Black Lab Stout | McKenzie Brew House

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McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 06-02-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Beejay:
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass at the new Malvern location. The beer poured a deep brown, nearly black color with a thick tan head with nice bubbles. The aroma was a pleasing mix of coffee and chocolate with a bit of molasses. The taste was well balanced with the roasted coffee, chocolate and a bit of caramel sweetness to round it out. With a medium body, I found this stout to be very drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A black body with mahogany edges is capped by a creamy tan head that holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar. It does, however, leave some minor spotty lace.

The nose expresses cold black coffee with a touch of yeasty fruitiness and a waft of background hops.

It's smooth with a medium body that borders on creaminess due to its gentle, restrained carbonation.

The flavor delivers rich, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and almost burnt but still sweet caramel. It's very well balanced and not overly acidic with dark malts; and it finishes dry with notes of grassy and spicy hops.

Very nice!

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Photo of buzzy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of rdrummer
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, I've seen reviews comparing this to Guiness. It is much better than any Guiness that I've tasted. It is also not the best stout that I've ever had, but I enjoyed it. It pours a nice black color with a nice head and huge lacing, as expected. The aroma is one of roasted malt, coffee, and a little caramel. The taste is predominantly roasted malt with those hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. It has a very smooth feel in the mouth and could easily lead to multiple beers.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark black with a mild red tint when held to the light. A fluffy, off white head floats on top and slowly fades out into a a mild collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of coffee, black patent malts, roasted malts, bitter cocoa, and anise seeds.
Taste is of the same aromas without much of else jumping out at me.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly fizzy, and bitter.
Not really a knock-your-socks off brew but it's not bad. It was my drink of choice while hanging out in the Underground Pub nightclub.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from growler that was recently purchased and brought back for me by friends.

Pours black with slight fuby highlights and a thin, lasting head.

The smell is of chocolate with some mild dark fruitiness and a roasted character.
The taste is of sweet chocolate with some bitter black coffee. Hints of dark fruits emerge but remain subtle. Very slight smokiness from roasted grains. Remains sweet with a slight bitterness to control it. Slight hints of alcohol.
Medium-bodied and smooth.
Nice flavors. Not really robust, but tasty.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black with a 1" tan colored head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: chocolate and coffee are easily detectable.

Taste: nice roasted malt profile with some chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Mild bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: light crisp start with a smooth finish. Medium bodied which is a little lighter than most other stouts.Very short roasted aftertaste.

Drinkability: very easy since it is well balanced and quite flavorful. Definitely one to try if visiting McKenzie's.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours real dark brown, borderline black with a minimal head as this one was filled to the brim. Hints of both chocolate and espresso in the nose. Flavor profile is straightforward and very agreeable. Pleasant roasted malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate & a touch of fruit in the finish. Smooth, but a bit thin in the mouth. Absolutely a solid & drinkable stout, but not quite on par with the exquisite bottled selections this brewpub has to offer.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with abundant caramel head that seetles nicely atop and plenty of lacing.

S: Rosated and sweet malts and some hoppy notes.

T: Smoky, sweet malts dominate, espresso and dark chocolate follow and a dry finish. This is how I like my stouts.

M: Creamy and some bubbly carbination and a long smoky dry finish.

D: This is a great winter quaffer. A little too much ABV for a seesion but something I could drink all day.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed at the brewpub. presented as a bark brown almost black beverage with tannish puffy head. Smell is a nice combination of toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Taste is coffee-like with a background of caramel. Nice creamy mouthfeel that was very refreshing. Finished with a slight dryness that compliments the toasted maltiness well. A very nice brew.

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Photo of ljbrisson
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered on tap, received in a pint glass, with about an inch of light tan head with good lacing, but looked like it sat a minute or two before it reached the table. Appearance was almost black in colour. Mouthfeel is heavy but loose. Strong roasted coffee tones, with bitter chocolate and a bit of anise. Strong bite towards the finish with a bit of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn good stout from the fine folks at McKenzies. This brew is a dark black colour with red edges and a nice khaki head of foam that leaves nice lacing. The aromas are of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and the usual. The taste is a tad bit nutty up front, roasty in the middle, and chocolate-like in the finish, a nice combo-platter if you ask me. The mouthfeel is a *tad* thin if you ask me, but the drinkability remains excellent. I don't find this similar to Guinness, but it is a bit similar to Shakespeare...

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Photo of AltBock
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on-tap at the McKenzie Brew House in Glen Mills on 5/17/200, but I decided to take this one home with me in one their growlers. They listed the specification at 12.5 Plato, 5.7% ABV, and 20 IBUs. I decided to to serve this beer in my Sly Fox Imperial pint glass.

I honestly didn't think that this beer was going to be this black. It was a solid coffee black with no highlights anywhere in sight. The head of foam could have been a little better. On top of this beer was a thin less than 1/2 inch head of tan colored foam. This head of foam had OK retention that left behind a handful of tan rings and about 2 spots of tan lace. I still can't get over how black this beer really was!

At least this beer doesn't smell like a black lab that's been outside all day. This black lab reeks heavly of roasted coffee beans. This roasted coffee aroma took over the entire aroma. It was hard to pick out the roasted malts, chocolate, and hops that were hiding in the background.

The taste was just like the aroma, heavy on the roasted coffee beans. But this time, it let the roasted malts, dark chocolate, and roasted hops shine through a little more. That would have been nice if it had stopped there. When this beer really warms up, the malts get a little sour and a small touch of spring water emerges from the back and ends the taste after the roasted hops. Not too much water, but I could still taste a little bit of it.

The mouthfeel to this beer is medium bodied with a dark and roasted aftetaste of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. This aftertaste won't stick around for too long.

If this Black Lab doesn't have a name, then I choose I'm going to name it "coffee." That's a good choice for a name because this beer just loved the coffee. Everywhere this beer went, roasted coffee beans followed it. I wouldn't mind having this coffee beer again. It's a good thing this is one of their year round beers.

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Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Black Lab Stout from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 15 ratings