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6288 Stout - Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tuckerman Brewing Co. visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Introduced in 2007, the 6288 Stout is our winter season specialty beer. It is a rather lengthy process to brew the 6288 Stout. It is brewed with 5 different malted barleys, using American and French hops. Keeping with the Tuckerman tradition, it is cold-conditioned, dry-hopped and bottle conditioned using the krausening process. The fermentation takes about two weeks, twice the time of our other beers and conditioning takes three months! It’s worth the wait, as the extra time gives this special brew time to mellow, offering a very smooth dark, malty flavor.

(Beer added by: MattBrooks on 03-24-2007)
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

BumpkinBrewer, Nov 24, 2011
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer was black with a thick tan head, and just a little bit of lacing. It had primarily a roasted malt/coffee aroma, with a little sweetness that seemed to be chocolate. The taste was mostly that of roasted malt. It began as a somewhat sweet taste that quickly became bitter. The bitterness was edging toward unpleasant. A fairly robust beer.

lordofthewiens, May 14, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Doomcifer, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out jet-black with very active bubbles, not thick looking, much more medium bodied look overall. The 1/2", smooth, even and creamy mocha froth crown holds it's retention very well.

Upfront sweet and fruity hops is the big surprise when taking in the aroma of this beer, it's a nice touch. Otherwise there's slightly smokey coffee and assorted nuts in the malt scent. I really have to take in deep whiff's to fully appreciate the smell.

This is a very unique stout because of it's sweet and fruity hop profile. There's no bitter hop bite, it's all a pleasant current of red fruits which blends very well with the rather crispy and medium bodied malt complexity that has
Peruvian coffee flavor's and a semi-bitter roasty edge. Feels a bit thin for a stout, but it's crispy with a nice dry finish that is right on.

This is really a stout that I could handle in hot weather, good stout flavor with the feel of something much lighter.

GratefulBeerGuy, May 28, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde chalice.

Inky dark rew with minial brown head.

Roasty nose of chocolate and tangy hops. Quite nice malty yet clean aroma.

There is a soothing creaminess here but a fresh crispness that balances this nicely flavor-packes stout. Good session beer but not boring like Guinness. I like this a lot!

kenito799, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this 4-pack up from Andover Liquors. Pours very dark brown, clean and clear. The head which is tan thin and short lived. The aroma is sweet, chocolate, vanilla, oak, earthy spices, clean and inviting.

The taste is roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, smokey, sweet caramel, earthy, ginger, cinnamon, sweet balanced smokey delciiousness. This is a solid stout but should be in 6 packs for the same price imo. But very nice.

Franchise, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of CooperEllis
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a Portsmouth snifter.

This beer is lighter than most stouts with a deep burgundy tinged brown color that is topped with a faint white head. Little lacing, but there is enough.

The aroma is caramel, molasses and malt. A longer pull is all candied dark fruit.

Even flavor that is more notable for it's absence of any roast malt or chocolate notes, either or both of which would have made this a much better stout. There is a nice malt backbone here, but it is lost by a slightly watery mouthfeel.

Overall this is a better drink than the sum of it's parts but not enough to move the overall up to 4.0.

(148th)

CooperEllis, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of MisterSH
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Label has a place for the expiration date but strangely enough, my bottle has no month notched. It was given to me by a rep so I know it is fresh regardless.

Color of the beer is a deep, blackish umber, with a reddish hue in the light. Finger width head settles pretty quickly, but it's nice while it lasts, with a creamy cappuccino color appearance.

Aroma is not that strong, actually. It's roasty, as you'd expect, with some strong berry notes, and an infusion of smokiness. Perhaps a little underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy but smooth and creamy, very low carb.

Flavor is rich and roasty. There is a slight note of coffee, with undertones of black cherry, and a satisfying if subtle hop bitterness. Finish is pretty sweet with some caramel. Nicely balanced. Unlike the aroma, the taste is really not smoky in any way, more apparent are the toasty, fruity malts. Some alcohol is apparent.

Very rich and dense, but rather smooth and nicely balanced. No hesitation on having another one, quite drinkable especially for such a dark beer.

MisterSH, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of an awesome trade with CBeer88.. Thanks a ton Carl.... Too many extras, no shit.

Poured into MNFG... short lasting small bubble brown head... descent lacing but really not much of a cap either.... the brew is deeeep dark brown but not quite black.. still nice.

Nose is lite roasty notes and even less cocoa or coffee.. pretty restrained, but seems about right for a lower ABV brew.

Flavor is more a standard porter... but really, I'm not complaining.. could use more of a pronounced dark malt component... hop flavor is American, but mild.. nothing to write home about.

body is light side of medium.. carbonation seems about right for the style.

Ehhh.. okay.. no real flaws, but just no real stand-out qualities.

Thanks again Carl.... I hope you like your box as much as I appreciate mine. Cheers brother... you can consider me an any time trader partner.

