Darker Than Your Soul | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Darker Than Your SoulDarker Than Your Soul

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Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by bcuz7 on 03-28-2014

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Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Redrover
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fudge, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, light smoke, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fudge, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, light smoke, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy hop/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark fudge, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char/smoke, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast malt bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice stout! All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of barczar
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Roast malt, dark cocoa, sweet molasses, and nutty, toasted notes underlie subtle tar and licorice in aroma. Molasses dominates.

Flavor reveals dark chocolate initially, becoming slightly sweet with caramel and molasses, and nutty, then alternating between nutty and slightly bitter roast malt into the dry, lightly charred, earthy finish.

Lacks the American hop character I typically associate with American stouts, in favor of more traditional malt dominance. Not overly roasty, and fairly complex. It's a little more char/bitter than I prefer, and a tiny acrid character surfaces, but a nice brew.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of supa0525
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great example of a classic American stout.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Kerry1
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of dacrza1
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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 MispeledStalion
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker Than Your Soul brewed by Saugatuck Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.80% This American Stout pours out a deep brown color with a a small light brown head. The head to this American Stout goes away fast,was hoping for more of a head. This brew looks like cola, not saying that is a bad thing . There is some nice spotty lacing to this brew, it does stick to the side of the glass. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts. There is also some mild roasted hops in the smell as well. The smell is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on the rich roasted grains and malts. Then a mild hop bitterness. This is a nice example of an American Stout. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.80% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with a dinner. The body of Darker Than Your Soul is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy. The mouth feel is Roasted, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Darker Than Your Soul a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Saugatuck Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this American Stout.

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Photo of jduprey007
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MooseWiersma
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

Photo of tourdot
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, packaged 090717, label says 6.5% ABV. Served in a Spiegelau stout glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some dark breadiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some molasses and smokiness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good overall stout, thanks to my friend Denis for saving a bottle for me! Definitely worth getting a bottle or 2 of this one if you see any. I liked it!

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

Photo of Caveworm
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Darker Than Your Soul | Saugatuck Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this brew's head dissipated rather quickly despite being served at room temp. No lacing with a black body.

I smell black licorice, coffee, and smoke.

The aforementioned three are here along with notes of semisweet chocolate arriving mid-palate. Nice and warming finish for a stout that's not very high octane.

Surprisingly not a heavy mouthfeel here, with mild carbonation.

Darker Than Your Soul | Saugatuck Brewing Company gets an overall 4 from yours truly.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhf9120
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MidwestBA
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a four pack of a Saugatuck's Darker Than Your Soul last week at The Lager Mill. This beer just hit the shelfs and since I'm always down to try a new beer from Saugatuck I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice dark look to it that goes good with the name and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that was almost on the border of being black and it didn't let any light come through with two fingers worth of pretty creamy slightly light colored mocha head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the dark roasted malts being the first to show up an they impart some roasted, sweet malt, light grainy, and chocolate like aromas with a slight bit of coffee showing up in the background. Up next I get this weird aroma that's a little on the lighter side and it reminds me a little of mothballs. but there's also a light creamy aroma showing up. This beer had a nice aroma, but I could go without that mothball like aspect.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the dark roasted malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma. but this time they are a little lighter with the roasted malts and chocolate seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a noticeable amount of hops that impart an earthy flavor and there's no mothball like aspect like there was in the aroma. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness that lingers slightly into the aftertaste along with some roasted malt, sweet malt and chocolate like flavors. This was a nice tasting American Stout, but I found myself wish it was a little more robust and a little less bitter.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, fairly crisp, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of an American Stout, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style and proved to be a little hoppier than most in it's style and while that wasn't really a bad thing I found myself wishing the hops were toned down just a little to let more of those roasted malt aspects come through. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, fairly crisp, slightly rich, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I think one would be a good amount for me, I don't really have the urge to drink another one in a row and that might be because of the bitterness. I think this beer would be nice in the fall. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and mouthfeel, to me those two aspects worked the best with this beer and they were pretty much just what I would expect from the style. What I liked the least about this beer was that mothball aspect in the aroma ans that the hops were just a little to forward, I thought those were the two biggest issues with this beer. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I already have three left and I don't see myself rushing out to get more before it's all gone. I think it's worth a try, but I wouldn't recommend it as a great American Stout. All in all I thought this beer was fairly solid, but I think with a little work this could be a pretty good beer all around. It's not my favorite beer from Saugatuck or my favorite American Stout, but it's far from the worst in both those categories. I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it either, it was right in the middle.

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