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Average: 3.78 | pDev: 12.17%

Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 149

Ranked #681 American Stout and #26,467 overall.

ABV: 6.45% | Availability: Year-round

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Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft at Bend brewpub. Typical stout aroma and flavor. Body is lacking, kind of thin, decent overall aroma and flavor but kind of weak in body and substance.

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Photo of KrisLambert
4.98/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Roasted malt with hint of espresso.
Nice thick body with decent head. Actually taste a little better and different after the head settles.
Has become my standard bearer for a stout. Nice robust flavor without being too sweet.
Very dark and full. Only downside could be filling feeling from having a few.
When bottled it does seem to lose a little of the coffee flavoring but not by a lot.

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Photo of vmauery
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid stout; I enjoyed it enough that I started using it as my benchmark for other stouts, which for the most part has led to disappointment due to unrealistic expectations. The smell is the best part and that leads to a good taste as well. When my first point was set in front of me, I wasn't sure what to think because it was so dark. I was impressed and keep coming back for this one.

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Photo of Kearneytheking
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this brew at John Barleycorn's in Tigard, Oregon.

Appearance - Deep Brown, almost black (SRM = 35)

Smell- There was a nutty coffe smell right off the bat, like a coffee lightly seasoned with a bit of hazelnut. Pretty much sums up this stout from here on out.

Taste - the nutty coffee smell gives way to just that, a light hazelnut and coffee tast. Delicious, fill bodied stout with a good 6.45 abv and smooth aftertaste that doesn't linger too heavy with the faintest bitterness. Leaves a bit of coffee breath though :P

Mouthfeel- lightly carbonated, flavor and bubbles stay on the middle of the tongue while the liquid slides down.

overall a great stout to begin the night of great beers to be had. Cheers.

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Photo of vkv822
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz imperial pint on-tap.
from notes.

Black with a creamy, light tan head.

Roasty, cocoa notes in the nose and palate.

Creamy, medium+ body, with medium carbonation, quite pleasant.

A well done stout. An enjoyable flavor profile with a great mouthfeel for a stout. Something I would enjoy having again next time I happen to be in a McMenamins.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One finger of tan head with a dark brown body.
The smell is a strong roasted malt.
Taste is roasted malt and burnt coffee. A bit bold and one sided.
Fizzy texture but only moderate carbonation with medium body.
Overall it's nice, but bold flavor profile.

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Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at the Spar in Olympia.

Very dark brown, almost black in color, with a creamy, tan head.

Roasted dark malts gave off a coffeeish bitterness along with a milk chocolate-like sweetness.

The coffeeish bitterness was what was at first most noticeable about the taste, but then chocolatey notes kicked in to provide some balance. There was a slight dry note at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with normal carbonation for the style. Coating mouthfeel.

Well-made but fairly standard stout. Not terribly complex, but fine for a late morning pint spent watching execrable football. If I find myself in another McM's, I'd order this again without any trepidation.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at the Grand Lodge McMenamins in Forest Grove, OR. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width tan head. Deep brown color, thin spotty lacing.

S- Roast malts, coffee smells. Lighter for a dark color. Some oak.

T- Nice medium malts and very subtle coffee flavor. Finishes bitter with a dark chocolate taste.

M- Medium bodied, maybe a touch over carbonated. Little linger.

O- Not bad, but I've had better stouts. Would try again.

