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BlackHawk Stout | Court Avenue Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Court Avenue Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.13%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dry oatmeal stout. Coffee, roast and chocolate flavors throughout, very smooth body from the addition of flaked oats. The use of six different malts makes this a very complex beer.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice black color with a mocha colored head. I had it in the restaurant portion of the pub while dining with my wife and kids on our way to Kansas City. There was a mild coffee nose that was pleasant and not overdone but also wasn't so faint you got your nose wet. The flavor had a slight smoke and coffee character. The finish was surprisingly clean after all the smoke and coffee led me to expect otherwise. I graded it a B-.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It was poured a dark, brown with a thick, foamy one finger head. It left very nice lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malts and chocolate.

T - It tasted of malt, toffee, chocolate and caramel. Slightly sweet with a bitter kick at the end.

M - It was dry and crisp. It is medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good stout. It did seem to be more of an Irish Dry Stout, but they call it a Foreign/Export Stout.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Melted dark chocolate brown with lighter brown edges. The cap was one finger of oatmeal colored creaminess that deflated in minutes, but still managed to deposit a great deal of lace. Each mouthful left a fat ring on the glass and each ring was connected by a near solid sheet. This was a serious looking stout and was one of the best looking brewpub beers that I've had in a while.

There wasn't much of interest in the nose. Even though there was almost no head left by the time I got around to aroma assessment, there was very little of note. Simple roasted malt with almost no accessory aromas. Simple and forgettable.

The Court Avenue website calls Blackhawk a foreign/export stout. To me, however, it fits squarely into the Irish dry stout category. It's fairly weakly malted, although it probably grabs one of the lower rungs of the Irish dry stout ladder.

Coffee was the dominant flavor. Specifically, bitter coffee grounds more than rich, creamy coffee. It tasted as though an insufficient amount of malt was roasted to within an inch of its life, bringing out a good deal of bitter astringency. Some of the bitterness may have been due to hops since I picked up a little lemon citrusiness, but I'm still standing by my over-roasted black malt theory.

The finish was medium in length, slightly mineral-like and as bitter and as dry as lovers of the Irish dry stout style could want. And then some. The mouthfeel was light and close to fizzy. While ease of drinkability was high, the unrelenting bitterness began to annoy by the end of the pint.

Blackhawk Stout looks great, but that's where the love affair ends. I've never been partial to Irish dry stouts. For those who like that sub-style above all others, and who find themselves in the Court Avenue Brewing Company, this wouldn't be a bad choice.

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BlackHawk Stout from Court Avenue Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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