Black Coal Stout | Railway City Brewing Company

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3.76/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada
railwaycitybrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This medium to full body stout is Railway City’s signature dark ale: introduced with a deep brown hue, the stout pours a thick and frothy dark chestnut coloured head. The nose is dominated by coffee and toasted characteristics with underlying tones of rich dark chocolate. On the palate the stout begins with bitter-sweet chocolate leading into elegant toasted notes reminiscent of coffee and a slight undertone of freshly baked rye bread.

Added by thehyperduck on 12-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,742
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
64
pDev:
9.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of bixby1971
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Arichuna
2.7/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

As a lover of room temperature Irish Stout especially the caramely Murphy's I was disappointed by my first experience with the Black Coal Stout - taking the rating factors in turn, (1) Look - the head getting flat in 5 minutes in the glass (3) Smell - an acrid back smell (3) Taste - Too bitter a throat and too "medicinal" a mouth (4) Feel - smooth at first but turning quickly stodgy flat as the residual carbonation disappears. I'll try it from a unrefrigerated fresh cask next time (if such a thing exists these days) for a second opinion rather than from an LCBO can where Canadian bars insist on chilling stout like a soft drink

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Photo of shivtim
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesBondGA
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Almost black with a hint of ruby when held to the light. Topped with 4 fingers of dark brown, grey tinged head.

Smells of chocolate, plastic, smokey roasted notes, and vanilla.

The taste follows the nose with lots of cocoa and chocolate notes. A little bitterness, but overall pretty balanced. A lot like what I'd imagine cooled, carbonated hot chocolate to taste like.

Medium, foamy body with low carbonation.

The brew exceeded my low expectations and ended up being quite pleasant. Drinking in Muskoka, Jan 28th, 2018.

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Photo of eberesford
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from the LCBO. Pours deep black with a thick creamy head the colour of old parchment. Aroma: coffee, figs, dates, some toffee. Flavour: Dark chocolate, coffee, espresso, dark fruit. Mouth feel a little lighter than expected with good carbonation.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mousel
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a can of this from the beer store in Brantford whilst in Canada for my son's hockey tournament. It poured an opaque black with tan head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is roast and slight espresso. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There was coffee and slight touch of chocolate. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid stout.

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Photo of Squeezyq
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boo-urns
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHawes
4.93/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer, nice strong taste

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Photo of andrenaline
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of btg95
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BadgerBob
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

'Railway City Black coal Stout' 743 can 6%abv

A: Dark black brew with a creamy head receding quickly to thin ring.
Ar: fresh malty
T: smokey!, medium low bittering, strong roast tastes. heavy smoke
F: lots of carbination, medium body

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Photo of fortyfield
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO in Toronto this past summer.

From a can into a pint glass

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 3+ finger, medium-looser looking, foamy, light tan head with half decent retention. Swiss cheese head pops and fizzes down to a foamy cap with foamy lacing on the glass. Clear black body with no real carbonation evident. A half wisp remains leaving touches of lacing on the glass. Lousy head on this one but the body is alright.

SMELL: Roasted barley, burnt notes, dark fruits, leather and tobacco on the nose. Notes of burnt coffee with dark chocolate as well. Quite aromatic. Good stuff.

TASTE: Roasted barley with burnt and charred flavors up front. Medium strength with more flavor at the swallow. Burnt malts, leather, tobacco, bitter burnt coffee and some sweet cream linger on the palate. Pretty flavorful after the swallow.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate, a bit foamy perhaps, goes down fine and finishes a bit mouth-coating. Too light and foamy for the style, but creamy enough.

OVERALL: Okay, and the name Black Coal fits the bill here as well. The look and feel could use some work but the base recipe is solid. Good aroma and the flavor works well, especially after the swallow. Well worth checking out if you get the chance, and I’ll definitely be on the look out for another batch when I’m home again in July. Cheers!

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Photo of byronic
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atsir
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Omnium
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can > Tulip Glass
A - Pitch black with a nice two finger tan head, little to no lacing.
S - Nice and smokey, rich earthy darker hop tones, dark chocolate, burnt toffee
T - Flavors get a little muddy here, and somewhat metallic, but some smoke, roasted dark chocolate malt, earthy hop bite, and a kind of burnt flavor too
M - Medium feel, Id prefer this be a bit more rich
O - Decent stout, its hitting the mark in some areas but a good representation overall

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Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While it's a respectable brew, the problem is that the appearance (dark, nice head, very sharp poured into the pint glass) and the smell (lots of chocolate, coffee, caramel) set up expectations that the taste can't deliver on: it's not bad, just quite light in flavour, and a bit watery in feel.

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Photo of Jaisell
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Black Coal Stout from Railway City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 64 ratings