Roundabout Rye Stout | Depot Street Brewing

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Depot Street Brewing
Tennessee, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dry Irish style stout made with a touch of Rye Malt for a refreshing astringency which is easy on the palate.

Added by mntlover on 10-12-2005

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by 160Shillings:
Photo of 160Shillings
4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: The aroma is mild roast malt and ale yeast with a hint of rye spiciness.

Appearance: Hugh rocky head, greater than two inches, I had to slow my pour to get it all in my glass. Light brown head lingers into nice lacing. The color is very dark brown with hints of garnet.

Flavor: The flavor is mild roast malt enhanced with the dryness from the rye. The bitterness is medium and doesn’t interfere with the dry stout flavor profile. The roast flavor lingers, but not in a bad way for a stout.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light, typical of a session beer.

Overall Impression: This is a dry Irish stout, a full flavored session beer. The rye malt gives this beer an added dimension that enhances a dry stout. There is nothing spectacular about this beer, but it falls short on nothing. This beer covers all the bases for a very good dry Irish stout. It is a really good beer for food and just spending the evening drinking with friends.

Comments: The rye malt really adds an interesting addition to the beer. Depot Street Brewing has done a great job of resisting the temptation to brew an overly bitter beer like most American microbrewers do. The result is a really good dry Irish stout that is true to style with an added dimension that doesn’t distract from the base style of the beer. A job well done Depot Street Brewing!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is decent. I get some chocolate and roasted malts. The flavor is very lacking. The beer has almost zero flavor, other than some very bland malts. I don't get any chocolate or roasted notes in the flavor, which is surprising since they were in the aroma. It is actually somewhat shocking that the beer can taste this much like nothing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of EgadBananas
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opaque black, tan 2 fingers of head. A little bit of lacing.

Aroma is nice, with lots of roasted malts and a pleasant chocolate coffee smell.

Simply not impressed with the taste. The rye adds an odd twang to the whole thing. There are some nice roasted malts, but the sour bread taste does not appeal to me.

Feel is close to medium, with a bit of carbonation.

Smells good, taste is not. Can't see myself wanting to go after this again.

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Photo of djr323
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of mntlover
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a almost black with lots of brown showing around the edges nice brownish head that laces some.

Aroma is light roasted malt and a good coffee flavor not much chocolate in this one, hints of hops.

Taste is roasted malt lots of coffee flavors mingled in with the lightly burnt malt some burnt bitterness mingled with some spicey hops for the finish again not much chocolate in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is too light for a stout might be that the carbonation is too lively making it seem lighter then it is. Either way needs more body in the feel.

Drinkability is ok not a great stout but drinkable with decent flavor for me the CO2 just needs to be nocked down a notch.

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Photo of FreeTibet
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark, almost black in color. Poured heavily from the bottle with lots of carbing, forming a nice, thick tan head that quickly dissipated leaving decent lacing at the beginning.

Smell - Has a fairly warm scent, almost chocolaty and coffee like aromas as I would assume from style.

Taste - Not as roasty as I tend to like stouts, but all in all a nice sweet rye stout. Carries a pleasant, round flavor that is neither remarkable or poor. All in all a nice little stout that can be enjoyed on a cold day. This is really a pretty nice beer!

MouthFeel - Not as residual as a stout imo. I wish it was less carbonated, but for the most part decent.

Drinkability - I wouldn't want to have a bunch of the Roundabouts in a sitting, but a couple is in no way a stretch for a cold afternoon spent with friends.

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Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Depot Street's stout pours a very dark brown with a short head of tan foam that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma has a nice coffee character, in addition to the dark-roasted malt and mild floral smells. These same essences also make up the flavor; it's heavy on the coffee and roasted malts. There is very mild cherry-like flavor on the front that is quite refreshing. A light bitterness arrives at the finish, but those malts don't let it get very intense. Honestly, I can't really taste any rye here, but I haven't had much experience with rye stouts, so I may just not be able to detect it. This brew is medium-bodied and a little too carbonated for my taste, but it's a very pleasant stout for pairing with desserts and beef entrees.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kavon
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of n00tz
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cola-brown body, medium-light carbonation, and a quickly diminishing tan head.