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Photo of RedBiddy
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I live only a couple blocks from the Grand Lodge it is convenient and my duty to conduct quality control expeditions to this pub. Terminator is one of my all time favorites. It delivers what you expect from a stout. The color is a mystic oracle to be read. The head is imposing and the lacing is a pattern for Oregon spiders to emulate. For those who don't live in the Northwest...I pity you. The taste is fresh and lively...reminiscent of Guittard's. The mouthfeel is, "I want this to be the last thing I taste before I go to bed." Yum.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A somewhat aggressive pour gives me a pretty good sized, one and a half finger head. The head is light brown in color, pretty dark for the head of a beer, even for a stout, but not too dark, it looks very nice. The head started off pretty fluffy and creamy looking, but has dissipated so fast that it is pretty much just your average one centimeter of bubbles. Not sure how the lacing will be, but judging by the lack of head, I doubt it'll be any good. The body is absolutely pitch black, for sure one of the darkest beers I've ever seen, which is saying a lot. There aren't even any hints of other colors in the body, it's just...black. Zero visibility through this beer. Can't see any carbonation due to the color. Overall not a bad looking beer, the head was pretty lame, but the extremely dark body kinda makes up for it. We'll see how the lacing goes, but for now the appearance is decent. Wow, that smell is really amazing. I'm trying to remember what beer this reminds me of, because it smells exactly like a beer I've had before, a really great beer. Dark, rich malts on the nose, for sure some chocolate and maybe some coffee as well in here. The smell is just very big, but also really clean and smooth smelling. Somewhat complex also, and overall just super good. It just smells so freaking good, I don't know what else to say, I'm excited! The taste is very rich and very very good. Flavors just kinda explode in ur mouth, and they take a little bit to sort out. The dark malts are extremely present, pretty sure there is some chocolate in here as well. Maybe some coffee, but if there is any it's not very present at all. The taste is very powerful and really demands your attention. There are a lot of flavors, and a lot of power to each of those flavors. With all this being said, there are for sure some rough parts to this beer. For one, it's pretty darn sweet, all the flavors and the alcohol nullify it a little bit, but it is for sure sweeter than I would like. The hops are also a little rough, it's good that they are there and that they are noticeable, but I dunno, it definitely makes things a little rough. Finally this beer is only 6.45% ABV, and the alcohol is pretty present, this is definitely the most annoying factor of the beer, I know that the ABV on this beer is higher than your average beer, but only by about 1%, the alcohol shouldn't be this present. I mean in retrospect the hops and the sweetness aren't bad, they just....I dunno, are weird. On some sips I really like those flavors, and on other they are a bit annoying. The alcohol however is always annoying. With all of that being said, it's still a really amazing taste. I'm going to have a hard time grading this beer, because it's so tasty, and it has such a big and flavorful taste, but it does have a few small problems. I'm trying to decide between 4 and 4.5. I'm really leaning towards 4.5, even though it might not totally be there yet. Yeah, it's a really great tasting beer, 4.5. The mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is a little high, but it works for this beer. The body is a little thin, but it's big enough for the style. Overall the mouthfeel is pleasant and it works for the beer, but a little thin and carbonated. Even though the alcohol is pretty noticeable, the beer is still pretty drinkable, because it is just so dang tasty. Overall it's a really awesome beer, and one that I for sure will have again if I have the option. Super big flavor, very good tasty, robust, full. There are some small drawbacks, but overall it's a really awesome beer.

The appearance turned out to be....not bad. The lacing was extremely patchy, and kinda all over the place. It followed me pretty far down the glass, but it wasn't that great, like I said. The head was bad from the beginning, but the body was very nice. So pretty bad lacing (but at least there was lacing), pretty lame head, and a great body, I'm thinking a 4 is fair.

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Photo of olfolxholme
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


22 oz bottle poured into a small stein

A - standard brown bomber with terminator logo on it. Poured the beer right down the middle and slowly about 1 finger of attractive dark tan head appeared. As I was appreciating the deep dark color of the beer, the head thinned out. It was pretty while it lasted - and some bubbles hold on. There is also some pretty good lacing. Definitely looks like a stout.

S - wonderful mixture of yeast, coffee, hints of chocolate, maybe some Irish cream - very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind being more overwhelmed with aroma, but it's good.

T - tastes great, a lot like the aroma. Stronger though. Still not overwhelming, but I guess this isn't an imperial stout. Nice mix of coffee, creamy chocolate notes, and roasted malts.

M - interesting. It's creamy but also astringent. A tad dry in the aftertaste, but also leaves some coating.

O - a very solid stout. Nothing bad about it, but I wish it were even stronger. Then again, as it is, this is a very accessible beer and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at John BarleyCorn's in some suburb south of Portland, OR.

Appearance: An almost pitch black pour with dark brown, creamy and yet frothy yet that leaves beautiful laving down the side of the glass. Probably three fingers worth of head. YO!

