Neustadt Texas Tea Honey Stout - Neustadt Springs Brewery
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3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
Tallboy can picked up fresh from the brewery, listed at 6%. I decided to take a little detour through Neustadt on the way back from my last camping trek, hoping that they might have a few one-offs or brewery-only seasonals available - and lo and behold, this is one of several I managed to grab. Never had a honey stout before, but damned if it doesn't sound like a tasty concept. Served slightly chilled.
Pours a total pitch black colour, topped at first with two fingers of puffy, foamy, tan-coloured head that melts away fairly rapidly over the next minute or two. It eventually settles into a thin, creamy cap and narrow collar. Not a lot of lace, but attractive otherwise. I am really digging the aroma - a solid mix of roasted malts, mocha, dark chocolate, treacle and some faint floral hop notes. Not overly complex, but they blend together very nicely and the end result is one enticing bouquet.
Starting off in the flavour department is a pleasant mixture of dark roasted malts, cocoa and hazelnuts, followed up by a mild honey sweetness. I can also pick out some dark fruit tanginess, with the finish offering up some leafy, almost herbal hops and a charred coffee bean note that hangs on into the aftertaste. Flavour-wise it comes together quite nicely, but I really wish it were a bit bolder/more intense. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Smooth, tasty, and extremely drinkable for a 6% stout.
Final Grade: 3.73, an approachable B grade. Neustadt Springs' Texas Tea Honey Stout is a yummy brew, but there is still room for improvement. The sweetness and the roasty aspects of the flavour profile are balanced exquisitely - this is a very well-brewed beer; I just wish it had a little more oomph. Minor quibbles aside, this is still a pretty good stout - and in a market so starved for quality, locally-made, year-round stouts, it's a brew that really needs to find a way onto LCBO shelves. Worth a try, and one that would enter my rotation if it became available locally.
08-23-2013 05:52:50 | More by thehyperduck
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
One of Neustadt's best thus far!
Beautiful dark colour, nearly black with limited head and no lacing. Aroma of caramelized malts with milky, oaky tannins. Flavour isn't as robust or complex, but still very enjoyable. Roasted malts and dark chocolate lactic tones. Well balanced with little residual aftertaste.
04-06-2012 01:07:04 | More by hopsolutely
3.95/5 rDev +7%
On tap as recommended by the bartender at Black Tomato. From notes.
A - Poured black. One finger of creamy light brown head. Spotty lace with no retention.
S - Slightly floral, teas, flowers and a slight roasty note.
T - Roasty, floral, chocolate, teas and flowers again. Really tasty.
M - Nice carbonation. Medium to full body, sweet floral finish.
O/D - A neat one coming out of Ontario. Sessionable. A nice change for our neck of the woods. This feels alot more like something I would find at Mikkeller Bar rather than in Ottawa. Good to see some experiementation.
12-15-2011 02:19:25 | More by tbeckett
3.8/5 rDev +3%
Cask at C'est What?
A - Dark brown, slightly black with a small amount of off white head.
S - Some dark malts and chocolate. Light nose.
T - Cocoa, roasted malts, some dark fruit, hazelnut and chocolate. As the beer warms up the hazelnut flavours become more evident.
M - Medium body. Light carbonation.
09-13-2011 16:24:40 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
Pint at C'est What.
Pours almost black, with a super dense and creamy cap of light brown head. Looks fantastic, and could be confused for something on nitro instead. Nose has a bit of coffee and milk chocolate; a gentle creamy quality is here too. Pleasant and simple. Taste does just the same with more coffee, and again, a creamy milk chocolate type feel. Some bitterness and roast linger in the finish. Reasonable mouthfeel that lends a substantial creaminess to the palate. Some dryness in the finish, and a general good feel overall. A simple and relatively standard but effective milk stout. Certainly something I could revisit.
05-13-2011 19:54:20 | More by liamt07
2.78/5 rDev -24.7%
Can from the brewery
A: Inky black body with a big head that leaves minimal lacing.
S: Quite metallic and sulfuric. Coffee dominates the nose. some dark fruits. Overall, not the most appealing scent.
T: same off profiles in the nose are present here, although more muted.
M: low carbonation with creamy feel. not too sticky. medium/full bodied. a little dry but not parching.
