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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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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 142
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -7.7%
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 feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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 +5.5%
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 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 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 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 Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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 flexabull
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 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 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 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 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 vkv822
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 Docer
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark black beer (black as night) with some mahogony highlights. Has a nice creamy light brown head and very good lace. There is a malty sweet start to the aroma with a strong vanilla backbone. The flavor starts with the vanilla note and slides into some bittersweet chocolate in the middle and a coffee like bite on the finish. The level of sweetness reminded me of some baltic porters I have had.

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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 SheepNutz
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of burnt malt, with just a touch of bittersweet chocolate. The taste has plenty of roasted malt, bits of espresso, and a nice dry finish. Not too sweet at all. The mouthfeel is nice and thick. The drinkability fairs well too. A nice stout.

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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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