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Woody Stout | Lost Rhino Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jfmorey on 12-14-2011

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 60
Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a light tan head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a smidge of lacing. The aroma is malty and sweet, with notes of burnt sugar and dark fruits. The taste has a nice hint of bourbon barrel to augment the overall stout qualities present. Nice mouthfeel and weight to the beer.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
1.3/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

This is a very bad example of a barrel aged beer. Flavors are muted under lageresque type corniness in the beer. Not sure what it is, but another poor example of beer making by lost rhino. I should have known not to even give this a try due to the dust covered bottles on the shelf when I bought this.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 edition, 22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate/caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Strong aromas of roasted malt, imparting notes note freshly baked dark bread, coffee, molasses, caramel and a touch of licorice.

Taste: Very nice. Strong flavors of roasted malt, freshly brewed coffee (without that coffee-like bitterness, thank you), some dark molasses, a touch of cola and some brown sugar-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and nicely smooth, as there is practically no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 6.8%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good stout, boarding on very good. Great flavors of malt and some coffee and sweetness. The only hang up I have, and it’s not really a hang up, but a comment, is that the beer is labeled as a barrel-aged stout, bourbon barrel-aged actually, but I don’t get much bourbon flavors or any wood. Still, it’s a very good stout, and had it not been labeled as a bourbon barrel-aged stout, which makes the drinker anticipate certain flavors that this beer lacks, I would have rated it much higher than I have.

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Photo of Fidei
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is simply fantastic. Poured from a growler.

So sessionable it's ridiculous , at the same time packing tons of flavor.

it's like a mix of Left Hand Milk Stout, and Fonders Breakfast Stout.

Love this beer.

I did have one batch were it was very hoppy, the second was far less. Maybe it was really fresh. Either way defiantly worth a try (:

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter from a 22 oz bottle, very nice balance of the woody bourbon barrel aged flavor. Had on tap before at the brewery and just as good.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big milk chocolate head; deep brown body; very much lacing.

Good roast cocoa coffee tart vanilla oak smooth creamy nice low abv but big flavor.

Session bbl stout.

Highly recommended.

That is all.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft via growler served in an imperial pint glass
A - Dark brown to black in color with at thick foamy tan head that settles to about 1/4" or less, but remains throughout
S - Oaky with the hint of bourbon, secondary hints of coffee roast
T - Mild malt with dominant woody and burbon flavor that doesn't linger, a very mild bitter aftertaste
F - Pretty smooth, but thin with little carbonation; a subtle dry and bitter aftertaste
O - I enjoy the bourbon barrel aging, but it can easily be overdone and overwhelm the beer flavors. Some I've had taste like someone just poured a shot into a stout This beer seemed to have about the right amount of aging flavor. The barrel aging dominated, but wasn't too much.

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Photo of uvachief
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Draft pour at Mekong. Dark black mahogany color. Very little head so wondering how old the keg is. Smell roasted coffee and oak with a hint of Tennessee whiskey. Tastes of chocolate with coffee and I want to say rye. Lightly oily in the mouth. Goes down smooth but has an odd after taste. You get a wash back of coffee and roasted malts buried under slight whiskey. I don't taste a strong ABV here. Mild for stout, but it is an English stout. Russians make it almost burn. I'm not a fan of the after taste. I think they used whiskey barrels instead of bourbon barrels. I prefer bourbon.

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Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque black mahogany with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh oak and sweet chocolate and roasted coffee, with some brown sugar and a little toasted coconut and vanilla.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and fresh oak, with some roasted coffee and brown sugar, and a little vanilla and toasted coconut. It had a sweet and clean aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was not very strong on the bourbon, but it had lots of oak character. A tasty stout with very nice body and well hidden alcohol. Smooth finish so very easy to drink and enjoy. Maybe best fresh, but it could probably age too. Recommended.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lost Rhino.

Pours near black with a dark tan, thick head that produces ample lacing. Flavor and nose are both a little too one note relying too heavily on bourbon but given the ABV this is never overly boozy. Some roast malt, molasses and brown sugar from the base stout hide behind the bourbon, but this is mostly vanilla and barrel heavy. Body is medium thin with light carbonation and a silky finish. Needs some work, but recommended if you see this on draft.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at Pizza Paridiso Dupont. Near black in color, with a slight mahogany hue. Tan head flattens out quickly, but does leave some nice patches of lace.

Roasted malt, with a nice dose of bourbon and wood. Some soft vanilla in the background.

Roasty malt backbone, but not overly deep. Nice woody profile, laced with bourbon. A bit of vanilla comes through, and a hint of dark fruit.

Lighter body, with soft cask carbonation. Only a slight bit of heat. Not a huge stout, but the oak and bourbon lend a nice touch.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a goblet.

Pours near-black with a moderately-sized mocha head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a fairly-strong dosing of bourbon plus some nice chocolate and vanilla notes in the background. The flavor focuses a bit too heavily on the bourbon, though the background is nice as well. Medium body with a bit of booze, though more of an overemphasis on the bourbon.

Overall, pretty good and solid for a first barrel-aged attempt. The bourbon just came through too much; perhaps blending some of the base beer back in would have balanced things out a bit.

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Photo of Vierenner
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has all the makings of a GREAT bourbon barrel stout - just a little more watered down than I would like. Sweet, malty, everpresent vanilla - delicious! This sort of beer could form a fantastic foundation for variants ... coffee nibs perhaps? Congrats to Lost Rhino for creating a wonderful product!!

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Photo of jnn4v
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost pitch black. When held to the light in the 4 oz tasting glass, it looks more like a doppio espresso shot than anything else. Moderate tan colored head. No visible sediment or haze.

S: Has all of the scent elements of a good bourbon-barrel aged imperial stout (eg. coffee, vanilla, oak, hints of chocolate, caramel, molasses, etc.) but they are all somewhat muted. Hard to tell if it's partially due to the smallish glass or the temperature of the stout.

T: Coffee, molasses, milk chocolate, oak, caramel, and vanilla. Slightly medicinal elements mid-taste, but the initial taste and aftertaste are both very good.

M: Very nice, especially for a non-imperial stout. It's rich, thick, silky smooth and very moderately carbonated. Pretty much spot-on.

O: I have no idea why there aren't more positive reviews of this beer. It's a delicious bourbon-barrel aged stout with all the character of an BB-aged imperial stout but with the ABV of a regular stout. Win-win.

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Photo of jfmorey
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a tasting at the brewry:

Almost opaque black with brown overlones, tan head.

Above average taste, burnt sugar, citrus, vsome bitterness. Benifits from the higher alcohol to balance the malts.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Overall a worth example of the style.

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