Black Powder Stout
Tommyknocker Brewery

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American Stout
Ranked #816
Ranked #35,996
3.67 | pDev: 14.71%
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 42 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by amadeom:
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4/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A-Pours a deep dark brown, nearly opaque, with a creamy brown head.

S- The scent is quite muted, some coffee and licorice.

T- Some strong chocolate overtones, with some licorice flavors, finishes on the dry side.

M- On nitro this beer pours quite well, rather smooth, medium body, not overly carbonated.

D- A somewhat drinkable stout, rather inviting.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at the brewery in Idaho Springs, CO. Clear, ink black with ruby accents, forming a thin tan head with poor retention and lacing. Carbonation is mild. Aroma has notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, black patent and chocolate malts, and mild fruitiness. Taste begins with a thin, burnt espresso, followed by chocolate, wet ruddy grains, earthy malts, and charcoal. The finish is dry, burnt, ruddy with pink liquid soap and a suggestion of isopropyl alcohol. Hopped with East Kent Goldings. Another less than impressive brew from TommyKnocker.

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Photo of WesWes
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of crystal, and black malts. It's rich and earthy with a coffee like tone. The taste is average. It has a dry, almost oatmeal type flavor, that boasts of sweet caramel malts. It's awfully syrupy. The mouthfeel is decent. It's a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average stout. It's dry and syrupy with too much caramel malt flavor.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on nitro at Mahaffey's in Baltimore with Todd1. Black stout with a thick head. Medium mouthfeel.A sweet stout, without the roast, nor chocolate, nor coffee distinguishing itself. Maybe it would be more tasty on cask. But a decent drinker in any event.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati last week. Poured very pretty and nare perfect, with an ink black color and dark, thick tan head. Nice retention and lacing, with minimal carbonation on the sides of the glass.
Aroma of dark molasses and roasted malts.
These same come through in the flavor. This one is essentially a one trick pony. A hefty dark roasted malt bomb with a harsh bitter finish of espresso grind leftovers. Went down smooth and creamy.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: what a great looking stout. Deep brown color with an extremly silkey 1/2" head that slowly disipates into lacing

s: roasted malt

t: grain sweet ness and roasted malts

m&D: mouth feel was medium and dry. Not an extremely drinkable beer but it sure was tasty

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Backer2004
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of the many Tommyknocker beers I sampled and poured at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. Not my favorite of all of them, but a nice quality stout. As it warms to room temperature, the flavors of chocolate and caramel really come out (though who waits that long with a 3 oz. sample). Very dark with a off tan head, easy to drink and share with friends.

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Photo of Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Itap, this was a nice session type beer to sandwich around a hammerhead RIS, as the 5.6% was easy drinking and enjoyable.

Full shaker pint glass of this black brew, got a stadium pour with no room for any head - no biggie as the subtle malts and chocolate still gently wafted out and enticed me. Quaff was pleasing as the powered (get it?) chocolate and hints of coffee mingled.

Finished dry, no real aftertastes as the light body slid down quickly. I'll have no problem picking up a sixer of this fine winter drinking brew.

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Photo of nriech
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap. This beer looked great when served. Just a little bit of head, nice dark stout with just a bit of dark burgandy shining through on the edges. A little bit of carbonation is visable at the top.

Excellent aromas. Chocolate, malt, coffee, all tosted. Hardly any hops at all.

Taste was nice and smooth. An excellent stout. Chocolate and coffee, very malty though. I think it has excellent drinkability. Alchol is not very present. Good "thick" beer without being overwhelmingly heavy so if you want to drink a few its all good. Im not sure how much of an oatmeal stout this is compared to others, but otherwise is a good one to keep in stock if this happens to release in bottles.

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Photo of Domingo
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Idaho Springs location.
Why don't they bottle this, anyway?
Arrives a black'ish brown with a big creamy head on the top.
The smell's muted as it's served a bit too cold by default, but as it warms up a little you can get some semisweet chocolate & coffee on the nose. Pretty muted either way.
The flavor, like many of their other beers, it really sweet and malty...along the lines of a sweet/milk stout. Milk chocolate, raisins, and a little bit of a rum flavor stand out. Honestly, it isn't too bad. Simplistic, sure, but still drinkable.
I like the texture. It doesn't seem to be a nitro tap, but it has the same sort of creaminess naturally.
I only had one, but it's just because I was full at the time. This is probably growler worthy and I'm still curious why they bottle weird items like the cocoa porter, but not this.
Not a bad stout at all. I'd guess it's a sweet/milk stout although that could just be the natural tendency for Tommyknocker to make everything extra sweet.

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Photo of briman
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with about a half-inch brown head. Excellent retention and tons of lacing.

Aroma is pretty basic, dark roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee.

