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Backside Stout - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Backside Stout
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-01-2005)
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Reviews by roblowther:
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2.2/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

At the brewpub. Black with very minimal tan head and a hint of lace. The smell is roasted, smoky, and cocoa. Not that impressed, really. The taste is creamy up front, then smoky, then very very smoky. Wow. It's like nicobrau. The mouthfeel is creamy with decent carbonation. The drinkability is bad. Unless you chain smoke. Then it gives you a nice liquid smoke break between cigarettes. These guys have much better options, stick with those.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 00:18:09 | More by roblowther
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.78/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the tap it is an deep dark black pour. It has a great chocolate /oatmeal finish. The brew is very easy to drink with flavor that gets better and better with every sip. One of the better Stouts that I have tried this season/
Very impressed!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 21:57:34 | More by SideBar
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance = Poured black, with light tan head, that quickly dissipated into a thing ring around the beer, and left extremely little lacing.

Aroma = Roasted Barley, coffee smell with just a hint of chocolate.

Taste = pretty dry upfront, but continually gets sweeter as the swallow progresses, and finishes pretty sweet, with the roasty, coffee flavors making an apperance in the middle and also lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel = thin-medium

Overall = Good stout, not great, but this is a really good easy drinking, sessionable stout. Paired really nicely with the double smoked cheddar cheese I had.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 21:20:01 | More by webbcreative
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a DFH off-centered pint glass. Side label states best if consumed by "May" with no year indicated, although it only goes up to '07.

Backside Stout pours a deep, brown pitch color--nearly opaque--with traces of mahogany at the edge. A decently retained cap of tan foam recedes to a thin veil and ring of tiny bubbles. Fairly standard American Stout aroma, but a bit fruitier, with notes of raspberry and plum chiming in before softer chocolate and toffee undertones take hold.

Flavor is decidedly more chocolatey and roasted than the aroma, with notes of black coffee, dark berries, and Baker's chocolate all having a go at the palate. Finishes strongly with earthen hops and roasted barley. Mouthfeel detects a medium body with a good carbonation level and a near-creamy consistency; unfortunately, it gets more watery and thin as the beer warms. Still, this is an all around solid stout, and although the bigger, badder boys of the RIS/Dbl Stout world will easily outshine this Steamworks offering, this brew makes a case for subtlety.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 05:16:35 | More by wagenvolks
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3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 14 Apr 2008.

Porus with a small brown head. Medium carbonation. Dark black in color with slight red highlights. Smells roasty, chocolatey, coffee and pumpernickel bread. Starts with a fair amount of roasty malt but somewhat watery. Some green bananas, roastiness throughout. Finishes with a bit of acetone. Light body. Ethanol is slightly warming.

The intial wateriness is a bit offputting.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 05:39:17 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark flat black color with a decent tan head.

Aromas are of dark sugars, roasted malts, and cream.

Beer has a nice dark roasted malt character. Some light coffee, cream, dark bitter chocolate, and a kind of oat like flavor. Finish is a bit sweet, with some pine like hops on the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, about right, thick, but not overpowering.

Drinkability is good. All in all, a very solid, tasty, and easy drinking stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 05:26:12 | More by flexabull
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3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap as part of Stout Month at the Vine St Pub in Denver, CO.

A: Coffee black with a small tan head. Head retention is marginal and bits of lace are left behind.

S: Burnt malt with a hint of espresso and dark fruit.

T: Pretty standard stout fare. Very coffee like upfront, with a pronounced charcoal burnt bitterness. Slightly acidic in the finish.

M: Medium light body has the right amount of fizz.

D: This one really didn't do that much for me. Certainly drinkable, just not that exciting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 17:10:25 | More by Rayek
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

A - Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

S- Moderate roasted coffee and chocolate malt aroma.

T - Medium to heavy roasted malt and raisin flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - Good drinkable stout that met my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 14:23:36 | More by tmoneyba
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Essentially a black colored beer with a good brown head.

Smell is sweet with chocolate and vanilla strongly represented. Faint carrot stick and patent malt aromas. Notably this has no coffee aroma.

