Carolina Winter Stout | Carolina Brewing Company

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Carolina Winter StoutCarolina Winter Stout

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Carolina Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 12-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by OldFrothingSlosh:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/22/05. Courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Color is a near darkness. Shades of brownish-amber around the edges. No head to speak of. Aromas of chocolately coffee with some toasty nut notes as well. Maybe a dash of husky bitterness. Flavor is tasty. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes here, with a bit more of the bitterness showing up at the end. Nice smooth texture. Good body. Very drinkable. One more bottle to hold on to....

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/22/05,poured not quite pitch black some ruby hue shoed thru when held up to the light with a thinner but rather well sustained mocha colored head,whoo is the baby roasty big roasted malt profile like French roast coffee and bitter chocolate make it quite appetizing on the nose.Like the aromas this beer is roasted to the hilt and quite earthy some bitter chocolate round this one out.More of a dry roasted profile on this stout earthy and very drinkable,a real nice seasonal from CBC.

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Photo of blitz134
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from AKSmokedPorter...thanks man...

Nearly black but with some garnet colored light sneaks through. Whitish head on top that disappeared quickly. Strong dark roasted aroma penetrates my nostrils. Toffee, dark chocolate, and expresso dominate. A bit of sweetness comes through as well. Flavor started off with a bit of harsh toasted malt flavors, bordering burnt. But this settles down after a few sips. Then some coffee and expresso dominate. A medium bodied brew that fills the mouth well. Good drinkability, but the bit of harshness limits it for me.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, brought by blackie, bottled 11/12/05

appearance: pours a dark ruby/brown, with a slowly forming bubbly tan head...light tan lacing around the rim

smell: quite roasty up front, strong espresso aromas, some nice sweet chocolate in the nose as well...some bittersweet fruitiness supplied by the hops, light smoke

taste: heavy on the roasty malts, deep espresso/coffee bean flavours, sweet dark chocolate, a tad of toffee, touch of caramel...not horribly complex but well balanced

mouthfeel: silky smooth, medium carbonation that makes this feel a tad thin

drinkability: very easy drinking

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-pack at the brewery. I was not able to try this last year when it came out as Groundhog Stout. (Their bottles were gone in a day.) I was happy to get the chance now that it is CBC's regular winter seasonal.

The beer pours black but not opaque. There is a small tan head that disappears quickly, leaving no lace.

The aroma is an inticing rich roast from the roasted barley. It's coffee-like, almost a burnt sensation.

Very nicely balanced...while malts are dominant, hops are present. There is a pleasant bitter aftertaste, probably from the grain.

I very enjoyable beer. Worth heading out of your way to sample.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: A low, khaki head is produced by the pour. Though most of the head recedes, streams of bubble from the bottom of the glass keep it alive. The beer is a dark brown with just a little reddish light escaping.

smell: Big aromas of dark rosted malt bring to mind chilled, black coffee...definately the dominant characteristic here. A slight nuttiness is present. Just a touch of hop aroma. Smells well balanced and smooth.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is smooth, just below medium. The body is on the lower end of the medium range. Maybe just a little thin.

taste: As on the nose, a cold coffee like characteristic is dominant here. When I use the descriptor "cold coffee" for this beer, I don't mean for it to be taken pejoratively. Hop bitterness is slight, but obvious. The finish consists of a lingering roastiness and slight astringency.

drinkability: Tasty and very drinkable.

Picked up this six pack at the brewery. The printing on the front label indicates a bottling date of 11-02-05.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a pint with a nice sirloin and a caesar salad at Cooley's Pub in Fuquay tonight and was pleased to see that they were at least somewhat supporting the local boys down the road to go with every macro you've ever heard of. They only had the Stout but did bring all their beers in cool CBC painted pint glasses.

This stout had a fairly small head that died quickly but brought plenty of roasted and coffee flavors to the table. The taste started sweet and finished with heavy malt all over. Not much for hop balance but still a solid, enjoyable stout. A little too much carbonation but I would definitely try this again.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottled provided by AKSmokedPorter via the BS-BIF

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that recedes. Some tints of red shine through when helt to the light.

Aroma of roasted malt with some nice coffee and chocolate tones. A slight smokiness is also detectable.

Nice robust roasted flavor upfront with a very nice smoky taste. Hints of chocolate and coffee are present, but a bit less than I expected from the aroma. Finishes quite dry with a slight hop bitterness.

Body is solid for the style.

A nice drinkable stout, chocked full of flavor.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Bottled on 11/3/04. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" dark brown head above the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head lasts well, and lacing is average to good. Aroma is strongly of dark malts, coffee and chocolate, with some alcohol tinges as well. Taste is sweet chocolate up front, giving way to slight bitter coffee, with an aftertaste combo of both on the tongue. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is nice as well. Pretty good stout here.

