Octane Stout | 5 Seasons Westside

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5 Seasons Westside
Georgia, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Cyberkedi on 06-21-2009

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Rohkey
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of nerdrocker101
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddled black with a solid finger of tan head that coats the glass and slowly falls back in line.

Okay, my nose is a little stuff, but I still get pleasant aromas of bitter coffee and chocolate.

Flavors of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and dark coffee are very present.

Warm, smooth and silky. Inviting and somewhat intoxicating as an overall experience. The cask version of this is incredible.

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Photo of glid02
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of smooth coffee with roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate lurking in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Loads of coffee up front with hints of roasted malts and unsweetened chocolate. I actually think this beer would benefit a bit from larger amounts of the latter two. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It has a great thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and could have another.

Overall this is a smooth coffee beer that could benefit from a few tweaks but overall is still certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a thin, beige-colored head.

Smell: Nose of clean, chilled espresso with all of the expected, anticipated dark, roasted malt notes present.

Taste: Dry, roasty malts with tastes of unsweetened chocolate, blackened barley, and, of course, the graciously added espressos. Subtle sweetness. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Finishes dry, roasty, and with some lingering hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A solid, drinkable, dry stout with a bonus boost of quality caffeine goodness.

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Photo of everetends
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the pub of course. Have heard a lot about it and was glad to see it on the tap list, as was my girlfriend (she's a sucker for coffee stouts). Served up in a nonic.

A: Well it fits the bill. Got a nice dark black body sitting in my nonic. Have about half a finger of dark tan, almost mocha head (Tara had about a finger on her pour). Sadly the head doesn't stick around for long. Tried to rustle the liquid to build some more up but it was to no avail. Leaves just a good amount of lace on the glass when the head was there, so that was nice. Held to the light this beer isn't letting much light through, leaving tints of brown on the edges when it appears the thinnest. With that said, as you swish the glass, this beer does look a bit thin at times. That may be me, but it was a first impression.

S: Well, it absolutely has coffee in it because that is what dominates the nose. Getting a medium strength, espresso roast aroma out of the glass. Has a nice dark and richness to it. Behind that though, there isn't much that I could find. There is a touch of some chocolate malt sneaking around in the background and a bit of some earthy hops, but it is very muted. That which is there is nice, but this is not producing big time aromatics to me.

T: Taste is bit more robust than the nose. The flavors a bit more pronounced than the aroma. Once again coffee dominates. Very nice and subtle espresso goodness. Its not crazy in the coffee flavor department, just a good amount to convey the coffee flavor. There is a touch of lactose that seems to cut the bitterness from the coffee a bit and works nicely with the chocolate malt flavors. You have that light irish stout, earthy hoppiness that makes this seem a bit rustic and enjoyable in the aftertaste. Not bad at all.

M: This beer really is on the light side of medium in body. Turns me off a bit, but its not bad. Carbonation is well hidden in the look but has a nice medium lift to it. Brings in just a touch of crispness that keeps this a nicely refreshing stout. Nice light ABV isn't even noticeable. Aftertaste is a nice earthy hop flavor, not bitterness.

D: Yeah its light in body but it does make for a good drinking stout. I would like it with a bit more weight because I think the flavors could be that much better with a bit more going on. Still, was a fine beer that drank easy enough and was quite enjoyable. It does a very good job at avoiding being too sweet and think that is a very nice achievement in proving not all stouts have to be syrupy sweet or only fitting as a dessert beer. This can be consumed at anytime of day and with pretty much any meal. Will be happy to see this on the tap list any time I visit.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dark brown, almost completely black actually. There is a big tan head that dissipates slowly and sticks to the glass on the way down, leaving spotty lacing.

No doubt about the coffee in the smell, which is dominated by roasted espresso and some sweet dark chocolate malts in the background.

Taste follows the aroma, clearly dominated by the roasted espresso. There is slightly more chocolate malt sweetness though, especially in the middle. The finish brings back the espresso and finished with a dry, toasty bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied are very, very smooth. It's got soft carbonation and might be a tad lighter than the norm.

As a coffee lover, I do like this version slightly better than the regular Dark Star stout. It's a drinkable and tasty Irish stout.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, opaque sable, almost black, with a thick tan head that sticks around for a bit. Rich, smoky, roast-coffee aroma has hints of hops and malt. Flavor is much like a fine iced coffee with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate - it hardly tastes like beer. Smooth, rather fizzy texture leaves a pleasing finish.

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Octane Stout from 5 Seasons Westside
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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