Pistols At Dawn | Lonerider Brewing Company

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Pistols At DawnPistols At Dawn

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Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
High noon will have to take a backseat as the fresh morning air is perfect for a duel. We present our stout brewed with roasted malts, oats, lactose, and locally produced chocolate and coffee. A rich, dark velvety beer with a fine oatmeal flavor.

Added by beer2day on 11-06-2012

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Photo of RollDamnTide
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SawDog505
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1000 review and a very nice stout to hit that number, thanks @jzeilinger for another excellent beer. Poured into my favorite Lost Abbey long stim tulip glass at near room temperature, vintage 2016. Pours, very dark near jet black, with a 2 plus finger mocha is head, that has excellent retention as it settles into a thin khaki layer of bubbles.

Smell is baker's chocolate, roasty expresso, vanilla, toffee, heath bar,and a hint of warming alcohol.

Taste follows cocoa nibs, roasty coffee, vanilla bean, toffee, heath bar, and a little hint of Kahlua in the lip smacking finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty darn big and vicious, kind of creamy, moderate carbonation, maybe a touch dry as you would expect, and drinks very easy for its ABV.

Overall this is a very one dimensional, but delicious dessert beer. No tricks, exactly what you would expect from its description on the can and that is not a complaint at all.

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Photo of tone77
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some coffee. Taste is big on chocolate, coffee is present but in the background, light bitterness at the finish, no alcohol flavor. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown/borderline black in color with a thick, creamy, toffee colored layer, sticky lacing.

S - The nose is filled with cocoa, cream, and some dark roast bitterness.

T - Consistent from start to finish, starts strong and ends strong. Cocoa, cream, roasted dark chocolate and ends with a lingering dark roasted bitterness. At 9%, the ABV is completely hidden and no warming on the way down. Impressive.

M - Full and creamy body.

O - Never heard of this brewery, never heard of this beer, and glad I found it. Recommended.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint on tap at Rib Eye Jack's. Not listed on the menu, but after requesting a cranberry stout, the waitress piped up and said there's also Pistols at Dawn. Hadn't heard of it before in my neck of the woods, but with a name like that it's hard to go wrong. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance - Bold and black like engine oil or fresh roasted espresso. A fine cap of deep tan head lingers on top. Impressive retention, some lacing. A great looking beer.

Smell - Really solid. Leaning chocolate, but hints of vanilla and definitely some mellow coffee in the nose. Very well integrated.

Taste - Like the nose. Middling sweetness with the chocolate flavor being a dark chocolate, however not the darkest chocolate. Some bitterness too and a mocha like flavor comes into play once the coffee is involved.

Mouthfeel - Super smooth, and hard to believe this is 9%. Sat back and drank this thinking it was 6-7%. Great texture, just a little bit chewy and carbonation is spot on.

Overall - Pistols at dawn is an impressive American Stout that, I'm glad to have tried, but unlikely to get the opportunity to again. Certainly worth the cost and stacks up nicely with some of the best stouts out there.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of the celebration of the 2017 New Year here in PA includes the continued loosening of the restrictions on alcohol sales that have made our great & mighty Commonwealth MORE restrictive than Utah! Supermarkets are now allowed to sell beer and in quantities as low as singles. This may not seem like much, but for so long, Case Law was law. My local chains include Giant (eh) and Weis (decent) while others in the Commonwealth have Wegmans (coming) & Giant Eagle (I wish) and I scored this gem at the Red Rose Commons Weis for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Beer for Outlaws"; "Most Wanted Outlaw Series"; "High noon will have to take a backseat, as the fresh morning air is perfect for a duel."; "Pistols At Dawn is our brunch stout, a rich, dark velvety beer brewed with roasted malts, oats, lactose, exceptional cocoa nibs, and locally produced coffee from Counter Culture Coffee."; "Handcrafted".

Well, that was quick! My submitted pic has been approved & so a review CAN CANmence. As usual/always, it begins with a Crack! & inverted Glug to get the juices flowing & the beer pouring. I got an initial pseudo-cascade before I had to stop pouring or risk an overflow. I ended up with two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with great retention that began to leave sticky lacing in its wake as it slowly fell. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing garnet highlights at its edges. Nose had a heavy roastiness that I may or may not have associated with coffee. It was lightly smoky and definitely a dark beer of some stripe. Mouthfeel was thick, full and creamy! This coupled with the coffee, dark chocolate and light smokiness of the taste, put me in mind of an Arby's Jamocha shake. They may have the meats, but do they still have that shake? I have developed a mild lactose intolerance in my age and generally eschew ice cream and other dairy (unless it is cheese). This was really tasty, not at all sweet and in fact, sort of bitter. Finish was dry, bitter, but not overwhelming, which might be a CANcern. The 2016 batch shows as 9.0% ABV and did not drink at all like that. I was putting it down (perhaps) a little too rapidly. Perhaps the pistols were being aimed at me ... At any rate, this was a real find at my local (Lancaster, PA) Weis Market in Red Rose Commons and I have no regrets about its purchase.

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Photo of TTripp725
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center bump of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Big baker's chocolate aroma reminds me of freshly baked brownies. Coffee is there but not nearly as strong as the cocoa nibs. Hint of booze.

T- Flavor goes in the same direction as the aroma with loads of milk chocolate and a great accompanying roastiness from the coffee and malt. So smooth for the ABV and there's plenty of sweetness but it's kept in check by the bitterness of the hops and roast.

M- Soft, thick and somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Definitely leans more toward chocolate than coffee but it's super tasty and well-balanced. Lonerider does not get enough love in my opinion. Check this out to see what they are capable of.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneEye78
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright dark brown with ruby highlights under a ½” tan foam cap that recedes moderately fast.

S: An alluring scent of cocoa, coffee and grains with a mild oatmeal presence. The cocoa, coffee and malt aromas are medium.

T: Very luscious cocoa and coffee float on a bed of light caramel malt lightly sweetened with lactose with an oatmeal background that all works very well together. Very rich but well balanced with nothing cloying or overblown.

F: Very creamy medium full to full body with medium low carbonation.

O: An excellent stout well worth repeating.

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Photo of orangesol
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JandJMD
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a 20 oz glass at The Pit in downtown Raleigh, NC,
Look; Standard Stout, Very dark, almost black. I thin mocha head that vanished quickly, Moderate to light lacing.
Smell; Rich scorched malts, chocolate, roasted coffee.
Taste; Caramel, burnt grains, burnt toast, dark chocolate, figs, Very rich tasting/
Feel; Smooth, very little or no carbonation. Felt right for a stout.
Overall; Quite enjoyable, paired well with my plate of Que.

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Pistols At Dawn from Lonerider Brewing Company
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