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Total Eclipse Stout With Cayenne And Cocoa | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by thagr81us on 12-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes taken from firkin tapping at Barleys in Greenville, SC, December 29, 2010. Attended event with StayWhatYouAre2 and thagr81us. Firkin tapped and poured into a pint glass.

A: Arrived at the bar completely black and allowing no light to penetrate. No head present but had a thin khaki ring. No lacing, but nice legs.

S: Roasted malt and dark chocolate giving this a predominantly smokey aroma. I didn't pick up on any cayenne in the nose, but the smell wasn't disappointing.

T: Nice dark chocolate at the fore, along with sweet malt, and smoke. Initially, there was no cayenne to pick up on, but it snuck in after a few sips and got slightly stronger after it warmed just a bit, leaving a bit of a burn in the back of the throat. I expected a little more here, though.

M: Pretty light bodied and soft on the palate with low carbonation. No coating or stickiness at all. This was the deal breaker for me in making this a standout beer.

D: With the light body, low level of carbonation, and fairly low alcohol content, this went down very easily. I had two pints and could have easily had more.

Overall, this was a pretty solid stout, but nothing special. The taste was somewhat muted and the mouthfeel was disappointing. As thagr81us mentioned, if the flavors were a little more pronounced/dynamic, and the mouthfeel had offered a little more, this would have been an excellent stout. As it was, it was pretty darn good.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Primed with freshly-fermenting Sexual Chocolate, cayenne peppers, and cocoa nibs. Served at a special event hosted at Barleys in Greenville from a firkin into a shaker while sitting with Mississipping and StayWhatYouAre2. Poured pitch black with a VERY minimal tan head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and cayenne. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and cayenne mid-way through sitting on the palate with a little coming back upon swallowing. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. However, it wasn't as good as I was expecting though. This one was definitely an easy-drinker with the thin mouthfeel on it. With that said, the flavor was actually REALLY light on this one. Almost watered down slightly. If the flavors were more robust it would be a damn fine beer, but don't get me wrong, it was still quite good. I would suggest this one to anyone. Tick.

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Total Eclipse Stout With Cayenne And Cocoa from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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