Susquehanna Stout | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%


Pours black with a tan head, very fine, which dissipates to lacing.

Smells smokey, woody, and a bit of mesquite.

Smokey flavor which tends mostly towards roasted coffee with a mesquite finish.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty decent Irish stout, nice uniqueness in the flavor and aroma. It's pretty distinct. That said, the body disappoints a bit and it's ultimately nothing special, but it does manage a robust flavor and aroma for it's abv which is impressive. Ultimately above average and worth a try.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

For a nitro, this beer didn't quite have the creamy head or cascading effect I'd normally expect. Typcial dark brown-black color for a stout, small bubbly white head. Basic aroma of dark malts and a touch of coffee and ash. Similar taste, dark malts, moderate roastiness, coffee, burny ash, a little weak, but not too bad. Thinner than a good stout should be, about medium bodied, and decently drinkable, but just lacking in good qualities that make me want to come back for more.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an okay stout. It has that kind of sour tone that some stouts can get. Decent molasses with mild roasted tones. The body seems a bit thin and the flavor profile could linger a bit more. This is an alright stout in my book, but not much beyond that.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bit more than a finger's worth of creamy light tan froth... Decent retention ultimately cedes to a splotchy veil of lacing... Sleek opaque black color... Quite still... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Charcoal BBQ ashes... Choclate... Roasted malts... Coffee... Caramel... Soy Sauce...

T - The roasted malts domiante, but is mixed with various other falvors... Some soy sauce... Some Espresso... Some chocolate... Some caramel... Light smoke... A slightly burnt character as well...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Sleek... Lightly carbonated... Goes down very smoothly...

D - As sessionable of a stout that I've ever found... Loaded with flavor and character and weighing in only at 4.6%...

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Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark near black with red highlights, dense khaki colored creamy head, little lacing. Scent is roasty with faint notes of powdered cocoa and a little woody, spicy note. Nice dry and lightly bitter roasty quality to taste, faint notes of chocolate and coffee with some char, splash of fruity and herbaly flavors on back end. Medium bodied, dry. a highly drinkable stout but lacking in any standout notes.

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

deep dark black look to it and a nice head of maybe two inches that came up and over the top with some ease. Settling down it left a decent amount of lacing on the sides, but nothing spectacular though it did retain a good bit of the puff of tan on top. The aroma was nice, well blended mix of chocolate and roasted malts, hints of light coffee notes and a decent bit of dark fruit note carrying over. This was pretty much par for the course with the flavor. Started out very smooth with a rich and well defined chocolate note that dominated early before mellowing with a nice but of vanilla and coffee notes. Small touch of hops catching up right there at the end

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this after finishing the Barley Wine at the brewpub. This beer was dark black in color with a soapy looking tan color head. Not much lacing here and looked a little weak to me. The smell was of coffee grounds and roasted malts. The taste of the beer had a touch of chocolate in there but mostly gave off flavors of burnt coffee bitterness and some malts in the background. The mouthfeel was smooth, but a little thin in my opinion. Overall this stout isn't bad but not something that I would seek out.

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Photo of thain709
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body is pretty much black...I don't think there's any light getting through this one...the head is a light tan color and one finger tall...before I take my first sip the head is gone and there's only a faint ring...almost no lacing is left

S - This one is all about the roast...the malts are roasted hard but they are not burnt...dark chocolate and slight coffee aromas are present as well

T - Again, the roast is large and in charge...the roasted malts start from the first sip and they never really leave as the flavors cling to your palate...a dark chocolate flavor and bitterness is present and enjoyable throughout as well...towards the middle of the beer you can pick up a light coffee flavor with a touch of creme...that touch of creme is about the only sweetness in the beer...there is a roasted, bitter, dark chocolate finish

M - Medium's all about the roast...towards the end it becomes a little much...sometimes goes down thin

O - This was my first Susquehanna Stout and I enjoyed it...the roasted malt was everywhere...only towards the end of the glass did it get to be too much...the chocolate presence was nice

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Photo of orangesol
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured straight from the Firkin into a standard pint. This version has Chicory and Vanilla added.