Smell: Roasted malt acidity, dominate notes of coffee with a trace of some sweet chocolates. Very dry.

Taste/Mouth: Full-bodied and yet a high level of drinkability. Finish is tenacious with dark roasts and that make the sweeter notes seem semi-sweet. I did catch some earthy tones-- perhaps smoke, tobacco or something. it rounded out the flavor for me.

Overall: This is a beer to be sipped over an evening. I could easily drink 4-5 of these over the course of a party that lasts several hours. Its a really good stout from the PNW, and I will probably get this again if I ever return to a McMenamins. This ale is worth drinking all by itself.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Available only (mainly?) through the McMenamins brewpubs in the Portland, Oregon area, Terminator Stout is full-bodied and delicious, smelling of rich chocolate malts, coffee, deep brown sugar, milk chocolate, and cocoa.

On the tongue there's an immediate explosion of chocolate malts--with their deeply-toasted, almost charcoal notes--and hints of ash and tobacco. These are balanced by a bevy of deep, dark sugars, bearing not-so-subtle hints of pure cocoa, vanilla, and caramelized brown sugars. Coffee and extra-rich caramels dance lightly in the background, accompanied by a pleasing nuttyness. Hops provide a minimal background fuzz. The aftertaste is dominated by coffee and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is medium-light--far lighter than would be expected, given the force of the flavors--and carbonation is fairly light.

Overall, it's surprising how easily and smoothly this stout goes down, no doubt helped by the stout's excellent balance between bitter and sweet flavors. An excellent stout for all--look for it next time you're out west.

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Photo of isualum12
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at McMenamins Pub oak hills Beaverton Or

Poured as black dark beer with small tan head. Malts, coffee and cherry chocolate. Great smooth flavor with coffee and chocolate. . Heavy-medium mouthfeel.

best stout on tap in while. Very impressed. Not impressed with Oak Hills but the stout was the highlight of dinner.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.95/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolaty sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that sticks around a while and leaves some heavy lacing. Rich, smoky, chocolaty aroma has undertone of quality coffee and hint of licorice. Flavor fills the mouth with fine roast coffee, chocolate, molasses and even hoppy tones as well as a licorice hint. Thick, smooth, oily texture has some fizz and leaves behind a nice smoky tingle.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at McMenamins Pub, Mill Creek, WA

Poured an opaque dark brown with just a small tan head. Typical aroma of roasted malts, with touches of coffee and chocolate. More of the same in the taste, earthy, with a coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, and a quite drinkable stout. Probably the best selection I sampled from McMenamins.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from 2010.

A massive whisp of pressure releaf upon uncapping the bottle followed by a glass filled with mostly foam atop a dark brown opaque body. The spongy, tan, crackling head settled to a thick surface froth with plenty of roped lacing.

Aromatics lead off with roasted malt, char, nougat-laced chocolate, and a hint of coffee. A tuft of smoke and vanilla follow through.

Medium bodied at best with a thinnish mouthfeel. A bit watery for a stout.

Caramel-drizzeled black malts, dark cocoa, and sweet malt start the palate. Traces of coffee and fruit run underneath.

Finishes fairly sweet and quick with chocolate, char, and roast.

Pretty meager for a craft-brewed stout, and the gusher factor leads me to believe this ones on the way out. This is a classic case of a beer needing more of everything.

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Photo of katybee
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My issue with McMenamins' beers, is that although they are microbrews, they don't seem to be quite as distinguishable by flavor, as other brands. They hit a mid-range, without pushing taste extremes or varieties (compared to such breweries as Blue Moon, Dogfish Head, or Lagunitas). Therefore they are only average beers, which is a shame, coming from such interesting authentic establishments as their facilities are known for.

This stout had the traditional opacity and darkest brown coloration, but very little head.

No smell to speak of; but if anything a little more hoppy than malty.

Unfortunately, I didn't detect any exceptional flavoring...I would almost call it a brown ale, with hoppy dryness. No molasses sweetness or nuttiness or coffee detectable... almost like a lager except for the color and flatness on the tongue. No aftertaste, either. Very simple, uncomplicated.

