Shakedown Stout | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Shakedown StoutShakedown Stout

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Somebody said this drinks like a Black IPA and they are spot on - the problem is it has all the intense roastiness of an imperial stout, plus a bitter finish. Makes for a less than enjoyable beer. Really surprised at all the high ratings on this one.

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Photo of travelguy
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black. Very smooth tasting with a balanced hop presence. Coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Full bodied. 8 abv.

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Photo of SHDoyle
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Description: Black with no light coming through, like a stout should be. Small amount of slightly off-white head. Smell is roasty and smoky but overall not a very rich, full aroma. A bitter, roasty taste that's more dark chocolate than anything else. Kind of hoppy for a stout and really reminded me of a rich, black IPA. The feel was nice: not quite syrupy but has some velvetiness [Is that a word?] and is low carbonation.

Suggested food pairing: Pot roast

If you like this beer then you should also try: Rasputin

Overall: 4 (This beer is good and I may or may not have it again) Pretty decent beer but nobody would mistake it for a really elite stout. If this stout were on a basketball team, it would be the eighth or ninth player in the rotation. It has some abilities. It can help you out here and there. Maybe if there are a few injuries you temporarily insert this stout into the starting lineup, but it'll never be an all-star.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a jet black color with about an inch of head with lacing present.

Smell: Roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, and hints of pine.

Taste: Tastes sort of like a black IPA. Hops definately shining through but there is also roast and chocolate coming through.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is probably the most hopped up stout I have tasted. This is on the border of drinking more like a black IPA but it is tasty. I will definately revisit this one next year when it returns!

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Photo of GregA135
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter - dark brown/black with a thin tan head

Smell - Coffee, chocolate and vanilla

Taste - I was actually taken back with the instant hop taste, was hoping more for the chocolate and vanilla to be upfront, but instead had more of those flavors in the aftertaste

Creamy mouth feel, moderate carbonation, a heavy brew for sure.

An enjoyable stout

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Photo of brian44556
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's Tulip. Bottled on 1/6/16.

Pours an ink color w/ a thick chocolate head. Great lacing...carbonation bubbles slowly creep from the bottom keeping the head afloat.

Initial smells of smoky campfire, hickory, chocolate, roasted nuts, pine resin, and a touch of booze.

This one is boozy upfront, notes of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, with a nice bitter backbone. This one reminds me more of a Black IPA than a stout.

Creamy mouthful, great body, well carbonated.

Very drinkable...I love the bitter hop profile. Fathead's does a great job hopping this one up as they do all their beers.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid stout. The beer pours an opaque black with thick rich tan head that is leaving a lace. The scent is earth and peat with hints of espresso. The taste follows the scent quite nicely.....with an addition of anise. The mouthfeel is fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall.....oh yeah....daddy likie!

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Photo of gcamparone
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade.

Pours a inky black body with a brown frothy head that reduces slowly to leave heavy retention and lacing.

Aromas of campfire and smokeyness are predominate, light coffee and chocolate. On the tongue is a dry stout flavor, smoke, milk chocolate and coffee with a slightly roasty bitter aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

Decent stout, nice drinker.

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Photo of gopens44
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No complaints on the appearance of this one, as it could have been a stunt double for nearly every quality stout out there - dark as oil with light capturing deep, dark brown along the edges with a thick coppery mocha head, leaving behind fairly sticky lacing.

Nose would have been better had it not been muted, but what I did get was great. Slightly nutty, hints of coffee and mostly dark chocolate after that.

Taste was absolutely delightful. As advertised in the aroma, bits of coffee pieced through first, followed by a much more stubborn dark chocolate that was even appropriately bitter for the taste. Let me stop there - when I say "appropriately bitter", this is to say that what I received in bitterness was just that - the bitter associated with dark chocolate. Nothing hop related. This small detail is what really blew me away with this stout.

Finally, we reach the sensation of drinking this, which is to say that while it seemed heavy, it was also creamy and drinkable without crossing into the too thin territory. Only a fleeting aftertaste of bitter, nothing cloying, nothing lingering too long. I loved this beer and think any stout fan that has this available should be giving it a whirl.

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Photo of TequilaTom
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a thick, creamy beige head. Smells of dark roast coffee and piney hops. Tastes like it smells, absolutely divine. IMHO, this is one of the best imperial american stouts I've had. Very heavy and filling, as it should be. I'd like to have another, but one is all I can do. A nice beer to have by the fire on a cold winter's day. Will have to see if I can get some this December. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I let this age 8 months and drank in a sniffer at 58 this pours black with a 3finger head smells of cocoa and coffee with a hint of smoke taste the same O So good

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Dark oil body. Tan thick bubble head. A lot of head with aggressive pour. Lacing.

Smell - Urine. Pine. Chocolate. Coffee. Citrus.

Taste - Slight chocolate and coffee. Marshmallow and citrus. Pine and bitter finish.

Feel - Little too much carbonation bomb. Hollow but heavy.

Overall - I did not like this stout when I first had it. I let it sit in the back of my fridge for a few months. I can't say I don't like it now. I like the black IPA style and this does not fall far from the tree.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/27/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine and roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BeerMeColorado
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy for sure. Maybe a little too much for my liking in a stout. Guess you could put it in the Cascadian or Black IPA category. Of call it an "American style" stout. I prefer my stouts to be coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit or vanilla notes. Just sayin...