4/3.5/3/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am really not sure where this one came from, but I apparently picked it up recently and saw it sitting in the fridge so I grabbed for it last night while watching the game. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass this one was consumed on 10/20/2009.
 
Really nice pour, very typical for the style with a deep dark black look to it and a nice head of maybe two inches that came up and over the top with some ease. Settling down it left a decent amount of lacing on the sides, but nothing spectacular though it did retain a good bit of the puff of tan on top. The aroma was nice, well blended mix of chocolate and roasted malts, hints of light coffee notes and a decent bit of dark fruit note carrying over. This was pretty much par for the course with the flavor. Started out very smooth with a rich and well defined chocolate note that dominated early before mellowing with a nice but of vanilla and coffee notes. Small touch of hops catching up right there at the end were enough to make it just slightly bitter, but overall it was a smooth, creamy and very session able stout.
 
I would have no issue with trying this one again as it went down quite nicely and really left a soft, sweet note in the end. Very well done.

mikesgroove, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, a little reddish hue when held up to the light, good sized tan head but leaves surprisingly little lacing.

Smell is roasted malt, some caramel presence, not much else going on though.

Taste is primarily roasted malt, some burnt notes as well, sweetness is quite reserved, this stout takes the burnt bitterness route, seems more like a porter than a stout as the creaminess is lacking, carbonation is rather assertive though.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of BuckSpin
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by not indicated) in a Shaker pint

Poured a little thick, yet with some subtle crackle as well. Toasted notes on the nose, old black coffee, mild burnt caramel, baking chocolate, toast that is a tad over...toasted, even some very faint black licorice, yet as a whole its overall rather subtle & subdued...nice. With some air & warmth it grows flatter yet sweeter, more cocoa powder than baking chocolate. The head faded quickly, from a pencil's worth of loose, softly crackin' light mocha hued foam to a transparent sheen with a edge ring that didn't lace worth mentioning.

Classic "black in a good mood" describes the body - a deep, ruddy burnt umber, opaque to the naked eye and only revealing some deep tea edges at the bottom when held to the light.

Light on the tongue, its a bit thin but by no means watery. There is a subtle creaminess that is balanced by a semi-dry aspect. The creaminess is a little thick with very mild dark chocolate and some, slightly oily, old n' cold drip black coffee that has been re-heated in the office microwave more than it should...and still not finished. The semi-dry quality shines with dull licorice. The combination is nice and creates a balanced brew in feel & taste.

The hops rise slowly on the palate, taking on a bit of a bottum of the coffee mug bitterness. Mild burnt bread fills out the rising bitterness as it grows sharper, more bitter, finishing surprising clean & light with a bittersweet taste of really old licorice.

This was nice. Easy to drink, not boring, yet also not very complex. A OK stout that could benefit from some more oomph & also being a little more heavy handed, thicker. That said, it was easy to drink and this could be a nice warm weather stout. I can see some nice white cheddar going with this, as well as a robust burger. I'd definitely drink it again, but as far as stouts named after New England mountains it has a long, long way to go to even approach the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

BuckSpin, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a deep dark reddish brown with a light brown foamy head. The head dissipated quickly, leaving only small traces on the edge of the glass. Smell was slightly sweet, had hints of raisins and cherries. Similar to a cherry cordial. Taste was like slightly burnt chocolate with a bit of wheat. Felt slightly bitter and acidic in the mouth, and was a touch watery. Fairly easy to drink, major downfall was the bitterness/burning in the throat.

mountdew1, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of m125x
5/5  rDev +35.1%

m125x, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been trying to buy more Tuckerman's as they badly need a new bottling line. Label has a frosty looking pic of the Mt. Washington Observatory located on top of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet--hence the name of the beer. Has bottle dating capabilities but nothing is checked off--I hate that.

Opaque black with a creamy tan, whipped cream looking head. Smells like bitter chocolate and nutty hickory with dark fruit undertones. Creamy like a stout frappe.

Taste is smooth, roasty, and fluffy; the bottle conditioning really has an influence. Mocha char finish, a little harsh due to the fact that they use a German ale yeast. Not exactly a melange of complexity but simple and tasty.

Up there with Cadillac Mt., and Ipswich oatmeal as one of New England's finest stouts.

donkeyrunner, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of JohnofUpton
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

JohnofUpton, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found some really dusty bottles on sale at a local store, and I remember having this beer before and it was pretty decent, so I decided to get it again and give it a try. Judging from the other reviews and what I found, I wonder if the age really helped it...

A: Pours with dark but not too rich head that fades quickly to a light head covering. It tries to be pitch black, but accidentally lets a very small amount of light through the bottom of the glass.

N: Wow! Rich thick oatmeal, tons of roasted malts and chocolate, loaded with chocolate malts, pretty high alcohol phenols in the smell, some dark fruits fig or date like, somewhat reminds me of Mephistopheles stout but brought down a notch.

