Z Man Stout | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by armock on 01-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by timmos1:
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3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at ocean beach
pizza port. They say it's an award winner.

Head retention fair. Color is usual dark.

Mouthfeel is ok. Not too thick.

Taste very coffee like and strong. Too much coffee for me. I don't think it's that drinkable myself. Pretty heavy.

Upon letting it warm up a bit I find the flavor a bit mellower. I guess if you like strong stouts you will like this.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hey another black colored stout from Pizza Port. Shocking! This one is full bodied black, good viscosity, beige head, right around that 1" depth spot, superior lacing as well as retention, this one is a looker as if she came out of roundandbrown. com if ya feel me.

Decent roasted malt aroma, not much else going on, but nothing bad, just really what a better than average stout will smell like.

Bitter coffee malt notes, doesn't taste like they actually added any chocolate or coffee, just gets those characteristics from the malt and its roastiness. Plenty of hops on this one too. Not sweet at all, a dense toffee flow to it, without sugar. Dry mouthfeel, lightly astringent. Alcohol tastes like it is in the 7.5% range. Licorice seems to be found quite often in Pizza Port's stouts.

Pretty good stuff, not going to make you forget about Pizza Port's ipa's, but nonetheless, more solid stout than your average brewery is gonna foist upon you. If you like stouts, would recommend. Drank on tap at my favorite Pizza Port: San Clemente.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of g_jenkins
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of double2chin
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drink_LocalSD
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of quantumcipher
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colored with substantial viscosity and a full inch of head, brown. Aroma was just roast, like an export stout is, minus any dark fruit bitter aroma.

Taste is a lot of bitter roasted malt, pulling coffee out of it where there is no coffee added to the beer. Nothing sweet here. The anise comes on in the mouthfeel, could do without.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A: The beer pours almost black with a thin layer of creamy off-white/tan head.

S: A nice roastiness to the nose with a fair amount of dark chocolate. There is a bit of burnt sugar, molasses, and a fair amount of coffee. Just a little bit of earthy hop aroma.

T: Starts off with a moderate bitterness. There is a good roasted malt flavor along with dark chocolate, char, and coffee. Some toffee sweetness is present underneath.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: A nice solid stout. Easy to drink and pleasant flavors.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of NickMunford
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of BDeibs
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Phelps
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a shaker pint at Pizza Port OB. According to their signage, this one’s a foreign export stout.

Pure black with hints of maroon at the edges. No chance of clarity here. Half a finger of frothy, dense tan head remains as a thick ring but doesn’t leave much lace.

Sweet chocolate malt lends scents of dark roasted coffee beans and cocoa nibs with oats and vanilla in the back. Smooth and deep.

Espresso and dark chocolate lead the flavor before the swallow opens things up with bitter roasted beans, chocolate malt, burnt bread and oats. This tastes more like an oatmeal stout than a foreign. Still good, though.

Moderate massaging carbonation breaks the brew into soft fizz, doing no favors to the weak medium-light body. Bit drying in the swallow. No hint of the booze, which is impressive.

Not bad at all. Z-Man is flavorful and, with the booze hidden as well as it is, is more drinkable than is probably advisable. This particular Pizza Port does great things with roast.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at PP OB. Tulip. Brewed at Pizza Port Ocean Beach.

A: Black with a big creamy brown head.

S: Lightly roasted grains with cream and dark chocolate. There's a restrained but evident coffee aroma. Earth blends with a dash of licorice.

T: Coffee and cream is what comes to mind. Low earthy bitterness and a really nice chocolate profile - a blend of dark and milk. Lightly roasted grains.

M: Lower full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky and creamy.

Overall: A very nice foreign stout. Recommended.

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Photo of Tonedef
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from Pizza Port - Ocean Beach in San Diego, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a small 1/2 inch tan head that fades to nothing. Small rivulets of lace that flow back into the beer over time. Smells of dark roasted malt, brewed coffee,and cocoa powder. Overall smell is sort of muted. Taste is of bitter strong coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some citrus hoppiness. Slight roasted coffee bitterness on the palate after each sip. Carbonation is at the medium level. Somewhat prickly in the throat on the drink down. Overall, a pretty good stout from Port but nothing too special.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black opaque with a taupe head. Aroma is characterized by coffee and used bacon grease. Roasted malt, coffee and lactose flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy without being too heavy. Finishes with some sweetness from the lactose. Coffee acidity very late. Very solid.

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Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port Ocean Beach

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is fairly light with a roasted malt

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this was a pretty decent beer not as good as some of the other stouts made by Port/Lost Abbey but still drinkable its worth a shot if you see it on tap

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Z Man Stout from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 36 ratings