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Taza Stout - Night Shift Brewing

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%

Brewed by:
Night Shift Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 04-22-2012)
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Photo of jaasen64


3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Growler picked up from brewery yesterday. Poured into my CCB snifter. Not sure which batch, I'm assuming probably 5, which had a little bit higher abv.

A- Pours an opaque pitch black with about a quarter finger of off-white mocha slightly yeasty colored head that quickly dissipates. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising fast along the sides of the glass, definitely above average for a stout. Some layered lacing, but not much.

S- The chicory root and ginger definitely stands out as the most dominant aroma. Fairly roasty, with a little bit of chocolate in the background but not nearly as much as I was expecting.

T- Interesting taste- like the smell the ginger and chicory root stand out as the primary tastes mixed with hints of chocolate and roasted malts, followed by a semi-sweet bitter aftertaste where the chocolate stands out a little bit more, but still not too dominant. Chocolate stands out a little bit more as it warms.

M- Medium bodied, definitely a little bit on the lighter side for a stout, a little bit above average carbonation, well-balanced, abv very well hidden, not syrupy at all.

O- This was an interesting stout from a local brewery that I was fortunate to try in it's early stages. It was definitely a little bit different then you're average stout- with more of a strong presence of ginger and chicory. The smell and taste were definitely distinct and fairly strong which I loved about this beer. I would like to see the beer get a little bit more of a sweet chocolate flavor while still maintaining the ginger and chicory. I would recommend trying this beer out and also checking the brewery out.

Note- When we went to the brewery they only had Trifecta, Viva Habenera, and Taza that were growlerable. While all of the beers looked good the Trifecta was getting toward the end of the batch and looked a little bit yeastier then usual and while the viva habenera was very well done and an interesting beer to try, we thought it was a little bit too spicy to get an entire growler of.

Serving type: growler

05-28-2012 01:13:41 | More by jaasen64
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 ounce pour directly at the brewery.

Pours a very dark and opaque color. Chicory, smoke, cocoa and mild marshmallow are in the flavor as well as the aroma. Body is medium at best, lacks the fullness i like in a stout. Does have a bit of a chewy feel to it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 16:16:15 | More by papat444
Photo of AdamF625


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark mahogany to black, thin 1 finger mocha head, bubbly lacing
S- ginger, Belgian yeast, roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, burnt toast
T- chocolate, spices, ginger, coffee, cocoa powder
M- medium body and carbonation. Nice bitter chocolate up front then the ginger strokes the tongue gently.
O- nice beer with some twists. NS likes to push the envelope a bit with their beer and express their creativity. It works for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:16:18 | More by AdamF625
Photo of tigg924


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 3/4 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: milk and dark chocolate

Taste: milk and dark chocolate, charred malt, vanilla, and light nutmeg at the end

Mouthfeel: Sweet with slight bitterness and a dry semi-bitter finish, heavy body, moderate carbonation

Overall: A tasty chocolate stout with an amazing aftertaste. This is my first bottle from Night Shift and based off of this, I will definately be picking up more of their beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 15:21:22 | More by tigg924
Photo of stakem


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a matching Night Shift stemmed glass. The brew appears dark brown to black with mocha head that retains very well with patchy lace.

The smell includes that character of chicory that is earthy with hints of citrus before blending to the roast of the grain and more earth. Slight chocolate appeal and suggestions of coffee.

The taste includes a citrus combination possibly from the chicory and hops. It is also earthen with a bitter charred grain flavor that is slightly leathery. An afterthought of burnt coffee lasts inside the mouth and into the aftertaste.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is interesting and enjoyable but carries with it quite a bit of familiarity to the other chicory brew I have consumed. Im not quite sure what the benefit/idea is here. Create a coffee-like brew without coffee/caffeine? In that sense it is somewhat succesful but overall, I dont think this is something I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 15:53:14 | More by stakem
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip, this beer was very dark brown, almost black, with some garnet. There was a small tan head.

I found the aroma to be a little on the meek side. Roasted malt/coffee. Sweet.

The taste improved on the aroma. Dark coffee, sweet chocolate; nicely juxtaposed. There was a bit of spiciness that I hadn't detected in the aroma.

I thought this beer was a bit on the thin side. Definitely not as robust as I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 21:52:39 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of smcolw


3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Starts with a beige, lasting head. Some spotty, but streaky lace. The color is dark brown but light shines through the edges.

Strong smell of star anise and pepper. Doesn't smell like a stout at all--no coffee or chocolate.

