Fallen Angel Sweet Stout | Empyrean Brewing Company

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Fallen Angel Sweet StoutFallen Angel Sweet Stout

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Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth-drinking, late-winter wonder. We’ve crafted this English-styled stout using roasted malts and a healthy dose of lactose sugar to produce a creamy-rich beer with hints of roasted chocolate.

17 IBU

Added by bditty187 on 02-21-2004

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 86
Photo of Moonshae_D
1/5  rDev -73.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not sure if this batch was infected or what, but smell and taste were both heavy vinegar. We tested all bottles, total drain pour. Awful, or as my wife puts it, "offal".

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BB June, year unknown, at 42 degrees into snifter
Aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to irregular one to three mm ring and no layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque, some sediment in bottle
Flavor slightly sour, some chocolate; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another great brew gift from the head of the industrial group from Nebraska.

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this fine sweet stout pours a dark muddled brownish black with a moderate light tan head of foam that dissipates to a thin pool and a thick ring with decent lacing. Nose of subdued dark chocolate, light coffee, and dark roasted malts. Flavors surpass the nose with dark malts, some smoke, mildly sweet bakers chocolate, and a light sweet lactose flavor on all sides that ends with a light coffee and sweet malt flavor. Smooth creamy mouth feel is aided by great carbonation. Coating yet lightly bitter malt aftertaste finishes lightly dry----perfect.



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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I went to the store looking for a solid stout to replenish my stout selection. Sometimes I just pick one, and hope for the best. For what it's worth I am expecting a lot, so keep that in mind.

It looks : almond/beige colored head, 2 fingers in height. Leaves generous jungles of lacing behind on the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown to black, maybe coffee colored. Held up to light brings a distant red glow.

It smells : coffee grounds, sliced almond, dark roast malts, a bit of a dirty smell. Hard to really pinpoint but at this time it seems this may be only a marginal stout.

It tastes : a bit on the light side, with a lean towards hoppiness. Coffee grounds, damp earth, milky oatmeal, and a bit of a roasty smoky aftertaste. The vague creamy milk character smooths it out.

Mouthfeel : as said, a bit on the light side, probably more medium bodied than anything. Buzzing carbonation. Ends rough, creamy and semi-dry.

Overall : wish I would have picked something else. But that's my own fault for expecting imperial quality out of a milk stout. For a milk stout it is easy drinking and sessionable, but don expect explosive flavors or drying alcohol on the palate.

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Photo of corywalston
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Slightly aggressive poor looks exactly like Dr Pepper even down to the head, with was ½ inch thick and dissipates quickly to 1/8 inch, then gone with only a film around the rim of the glass with islands of bubbles.
S. Oats, sweet, a little like Dr Pepper and cola.
T. Coffee, sweet almost like a milk stout. Cannot taste the alcohol nor yeast.
M. Feels like flat Dr Pepper. I must really want a Dr Pepper right now.
O. I like it. This would be a good for beginner stout drinker due to it being watered down. Average buzz for 5.6% ABV.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last sampled on 11/24/13. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a pilser glass.

Have had this one before since it is from the brewery that is just a hour west.

Pours a dark chocolate in color with some ruby highlights. Has a small tan head but leaves some good lacing when sipped. The aroma is of bitter sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Actually taste is even better with a touch of sweetness at the end. NO bitter aftertaste at all. One of my favorites!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

Look: Ruby cuts through a dark chocolate blackness. Cream colored head recedes to a film with random bubbles, light foamy lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate.

Taste: Mostly roasted malts and coffee/chocolate at first. The lactose and sugary sweetness come on later.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly dry.

Overall: A good session, probably on par with all of Empyrean's other brews.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fallen Angel stout pours a black color, with a small lacing white head. There really isn't anything as far as an aroma. The taste contains many roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate as well. Good full complete and complex flavor. Overall a good high quality stout.

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Photo of Duff27
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head disappeared quickly. Small collar left on a dark brown/black body. Some lacing left wih each sip.

Definite lactose working here, faint roastiness.

Very sweet, well representative of the style. A little toasty, plays well will th milk sugar.

Smooth, medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

Very good milk stout, nice and drinkable. Would be a good introductory for someone new to milk stouts. Good one Empyrean.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown with some amber. Nice sudsy pour in the big chalice. Not so aromatic.

At first there is some sugar on the lips, but then it tastes like scorched earth, burnt corn stalks. The aftertaste is more like flat cola. But in the middle is some dark roasted flavor and some hoppy bitterness. Very dry, even with the hint of sweet malt. It's the least sweet of any Sweet Stout I've tried. Some burnt caramel. A decent gulp for a glassful, but it would get tiresome.

From the 12 oz bottle bought in Denver somewhere. Glad to see Nebraska breweries making an appearance.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head that goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate malts with a little roast.

