Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
03-11-2013 01:49:11 | More by Treebs
4.39/5 rDev +4.8%
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
03-08-2013 01:38:27 | More by MacQ32
4.54/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
03-06-2013 22:42:20 | More by dvmin98
4.16/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
03-03-2013 05:52:32 | More by jpro
4.53/5 rDev +8.1%
A: viscous. black with creamy thin and strong head. cannot see through it.
S: Very dark roasted malt. Lots of chocolate. touch or licorice. Alcohol is not shy but not horrific. vainilla.
T: Wow. So much depth. Sweet dark roasted malts upfront. Lots of chocolate, coffee beans. Some vanilla. Sweet at the beginning then quickly becomes quite dry. Ends with a long warm smoky finish.Alcohol is potent, but is on only just on the edge of being too much, at least for me.
M: Not that the smell and taste of this beer are really lacking, but the texture of this beer is definitely the strongest aspect in my opinion. It's like drinking a velvet blanket...So, it starts off somewhat jammy, then softens out, then ends with a savory dryness.
O: It's a big beer. One to sip on for a while and appreciate its complexity, as well as great taste.
02-23-2013 08:12:45 | More by Maltmaiden
3.96/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
02-19-2013 03:53:27 | More by Sammy
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
02-15-2013 23:40:07 | More by ksimons
3.73/5 rDev -11%
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.
02-13-2013 04:47:15 | More by AlexFields
4.29/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
02-11-2013 13:39:00 | More by macrosmatic
Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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