Sodbuster Stout | Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant

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Sodbuster StoutSodbuster Stout

Brewed by:
Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant
Iowa, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hearty ale with color and flavors derived from roast, chocolate, and caramel malts. This ale has a complex taste with a rich creamy mouthfeel. The pronounced hop presence balances the deep malt flavors.

IBUs: 29.6

Added by bditty187 on 10-10-2004

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 28
Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black, with a fairly thick, frothy head, that lasts for a while. The nose is minimal. The taste is fairly earthy. It is rich and delicious. Their best beer, in my opinion.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled tonight on 3/2/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter glass.

Pours a very dark brown/almost black in color with a very small thin beige head. Some lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma has a lot going on with roasted malts, coffee, toffee and chocolate. The taste is about the same with a hint of vanilla mixed in there as well. A slight bitter 'black coffee' taste for the finish. Not a bad stout.

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Photo of arc3636
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep reddish brown with some tan head

S - tons of complexity, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cream. Very impressive

T - a bit mild compared to the smell. Chocolate sweetness and coffee bitterness

M - very thin

O - I was disappointed with the flavor after the outstanding aroma, expect more flavor from a stout

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Photo of TJ_B
1.91/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I literally finally made an account on Beer Advocate to review Olde Main. Maybe since I'm from the "big cities" on the West and East coasts and have frequented some of the bigger players in the micro brew game and am 'jaded'.

Anyways this is the third and last beer I have had or will ever have from Olde Main. I picked up a bottle from Hy-Vee and poured into a frosted mug. The beer tasted flat immediately. There was signs of carbonation and a bit of a head so it's not as if it had a leaky cap or anything, but it literally tasted like water with beer flavoring. The aroma is very weak to match the taste and it lingers in your mouth in a bad way. Perhaps a lot of Olde Main's customers are "farm folk" who are more accustomed to super watered down lagers and American Pale Ales so the watered down taste of this beer isn't too far into uncharted territory, but someone who wants thick stouts and porters will likely be underwhelmed by this one.

As people have mentioned, I don't know what the operations at Olde Main are like, but the flavors in these beers are very amateur to say the least. When I was 19 I bought a "Beer Machine" home brew kit and made terrible beer with it and this is almost exactly what that beer tastes like.

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Photo of SHODriver
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep viscous black with a small tan head that doesn't stick around long and recedes to a ring around the glass
S: Smells of chocolate, coffee and a bit of roast malt
T: light chocolate and watered down coffee on the palate with a bit of sweetness. roast malt on the swallow with an aftertaste that dissipates quickly
M: kind of thin for a stout with adequate carbonation
O: not bad but not great.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an inch or so from above the glass gives you a pretty decent sized light brown head above a clear dark brown to black colored beer.

Decent aroma of roasted malts with some chocolate and some coffee notes coming through, a very nice aroma on this beer.

The taste is rich roasted almost bordering on burnt malt taste, the coffee and chocolate of the aroma are present but not as dominate as they are in the nose. Still a decent tasting beer but not as impressive as the aroma would have led me to believe.

A full bodied stout that leaves a dry light aftertaste with a slight chocolate lacing to it.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in the build-a-six pack section at Hy-Vee

This is one of the darkest beers I've ever had, with a surprisingly light-colored head and low carbonation. The aroma is heavily malted with notes of cocoa and coffee . The taste has the same flavors with the cocoa very prominent making for a robust brew. One small problem, it seemed to get sour as I got towards the bottom of the glass; from either some of the ingredients or from warming up, I'm not sure. The body is god and thick, spot on for a stout. It finishes with a slight twinge. I'm not sure what's up with the sour finish. I recently has a bad bottle of the scotch ale that was so sour I dumped it, but the brewery was kind enough to replace it. This one I can finish, I'm just not sure if it's the beer or I just got a bad bottle...again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Potting soil black beneath at least two fingers of mocha colored cream that develops deep divots when the surface bubbles break. Good persistence and pretty decent lace as well.

The nose is everything that an American stout nose ought to be. It's roasted malty, with equal parts chocolate and coffee. The hops don't make much of an impression (which is fine) and a hint of tanginess is easily overlooked. Might this be the first Olde Main beer that's worth a damn?

Even though Sodbuster doesn't fare quite as well on the palate, it's still this brewpub's finest effort. It needs more malt, quieter bubbles, and the sourness in the nose is less easily overlooked when it comes time to upend the glass.

Specifics include dark chocolate, dark caramel, and unripe medium-dark fruit. There's still next to no flavor transfer from the hops. Sorry, but each successive sip is less and less impressive. Either the beer wasn't a barnburner when fresh or it has taken more of a hit in the 5 months since bottling than a 6.0% stout should take.

The mouthfeel is most of the reason why this OMB offering settles in at strictly average. It's too thin for the style and the bubbles feel big and unintegrated. Borderline soda-like, in fact. An average score here is being kind.

It looks like Sodbuster Stout has to share the 'best of Olde Main Brewing Co.' award with Dinky Wheat. My hope that these guys could at least brew one beer skillfully has not been realized. Iowans deserve better.

