Old Mammoth Stout | Buckeye Brewing Company

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Old Mammoth StoutOld Mammoth Stout
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Old Mammoth StoutOld Mammoth Stout

Brewed by:
Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
AKA Buckeye Brewing Mammoth Stout

Added by PhantomVodoo on 01-06-2003

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I believe I got this from pimpmyporter. Thanks for the extra.

A: Full on gushing head. It took a solid five minutes to get three inches of beer in my glass. The beers is pitch black with a huge dark mocha head. This looking like it has an infection.

S: Dark roast malt, black coffee, molasses, caramel. It has a bit of a sour kick to it. I'm even more worried about infection now.

T: Yep it's in need of some antibiotics. Dry cocoa, roast malt, a hint of chocolate, metallic finish and a wait for it... sour bite.

M: Light and thin body. Loads of carbonation.

O: Damn this one had some serious promise. I will have to look for another bottle someday.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass.
No date or information. Called "Mammoth Stout".

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing his tick with me.

A - Holy massive expanding head Batman! Four fingers of fizzy tan head with insane retention and some fingers of lace. Unfortunately, it seems like quite a bit much and could be a sure sign of an infection issue. The beer is pitch black otherwise.

S - Cold coffee presents itself right away with a very uniquely roasted malt backing. Molasses and deep chocolate notes but there's a hint of something off here. A bit metallic, slightly nutty.

T - Pop a handful of cocoa powder in your mouth with a few coffee beans and a sliver of bittersweet chocolate. While you're chewing pop a ball of aluminum foil in too, just for good measure. That's the flavor of this beer.

M - Excessively carbonated with an otherwise smooth and medium-bodied mouthfeel. Cold and metallic to the finish, with a dry and bitter feel.

O - No shame in drain-pouring an infected/bad brew. This one isn't awfully offensive but it's certainly not worth drinking. I'd welcome a second chance at it.

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Photo of beachbum1975
2.86/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

DrewOSU donated this one to the LOST Premiere night, thanks man.

22 ounce bottle with black and white label with Mammoth Stout/Foreign Stout and no freshness date.

Pours a dark, rich brown to black with a 1 inch head and medium tan colored head. Nice spotty lacing and good head retention.

Smells of sweets like caramel and light chocolate. Not a whole lot going on with the nose.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Tastes of heavily roasted (borderline burnt) malts, oatmeal and a tinge of dry, citrus hops on the finish. Rather simple flavor profile overall. Finishes wet and mildly bitter.

Easy to drink and enjoyable enough. I wish this one had a bit drier finish. Kinda flat flavor profile. Not bad, but not great. Decent for the price but nothing worth writing home about...

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Photo of granger10
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ok, this bottle was a complete foamer. Upon opening foam comes out onto the countertop. On pouring, pure foam. Must wait numerous minutes to get any signs of beer. I may look decent after a while but seriously, you can't even rate a foamer average.

Smell is nice. Bitter at first with the ridiculous level of carbonation and head but once it settled there was a nice charcoal roasty type character. A bit of chocolate and cream as well. The bitterness was still there slightly and kind of nice.

Taste was ok. Just too much carbonation, it foamed in my mouth. A smoky molasses is there but there's a lactic counterpart that evens it out. Hops provide solid bitterness and almost a base for the beer. Mildly sweet chocolate in the finish before completely turning to foam.

Could be a decent beer. Seems light for its "mammoth" moniker. Just too carbonated to truly enjoy. I hope the next batch is corrected.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of frazbri
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My bottle was labled as "Mammoth Stout", without the old, but I'll assume it was the same brew.

The stout poured black with auburn highlights and a tan head that dissappeared very quickly. I noted aromas of chocolate with a little bit of mint and cherries. Flavor of coffee with a general roasted quality. The body was full, but carbonation was high. It produced a cola like fizz when poured.

Buckeye Mammoth Stout was pleasant, but not spectacular. The lack of head in a beer with this carbonation level was peculiar, but still a decent stout.

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Photo of Jredner
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Low intensity aroma features mild roast coffee and little else. Deep black body holds a quickly fading mocha head that compresses to a nickel coin thickness. Very hoppy fore followed by coffee and chocolate notes. Fairly consistent, higher than normal, hops profile throughout. Finish is smooth and creamy. Tasty if fairly narrow on the flavor range. At least the intensity of what you can taste is fairly high.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As mentioned by a few others here, this beer is now simply titled "Mammoth Stout," with "Foreign Stout" printed below that on the bottle. The label is now also only black, white, and gray.

Presentation: 1 pint, 6 oz. bottle into a mug. No freshness or bottling date indicated. Website indicates 6.5% ABV.

