Jet Black Heart

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #435
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3.95 | pDev: 8.1%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Notes: Flaked oats and wheat add to the velvet mouthfeel, with the carbonation adding a honeycomb texture. Magnum and Sorachi Ace bring a berry and citrus fruitiness that amplifies the chocolate character of this inky leviathan.

Our smooth talking, naturally flavored milk stout will savage your senses in an uncharted abyss. Loaded to the gunnels with oatmeal and primed for a smoother ride. This is a black-hearted beast. Decadent notes of cacao, malty roastiness with hints of pit fruits await.
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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Believe it or not, there was once a time when "stout" didn't imply ten percent, expresso bombs laden with pastry sweetness, marshmallow consistency or barrel aged treatment. There once was a time when stouts could be somber, easy, light, even drinkable. BrewDog's Jet Black Heart is one of these welcomed throwback beer.

Pouring... ok, less than jet black, a rich and toasted cola color decants from the nitro-can and layers in a cascade of creaminess to the eye. A roasted scent floats gently above the dense blanket of foam along with moderate aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, cream and caramel. Caramel and cream greet the early palate as impressions of cola sodas come to mind as well.

A creamy mouthfeel coats the middle palate and fuels a taste that transitions toward Breakfast Blend coffee, a pep of cocoa and a roasted nuttiness that pulls from the caramel, vanilla and milk sugars. Slim on bitterness, a light and woodsy hop character shares mild campfire qualities underneath the rise of grille fruits of grape, plum and currant.

Medium light in body, the nitrogen dissipates quickly and allows the beer to become dry, light and surprisingly refreshing. But a void in flavor gives the taste of stale coffee, watered cola and a strong aspartame sweetness to persist in finish and into a medium long aftertaste.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Feb 25, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Always a sucker for lively and beautiful nitro surge. Jet Black Heart does not disappoint, with it distinct vacuum sucking sound as it gasps for air and is birthed into the world.

Resilient, nearly finger thick head persists throughout the session, with foam clinging to the vessel walls. Smell is not especially distinct, characteristic of some nitro brews. Taste is slightly sweet, exuding creamy, lightly chocolately undertones with a good malt build. Luxurious mouthfeel that carries the integrity of the taste to the next level.

Big fan of this. The flaked oats really give this nitro stout an extra level of depth compared to many others on the market. Always enjoyable.

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3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a baffling one for The CANQuest (tm). Izzit N2 charged or not? Well, we are about to find out!

From the CAN: "Our smooth talking, naturally flavored milk stout will savage your senses in an uncharted abyss. Loaded to the gunnels with oatmeal and primed for a smoother ride. This is a black-hearted beast. Decadent notes of cacao, malty roastiness with hints of pit fruits await."; "Jet Black Heart - a naturally flavored beer pirate to steal your heart and blacken your soul."; "Oatmeal Milk Stout with Natural Vanilla Flavor".

