Terminal Stout
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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3.78 | pDev: 10.05%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
Notes: 2008 Gold medal at World Beer Cup & Great American Beer Festival.
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bittersweet chocolate brown with miniscule sepia edges and lovely little slice of golden caramel colored foam that resembled a melted coffee milkshake after several minutes. Fuzzy rings on the far side of the pint glass were joined by dots and spots on the near side.

The aroma was roughly equal parts roasted-chocolate malt and citrusy hops. The latter included Bravo, Centennial, Willamette and Chinook. It was obvious from the first sniff that this was going to be delicious (and wonderfully hoppy) beer.

Terminal Stout fell just short of an India black ale in terms of the amount of little green cones. Although the malts stayed in charge throughout each mouthful, their authority was constantly questioned. There was a wonderful sweet-bitter yin-and-yang, which is often the key to enjoyable ale from where this BA sits.

The flavor profile was straightforward. Then again, just how complex does a generously hopped American stout have to be? Pumpernickel toast, dark chocolate, coffee beans and citrus zest describes it pretty well. And the hop burps (inaudible, of course) were outstanding.

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lightly lush and contained well-buried carbonation that still provided all the energy that was needed. Solid, solid, solid. As always.

It looks like none of the reviews prior to this one are as favorable as mine. Well maybe the others should have had their pints of Terminal Stout at the West Des Moines Rock Bottom, because Mr. Sorensen rarely disappoints. Good stuff.

Mar 03, 2011
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mentor from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger latte-colored head over a pitch liquid. Smells dirty earthy hops over strong roast and black patent sour. Blackberry and grassy. Very hoppy.

Tastes well hopped flavor and bitter over strong malt. Hop flavor is blackberry and a dash of mint. The hops have an earthy and gritty edge. Hop bitter is grassy and mixes quite well with some acid from roast grains and the carbonation sting. Malt is roast with some cream. Fairly dry, likely form good attenuation moreso than drying hop grassiness (though the hops do contribute). Finish is dry with baker's chocolate and a resurgence of the hop flavor with a metallic edge. Nice complimentary use of Northern Brewer hops with roasted grains. Md body and strong carbonation (too much for my preference).

Sep 12, 2010
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jrallen34 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RB...Black with a light tan head, highly carbonated, pretty creamy...Aroma is strong with tons of coffee, nice coffee but not very complex. Light hoppiness at the end...The taste is all coffee whole way through which makes it really easy to drink...The feel is way to light, I want something more cheeky, make my mouth tingle.

Overall, one of there better beers but nothing to go there specfically for.

Jun 26, 2010
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botham from New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub in Chicago. pours opaque black with a thick brown head with no lacings and solid retention. aroma is of dry roasted malt with bitter coffee notes and a rich and sweet overall profile of smooth and dark malts. taste is subtle for a stout with undertones of dark malts and rich sweetness that provides a mild and easy drinking profile. light hop notes upon finishing provide a pleasant warmpth. mouthfeel is full bodied with lightly sweet profile without being overly dry. nice! drinkability is great. rich malts and an easy going profile with solid proportioning. cheers!

Nov 01, 2008
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JDV from Texas

3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a creamy lasting, nitro head. Smell is almost nonexistant at first, and as it warms, comes out just very faintly, still, and is moderately roasty. Taste is more robust and is dry cocoa powder, roasty malt, and smooth in the mouth from the nitro pour. Decent beer.

Jun 30, 2008
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MrMcGibblets from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this changes depending on who's brewing here. the english guy who made this batch made a much lighter-bodied version than the last brewer. in short, this was very much like a guinness. odds are if you're reading this you've had a guinness so no further explanation is necessary. past versions have been maltier, sweeter, bigger-bodied, more flavorful, etc. brewed on-site, of course, so nice and fresh.

May 21, 2007
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AudioGilz from Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Terminal stout is a rotating stout. So sometimes it's an oatmeal, sometimes an Irish dry, etc. This time, it was an Irish-style dry stout. The appearance is opaque and beautiful like a stout should be. The head is thick, tan, and hangs out a long time. Not much of an aroma here, the beer seems to go downhill after the appearance. I get toasty notes and that's about it. It seems kind of bland and watery for a stout. The mouthfeel is thin, and this beer is highly quaffable. There's just not much flavor, it's almost like a slightly watered down Murphy's. It's good, just not great.

Apr 24, 2003
Terminal Stout from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 8 ratings