The flavor is sweet, grainy, lactic, chocolate and vanilla with a little acidic roast. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent sweet stout - a little too much on the sweet side for me.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige head. No lace. Color is a dark caramel brown.

Aroma: Roasted, sweet, and milky. Creamy chocolate.

Taste: Same as nose, but maybe a touch of coffee and some caramel here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends roasted.

Overall, a pretty decent beer. Fits the style well, but a little too roasted.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown pour that looks black in the glass. Loose, off white, tan head. About 2 fingers. Sticky lacing is splotchy

Faint lactose aroma. Coffee underneath. Roasted malt and almond bark.

A balanced taste. Sweet up front and in the end. Middle has a coffee tannin, cocoa. Soft licorice and nutty flavors come and go. Body tends to me smooth and creamy, but the tannin breaks it up.

Well balanced sweet stout. Carbonation is medium and leaves some of the sweet lactose in place

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Photo of budgood1
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is not a draft only beer now. available in bottles as of late. that said...

this stout pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle an unfiltered, completely opaque black colour with some ruby edges. meek and bubbly tannish head leaving sparse lace. subdued milk chocolate aroma with a touch of smoke. flavour profile is a delicate balancing act of chocolate malts and lactic notes which lean more towards the former in the overall scheme of things. bits of astringency peek in and out, as well as the slight sourish lactic notes. there is a kiss of floral hoppiness that is adequate to the overall taste profile, adding another dimension of interest. ample bodied for the style, really nice, with a smooth, slightly velvety mouthfeel that just seems so appropriate for this beer. really nice drinkability....tasty and easy going...about spot on for the style IMO.

overall this sweet stout is impressive in its ability to showcase the qualities that make this style interesting and flavourful without being big, brash or overwhelming in any way. i enjoyed this and would recommend for sampling on a late winters eve. yummy stuff!

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Photo of smartens
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and while 6 more weeks of winter sounds down right awful...its beers like this that makes it quite okay with me! This is labeled as a "late winter wonder", which is exactly the case!

Appearance: Dark Cola like appearance, came with a 3mm head

Smell: coffee/chocolate tones

Taste: lil coffee, lil chocolate...

Mouthfeel: termed a sweet stout, but without the thick motor oil texture of that famous stout of an emerald isle. Very drinkable due to its thinness.

Overall: Every person taste things different, but I will say this, when you've had enough shoveling of snow at the end of the day, reach for this beer! Consider it a consolation prize if you will...for Punxsutawney Phil's 2012 prediction!!

Serving type: on tap

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Photo of irish53b
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - good dark amber color with a snow white head leaves some lacing

S - sweeter smell almost like a Scotch Ale but milder, some hints of espresso

T - not a typical stout taste, nice roast flavor

M - very smooth with a decent amount of carbonation

D - very easy to drink and pairs nicely with fish and chips

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Photo of BigRedN
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes, consumed Sat. March 19. The only reason I even bothered to recount the night. I was totally surprised to find this on tap in a pool hall/lounge in Columbus, NE. First time having this style so I am a litle fuzzy with what to compare it too. In addition, as this is a winter seasonal, it is getting a little outside the season.

Appearance: Served in a standard pint glass (unchilled no less) emblazoned with the Empyrean logo. The beer is not numbingly cold. A good pour, left about 1/4 inch off white head which was gone by the time I had returned with the beer to the table. Left a ring around the glass and minimal lacing. The beer itself is black at the core, and dark red around the edges.

Smell: A little weak, lacking in big burnt, roasted malt. What was there was malty and of sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: Malty, again not high in the roasted malt, but I am guessing that is true to the style. Sweet, with flavors of milk chocolate and caramel. Did pair well with chocolate birthday cake.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat carbonated. Smooth.

Drinkability: An easy to drink stout, which is probably why it was on tap, it could appeal to someone looking to try something darker than BMC. A decent brew, one I will likely try again.

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Photo of bditty187
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Largely black in hue with some reddish highlights, it was served with only an off-white soapy collar of foam. The subsequent lacing was absent. The appearance is disappointing but rather typical of an Empyrean beer poured at Lazlo’s. Also it was served a little too cold, this is becoming the sad norm at Lazlo’s too. There is no question that the chilled temperature influenced the nose, it smelled cold. I waited until it warmed up before I returned to it, once at a reasonable temperature notes of sweet chocolate malts with a little roasted undercurrents were found. The potency is still small. The palate was very nice; there is a lovely mix of lightly roasted malts that produce flavors of coffee and sweet chocolate milk (aided by the lactose sugar I’m sure). A kiss of bitterness is found at the finish, which is also soft and flowing. Surprisingly clean as well. The palate is simple but tasty. I think Sweet Stouts are generally hard to impress, however Fallen Angel does represent the style well. Medium in body, the carbonation is a little firm; this does hurt the mouthfeel a bit. This is a decent beverage, easy and enjoyable to drink. It is good enough to try once.

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Fallen Angel Sweet Stout from Empyrean Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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