It was definitely N2 charged since it hissed at me during the Crack! of the vent. I then beCAN a heavy-handed C-Line Glug to ensure that the gas was used to its fullest potential. This resulted in a real cascade (not pseudo) that slowly formed a dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown one-finger cap of head with excellent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with ruby highlights. Nose had a muted chocolaty quality, which is why I dislike N2 beers - the tradeoff is taste for mouthfeel. This seemed like it might be nice as a side-by-side with a CO2 pour. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy. The taste was decent, chocolate & vanilla, but it seemed muted, as I feared that it might. 8=( Finish was semi-sweet, but it was tough to get a real read on it with its N2 charge. I am fully willing to revisit this in a standard CO2 CAN, but for now, it just was not on. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Nov 21, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brewdog "Jet Black Heart"
9.6 fl. oz. "nitro" can, brewed in Winchester, OH, and coded "01/14/19 190021 1217"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, I didn't realize that this was a nitro beer, I was too distracted by the comedy on the label: "BLACKEN YOUR SOUL" - with a 4.7% beer flavored with vanilla? Yeah, I'm sure this is the first beer that satan reaches for, right? OK, it looks like a stout with a "black" body and creamy light tan head. I'd even call it khaki, which means sand for those who weren't aware. The aroma is quite pleasantly roasty and chocolatey with just a little bit of vanilla that makes it more like milk chocolate than any other type of chocolate. I'd say that the soft roastiness is the most dominant note though. The flavor follows almost exactly and I'm not really sure what the difference is. I'm thinking it's a little woody, or leafy, and perhaps it's from hops. It's really good. It's much more balanced than Guinness, and it's a beer you could drink all night long and into the morning after if you wanted to. That is, of course, if you're a big stout fan. I'm glad that the vanilla is kept so restrained. It's almost to the point that you wouldn't notice it if you didn't know it was there, and it just helps to balance it. Any more would turn it into a different beer. As this is a "milk stout" I'll assume that it must contain lactose but I'm not really finding that, and I'm quite sensitive to it. It must be adding to the mouthfeel, and as you'd expect, it's velvety smooth with a medium-light body; and the head retention and lacing are as you'd expect with a continual 1/4" cap of foam on the surface and solid sheets of thick lacing surrounding almost the entire glass. All told, it's a really well put together, slightly unique stout that's got great drinkability. I'll certainly be going back for more of this!
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Sep 27, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Much easier to pound tons of flavor despite the low ABV. To me it wasn't as sweet as say bakers chocolate but did have a good bit of bittersweet dark chocolate and roast. Maybe even a cocoa presence. A lot going on I may have to revisit.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Jul 02, 2019
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3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours midnight black, with a medium sized beige head.

Smells of toasted malts, flowery, toffee enhanced vanilla bean and a hint of earthy ground coffee.

Has a light, smoother mouthfeel with a recognizable, slightly mineralic carbonation to it.

Tastes of bakers chocolate, toasted malts, a hint of vanilla, which blends directly into the profound malts and a subtle note of toffee. This adds a decent sweetness to the flavors with a light bitterness on the back end, reminding me of fresh brewed coffee. Finishes roasty, effervescent with the vanilla remaining on the palate, enriched by a lighter dose of caramel.

Solid, well rounded brew, with a nice vanilla peak to it, which finds a well working antagonist in the roasty malt backbone.

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aleigator from Germany, Jun 27, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer is on a nitrogen widget as the beer cascades nicely in my glass after the pour. The beer is a dark cola brown color but does allow some light to pass on the edges of the glass revealing some ruby highlights. A creamy khaki colored head of 3 cm foams up and is dense yet fluffy in texture and appearance.
The aroma is roasted malt and some mochachino notes. Not really sweet more of a dark chocolate and coffee note. the nose is kind of mild in general but is appealing and appropriate for the style.
The first sip reveals an average to light body with silky smooth texture. Carbonation is soft and gentle and rolls across my palate. Very easy to drink making this one an easy candidate for sessioning.
Flavor is roasted malt and dark chocolate with just a bit of coffee. Less sweet than the nose predicted but a hint of sugar.
No hops and the low ABV works here making for an interesting and malty crushable stout.
Glad to have sampled this one and would drink again especially if I wanted dark malt and still needed to be 100% functional.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Jun 21, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours solid black with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Creamy body with sweet vanilla and chocolate upfront with a touch of coffee and roasted malt at the back end.

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basaywhat from Illinois, Jun 13, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours deep black in color with a thick and creamy khaki colored head that has great retention after the pour

S- milk chocolate, vanilla cream, cooked oats, roasted barley, coffee, fig

T- creamy milk chocolate up front, followed by notes of roasted malt and oats, along with coffee & dates. The finish brings out a light vanilla creamy sweetness, as well as more chocolate and roasted malt on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to ancreamy mouthfeel and a silky velvety finish

O- one of the most flavorful beers I’ve had that qualifies as a session beer, super drinkable and delicious

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Apr 13, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Sweet chocolate and toffee with a touch of vanilla.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Apr 05, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nitro can not a bottle. Pours dark and creamy. Smells sweet. Well balanced. Sweet body with a roasted malt finish. A great milk stout. Goes down easy...a little too easy.

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izraelc from New York, Mar 10, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Trillium glass.

Look is a dark brown with amber highlights an offwhite head.

Aroma is rich roasted malt with a hint of vanilla.

Taste is light roasty and balanced.

