Black Stag Stout - Elk Head Brewing Company
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Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.95/5 rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Fresh from the brewery on 4/17/2012.
Appearance: Small, loose khaki head. Dark brown with a slight haze, which is expected given the unfiltered nature of the beer. Deep red hues when held to direct light. Pours a little heavier than expected.
Smell: Loads of cocoa. Some burnt notes. Deeply roasted. Sweet with a touch of char. Lots of malt depth going on here. Some coffee and touches of leather round out the back. Tiny dusting of citrus on the back, but it's malt-heavy and delightfully so.
Taste: Bigger roasted notes than the nose. Sweet and burnt. Coffee and cocoa with a sweeter milk chocolate flavor coming through on the back of each sip. Dusting of char with a huge burnt malt character. Deep roasted flavors push hard for fresh espresso and dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Moderately full body with a higher than expected carbonation. Drinks smooth and creamy.
Overall: I tried every beer they had on tap at the brewery and this one stood out. Loads of flavor with a nice drinkability overall. It pushes the boundaries of what I would expect from a straight American stout. Well crafted. Drop the carbonation a touch and it will really be something special.
Serving type: growler
04-21-2012 17:26:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
2.1/5 rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
My experience with Elk Heads most complex beer (according to their menu) was disappointing. I first hoped that all that professed complexity was yielding an intended outcome too idiosyncratic for me to cozy to. But my Black Stag ultimately revealed itself as a victim of bacterial infection. The pained aroma gives it away. The flavor projects an odd, cream soda-like quality that might be of interest if cleaned up a bit. But beyond that, there were few hints of anything worth salvaging.
Serving type: on-tap
05-20-2007 06:39:11 | More by RedDiamond
Black Stag Stout from Elk Head Brewing Company
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