Pretzel Stout - Martin House Brewing Company
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.64/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16 oz. can poured into nonic
(7/10/14 canning date on label stuck on four-pack plastic "rings" -- I think this is the brewer's first batch of cans for this brew)
L: pours a classic motor-oil look, thick and syrupy with brown head of foam ... not much of a head, just 1/3-inch or so, with no stick and very little lacing; ugly brew, loads of floaties and sediment, but it's so black you have to hold it up to the Texas sun to see any of it. say what you want, Martin House can't be accused of filtering or cleaning out their brews ... ugly but cool
S: burnt malt, burnt hops, burnt wood ... it's roasted and charred. some chocolate and plenty of dark/burnt coffee beans. almost has a black IPA burnt-hop aroma. as it warms, gets a bit sweeter ... vanilla and whiskey. yeah, the vanilla sweet note really shows up as it warms.
T: follows the nose closely ... charred everything. the aftertaste especially showcases a burnt/charred wood taste. very cold, it's not offering much taste beyond the burnt/charred notes, and those are mostly wood and burnt malt. perhaps the pretzels have taken a lot of the sweet out, but it's not replaced with anything so far. as it warms, not much changes.
F: thick and bordering on syrupy, yet plenty carbonation helps lighten the load and make it drinkable. almost slick. it'd be hard to mistake this for anything but a stout.
O: good brew, and the pretzel thing is a cool trick, but honestly, there's not much here that's blowing me away. if the pretzels are doing anything, they're covering up the malt sweetness, which isn't a plus for my tastes.
the 6.5% ABV seems very in-between for the stout family. i've no big opinion on it -- just pointing it out. you don't taste the alcohol one bit.
Serving type: can
07-27-2014 20:50:20 | More by Premo88
4.51/5 rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Dark opaque black with a strong brown foamy head.
S- Sweet roasted malty chocolate.
t- Sweet on sip followed by malty chocolate bitter that is fantastic. The chocolate malt flavor stay
M- Creamy and smooth.
O- A fantastic stout that brings good malty chocolate flavor.
Serving type: growler
02-15-2014 01:57:47 | More by lsiberian
Pretzel Stout from Martin House Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.