Old North State Stout - Carolina Brewery
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beerinator:
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
Appearance: Super dark. Head appears to be made of bubbly hot chocolate. Good retention.
Aroma: Roasty burned bitterness. Coffee aromas dominate the smells. There is a bit of sweetness peeking out past the bitter burnt roastyness. Smells a bit like dark chocolate.
Taste: Solidly bitter. The carbonation level is nice. The aftertaste lingers on a bit leaving you with chalky bitterness. The sweetness that is in the flavor balances well with the roasted taste. There is a tiny bit of sourness present in the flavor. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected.
Notes: A nice stout. Seems a bit light on the mouthfeel, but other than that it seems very much to style. A good offering.
06-15-2004 22:55:57 | More by beerinator
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +7.2%
a: black in color, comes in a pint with a light mocha head that shows light retention
s: full roasts, dark molasses, earthy hops, dusty dark cocoa
m: body on the light side of the full range, medium-low level of carbonation
t: big roasts - not too bitter, nice and creamy - with plentiful molasses, bitter chocolate, high earthy hop flavor, and a moderate bitterness...a tasty stout for sure
d: easy, might come across as a little light on the tongue, but it's full of flavor and would make for a nice session stout
walked over in between opening bands at the 506
04-22-2008 16:57:08 | More by blackie
3.23/5 rDev -13.4%
This beer's dark dark-brown color and tan head certainly betrays its style. It looks absolutely stout-ish. A good sniff delivers aromas of hops, dark malts, and a bit of sugary sweetness. The flavor is of toasted malts, with espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and a nice smokiness to boot. A little hop bitterness comes through in the end. The texture is nice and dry.
07-17-2007 12:04:51 | More by CWiggins
3.8/5 rDev +1.9%
Black with a decent head.
Smell tasty roasted coffee, but fairly weak.
Roasted flavors, with coffee and dark chocolate flavors in this, and a slightly hoppy bitter finish. Dark and pleasant.
Mouthfeel somewhat thin, but keeps it drinkable.
Went well with my burger. Also sampled some of their other brews, looks like this place has a lot of potential. Wanted to get a glass of the IPA, but I was full.
03-18-2008 02:57:44 | More by Strix
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Had this brew a week ago when I was in Chapel Hill visiting friends and going to the GT-UNC game. After the game, we hit the town and this was our first stop. Ordered a steak sandwich and a glass of this stout. Poured a deep black with moderate lacing. Smell and taste were both roasted coffee with slight chocolate undertones. Moderate carbonation and good taste make this brew pretty drinkable. Good stuff.
11-14-2008 21:48:59 | More by jdubjacket
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
Appearance: Very dark, almost black body with a nice tan head and good lacing
Smell: Roasted malt aroma with some coffee elements; could be a bit more pronouced
Taste: Nice coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate; balanced with a bit of hoppy bitterness
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated
Drinkability: Wonderfully drinkable. Very nice example of the style.
01-06-2005 22:32:48 | More by brentk56
3.15/5 rDev -15.5%
Sampled on tap at the Carolina Brewery.
A - A deep, dark stout with a small beige head that doesn't last long (the only detraction from an otherwise great presentation).
S - Nice roasted malt and chocolate aroma.
T - A strong roasted malt flavor with a sharp bitterness. It was quite dry and lacked balance.
M - It was a bit on the thin side.
D - I like a good American stout but this one was a bit disappointing. It was OK but gave no reason to order a second. I'll have to try it again to see if it was just an off batch.
05-21-2008 18:44:45 | More by GJ40
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
Solid stout. I had the sampler and this was one of the samples I had. Not a bad stout and compares well to Gunniess
appearance: almost black
taste: deep charred malt
mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty
drinkability: very easy and smooth for a stout
10-22-2008 14:45:26 | More by CampusCrew
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Had this beer on-tap at the Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill. The appearance had a nice dark color with a thin amount of head that quickly disappeared into the beer. The smell had a combination of coffee and roasted malt. The taste was good. The coffee aroma translated well into the taste. The mouthfeel had a slight amount of carbination with a good hit of body. As for drinkability, one could get this in a growler, and it will serve the drinker well for a couple of sessions.
11-14-2008 02:51:35 | More by tommy78
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Served a deep black with a decent off white head that slowly diminished and left no lacing. The aroma was slightly weak, some general stout aromas come through. The taste is very much like a traditional stout. Some coffee and bitter chocolate present behind the usual roasted barley. The hops also make a decent impression in the background. The beer is nice and dry and refreshing, it is light on the palate and very easy to drink, even on a very warm NC Spring evening.
03-28-2007 02:16:07 | More by atsprings
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
On-tap at the Brewpub in Chapel Hill, NC.
Pint glass is filled with a beauty of a dark stout, capped by a creamy brown layer of foam that went nowhere. Nose picked up on some roasted malt, light chocolates, and a pinch of earthy hops.
The hops were more than evident in the flavor, bringing some musty spice and citrus. The malts did more than just balance the hoppiness, coating the palate with chocolate roast, coffee, and a slight grainy husk note. Mouthfeel was a bit too overcarbonated for my liking, especially for the style. Body was a bit too thin as well, probably a side effect of the pronounced bubbliness. Although this was a fairly easy-drinking stout, especially for an August night sitting outside, it doesn't quite top Carolina Brewery's Oatmeal Porter. Still worth a try, though.
08-10-2008 05:25:46 | More by wagenvolks
Old North State Stout from Carolina Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.