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle ina snifter, this American imperial stout pours a thick blackish brown with a nice tan head and fantastic lacing. Nose of DEEPLY roasted malts, strong bittering hops, and some residual sugar sweetness. Flavors follow the nose with strong burnt flavors of chocolate and caramel malts that mingle with a seriously strong hop bitterness that takes this into the black IPA category. Slick and very coating, this stout slides down easy and has a harsh bitter hops aftertaste even with it's high degree of carbonation. Bitter finish. An IPA or black IPA drinkers stout.

Beefy, but bitter finish.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Fatheads Pittsburgh

A- pours black as night with a one-finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a thin film, nice lacing left behind

S- charred toasted malt up front leads to aromas of coffee and dark chocolate malt, undertones of pine and citrus hop

T- dark chocolate malt base with some smoky charred notes, hints of coffee kick in mid-palate before giving way to citrus and piney hops that continue into the finish with more coffee with more char and dark chocolate on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy finish

O- nice blend of piney hops and charred chocolate malt, drinks like a black ipa

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous stout: dark and inky, topped with a very firm mocha head, with excellent retention and great lacing.

Fairly subdued and traditional imperial stout aroma: roast coffee, a touch of chocolate, some dark fruit, and a hint of yeast esters. Toffee and marshmallow underneath the powerful roast.

Flavor closely follows the nose: a bit of dark fruit (not at all tart, though); tons of roasted barley and coffee flavor; exceptionally bitter dark chocolate flavor; grassy, vegetal hops tinged with more citrus than I would have expected. Citrus peel aftertaste.

Very drinkable and big; pretty thick stout. Long, lingering finish, coating the mouth with bitter hop oils.

This is a very good, very drinkable stout. It's not breaking any new ground, but it does everything very well.

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Photo of Omnium
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory Sam Adams Glass

A - Pitch black with a thick two finger tan head, thick lacing. This is what you want your stouts to look like
S - Some roasted malt and coffee takes a back seat to a very grassy and earthy tone, definitely hops in here.
T - More bitter and bitey than I want my stouts to be, lots of coffee, and some bitter baking chocolate with some roasted malt, smokiness comes through in the end.
M - Very bitter and burnt feel
O - Its got too much bite, there's potential here but for once fat heads needs to tone down the hops.

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Photo of Bone53
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label asks if this is a black ale or a stout. This is indeed a black ale, no questions asked... And i certainly can tell. This beer is misclassified. If it were labeled as a black ipa, im sure this would be world class status, rivaling west coast offerings such as firestone walker, stone, and lagunitas. However, its classified as a stout and gets lost in the mix. If i want a black ipa, this is the one ill reach for. Cheers!

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Photo of jp32
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black in color. Thick, heavy, fluffy, cappuccino colored head. Has some of the best foam on top that I've seen in a while.

I think this is quite hoppy for an Imperial Stout. The strong hop taste seems to take over all the flavors I was expecting to be here. Mouthfeel is nice, but honestly could be a touch bigger. This reminds me of a black ipa more than it does a stout.

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Photo of Syncro-Vox
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, good head retention, but the head isn't quite dark enough for an imperial stout in my opinion.

The aroma is dominated by green hops. This is kind of weird for an imperial stout, I think.

The taste is a little more balanced. The green hops are certainly there, but there is at least enough roastiness to convince me that this beer is a dark color if I had decided to taste it blindfolded.

"Is it a Stout or an American Black Ale?" the labels asks. Folks, this is an American black ale for sure. I'm not sure if it was intended to be an imperial stout or was misclassified, but it's too dank and not malty enough to be an stout.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me in a pint glass on-tap at a happy hour near where I live, this beer draws a very dark brown, almost black color that is not interested in letting in any light. Has a creamy/frothy looking tan/medium brown head about 2/3 inch thick when first served to me that settles fairly thin ring lining the inside of the glass with some very nice lacing along the inside of the glass. Aromas of roasted malts along with hints of coffee and chocolate are nicely present. Flavor wise this beer has a heavily roasted, dark malt presence that gives way to mildly sweet chocolate notes and roasted coffee bitterness. Also a nice hop presence to round out the flavor profile. Has a sloth fly crisp, but mainly smooth, creamy and frothy, slightly prickly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Another very good offering from Fathead's that is well worth a try!


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Photo of hosehead83
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown/black pour creating a huge, rocky cloud-deck of alluring tan foam.
Aroma-Heady bouquet of dark roasted malt, coffee, and a big piney hop presence lurking in the background.
Taste-Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, big onrush of piney/citrus hops. Wave after wave of flavor. Creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable for the strength. More like an imperial black IPA but with the body and flavor of an imperial stout. Hops and dark malts are in full harmony with a captivating flavor and character. Great for hop-heads and stout lovers.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was able to find this in the 12 dollar mix section so fairly cheap at 2 dollars a bottle. Into a pint glass.

A - Pretty damn good so far a medium pour produced a rocking 2 inches of deep mocha head atop a very dense deep stout blackness.
S - I can some some chocolate malts beneath the balanced resinous hops and roasty char.
T - Somewhat sweet chocolate tones rushed beneath the dry husk of earthy hops and finish with a somewhat roasty twang. It's good!
M - For the ABV its quite smooth somewhat watery but great balanced beer.

Overall I mixed 3 of these that day and I can't wait to crack the other two. Probably would pick this up if it's going to be made regularly!

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Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Strong hoppy notes up front including earthy, piney, and resiny hop notes. Slight baker's chocolate aroma with clean fermentation characteristics.

Appearance: Dense black pour with a tan and sudsy brown head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Dense baker's chocolate with grassy & piney hop flavors. Balance is heavy handed to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly resinous and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A hoppy, classic American stout. Fat Head's delivers again. Well done and will seek out again.

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