Pistols At Dawn
Lonerider Brewing Company

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American Stout
Ranked #24
Ranked #3,256
4.19 | pDev: 9.31%
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Pistols At DawnPistols At Dawn
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Super impressed by this. By far the best thing i've had from Lonerider. Fantastic mouthfeel and melding of the cocoa, coffee, and dark malt flavors.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an impy nonic jet black like crude oil,a half finger deep mocha colored head atop.Great aromas of roast,chocolate,and molasses,there is a hint of vanilla thrown in there as well,it smells very rich.A full smooth feel with the oats providing a nice creamy texture.Flavors are deeply roasted with a hefty amount of chocolate and lactos sweetness,a hint of raw earthiness in the finish.A real nice "big" stout, the use of oats makes for a smooth creamy brew.

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Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Tasty Beverage

Looks pretty close to black under a thin, tan head. Smells of real dark chocolate and coffee. A bit more coffee in the flavor, bittersweet chocolate, dark malt, and fudgy cake. Fairly rich and malty overall, but not overly sweet or cloying. Noticeable creaminess from the oats and chewy-ish mouthfeel. Very nice, but $18 a bottle is a little ridiculous. I'm happy I came across this on tap though...

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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 brentk56
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a thin tan film that fades to a ringlet though it does leave some leggy dots behind

Smell: Chocolate fudge with a hint of coffee

Taste: Surprisingly roasty on the front end, with a developing milk chocolate and oatmeal character; by mid-palate, the hops add a bit of citrusy balance; after the swallow, the coffee adds another dimension, though the chocolate and roast flavors fade away a bit too abruptly

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with low carbonation

Overall: Despite the lack of carbonation and a slight deficiency in the persisitence of the flavor, this is a very nice American Stout - we have quite a few nice Imperial Stouts brewed in NC but this may be the best in the American Stout category

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark, dark no light getting through this... creamy thick tan head very nice... nose is of coffee, light, pleasant non astringent... Taste of creamy, milk chocolate slightly sweet coffee on the back great compliment not overpowering. There just enough just great... Mouthfeel is creamy, no booze burn... dangerous could easily finish this without thinking twice... 15 dollar price tag is steep worth the bomber yes... buy another if I can find it... yea probably :)

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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 bcrossan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Soto
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jak
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Photo of markgugs
3.24/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Neat looking beer, and the cap is cool too, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon home with my little girl, watching star wars on my birthday. Thanks to Beerness for this one, 2013 vintage, the bottle code could be telling me 3/15 but not sure.

Pours a dark mocha colored 1/2 finger fizzy bubbly head that starts to disappear fairly quickly and leaving bubble swirls around, no real lacing but decent legs for a 7.5%, pitch black beer with no light even getting through the thin parts.

Nose layers itself with chocolate, dark choc, baker's, some cocoa powder, rich cocoa nib, just waves of different chocolate, even a little fudgey. Some caramel malts in there as well but mostly drowned by the chocolate, a faint hint of roast and coffee but not much, a big dark roasty black malt that could be overbearing but probably not, hint of fluffy nougat and creamy oats, hint of lactose and milk chocolate.

Taste again loads up with layers of chocolate, and quite creamy, thick, little lush and velvety like. Brings nice chewy malts and chocolate, fudgey cocoa, not dry cocoa powder though, big baker's chocolate and milk chocolate. Nice creamy oat flavor and chewy like, even a little dry lactose later, adding to the big creamy feel and taste. Later there is a mild coffee note, mild to med roast coffee with a little roasty malt as well, little caramel and candy bar notes. The big dark malt flavor comes through but doesn't get acrid or overbearing, maybe some age helped that. A hint of bitterness in the background. Finishes a bit drier, mild lactose dry finish, little more bitter roast and hint more coffee, coats the mouth a bit with thick chocolate and creamy oats.

Mouth is quite thick and fudgey, creamy, lush, bit chewy and heavy, no real booze, nice carbonation too.

Overall pretty nice, the malts are great with that super dark malt flavor without acrid roast or harshness, so much great chocolate layers, creamy tasty, pretty nice. Just wish there was a bit more coffee, but that could be the age showing its... uh, age.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2014 Vintage from a 16 oz tall boy can

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint deep cola brown + garnet red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan/mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts, rich fudge-like chocolate, and coffee beans. Very light notes of vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts with a light amount of caramel + molasses sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of rich fudge-like chocolate and fresh coffee. Finally there is a light amount of vanilla and a light lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Thick and creamy + oily.

O: A very nice, very enjoyable, and easy to drink "big" stout. Wonderful complexity/layers of flavors and aromas which only improve as the beer warms up. Definitely one to grab again and glad I found it this year since the bottle that was an Xmas gift for me last year was dropped in the driveway and broke.

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Photo of beer2day
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Dark chocolate brown pour. Near black. 1/2 finger dark cocoa head.

Nose is cocoa and coffee as expected, with a light roast malt component. Getting a fair amount of chocolate, too.

More cocoa than coffee in the flavor. Chocolate sneaks in too. Nice bitters in the end. Really nice to get all this flavor at only 7.5% abv.

Smooth, creamy body. Not too heavy , but stands up well against the rich flavors.

Overall, I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 22 oz bottle at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Dark brown; clear but near opaque in my snifter.

Coffee! Coffee at or higher than a Founders Breakfast Stout level. But it lacks the richness, complexity and balance of the best coffee stouts. Very mild bitterness; in fact lightly sweet until the more or less balanced finish.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with robust, creamy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Simple, but nice.

T: Roasted malts here as well with dark chocolate and robust coffee. The finish is roasty with a bit of charred bitterness.

M: Medium-thick body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer is surprisingly drinkable.

O: A good beer, overall. Not terribly complex, but tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of AuburnDude
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have done numerous blind taste testing with other Breakfast stouts and Pistols at Dawn ALWAYS is selected as the best. This could become Lonerider's must have beer and most sought after beer, like Heady Topper, etc.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ncstateplaya
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and opaque in the glass with a half finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Sweet and roasted malt aroma with silky chocolate, roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, toffee and burnt toast.  Very inviting nose with a nice balance of roast and sweet chocolate malt notes.

Lighter bodies than expected and slightly watered down with a balance of sweet and roasted malt notes.  Subtle alcohol presence but not too hot.  Some sweet chocolate flavor but could be more smooth/silky.  Hints of toffee, oatmeal, coffee and burnt toast but not too roasty.  A bit dry but not harsh or acrid.  Well balanced but doesn't quite live up to the nose.

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Photo of sumit
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of mbbransc
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 mattsmith413
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

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