T: Doesn't disappoint judging from the nose, thick and creamy with lots of rich oats and roasted malts. Again the chocolate just explodes. Some slight metallic tastes also seem to sneak in there. The alcohol taste is there, but much less than on the nose, and it adds a slight warmth. Stout like bitter earthy flavors. Some creamy milky dark chocolate and some dark charred brown sugar finish off the initial taste.

M: A light alcohol burn and warmth, decent carbonation, and pretty thick and heavy but still creamy and smooth.

F: Finishes a little sweet, long alcohol burn and warmth, but not very much, just lingers. Earthy char and stout like bitterness stick around but it still maintains a rather drinkable aura since its so creamy and smooth, and the chocolate just overloads everything else. It leaves a rich coating around the mouth that makes me keep smack my mouth.

I really think the age helped this a lot, judging from the other reviews, and the fact that I seemed to get a lot more than 5.9% abv. If you bought this beer and weren't as impressed, let it sit for a year or two and try again. I'm going to let the other three keep aging.

jlindros, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Black as midnight. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor roasted coffee that finishes as burnt coffee, some sweetness. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of sweemzander
1.9/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a thick dark black color that formed some brown bubbles.

(S)- Lots of roasted molasses & raisin. Rather sour-like. . . smells like a damp moldy gym sock actually.

(T)- Sour tasting molasses & raisins. Infected?

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very sour & bitter. There must be something wrong with this.

(D)- This must be a bad bottle. Very sour with a smell that almost made me feel sick.

sweemzander, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I would describe this as more of a porter-stout blend. The only distraction is the overly mild aroma. While I can detect creaminess , caramel and some alcohol, the classic smells of coffee are missing.

The flavor, though, is complex and satisfying. It does not have the strong black patent malt tastes associated with dry stouts. Good cocoa and bitter chocolate tastes. What I truly like is the hoppy finish which creates a pleasant blend of bitter dark malts and hops.

Although I wouldn't describe this as a full blown stout, it is more than a porter. Either way, I do enjoy this beer.

smcolw, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6288 pours a dark ruby color into the glass with a moderate fizzy tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind only a few spots of lace.

The aroma is faint, but mainly roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of hops. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth, full bodied and has a nice firm carbonated fizz on the palate. The flavor is mellow for a stout. Roast malt, chocolate and coffee notes followed by some grassy hop bitterness. Finishes dry and leaves behind some sweet malt flavors when gone.

This is an easy drinking well balanced stout. It's not as complex as other stouts, but still quite tasty.

WanderingFool, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to mist up the order of characteristics that I review. First, taste, then drinkability, mouthfeel, smell, and then appearance. I don't know abot you, but I read these reviews to find out if I'd like how the beer tastes, not how it looks.

Taste: good. smoke, mildly roasted coffee beans, and a hint of milk - this tastes a little like a milk stout, though there's no mention of it on the label.

drinkability: it's pretty drinkable. if you're used to drinking Guiness or Murhpy's, this will seem heavy. If you're familiar with milk stout's, you'll find this drinkable.

mouthfeel: creamy, mild hoppy after taste.

smell: not much, actually. a little smoke and alcohol.

appearance: small head made of large bubbles. very dark, dense, brown / black with some red color.

The bottle is goreous. b&w picture of the weather towr atop mount washington, the highest peask in the east at - et this - 6288 feet! Remember the name of the beer?

If you're not from New England and looking for a decent tasting, kinda rare and obscure regional stout... (sold!)

RedBeerchetta, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of beancounter
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown to black, small foamy head that didn't last very long

S-Very faint roasted malts.

T-Typical traditional stout flavors. The malts are mellow rather than astringent. Some chocolate and roasted flavors. Nothing really sticks out.

M-medium mouth feel. Also smooth

D-A Very pleasant and drinkable brew. Gentle without being weak. I could drink this all night.

Note: It came in a 4 pack and cost $7.99. A bit steep for what it is considering that I could have picked up other good stouts (in six packs) for $8.99

beancounter, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown color with a decent sized tan head that shows some persistence. Smells roasty and fruity with bits of earth and caramel strewn about. Taste follows the smell fairly well, but there is more caramel than coffee and roast. Dark dried fruits and caramels are quite prevalent almost dopplebock like qualities. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel. This is not a bad beer, but it really needs some more roast and some chocolate flavor would help as well.

johnnnniee, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from xumbi. Thanks, Jim!

A: Black with dark brown highlights, this is a fairly impressive beer. Cap that with a finger-thick brown head with decent retention and this is one good-looking beer

S: Fairly hoppy on the nose with a citrus hop bite with orange dominating. Milk chocolate, cream and sweeter malts are present in the back. Decent

T: Opens up with a moderate hoppiness, with citrus (tangerines and oranges) being the most dominant. Some milk chocolate and a mild coffee flavor round out the palate. The finish is drying with a mild hop bitterness

M: Rather light in body and a touch over-carbonated, the finish makes up.

D: This 12oz bottle is very easy to drink and if it were local, I'd grab it every once in a while.

DefenCorps, Mar 01, 2009
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6288 Stout from Tuckerman Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.