Gaston's Swollen Delta Stout - Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Murph:
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a nice black color with a thick brown head on the top that doesn't last terribly long and doesn't leave much if any lace on the glass. Big roasted barley aromas with some slight hints of burnt. Nice chocolatey coffee aromas are present in a big way on this with a slightly astringent burnt undertone on the whole aroma. Smooth roasted coffee and cocoa flavors are big hitters right off the bat in this one. There is a quick astringent burnt bite right at the start that fades away with the coming of the roastedness. Slightly thin creamy body that is a bit too much on the medium side for my tastes. An overal tasty brew but it could use a bit more body to it.
Thanks to Vitriola for the sample.
12-29-2002 16:50:44 | More by Murph
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
A couple notches shy of black in hue, w/ deep crimson and good clarity evident when held to light. Beige head settles in to a thin, but persistent layer that manages sparse lace. The aroma is comprised of a judicious combination of roasted barley, well caramelized sugars, butterscotch and chocolate, with subtle hints of citrusy hops and sharp black malt. Trace heaty alcohol is perceptible with deep inhalation. Understated, but clean and pleasantly roasty aromawise. Snap of dark caramel sweetness initally in flavor is superceded by roasted grain bitterness and a mild, metallic hint of black patent. Hop flavor possesses a trace soapy quality, but is mostly of a subdued earthy character. Chocolate malt character couples with residual sugars to lend a milk chocolate sweetness, as a result of the tame hop bitterness. Mellow impression of lightly roasted, demerara sweetened coffee persists as a constant undertone. Somewhat light in body, with a thinnish, overly attenuated mouthfeel that falls short of supporting the malt profile. Finishes lightly roasty and briefly sweet, but otherwise clean and a touch dry. Quite an enjoyable stout and well rounded flavorwise, with balance a bit skewed towards sweetness. With a fuller body, this could be outstanding. It has a filtered cleanliness that hinders the full impact of roasted character. Drinkability is nontheless excellent. Thanks to Jaybeerman for delivering the bomber of this flavorful brew.
02-04-2003 20:45:16 | More by marc77
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
I am drinking a bomber bottle courtesy of Mentor.
The last best before date on bottle is 2002.
The beer is poured into a pint glass and a large fizzy 3 in tan fluffy head foams up with a gentle pour.
As the head receds it develops a cratered and spongey texture. Aroma is rich and malty with coffee and chocolate note mixing with some brown sugar too. There is thick lattice developing on the glass as the head recedes further.
The first sip reveals a fine rolilng carbonation and fairly thick body. The flavor is chocolate and coffee and some general sweetness from brown sugar flavors. The finish is more roasty with a bit of dark fruit in there as well. Overall very smooth and tasty. A good beer for sure.
12-12-2005 02:49:28 | More by sulldaddy
4.1/5 rDev 0%
Dusty bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed later that evening in August 2005. No freshness date, but I'll bet they are old, as the latest possible born on date is '02. Good thing stouts age well, we'll see how this one did. Pours a super-quick-rising six finger head that clings and slowly settles like a shadowed snowbank melts in a spring heat wave. The beer is pitch black with only the slightest mahogeny edging when held to bright light. Smells of cream smoothness with coffee roast and some chocolate. Toffee and caramel underneath offer a sweet support. Maybe some raisin, but definitely something like licorice or molasses. Tastes smooth creamy chocolate with well balanced coffee, and roast bitter. It's got some sweet esters rising during the swallow, plum and raisin. The finish is dry with some black patent sour. The aftertaste is baker's cocoa, coffee, and roast bitter. There is the added experience of sharp acidic carbonation that forms on the tongue as well as some oaked barrel tannin and flavor. This beer is pretty deep and the flavors are well balanced and work with each other. The head is ridiculus and the fact that the beer is still overly carbonated after the release of all that CO2 is odd. Putting the carb issues aside, this is a really tasty beer. I plan to pick up the last couple bottles the next time I'm near Total Beverage. The body and mouthfell are not what the smell lead me to expect...it's medium bodied and not oatmeal silky smooth. Carbonation was high until I swirled, let the head settle, and swirled again, to release some carbonation.
08-04-2005 05:28:23 | More by mentor
4.08/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: deep, dark color, almost solid black, if not for the lighter, reddish sides and bottom, with a huge, booming, bubbly, cocoa-tan head.
Aroma: soft and creamy, hints of coffee, anise, chocolate, dry and a little bitter, gritty and roasty, but nice.
Taste: great mouthfeel, tremendous texture, palate-coating, but not too heavy, and exquisitely drinkable. This perfectly capture the "Extra Stout" category, and is smooth and eminently drinkable. Hops are here, just enough, and malt is in unfailing supply. Remarkably smooth and drinkable, without losing it's edge. Fully-flavored, richly roasted, and with a hint of fruitiness, just a little. Sure they didn't smuggle this over from Dublin?
Definitely a keeper in my book, an "Extra Stout" that really nails it!
Big thanks to vitriola for this one!
11-26-2003 10:45:59 | More by feloniousmonk
Gaston's Swollen Delta Stout from Redfish New Orleans Brewhouse
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.