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Black Helicopter | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by feloniousmonk on 05-14-2008

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This batch is 4.9% ABV.

The black malts are doing their job in the appearance, as this is an impenetrable midnight brown liquid capped by a dense creamy desert sand collar and a swirling maelstrom of surface bubbles. Pasty lacing and good retention.

French roast coffee in the nose - somewhat delicate, and by no means dominate. Hints of molasses and crystal malt as well as low black pepper notes.

Chocolate, coffee, and charcoal on the palate - a subtle complexity unfurls in layers. The oats seem to smooth out the astringency and faint roast-y sourness. The Kent Goldings contribute sufficient bitterness and a little spiciness. Dark earthy finish with a touch of fruit (from the coffee) in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied, creamy, and astringent, with good carbonation.

The roast barley, black malt, and coffee add substantial roast notes, though the use of pale malt and English hops keep the drinkability fairly high.

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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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*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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours jet black, with a thin, quickly diminishing tan head

S: Massive dose of roasted coffee punches you in the face. Toasted oats with bittersweet chocolate present as well

T: Roasted coffee, much like the nose, with a slightly burnt/scorched coffee ground taste. Sweet chocolate, similar to a milk stout.

M: Much lighter body than it appears. Was hoping for a much creamier texture

O: fantastic aroma, but lacking a little in other areas. Definitely not a bad beer, just not particularly noteworthy

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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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