Harold | COAST Brewing Company

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COAST Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Harold may have a dark side but really he's very sweet!

Dark, sweet and creamy American Stout made with organic toasted oats. Not too dark and not too light makes a beer just right! Easy drinkin'.

Added by mikesgroove on 01-26-2010

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of whitekiboko
1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. A huge frothy tan head tops the dark body, leaving a fair amount of alternately sticky and soapy lacing behind.

A very light chocolate sweetness to the nose, but plentiful cocoal and roasted malt. Restrained yet intriguing at once. Sweeter flavors are similarly muted; it's quite roasty and dry with a touch of tanginess and a bit of raw bitterness. Medium-thick with a lingering roasty finish. Straightforward in a way, yet also somewhat challenging if you're expecting a typical chocolately stout.

Overall impression: Very nice beer. Another example of COAST shaking up the 'normal' makeup of a style with great results.

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Photo of argock
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a clear pint glass. Purchased at The Lodge (Hilton Head, SC) for the unbelievable price of $12.

A: Nearly black with 1-2 finger chocolate cake colored head with good retention and respectable lacing scattered over the glass.

S: Prevalent aromas are chocolate, coffee, and dark malts with a decided lemon-orange citrus accent and licorice. The aromas definitely overtake most American stouts with their clarity and strength.

T: The flavor is very good with more sweetness, like milk chocolate, taking the lead with coffee more prominent in the finish. The hops are orangey and play as a very nice counterpoint to the sweet chocolate presence. Licorice is there too and the dark maltiness treads the line of providing a chocolate chip breadiness without moving to acrid territory.

M: More body with help this brew but there is nothing wrong with a medium-bodied stout. Carbonation is low-medium and stays in the background and allows for a very creamy brew. At first, this beer looked flat on first pour - but the first sip showed that the appearance is due to a nice body. Aftertaste is milk chocolate- mocha.

D: A very good normal-ABV stout that plays the sweet angle very deftly without being cloying or overly hoppy. My wife and I polished off this growler with ease. Definitely Harold is a beer that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've been into craft beer for several years now and have tried some amazing things. I've finally decided to start reviewing.

Poured from a growler(from Green's on Piney Grove) into a nonic

A- A couple shades lighter than pitch black, with a nice sized tan head, leaves a nice lacing on the glass

S- Can smell the dark roasted malts, has a faint smell of coffee and an even fainter smell of hops

T- tastes like dark malts with a faint taste of bitterness similar to coffee at the end but it doesn't linger, has a dry finish

M- I was expecting a fuller mouthfeel from this beer, has a light body for a stout but that makes it easy to drink, decently carbonated

D- This beer drinks real easy, my glass is empty before I realize it

I originally thought his was supposed to be an American Stout but it reminds me a lot more of an Irish Stout. Either way I think this is a great beer. It's easy to drink and smells great. It isn't the most flavorful beer but it has more than enough flavor to keep me satisfied.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from CBX in Charleston, SC.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of deeply roasted malts with very mild hints of dark chocolate and milder hints of ocffee. As it warms very small amounts of herbal hop aromas waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors with a hint of char kick things off. Midway through the sip unsweetened chocolate flavors come into play before fading away for a dry and solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer, although I think would be better if it were geared more toward an Irish Dry Stout than an American Stout (not enough depth). Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a snifter.

Black pour, small mocha head. Appears highly carbonated. Nice lacing.

Lightly roasted, lightly sweet chocolate nose. It's really kind of a boring aroma. Harold was a beer that was hard to nail down to a style. I was never entirely what it was supposed to be while I was drinking it. That said, the chocolate flavor was very pleasant. The sweet/roast combo had me thinking this was more of a Dry Stout or Porter.

Light-medium body, with tingly carbonation. Super easy to drink, though not terribly exciting.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to try this one so quickly. The first growler purchased from Greens off their new station and if they keep it up, it will not be the last. Served cold and poured into several pint glasses over the course of the day, this one as consumed on 02/21/2010.
The park was dark chocolate in color, really thick looking with a definite brown color. Not black, definite thick chocolate brown with a nice tow finger head of tan that rose up from the bottom of the glass and settled down with a wonderful look of a rich, dessert stout. Aroma is just dripping with chocolate, rich, sweet, gooey chocolate just dripping. Warming brings out a hint of a nice and mellow dark malt note but so good. Smooth, creamy, rich texture here, very well done. No idea what the ABV is but damn this is drinkable. I literally could have thrown down three or four, and I did trust me. Rich and smooth, silky sweet, one of the best session stouts I have had in a very, very long time.
Kudos again to COAST. They knocked this one out for me. I would have no trouble going after this one again and again and again.

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Photo of kkipple
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler got at the wallet-violating Green's on Piney Grove near my house, poured into a New Belgium glass purchased at the same!

A. Quite dark, dim and black, sports a 3cm creamy, tight rich tan head. Looks good from here... awfully good, in fact. Some spotty lace, excellent retention!

S. Good nose, lots of fat, juicy roast and a hefty amount of dry cocoa, coffee / mocha, fine roasted malt. Full, slightly smoky and maybe a touch of hop bitterness. I like the way Harold smells.

T. Sadly the taste isn't up to par on the nose. The good here is the rich, dry, cocoa-roast malt with hints of smokiness. The bad is the rather 2-dimensional character of the thing and the noticeable sourness that pervades the finish. Seems over-attenuated and *too* dried out. There is virtually no sweetness, which hurts the overall taste, IMO. A pity, but what can you do?

M. Adequate carbonation, rather thin body with a dry, regrettably un-sweet finish. Not sure if this was supposed to be a "dry" stout, and yes, some Irish / English stouts are slightly sour, but I'm not sure this all "works"... perhaps as a bigged-up Irish dry stout? Perhaps. Still....

D. So-so. I can see people liking this, but it's not really up my dark little alley. I am quite sure Coast can do better, as they exist to please me alone! Bottom line: Worth a try, but don't expect a Blackbeerd or Boy King.

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Photo of avalon07
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nice, understated aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

T: Tasted mainly of roasted malt, with hints of coffee, chocolate and an almost grainy, oaty quality. Well-balanced and pretty flavorful.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied, not as chewy and thick as other stouts.

D: A very drinkable American Stout.

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Photo of md655321
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely brewery to have the opportunity to be a complete fanboy of. Another winner.

A: Dark, very dark. Just a bit of mahogany at the edges. Somewhat frothy light tan head that goes away quite quickly.

S: Roasted and what not, a bit of coffee that seems to disappear in the taste.

T: Real subtle throughout, roasted malts and whatnot. A bit of vanilla and chocolate, but very slight. Dry finish, but a good amount of sweetness upfront.

M: Good, nice crabonation, maybe a bit much.

D: A COAST specialty, very very drinkable.

An absolute delight in its ABV bracket. One of the best 'regular' stouts I have had.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this from the growler station at Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC. Pours from the growler into a pint glass a nearly opaque black color. There are some raisin colored highlights around the edges of the beer but this one is mostly black.

I was quite a bit disappointed in the nose. There wasnt much of a stout aroma, or any aroma for that matter. What smell there was centered around roasty grains and chocolate.

Man does this taste good! Solid amount of chocolate flavors with a touch of coffee in the finish. A bit of an oatmeal/cereal type taste as well. One reservation I have about this beer is the weird little taste at the finish. I cant quite put my hand on it but it kind of tastes like raw, bitter cocoa or something. I cant really explain it, but that is the only thing wrong with this beer as far as flavor.

Nearly full bodied and chewy. Finishes a hair dry. Solid beer in all categories. I would have this any time.

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Harold from COAST Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 13 ratings