S - I sense a bit of fruit behind the expected coffee and cocoa. Maybe some smoke too.

T - light raisin, seemingly muted coffee and chocolates.

M - Light palate for a stout, smoke on the burp.

D - Mild stout, good for beginners to a stout. Left me with a bit do be desired on the palate and 'stout'ness of flavors.

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Photo of Dope
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a very very light brown head. Carbonation is insane, glass is 90% head with a moderate pour. Fades slowly, leaving on a smattering of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of rye for sure. Just the lightest hint of roasted malt.

T: Rye up front and then turns into a very dry irish stout. Touch of roasted malt with a bit of creaminess. A bit of caramel and smoke in there too. Very drying on the back end.

M: Carbonation is ridiculously too high and really detracts from the flavor and the experience in general. Also makes it seem lighter than it already is, and it's already pretty light!

O: Honestly not a bad brew, just very simple and the carbonation brings it down a few notches. With correct carbonation it would be pretty decent, actually.

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Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer from AlexFields. Thanks Alex!

12oz bottle served in a glass mug.

L - black with a beige head that got thinned out and left a few spots of lacing.

S - roasted malt aroma.

T - burnt and bitter tasting, not a real pleasure to drink.

F - thin bodied with a thin feel.

O - I wasn't too impressed with this beer

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of beer2day
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with just a hint of brown around the edges. 1-finger of cream head with no retention and very little lace.

Nose lets you know there is some rye here. Light roast malt, light chocolate malt, but mostly rye.

Taste is pretty decent. Thin hit, but chocolate malt and rye combine for a bitter sweet middle. Not much hop presence, and finishes very dry.

Feel is a bit on the thin side, but appropriate for the style.

If the rye dryness doesn't get to you, you could drink more than one of these.

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Photo of Bill235
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of rangerred
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

Pours jet black with a nice frothy 2 finger head. Decent head retention and lacing.

The smell is roasted malt as well as some smoke. There is also a slight sweetness as well.

First of whoa.. is this over carbonated. I don't know if I just got an old bottle or what but with the brewery being right down the street I doubt that is the case. The extreme carb. really drowns out the other flavors. I can still pick up the roastiness and the smoke but it all seems muddled.

I've had this beer before and remember it being decent. I might need to revisit this sometime.

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Photo of wolfmandragon
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have had this beer twice now at a German restaurant in Johnson City. I was blown away when I pared it with sauerbraten, as the rye and dry taste complemented the meal very well.

I tried it again with jaeger schnitzel, not so great of a paring. The beer overrode the flavors of the food and left a sticky mouth feel after finishing the large mug.

I will be having this again as the flavor is great, but with food that will stand up to this stout.

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Photo of cmannes
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle poured into a SurlyFest Stien.

Appearance: Dark red pour. Big tan head. Slow to fade, not a lot of lacing.

Aroma: Biscuity, a hint of the rye. But less of the coffee/roasted smell I'm used to in a stout.

Taste: Really sweet. The rye really comes out more in the finish. Again, low on the coffee/chocolate/roasted type flavors I expect from a stout.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin. Very light and a bit fizzy. I tend to prefer a thicker stout.

Overall: Kind of a meh. It's not bad. But somehow it seems more just like a "beer" than a "stout." It's just too light both in feel & smell and in the taste.

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Photo of nick76
2.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma fits the style pretty good but it has some metallic and smokey elements that go over the top for me. The toastiness is there as is coffee but still it's not good enough for me. The appearance is nice with an average head and deep dark brown color. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is OK but too thin for me. Overall a drinkable stout that is somewhat dry.

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Roundabout Rye Stout from Depot Street Brewing
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 30 ratings