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Half Moon Stout | Penobscot Bay Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Penobscot Bay Brewery
Maine, United States
winterportwinery.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In 1609 Henry Hudson entered Penobscot Bay in the vessel the "Half Moon". Four hundred years later the Half Moon is back in Penobscot Bay! Based on an old porter recipe described as brave, proud, or "Stout". A one hour mash of pale, crystal, chocolate and wheat malts, and a large portion of roasted barley yield this dark, full-bodied stout with a heavy aroma of fresh roasted coffee. The mild Fuggles hops balances the bitterness.

Added by Casey10 on 01-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,982
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
29
pDev:
11.24%
Bros Score:
3.38
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Fitzy01
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmorris15
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zekeman17
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rpjordan
3.82/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 16, 2014.

It pours a very dark brown to just about black color with a lingering tan head. It looks like a stout should.

The aroma is overly sweet and sugary with less in the way of dark malts. Some milk chocolate,. But there is something off putting about it.

The body is light to medium but reasonably smooth.

The taste has this same sort of buttery, oily, dark malt and chocolate mix that I cannot describe in any other way. It really doesn't propel itself into anything special and tends to be too sweet.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NHSTEVE
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of RIKIM
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of n2185
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with three fingers of light tan head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet cocoa at first with notes of tart and sour fruits toward the finish.

T: Roasted malts here as well with tart cherry flavors coming through more than in the nose. There are subtler notes of char and chocolate.

M: Medium-thick body with mid-high carbonation, this beer has more carbonation than normal for the style, but not too much.

O: An alright stout overall, though I suspect an infection based on the high carbonation and tart fruit presence.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Competent stout, brought back from very recent Maine trip. Pours black and is lacey. A good roast nose. Above average mouthfeel. Dry Irish style finish. Grows on me to make it nicely drinkable.Chocolate, coffee. A tad acidic. Some decent hop bitterness.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark ruby-red coloring leading into black, with no head. Slick and wet looking on the pour. The nose is sweet, with chocolate and toffee notes, as well as some cookie tones. Flavors are light and dry, with rich hazelnut and chocolate notes on a roasty backbone. The aftertaste is rich and roasted, with a darkly sweet, smooth, and dry finish. The body was lacking throughout in order to support the flavor profile this stout brings to the table. Just seemed unbalanced throughout.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Lights out

SMELL: Roasty, slightly acrid, yeast, charcoal, woody

TASTE: Roasty grain, burnt sugar, woody hops, coffee, charcoal, ripe fruit, dried grass, earthy, overly roasty

Old school or to style, whatever your take is. Sipping it for what it is, the roasted twang gets the better of this brew. Lively and rustic, but the roasted flavors seem to take over the palate. If the roasted flavors were tamed a bit more, we'd have a clear winner. Worth a try at the very least.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Received in the Secret Santa BIF, consumed in January at a RB tasting. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of dark fruits, roasted malts, light chocolate, and light coffee. Nice but fruit forward.

t - Taste of dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and light vanilla. Pretty nice, not overly strong anywhere though.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation. A bit thin and undercarbonated.

o - Overall a pretty decent stout, though fruit forward. The mouthfeel was a bit thin but worth checking out.

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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is light chocolate, not very beefy for a stout. Light cardboard finish. $6.70 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a three finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, charcoal and burnt sugar.

The taste consisted of a clean, sharp roasted malt with a lingering charcoal smokiness. Some caramel detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty stout. Not to sweet and not to dry.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Black with brown around the edges, big 3 finger fluffy light chocolate colored head adorns.

Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, sweetness, and a little bitterness.

A little bit of cocoa, lots of malts, a hint of sweetness with a combating bitterness.

Medium in body, and creamy. not carbonation.

Middle of the road drinkability. Nice stout overall.

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Photo of AGDMainer
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had not heard of the brewery before, even though it resides less than an hour from where I originally hail, figured I would give it a shot.

It must be noted that I have been spoiled of late with the stouts that I have been drinking, which may have skewed this a bit down. Poured into large snifter. Dark brown to black in color with a very light bodied conistency. Not a bad level of head upon pouring, which dissipated pretty quickly. Reasonable amount of roast with very little complexity or richness of flavor. Mouthfeel was thin.

Happy to have tried it, though it is unlikely I will have it again.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with about a finger of head, fades fast and fizzy like a cola, no lacing.

Smell is pretty much all roasted malt with a bit of a metallic tinge.

Taste is a one-note show of roasted malt, slight burnt bitterness in the aftertaste, carbonation is quite assertive, seems more like a porter than a stout (on the bottle it does say it's based on an old porter recipe), lacking in the chocolate malt department to really bring the chocolate/coffee presence to the forefront.

As much as I want to like them, this turns out to be another disappointment from Penobscot Bay.

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Half Moon Stout from Penobscot Bay Brewery
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 29 ratings
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