Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge Hatlifter StoutGrand Ridge Hatlifter Stout
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Grand Ridge Hatlifter StoutGrand Ridge Hatlifter Stout

Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of norwichboy
4.16/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown hue with slight mahogany tints when held to the light. Little head, which settles to a cream ring. The smell is fantastic. Not that typical of a stout, with very strong porty and fruitcakey aromas, like a rare tokay or muscat, with chocolate of the roasted malt only faintly in the background, but very aromatic, and pure pleasure just to sit and smell. This is less evident on tasting, but still very rich and satisfying. Mouthfeel is smooth, good body and subtle fine carbonation. Absolutely delicious, although not particularly typical of a stout.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown colour with a caramel coloured head. Nothing unexpected here. Looks fairly tepid after a minute.
S- Roasted toffee malts, sweet dark fruits and chocolate. Very appealing.
T- That lovely sweet dark fruit/toffee taste is upfront followed by LOTS of roasted malts and just a hint of dark chocolate. There is a reasonably bitter aftertaste. I like it- fairly robust and palate friendly.
M- Silky, medium and finely carbonated. Not bad here but could be better.
O- It's a pleasant drink- pure and simple. Nothing at all offputting about it and goes down easily. Impressed.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL brown bottle, with the brewery's motto "100% premium - 100% pure beer" emblazoned across the label. No best before date.

Appearance: Black liquid, more brown than red, with an adequate head and good lacing. Could use a bit more head, and head colour is too pale.

Smell: Nice oaty smell, but I don't think there's any oat in there. Solvent alcohol covering a pleasant floral hop aroma. Quite a strong alcohol smell considering it's only 4.9%.

Taste: Not too overpowering like some stouts can be - very refreshing, though it's a hot summer's afternoon here in my bedroom. Creamy and very easy drinking, a little bit foamy in the mouth, with satisfying earth and natural grain flavours. I like this more than I thought I would.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, effervescent and strangely foamy. There is enough to chew on to make it interesting, even though it's easy drinking.

Drinkability: Better than many stouts I've had, especially lately. Absolutely no adjunct tastes (which are to be expected!) make this really fun to drink, and if only I had a few more or knew where my girlfriend's mum bought this for me, I'd be very content to enjoy Christmas eve sinking a few hatlifters. See you at the brewery.

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Photo of LathouXaris
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of willjansen
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Decent amount of off-white head (a bit on the lighter side for stouts) on a medium pour. Not the darkest stout (keeping in mind it's 4.9ABV, I wasn't expecting RIS opacity). Ruby-colored body when up to the light... slightly darker than cola.

Smell - Quite an enticing, sweet smell - pleasant, clean nose of roasted malts and all that go with it - chocolates are heavily present with light whiffs of creamy coffee to go along side. Hints of licorice, and a very faint and not unpleasant hint of sourness.

Taste - Begins quite sweet and chocolatey (yum) with a subtle smokiness that slowly, but not thoroughly, becomes more bitter towards the end. Slightly above average for a stout, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth with just a little bit of chewiness. Expected for the style and ABV. Carbonation ideal for this type of stout.

Drinkability - Damn good Aussie stout. Nothing mind-blowing, but they've certainly acheived what they set out to do I think. Could definitely put down a few of these. This is the second beer I've tried from Grand Ridge and they've earned my respect so far... Good job.

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Served a black color with a bit of red around the edges. Good tan head that faces to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and some dark fruit.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of nuts in the background.

F: medium body, smooth and nicely balanced. Just a bit on the sweet side.

O: Nice beer for the style, nothing fancy.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a viscous black with a finger of creamy tan head with good retention.

S - Nice roasty stout aroma, chocolate, almonds.

T - Chocolate, sweet sultana and blackberry. Quite deserty.

M - Medium dusty body, plenty of chalk and sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O - Quite like this one.

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Photo of brendan13
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark brown, almost black, but not quite. Few centimetres of beige head sits atop for a fair while.
S - Roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Some very slight fruity esters.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but much more chocolate flavour tends to dominate.
M - A bit waterery given some pretty good malt tastes were going on. I prefer my stouts nice and thick.
D - Pretty good stout that is available year round unlike a lot of other aussie micro stouts. This is always good because stouts are good at any time of the year in my opinion.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque very dark brown to black, with a somewhat bubbly head. No creaminess. Good lacing, but doesn't look like a true stout, to mind.