A- Deep brown/black and opaque in appearance. Billowing 3+ fingers of tan/brown head, which fades to little more than a thin ring.

S- Roasty and nutty, and a bit of coffee, with slight metallic hints.

T- Nutty and coffee flavors converge. Slight sweetness on the front, and moderate bitterness on the finish. Very, very slight hints of molasses emerge throughout consumption.

M- Moderately carbonated. Reasonably smooth, though somewhat thinner than what I'd hope for.

D- Decent. Moderate ABV and slightly thin body let this one go down easy. Flavors are not awe inspiring, and the feel is too thin, but good enough to keep you placated while drinking. No reason to want more than one of these 25 oz'ers.

Future outlook: This is a decent enough, though uninspiring drink. With so many worthy options, I can't think of any compelling reasons to seek this out again.

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Photo of weeare138
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to hopdog for breaking this open...
Appears black with a small tan head that slowly fades into a small cap and collar.
Smell is of an overkill of chalky chocolate, cocoa, mild coffee, and smoked peat.
Taste is slightly better then the ok aromas.
Mouthfeel is smokey, bitter, and dry like some old coffee that's been in the pot for too long.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Black color. First pour was about 8-9 fingers of frothy head. This took forever to fill my glass up. Retention was reasonably good, but not any lacing.

4.0 S: Smells like there's a lot of sourish lactose in here. Soft roastiness with even softer chocolate and molasses. Simple, but nice.

3.5 T: Again, seems like some lactose in here. Second strongest flavors are semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley, and a touch of molasses. Relatively simple again, but not as nice as in the nose.

2.5 M: Lighter medium body. Way, way, way too much carbonation, but this doesn't surprise based on the pour. It's BMC level carbonation and frankly distracted from my overall enjoyment of the beer. Too carbonated to be smooth.

3.0 D: Not a great beer, but not a bad one either...if the carbonation was fixed.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber given to me as a gift from my father on a recent visit.

Appearance-Huge head off of a mild pour, two and a half to three fingers of tan head that takes a while to die down and let me finish my pour. Very nice billowing head that gradually settles down to less than a quarter finger before staying and leaving pretty heavy lacing on the side of the glass as I drink. The beer itself is a nice dark black though not completely opaque. The head gives this beer its nice appearance primarily.

Smell-Far more one-dimensional than I'm used to detecting in complex stouts. I primarily pick up on a great deal of roasted malts, along with some boozy sharpness that leads me to think this beer isn't going to be particularly balanced. Some mild sweetness and a little bit of burnt coffee in the nose as well. Not overly impressed with what I perceive as a fairly simple bouquet for this beer, but certainly far from bad.

Taste-Again, have to say that the taste on this one was about what I picked up in the nose for me. Lots of roastiness washes over the tongue, but I notice very little hop bitterness to balance the malt or alcohol. Booziness really comes through for me as well, fairly sharp and prominent. This beer seems to focus mostly on its roasted/malty qualities, but while a decent stout, I didn't find it particularly balanced or able to cover up the alcohol very well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability-Despite the massive head, the carbonation was not overly aggressive on this beer. However, I was expecting the beer to be a bit heavier and chewy for the style, which left me thinking that the mouthfeel was on the thin side. Drinkability however was not bad and in my mind the beer drank a bit more like a heavy porter than a stout. However, given the one-dimensionality of the smell and taste in my opinion, I probably wouldn't put back too many of these. Splitting a bomber with a friend did me just fine.

Overall, not a terrible stout by any means, but not one that I found overly remarkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mammoth Stout is mammothly carbonated. So much so that my glass is filled with beige foam, not beer. When it finally appears, the stout is dark chocolate brown with a glimmer of lighter brown at the edges. Like most grossly overcarbonated beer, the foam is brittle and doesn't leave any lace.

The nose is the characteristic least likely to be affected by all the bubbles. It's nicely roasty with plenty of chocolate and a splash of coffee with cream. There aren't any hops to speak of, in spite of the fact that the beer is supposedly dry-hopped with Challenger. The challenge is in trying to find them in the nose.

As always, it's hard to completely separate out the mouthfeel from the taste. With so much fizziness pinging around my mouth, getting to bottom of the flavor profile isn't turning out to be all that easy. Mammoth is on the simplistic side with bittersweet chocolate-like roasted barley in the dominant position. Bitter coffee grounds are a close second and are closing fast.

In terms of flavor sensations, bitter and sour tower over sweet. That would be more than fine... if the beer as a whole was better. Again, things might have turned out differently with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel, obviously, leaves a great deal to be desired. It feels somewhat thin and is riotously carbonated to the point of unpleasantness.

