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Onward Stout - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Onward Stout
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The tan lace clings to the glass as you raise the pint to your lips. Close your eyes and smile as the rich espresso notes fade to a dry, roasted finish. Exceptionally smooth and satisfying. Made with English Pale malt, roasted barley, black patent malt, and flaked barley. Hopped with East Kent Goldings and Target hops, and fermented with our English ale yeast.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: Brent on 04-12-2004)
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Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Has a very dark brown body with a dark tan head; looks good at first, but has poor head retention and leaves virtually no lacing

Smell: Weak roasted malt character

Taste: Starts out with a coffee flavor that quickly thins out and leaves a phenolic plastic aftertaste with a touch of tobacco

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin body with low carbonation

Drinkability: I hate to rain on this parade of accolades as I am a big fan of local beers but this is an unimpressive stout; really more like a porter if the truth be told; I had high expectations and saved this one for the last of the four Yazoo brews I tasted on my Nashville trip but I cannot say that any one of them passed muster in my view; a real shame as the brewery is trying some unusual recipes but all of their beers seem to lack body

brentk56, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.1%

kylehay2004, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

duceswild, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Gonzoillini, May 11, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark black with a ring of medium brown head.

S - Roast, espresso and a hint of chocolate.

T - A big roast profile followed by a hit of espresso and hints of chocolate and smoke.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation. A touch watery for the style at times.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

thatoneguymike, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

atlbravsrno1, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer. Creamyness and dry tartness spot-on for the style. A very prominent smoked malt flavor. I've never had an opportunity to smell burning peat, so I don't know if that is what was used, but this seemed to me to be a hardwood smoke, maple burned in a fireplace comes to mind. The smoked malt, while fairly assertive, is not overdone and adds a nice depth to the beer. Very nicely done.

Brent, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jbaker67, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Falcone, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Nashville. Pours a very dark color with a moderate white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate and a little coffee - good malt character. The brewer told us he uses English pale malt, roasted barley, black patent, and flaked barley for this one. Along with EKGoldings and Target hops. It is very well balanced and has a great finish. Great beer.

clvand0, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of CraigTravor
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

CraigTravor, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of khargro2
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

khargro2, May 20, 2013
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +8.1%

jacewg, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ckeegan04
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Gourgeous dark dark brown color, almost black, Thick creamy brown head with excellent retention. About what you would expect froma nitro-tapped beer.

S - Weak aroma of roasted coffee. The beer does not smell bad, it just lacks aroma in general.

T - Not an overpowering taste at all. Hints of coffee and toasted grain. A good tasting stout. Just a little hop bitterness comes through.

M/D - Thin bodied and an almost flat feeling. Just does not feel like a stout in the mouth. Decent taste which does make it drinkable, but I feel it is much better on standard tap.

ckeegan04, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of JayS2629
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better from the nitro tap at the brewery. Not only does it make it feel thicker and creamier on the mouth, but I think it brings more to the nose and perhaps the taste. Dominated with roasted coffee, a slight bit of smoke, and some cocoa. The taste has an underlying caramel, cocoa and coffee with some smoke and a bit of burnt flavor from black patent. The mouthfeel is greatly improved from the nitro. Overall a very good stout. What is most impressive is the flavor for such a low abv.

JayS2629, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first nitro tap brew here....

Appears looking really good... Nice thick creamy head atop an almost black brew...

Aroma is weak malts and a bit of coffee....not much else...

Fairly non-descript here...its not bad but it doesn't stand out either... Just ok...

Tilley4, Nov 11, 2008
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Kramerbarthomer, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler, filled yesterday, into Sam Adams sensory glass. Been looking forward to trying this one for awhile now, and at $7 a growler fill, this is a bargain.

Pours black, fading to ruby brown at the very edges, with a big, 3 finger, dense brown head. Excellent retention and lacing. Can't knock the looks on this one.

Nose is light, a bit of smoke over a very roasty body, roasted barley and a bit of burnt grain. Nice nose.

Taste is nice - subtle but big flavor, not at all overwhelming. Starts with a very light earthy note, a bit of anise and a light smokiness coming through, leading into a flavorful but mild dry, roasty body that has just a bit of earthy, almost rye-like chocolate bite to it. Avoids some of the acidity and bitterness commonly found in many of the style, but still fits in to the niche nicely. Finish is dry, just a bit of lingering acidty, some smokiness. This isn't going to blow anyone's lid off, but man is it tasty, with a nice complexity. I see many, many growlers of this in my future.

Mouthfeel is light in body, maybe just a bit watery towards the finish, low carbonation is smooth and easy going.

Drinkability is fantastic. Easy going and inviting, this one just begs for a second glass before the first is even halfway done. An entire growler of this over the course of an evening would be no problem. Very happy with this one.

JohnQVegas, Jun 13, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

TheBishopco, Nov 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Elicoleman, Nov 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Sazz9, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

craft_shannie, Feb 25, 2013
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Onward Stout from Yazoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.