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Photo of clarkm04
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Appearance- Dark color with medium carbonation. I nice medium head retention that provides slight lacing

Smell- Very hint smell of chocolate and coffee

Taste - Very creamy! This is an easy stout to consume. Has a very nice finish and is just creamy throughout. Slight hints of chocolate and roasted barley but very smooth.

Mouthfeel - Sits every so harshly on the palate. The only glaring weakness in my opinion of this beer.

Drinkability- Very high and a great smooth and creamy beer that goes down very easily.

Overall - I've had this beer via growlers a couple of times and was much more impressed than via the bottle. The growler version had a fresher, crisper, and more smooth taste than this beer. Having said that, this is a very solid stout for a reasonable price. I would recommend it to any drinker who is partial to porters/stouts.

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Photo of cmannes
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Chocolate brown, with slight red tint. Very light tan head.

Aroma: Light chocolate smell. With light coffee hints.

Taste: Slight chocolate taste with coffee tones. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Lighter than I'd expect for a stout.

Overall impression: Decent. But nothing special.

btw: I don't think it's retired, since I'm drinking one, which appears to have been bottled fairly recently.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Took a few pours like a good stout sometimes does. Served cold, I can smell a good amount of roastiness and even more chocolate flavors. As it warms the roastiness comes through more and more. The head is thick and creamy and retains tremendously well-reminds me of a guiness' head. There's nothing but lacing left on the glass. The color is black, pitch black. The roastiness is turning into a beautiful expresso aroma. Taste is sooo great! The chocolate re-appears in the taste, it's such a big flavor of chocolate that has a roasty backbone, almost not roasty enough. The body is light for a stout, but very drinkable. Overall I got a growler and can't wait to have more.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in a pint glass, numerous times.

Appearance: This stout has a great deep black color to it. The off-white/tan head is not too large but is fairly thick and creamy that mostly dissipates in the first few minutes.

Smell: It has a very warm smell, somewhat malty with hints of coffee.

Taste: Similar to the smell, the beer has a great roasted flavor of malt, but with the coffee and toffee more noticable. A well-balanced taste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is quite smooth and has a nice, warm feel. Though it's maybe not as full-bodied as some other stouts.

Drinkability: Overall, a very drinkable beer. Goes down nice and then you'll want another.

Probably one of the best offerings at Olde Main (not to mention it being an excellent stout in general), and one of the most popular too. It's also very consistant. Definitely try it out!

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Photo of smcdowell
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the third offering I tried during my visit to the brewpub, and I was a little worried after the first two, but this beer restored my faith in the beer gods. When it was delivered, it looked like a stout should look. Very dark body, tan head. Smelled very dark, very warm, very comforting. The taste was very much chocolate, coffee, and just smooth all around. My suggestion is to order yourself a steak, grab two or three pints of this stout, and settle in for the evening.

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Photo of beragg
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say about this stout, but that I loved everything about it. I've rated it higher than anything else I've tried and for good reason. It really looked like a stout when they poured it. No nitro here. a tan head on-top of black body. Not a lot of head about a finger's worth, and it didn't last too long, but still it looked great what can I say? It smelled wonderful. Deep coffee tones with chocolate. It made me just want to drink it which I did. This is where it was at. The roasted malts and hops blended perfectly and all I can say is I really enjoyed it. I could drink a few of these but limited myself to one in order to try some of this establishments other offerings which varied, but a place that makes a stout this good, knows what they're doing.

I wonder if they will name it later? I'll have to ask next time.

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Photo of bditty187
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The really appears to be the name of this stout. Odd indeed.

Black in hue. Opaque, even when held to a light nothing could penetrate the liquid. The head was beige in color, it was served with a half finger of foam; head retention was decent. It slipped to a fizzy cap after a moment but it was fairly thick around the edges. Subsequent lacing was organized, prevalent and very webby. Overall it looks like a stout, no complaints here, it provided a pleasant first impression. The nose has decent potency and the aromas it does offer are very roasty. Coffee is the main smell but there is a suggestion of char and chocolate, at the back is a hint of grassiness. It smells like a typical stout, similar to Guinness but more complex, it reminded me of Old No. 38 Stout. Inviting. The palate is exactly what the nose says it will be, a pleasantly roasty stout with a good coffee, char, and chocolate flavors. The hops are noticeable in the middle and finish and they offer some earthy grassiness. Hop bitterness plays nicely with the coffee-like bitterness and roast astringency. The long aftertaste is ideal for the style. This beer is really tasty. It is a well-made stout and I’d gladly drink it regularly, there is plenty of flavor and I’d love to pair it with a steak or BBQ. Medium-full in body, modest and natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is pleasant and filling. I’m impressed, many brewpub stouts are thin and watery – not this one. It is very drinkable and just as enjoyable. Flawless really, maybe not the “best stout I’ve ever had” but it is really good. Recommended.

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Sodbuster Stout from Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant
3.86 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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