Black Helicopter | Flat Earth Brewing Company

Black HelicopterBlack Helicopter
BA SCORE
3.71/5
142 Ratings
Black HelicopterBlack Helicopter
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by feloniousmonk on 05-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,883
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
142
pDev:
14.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
8
Trade:
1
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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a great pint of coffee stout, one of the better coffee beers i have had from minnesota. coal black on the pour with a very thick but only about half an inch high layer of creamy tan foam. not particularly viscous even though its really black. the aroma is freshly brewing drip coffee with some bitter roast elements from the dark barley malt. the coffee and the dark grain seem to go together expertly well, and there is a great synergy between the two. the flavor matches up with the nose pretty well, not quite burnt barley, but heavy on the roast, and fresh coffee, less earthy and bitter as it is warming and comforting, really neat sensation from it, obviously made with some quality coffee. long finish although the beer is not real sweet, the coffee and the almost chalky textured dark grain linger awhile on the tongue. smooth and rich feeling, plenty full bodied, but also creay and soft, easy to sip on pint after pint on a chilly fall evening. i have not had many beers from these guys yet, but have been quite impressed with the couple i have had. this is killer.

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Photo of nmann08
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pracna on Main

A - Poured an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, cappuccino-like head. It left moderate amounts of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee (java), sweet chocolate and floral notes.

T - It tasted of coffee, rich roasted malts. The was a nice sweet chocolate flavor that balanced out the bitter hops and coffee.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer that was fairly easy-drinking.

D - This is a very nice oatmeal stout with coffee. Delicious on tap and a look forward to trying more Flat Earth brews.

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Stub and Herbs

Served in a goblet

Came with no head. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: Strong coffee, very strong coffee aroma. Chocolate. Earthy hops. Awesome.

Taste: Dark roasted strong coffee. Wow, this tastes almost more like coffee then it does beer. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel: Rich, creamy, smooth. Nice carbonation with a full body. Leaves a dry coffee flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is coffee. Awesome drinkablility and I will probably get more of this. If you like coffee, you have to try this beer.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic coffee stout to start off my evening. This was one I had been wanting to track down. Bottle number 191 out of 500, this one was served at cellar temperature and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 05/13/2009.



The pour was very nicely done. Deep, dark, and black as night with nothing shining through at all on the sides of bottom of the glass. Nice inch and a half of rich tan head comes up and over the top, falling down with a thick coating of the glass that lasts well into the session. Big aroma of coffee right off the bat. Some light roasted malts, a hint of vanilla to sweeten it up as it warms. Light hops tickle the nose as well, very well put together here I have to say. Smooth, even feel, full bodied with a robust carbonation that did not let it fall flat, really pushed the flavors onto the tongue and let them fully explore the palate before settling back down to earth. Wonderful coffee flavor was steeped with bitter notes. Roasted goodness from first sip to last and a long, drawn out, creamy finish that was the icing on the cake.





Overall this was very solid. A very well done, and smaller coffee stout, clocking in at 5.5% I was very impressed with the drinkable factor. Overall very solid and I would look forward to trying this one again any day.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Black Helicopter is a coffee oatmeal stout made with locally roasted Columbia coffee beans from Paradise roasters in Ramsey, MN. What makes this coffee beer different you ask? This is the first beer of its kind made with coffee brewed on a Clover machine, which uses a unique mechanism for extracting the subtle and complex flavors of a coffee bean. Don't miss this chance to taste this one of a kind brew."

Is it an oatmeal stout, or a coffee stout...or a "breakfast stout"? Maybe it's all three?

Murky black, roasty brown, slim head.
rich, earthy coffeeish aromatics.
Coffee right off the bat, rich and flavorful, but not overpowering. Silky smooth on the palate, oatmeal doing the trick. Very easy-drinking, and energized. Gets better, and mellower as we get further in. Smooth and snappy!
This is the coffee stout to beat. It's the Goldilocks of the style, not too big, not too small, ...ju-ust right!

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile, ordered after dinner.

I don't like cold coffee, but I like a good coffee beer like this one. The java is pretty overpowering, but notes of the roasted malts still show through and add the total flavor. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a balanced bitterness at the end with a long coffee aftertaste. Worth a try if you dig coffee.

UPDATE 11/25/10: I wasn't a huge fan of this year's coffee used from Dunn Bros. This is the only coffee beer I've tried, where I felt the beans could have been better. The coffee character was more burnt than anything.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is well carbonated as a careful pour still produces a nearly four-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite black, but with a brown tint and it shows a perhaps a hint of bright ruby if held up directly to the light. The aroma is definitely coffee influenced as it smells like coffee even as I am pouring this beer. A deeper inspection of the aroma, yields sharp, almost harsh, burnt aromatics and even some acidic burnt notes. A touch of charcoal, some berry like coffee-bean notes, well toasted whole grain bread crust, very burnt caramel notes and even some dark chocolate aromatics are noticeable if you dig around here. The aroma is a little harsh for me, but does have some interesting notes to it.