D: Ive had this before and thought it a better beer than this. This time however, I'm not impressed and am toiling my way though this pint.
01-02-2011 03:59:34 | More by uno99
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
Had this on cask at C'est What. Pours a deep brown colour with little hints of amber around the edges. Small off-white head with good retention and some mild lacing. I think I can smell some tea, but that may just be power of suggestion. Dark fruits with some mild roast in the smell. Flavour is quite sweet, almost no bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin, I wouldn't have thought this was a stout. A pretty good beer.
12-01-2010 22:34:20 | More by kwjd
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Off cask at C'est What?, in Toronto.
Texas Tea looks indeed like something pumped out the bottom of an oil well; it appears black and almost sludgy. But the light above is quite dim and when inspected against a brighter backdrop, brown highlights abound and it starts to look much more like a long-steeped Earl Grey tea. Either way, the name seems (doubly) appropriate.
They say everything is bigger in Texas but this aroma isn't so profound. Toasty brown malts and roasted barley dominate with remiss notes of cream and hazelnut to accent. The aura of black tea may be noted purely because the power of suggestion but there is definitely something earthy, herbal, bitter and lightly smoky and faintly savory about it.
Texas Tea is not 'oil rich', but it is well-off in terms of flavour: dry, roasted barley and toasty brown malts tower over the tastes of chocolate-covered hazelnuts and cinnamon spice that underline and embellish the beer. That cinnamon spice and bold hazelnut flavour (or something) make the beer notably distinct and really blur style guidelines.
The extent to which the easy carbonation of the cask benefits the beer can hardly be understated. Despite its relatively burly and roasty character, the beer drinks (and sits in the belly) light as a cloud. Moreover, its delicate coffee-bean like roast and acidity would likely collapse under the weight of conventional (or especially nitro) carbonation.
I'd also expect the distinctly bitter, pithy taste of the hops - that same taste that strangles out all those roasty, chocolaty flavours on the finish - to retreat into hiding if not for such a temperate, permitting carbonation. Most significantly, the beer drinks with all the same milky, creamy texture (and a fraction of the sweetness) as a frothy latte.
Texas Tea is not plum but pert near; it's both hat and cattle. Neustadt is a competent maker of cask beer, C'est What? is a competent caretaker of cask beer, and so I'm not surprised that this (frankly unusual and hard to classify beer) was in such tip top shape and so deliciously enjoyable - nor that I'm already fix'in for another! Yeehaw!!
11-17-2010 19:46:48 | More by biegaman
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
Can from the brewery poured a deep opaque brown , smallish mocha cap, decent lacing.
Aroma is pungent with roast grains cocoa and a honey sweetness just below the grassy-spicy hops.
Rounded mellow character chewy mouth feel,
Big roast-cocoa-malt with a underlying tangy honey note which is pleasantly sweet nowhere near cloying. Rich roasty- cereal body gives way to a long wet finish punctuated with roast and some char astringency and a light hop bite.
A unique take on a sweet stout with local honey substituting for lactose usually used in these sweet stouts and Pacific Jades out shining the traditional goldings. A milk stout with a couple of twists ....Another great release from this brewer.
02-18-2010 02:28:55 | More by pootz
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
Nondescript silver can with a sticker label. Not even sure if this is the "production" version, but what the heck.
Clear, but dark, dark brown with a good sticky head of foam. Nose is heavy metallic caramel. Flavour is sweet-ish, as expected. Toasted grain and caramel, dark fruit flavours, coffee and a hint of licorice. Nice fresh hops in the back end. Smooth body and moderate carbonation. Well balanced and very drinkable.
08-01-2009 02:57:04 | More by allergictomacros
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
On tap at the King Edward in Ilderton, ON- A very deep and dark opaque motor oil pour, almost black. Pours a frothy and long lived finger of mocha froth. Nose of cocoa, molasses, roasted malts, fresh floral hops, some coffee and some vanilla. Tastes quite sweet. Of chocolate covered coffee beans, honey, fruits, roasted malts, again with the fresh hops. This is very creamy and downright drinkable. A pleasant surprise on my latest visit to the King Edward. Thanks for getting this on Rich and Deb! This is the best beer from Neustadt thus far.
