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

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Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic StoutCap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 59
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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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 38
Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very good stout, though not as thick as the thickest newer IS. Lacey and black thicker looking body. Smooth mouthfeel, with some bitterness in the finish. Chocolate and coffee well integrated. I would like more coffee, and more "Baltic" flavour. Very good drinkability.
Doug's bottle for his B day.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.02/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to johntangus for sending me this.

Pours thick and solid dark black, a very dark brown head of about an inch.

Smells of roasted malt, some mild smoke, malty chocolate.

Tastes somewhat more complex, begins with a pretty sweet malty chocolate character reminiscent of a Baltic porter, fades into a smokier roast character and finishes with bitter dark chocolate. Very good, interesting progression.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very good and easy to drink for such a big beer.

Wasn't sure what to expect from a "Baltic stout" but this does have characteristics of both a Baltic porter and an imperial stout. Very nice beer.

7.6/10

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good, solid aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, a little hops, and a burnt element. Pretty much everything you'd expect from a big stout. Flavorful, powerful and complex.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is an easy to like, well made, and likeable beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured pitch black with a one finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent pacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, spice, cream, and subtle nutty. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, wood, earth, and milk chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was a huge amount of complexity going on in this one that I really did not expect to find. Big notes of roastiness while still maintaining a nice sweet balance. This kept your palate alert and refreshed after each sip. Wish the alcohol would have been a little subdued on the flavor, but you can't win them all. Nicely done Westbrook and congrats on two successful years!

Photo of maximum12
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Grapevine. Pretty viscous black pour, thin layer of dark tan head.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolates. Pretty basic.

Taste, Big. Roast malt, anise, earthy peatiness. Dark chocolate. Kind of a dry woody and cocoa, light coffee finish. Lingers nicely.

About full bodies and nicely mouth coating. Could consider this creamy. Just a little warming. I like it, maybe not as much as the Cake, but this is still quality. Definetely a Baltic Porter flare to it.

Liked Medican Came better on draft, we'll see about this one. The bottle has some big shoes to match here.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of dvmin98
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of MacQ32
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ominously inky black with a craggy mocha head that settles to a thick cap. Lovely aromas of dark, bitter chocolate, nearly-burnt roasted malt, molasses, and a touch of smoke. Really nice, similar to a (big!) Baltic Porter. Taste is just as impressive, huge bitter malt backbone, baking chocolate, and roasted espresso beans. Mouthfeel is velvet-smooth and creamy, with a full body and ample carbonation. Another impressive Stout offering from Westbrook, cheers to 2 years!

Photo of Mantooth
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Dark dark, essentially black, oily appearance, thin tan head, low visible carbonation.

S: Big roasty malts, notes of coffee, dark fruit, tobacco, leather, hints of fruity esters, and seems slightly boozy.

T: Follows the nose well. Coffee, roasty malts, tobacco, and dark fruit. Lager sweetness at end with a bit of roasted malt bitterness in finish. The hang is fairly dry.

M: Chewy sticky mouthfeel, moderate alcohol presence but still seems a bit boozy. Well-carbonated for a stout.

O: This is tasty, and quite different. Nothing I'd reach for every night, but thoroughly enjoyable. I'm curious to see how the other bottle ages.

Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of jmarsh123
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of brother_kenneth
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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!

Photo of ThickNStout
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Treebs
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of ksimons
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black and no highlights seen in the light, with a very thin layer of dark tan head that leaves some lace around the edge

S-sweet chocolate, dark malt with a dark bread like aroma

T-rich roasted malt with milk chocolate to start finishing with dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, light dark fruitiness, some alcohol, and a slight burnt flavor to end

M-full body, very smooth, good carbonation

Overall this is a very complex, interesting beer. A lot of different flavors going around. Maybe a little too much alcohol, but I bet some aging would take care of that. Very enjoyable.

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