Uroboros Stout - Anthem Brewing Company

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 1
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
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Anthem Brewing Company visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Spike-likes-beer on 07-02-2014

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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent ebony with a thumb of mocha colored head. Slightly above average lacing & head retention

S: Cocoa & dirt, a little vanilla & dark fruit, every so slight booze once warm

T: Cocoa, mustiness & powdery dryness up front. Musty cocoa, a little bit of earthy mushroom as this warms, some roastyness too. Finishes with a bit of chocolate, dryness, roastyness & & faint funkiness & a little bit of plum

MF: Medium bodied, assertive carbonation

Pretty good slant on the style, fairly drinkable. It is a good "poor man's" Dark Truth, well worth a go

More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a distinctly belgian stout, roasty malty and big like a good american one, but fermented with a mild belgian ale yeast that really makes this pop. muddy brown in color, maybe a little light for a stout in looks, but heady and fizzy and all active in the glass. the nose is malt first, sturdy dark barley and chocolate malt, with the belgian yeast coming second. its not way aggressively belgian, which i like, its subtly belgian, more dainty, just a little sweet wispy stone fruit from the yeast and then its drying properties. not super bitter either, maybe a little less of the unmalted dark barley here than is customary. great carbonation is strange for the style on my palate, almost feels like soda, save a fuller medium body. a very cool style fusion here, different and far more delicate than other belgian stouts ive come across. anthem has got a couple of very drinkable and clever beers out there, i expect them to do quite well moving forward. this stout was a real treat and a little something different. perhaps my favorite dark beer of beer camp...

Photo of barhoc11
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Looks like a stout!

S: Very unique, you can smell the oak, which makes you think you are smelling something like a bailey's liquor

T: Taste follows the nose, the oak is very well done in this stout. The dark malts blend very well with the oak.

M: Nice and full, nothing to complain about

O: I wasn't expecting much so this beat my expectations. I got this in a trade and it is something I will definitely ask for again!

Photo of MartzMimic
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On tap at McNellie's OKC. Pours a dark brown with nearly no head and little lacing. Smells of chocolate cake, a bit of coffee and a touch of dark fruit. The chocolate really comes through in the taste and the coffee diminishes a bit. The tart cherry and booze become more prominent. The tap was a bit cold, and it improves as it warms. It's a fairly thin stout. Medium mouth with very little oil. I'm not typically a fan of thin stouts, but this one grows on me. A solid offering.

Photo of SteveB24
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Stout, chocolate, dates, mild coffee, cake in the flavor, finishes very sweet, but not overwhelmingly do, body is on the heavy side but not too thick for how sweet the beer is. not boozy at all. pretty impressed

Photo of stephens101
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a brilliant presentation with a thick layer of dark tan head that settles gently atop this dark brown brew.

Aroma is rich with ripe and sweet dark fruits, chocolate cake, taffy, persimmon, subtle oak and deep down phenols. Is this barrel aged? Don't think so. But could almost pass for being so.

Taste is warming with plenty of dark fruitiness, grain and chocolate. Soft up front with a certain crispness at the end. Alcohol is blanketed with the fruit and chocolate. Medium bodied and smooth through and through.

All beer-style semantics aside, this is one of the tastiest beers I've had in a while, so I could give a hoot what style it is or is trying to be. Just pour me another.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance- Black with light mocha head. Two finger head with some lacing as it goes along.

Aroma- Sweet chocolate/candy and slight bit of roast malts.

Taste- On the sweeter side but not as much as the nose lets on. At first chocolate/ candy sweetness is noticeable and a slight coffee bitterness snaps at the beginning too. This then transitions to a noticeable oak flavor in the middle, and the finally a slight "twang" from the belgian yeast kicks in with roasty malts that linger on the tongue for a bit.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, thick, a little syrupy, and lingering sticky malts.

Overall-A good belgian stout but a few draw backs for me with one being its just a little too sweet up front and the other being an unpleasant bitterness that lingers just a tad too long. I definitely enjoy this beer and I definitely recommend it, but I'm picky with stouts. Middle of this beer is the best as the sweetness blends nicely with the oak and coffee flavors.

Photo of Bierlerner
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a can and into a mason jar. Lol.