07-29-2009 12:02:33 | More by mrmanning
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
I had this cask conditioned at Volo on April 3, 2009 during the last cask crawl, but I fear at that point I was rather drunk and, according to my trusty beer geek Moleskine, all I managed was to scribble down the following few tremendously crap notes:
A: black as pitch
T: Grassy coffee. Burt malts. (I assume I meant burnt? You tell me.)
M; Full. Clen. (At least, that's what I *think* I wrote.)
So as you can imagine I'm pretty happy to have a chance to revisit this beer with a much clearer head, albeit this time from a can purchased from the brewery a few months ago.
Drunk me wasn't wrong about the color. Pours a deep dark black with plenty of carbonation which quickly escapes leaving things a little flat toward the end. Not a lot of lacing here as time goes on, but the head retention is respectable.
Sober me clearly has a better sense of smell because I pick up a heavy hit of brown sugar and some kind of floral noble hop.
The taste this time is crisp sweet prunes, a hint of anise, roasted malt and coffee with a nice sweet fruity bitterness in the finish that lingers wonderfully. There was a hit of metal in the first two or three sips but luckily that went away.
Mouthfeel is thinner than drunk me remembers it being on cask, which is a pity, because from the can the mouthfeel leaves much to be desired.
Overall a decent, highly quaffable stout, and one I'd happily drink again, only preferably on cask. While sober.
And I might have to try it side by side with a 10W30 some time just to make sure my any perceived similarities are just my imagination.
07-14-2009 01:40:59 | More by MeisterBurger
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
Cask at C'est What. Works very well as a cask, purs dark with soft creamy mocha head, that leaves much lace down the glass. A bit of roasted barley aroma. Easy mouthfeel that is as much as a stout as it is a Scottish. Not too sweet. Refreshing on a Spring Day.
04-24-2009 19:27:36 | More by Sammy
3.03/5 rDev -17.9%
Cask: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a light foamy head. Aroma is dominated by dry roasted malt with light coffee notes. Taste is dominated by lightly astringent coffee notes with some lightly bitter roasted malt notes. Body is thin with a watery final. I can't say I was overly impressed and I find that beers from this brewery are a bit thin.
04-23-2009 20:33:34 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
On cask at Volo.
Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, some red in the edges, thick tan head forms, drops a lot of lace spots on the glass, settles to a thick layer. Smell is great, very sweet and roasty, caramel and chocolate, biscuit, raisins and dark fruit, grapesl brown sugar, very nice and malty. Taste is similar, sweet up front, caramel, chocolate and coffee roast, touch of vanilla and dark fruit, biscuity, nice sweet lactose finish, but balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very good and drinkable stout. Best beer I've had from them, a really nice stout.
04-15-2009 20:13:13 | More by Viggo
4.3/5 rDev +16.5%
Tried on cask at C'est What, Toronto.
(From notes as it was not yet entered in BA.)
Good looking stout, appearance as expected, black body and thick, creamy tan head. Long lasting foam, thick lacing. Smells of light cocoa and chocolate, and some coffee. More floral hop aroma than I was expecting. Sweet malt taste. Chocolate and coffee with cream, light hopping at the end. Full bodied mouthfeel, creamy and smooth.
I thought this was an impressive stout, and the cask added another dimension.
04-05-2009 04:24:25 | More by BigBry
British Columbia (Canada)
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
A: Black with a frothy, white head, good retention & lacing.
S: Slightly roasty, brown sugar and a slightly floral/soapy hop aroma. I don't know what the hops are, but I'm not sure I'd use them in this style.
T: Slight coffee roastyness, very bready, treacle, hints of licorice, residual sweetness nicely balances the roasted malt & modest bitterness. Well done.
M: Very smooth & creamy. Done nicely on cask.
D: Very drinkable. I'd be happy having a few of these.
04-04-2009 18:18:04 | More by Derek
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
Classic stout appearance, with a jet black body and a creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing in sheets. Flawless. Clean, almost herbal aroma... a bit sterile. Light coffee, chocolate, and cream dominate the flavour, which is definitely weighted to sweet malts, though some light hopping comes through in the finish. Full bodied with a mouthfeel perfectly suited to the flavour.
I've neen really impressed with the past couple of Neustadt casks - they do an awesome job of them.
04-04-2009 17:16:11 | More by bobsy
Neustadt Texas Tea Honey Stout from Neustadt Springs Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.