yeast, bitter cacao, light coffee, big roast finish. Full bodied, chewy, and thick. Alcohol is well hidden and it drinks quite easy.

While Mexican Cake may have tastes better initially, it can get a bit spicy as it warms...this stays quite consistent, if not better as it warms. A great beer overall. (521 characters)

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/18/12.

This Baltic stout pours a thick, creamy, motor-oil black with minimal head, but there is definitely some stickiness to the lacing. Aromas I am noticing are chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of smoke. There is also surprisingly a slight touch of some booze, which almost reminds me of a bourbon barrel aged brew (which this is not). The beer tastes great. It is a chocolate and roasted malt bomb. There is a wonderful sea saltiness that I generally associate with Baltic Porters, but to have this in a stout is quite interesting and appealing. A good amount of smokiness can be detected as well. My bottle is about 6 months old, and there is still a substantial amount of alcohol heat. It would be a neat experiment to try aging this one. Super thick and creamy, dare I say "chewy" mouth feel. Texture and flavor are top notch. I can almost imagine this being barrel aged. It would be a great brew to throw in bourbon barrels for a few months. But then again, it is great the way it is. I am just a barrel-aged junkie.

Overall, I highly recommend this one. My first stout from Westbrook and I hope to try more. Mexican Cake is definitely next on the list! (1,184 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to treebs for this and the properglassware assist. Enjoyed from my new westbrook snifter!

a - wow. Pours a rich stunning black with a generous dark tan creamy head that fizzled down to a thin skin. Really attractive.

s - milk chocolate and roast. Really well balanced. Has some charry briskness.

t - wow, big rich bold chocolate and roast. This beer is amazing! Extremely well balanced with just a touch of char to give it some brisk characteristics.

m - medium tomfull bodied, big and bold.

o - i am very impressed, this beer is a home run. (553 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Happy Father’s Day. Bottle courtesy of Brad. Served in Westbrook glassware, also courtesy of Brad. The beer is black with an inch of beige head. The aroma brings chocolate, molasses, dark fruit. Beautiful balance and delicious flavor. Alcohol is evident but gracefully masked. Rich and full bodied. Abundant chocolate, both dark and milk. Palate coating and viscous. Delicious. (379 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Boy is this a super dark head although barely a pencil tall, it is a super dark mocha brown chocolate, and settles to a nice small collar. Body and nearly black, with some red hues and totally opaque.

Bouquet is both fascinating, odd, and weird and sort of wonderful. A sticky chocolate sense, and hints of berried red fruit. Lots of sweet pipe tobacco on this, mixing with a strange brine sort of salinity. It's bizarre but really unique, I kind of like it but I am scared to figure out what is next.

Oh this is really nice on the palate. Sharp lingering hop and roast, and wonderful aromatic tobacco notes and dark chocolate. Creamy palate with a little tinge of carbonation. Wonderful nice bitterness on the finish which matches bittersweet dark chocolate nicely, and deep red berried fruit. Coffee roasty as well while finishing with a great hint of cream. Lots of different flavors in this that really gel nicely, and mixing hop and bitter chocolate nicely, and hints of black licorice.

This is a wonderful brew, great to have tried it! (1,090 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Bottled 12/18/12. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours a near black dark chocolate with a finger and a half of dense mocha head that leaves a smattering of small, lacey dots.

Smells of chocolate, roast grains, creamed coffee and mild plums.

Taste is very bold with bitter dark chocolate, roasty coffee, earthy bark, a little smoke, licorice, anise and cherry skins. The booze is noticeable towards the finish but well integrated and doesn't distract from the roasty goodness.

Creamy, medium thick feel with fairly mild carbonation. Lingering bitter roasty aftertaste.

Another very strong offering from Westbrook. I've had several Baltic porters but I think this is my first Baltic stout- and it stands head and shoulders above pretty much all of the porters. I'll definitely pick up another couple bottles if I see it again and I'd love to try a barrel aged version of this gem. (935 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very thick looking jet black with a creamy big dark brown head. Good retention and solid lacing down the glass.

Very roasty aroma with some chocolate and smoke. Heavy on the roast.

A little sweet chocolate up front which I wasn't expecting from the nose. The baltic character then invades and intense roastiness with a massive smoky flavor takes. Finishes very bitter and dry. Very unique although the smoke was a bit much.

Very good mouthfeel. Thick and creamy without ever feeling too "heavy" Maybe the lager yeast at work.

An interesting experiment. It didn't really do it for me, but I appreciate the creativity and the beer wasn't bad. Definitely drinks more like a stout and I'd probably enjoy it more with the smoke dialed back a bit. (751 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook Tulip. Bottled 12/18/12.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a thick, dark mocha head forming on the pour. The retention is top notch. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: This is big beer. Super roasty with some fruity yeast in the periphery. Alcohol notes are present, but it doesn't detract from the roasted malts and big dark chocolate notes. Some cocoa powder is there as well.

T: A ton of roasted malts, some char and a touch of cocoa bean. Bitter dark chocolate with some light fruity yeast in the background. Definitely seems like an amped up Baltic porter due to the yeast strain. Enjoyable.

M: Low carbonation. Silky smooth across the palate. Medium bodied. Finish is chocolate and big roast.

O: This a big and roasty beer, but the yeast strain drops subtle hints that it's still got some Baltic porter bloodlines at heart. It's pretty ready to go now with the booze well hidden. Don't really see this benefiting from any extended aging. Maybe a year if you want the robust roasted malts to die down a bit. (1,068 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours damn near black, very thick. Poured slightly agressive resulting in a full 2 fingers of rich chocolatey looking head, looks thick. Good retention, about 5 minutes later there's still ~1/3" of head, lacing is a solid wall around the glass. Really impressed with the appearance

S - Semi-sweet chocolate and roasty malts, coffee, slightly smokey. Simple but very appealing.

T - Oh wow, super robust and delicious. Roasty bitters mixed with a tame alcohol burn and some delicious a sweet chocolate lead to a very mild sweeter fruit taste (not really dark raisin or prune) something a little sweeter and possibly lighter.. not sure really sure tbh. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet and definitely a bit boozy, saliva glands still going.

M - Surprisingly not quite as thick as i was prepared for, still fullish bodied, mildly under carbonated (not a bad thing).

O - Honestly, super impressed from beginning to end. Not normally a humongous Westbrook fan even though they are local, but they are definitely starting to sway me, this was just fantastic (1,071 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Living in Charlotte, I had never heard of Westbrooks. Well, I drove 2 mile south into South Carolina and found out about them

A: Motor oil; black out; small head, with deep brown lacing

S: Chocolately coffee

T: First taste I get is sweetness, then the coffee, chocolate and dark fruits hit me. I get a fair amount of bitterness at the back end. The coffee comes out your nose a bit

M: A tiny bit boozy, with moderate carbonation; nice solid body

O: I really enjoyed this, esp for such a big beer. Its a sipping beer, but the flavor was so good, I gulped it at times for the overall flavor. Would love to see how this does with some aging. I'm thinking of grabbing several more of these and throwing one under the stairs for a year or two to see if it can get even better. (776 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from the brewery... into a tulip glass -

A: Black pour with a tight head of light khaki foam; not much lace although retention was there.

S: Roasted malts; coffee.

T: Roasted malts; dark chocolate; currants / dark fruit, too. Very big, roasty flavor profile + some pretty big sweetness on the end.

M: Full bodied; higher, lively carbonation; very sweet, though - maybe too much.

O: An interesting "baltic stout" - very roasty, yet very sweet. My only knock on this beer would be the sweetness that seems almost distracting. (540 characters)

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Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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