Stony Man Stout | Shenandoah Brewing Co.

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Stony Man StoutStony Man Stout

Brewed by:
Shenandoah Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of jawneyt
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Retsinis
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visited the Shenandoah Brewing Co. while staying in woodbridge.

They did not have this in draft, but served bottles of it at the bar (also took a 6 pack to go.)

First and foremost, this was an oatmeal stout, @ 7.5%. Same name as the regular stout though apparently. This review was done from a 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a rich dark brown, with ruby red tinges, not quite black, with very little head, but there was lacing, and decent carbonation for the style.

Aroma's are of choclate, sweet malt, toast, and roasted brown sugar and vanilla.

Tast mirror's the nose, light semi-sweet dark choclate, vanilla, sweet malts, with a faint tinge of bitterness, and a smooth, light finish.

Moutfeel is light, and a bit thin for the style, but does not distract much.

Overall, this was the highlight for me of their offerings while I was there. Glad I picked up a few to take home.

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Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Shenandoah beer thanks to tmoney2592. A C+ review, well... hopefully this beer is better than the reviews make it out to be.

It pours a decent 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace over a black-ish beer, dark, not pitch black, and even lets some light through to make it almost dark brown rather than black.

The nose isn't too bad, with some light roasted malts, a little black patent, caramel, slight smoke, and a little syrupy extract. There is also a weird mineral and briny aroma I can't pinpoint.

As for the taste, not as nice as the rest. It is a light stout, with a little roast and touch of smoke and black patent. It has lots of fruit flavors and very sweet. It is way too sweet for a stout. A little creamy, and a touch of smoke. A slight bitterness too. There is a very slight flavor of that weird tangy off flavor I used to get with infected homebrew stouts.

The mouth is much lighter than I expected.

It finishes slightly dry with some sweetness, more of that weird tangy off flavor, some more fruit, a sticky residue, and light stout dark malt flavors.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Who is this stony man, and why the lack of emotion? No matter the reason, this beer pours an almost opaque black-brown with garnet highlights and a finger's worth of ecru foam for a head. The nose comprises molasses, spruce, roasted malts, and nutmeg. The taste holds notes of light chocolate, roasted malts, spruce, and brown sugar. That may sound good, but some kind of watery-ness pervades, en-pale-ing the flavor combination a touch. The body is medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Overall, this could have been a solid stout, but something happened in the flavor department, leaving everything there more wan that it ought to be, pulling down the overall impression of the beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog...
Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a small, tan head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of grapes, cocoa, creamy vanilla, and a touch of roasted grains, and oats.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with highlights of cocoa and plum.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy on the palate, with standout grapes and plums.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A leathery, dark brown body with good head that left a myriad of lacings. Coffee and cocoa malts dominate the smell, pushing out hops but they are a rather bland smelling malt. A very smooth brew as the malts are the noticable taste, but the coffee and cocoa malts here arjust bland. Nothing of real significance, I would drink this again but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of tempest
2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks promising with a black body and tan head with a little lacing. Then the aroma is alright with dark roasted grains with bits of espresso and cocoa and apple. The apple flavor expands in the flavor, but not in a good way, it's like bad extract - is this an extract beer? But that sweet fruit becomes overpowering in the aftertaste and feels awful, ruining the nice stout flavors. What a shame.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep red brown color with moderate tannish head.
Smell is bit strange, almost like medicine or cough syrup??
Taste is very nice, with very strong notes of roasted malt, bitter coffee, and a touch of chocolate
finish is a good combination of sweetness and dryness with a nice taste retention.
other than a strange smell, this was an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with slight ruby highlights around edges. A thin head descends to almost nothing.

The smell is of oat malt and sweet chocolate. Some coffee. A sharp fruitiness underneath.

The taste is of oat malt sweetness with some dark fruitiness. Coffee and chocolate. Some oak woodiness. Hints of vanilla. Sweet and sour. Some booziness (more than would expect for a 6% abv) in the finish. Quite a bit going on, but does it all meld together well? Well...decently enough.

A bit thin - still hangs on to medium bodied (barely) and flavors linger - a bit more body would go along way.

Sweet with a lingering sourness. Odd...but, it works decently enough. It's okay, IMO, but doesn't really stand out for me. By the way, by the taste it seemed like an Oatmeal Stout more than an American Stout, and that was verified by checking out the website. Either way, it's fine for one or two, but is hardly more than middle-of-the-roadish for style at best.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle, no date information.

