Terminator Stout | McMenamins

Terminator StoutTerminator Stout
142 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terminator Stout: Roast coffee in the nose. Also sweetish and fruity. The flavor offers caramel, cocoa, brown sugar and some coffee, but not much. It finishes with a note of dark fudge and brown sugar. Moderate bitterness. Overall not that roasty for a stout, and rather rich and malty. It's nicely done and tasty, but perhaps not balanced enough to offer continued drinkability.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Gagnonsux
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black body, thick cocoa/tan head, fluffy and attractive. Nice.

Bittersweet nose, rich notes of chocolate and hints of espresso. Very expressive aroma, quite consistent with the requirements of a good stout. Well done.

Bright, fruity, sweet in the mouth, pleasing, but leaves the palate too soon. The taste, alas, does not follow through as impressively as the appearance and the aroma. Seems to come across as just an okay stout. Some darker tinges shine through, deeper flavors, a bit of maple and molasses...just a bit.

Full-bodied, long, bittersweet finish, hefty malt, nicely roasted...a very easy to drink, fully accessible stout. Quite good.

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Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost pitch black color and it is topped by a frothy, almost creamy, three-finger thick light brown colored head. The aroma is an interesting mix between roasted notes and notes of smoke. I was not expecting the smokey notes at all, but they may just be contributed by the roasted malts used. The aroma is quite dry, and is completely dominated by the notes of coffee, a slight roasted acidity, and a malty chocolate note.

The taste has a certain fullness to it, but still remains light enough to be easily quaffed. There is a definite malt sweetness here, which, though not pronounced, accentuates notes of chocolate and something similar to malt balls. The finish is fairly long and dominated by roasted notes or darkly roasted grain and black coffee. This beer is quite nice and quaffable, I like how sweet malt character balances quite well with the roast character. This has lots of interesting flavor in each and every sip, so it is not something to be pounded, it is the type of beer that is quite nice to spend an evening over.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.95/5  rDev +30.3%
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 Durge
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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 anteater
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
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 DrMindbender
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok Sunday afternoon down the local McMenamin brew pub ( Thomsons Brewery, Salem )..New nitro tap..Terminator so here goes..
After a long wait for the cascade to stop the beer appears to be a deep dark mahogany topped with a fabulous massive tan head..very nice to look at!
Nice aroma of roasted barleys and chocolate..some honey too!
MMM this is a rather odd ( but not unpleasant) taste for a stout..its actually quite sweet in a honeyish sort of way..but still the dark chocolate malts and the roasted barley show through..and after there is a good bitterness..pretty unusual but I like this.
Very smooth and pleasant on the tongue though it is a little on the thin side for a stout.
A pretty good drinkable stout though maybe the sweetness would put some off.

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Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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 ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of flexabull
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice tan head.

Aromas are of dark roasted malts, molasses, and burnt sugars.

Taste is of roasted coffee, cocoa, cola, and creamy dark malts. Finish is dry and bitter, but not overpowering. Hops lend a nice mineral bite that balances out the dark semi sweet malt flavors. Nicely balanced stout.

Mouthfeel is good, long finish, nice full feel, and good carbonation level.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a solid stout that is tasty, not too heavy, and very pleasant to sip. Easily one of my favorites of the regular rotation of McMenamins brews.

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Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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