Snake Drive Stout | Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by JohnnyM2002 on 03-26-2007

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by dherling:
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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a very dark brown color with a creamy tan head. The nose offered bitter chocolate and roasted coffee notes. The taste was straight bitter coffee, a little light. This had a light body and crisp cola-like mouthfeel. This gave me more of a porter impression and just didn't seem right for a stout. The taste was too one-dimensional and not a particularly good example of the style.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tuowl74a
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black with mocha head and lace. Bitter coffee, roast aroma. Basically roasty. Dry with a bite, hops present. Stouty with an attitude. Fine, but just not my favorite of the lineup because of the bitterness. Liking it is correlated with liking coffee. Medium plus mouthfeel.

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Photo of tdm168
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours black with some ruby highlights around the bottom and a 1/2 finger of creamy tan head. Nice retention across the top that leaves good lacing. The aroma is rather pleasant smelling combo of dry roasted notes and coffee character with some malt sweetness benind it.

The taste matches the aroma to a tee. Dry, roasty malt and coffee bitterness that is balanced out by a mellow chocolate and caramel sweetness. Finishes with some light roasted and hop bitterness notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an easygoing creamy feel.

I love being up at the SGB when I first see the Snake Drive on tap because it means St. Patties Day and Springtime are right around the corner. It's a great Irish Stout that's packed with a roasty profile and huge drinkibility. Kick back and have one...or five!

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Photo of thagr81us
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to mikesgroove for bringing this one out during the Growler Party this weekend! Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and subtle wood. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. It was nice and light which is typical of this style, but was still able to keep you coming back for more with its flavor profile that it had to offer your palate. Unfortunately I really had to work to get anything on the aroma if I'm honest. It was very easy drinking and a nice choice for the day as a palate warmer.

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Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint at SGBC. A perfect low-abv beer to get through before the main event.

A: The Irish stout is dark, a black brew that supports a thin head. Not much lacing ensues, but the ale never loses its character.

S: Chocolate is strong, as is a minerally presence. Plenty of roasted breads to go around.

T: Well-roasted, the ale is quite mild, a study in contrasts. The dry nature is evident, toasty in the finish. Before that, cocoa powder is evident to a lesser degree. The whole package is quaffable, gone in just a few sips. The roasted presence, including coffee, kept me interested.

M: Never harsh, the stout walks the line between drinkable and not, flavorful and too flavorful. The ale disappeared way too quickly...

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Photo of philbe311
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A fingers worthy of light tan colored whipped froth with very good retention... This fades and gives way to a full rich creamy lacing... The color is a sleek opaque black (though the lighting in the brewpub wasn't ideal)... Some stray carbonation bubbles could be seen climbing along the sides of the glass... Loads of lacing clings to the glass...

S - The aroma was rather non-descript... Some very faint roasted malts, chocolate and caramel notes, but not much else...

T - Ultra aggressiveness on the palette... An overabudnance of roasted malt... Coffee... Baker's chocolate... A bit of mild syrupy sweetness as well...

M - Medium bodied... Prickly carbonation... A burnt chalky texture grows with each sip...

D - This 5.5% ABV Irish Stout packs more flavor than any other in the style that I've come across... A fine beer with a few rough edges... The aroma seemed none existent and the mouthfeel was a tad off... Worth checking (as are all beers) when passing through SGB...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

part of the party of growlers that was busted out last night, this one was simply killer and a great example of the style. poured into a pint glass and enjoyed on 5.24.11

The pour was wonderful. Rich dark black in color with a huge head of tan that came up and over the top, settling down for just a moment and totally coating the insides and the bottom of the glass as it went, really full and very dark looking. Rich roasted malts that came over the nose as I lean in for my first smell. Really very well done here I have to say. Lots of light cocoa and a hint of subtle cookie dough like aroma as it warmed. The first sip revealed a very full bodied and well carbonated dry stout. Very sweet with loads of lactose sugar and a wonderfully complex flavor. Rich chocolate and sweet notes that really just put on an incredible show here. Smooth as could be with as close to a session stout as you are going to get. I had no issue with putting this one away quickly.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of hmich176
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the brewery

Dark brown-black pour with reddish hues around the edges, capped off with a foamy off-white head. Roasty aroma, dark malts, dark bread, notes of cocoa, coffee. Taste follows the aroma, dark roasty malts, with hints of coffee, bakers' chocolate, mineral. Above average medium body, and quite drinkable. Nothing tremendous going on here, just a solid stout overall.

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark brown/black body with russet highlights at the edges. A medium tan head held on strong and left nice lace.

S-Rich roasted malt aroma with hints of burnt coffee and over-toasted bread. Nice waft of spicy, earthy hops.

T-Rich, roasted malt flavour and an earthy hop bite. I know this seems boring but this is a roasted malt lovers dream!

M-Medium body with a dry finish and long lasting roasty bitterness.

D-A classic dry stout that is a fine tribute to St. Patrick! A super easy, extremely flavourful, dry finishing, roasty brew. Another well done beer by SGB!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On handpump at the brewpub

A: Black with reddish brown highlights. Thin tan head, good retention, excellent clarity

S: Wonderful roasty character with light espresso, unsweetened chocolate, mild molasses-like sweetness. Excellent balance between the sweetness and the roast-derived bitterness

T: Light in body with plenty of roasted malt character, some coffee, cacao and a dry, bitter finish. Excellent

M: Light in body with an excellent, soft carbonation. Excellent finish with firm and light bitterness

D: Very drinkable, my pint didn't last long

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer just overtook Black Mo from Otto's as my favorite PA brewed Irish stout. Damn near perfect in every way. Well balanced between the charred malt and the kent hops. Wonderful beer

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Photo of sirsteve42
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Selin's Grove Brewpub into a pint glass.

A - Pours jet black with a creamy half finger tall khaki head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, rich coffee, creamy sweetness, chocolate, and some slightly hidden hops. No alcohol is present at all. Very nice, light, stout.

T - Plenty of rich coffee up front giving way slowly to a mix of dark roasted malt, cream, and chocolate sweetness. The flavors are well balanced and mix well with the low ABV. Finish is quite roasty, lingering for some time. Pretty good stuff, very drinkable.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, creamy, feel with plenty of lingering dark roast throughout the finish.

O - Very nice. I really liked this one. The low ABV. makes it extremely drinkable and the flavors are well balanced. I could drink this one all day no problem.

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Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 4/22/10 at the brewery.

Served in a pint glass, it appears a dark brown color with some redness about it along the base and edges. Thin tanned head doesn't offer much retension and laces with faint spots along the glassware. Nose is an aroma of chocolate, coffee, faint hops and a bit of fruity sweetness similar to plum. Taste is a little too dark fruity sweet for my preference of the style. The other flavors take a back seat to the dark malty fruit flavors; hops are slightly citrusy and chocolate flavor lingers through the aftertaste. The body is medium to light with a moderate level of carbonation.

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Snake Drive Stout from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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