Very thin body for the style. Again, not much classic stout flavor. I would describe it as a souped up brown ale. The initial taste is actually watery. More flavor comes in the swallow. A friend of mine describes it to be like peppermint although I can't find it--I find it more peppery. It's a bit astringent like black tea.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 23:41:27 | More by smcolw
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 into a mug, the beer has a translucent hazelnut coloring while pouring, and settles into a very dark brown, ruby highlighted coloring. One inch, filmy, light tan head that quickly settles and then disappears. Aromas of earthy tannins, oaky highlights, and a dark, bitter cocoa character. Smells rich and bold, but still light somehow. Flavors of rich and robust bitter chocolate initially, with a dark roasted backbone. Earthy overtones take the edge off the bitter profiles. Very light and smooth in mouth. Rich, chocolatey aftertaste with a bittersweet highlight. Smooth, clean finish with a bitter dryness that cleans everything up nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:24:25 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a small eggshell head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a lot of fresh Chicory and ginger. Compared to Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head, this is much more upfront. Then there is some powdery cocoa and brown breadiness but the spices are super up front.

The tastes follow the nose, with the brown breadiness and the baker's cocoa but soon you get a ton of Ginger and more roasty Chicory. The flavor profile at first is interesting but soon becomes taxing and

The mouthfeel is really the suffering point of this beer; it is super light bodied for a 7% offering and lacks the umph needed for an Stout. Finish is spicy and that's pretty much all.

Overall, nice experiment, needs tweaking to improve base beer/mouthfeel and balance out the spice flavors. Would make a super Winter seasonal if it was a tad bit less spicy and more full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 14:51:17 | More by claspada
Photo of Rifugium


3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Night Shift

A basic stout here. Dark brown-black pour with a small cap of tan head that receded to a ringlet. Supposedly chicory and ginger in this beer, but I didn't really get any of it in the aroma or taste. What I did get was your typical dark malt roastiness, notes of coffee and cocoa, maybe a mild herbal/earthy hop profile in there as well. Body was about medium, and rather thin for a stout. Ok, but not great. I wouldn't commit to a whole bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 23:01:04 | More by Rifugium
Photo of mdaschaf


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jaasen64 for this one! Batch #5, 5/13/12

A: Pours a nice black color with a small khaki colored head on top, not much retention, leaving a thin ring on top. Very thin lacing forms on some of the glass.

S: Upfront there is some ginger and chocolate with some light roasty malt. A little bit of chicory comes in too. Reminds me chocolate covered gingers from Trader Joe's.

T: A little bit of chocolate and faint chicory with just a touch of cream. Not much ginger at all. A little bit of brown sugar and molasses.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Just a touch thin.

O: Really liked the aroma, just wish the ginger and chocolate had been that strong in the flavor profile and been just a touch fuller bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 01:35:14 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bendurgin


2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Andy brought this one from a recent Boston area visit. Batch 5 bottled on 5/13/12. Thanks for sharing! Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown with a small layer of light tan head.

The aroma has a nice roasted character with hints of bitter chocolate. The pallet gives more of the same. A bit of a bitter chocolate flavor with some bitter roasted malts. Seems to be a hint of plumbs in the background.

The body is a bit on the lighter side with soft carbonation. Overall this was a bit of a disappointment. Given all the ingredients and the freshness I expected a little more depth.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:37:46 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on May 13, 2012. Super Fresh! Poured into a tulip. The color is pitch black, with a small light tan head.

The aroma is full of malt and cereal grain. A hint of cocoa is noted, but that may be just because of the suggestion.

The taste consists mostly of malty flavor, with a hint of molasses. There is a slightly bitter finish. This is dry and pretty one-dimensional. The chocolate flavor doesn't reveal itself much at all, though it still has a decent dry stout flavor.

This is light-bodied with relatively sharp carbonation.

Meh, I wouldn't bother with this one again, but it isn't awful.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 03:31:50 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of Dope


3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #4, bottled 4/22/12, 7.1% ABV

A: Pours dark brown with a big dense light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving almost no lacing at all oddly enough.

S: Smells mainly like dark chocolate plus a little coffee and some chicory and ginger.

T: Dark chocolate up front, followed by coffee and spicy chicory. Ends with more chocolate (a little creamier this time). Lingering spices (there's the ginger), chicory and some earthiness in the aftertaste.

M: Somewhat thin, but otherwise smooth.

O: Decent stout, not a big fan of chicory myself so that definitely detracts. Pretty simple otherwise, mostly a chocolately stout but not too strong of a flavor either. Kinda has a belgian-style twist with the spices and the earthiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 03:56:11 | More by Dope
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