Taza Stout - Night Shift Brewing
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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
3.49/5 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
3.58/5 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
2.98/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
06-01-2012 03:37:46 | More by Bendurgin
3.08/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
06-01-2012 03:31:50 | More by andrewinski1
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
3.15/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
05-28-2012 01:13:41 | More by jaasen64
Taza Stout from Night Shift Brewing
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