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Terminator StoutTerminator Stout

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Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.45%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From High Street Brewery & Cafe.

Appearance is categorically stout; black to the casual eye, ruby when lit. Quite a nice arrangement of pillowy glass cling.

The nose from the bomber popped out like burnt pizza crust. The roastiness and bitterness came out a little more when decanted, yet the whole package still maintains a little Rice Crispiness. Lactic qualities also abound.

The flavor of this beer is much better than the nose but still no blue-ribbon winner. If I wanted a Guinness, I would've ordered one.

At least I would've gotten a cascading pour out of that one.

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Photo of bondjedi
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
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 dvb
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10 oz. glass, on tap at the Spar Cafe - also known as McMenamin's - in Olympia, Washington.

A - Color is black, but some light still gets through. No head or lacing to speak of.

S - Roastiness. Somewhat pungent. Very hard to describe.

T - Slightly smoky. No sweetness, really. What really stood out about this beer was a somewhat sour finish. I was not sure what to make of the sourness, as I have never experienced that in a beer before. If the sourness was from hops (I would never confuse sourness with bitterness), I guess I have never had that variety of hops before. It was almost like there was a touch of vinegar. It wasn't unpleasant; just different.

M - Fairly thin, which I expected. This seems pretty common in black beers that still allow light to pass. Almost no carbonation.

D - It goes down pretty smooth. I only ordered a 10 oz. glass and I ended up ordering another glass. So, while it is an unusual stout for sure, I did enjoy it and would definitely order it again.

Overall, I would call this beer "average".

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Photo of katybee
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
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 Floydster
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass at the Broadway location last month on our Portland trip, reviewed from notes, color is a dark brown, one inch foamy light tan head, some retention, very light lacing, aroma consists of dark roasted and burned malts, lots of grains, light coffee, hops, and dark cocoa, starts off with dry roasty accents, some dark chocolate in the middle, lots of roasty malt in the finish as well, it is full of grain that provides a bit of chewiness later on too, never really sweetens as it warms, roasted and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers a very long time, could not drink much more of this, did not know how high the alcohol was but I am guessing it was around seven percent because there was not much booze present in the flavor, pretty heavy stuff overall, would not drink again but still probably worth trying

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Photo of jdklks
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a dark though not impenetrable black with a small, light brown head.

S- smells of roasty coffee and wood. no alcohol smell present.

T- The taste is very average, and by that i mean that the beer is not bad, but it is also not extraordinarily impressive. tastes of coffee with a dark fruit aftertaste that permeates the mouth. there's no alcohol to be found so im guessing the abv is pretty low. the flavor is good at first, but as it lingers it declines.

M- again, average. it is somewhere between medium and full-bodied in terms of stouts more generally and thus it is not as smooth as a more full-bodied russian or american imperial or most other american stouts.

D- it is a stout so i would most likely only have one anyways, but this is absolutely cut off at one. i have another in the fridge that i will definitely drink, so it is in no way a throw-away, but at the same time, it is nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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 ManekiNeko
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber served at cellar temperature in a pint glass. Tasted while reading about the results of the CA recall.

Appearance: Black.. duh... Some ruby tones can be detected at the edge of the glass. Brown head dissipates rather abruptly.

Smell: Intense coffee smell with some weird hazelnut and cereal overtones.

Taste: Sweet coffee with the same weird hazelnut and cereal tastes. Slightly bitter. I suspect this was not meant to be drunk at cellar temp.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied, much like the apparent victor of the election. However, this is the body of the Arnold shown in that picture circulated shortly after he entered the election, not him in his peak. Taste lingers for a bit.

Drinkability: The nutty/cereal flavors are a bit offputting, making this a hard one to finish. I'm tempted to draw a few more parallels between this beer and what happened in CA, but I shall resist.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: black in color, thin foamy non-typical head, some lacing. Body looks light...as far as stouts are concerned.

S: sweet grains, burnt coffee, and sweet sugar

T: coffee and sour-like grains. Toffee/malts and maybe some molasses in their as well.

M: more like a porter in character due to its lighter carbonated body and feel. Its a kick on the medium to heavy side. Lingering weak coffee in the finish.

D: have one or two and call it good for me, not a big fan. I like my stouts much heavier than this boy.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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 kmpitz2
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown to black that allows a bit of light through. The nose is mostly chocolate malts. The flavor is not at all what I expected. There is none of the rich chocolate or coffee, but its more nutty and subdued. The beer is also a bit thinner that I would want. I would go with many other stouts over this one.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly black with a modest head. Its smell is roasty and intriguing though not potent.

Terminator has abundant flavor at first with a rich roasty presence and dark malt profile. The aftertaste regrettably doesn’t follow through with a comparable clarity. An initial sweetness advances towards a bitter cul-de-sac that is somehow incompatible in its final moments. This is a hypercritical assessment however, as on the whole, Terminator is still quite satisfying. It’s just that the elements of style are a bit conflicting. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying a pint. Though the initial taste has more character than the aftertaste can sustain, there’s still plenty here to enjoy.

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Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, but not really black. I can see a ruby red glittering through the middle from a distance. The head is a yellow tan, a bit fizzy and short lived. The aroma is roasty, but little else. The flavor is a bit cola-like, a bit of smoke, a little chocolate and nuts. Interesting but a bit thin.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 cdkrenz
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Durge
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. A full bodied stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Hops are mild and slightly bitter. Well balanced. A nice easy drinking and smooth tasting stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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 sensorglitch
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - I liked the appearance, it had a nice head on it, the color and consistancy was good.

S - smelled smooth, cleans, had a rich coffee like aroma to it.

T - The taste was very good, but it wasn't spectacularly stand out in terms of taste. It was almost like there was a finish that it was missing. So while very good, it didn't quite take that next step into the area of excellence.

M - It didn't have a particularly noticeable mouthfeel. It was't anything to really write a lot about.

D - Sometimes I notice that a stout like this is heavy to the point where the thought of drinking more than one is just terrible. This one isn't like that. So, it wins out there.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For the beer geek, this stout is pretty mild. Although it has nice coffee and chocolate aromas and flavors, I think it's been toned down a bit for a larger market appel. The body is medium/light, not what I'd normally expect from a stout. This stout is good, just a bit lightweight for the style, in my opinion.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a moderate head that sticks around for a while and leaves some small lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly chocolate and roasted malts/coffee. The flavor is sweet and full of the roasted malts, but lacking the chocolate that I was expecting. I would also prefer that the body were a little more chewy. Good beer, but I prefer some others.

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Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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 HiroProtagonist
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hillsdale Pub, served in a pint glass with a low tan head. Color was black, with cola brown accents at the edges of the glass. Smell was subtle, with smooth roasted malts with clean chocolate characteristics. The taste was rather good, with a clear and composed semi-sweet chocolate punch-line, joined by a sideshow of coffee and cola, and a satisfying dry bitter finish...well done. The mouth feel not as full as it could be, but is acceptable. Overall, an above average stout, with a well done semi-sweet chocolate emphasis.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 jclovebrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at McMenamin's Six Arms in Seattle, WA.

Pure black (but then again it's pretty dark in the brew pub). Smells of roasted malt, nice. Tastes a bit earthy but somewhat on the sweet side for what I like in a stout. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. All in all pretty drinkable.

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