Chocolate Stout | Nodding Head Brewery

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Nodding Head Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 03-04-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by pheurton:
Photo of pheurton
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pitch black with an appetizing chocolatey brown head that sticks around a bit. strange, but almost no aroma to speak of, just the faintest hint roasted barlely. subtle carbonation, big, full, and chewy body. fairly straightforward roasted barley flavor accented by hints of dark chocolate. whole leaf hop flavor comes in to add a distinct earthiness to the finish. belly-filling and rich, i don't think i'd want more than two in a row at the most. worth a shot, though i think there are better examples of the style out there for sure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Nitrogen pour; carefully done. The serving temperature is just right. A very deep, opaque brown/black body is topped by a thick light-tan head that holds up well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is limited but expresses a slightly sweet dark malt similar to bittersweet chocolate. The medium body, restrained carbonation, and nitrogen pour give a soft, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is lightly sweet with a touch of chocolate and a hint of roastiness against a mild bitterness. If I wasn't told that there really was chocolate in the boil (Girhardelli's), I'd think its flavor was exclusively from chocolate malts and a low bitterness. Very nicely done!!! It delivers a mild touch of chocolate character that adds to the flavor but is not overwhelming. The finish is light and leaves a pleasant, mildly dry and subtly chocolatey/roasty aftertaste. It's well balanced, and quite easy to drink. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of pjkelley82
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MmmIPA
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Capone's.

Black body with a off white head and some nice lacing

I think I smell chocolate

Some fruit,chocolate and slight roasted malts

Very smooth,almost no carbonation

Good just cant taste all the flavors this beer has to offer.I would like to have this again but without the nitro carbonation.The head was very creamy and always stood up through the whole beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.36/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into a mug

A - Poured almost completely black with some tan head; lots of lacing from the jump

S - Good smell, although not the strongest in the world

T - Excellent sweet mocha coffee flavor; little hops and not as roasted as I expected, and very dominated by sweetness; maybe not the most complex flavor I've ever tasted but it's just straight-up so good tasting that you want to drink five or six more without even thinking about it

M - Solid body, although the taste does slide out of your mouth quicker than expected; good full-body stoutiness

D - This one is really a great beer; it's got fantastic sweet malt flavor that's not the most 'thinking' taste, but definitely one of the best at just being what it is - a great beer to go with (or just be) dessert

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin tan head. The aroma is good. It boasts of black patent, chocolate, and victory malts; very black. The taste is good. It has a dry black malt and chocolate flavor that is very pleasant. It goes down easy with good mouthfeel. This is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine stout. It's not as chocolatey as Rogue's Chocolate Stout, but it has a nice patent malt flavor which makes the chocolate flavor secondary.

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to try this at a "book and the cook" vegan dinner where first the beer was poured into a pitcher, and then poured into a wine glass. With that said, I cannot fairly judge the head, although even so, it did have a bit of a head. This beer is made with Valrhona Chocolate, and the aroma clearly lets you know there is some real chocolate in here, not just chocolate malt! It was something I really enjoyed. It was a nice dark brown color. The mouth feel was very smooth indeed. The taste was rich yet very drinkable overall. The chocolate taste did linger a bit after each sip, which was very nice. There is not alot of roastyness to this beer, but I do not think that is "wrong" for the style either. Overall, the texture, aroma and taste made this one a nice treat for me!

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Photo of stirgy
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small tulip glass. I’m not sure why? Midnight black in color with a rich and creamy head floating on top. The aroma is strangely skunky, musty and altogether unappealing. It must be the 13 pounds of Valrhona chocolate used in the brew. The taste is nice with bittersweet roasted chocolate, sarsaparilla with just a hint of birch beer. Buttery rich and roasty on the whole with some small hop notes and a tang of bitter citrus in the finish. When this warms up, it really starts to melt in your mouth, like a rich tasting chocolate bar. Turned out to be a nice treat of a beer, just be sure to let it warm up so it mellows out a bit.

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Photo of whartontallboy
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maybe I got a bad batch, but like the Grog that I tried, this was a pretty undistinguished beer. Black pour that left lots of lace as I drank it, but very little aroma. Maybe the pub itself was too smoky to smell anything, but I basically caught some malty scents, and that's it. The flavor was malt and a slight bit of chocolate evidenced mostly by a slight sweetness with almost no hops to offset it. Not as bland as their Grog that I tried, but by no means extraordinary. Mostly sort of bland. Mouthfeel was relatively chewy and nice, and the drinkability was okay, I guess, but I didn't want another after I'd finished.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I must have gotten a really bad version of this beer. It was very watery for a stout. For a chocolate stout, it was even more so. I could have considered it a porter. Overall, I could not get past this. I was told by my fellow beeradvocates that it was a lot different a week or two ago. I hope so. On a brighter note, it still smelled and looked good. It wasn't bad. But for the style, it needs to take a major hit.

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Chocolate Stout from Nodding Head Brewery
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 10 ratings