Nose is quite peppery, with a backgrounding sweetness which ends up making it smell like a bit of Asian cuisine. Quite smoky aromas penetrate as it warms a little, wood and ash. Quite interesting.

Strong sour roasted flavour on the palate, continuing the smoked theme. Long roasted bitter aftertaste. Interesting flavours. Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. No creaminess. I think a creamier, more viscous body would suit it better. Not a great stout, but reasonably enjoyable.

It's quite a drinkable brew.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brown/ruby highlights and a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of chocolate, caramel and nutty malt. Nice roasty character.
In the way of flavours it's coffee rather than chocolate. Seems pretty light on, could us some more malt in there to flesh things out a bit.
Too much carbonation, body is lacking.

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of doktorhops
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

And now we come to the last Grand Ridge beer in the gift pack, so far my verdict is an emphatic: "I want my money back", but who knows maybe the Hatlifter Stout will totally redeem this awfully over awarded brewery in my eyes? Let's just say I'm not holding my breath on that for now.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: I gave it a lively pour after the disaster of the Natural Blonde and this yielded a Coca-Cola brown bodied brew with a tan coloured cappuccino foam 2cm head that shrank down to 0.5cm. At least it looks like a stout, good start Grand Ridge.

S: Aroma is quite a mix of dark chocolate with roasted malt and a note of chicory and vanilla bean. None of that charred smoky aroma that we find in most stouts which is somewhat of a relief actually.

T: As expected that mix of dark chocolate and chicory comes the forefront of the taste buds followed a slight burnt malt base, some dark fruits and vanilla bean, finishes with a minor bitter end and a boozy note - not unlike a dash of brandy in a Christmas pudding.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation and a bit of slickness that you usually find in good stouts.

D: This is by far the stand-out beer of the gift pack and if it was cheaper I could easily see myself buying more. It's a shame I bought and tried the gift pack instead of just buying a six pack of these otherwise I would have high praises for Grand Ridge, then again Grand Ridge shouldn't be releasing sub-par beers in a gift pack either. Anyway it ticks the boxes of a good stout: bold flavour, decent body, booze notes and slick mouthfeel, give it a go.

Food match: This is more a dessert stout than a main course stout, and that dessert is anything with gratuitous amounts of chocolate. Also would go well with a nice Cuban corona cigar.

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Photo of diablo14
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pretty mild and light bodied stout from grandridge thats a fair beer, but doesnt compare to alot of the other beers in their range. this is a stout thats best suited to a black and tan, so its quite interesting that they use hat lifter for this purpose also.

bit lighter in color for the usual stout, bit still brown in color. light beige head with little retention. theres not a lot of aromas in there, tho still pleasant enuff. very light roasted flavor, with some chocolate, and and a mild woody tinge. flavor is chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice. not as robust as i like my stouts to be, its still pretty smooth and easy to drink. finishes on the sweet side, and lacks hop presence throughout the beer. the bitterness is there, but as with the rest of the beer, too understated.

very mellow for the style, hat lifter is really a bit of a misnomer. it certainly fails to raise my rafters. that said its not a bad brew, but these guys can do, and have done, much better than this.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep & dark ruby brown color with LOTS of chunky, foamy tan head. I even rinsed the glass and tipped it to pour, and still got a lot of head. The head sticks around for a long time, too. There's head to the last drop of beer. Smells malty and roasty and there's a very vague smell of hoppiness. The taste is also roasty, malty and vaguely hoppy. Thre's plenty of bitterness there, I just can't make out any specific hop flavors. Overall, it's on the bitter side, but that's to be expected from a stout. The mouthfeel is very very fizzy, it's almost like drinking foam. Can't say I like that much. All in all, it's a pretty damn good stout. Not something I could drink all the time though, due to the excessive carbonation.

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Photo of hefevice
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Tar black with small but dense and creamy white head even though it was poured hard. Plenty of lacing left behind on my Duvel tulip. Light aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. This extends to the taste, which finishes a little burnt and is somewhat hollow and watery in the middle. Although the carbonation was fine, the palate was a litte watery as well. I made this initial mistake of serving this too cold as it improves significantly as it warms. Not as good as some of their other offerings.

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Photo of koolk
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky deep brown with very low carbonation and a head that was hard to draw up.

Good inital notes of chocolate and coffee that mingle well with the hoppy green aromas.

Palate is also dominated by chocolate and toffee with hints of roasted malt. Unfortunately there is no real bitterness, and the palate is remarkabley light on for a stout.