The taste starts out a little sweet and a little chocolate4 with a bit of smoke and charred carbon in the taste. There is a coffee aftertaste here but mostly this is chocolate and char.

Mouthfeel is good.

This kind of straddles the Milk Stout and just plain stout categories. Most certainly this is a beer worth trying should you come across it some time.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 01:19:18 | More by Zorro
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the brewery this beer was a black but not quite opaque color with a thin tan head. Scattered lacing and ok retention. The aroma was roasted malt, cocoa and coffee. The flavors were dominated by roasted malt which gave it a dry character. In addition there were the standard coffee and bittersweet chocolate notes along with some earthiness. The mouthfeel was semi-creamy but it felt under-carbonated and the body was too light for a Stout. Yes, you could have a couple due to this lightness but I just wasn't so impressed by the flavors that I would recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 16:17:16 | More by thekevlarkid
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3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours up black as nizzight with a small bubbly brown head. the nose is dark roasty malts and chocolate. tastes of dark malts, subtle chocolate, good fresh hop balance, nice roasty flavor. medium to light bodied, low carbo, sweet finish. too thin bodied though.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 21:02:15 | More by stumac
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, almost black. Virtually opaque with just a hint of ruby around the edges. About a quarter inch dark brown head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma is dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Flavor has a decent roasted element, with some dark chocolate and a bit of an oatmeal character coming out in the aftertaste. Dry, almost chalky finish.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slick but thin mouthfeel, and right on the edge of being watery. Doesn't have that trademark silky smooth character you would expect from the oats. Balance seems ok. Overall a reasonable stout, certainly sessionable, but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 02:04:10 | More by briman
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3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BgThang for this one.

This beer pours a dark black with a dark cola around the edges. The head is a dirty tan film.

Smells of watery dark fruits rounded off by dry whiffs of cocoa and old coffee.

Tastes quite juice-like with a touch of prunes and thin caramel followed by a dry coffee and cocoa finish. Not too bad, but a little on the thin side.

Feels light with a slight viscosity that traps in little pinpricks of carbonation.

An easy drinking take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 08:34:22 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Initial Notes:
The cap popped right off in a way-too-easy fashion. Looks okay, smells okay.... here goes:

The more prominent aroma I catch in the glass reminds me of... canned dog food (or at least the kind my apparently lucky dog eats). Also darkly roasted malt - chocolate/dark bread/coffee. Mild hop twang. Mild fruit.

Jet black, almost seems like it would be dark brown if it weren't so black. Mild head dies just as fast as I pour it.

Dark roasted malt hits me first, followed by dry, leafy, grassy, bitter hop flavors. Some malt toastiness and mild dry nuttiness. Tart apple and a touch of alcohol. Finish bitterness grows; can't tell yet if it is more hoppy or roasted. Bit of powderiness sets in and the finishes turns more sour than bitter for a moment. More apple-like fruit tones that have a light, buttery influence. Bitterness grows, and is of the over-extracted hop kind.

Final Notes:
About the cap: I guess it just wasn't sealed very well. I thought about scrapping this review altogether, but I studied the cap and it shows no signs of abuse or damage. The seal was maintained (at least to some degree) because there is (some) carbonation and the flavor doesn't taste off (aside from that dog food smell it still has... I'm sure that's just protein or something...).

The Verdict:
Just an average Stout at best. This makes 3 out of 4 less than good beers I've had from Steamworks. The last, Third Eye PA was really good. This, though, is a sadly disappointing beer. I'd definitely stop by and try them in person next time I'm around Durango and am able to but this is the last bottle of Steamworks I buy unless I hear that they've tightened their recipes, brewing process, or quality control.

I'll check back from time to time to see how this beer's doing. If my review is significantly below others' (suggesting that my bottle was tainted) I will definitely delete my review (and just maybe consider buying another, maybe).

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 01:31:32 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in snifter: Dark nutty color. with a tart organic aroma with slight note of chocolate. Roasted malts and oat taste with a smokey yet smooth finish. palate is pretty thin for a stout but still good consistancy. nothing spectacular but definitely a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 15:30:00 | More by smellsofstout
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Backside Stout from Steamworks Brewing Co.
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