The beer is quite fizzy, which contributes too much carbonic acid. Luckily this is easily remedied by some vigorous swirling. Burnt acidic flavors are joined by roasted charcoal notes and a lingering acidity and burnt bread note that lingers on in the finish. The beer starts to lose a bit of its harshness as my palate gets used to it, though it still never loses it. Dark chocolate notes, softer cocoa flavors and something a bit like burnt prune juice add a bit of balance to the purely roast coffee notes that are up front. There is a touch of berry flavor here as well (perhaps a touch of blueberry even).

Not as bad as my initial impression's misgivings, but this is a bit too burnt / roast dominated for my particular tastes. Still this is fairly enjoyable and definitely worth trying (I'll even finish the bottle pretty easily which is saying something).

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can still not believe jjanega08 put this in my box.. as an extra!! Jozef already hooked me up on some much sought after brews.. the Black Helicopter was sorta a dream brew that was hovering outta my reach.. huge thanks!! Enjoyed tonight out of my New Belgium snifter... Hand numbered with a sharpie.. 152/500.

Very nice 2 brown 2 finger head.. not alot of lace as expected.... but the cap is pretty and the brew is dark dark black.

The nose is a musky cold pressed coffee with a chunk of bittersweet chocolate.. reminds me of a Flying M Iced Mocha.. mildly sweet.. as it warms the coffee aromas are actually more complex than a nice cup.

Flavor has very little sweetness thankfully.. huge flavors for such a low ABV... thick earthy coffee beans.. no real coffee astringency.. chocolate is more of an afterthought in the palate.. there is a subtle maltiness that really ties everything together that I am only assuming comes from the oats.. the mouthfeel is very smooth and sorta velvety.. again especially for such a low ABV.. the body is a nice medium and the carbonation is also medium yet with the body it is soooo smooth.

Drinkability is tough for me to describe.. I am loving this one right now as a night-cap.. but if it was any other time of the day, I would dial it back a notch or two just because the coffee flavors and aromas are pretty intense.. that said, I never thought I would want a bunch of "coffee stouts" just so I could have such sweet dreams.

Jozef.. Thanks again, you are a trader's .. trader.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle. It pours bright black under a thin tan colored foam cap. It highlights rich coffee flavors and aromas with the bitterness from the roast combined with a mild hop touch balancing the sweeter malt flavors.

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Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewseum for this 750 mL bottle, # 297 of 500. Shared with Ffejherb, brewslut, and ksak.

A: The stout has a tan colored head that is sharp contrast to the dark blackness of the beer beneath it. Despite standing out, the head doesn't have much retention in it, lasting for only 1/4 of the glass. The stout, predictably is black, black as the helicopter that I say hovering overhead...

S: The nose leads off with a strong dose of coffee followed by a smooth, creamy aroma that is equal parts lactose and oatmeal. There is also plenty of burnt toast to go around.

T: The stout starts off a little sour, literally. A cuprous flavor, like licking a penny or staunching a paper cut, that is rather unpleasant. Before the copper, a strong burst of coffee hints at good times, hopefully, to come. As the stout warms, the copper subsides a bit, allowing for more roasted stout elements, aided by a creaminess, that are able to overcome the metallic presence. By the end of my second glass, the stout seems to be running at 80% its full strength.

M: The mouthfeel runs into a roadblock initially, losing all momentum that the coffee mustered up. It takes a while, and a warmer temperature, to improve.

D: If not for the midsip hiccup, this would be a rockin' oatmeal stout.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of maximum12
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #254/500 has been waiting in the basement since this winter. Have overdosed a bit on all the coffee beers racing around, finally going back to one.

Thick & black. The nose is a blast of the Dunn Brother's distinctive coffee.

The coffee is too strong in this brew, it blurs & distorts whatever the stout underneath might have going for it. There's a gleam of sweetness if I concentrate, maybe a bit of roastiness, which could be the coffee...nah. The coffee taste is nice, but there's really nothing else here, one could get the same effect by chilling a mug with a dash of 7UP for carbonation.

Decent enough beer, but I would have liked something in addition to the coffee blast.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Inky black body. Huge crop of deep brown head with great retention and lace properties. Beautiful aroma of thick roasted coffee and mocha and java. This carries over into the flavor as well with the heavily roasted coffee flavors. But the body of this beer is not strong enough to hold up to the bold flavors of this beer. There's no backbone. Watery in the mouth. Definitely could use some heft. This beer is a tale of two cities. Absolutely love the look and smell. Flavor is fine. Mouthfeel could use some work.

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3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Black Helicopter from Flat Earth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 142 ratings
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