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Stout Of Circumstance - Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Stout Of Circumstance
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BA SCORE
82
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20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chugamugofsud on 05-20-2004)
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +19%

07-06-2014 23:56:24 | More by GClarkage
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od_sf

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

06-06-2014 23:19:41 | More by od_sf
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2%

05-03-2014 02:07:57 | More by bostonryan
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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a cocoa colored foam with a dark roasty-chocolate color. There’s a roasty aroma of dark chocolate. The flavor has a dry roasty-char charcter to it, of dark chocolate and heavy coffee. It reminded me of a Mexican coffee, that is the chocolate notes in a Mexican-origin coffee. I liked this character that came through in the beer, however I wish it had more of a body to support it. A mixed bag but one I’d have again on a cold, foggy night.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 09:16:00 | More by elNopalero
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MarioM

California

3.75/5  rDev +5%

04-21-2013 02:43:23 | More by MarioM
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-22-2012 02:29:33 | More by t0rin0
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baysider15

California

2.75/5  rDev -23%

05-07-2012 17:03:48 | More by baysider15
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brotherloco

California

3.25/5  rDev -9%

04-25-2012 19:21:41 | More by brotherloco
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kojevergas

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a half-pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half-finger head of tan colour, light cream, decent thickness, and poor retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Heavy caramel, light chocolate, and cream.

T: Rich chocolate, heavy caramel, and light roast. Deep but not complex. Really nicely built for what it is. Balanced. I do wish they tried for more; it's boring and simple but could be so much more. The richness is magnificent.

Mf: Smooth and wet; more porter than stout. Lacks cream. The thickness is nice. In spite of the oats, it should be coarser and dryer.

Dr: Very drinkable for a stout at the cost of proper mouthfeel. It could be so much better than this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 03:13:50 | More by kojevergas
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womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Magnolia

A: The pour is nearly black with a towering mocha colored head that slowly dies down.

S: Quite chocolatey to begin with, offering up both dark and milk chocolate aromas. There's a bit of a creaminess to the nose and a nice roasted malt note, with perhaps some burnt sugar.

T: Starts off with the roasted malt flavor. Some molasses and dark chocolate follow and coming through a little bit later is a sweeter, creamier, milk chocolate. Not too bitter, but there is some earthy hop flavor.

M: The body is maybe a little on the thin side and the carbonation is medium.

D: Not quite as rich as many oatmeal stouts, but still a pretty decent beer. Wouldn't mind ticking this one on tap again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 08:58:29 | More by womencantsail
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a roasted malts, lactose and charcoal.

The taste consisted of dark chocolate, cafe au laite and a smooth smokiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and robust oatmeal stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2010 18:53:51 | More by plaid75
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GPHarris

Alabama

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the gastropub as part of a flight along with their highwayman ale, proving ground ipa, wit rabbit, half step hefe and a stone levitation pale ale.

good beer with hints of oat and roast.

i paired this flight with a fried chicken sandwich.

not counting the stone, i rank the beers in this flight...

1) wit rabbit
2) highwayman ale
3) half step hefe
4) stout of circumstance
5) proving ground ipa

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 20:42:22 | More by GPHarris
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bbothen

California

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub.

Dark brown, not quite black with a small head skim across the top. Forms tiny bubbles around glass. Looks more like a porter.

Has a mild roasted scent with some chocolate & coffee aromas.

Big roasted coffee flavor with a considerable bitterness. Some faint chocolate & sweetness as well.

Feels smooth & creamy. Lingering roasted finish.

I'd gladly have again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 18:20:15 | More by bbothen
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bboven

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Great black color with a khaki-colored head that stick to the edge of the glass like a spiderweb.

Lots of bitter chocolate in the smell and a tiny bit of roast.

This is where things get weird. There is a huge crayon wax/plastic flavor that takes over everything except an oddly sour roast flavor. I have to suspect infection or something because I got nothing like this in the aroma and have never tasted anything like it in any stout.

The mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy regardless of the flavor.

I can't say it any other way than I did not enjoy the flavor of this beer at all.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2007 19:35:35 | More by bboven
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Magnolia brew pub in San Francisco, CA. It was a deep brown color with no head at all. It had an aroma of roasty barbeque, and was very flat with a strong roast taste. It wasn't very thick, more like a porter. Overall roast was the dominant flavor and aroma, and I felt that it was served a bit too warm for the tastes also.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 21:52:02 | More by kdoc8
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carln26

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color, light haze, topped by a creamy tan head that leaves a nice lace. Dark roast malt aroma, a little espresso, touch of dark chocolate. Rich, dry aroma. Just as I would expect from this style. Flavor has a nice sweetness up front from the oatmeal., roast malt, some bitter chocolate, orange citrus bitterness. Slick and smooth mouth feel. Very drinkable. Really nice example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2006 22:06:08 | More by carln26
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Magnolia brewpub. The appearance is dark brown, almost black color. The aroma is mostly roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is the same but a little tiring, it gets old quickly. The moutfeel isn't as silky smooth as other oatmeal stouts I've tried, and while I'm at it I'll say that the carbonation seemed weak. Not the best beer I tried at Magnolia.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2006 14:24:59 | More by TurdFurgison
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watermelonman

California

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as a mostly black color with little head. The lacing is minor.

The smell and taste are in-tune with each other and good on their own. A touch of chocolate rounds out the oatmeal and malts. As for the finish, it is actually fairly dry. This beer feels very nice in the mouth and goes down easily.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 19:52:27 | More by watermelonman
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap, Magnolia Pub and brewery, San Fransisico. Nothing spesh. Standard roast and choc, medium bittreness, decent flavours, but perhaps a little too subtle. A bit short and thin, especially for a stout of around 6%ABV, i suppose i expected a bit too much after having some very nice US stouts previously.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2004 10:57:18 | More by rastaman
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is amazing. It pours a deep black with a thick tan head on top. It smells amazingly of both coffee and chocolate with some huge malt undertones. The stout is very full and amazingly tasty, finishing smoothly. The hops in this one make it unique for an oatmeal stout, giving a little finish of hob bitterness after the full body of the oatmeal taste. Like it and recommend it, the taste is very different.

Serving type: cask

05-20-2004 03:18:53 | More by chugamugofsud
Stout Of Circumstance from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
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