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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Added by Jarod on 12-05-2002

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by KFaulkner:
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appalachian Brewing Company keeps one of its flagship beers cask conditioned for your enjoyment. The beers rotate, but on my visit it was the Susquehanna Stout, a perfect candidate for cask conditioning and enjoyment. The 55 degree serving temperature really brought out the best in this beer which is also used in its signature brewpub dishes. According to ABC:

"This representation of the classic Irish Dry Stout has a smooth roast flavor due to the use of specially roasted barley. The barley kernels are kilned at very high temperatures until they are dark brown to black in color.

The Susquehanna River is named after the Susquehannock Indians who settled in our area. This shallow river is over one mile wide in the Harrisburg area and flows from southern New York through Pennsylvania to the Chesapeake Bay."

A proud beer to central PA, the Susquehanna Stout was presently wonderfully as a cask conditioned ale. A perfect aperitif to a meal at the brewpub in Harrisburg, PA.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a deep black with some light red flashes with almost no head to speak of,hints of cedar in the aroma with some roasted malt.Taste is highly roasted with some nutty flavors and bittersweet chocolate.a nice balance of earthiness and chocolate.A appetizing beer with a nice balance of flavors a good find on tap.

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Photo of KolbMarley
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Jeremy_Zim
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nickthetick
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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 KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11/11/17....pours pitch black, light foam, just a slight tan ring. Dark chocolate nose, like candy. Smooth and milky. Light chocolate. Tasty but with barely a bitter to back it.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2 L swing-top growler filled on 17-Jan-07 at the Harrisburg location.

A: The stout pours a dark coffee brown color. The carbonation, already fairly low to begin with, is nonexistent. There is no head, no bubble stream, nothing but stout.

S: The stout has a roasted malt aroma, coming across fairly dry.

T: The stout has a thin roasted malt flavor. The thinness is due primarily to the complete loss of carbonation, as the bubbles added a bit of body. The malts leave a dry, toasted flavor in the mouth long after the beer has been swallowed, giving it a bit of a dry stout character.

M: The mouthfeel is roasted and dry, imparting a chocolatey taste that makes one go for another sip.

D: A good sessioner, the drier flavor is pleasant without knocking the drinker out.

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Dodo2step
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- ABC Brewery...from notes.

A- my second beer before i had the barleywine. Arrives at my table not as cold as expected but a nice dark motor oil rich color with a light tan head. Leaves a nice lil lacing on my glass.

S- a nice folgers coffee roast smell. Some malts and hints of alcohol.

T- coffee and dark chocolate hints.

M- thick and full bodied. Not as creamy as i have had in the past. Coats the mouth and tongue and sticks very nice.

D- a sipping beer. Not one to pound but light on the alcohol content. hard to drink but it was a nice beer dinner. Had with pomegrante blueberry chicken.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABC's stout looks great. It is almost pure black with a dark tan head and loads of lacing all the way down the glass. It was, however, strangely lacking of any depth in the aroma. There was hint of roasted barley but that's about it. I usually expect to find a lot more smokiness or chocolate or caramel undertones. These were lacking. The taste was good, not great. It is a classic Irish stout as opposed to an American, Imperial, or chocolate stout. That doesn't mean it should have less flavor but this one is a little light on taste. It has the roasted barley taste that is very pleasant, but little else. It was also thinner in the mouth than most stouts. I liked it but again there are better stouts in local brewpubs not far away, Selins Grove and Bullfrog to name two.

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Photo of Kilroy1701
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking near black colour with a mid-range sized head that is fairly thick at first before settling to a medium to thin sized lace.

The aroma is primarily of chocolate and roasted malt with a slight touch of coffee. Sweetness is minimal here, with an earthy aroma being favoured.

The flavour is more of the same. Roasted notes dominate the chocolate and coffee here, and there's a touch of nut flavour thrown into the mix. Sweetness is stepped up a touch, but is still not that noticeable. The finish is dry and roasted yet the mouthfeel has a bit of creaminess to it, along with a nice full body.

This is a solid beer all around. It's simple and to the point, and having it on cask just adds to the drinkability by accenting the flavours a bit (or so it seemed to me).

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of psuKinger
2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
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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