A- Black, but but thick. Excellent tan and tight, frothy head.

S- like devils chocolate cake instantly in my nose, dark fruits, brown sugar.

T- Again, chocolate cake-like, brown sugar, a little spice, raisins, with a quick chocolate macaroon finish. It's somewhat sweet, but not cloying, and extremely balanced even though it has many waves of flavor bursting in my mouth. Quite excellent.

M- medium body, smoooth carb.

O- What is perplexing is that while it's a stout with its medium body that would be excellent on a cold day, it's softness with its touch of sweetness keeps it light so that even on a hot summer day, it is quite drinkable. It's a brilliant beer, really. A year round stout that my fridge will be stocked. Cheers to Anthem.

Photo of McStagger
3.95/5  rDev +1%

From notes.

A: Deep brown. Head looks like espresso crema. Retention and lacing are both minimal. Pretty much impossible to discern carbonation.

S: Darker milk chocolate. Bit of roastiness.

T: Initial burst of of chocolate. Some of the roastiness comes through. Picks up some coffee flavor. Belgian yeast flexes with some sweet darkened fruit.

M: Medium to full bodied.

O: Pretty tasty stout. Didn't realize it was Belgian yeast until about halfway through. The yeasty components definitely added to the complexity of this beer.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours up to a nice beige head that sticks around and laces and deep mahogany color. Aroma presents with strong oak and vanilla and yeast esters as promised. Flavors are roasty grains and smoky finish. Mouthfeel is medium full. Overall a good call.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head that leaves some lacing.

S-Some roasted malt, tad bit of coffee and chocolate then dark fruits and plums

T-Dark fruits, the Belgian flavors come through. Some roasted malt and mild coffee.

M-Medium to lighter, some carbonation and slightly watery.

O-One of the better Belgian Stouts.

Photo of hydrate
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet, maybe too sweet. Stronger alcohol taste than I expected. No/very light choc/coffee flavors. Says it's an American Stout but I would say It's a milk stout. Not bad for what it is but not my thing.

Photo of jmbranum
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Edited later in the day:

Purchased at Broadway Wine Merchants in OKC. Poured from a very attractively designed can can into a wine goblet.

Appearance: 5/5 Pours a glorious almost black brown with an enormous tan head.

Aroma: 5/5 I can smell this one from 3 feet away after the initial pour. Lots of toasty malty notes.

Flavor: 4.25/5 First thoughts - I really wanted to like this beer. The concept of a Belgian-influenced stout was interesting and of course they are local. But the flavor is the weak point. It doesn't work as a stout to me. A stout should have more bitter notes (even milk stouts and the like still need a little bitterness as a counterpoint). It smelled very toasty and bitter but the flavor didn't deliver. Very little of the chocolate, cocoa and toasted grain elements.

There were some wine-like notes and some sourness (which I expected from the Belgian influence) and it ended with a lingering sour/sweet taste on the palate.

Not a bad beer but I think it needs more tweaking. Admittedly the stout category is a tough one to compete in so I do want to try their beers of other styles.

Second thoughts on the taste - I poured a second can later in the day and did not put in the fridge before hand, which turned out to be a very, very good move. This beer is far superior at room temperature. Lots of additional complexity. The bitter notes do come out now. Very nice dark chocolate. Dry start with a sweeter finish and a lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel 4/5 Very smooth but thin mouthfeel. Way too thin when cold but better when warmer. I still think I would prefer a little more body.

Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label design acquired in a trade and served cold into a stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas.

Reviewed live, as a Belgian style stout per the label. Expectations are above average given the description, which makes it sound tasty. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. 8.5% ABV per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Three fingers wide. Gorgeous rich tan colour. Fantastically creamy, with a supple soft complexion. Smooth and even consistency. Looks great. I suppose it could be darker and richer, but this has my mouth watering. Retention is excellent - easily 10+ minutes.

BODY: Indeed aphotic. An opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking Belgian stout, but isn't unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it. The colour of the head is a highlight.

