St. John's Stout | YellowBelly Brewery & Public House

St. John's StoutSt. John's Stout
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St. John's StoutSt. John's Stout

Brewed by:
YellowBelly Brewery & Public House
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bobsy on 05-26-2009

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 2
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1ltr swingtop- Deep brown, pours a thin mocha head that crawls back to form a ring around the glass. Nose is simply but inviting. Coffee and dark chocolate, some vanilla, roasted malts, a bit nutty. A bit on the sweet side in term of flavour. Coffee and dark chocolate again, a bit of fruitiness, toasty and roasty flavours all meld to meet up with a fresh hop profile. Nice bitter and creamy finish. Probably the best beer from this province that I have sampled. Thanks Vanessa!

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Pours smoothly, has a nice body and presentation. Great typical stout taste. Very refreshing, and a great match for many meals.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A proper stout will look it's been left on the barbecue too long - and St. John's Stout pours extra well-done. Not entirely black, this does have slivers of colour, but maintains an overall charred complexion. Any attempt to replicate its head would require a milk frother (at least at first).

Initial sniffs aren't providing the abundance of bittersweet, coffee-ish flavours I love about the style. Actually, they aren't giving me much of anything - not even if dipping my face into the glass. This is of definite concern considering that dark malts and roasted barley are notoriously aromatic (at any alcohol strength, even at this relatively modest 4.7%).

Most the Newfies I've ever met are extremely personable, outgoing, and well-humored. But St. John's Stout, were it a person, probably couldn't look you in the eye and would speak in a voice so low you'd have to lean in to hear what they're saying. That's certainly the case with the flavour - it's so meek as to be almost entirely muted.

What can be made out, however, is nothing but pleasant: creamed coffee, bakers chocolate, and dry graininess. The only other thing it needs is a volume nob. The mouthfeel is almost non-existent and has none of the style's characteristic roasty, bitter, or creamy textural elements. So shy!

The people of St. John's' fondness for beer is rivaled only by their appreciation of live music, good food, and convivial merriment and YellowBelly is a place where you'll find them all. But in aiming for a sociable stout that's approachable to everyone, they made things too approachable. A more extroverted offering would better befit its name - and my personal tastes.

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St. John's Stout from YellowBelly Brewery & Public House
Beer rating: 52.9% out of 100 with 17 ratings
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