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Terminator StoutTerminator Stout

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United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.45%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Reidrover on 04-13-2003

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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Devonben07
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of Jongeo
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of KrisLambert
4.98/5  rDev +31.4%
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 Cyberkedi
4.95/5  rDev +30.6%
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 jmbranum
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all-time favorite stout. I've enjoyed a few years ago at several of the McMenamin's locations in Portland, OR, but tonight I'm enjoying several pints at the Six Arms location in Seattle, WA.

Oh how can I began to describe a beer this exquisitely good?

It is impossibly dark brown, almost black brew. Warm toasty aroma. The flavor is rich, strong, toasty, sweet yet dry. Mouthfeel is nice, there is texture to it. 3 dimensionality. The taste lingers and lingers and lingers. Your whole existence is wrapped up in this glass. Life! Sustenance! All is well with the world. I must have another.

And damn! This beer is crazy drinkable.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a pitcher of this delicious stout at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove recently. I've always loved this beer and this time around was no different...with the exception that I was able to put my finger firmly on the reason I like it so much:

It's a great example of what a "stout" ought to taste like; sets the standard as far as I'm concerned. Here's why...

It's sweet, but not too sweet. You can taste the chocolate they add but it doesn't make the overall taste become dessert-like such as with Young's Double Chocolate Stout. You can easily drink this beer by itself or with their food (or your's)

It's also got the dry, roasted bite that a stout should have but it's not so intense that it makes you cringe or want periodic sips of water. Very drinkable. Some might think of it more like a simple porter because of how drinkable it is, but the body is really what maintains the "stout" character: it is very, very smooth on tap (as well as out of McMenamins' 22oz'ers) with a nice creamy, medium body.

I can see how some may be bored with this beer because it's really not SUPER interesting or complex, but for the style that it claims to be it's great!

CONS: Unfortunatly, they usually don't serve it with much head at McMenamins even though they always serve it at the right temp (50-ish). Also, $4.75/pint feels a bit steep for a simple, local beer--where's the beer community love?

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Photo of ThePortlander
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had it on tap and poured from a bottle, it's roughly the same either way. The tap may be a tad bit smoother, however.

A: Through the glass it appears a musty black. The head is tan/dark cream with good retention along as it dissipates to the side.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, sweet sugars, and some espresso. The smell is wonderful and full, suggesting a complex beer.

T: For me, this is the ultimate expression of the style. It has enough sweetness to contrast the heavier flavor, or bite, of the roasted malt without overpowering it; I often find stouts leaning too far one way or another. The dry bite is certainly there, however, and quite wonderful. On top of this perfectly crafted base, spices and sugars mix with chocolate and coffee undertones to add a pleasant, modest complexity. Likewise, the body is an extremely smooth medium-full.

D: For stouts, this is it as far as I'm concerned. A supremely drinkable brew with enough complexity to keep things interesting, but enough of a solid base that it's a standard. Recommended for everyone and anyone, especially fans of straightforward yet intricate brews.

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Photo of Kyroqz
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of oneeyedziggy
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's been a while since I've had this, but as it's the best beer I've had by far I thought I'd raise it's rating a bit, but honestly, without giving it a straight run of 5's.

I also had this on tap, but bought 4 pint bottles to bring home... all the way home to south carolina... and i managed to keep them cold the whole way, that's how much I liked it.

Without having one in front of me...

It looked, as the menu stated, "coal black" with a thin head

Light on smell, as usual, the head is much more fragrant and lets the creamy chocolate and coffee scent out much better.

It was unusually smooth, "warm," and lightly chocolaty with a bit of coffee, and a hint of nutmeg/allspice type flavor.

sweet but not overbearingly so, and very easy to drink.

Also, the alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste, ABV isn't listed, but I'd guess less than 6%.

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Photo of isualum12
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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 vmauery
4.51/5  rDev +19%
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 RedBiddy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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 Hoolihan
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of rarigney
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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 SteelKettle
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Elendinn
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 heather625
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of jondeelee
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 brendon
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Blue Moon. It is a dark brown brew with a loose tan head. Smells of chocolate, a bit of coffee and earthy yeast. Fairly dry and lightly bitter with a medium-light mouth feel. Good solid malt character with some coco taste. Slightly over carbonated for the style. THe beer ends somewhat dry with lingering coffee but surprisingly smooth. Pleasant, a session stout.

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Photo of cbarrett4
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the nitro tap at McMenamins in Sherwood, Oregon.

Tasted next to the non nitro version and WOW what a difference. This beer is so lovingly smooth and rich. It is what Guinness wants to be when it grows up! (well... Guinness is pretty good I guess). This is one of the smoothest and most lush and inviting stouts I have had. Dark aromas and flavors of cocoa, licorice, espresso, and blackberry liquor. Stunning finish and mouthfeel!

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattmarinucci
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of beerinmybelly
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.79 out of 5 based on 142 ratings.
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