This was nice, but in no means a big or tough stout and could really be a great beer if it were a big more robust.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, dark reddish-brown colour with a thin head of visible bubbles. Disappointing head for a Grand Ridge beer, really. Disappears, leaving an ochre rim, although it is fed by some quite furious bubbling, especially around the edge. Lacing is an awesome curtain of sticky film. Looks pretty good.

Nose is quite delectable, with a rich chocolate aroma combined with brandied cherries, some sweet nuts and a bit of a latte character - like espresso, but lighter and more buoyant. Smell is overall really quite fruity, but with a pleasantly sweet, yet brooding, darkness as well, like the character of Satan in the director's cut of When Harry met Sally.

Taste has a similar sweet character throughout, with a nice chocolatey edge, only it's tempered by an over-roasted grain flavour, slightly burnt and ashy. It comes through on the mid and leaves a lingering grittiness on the scene, with a moderate coffee kind of flavour and a slight smokey astringency.

Mouthfeel is good, feels a little thin at first, but there is enough body to carry it off. Not great though, just a reasonable fullness.

The burnt bitterness at the back is a slight turn-off here because it does leave your mouth dry and ashy, but there's enough to like here. It could benefit from more of the nice fruit esters off the nose and a slightly lower roast factor on the grain. Decent effort.

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Photo of hopnerd
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SmashPants
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: good brown 330mL bottle, good labels - reserved and somewhat classy.

Appearance: a dark brown - almost jet black - with a thin and creamy off-white head that drops to a thin cap.

Aroma: toffee and molasses with some roast coffee malts with sweet dark fruits and chocolate. Impressive.

Taste: not so impressive to drink, unfortunately. The main flavours in that come through are a somewhat awkward malt flavour with some coffee. The flavours are mixed a little awkwardly - could use a bit more hops, funnily enough - or at least some milk chocolate.

Aftertaste: There is a bit of thin milk to join the coffee and roast malts on the finish. Makes up for the initial flavour somewhat.

Mouth feel: quite thin - it could have been a good "aussie take on the stout" with more carbonation, but with light body and light carbonation, it is a dreadful compromise, and it doesn't work.

Overall: Interesting, to say the least. Not entirely sure though - it's a bit awkward. The flavours are not combined brilliantly well, but for the price one would expect a bit more sophistication.

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Photo of Finite
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite an interesting stout.

Pretty different from most stouts im used to. This is more of an easy drinking stout rather than a heavy “kick in the face” session beer. The hops in this brew are very low and as a result the aftertaste is very sweet and doesn’t linger too much.

The taste that’s there however starts quite sweet with your usual burnt malts and chocolate. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated but still nice and chewy.

Overall a family satisfying twist on your standard stout. I will look forward to trying the rest of the Grand Ridge range.

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Photo of KrisBeerndt
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jarmby1711
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Partially transparent giving ita puplish hue.
The smell is the best thing about this beer , having a liquer chocolate character that is very appealing
That smell is apparent in the taste but it is unusually watery feel and taste to it.At first one thinks this is going to be pretty damn nice and then it tastes like a chery liquer . In fact it is unusual
I could not imagine , drinking a load of this , even in winter as the brewers suggest .
The most disappointing beer from these brewers that I have had .

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Photo of rec
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If I had tasted this prior to the Sinha Stout (aka Lion Stout) I had last night, I might have been more impressed.

The body is a deep black, with edges appearing dark brown against light. The head is a foamy off-white, which leaves little lacing.

The aroma was an almost a generic boutique-stout roasted coffee, but heavy malt undertones and some sweetness set it apart.

The taste was one-track, but generally fine. The roasted coffee came through strong, with a bitter sweet finish.

The mouthfeel was perhaps a little watery, yet smooth and appropriately carbonated.

Not one I'd buy again, but am happy to have tried it.

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Photo of goatherder
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured hard into a glass, it gave a small head - about 10mm. It disappeared fairly quickly. The colour was dark and black, but when held up to the light, a deep red was observed.

S: Not much smell to speak of. A bit malty, a bit floral. Nothing jumped out.

T: A little sweetness and plenty of bitterness. A nice malty stouty taste.

M: Bubbles are small, but too many. They tended to dominate things a bit. Mouthfeel is good otherwise, plenty of body.

D: The first left me wanting another, a good sign. The bitterness might pull me up after a couple, especially with food.

Overall, not a bad drop. I would buy it again.

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Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 33 ratings