Black Helicopter | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
flatearthbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by feloniousmonk on 05-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
142
Reviews:
70
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.55%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
8
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Achoo_Bacca
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Murchmac
2.36/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this one in a tasting, poured a healthy dose of it, loved the look of this black as night stout.

Smell of coffee, some burtness, but kinda metallic and sour as well. Like this was Airwolf or something.

Tastes some coffee up front, some roasty toastiness but too carbonated and there's that metallic taste again to it. Like the sand from Libya where Ernest Borgnine had to help retrieve Airwolf.

Not a good beer, too carbonated and metallic tasting, I like my dark stouts to not taste like metal. We all drain poured this brew something only the FIRM would cook up.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of GarretD
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of orangesol
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of jimmah120
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of mmulebarn
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of dheldman
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of yokken
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of AnalogErik
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Kadonny
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A jet black color with a light brown head. Not any lacing that I could see.

S: Loads of coffee, some roastiness, licorice and some doughy smells.

T: Roasted coffee jumps out and then...not much else. If I really try, I can get some chocolate and roasted flavors, but this is really a thin one dimensional beer. Did I mention coffee? This tastes like a weak cup of coffee, exactly. No alcohol, no roasted flavors, no fruits, nothing. Bitterness? Um, no.

M: Do I really need to spell it out more? Very thin mouthfeel that leaves you wanting more, a whole lot more.

O: Wow, not impressed at all. There is so much more that could be done with this beer, but it just seems like the brewer wanted to settle for a safe, non offensive beer.

This is my first Flat Earth beer and with a name that sounds so bad ass, "Black Helicopter" left me expecting so much more. Damn.

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Photo of yamar68
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle to snifter:

Pours jet black into the glass with a soft edge of black coffee. Small latte head fades within a minute to a thin ring. Nose features all the notes of a fresh light roast plus some basic caramel characteristics typical of a full-bodied stout. The taste, honestly, is too heavy for me on the coffee. Almost like drinking an unsweetened coldpress. The stout notes are there, but barely. I could probably drink this on ice before breakfast. Not nearly as complex as I’d hoped. Mouthfeel also fits the coldpress description. Overall, good for what it is, but I’d really have to be craving this specifically to buy again.

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Photo of Dave2234
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of fuzzcherry
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of ThreeKingdoms
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of jsprain1
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Very dark brown, nearly black. Head is very thin, and dark cocoa, retention mediocre.
S- Aroma is charcoal-y with some coffee ground aroma as well. Just a little bit of chocolate.
T- The flavor has a noticable coffee presence but it's not as strong as I would like. Just a touch of smokeyness.
M- Body is a bit lighter than I would like. Carbonation is also to high for an oatmeal stout. Not as smooth as I'd like.
O- It's ok but the mouthfeel is just too far off where it should be.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to akorsak for sharing this bomber on 3/21/10.

A - Poured a deep, opaque onyx-colored liquid with a finger of tan froth that reduced to a patchy retention but swelled up with each swirl of the glass, leaving some spotty lace behind.

S - Coffee, roasted malt and leafy bitter notes comprise the initial aroma, followed by a hint of astringency and slight herbal hop notes.

T - Starts out on the good foot, but turns sharp, metallic and astringent in the middle. However, all is not lost, as a decent roasted malt character emerges in the backend with a hint of chocolate, which offers a hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied but ultimately a little thin and watery overall. Dry, metallic finish with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Not a bad oatmeal stout, although it certainly got better as it warmed. Still, I found it to be a bit too harsh and metallic overall.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hardy008
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a one finger tan head. The aroma has coffee and dark roasted malt.

The taste is mostly bitter with coffee and dark roasted malt. There is little to no sweetness to balance the bitterness. At 4.9 % abv, I didn't expect very much malt, but it would have been nice to have had more than this.

Light bodied for the style with average carbonation. Has a bitter aftertaste from the coffee and dark roasted malt. Somewhat disappointing in my opinion.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz. bottle into pint glass. Enjoying at home - talked to one of the owners while he was dropping it off at a liquor store so this baby is fresh!

Pours a very dark brown with slight amber tint. One finger greyish tan head that dissipates quickly. Sparse but present lacing.

Nose: Dark roast coffee explosion, burnt popcorn, roasted malt, toasted bread.

Taste: Roast, burnt popcorn, caramel, slight sweetness.

Moderate carbonation with thin, watery, slightly slick mouthfeel.

Overall it's a drinkable but unimpressive beer. Almost more of a mild than a stout. Burnt popcorn flavor gets in the way of anything else this beer should be presenting. The nose isn't that bad but the taste is thin, watery, and boring. Will definitely finish this serving but won't pursue in the future.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/2/12
*From notes

-- Another prime example that trading with brydeen is the best decision you'll ever make. --

A: Pretty dark for a low ABV Stout like this. It's certainly richer then I'd hoped for. A good pour yields a two finger bubbly mocha head.

S: Lots of coffee on the nose. Green, unroasted coffee at that. Maybe a bit of dark malt, but if it's there, it ain't much.

T: Imagine you just made a full pot of coffee with half of the needed grounds. Like ordering a coffee with a gallon of water back. This isn't as intense as I'd like it. It feels like the brewmaster wasn't willing to push the limits, that he'd rather appeal to the masses.

M: Much too bubbly for a Stout of any kind. I guess, considering it's meager ABV it's alright, but I'd really like a little more body and depth.

O: Meh. If I'd ordered a cup of joe from Dunkin' Donuts and gotten this, I'd probably send it back. Merely ok at best. If you're looking for a coffee fix, or heck even a Stout fix, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

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Photo of BeerGuy8315
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jera1350
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Stub and Herbs.

Solid black color with a frothy tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

A bit of a roast to the nose, but pretty light. Hint of chocolate.

Very disappointed in the taste, especially for the style. Has a bit of roast in the taste with some light smokiness. The beer has a pretty sour characteristic to it to that just doesn't fit. Overall, the taste just doesn't appeal to me.

Seems to be undercarbonated even for a cask beer. Just too flat, but otherwise has that nice smooth oatmeal stout texture.

It's not a bad beer, but when having access to Summit and Town Hall Oatmeal Stout's this one just doesn't stand up. The sourness is a turnoff, but I will say that the smoke presence is a unique touch. Overall though, I would pass on this beer next time.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes milah for this extra. Poured into my pint glass from a bottle

A: Pitch black, small amount of tan head, tiny soapy lace ring

S: Loads of blacck coffee, hints of roast malt and chocolate.

T: Black coffee grounds, huge bitterness, earthy dirt flavor touch of smokiness

M: Medium to light body, a bit thin, low carbonation

D: Overall nothing real impressive, pretty average/

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Black Helicopter from Flat Earth Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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