Darker Than Your Soul | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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3.86/5
Very Good
86 Ratings
Darker Than Your SoulDarker Than Your Soul
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
saugatuckbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by bcuz7 on 03-28-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,460
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
86
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
13
Trade:
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: December 1, 2017... OCCASION: watching Rudolph with the family... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint... pours a dark black body with a quickly fizzing brown head that rings to an extremely thin halo... the surface is reminiscent of cola or motor oil... molasses, oatmeal, thick roasted malts, rum notes, and a latent lactic finish... a variety of aromas, but nothing dominant or centering... the first sip is grimy and gritty, bringing a full-bodied punch to the mouth.... brackish, long-lasting in its finish, heavy and boozy at 6.8%... vanilla, cereal, lactic milk, chocolate insinuations, boggy peat, and cola... a strong, boozy aftertaste that makes this beer feel bigger than it is... an enjoyable stout that demands attention and rewards the taste buds...

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Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanna like it, but it's the generic base stout for a very good (neopolitan) and some really awful flavored (coconut, blueberry maple) stouts.
a) Looks fine, opaque, still black body, but a loose and soon lost tan head that laces no more nets than a pilsner.
s) smells of roasted coffee, toffee, bittersweet chocolate, woodfire. Good.
t) Adds more complexity but still an also-ran: Follows roast dominant coffee & wood smoke with a finish of lingering leafy, musty, and floral hops. Enough nuances to make interesting of black licorice, dark fruitiness, iced coffee, and winter smoke.
f) thin-medium feel, with a nice astringent, cleansing hop finish.
o) Over-hyped, doesnt live up to its name. Mid-Pack dry stout with some added complexity and roasty features. Better at cask temp.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imperialking
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a Saugatuck 12 pack of mixed stouts.... Oh yeah! This offering is almost chewy good. Nice over all mix of flavors. Definite coffee with chocolate tones.

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Photo of crbnfbr
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque, jet black color with a one finger, light brown head of foam. It left trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of chocolate and roasted malt. Good roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate and a touch of rolled oats. It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish. This is a good stout.

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Photo of Redrover
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Darker Than Your Soul was included in the mixed stout 12 pack from Saugatuck. I love these mixed packs!

Poured into a 12 oz shaker. The beer is black with a tan head.

It has an inviting nose of roasted malts, dark fruit, and toffee.

It's sweet and toasty with molasses raisins, dark chocolate and black bread.

The mouth is thick and a touch oily.

So far every beer I have had from the mixed pack is solid.

Well done!

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: Deep dark smoked malts, dry tobacco finish. Toasted black malt smokey nose. Black with a reddish hue, mostly opaque, tan head with delicate ring lattice. Medium full body. Bold. 54 IBUs

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Inky blackness on the pour : this beer doesn't lie. Fluffy ring of head, beige in color and comprising about a pinky's side of length in both the lace and remaining head.

Mmm. Smoked malts, molasses, black pepper coffee, faint dry meats. Impressive.

Starts with an ashy roastiness, followed by old molasses/fig, and then a total finish of ash. I get used to it the more I drink it though.

Feel on the other hand is good, has a nice viscosity to it, and a mild stickiness, with a hint of char on the finish.

Overall, I feel Saugatuck does good stouts, and this would be a good choice if you're into the ashy flavors.

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Photo of tourdot
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of gebravo1
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DanGeo
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, part of the 'Stout' mixed packs they arrive in around here of late. Great name, I gotta say.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of orange cola basal edges, and one chubby-ass finger of puffy, chunky, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves some streaky cirrus cloud ceiling lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gritty and grainy, roasted caramel/toffee malt, bittersweet chocolate, sort of soured cafe-au-lait, ethereal dark fruity notes, and some plain leafy, musty, and floral hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, black licorice, a still understated black orchard fruitiness, weak day-old coffee, and more tame leafy, weedy, and herbal hoppiness.

The bubbles are adequate in their perfunctory frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee astringency (source unknown) tugging at my all too naive palate. It finishes off-dry, the roasted caramel malt still the big game in town, with the other sundry essences falling off the charts at their own measured paces.

Overall, this is a genial and rather engaging Yankee stout, the roasted and coffee flavours doing well by themselves. Easy to drink, and yet challenging at the same time - I swear that there is some sort of spice going on here, but I can find no official evidence of it - must just be my dark soul fucking with me.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 3/2/15, 6.5% ABV. Pours mostly black with a medium sized light khaki head. Smells of predominately roasted malt and flaked oats with some cocoa and coffee. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, oats, cocoa, and coffee. Lower smell/flavor intensity. Light bitterness and no noticeable alcohol. Thin body and average carbonation. Overall, this is a very pleasant/drinkable American Stout; it has a light roasted malt profile with notes of cocoa and coffee. Kind of reminds me of a better and lest roasted version of O'Hara's Irish Stout.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Darker Than Your Soul from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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