Sister Sue Stout - West Sixth Brewing Company
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.76/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The appearance is black as a stout should be and stacks a nice creamy dark brown head. The nitro tap causes very small bubbling along the edge of the glass that detracts from the overall presentation.
The scent is weak but coffee is definitely found. Some charred malt notes but the coffee dominates.
The taste is light and smooth with burnt coffee and charred malts. The feel is equally smooth with a very easy drinkability. This may have been a higher scored stout on a CO2 line as the nitro seems to sacrifice taste for smooth drinkability. I finished the pint in minutes with little effort but yearned for the burnt, smokey, coffee malts that I knew were there.
Serving type: nitro-tap
02-24-2013 00:09:29 | More by KYGunner
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
To round out their portfolio, West Sixth Brewery steps into the dark side with this roasted ale of coffee proportions.
Sister Sue pours with a froathy cascade that eventually separates the lightly tanned foam from the bark-brown beverage beneath. The depth of clarity is noted by it's onyx-like sheen and lack of cloudy haze. Firm retainage and lacing rings denote each sip similar to that of Guinness Draught.
Moderate aromas of coffee grounds, cocoa-rich chocolates, earthy nuttiness, and deeply caramelized malts give a lot of structure to the scent with focus and dedication to the heavily roasted grains.
Flavors follow with high emphasis on malt character that ranges from mild starch to burnt chocolate, Columbian coffee, toasted walnuts, and heavily toasted breads. Dry malt character allows for a slight unveiling of campfire and spicy smoke to decorate the char of grain that should find favor with dry Irish stouts.
Medium bodied, the beer's early carbonated creaminess proves fleeting and allows for the quick dryness of roasted grain, spicy hops, and light alcohol to close the beer with a crisper finish than the flavors suggest.
Any fan of Guinness should find favor with this stout ale. Where the heavy creaminess of Guinness is substituted with more traditional carbonation, the beer retains much the same proportion and intensity of flavor of Ireland's favorite.
Serving type: on-tap
05-19-2012 19:18:29 | More by BEERchitect
3.75/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours an opaque deep brown, with dark brown highlights that are barely visible. A light tan head a solid inch thick dissipates slowly into a thick pool of foam, leaving little lacing.
Aroma is chocolate, toffee, and roast malt with dominant coffee undertones.
Flavor is perhaps more subtle than expected from the smell. Roast malt and coffee are present, but more balanced with sufficient chocolatey malt sweetness. It lacks the acrid bite I find offensive in most examples of the style. Nuttiness emerges as it warms.
Body is moderately heavy, very smooth, with carbonation on the low side.
Overall, a very solid offering. No frills, just a good, drinkable, inoffensive beer.
Serving type: on-tap
04-26-2012 21:56:58 | More by barczar
Sister Sue Stout from West Sixth Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.