A - Pours jet black with a tiny bit of tan film for a head leaving no lacing at all down the glass. It looks completely dead.

S - Smells of robust coffee, dark malts, vanilla, chocolate, and a very faint hint of earthy hops hiding in the shadows. The smell is the best part of this beer.

T - Starts off with a nice kick of fresh brewed coffee slowly giving way to a mix of vanilla and chocolate sweetness with some dark roasted malt helping to round out the sweetness. The body is extremely thin, which is really ruining all these good flavors. The finish has plenty of dark roasted flavors, lingering for some time. I liked the flavors this one had but the feel really brought it down.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel is very thin and really doesn't help this one much. Plenty of dark roast in the finish.

O - I really wanted to like this one since the base beer is one of the only beers I like from ABC but I just can't. The flavors were good but the dead look and watery feel ruined it.

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Photo of psuKinger
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on-draft at the brewery, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: pours a deep dark black with a moderate-but frothy off-white head that dissipated quickly but clung to the glass well. The head on this beer had that look of "pancake batter" that I like so much. 4.5.

S: the smell is kind of "hot", surprisingly hot in fact, considering the ABV is under 5. An over-abundance of espresso, as well, which I don't really care for, and just a touch of traditional darkened malts in the background. 2.5.

T: smooth dark malts are present, and I feel like there is some hop bitterness on the finish that I like, but Im not crazy about the strong espresso flavor here. Additionally, this beer has a touch of a peppery *heat* in it's flavor that adds a level of complexity, but I find it to be destractint. 3.0

M: light and creamy, this beer finishes relatively smooth and a bit on the dry side. 3.0.

D: overall, I don't find this to be terribly drinkable. I don't really care for that "espresso" flavor, and I feel like this beer has a touch of peppery heat that I find to be unenjoyable. 2.5

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to a generous BA for sharing this at our tasting. Review from notes.

Poured very dark brown with a beige head that died rather quickly. A rather subdued nose, but I gather a bit of burnt toast, biscuits, hint of floral hops, and coffee. The flavor is like the nose and also has a bit of charcoal. Moderate body, could use a boost. Carbonation is decently smooth. A very meh beer IMO.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black, unable to get light through it. Khaki thick head that hangs for a while and leaves moderate lacing. In a tasting glass.

S: deep roasted malt and smokey, dark chocolate notes and a earthy bitterness.

T: a nice french roasted coffee with a little tartness. Smokey overall and a lighter cocoa but not really a milk chocolate. The dark roasted malt is the biggest player in the taste profile and I can't find a whole lot of hop character.

MF: light bodied and dry, are my first impressions and smooth comes along next. No real complexity and the toasty, roasty, smoky flavors that prevail are somewhat exaggerated.

D: a lot like a guinness, which is good for me because I started my beer enthusiasm with the st johns gate brew. And I love to buy local so I would almost drive to the ABC to get a growler of this before I got guinness. However if I found something a little closer and american this wouldn't be missed.

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

Served in a pint glass from a tap at the brewery. 2 finger foamy head, the color of a caramel cube. The body is a blackish brown color that allows in very little light around the edges.

The nose is coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Undertones of caramel and molasses are also detectable.

The taste is similar to the nose...roasty throughout with hints of sweetness and bitterness.

The mouth feel is medium with moderate carbonation...slightly astringent.

Very drinkable...a nice offering!

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Harrisburg location.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with good amounts of unsweetened chocolate and hints of roasted coffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strong roasted malt flavors are balanced by dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip very light hints of coffee enter into things before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It had a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was a very good stout with a good balance of roast and sweetness. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a dry coffee, burnt grain and charcoal.

The taste was a dry mix of coffee, burnt grain and a cleansing charcoal.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and clean dry stout.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with an awesome 2 finger creamy tanned head. Leaves quite a bit of lacing. Intense smells of burnt barley and coffee tones before you even get your nose close to the glass. Taste is exactly what was expected after taking a deep sniff, it is right on with bitter burnt barley. Smooth mouthfeel and finish with perfect carbination.

I like this stout...I like it a lot.

