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Winter Stout - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

Winter StoutWinter Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.09%


Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bump8628 on 11-01-2011)
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012-13 12 oz bottle served in a snifter at about 55F.
A good looking stout with an opaque, brown-tinged, black body topped by a well-proportioned, partially durable, mocha tan head. Lacing blankets the glass with every tip. Traces of sediment in the bottle after the pour.

Aroma: Notably hoppy, with more hop aroma than dark malts. Spicy with a hints of citrus and pepper.

Taste: The hops added a nice spicy tone to the rich dark-roasted malts that dominate the flavor. Hints of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Has a touch of Rogue-ish earthiness and a touch of tartness. Slightly more bitter than sweet.

Feel: Medium+ and "chewy" body with well-chosen, soft, medium carbonation.

O: A fine, hoppy American style stout; very flavorful without being at all challenging to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:20:55 | More by chinchill
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably their best bottled beer. Pours black as night with a somewhat slight, though creamy, head. Creamy and light roasty notes in the nose with slight coffee and chocolate notes. More of the same in the taste, but with a nice smack of bitterness followed by the roasty and then creamy notes. Some nice dark chocolate throughout, but the overall impression is of something soft and creamy with a background of bitterness and chocolate- think of a pretty good cup of coffee- but with a lot of cream. That makes the whole package a little simpler than it might be, but it's still a pleasant beer and a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 02:14:27 | More by Georgiabeer
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DelMontiac

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no dating.

I like the pour - midnight black with a bulging two finger mocha tan head. Lace is a crazy thick blanket of stickiness - every sip leaves its mark and almost no holes. I noticed it was leaving lace in the bottle on the pour. Nice.

Not much coming at your nose from this. Roasted malts are not rising up from the depths here. I get some coffee notes, but more than anything I get hops and a little dark fruit.

Cold from the bottle does not do this beer justice, it only subdues. Upon warming, it wakes up from the dead - big dark roast coffee, bittersweet bakers chocolate, a vanilla flash followed by a hefty hop finish. Somewhat of an Irish taste here.

Medium chewy body with somewhat dry ending. Nice carb.

Choc is not known for big black stouts. This is not spectacular, but it's not a bad start. Good job, Choc.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 01:23:31 | More by DelMontiac
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Went to my favorite Beer and Wine shop, Hop City Beer and Wine and got a this offering in a growler. Poured a two finger head, very dark almost black and has very good lacing. The nose begins with a sweet malty yet hoppy aroma. The taste kinda puts me in the mind of a Black IPA as the hops are somewhat prominent, which I like, but then the chocolate malts come through which are in the stout vein. It's a light mouthfee which I would be better in my opinion medium. Overall I'm really enjoying this one and will have again.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2013 23:39:46 | More by TheSeeker61
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Lare453

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mom!! She Went on a business trip and she brought back a ton of beer for me and my wife.

A very dark brown but ot the blackest thing I've seen. Very nice one if ger head after vigorous pour. Beautiful lacing. Great looking.

S bitter chocolate, light sweetness, tiny coffee, dark malt

T very light beginning of sweet chocolate, the middle is a soft bitter hops and chocolate and the end is an earthy bitter chocolate and ever so light coffee.

M soft, sweet, smooth, lit carbonation.

O this is an excellent beer if it is an easy to find one. Good for a daily drinker. Don't know if it is super limited or expensive since it was a gift.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 04:44:06 | More by Lare453
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a big dark tan head, a mix of big and little bubbles.

Very toasty aroma.

Flavor is a a monstrous dry stout bomb. Lots of bitter notes. Lingering dryness. Slight acidic prickle. Definitely some hops in there with some pineyness in the mix. Also maybe a bit of cab sav red wine in the mix.

Very bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a great dry stout. Personally though, I would have liked just a little bit more malty sweetness to balance things out.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 22:03:29 | More by jmbranum
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel Tulip
A ~ Pours black with a good amount of tan head. Lacing is streaky & really all over the place. Big bubbles of carb that settle down after a minute or two.

S ~ A healthy amount of citrus forward hops that set things off very nicely. Roast notes are close behind but nothing too burnt or over-astringent. Hints of apricots & pine tar. Black currant as things warm up.