Deep, dark cordovan with ruby highlights. Tall, sizzling, quick to settle head of loosely packed faded tan bubbles. Settles to a thin cap and tall collar, eventually fading to a smattering of bubbles at the margins. No carbonation streams reveal their presence and there was no lacing whatsoever. The smell is lightly roasted coffee with a cube of sugar and a couple of squares of chocolate, vanilla, a touch of smoke and flash of crisp hops. Roasted bitterness grabs the tongue along with some sweetness. The sugary chocolate sweetness gains in intensity before an additional dose of roasted coffee comes to partially offset this. But it is not enough as the finish is a tablespoon of sugar, more squares of chocolate and a teaspoon of coffee. There is a slight metallic/medicinal edge the shows up as well, and its presence is not welcome. The roastedness lingers briefly, but it is the sugar sweetness that is most detectable. Medium-full body with some fuzzy carbonation, this is not exactly smooth, but not overly rough, but approaches cloying in its sweetness. Tolerable at best, but simply too sweet. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not-quite-opaque toasted hazelnut brown with moderate gold highlights and meager red ones. A greater than usual amount of carbonation leads to an expansive, airy head of malted milk ball brown that doesn't appear to have much stickiness at all. And, in fact, very little lace finds its way to the glass. An average looking stout at best.

The nose is more weak chocolate porter than it is stout, but is pleasant enough to garner a vote of confidence. It's mildly dark malty and mildly bittersweet chocolatey with more fruity esters than roasted barley gravitas. Nothing wrong with a relatively light oatmeal stout I guess.

Although my vote of confidence in the nose has been vindicated (to some extent) on the palate, Stony Man is not tremendous beer by any means. It's flavorful enough, especially as it loses its initial chill, but is all over the board in terms of flavor characteristics. It's sweet, bitter and sour all at once. While some beer benefits from those contrasts, this one tastes more confused than sure-footed.

Sour and bitter lead the way and seem misplaced in a style that isn't usually this sour or this bitter. In terms of flavors derived from malt, black coffee is uppermost, followed closely by bittersweet chocolate. Again, the flavor profile lacks a certain focus, but provides a great deal of grist for the palate mill, a great deal to chew on.

There isn't a great deal to chew on when it comes to the body/mouthfeel however. It manages to cling desperately to one of the bottom rungs of the stout ladder and is acceptable only if I put aside my 'stouts gotta be big' bias. My fears of overcarbonation after the pour haven't been borne out, although a few fewer bubbles would be welcome.

Stony Man Stout is interesting beer and kept me engaged through all twelve ounces. It is not, however, all that stellar as American Stouts go and is not a beer that I care to drink again.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.02/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. with no freshness date. It pours a deep red/brown (not black) and has a 1 inch big-bubbled brown head that leaves some lacing. It smells sweet with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and perhaps raisins. The taste is pretty sweet... too much so. There are some light coffee and chocolate notes in the background, but it is really sweet and off-putting up front. The body is medium, and too thin for a stout. Is this really a stout? I hope this is a bad bottle. I can't finish it.

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Photo of gdogalishus
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This was a respectable stout in most categories accept mouthfeel. The thin light body left me feeling more like I was drinking a porter than a stout. The color was dark with an ever so slight hint of red hiding in the darkness when viewed through the tumbler.
The grain bill was tilted toward the dark roasted malt and was a slight surprise at first, but disappeared by mid bottle.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.32/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a thin film of tan bubbles, over the deep burgundy brew. Head, if you can call it that, is more or less gone in moments, and lacing is minimal, at best. Aroma is sweet dark malts, slightly boozy. Taste is overly sweet chocolate malts, with an off sort of fruitiness to it, and chalky alcohol close. Mouthfeel is just not good, and all of this makes for a reasonably unenjoyable brew.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
1.83/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer barely hissed upon opening. Head is virtually nonexistent. The beer is black with ruby highlights. Aroma is winey with chocolate malt and fruit and some higher alcohols. Flavor is winey and not pleasant. The body is thin and the drinkability is low.

This bottle was a PITA to open. It bent the regular opener and I had to find another. No date on the bottle.

I believe the beer is either old or over attenuated. Not even an average beer, wish I had read the other reviews before purchasing.

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Photo of Murph
3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew poured pitch black with almost a non-existent head and very low carbonation. The smell was very roasted coffee with some slight sweetness from the oatmeal. Nicely roasted flavors complement the subtle chocolate flavors of the brew. Smooth on the tongue but it could have been a little creamier considering the style. The brew is definitely pretty drinkable and is an all around good brew. One of these days I will have to get around to visiting the brewery.

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Stony Man Stout from Shenandoah Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 16 ratings