Noble Stout - Standing Stone Brewing Company
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.22/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a dark brown/black hue with a generous oatmeal hued head. On a funny note, it took at least 3 minutes to pour mine since the line had partially frozen. I let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes to come up to a good temperature.
Smells richly of french press coffee and roasted espresso beans. Has a hint of a mocha character with some smoke, burnt sugar, and roasted nuts. Very roasted character. Very welcoming aromas nonetheless.
Taste is a little more simple than the nose suggests, but still very nice. More coffee and a hint of the oatmeal coming through.
The texture is nice, albeit a little light. This is traditional stout strength (5-6% abv), not the cranked up 8-12% you sometimes see from many NW brewers. I appreciate them keeping the alcohol in check. Though the body is light, and a touch thin, the finish is lovely and lingering. Body and texture remind me more of a porter I guess. The oatmeal doesn't really add much to the texture, sadly.
Overall a very nice stout that really showcases the addition of the Noble Roasters' coffee. Since I was also drinking quite a bit of the Noble iced coffee during my visit to Ashland, I doubly appreciated the brewery keeping that heart in the beer.
10-22-2011 21:36:53 | More by cbarrett4
3.7/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours a dark brown, almost black, but looking rather thin. Minimal medium-tan head that recedes fast and leaves little lacing. Doesn't look like it has much carbonation.
Smell is really nice, a great blend of coffee aromas, sweetness and fullness of oats, and some solid dark malts. Sweet and rich coffee beer... yum.
Taste is weaker than the smell; the coffee comes through clearly, but not as well as the smell. Same for the oatmeal. It's decent, with good flavors, but they're just rather thin. A bit of bitterness comes on near the finish, but it's gone quickly, leaving a slightly sweet finish.
Mouthfeel is likewise rather thin. Medium-light body, very low carbonation. I find it quite thin for a stout. Finish is rather watery.
Everything about this beer is good, but not quite enough. The appearance, taste, and mouthfeel are all just a little thin. Solid, but not outstanding.
06-30-2011 07:03:32 | More by zeledonia
Noble Stout from Standing Stone Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.