T ~ Big, Big hop notes behind notes of burnt wood & coffee grounds. Hopes lending notes of stonefruit, piney resins, & grapefruit. Concentrated flavors here!

M ~ Feel is full and sticky with a medium amount of roast & high amounts of hop bitterness. Slightly ashy/chalky. Carbonation is full. Very resinous.

D ~ This is a great stout for all seasons. Simply well done, I was extremely shocked. Drinks like a low gravity Imperial Stout. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 21:32:17 | More by chocosushi
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from thehand (Chris) in the recent NFL BIF. Thanks! Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Founder's tulip.

A: Pours a viscous black color with a very frothy three finger head. Awesome, chalky like lacing remains on the edge of the glass.

N: Man, big roasted malt nose, with a slight bit of piney hop. A good amount of chocolate malt and barley.

T: Very dry character with more of that roasted goodness. Very assertive resin like pine hop character. Bit of charred oak is coming through with some earthy grass notes. Very big and bold flavors, not completely working together, but a nice overall profile.

M: A dry stout, with a chalky mouthfeel. For the amount of flavor, it isn't very lasting. Kind of falls flat on the finish.

D and O: A solid, every day stout. Lots of flavor, and a good broad spectrum of flavor. Happy to have sampled this one, I've had some good beers out of Oklahoma.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 00:54:47 | More by MarcatGSB
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ThirstyHerf

Oklahoma

2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a boulevard tulip, I immediately realize this should have been poured into a snifter or pint glass

A- Dark brown/black body, no light allowed through. Not sure if it is the tulip or the beer but a massive light tan head sits on top of this beer that hangs around forever... 5 minutes and i still have 3 fingers of foam. 10 minutes, i finally can see beer 3

S Cocoa, malt, barley and hops. not to complex but pleasant 3

T I am immediately hit in the face with hops. As my palate recuperates from the immediate hop attack, i start to taste a nice, blend of cocoa, malt, a hint of coffee and bit of molasses. 3

M This is fairly thin and very dry. The carbonation, as indicated by the head is is very present. This definitely has the feel of a dry, irish stout. 2.5

O This beer is ok, not sure if it was intended to be a dry irish stout or a Russian Imperial that the OG was heavily missed on. I would not seek this out but if handed one or if stuck at an okie BMC party and were available, I would definitely take it. 3

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 22:40:28 | More by ThirstyHerf
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beagle75

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Opaque black color with two fingers of persistent beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Coniferous hops are potent, almost one-note, with only fine threads of earth and chocolate syrup detectable.

T: Begins off-dry, with assertive and husky roasted malt that is just as dominant in the first act of the flavor as hops were in the smell. A darkly unctuous quality is also present early. Acidity is restrained into the middle, where piney and herbaceous hop flavors begin to rise until an equilibrium with the malt component is reached. Earthy minerality surges last, joining the other flavors already established, as well as a late whiff of freshly-ground coffee, in the moderately bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This stout hits a sweet spot with a precision that is almost peerless at times. Considering the fact that it weighs in under 7% abv, the economy of the sensory qualities encountered here are truly remarkable. While the smell is a bit overpowering and not especially to-style when taken alone, it offers an interesting contrast to the flavors that are initially malt-forward. This may be the Krebs/Choc beer that the world has been waiting for.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:52:20 | More by beagle75
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bashiba

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black, with a nice creamy and long lasting head.

The smell is very roasty and has a big dank juniper hop quality to it.

This is a very hoppy stout, almost bordering on black ipa. Very roasty and smokey with a lot of black charr and a big blast of dark green and juniper hops, has a nice long bitterness with the deep black flavors mixing in with all the hops.

Thhe mothfeel is full and very resiny.

This beer is a bit one dimensional and not at all balanced, but I really like it none the less, a great hoppy stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:54:35 | More by bashiba
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

P: Pours pitch black with a half finger of brown head. Decent retention and slight brown lacing.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, and maybe molasses. Spicy hops, oak and smells of being surrounded by Christmas trees.

T: Spicy hops and roasted, nutty malts, woody and slightly sweet. Phenol is coming through but but not overpowering, touch of sting at the finish.

M: Chewy and tingly nice full body.

