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Old Courthouse Stout - Trailhead Brewing Co

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Old Courthouse StoutOld Courthouse Stout

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24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 17.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trailhead Brewing Co visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-19-2002)
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Reviews by MJR:
Photo of MJR
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights. A creamy, tan head starts out strong, but fades away to nothing.

Smell: Aroma of roasted grains and coffee. Fairly one-dimensional...

Taste: Starts out with a strong roasted, coffee flavor, and ends with a slight fruit flavor...strange, considering this isn't anywhere close to being an Imperial Stout. The taste, like the smell, is somewhat one-dimensional and lacking.

Mouthfeel: A little thin for the style. I like my stouts thick and chewy and this falls way short.

Drinkability: I would say that this is a highly drinkable brew, considering it goes down so easy, but that's the main problem here: it's just not memorable enough to want to put down more than one. A very average brew...

MJR, Dec 09, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of pmcadamis
2.58/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Extremely dark brown that looks black unless it's directly in the light. The head is light brown and a solid finger. Some foamy brown lace is left on the glass.

S - Burnt grains and old coffee that's been on the burner too long. Some asphalt of tar aromas are there too.

T - I like the old coffee smell, but the flavor is also a bit like old bitter coffee, and that just isn't working so well.

M - Too watery for a stout IMO. Slightly overcarbonated also.

D - One of the lesser-quality beers from Trailhead. I didn't really care for this one much, which was surprising since I usually look forward to trying each brewery's stout.

pmcadamis, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of hotstuff
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured, the head was small in size with a light brown headand fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished.The body was uncarbonated and opaque and the hue was black.The nose was malty and roasted coffee.The flavor was that of roasted coffee with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.It was medium bodied with fair lacing.Not one of the better tasting stouts that I have rated, but it was decent.

hotstuff, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of Eaglefan344
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Eaglefan344, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

crobinso, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at the Trailhead Brewpub on 02/23/06.

Black in color with a low tan head. A decent but light roasty malt aroma. Primarily a roasted malt aroma but not very robust. Light bodied and a tad watery with a dry roasty finish.

A fairly weak American Stout ... Their Brown Ale is much more robust than the Stout. Disappointing effort after tasting the Brown.

RBorsato, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of karst
2.17/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

In the past this stout was a favorite. It was appropriate color and sported a good head and lace. Aroma was strong buttery. Nice carbondation for this style. I found it to have a watery mouthfeel and generally a poor body with little going on with the taste. A little hop finish but also dissapointing. Just drinkable.

karst, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of soju6
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a decent tan head that faded slowly to a light lacing.

S: Very faint aroma primarily of roasted malt.

T: Light coffee with a mild malt taste and very slight bitterness.

F: Medium body but not the creamy texture I would expect from a stout.

D: Another unoffensive brew from the Trailhead Brewery. Not a beer that I would go out of my way for. This seems to be a beer that blends well a meal more than as a stand alone brew.

soju6, May 24, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a light tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malts and a general sweetness. Fits the style of an American Stout. Thick and bubbly mouth feel, bitterness and carbonation levels so high it was hard to drink. Tastes of roasted malts up front and strongly in finish. A distinct grass flavor in the middle of the beer. Also, picked up some strong malts in the background. Overall, the grass flavor and the carbonation detract from the beer. Not a real good example of a stout.

Tone, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of ahentz
4/5  rDev +35.1%

ahentz, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.08/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served this American Stout on-tap, in a pint glass, at the brewery. The Stout poured a dark brown color and produced a thin tan head. Retention was poor and only minimal amounts of lacing were left behind. The aroma was very faint...small amounts of roasted malt and coffee were present. The taste had a mild roasted malt base, coffee and it was slightly bitter. Medium in body, just overall....not much to get excited. Another safe, bland beer from Trailhead.


GossageBrewery, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of justinp
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

justinp, May 13, 2012
Photo of Shoegazer
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Shoegazer, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of SnatchyMcPants
2.96/5  rDev 0%

SnatchyMcPants, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of NateMac13
3/5  rDev +1.4%

NateMac13, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of beernut7
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is listed as the tastiest at the brewery. I am convinced that is not accurate. A deep black color and mottled thin tan head introduce a light roasted malt aroma. The heavy roasted malt flavor is supported by a smooth body, thin relative to the style. The flavor is not nearly as complex as the Red or the Brown ales, and not nearly as satisfying. Not bad, but not a favorite.

beernut7, Oct 19, 2002
Photo of HarmonMW
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

HarmonMW, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Vancer
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The pour was a very deep brown/black with a nice looking brownish head that left lace after lace –even though the pint glass was chilled (Trailhead style). For a stout, pretty thin in the taste and mouth. No aroma at all. Just small tingles of hops and malt, although drinkable for a session. Overall, again for a stout, somewhat disappointing – seems Trailhead is making a stout for *mass* appeal.

Dave the bartender says this one is around 4.5% ABV.

Vancer, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Old Courthouse Stout was my favorite of the six beers I sampled at the brewpub. It was very good, though a little thin for a stout.

The color was a very dark brown/black with a good, tan foam head. The aroma was very mild, but smelled of roasted malt. The flavor was intense of dark chocolate and bitter coffee and dark roasted malt with some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was good, with the bitterness lingering on the tongue, and some carmel in the finish. The drinkability was very good, and I had a second pint.

UncleJimbo, Dec 31, 2002
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.73/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A dark black color with a one-finger off-white head that lasts a long time.

Smell is of faint roasted malt and some chocolate. Not too strong of a scent.

Taste is of roasted malt and a little chocolate. A little hop bitterness is also present as well.

Mouthfeel is too thin and carbonation is a little less than I would like.

Drinkability is pretty good.

A decent stout.

hckyfn9999, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of taospowder
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

taospowder, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of JohnSnowNW
2.25/5  rDev -24%

JohnSnowNW, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Dogbrick
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub: Pours a flat black color with a compact tan head that dissipates quickly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and a little coffee. Slightly watery, glassy smooth mouthfeel with flavors of roasted malt and mild hops, with coffee throughout. The finish is mildly roasty with weak hops on the tongue. One-dimensional and kind of a disappointment like most of their other offerings.

Dogbrick, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of nogoodreason
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Note: My beer was extremely cold. I found a little ice around the rim of the glass, I don't know if they frosted the glass or the keg was just kept too cold. I think the coldness of the beer might've impacted this tasting.

Appearance: Very dark, no light penetrates. A smallish one finger lightly colored head covers the beer but disapates within a few minutes.

Smell: Faint roasted coffee, not much of a scent to speak of.

Taste: A little underwhelming, slight coffee taste is present if you look for it, otherwise has a very dry somewhat malty character.

Mouthfeel: Decently balanced between viscosity and lightness. Not as thick as I like a stout, but not too light.

Drinkabilty: A very drinkable beer alltogether, not bad enough to dislike but not good enough to slowly savor. An easy-drinking session beer.

I've yet to be impressed by a Trailhead beer. and this beer was no exception. Like most of the beers I've had there it seems to eschew character in favor of being unoffensive. It was obviously designed to be as close to Guiness as possible and it is close.Still, certainly nothing extraordinary and probably not worth the effort to seek out, but if you're in the area and enjoy Guinessesque stouts then it's worth a try.

nogoodreason, Jul 08, 2004
Old Courthouse Stout from Trailhead Brewing Co
73 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.