For me, this was too thin to be a 'stout'. I missed any creaminess at all, even in the head.

Average drinkability...almost quaffable; nothing really to savor on or off the tongue and nose; easily forgettable.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown body with minimal head to note.

S - Coffee and cocoa come to mind.

T - Nutty is dominant with a coffee edge. Not the best flavor combination I've come across in the style.

M - Tiny amount of coarseness but it is present throughout each sip.

~ This is one I'd recommend you try once and then move on. For a stout this beer is very light bodied and kind of lightly colored. I'm thinking I would not order this beer again. I recommend this stout be one on a beginners menu. It's light enough to be a decent transition into the Stout realm.

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Photo of SteelKettle
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very Dark Brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates quickly

Smell: coffee and malts

Taste: coffed and malts very clean mildly bitter

Mouthfeel: slight carbonation medium body

Drinkability: very smooth easy drinking enjoyed a lot.

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Photo of Docer
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this when I was much younger... one of my first craft beers I ever had on tap... and it must have been at the Kennedy School where I had it. But this review is from their East Vancouver location...

- Nice dark, clear brown... black... huge light mocha head.. pillows and sticks around lightly.

- Sweet creamy grain, light sugars, cocoa... slight coffee and mocha... light bitterness... slight earthiness... grassy..

- Creamy sweet grain, dark chocolate bitterness which is very light.. slight oats, grains, bread... cream...

- Overall a medium bodied stout... slightly chalky, very mouth watering....

- One of the better craft stouts around. Back in the day this would have been 'the' best.. now is still holds up to the huge array of stouts around. I don't know if this is one of John Harris's brews.. but it seems like it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap tonight at the McMenamins in Mill Creek, Washington.

Appearance: super black with no head and an attractive ruby tinge when held up to direct sunlight. Very nice and very appetizing.

Smell: rich coffee aroma. This is kind of a one-trick pony, centering in on the coffee, but it does this job very well.

Taste: coffee again, a hint of chocolate and a porterish touch of sour. Hops are quite earthy and there are enough of them to do the job.

Mouthfeel: medium body with OK carbonation. Not bad; it works well enough.

Drinkability: a solid stout; very tasty. Terminator was the old standby when my buddies and I would hit up McMenamins after a hard day.

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Photo of bondjedi
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Six Arms on Capitol Hill.

The touchstone for this style, for better or worse, is Guinness Stout. Terminator's head is browner, and not as fluffy.

Just a touch lighter than Guinness, and easier to drink. In the end the beer seemed too frivolous to be taken seriously by a stout-lover. The last sips were syrupy - I had to go hero-time on the dregs, something I would normally do with High Life or Corona that was no longer ice-cold.

The best thing at McMenamins is their spicy dijon mustard. It paired well with the stout.

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Photo of Elendinn
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at McMenamin's Corvallis, on 3rd. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance -- black, light brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Nice lacing that lingers. Nothing particularly special, but looks inviting nevertheless.

Smell -- very faint. Subtle hints of roasted malt, caramel, and coffee.

Taste -- coffee is very prominent, but not overwhelming -- an excellent balance and deceptively simple. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and caramel are noticeable, as well. Almost some tiramisu in there. There's a warm, comfortable alcohol finish that's very soothing.

Mouthfeel -- nicely carbonated. Smooth and comforting.

Drinkability -- I could drink these all night. Wish they were sold in bottles; they'd be perfect for a long night's worth of beer-infused conversation. One of my favorite non-Imperials.

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Photo of Durge
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nasty black color, thick as a brick with a decent light brown head and good lacing. The aroma has some powerful juniper charcoal chocolate and herbal hop. Very very unique, thick and oddly a sharp olive and fermented peanut juice. Oddly alluring. The flavor brings on more charcoal floral characteristics with watermelon sweetness. It's somewhat medicinal and lemony. Very different and generally a fun brew to try. It's kind of watery but smooth and mildly carbonated. Fairly drinkable but not a guzzler. The unique qualities kind of wear thin after half the pint and the thick herbal sweetness tends to choke you near the end. Enjoyed the experience but I have no desire to repeat the experience.

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