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Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark brown/black color with excellent tan head and some decent lacing. Nice scent, some burnt grain and dark malt and a lot of chocolate. Same for the taste, a nice stout with a huge chocolate flavor. Goes down quite smooth. I would've rated it higher if it would've actually supposed to have been a chocolate stout.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at ABC Harrisburg on 3/11/09.

A - Coal black body with almost two fingers of creamy mocha-colored head that settled to a nice layer of retention and yielded a decent amount of sticky lace.

S - Dark roasted malt and toasted nuts with hints of coffee and chocolate. Some earthy hoppy notes emerge from the background. the chocolate character really opened up as the liquid warmed up. Probably the best smelling ABC beer I've had to date.

T - Abundance of roasted malt up front with a toasted nutty character and semi-sweet chocolate notes. Coffee presence is subtly blended in with the other flavors. Hop profile is moderate with earthy and leafy tones, and the bitterness grows as it warmed up.

M - Smooth cask mouthfeel, perhaps a little thin and watery overall. Roasty and a tad bitter on the palate.

D - One of ABC's finest, especially on cask. This is a very good stout with a pleasant roasty character.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brewpub in Harrisburg

A: A deep dark brown color, almost black. A small less than 1 finger tan head, but had good retention.

S: Mostly roasted malts. Coffee, caramel, chocolate were the main scents. Not too overpowering.

T: Lots of roasted malts taste. Good combination of coffee, chocolate, nuts and some caramel.

M: Seemed a little thin for a stout, but the malt flavoring is left on the palate.

D: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. A good session beer, low abv.

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Photo of armock
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a pitch black color with a tan head that coats the glass in lace

S - Is of roasted malts that give off a good coffee scent

T - Has a pretty rich taste followed with coffee flavor

M - This beer has a creamy smooth body with light carbonation to it

D - his is a pretty good beer that I've never heard of before its worth trying sometime if you can get some

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Photo of krisandajt
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this beer as a part of a Beer of the Month subscription in October, and of the 4 beers I received this one was my favorite.

Appearance: Poured from a bottle, the stout had a nice dark rich color. Not a great deal of head, but what there was had good retention and good lacing.

Smell: A nice, roasted smell with slight hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Taste was very good. Nicely balanced with a somewhat sweet aftertaste. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth!

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I actually do not live far from the Appalachian Brewing Company, I would love to try this straight from the tap.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a pint of this at the brewery.

A: Pours a black body with 1.5 finger thick, tan head with excellent retention and nice lacing around the glass.

S: A slightly, roasted smell, but nothing too overbearing.

T: A slightly roasted taste with a nice, coffee aftertaste. A pretty balanced stout with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

M: A mouthfeel that is smooth as silk; very good on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination that was very good. A robust roasted and coffee taste with an awesome mouthfeel. A very good, smooth Real ale.

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Photo of rebelthrower
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this from the Amazing clubs beer of the month.

A-Very dark brown, almost black in color. The head was a nice brown color.

S- Strong smell of roasted malts and chocolate with a little bit of coffee.

T- First taste was dry and roasted malt. Finishes with a bitter chocolate and a bit of coffee.

M- Carbonation was right in the middle perfect for this beer. It leaves the mouth very smooth.

D- goes down very well. Very tasty bee and seems to get a bit stronger after the first half of the glass. Wouldn't drink more than 2 though.

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Photo of kcillini77
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This must have not been bottled until recently as it appears I am the first to review this as a bottled beer. Received in the September shipment from Amazing Clubs Beer of the Month Club.

Good looking stout. Smell is roasted malt and coffee.

Taste is roasted,strong coffee with a very earthy aftertaste.

Very flavorful, perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Definitely dry. A good example of the style.

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Photo of ShareANevada
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by a friend who received it in a 'beer of the month' shipment.

Pours a rich thick, oily looking drink. Much more viscous than I had been anticipating. Not much head on it.

The smell was slightly above average, with some sweet notes.

Just a tad overcarbonated for my taste, but it seemed to mellow as we went.

This was a very nice rich stout, which is something I have never experienced with such low alcohol. The sweetness in the nose was not as present int he taste. Very well done for an extremely sessionable stout.

If I knew where to procure this, I would.

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