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3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro draft in a shaker pint glass

black in color, thick tan colored nitro-pour head. mild chocoately aroma, some mild coffee too. taste is similar, a touch sweet. fuller bodied.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Feb 10, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: silky matte black color with a nice 1 finger solid tan head

S: roasted malts, rich milk and dark chocolate. Some oak and cola behind that. a subtle kiss of oats as well

T: roasted malts and milk chocolate. Roasted coffee and flaked oats. A hint of lactose sweetness at the end

M: silky, light nitro mouthfeel

O: a decent nitro milk stout. Nice balance of roast and sweet

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Feb 02, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom tasting pint; canned on 7/20/2018. Retried 1/7/2020 from a 16 oz (473 ml) nitro can from a batch packaged on 11/20/2019.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a one to two finger, wheat to mocha colored head, great retention, but surprisingly modest lacing.
S: Aromas of milk chocolate, mocha, molasses, vanilla, and cashew.
T: Sweet. Flavors follow the nose but vanilla and cashew have an outsized presence. Bitterness really in wonderful balance with sweetness and flavors.
M: Medium to full bodied with lovely rich carbonation. Creamy and rich on the palate.
O: This is very much in line with an English style stout. Really enjoyable.

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VoxRationis from New York, Feb 01, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The colour is jet black(!), the finger thick head is pale brown and very compact. It sinks extremely slowly leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and roasted. Vanilla, dark chocolate, black malt sourness and a touch of new world hops.

The taste is smooth with passing clean bitterness. Growing sweetness with a touch of vanilla. The sweetness is partly balanced by the hops, but also by the black malts. Medium body. The aftertaste is much less sweet with roasted malts, spicy rye-notes and smooth notes of caramel, rosehips and a hint of toffee. The long finish is very smooth with chocolate, liquorice a touch of coffee.

The carbonation is very smooth with lots of small short-lived bubbles. The liquid is smooth, too.

A very well-crafted sweet stout with a perfect balance of vanilla sweetness and malt/hops. Highly drinkable!

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bark from Sweden, Jan 09, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz nitro can, served in a tulip stout glass. Date stamp: 09/07/18 180381 1145.

Appearance: Very dark cola brown when held up to the light - bright if you shine a really powerful light through it from your phone. Persistent 1/4" thick tan head. Plenty of fine lacing.

Smell: Vanilla, a bit of cocoa powder, and a little bit of a metallic twang.

Taste: Cocoa, vanilla, roasted malt bitterness at the finish. A bit of milk stout sweetness in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Nitro smoothness, nice thickness from the oats, but not as thick as I thought it was going to be.

Overall / Drinkability: Easily drinkable - a nice nitro stout in a can. I definitely want to have this with dessert of some type to go with this beer.

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4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good brew. Had on tap. Here goes:

A: Great appearance. Jet black, as the name suggests, with a great nitro head.

S: Burnt malts, coffee, dark chocolate, some milkiness.

T: Follows the nose. Very light coffee, some chocolate as well. Plenty of lactose sugar that provides a milky taste. Only problem is that the relative lightness of the brew (only 4.7% abv) takes away from some of the flavor.

F: Light without being watery. Good.

O: A good beer, especially on tap.

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leantom from Indiana, Dec 15, 2018
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2.39/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can from US - This poured beautifully with a nitro induced head of fine bubbles that stabilized to 1/4" and stayed that way until the glass was empty. This has added natural vanilla flavor, which totally predominated the aroma with nothing else detected. The flavor was a bit light on the malt for a stout and the finish had a touch of hops but vanilla was far too predominant. What really dings me is this product was sold only in a boxed six pack, so you can't even look at the cans. This description on the box says only "Jet Black Heart Oatmeal Milk Stout". Not a word about vanilla flavor added. This is not the first time I have bought a sealed box of cans or bottles that had totally inadequate descriptions on the box. This beer would be better without the vanilla flavor and more malt. The nitro head was a winner.

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nekofarm from New York, Dec 13, 2018
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3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a snifter from nitro draft at O'Toole's on November 21, 2018. Brewed with oats. Notes of decadent cacao, subtle roasted malts and autumnal fruitiness.

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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste: semi sweet, dark roasted malt, vanilla beans, cocoa, oat, maltose, creamy mouthfeel. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, nice creamy foam due to nitro in can, lattice of lace. Medium to med/light body. 30 IBUs

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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Coffee black colored pour with thick tan colored creamy head that's thick and sticky.

