Black Onyx Stout | Kutztown Tavern

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Brewed by:
Kutztown Tavern
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-24-2002

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 14
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Photo of TTripp725
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of MKrauss
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brother to their Bourbon Stout, this traveled well. My pour created a huge, two-fingered head with a dark-tan cast. Nice, chocolate/smoky nose. Color was deep-brown with ruby highlights. Medium mouth feel with lots of chocolate on the tongue. Finish was smoky and chocolate, like bittersweet chocolate.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This creamy stout poured a very dark brown/black color with a finger-thick head. Very nice lacing, but the head dissipated somewhat quickly. Lots of malt in the smell, as with most Golden Avalanche beers, which overpowered the hints of hops or burnt characteristics found in some stouts. The heavy maltiness really added to the taste, however. A nice bitterness at the end rounded out a full, semi-sweet taste, kind of like the baking chocolate rather than the milk chocolate we all enjoy. The Onyx had a creamy texture, but could have been somewhat fuller for the style. Overall, a very enjoyable brew. It goes great with the Tavern's burgers and Dutch Fries, too.

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Photo of grees20
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heard some good things about this so I was eager to see for myself. Overall, it's a solid offering, but wasn't their best beer pouring that day.

Pours a very dark shade of brown with tan head and nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma comprised of coffee, chocolate, toffee, malt and some hops.

Has a nice malt flavor with sweet touch to it. Hops (they claim its on of their hoppiest beers, provide a slightly bitter finish.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Kutztown Tavern, poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Transparent dark brown with no head to speaf of, but some lacing.

S: Mild chocolate, sweet dark roasted malt.

T: Sweet, warm malty, mild chocolate/toffee. Not a very strong stout. Very mild bitterness in the finish.

M: Thinner bodied, little carbonation, silky smooth.

D: Very easy stout to drink heavily. Not too big on the body. Didn't notice the 6.2% alcohol, not that it's that high.

Overall, a decent brew that I would try again. I'm not sure how long the growler was sitting. When I am back, I will get some fresh.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head. The aroma is good. It has a sweet dark malt scent with a dry finish. The taste is good also. It has a slightly warm sweet malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes with a sweet malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good cream stout. It is full of flavor and excellent aroma; a fine sessions brew.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the brew pub while passing through the college town.

Nice, dark, almost solid black body. The single finger thick foam head slowly dissipated leaving no lace behind.

The nose was not as strong as I expected...more like an Irish Dry Stout (come on...I can tell the difference!). Some roasted notes up front...some coffee and chocolate in the background.

The flavor was similar to the type and strength. Good, but not complex in any way. Nothing jumps out and wrestles your palate.

Medium-thick mouth feel with mild carbonation. Very creamy.

Pretty darn drinkable, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stakem
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 6/4/10 at the brewpub.

Onyx Cream Stout aka Black Onyx Stout appears a dark brown color with some redness/lighter brown hues in the body and presents a tan head of foam. The head displays some pretty solid powers of retension and lace appears in nearly a full curtain about the glass.

Dark malty aroma includes quite a bit of mineral qualities and fruity yeastiness. Taste is quite clan with a touch of mineral character and some dark maltiness suggesting dark fruit and slighly bitter black coffee.

Light feel with a mild level of carbonation. A lingering aste of dark grain, slightly drying with notes of chocolate left in the mouth. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown body...borderline black...a one finger tan head forms and retains pretty well...nice lacing

S - Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and some hints of coffee

T - The chocolate really stands out in this's a step above just the chocolate malt flavoring...really nice flavor...the coffee notes continue on the palate along with the roasted malts...a sweet taste comes through when they all merry together...a nice yet faint hop presence shows up at the end

M - Medium bodied...not quite full...creamy, sweet, and a nice bitterness

D - I'm glad this stout isn't full bodied which really helps on the drinkability because it doesn't fill you up...a solid stout with the chocolate really being the highlight

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Photo of IronLover
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown to black in color. Poured with a thick light beige foam that reduced to a soapy cap. Nice combination of roasted and chocolate malt aromas. Chocolate aromas intensified as this warmed a bit. Full bodied feel. Creamy smooth up front with rich, concentrated carbonation at the finish. Roasted malt flavors up front with hints of chocolate underneath. Light hop bitterness in the middle that ushers in coffee flavors at the finish. Finishes crisp and dry with a lingering roasted maltiness. A solid stout.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as very dark brown beer with tannish head. Profound attractive lacing.
Smell is appropriate for the style with strong hints of coffee and bitter chocolate.
Taste follows the smell with a moderate bitterness showing through.
Finishes with the bitterness coming to the forefront and is a nice ending to this beer.
Well done example of the style. One of their better beers.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Fish113d
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark altbier, that poors a deep brown color w/ redish tints in the light. Nice hard edge layer, but not other head at all. Not much to write about. Smells are mainly sweet chocolate, toffee, and some hops aroma- not overly complex or mindblowing. Taste is mainly sweet chocolate flavors with vanilla hints and caramel- hops were not aparent with the dark malts (did remind me of drinking hot chocolate though). Light bodied stout; creamy; nice balance of the carbonation and creamy sweetness. Easy to drink for a stout, but not very complex; decent. I'd have another, and I feel this is the pick of the litter of the brewpub.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark albeit clear filtered brown black hued stout under a tan foamy head. Excellent sticky gooey hoppy head retention.

Twinge of a funkiness to the roasted scents.

Flavors are of stale peanuts (did I write that?) and lightly toasted malts. Hmmm... jury is out on this one.

Lacks je ne c'est qoui, mon ami. Bon soir!

This is the highest ABV offering from KT/GA weighing in at 6.2% ABV.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew had a nice deep brown color with a creamy tan head on top. The lacing was light but looked pretty good. The Smell of the beer is roasted, and a little burnt. The taste of the beer had a pretty strong bitterness to it with a light charcoal essence also. The mouthfeel is a little creamy with a decent carbonation to it. Overall not a bad stout.

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Photo of Leiermann
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Black Onyx Stout from Kutztown Tavern
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 31 ratings