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Terminator Stout | McMenamins

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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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Added by Reidrover on 04-13-2003

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 139
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Terminator Stout from McMenamins
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