Coal City Stout | Morgantown Brewing Company

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Morgantown Brewing Company
West Virginia, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dry stout that opens with a creamy wave that rolls off the tongue to unveil slight bittersweet chocolate and espresso undertones. A big bold brown head tops this midnight black brew, which features a light body, low hop bitterness, and grainy goodness throughout.

31 IBU

Added by JamesS on 12-02-2009

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Photo of TheRamie
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bamojr
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a great rich black. I had little head, but that is on account of me leaving the growler in the fridge for a few days to long and I don't hold it against the brew at all. As far as taste was concerned, I was quite impressed. It is not not too strong as several micro-brew stouts i have had tend to be. It has a lovely coffee note that packs a great finish.
This is my first beer from Morgan Town Brewing, but it has definitely captured my attention, and I will surly be back to try more of their brews.

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Photo of prototypic
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the brewpub.

Coal City Stout arrived looking like a very dark mahogany color. It doesn't quite look like coal, nor is it opaque. Burgundy highlights are apparent when held to light. A soft, tan head covers the top. It's modest, standing less than a finger tall. It's also quick to recede, leaving a very light trail of lace in its wake.

The nose is okay. Pretty average. It falls on the weak side and would greatly benefit from more strength. It does have a bit of cocoa-ish chocolate malt scent. Perhaps some darker chocolate notes. Light roasted coffee is in the mix and smells nice. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. All in all, it's not bad at all. It's just not quite good either. More strength would probably push it to the positive side.

The flavor is pretty good. Easily a notch above the nose. It's simple and straight forward. If you're looking for a complicated stout, look elsewhere. This one starts out with a nice mix of dark chocolate and cocoa flavors. The malt base is sturdy enough, but this one's very light overall. Roasted coffee is a little more pronounced and complements the chocolate flavors well. A light touch of praline or a nutty flavor emerges late. It adds a little depth and works well. Alcohol is buried and isn't noticeable at all. Finishes with mostly a coffee and chocolate combo. Not bad at all.

Coal City Stout has a very light body for a stout. Given its size, it works okay. But, it's easy to pine for a little more heft. Beefing it up would probably be a good thing. Carbonation is relatively light and it certainly goes down easy. I wouldn't mind having a second glass honestly.

Coal City Stout is a light, simple stout from Morgantown Brewing Company. It's not bad at all, but it leaves you wanting a little more...of everything. More flavor, more body, the works. For what it is, it really is pretty tasty and makes for easy drinking. I'd suggest that Morgantown Brewing take what it is and build upon it. There's definitely a foundation here. If you're in Morgantown, it's worth a try.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Brandon's, Pipestem

A- pours pitch black color with a small foamy light-brown head that reduces to a small ring around the glass, a touch of lace

S- slightly smoky roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee, earthy and herbal

T- semi-sweet chocolate up front mixed with smoky malt and bitter coffee, bone dry finish with more chocolate on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel, transitioning into a creamy dry finish, high drinkability

O- highly sessionable stout with nice smoky notes and plenty of chocolate. Could easily drink more than one at a time

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap from the brewery poured into pint glass on our way to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby back in 2009. Pours clear black with an average, creamy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted), light hops (woody), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of tar and charcoal. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted), light hops (woody), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of tar. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth and creaminess with a dry finish.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Morgantown Brewing Company : Coal City Stout

From the tap , this stout pours dark brown with an ominous brown head, leaving good lacing down the glass. Greets the palate to a taste of roast, cocoa and a bit of iron. Hard water perhaps. Mild hop character. Fairly strong roast with a small bitterness. A good lighter stout but a bit metallic.

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Photo of jbf190
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ranger7
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JamesS
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Named by Jessica, brewpub server.)

Pours a great opaque black with tremendous semi-tan head and excellent lacing. Very nice scent, slightly sweet (almost milk stoutish) with a nice toasted barley aroma and a slight chocolate tone. Nice taste, good toasted grains with a nice chocolate taste towards the end; a nice little hit of 'neutral' hops at the end as well; the only thing keeping it from a higher rating is a slight astringency in the first few drinks of each pint before the tongue is ready for it. Goes down very smoothly. At 4%, this is going to be my session beer at the brewpub.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives coal black with an impressive head that delivers a ton of lace

Smell: Roasty and ashy, with a hint of chocolate

Taste: Black bread, up front, with a roasty and ashy bitterness building in the middle; a hint of chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is still a pretty good Irish stout with a low ABV

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Coal City Stout from Morgantown Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 42 ratings