Taza Stout - Night Shift Brewing
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3.49/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
02-23-2013 23:01:04 | More by Rifugium
3.15/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
03-12-2013 23:41:27 | More by smcolw
3.55/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
12-13-2013 15:53:14 | More by stakem
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
09-13-2012 01:35:14 | More by mdaschaf
3.64/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
03-05-2013 01:24:25 | More by GarthDanielson
3.46/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
02-24-2013 14:51:17 | More by claspada
3.79/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
03-13-2013 21:52:39 | More by lordofthewiens
3.7/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
01-02-2014 15:21:22 | More by tigg924
3.93/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
05-30-2012 03:56:11 | More by Dope
Taza Stout from Night Shift Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.