O: Fantastic for those cold winter months. Warming and full bodied. Will have a place in my fridge every winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:31:57 | More by Hopswagger
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

It's black with a tan head. Lots of luxurious tiny bubbles. Wonderful head retention that last till the bottom of the glass.

It smells like piney/grassy hops. It's also got a bit of burnt coffee aroma. But NOT in a bad way, it smells fabulous.

It's rather hopped. There are a lot of piney and grassy hop notes. There is also a hint of coffee to this beer. But the best part is the chocolate notes that come out on the backside of it. Delicious!

It's soft and velvety. Very comforting.

This beer was a pleasure to drink. I really enjoyed it and it hit the spot on a cold Missouri night.

Thanks to Freddy at the Biergarten for the reccomendation.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:13:36 | More by TippySelenoid
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coldriver

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Two finger head and good lacing, thickly pours an opaque black. Aroma is black currant, chocolate, and roasted toffee. Wow, taste is very complex - espresso, licorice, dark fruit, chocolate, and citrusy pine all present. Thick mouthfeel and nice dry finish. Overall this one is a surprise and easily the best offering from Choc I've ever had. It even stands up pretty well with many of the better Imperial Stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:24:59 | More by coldriver
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a Choc tulip. Looks like I'm the first to review this outside of Oklahoma...

Pitch black and dense. A frothy head that dissipates into a visible ring around the edges, some lacing.

Big roast and earthy hops on the nose, with some baker's chocolate.

Big on the hops again on the tongue, with roast and baker's chocolate. A bit too much on the hops in fact which results in a bit of astringency.

Thin medium, with low carbonation.

A good, under the radar beer that could use a little less hopping in the boil in my opinion. But a good start for a solid American Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 07:43:40 | More by auroracrisis
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish/brown head on top of motor oil black body.

S - Roasted espresso, pine and dried grapefruit rind, cocoa,

T - Follows the nose with fresh roasted espresso, roasted malts, green pine needles, cocoa. Citrus hops blast in on the finish to create a very fresh and clean bitterness.

M - Medium body with moderate tight carbonation.

Very focused flavors. The espresso flavor really stands out as fresh and high end tasting. The citrus and cocoa play off each other very well. The end result is a fantastic stout. Just did a blind taste test with this and 2 other very good stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 00:17:08 | More by StaveHooks
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Bierlerner

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Choc really nailed this one. A nice dry-hopped stout.

A- Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a Choc snifter. Dark as stouts come. Just a couple shades from black. Nice and very creamy tan head that likes to sit around lazily for a minute or two. As the drink goes down it leaves a little patchy lacing. Very good looking stout.

S- mmmm. Nice and light roast character. Picking up some dark chocolate. And, what's this!? Some piney and citrusy hops! Outstanding!

T- The taste is just incredible. Astringent right out of the hole. Makes your eyes pop. But then it leads to a wonderful dark chocolate and milk chocolate. A hint of roast. Everything a nice american stout should be. Then the dry-hopped finish and kick of a great piney and bittering hops. Superbly balanced.

M- medium body, light carbonation. A bit prickly. Bittering and dry aftertaste. I think this is caused by the hops. Not sure. But a different mouthfeel for sure than your average stout.

O- A highly sessionable and drinkable stout! And you get best of both worlds....stout and hops! Love it! Great winter brew, Choc!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 12:31:50 | More by Bierlerner
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice surprise to find this already on the shelf for Halloween consumption. Tar black with mocha colored foam that starts creamy but fades to a thin cap. It's a blast of roasted malt and fairly aggressive hopping that I wasn't expecting from Choc. Char, strong espresso, and bitter cocoa fight it out with the Citra and Centennial dry hopping for supremacy. Neither win, but the effect is something like chocolate covered grapefruit. Bitterness hits just about perfect - assertive but not detrimental to drinkability. Bit of astringency on the finish, but the slight warming sensation really makes this a nice winter drinker. The only real flaw seems to be the lack of mouthfeel and creaminess that would take it from damned good to out of sight. An upgrade from Baltic Porter to say the least, Choc really let loose with this one and I can see myself buying multiple six packs in the coming months.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 01:00:01 | More by bump8628
Winter Stout from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.