I've come to appreciate most of the offerings coming out of Buckeye Brewing Company. Which is why I refuse to let this bottle of Mammoth Stout color my impressions of what I'm sure is a much better beer than the one that entered my glass today. I'll pick up another bomber the next time I'm in the Buckeye State and will do another review with a beer that is (hopefully) as the brewers intended.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From 10/28/11 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one...rumors it might be infected but I didn't really see signs other than the carbonation level.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers plus of dark tan head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass. The high carbonation and rising head makes me think it may be infected, as we had heard some bottles were.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, dark chocolate and bitter coffee, light dark fruits. Very nice and no signs of infection.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, coffee, dark fruits. Again, no signs of infection. A slight step down from the nose due to the alcohol coming through.

m - Medium bodied stout and high carbonation evident. Way too carbonated here, which hurts the mouthfeel quite a bit.

o - Overall a decent stout. I think it may have been on its way to infection, but I didn't sense anything in the nose or taste, just the carbonation. Would like to try it again sometime.

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Photo of alexgash
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served at 40 degrees F.

Dark chocolate brown body with a voluminous, very thick and rocky light brown head. Looks good to me! Dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness on the nose mix with roasted barley and some lacto sweet stout sweetness.

Slightly metallic roasted bitterness up front. Earthy cocoa flavor develops along with roasted barley and a milk chocolate-y sweetness. Hint of licorice and tobacco. Finish has some baking chocolate bitterness with earthy peat and lingering roasted barley. Medium-bodied with a fairly carbonated feel. Maybe even a little over carbonated. Not bad though.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber. Pours jet black, with a thick foamy dark tan head. The head on this is nearly brown in color. Head disappears very quick. Espresso aroma, slightly smoky and charred. Deep roasty flavor, charred again. Flavor fades into some bitterness, with only a hint of espresso. Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation. Kind of disappointing, I was expecting more flavor, especially from the name.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with an insane amount of tan carbonated head. Took several pours to get an acceptable amount into my glass. Aroma of dark chocolate and slight roast malt. Initial flavor is more chocolate than coffee. After taste was slightly dryer than the initial flavor and it did not linger on for very long. Lots of carbonation, some lacing, medium body, light on the alcohol. The beer was drinkable, simple in flavor.

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

Very nice looking beer-deep black with a healthy looking tan head. Rather average aroma. Grainy and roasted thats about all. Heavy roasted flavors with a leaning towards chocolate malt. Mild espresso. Ok mouthfeel-very drying in the finish. Drinkable enough but could use a bit of an umph to make it really stand out. Good enough beer for the price for sure.

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

12/24/08- Purchased at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black in color with a two fingered head. Stays with a nice rim for a while and leaves some light spotty lace.

Smell- Very highly roasted malt with a light burnt scent. Some pungent hops and some burnt coffee notes.

Taste- Picture Guinness with a bit of a punch and a bit more flavor. Pretty smooth with a sharp roasted and burnt flavor. Coffee is pretty prevelant as well as a super dark chocolate flavor. There is, however, an annoying slight sourness that hangs around for the entire beer. Mainly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to lower carbonation level. Medium mouthfeel...guessing this is about a 7% or so beer. Light sour hint at the end of the swallow.

Drinkability- Get rid of the sour and you have a really nice American made foreign stout. It went very well with the oyster stew we made for Christmas Eve dinner.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to miketd, one more in a long line of good BAs, who dropped this into a springtime trade as an extra. A new brewery for me.

Opens with a firecracker 'pop' that foreshadows serious carbonation. The pour takes...forever. Points off! Make me wait for my beer for five minutes & I get cranky. Brown head races for the sky at the slightest provocation. Eventually it takes on a proper black hue. Smell is all about scorched, blackened something or other: extreme roasts leavened with mild chocolate.

Old Mammoth Stout leads with the helmet, which appears to be made of charred, singed, wildfire blasted wood. That was then boiled with charcoal. An engagement of cocoa steps onto the tracks & gets run over, as does a dash of drying, slightly bittering hops. The carbonation is, surprisingly, not terribly distracting - present & accounted for, only slightly detracting from the experience. Although it's making me want to belch, mightily. This bomber was split with my wife, which is fortunate, or I'd be repeating all night.

Overall? Wildly roasted, toasted brew without a lot else going on. But I like roast. Bring it on! Good beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a pitch black. There is no opaqueness to light. The beer has a massive three finger lightly creamed coffee colored head. There was not alot of retention of the head. The beer left thick lacing behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a medium roasted coffee smell. There was a whisp of chocolate to the beer. There was nice piney hop smell under the surface.

Taste: The beer has a good medium roasted coffee mocha flavor. There is a nice piney hop taste in the beer. The hops are a bit boisterous in the taste but I like it.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is just shy of a medium bodied beer. The beer drinks very well. This is a highly sessionable beer.