AROMA: Lovely genuine cocoa dust and chocolate notes - including chocolate malts. Cinnamon dust. Faint roasted barley - not as much as I'd like, but I'll take what little there is happily. Subdued hints of oak - not the cohesive substratum of true oak barrel aging - but rather a less evocative white woody presence. I find it quite pleasant, and crave more. The candi sugar mentioned on the label isn't detectable in the aroma. This is noticeably Belgian in character when I smell it knowing Belgian yeast was used, but I don't know that I'd pick up on that if I tried this blind; it's not overtly biscuity or spicy like Belgian yeast usually is in a Belgian stout.

No hop character, off-notes, or overt alcohol is detectable.

This is a very good aroma for the style, suggesting a balanced interesting brew that isn't your run of the mill stout. I'm intrigued. Mild in strength. I suppose it's a bit too timid for a stout, if we're nitpicking.

As it warms, cream emerges, along with a kiss of muted anise. Also, I detect the beginnings of a plum-like stonefruit note.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The dark sugarplum melts into the chocolate malt backdrop, accented by notes of subtle cinnamon, cocoa powder, and delightfully soft cream/creaminess.

The texture is immediately pleasant; creamy, supple, soft, silky, and even comforting, with the smoothness and wetness you'd expect in a good stout. Has a perfect medium-bodied presence on the palate, with an ideal weight and heft; this texture supports the many diverse notes in the flavour profile without feeling overbearing or syrupy. There's no booziness or alcohol heat. Perfect thickness. Perfect carbonation. What a great mouthfeel; it feels tailored specifically to this taste. Fantastic.

Getting back to the taste, boy is this beer balanced. No note dominates; it's a happy harmony of its constituents. Definitely a gestalt build; this beer is more than the sum of its parts, and boasts good depth and duration of flavour. Flavour intensity is (aptly) average.

The plum sets off the beer from the get-go, but the Belgian yeast is so subtly incorporated you'd be hard-pressed to find other evidence of its use. Unfortunately, it's a bit light on the oak presence; there's a hint of it, but it's just a mild white oak woodiness, not the unifying substratum of oak barrel character that I so often crave in a good stout. Luckily, the anise I noticed in the aroma is absent here.

The dark fruit emerges more and more as it comes to temperature, revealing a buried date character. This beer boasts plenty of subtlety and nuance, and will surprise even the most discerning of drinkers with its quality.

OVERALL: A fantastic Belgian inspired stout with lovely plum notes, Uroboros is an impressive treat from a can. No metallic off-notes here, just an easy drinking stout which hides its ABV well and doesn't skimp on flavour. I'd recommend this to any beer enthusiast and I'm glad it was traded to me. I'd definitely pick this up again if I was lucky enough to see it on store shelves, but I wouldn't go out of my way to trade for it. Impressive stuff from a brewery I'm going to have to look more into. Tasty stuff.

High B

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: black with just some dark brown highlights around the edges. Head is a thick finger of creamy dark-tan foam with good retention. Great.

Smell: sweet with a rich aroma; roasty but not astringent. There's also a good dark-fruit quality here; plums and dates mostly. I like it.

Taste: roasty and a little chocolatey, with a low level of astringency but a nice ashiness toward the end. The dark fruits are also present in the flavor, which I quite like. This is a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: relatively light body with a thin carbonation. Not as big-bodied or creamy as I would hope; it's not awful, but it's definitely not quite up to snuff with the rest of this beer's qualities.

Overall: despite the lack of creaminess, the taste is great and I would definitely drink this beer again. It makes a good breakfast stout.

Photo of Maloney1011
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: dark opaque black, light nutty brown color head.

Aroma: Yeast funk, light roasted malts, slightly sweet caramel, suprisingly not a lot of presences for the color.

Flavor: Creamy sweet malt, then a bitter bite from the roasted character. Slight DMS sneeks through at the end to say, "Hola"!

Feel: Thick and creamy with a full body. Smooth.

Overall: Pleasant presentation from Anthem. Probably the best I have had from thier selection.

Sidenote: Poured on tap at McNellies OKC, as it warmed up the cholcolate and alcohol started to come out. I would order again if it was on special.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good but has a relatively thin mouthfeel.

Photo of Decker
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A beautifully crafted stout that is undoubtedly Anthem's best product.

Uroboros Stout from Anthem Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.