S - Dark chocolate roast, some coffee, and cream dominates the nose.

T - Dark chocolate roast, some light char, cream, and finishes with a lightly bitter chocolate char, but otherwise very well balanced.

M - Thick texture with some thin/watery presence on the very back end.

O - A very easy drinker.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Oct 28, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet Black Heart (Nitro) brewed by BrewDog USA, with an ABV of 4.70% This English Sweet/Milk Stout pours out of a Nitro Can into a pint beer glass a deep brown color with a thick off white almost light brown head. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The head of this brew sticks around. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts with light hop bitterness. There is also a nice amount sweetness in the smell as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors, it like heavy roasted black coffee. Lots of roasted grains and malts. There is a nice amount of sweetness at the end as well. There is a lot going on in Jet Black Heart (Nitro). The body of this Stout is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. For being a dark brew it goes down nice an smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. This brew would go nice with dinner or a cool night. Overall I'm going to give Jet Black Heart (Nitro) a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. BrewDog USA, did a real nice job with this Stout.

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3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I’ll be looking at two dogs tonight, two BrewDogs in fact. First up is BrewDog Jet Black Heart Nitro Vanilla Milk Stout. I haven’t been drawn to this one in its previous bottle incarnation, I guess it was the fact that it’s a 4.7% ABV Milk Stout, and I don’t feel that 4.7% is high enough to give this brew the bang-for-buck that it needs, but nitro it in a can and I’m in (I am a sucker for a nitro beer). One thing I’m not a sucker for is 330ml cans – I want more, make your cans bigger dammit! That said I am a sucker for one other thing – BrewDog coming to Brisbane, that shit is lit [which I believe is the current lingo on the street meaning “most radical”]. I’ll totes [also current lingo, short for “totalitarian”] be keen to have a brew there when it opens.

Poured from a 330ml nitro-can into a nonic pint.

A: Hard poured this MOFO like a leg(end), ended up with a classic Guinness-style deep black body and a 1 centimetre tan head that was thick and moreish, yum. Head didn’t last too long though, and compacted right down to half a cm leaving rings of lace inside the glass. I do like the look of nitro beers. 8/10.

S: Light notes of vanilla mixed with a dusting of cocoa power and milk chocolate, hints of sweetened condensed milk round out this sweetest of Sweet (otherwise known as Milk) Stouts. Aroma isn’t powerful, but it does the job, like a backup blues singer [probably should tweak that analogy as there are some powerful blues singers out there but I couldn’t be arsed, sorry, deal with it]. 7/10.

T: Soft and easy-going considering the slight-oxymoron name. Starts out sweet, ends sweet, nuff said? No, well here’s more words to jam in your eye-holes: Vanilla, cocoa power, milk chocolate, condensed milk, mid-palate roasted grain character, finishes with a dry, slightly earthy bitterness (think 80% dark chocolate). Not in your face, my face, or anyone else’s face – this is a supreme exercise in smooth flavours that ultimately stumbles below (in the mouthfeel that is). 8/10.

M: It’s a bit watery – yep, this is the biggest hurdle for a Sweet/Milk Stout to stumble over: lacking in body. Carbonation was also a touch flat, something I’ve noticed in nitro-cans before (see my review of Mornington Sacchariferous Stout). Drink it before it goes flat – is my advice. 4/10.

D: Tis a hard task making a Milk Stout, there’s so many factors involved leading up to the all important: will it taste good? BrewDog Jet Black Heart does OK, a middling assessment but one that I will stand behind nonetheless. 7/10.

Food match: More Stouts, which are not unlike food, and chocolate cake, also food.

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doktorhops from Australia, Aug 28, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This can, from the Canal Winchester Brewdog, is outstanding. I hope to drink a lot more of these in the future.

It opens like a nitro! Boom, head. And real deal lacing. Boom, cool stout smell. Boom, mildly bitter, delicious. Totally drinkable. One could live off this nectar. Easy, smooth, sophisticated.

Highly recommended instead of imports or imitations. This is the real deal, from just outside of Columbus. Awesome.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 257 ratings