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Photo of meatyard
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Altbock for another gifted brew from his hometown.

Pours an opaque black with a tan head that fills half my 20 oz. nonic. The head recedes slowly without lacing. The large head that forms with each pour gets to be a bit annoying.

The smell is medium roasted malt and a hint of it's taste sweetness.

The taste is somewhat mild but has a steady production of toasted malt. There is chocolate in the flavor plus sweetness but this is mainly about the malt which is OK, it's just not complex in any way.

Mouthfeel is medium but I think there is too much carbonation. When the beer foams up in your mouth the way this one does in the glass it just seems like too much.

Drinkability: There is nothing wrong with this beer that a few tweaks couldn't improve. It wasn't meant to be anything huge, it seems. It is a pleasantly drinkable stout but I don't think it fits the FES style particularly closely. (You do have to give it some credit for holding onto it's huge carbonation throughout the bottle.)

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Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i must have been keeping this onw nice and warm...it frickin blew up in my face. well, it didn't blow up so much as erupt; real sudsy...all over my floor. apparently well carbonated

the suds i keep eating so that they don't cascade down the bottle are bitter
the beer is very dark. so dark, in fact, that no light escapes. it smells strongly of dark. and slightly smokey. doesn't taste so much like that, though. it's pretty sweet, with a roasty edge (with a little coffee within)

it's a nice stout. my only concern is that it's a little one-dimensional

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

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bland gray label of the Ohio flag that has a barrel in the center of it. Over the flag is an oval with the name of the beer in it. To the far left of the label is where you'll find the Government warning and to the far right is where you'll find the barcode and the address of the brewery. Don't waste your time looking for a date because Buckeye doesn't date their bottles.

Appearance: I decided to pour this Ohio born Foreign Stout into my Imperial Sly Fox pint glass. Make sure you pour this beer slowly into your glass because my first pour was nothing but foam. After about 10 minutes, liquid started to form under the massive wall of foam. The beer was black as coal, but it wasn't a pitch black color. Light was able to penetrate the beer's color to create dark cola brown highlights along the sides. As for the massive head of foam that I spoke of earlier, that was mocha in color. Every pour of this beer made the head of foam rise up like bread in the oven. And every time this massive head of foam receded, it left behind small streaks and spots of lace. A good appearance, but that head of foam sure was annoying to deal with.

Smell: I thought the aroma was going to be roasted as hell, but I quickly learned that that aroma was sweet first and roasted second. The first sweet roasted flavor that came to me was that of some lightly roasted coffee beans. Following the coffee were some dark roasted malts, a hint of milk chocolate, a dab of sweet caramel, and a spatter of roasted hops. When this beer was swirled around, I found out that it had a surprise aroma waiting for me. When it was swirled around, I got the scent of spearmint leaves. It was an unusual aroma, but i thought it complemented the beer very well.

Taste: The taste came on strong, but it wasn't strong in flavor. Instead the beer came on strong with a huge taste of carbonation. Backing up the beer's high level of carbonation was the beer's dry roasted flavors. These dry roasted flavors consisted of dry roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, black cherries, and a quick splash of dry roasted hops at the finish line. There was no sign of the spearmint in the taste. It's probably a good thing that it was isolated only to the aroma. It was an above average dry roasted beer, but I still think it could have toned down the carbonation a bit. If it did lower the carbonation, then more dry roasted flavors would probably emerge from the background.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied Foreign Stout with loads and loads of carbonation and a full flavored dry roasted aftertaste. This aftertaste contained roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, black cherries, dark chocolate, and a pinch of roasted hops. This dry roasted aftertaste lingered on in the back of my mouth for quite some time.

Drinkability: I expected this Buckeye to be pretty good Stout and let me just say that I wasn't disappointed. It had all the dark roasted flavors I was looking for, but I think the carbonation level was a bit too much for this beer. If you're looking to try a good roasted Buckeye beer, then get yourself a Mammoth Stout. Just remember to pour it slowly into your glass.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: As others have noted, this beer explodes in the glass producing a billowy tan head takes a while to descend onto the black liquid; not much lacing action

Smell: Cocoa and coffee, with both roasty and sweet elements

Taste: Rather sweet, up front, with chocolate and mocha flavors building through mid-palate; the sweetness fades, after the swallow, allowing some roast to balance out the profile

Mouthfeel: Without swirling the beer and letting the head dissipate, the beer is overcarbonated; once the head is gone, the mouthfeel is much better, with a medium to full body and more gentle carbonation

Overall: Carbonation problems seem to plague this brew but, putting that aside, it is a pretty nice beer

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Old Mammoth Stout from Buckeye Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 53 ratings