Flavor follows the aroma, roasted malts with some dark chocolate upfront moving to a dry finish with a touch of coffee and maybe a hint of oatmeal. A faint black malt bitterness into the aftertaste. Not really any obvious hop contribution.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty basic stout, nothing really stands out, but certainly something you could session while spending a night at the brewery.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at Max’s in Baltimore.

Pours a dark brown with ample plumb highlights with a dark, sandy, tan head that left a light lace.

Smells of light and dry chocolate with hints of woody citrus.

Tastes of huge sweet cocoa that fades into a sweet and smoky barley. There’s also a woody hop that rounds this one out. The transition here from sweet malts to their more roasted character is perfect for a stout lover with a sweet tooth.

Feels medium bodied and dense and exceedingly clean, especially considering how sweet it is.

A tasty beer to be sure, but I’m not sure how many I could drink of these.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of neenerzig
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After my friend Passow (imaguitargod) ranted and raved about this beer I had to try it and did so recently at La Cav Du Vin. I can see why he gave it such high praise. Drawn out of the nitro-tap into a pint glass. This beer is a dark brown/black color. The creamy looking, tan head was about 2/3-3/4 inch thick and settles to 1/4 inch and has great retention. Very nice lace here. Has strong, roasted malt chocolate aromas with a bit of coffee. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt and barley upfront, followed by hops. Very good balance overall. Has a crisp, smooth, creamy, and frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The taste and mouthfeel of this beer are like a nice, smooth milkshake. Perfect drinkability.


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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Idaho Springs a couple months ago.

a: Dark brown to black body with a thick tan head.

s: The aroma is cocoa powder, not much else.

t: Like the smell, the flavor is a one-sided affair with cocoa powder being the center of attention. Some roasty/smoky flavors emerge as it warms.

m: A little thin, but smooth.

d: Meh...not much to this one. Granted, I only had a 3-4 oz sample pour, but this seems like a run of the mill stout to me.

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Photo of adamette
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at La Cave du Vin about 45 minutes ago. Served in a clean, clear pint glass.

A Great looking dark dark brown body (not quite black) with a medium brown creamy head. Great look for a stout.

S Sort of typical stout smell of roasted malt, nothing too remarkable there.

T Solid stout with a nice, grainy sweetness after the initial dark roast taste.

M Interesting in that it is more "watery" than most stouts that I have had. It certainly carries the stout dark look and taste but the feel in my mouth was a watery feel that slid down my throat easy. Overall mouthfeel is on the full side though. It is certainly lighter than Old Rasputin.

D Not great despite reasonable ABV since it is a full beer.

Notes: There are better stouts out there but this is a fine effort. Better than 90 per cent of beers out there for sure.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served from a growler straight from the brewery. Thanks Dave, greatly appreciated.

A-Deep dark black with a nice frothy head that reduced to a skim but left nice lacing.

S- Roasted barley with a nice chocolate sweetness.

T- Lighter than your average stout in body but has a real nice sweet chocolate and caramel backbone with a slight hint of raisins and a a roasted bitterness. Not overpowering but still has a lot of flavor in good balance.

M- Almost like a porter in terms of viscosity, a bit short on gas, however I had it in a growler so it most likely lost a bit of CO2.

D- Because of the light body, this is a bang on fit for a session stout. Lots of good flavor and not going to bloat after two beers.

I think Tommyknocker has gotten a bad rap based on one or two beers. They make some damn good beers. I have been lucky enough to get some hard to find brews straight from the brewery. I had a preconceived notion of the quality of beers tommyknocker made, maybe because of one bad experience, maybe because of the marketing. Either way I was wrong. I just wish this brew was in six packs because it would be a regular in my beer fridge right next to the Butt Head bock.

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Photo of atone315
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScorpyX
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of iSip
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tommyknocker Black Powder Stout: Despite being a brewery local to me, and having an interesting mining theme, I am not a big fan of Tommyknocker products. The Black Powder Stout was on tap at an establishment where I met some friends, so why not give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. Looking good with a black/brown body and creamy head. The Black Powder Stout is very smooth and even tempered with a nice smoky finish. Too many stouts go for big flavor, and end up being a rough ride. Not so with the Tommyknocker. Highly recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice stout on nitro at the brewery in idaho springs. pours a seductive black chocolate color with a two inch mocha head that has a orangyish red tint to it. smells like burnt malts, toffee, and espresso. flavor has quite a bit of coffee in it, but without being acidic at all. also a touch of sweetness at the end of this one. feel is smooth and creamy, a little sticky, but perhaps a touch thin on the body for a stout. carbonation is fine, a little light again compared with some usual nitro feels. overall a good sessionable stout.

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Black Powder Stout from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 42 ratings