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Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with slight dark cherry highlights. Creamy light brown head that settles after a few minutes. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and creamed coffee. Thick full-bodied mouthfeel. Winter Stout is a thick hearty offering. Charred malt and French roasted flavor up front. I expected some sweetness based of what I was smelling in the aroma, but that was not to be had here. Hops appear midway and do a nice job actually of accentuating the roasted malt flavor, while providing an added depth of flavor. Long expressso-like finish.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the chance to try this enjoyable winter stout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Relatively clear coffee colored body with garnet highlights; tan heaad that quickly dissipates but leaves some nice splashy lacing behind

Smell: Strong roasted characteristics; smells like coffee with a touch of hops

Taste: Excellent; nice roasted malty character (coffee and chocolate predominates) with some bitterness that kicks in at mid-palate

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; just a bit thin

Drinakability: A wonderful stout that hits all the right notes; I would like to see a fuller mouthfeel but that is a quibble

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.
Label states bottled on 11-2-05.
Picked up at the Dark Lord day trading bonanza.

Inky black in color, with a nice half inch white head forms. Average head retention, leaving some spotty, delicate lacing. No carbonation is present. Heavy expresso on the nose, followed by roasted malt and dark chcolate. Dark fruits, like prunes in the background. A great dessert beer. Dark fruit flavor up front, combined with roasted malts. Finishes with a noticeable burnt coffee bitterness. The feel is quite thin too me, hence the 3.5 score. Kinda watery, I wish this was a little heavier in the mouthfeel. With a low abv, this could be a good session beer. A good offering from Carolina Brewing Co., and I'm glad I had the chance to sample.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured black with a ruby highlight when held to a light source. The head was brown and rose tall to fall slowly and lace the glass.

The aroma was deeply roasty with chocolate and strong expresso coffee aromas. The coffee aromas increased as the beer warmed and a smoky character emerged.

The flavor was malty with a nice caramel component. The maltiness was actually in the background and expresso coffee and roasty chocolate lead the charge. The flavor also contained a substantial and interesting smoky component. The bittering component of the flavor was also well achieved.

The finish was dry but not overpowering. The smoke/coffee/chocolate and roastiness last long and plesant into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and well done.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 11/03/04. Bottles are only available at the brewery, generally this will be found on draft. The aroma cannot quite be summed up in a sentence or two, it is what makes this beer one to seek out.

Note: this is the same recipe as their Groundhog Stout from February, didn't get to try it then, thank goodness I have a case of this one.

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Photo of tommy78
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried it yesterday at my favorite local brewery off the tap. The appearence is very dark, with a brownish-coloured head. The smell was a coffee-like aroma, a bit softer than anticipated. As for the taste, a smooth cocoa flavor with a hint of coffee. Felt very thin around my mouth; not as thick as other stouts. I was able to have two pints, since it is very easy to drink down. Not the type to have 5 or 6 in one night, but very good to enjoy in 2 or 3.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlites, with a finger of head taht falls to a lightly broken coating over top. I like how this one looks. Clarity appears good, and I don't see any carbonation bubbling up. Nose is very chocolatey, with just a light roasted character. This is a lot like cocoa, with a very light dark fruityness melded in the background. There is a creamyness to the aroma as well. I like it. Flavor is right there, with a full chocolate blast up front with a lighter ashy roasty that adds a little edge to it, followed by a light coffee flavor that falls off to more chocolate on the finish. This one is really tasty. It even has a touch of a creamy, almost lacto, character on the initial sip as well. Feel is on the lighter end of moderate with a moderate carbonation. It really is not a heavy stout. I could easily see this as a session stout because it doesn't sit in my stomach overly heavy. Everything about this beer is making me happy. I really like the way the flavors change over the course of sipping to swallowing the beer. This is a very nice drink.

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Photo of mentor
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by GCBrewingCo, thanks for the opportunity! Bottling date stamp is 11/03/04. Pours a half finger lihgt brown head over a pitch black liquid. Brown red edgings when held to a bright light. Smells rich coffee with an underlying dry chocolate that's successful at taming the edge on the roast. Tastes like a roasty oatmeal stout. Silky mouthfeel. What a great balance of chocolate and roast. The chocolate is a bit syrupy but this works to fight the bitter of the roast. Any hop bitter or flavor are buried beneath the roast (if any I would guess Fuggles). The aftertaste is dry cocoa powder. Not a complex beer, but balanced and enjoyable. I'd love to have another. Md silky body with mild carbonation.

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Carolina Winter Stout from Carolina Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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