EXXXcalibur Stout | Roots Organic Brewery

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Roots Organic Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 06-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Floydster:
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4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10 ounce glass at the brewpub on 4/27/09, reviewed from notes, color is pretty much black, huge 1 3/4 inch foamy tan head that lasted ten minutes, very good retention, some incredible lacing too, aroma consists of rich roasted malts, coffee that smells like most like espresso, floral hoppiness, dark cocoa, and mocha, starts off with roasted accents, more malts and some dark chocolate in the middle, finish has a bit of an earthy flavor, mild coffee comes out a little bit as it warms, some cream comes to the surface by the end, roasted, and creamy, mouthfeel, pretty thin body for an imperial stout, medium carbonation, taste lingers, could drink a little more than this, pretty weak in ABV for its style, can be light at times but found this overly malty with not much else going on to balance it out, would drink again, one of the better organic beers I can remember having, recommended

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint on-tap at a local restaurant. A dark mocha head sat atop a chocolate-black light-impenetrable body. The head slowly fizzled into a light collar that left a spot of chunky lacing here and there.

Aroma was a bit more subdued than expected for something named eXXXcalibur. Roasted malt with a definite cocoa, chocolate, and roasted coffee nose. There were hints of burnt toffee and next-day-bottom-of-the-glass-dried-out-beer as well. just a touch funky. not bad.

Taste is deliciously rich and strong. A bit light in flavor profile for an Impy stout, it seems like an incredibly heavy porter or a lighter stout. A heavily roasted flavor lead by raw cocoa nibs and roasted coffee beans, a thicker chocolate-syrup-like flavor filled out the body nicely. Some nice roasted bitterness shows up, bringing in some dark fruit characteristics. Dried cherries and blackberries. Complex and rich.

Mouthfeel isn't bad. A touch thin for both an Impy Stout and for the flavor profiles it's trying to carry. A decent rich and sweet profile without being syrupy or oily. A nice bitter finish that's neither astringent nor overly piney.

Deliciously rich and full. The flavors are exceptional. The mouthfeel is fair. I still question the Imperial Stout categorization, as it just doesn't quite meet all of the style characteristics. All that said, I'd take a pint of eXXXcalibur any day.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On nitro-tap at the brewery in SE Portland.

A: Delivered in a snifter with a finger of light beige head, with the creaminess characteristic of nitro taps. Retention is quite strong, and it leaves some nice lacing down the glass as I sip. The body is actually a dark, semiclear brown with reddish tint, the clarity becoming more apparent as the beer vanishes in the glass.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Not a lot else.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee... Again, not much else. I'm blaming the nitro tap for this one, but I'm not excusing it.

M: Medium-bodied, kind of watery and weak-tasting. Again, the nitro-tap is probably the culprit, but I can't overlook it when it's the brewery's choice to do this. Lightly dry in the finish.

D: I was pretty underwhelmed.

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Photo of dnichols
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was served this beer at the Spring Beer and Wine Festival in Portland, Oregon on March 21, 2008. The program listed the beer as Exxxcalibur Imperial Stout.

A: It poured a dark black body with a deep chocolate head. The head was about three-quarters a finger and dissipated quickly leaving moderate lacing.

S: For an "Imperial" stout I expected much more a pronounced profile of aromas. There were the expected chocolates and coffee odors but few other aromas.

T: It early with a sweet chocolaty malt flavor that was swiftly overwhelmed by the campfire coffee flavors of burn beans and bitterness. The big bold coffee taste lingered well into the finish and remained long into the aftertaste.

M: It was a thin medium bodied brew with a sweet front and bitter back and aftertaste.

D: It was less an "Imperial" stout than an American Stout with Porter-like characteristics. Overall it was an enjoyable brew that was not too heavy or filling and had a low enough ABV to support a long session.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first two impressions of this stout were formed from its frigid serving temperature and the luscious chocolaty nose. The aroma is particularly striking, as is the ensuing chocolaty taste. Roots’ stout eagerly steps forward with a bold character, dispelling any notion that organic ingredients represent a compromise with flavor for the sake of political correctness. Any American stout should hope to convey as much flavor and personality. The earth-friendly ingredients are an important statement and a welcome bonus.

Roots’ menu defines this as “brewed in the imperial tradition” though at 7.0% ABV it could hardly be called an imperial stout. Its body is somehow more reminiscent of a determined porter and could stand some more rounding. But the bitterness is perfectly played.

Roots’ stout lives at the historic junction between porter and stout. Though no real chocolate is used in the brewing, I’ve known double chocolate stouts with less chocolaty flavor. There’s also a wash of coffee here and roasted barley (?).

Roots lists this as “Excalibur Stout” on their website but simply “Roots Stout” on their menu. It is an all-around solid beer.

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EXXXcalibur Stout from Roots Organic Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 5 ratings