Black River Gumbo Stout | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

Black River Gumbo StoutBlack River Gumbo Stout
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Black River Gumbo StoutBlack River Gumbo Stout

Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Iowa, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This dark deliciousness is named after the gumbo dirt of the Des Moines River bottom which nourished our Peace Tree and is now used as the surface for Knoxville’s famous Sprint Car track. Instead of using traditional ale yeast required of a stout, a Belgian yeast was used to add complexity. This stout is brewed with high quality pale malt, three roasted malts and two caramel malts. The dark roasted caramel malts contribute to the chocolate and toffee characteristics. Three varieties of hops contribute to the bitterness and aromas of this beer.

Added by FreshHawk on 12-22-2010

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Pitch black; slight ruby at the edges when held to the light.

Decent dark khaki head; minimal lacing.

Dark chocolate nose; intriguing!

Medium mouthfeel.

Not as bold in the flavor, but pleasant coffee & chocolate notes. Very drinkable.

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Photo of dms1767
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance : Pitch black, but comes out looking like Coke in appearance. The head pours 1/2 finger but fizzles and disappears almost immediately. No measurable head to speak of, in fact it looks like a flat soda. Opacity is 90%.

Smell : Dark, syrupy porter smells; lots of sticky anise and licorice. Some sweet sappy malt mixture. Mostly just a very syrupy, sweet, sachharine smell. No detection of hops whatsoever.

Taste : Actually rather sweet for a stout. Those semi-sweet licorice and sugary anise flavors come out immediately, with roasted malts, light smoke (almost smoked meat like a rauchbier) and a touch of hop to offset the sweetness. It's still largely malty, saccharine, and pasty/sugary though. It's for sure not balanced at all, but it's drinkable.

Feel : Medium bodied but too light for a stout, moderate carbonation, a dry and pasty finish.

Overall : A mix between a light bodied stout and a Rauchbier. It tastes overall like an anise cola, which leads to some glaring flaws. It's very out of the box , but if you like sweet stouts, maybe this is your kind of thing. I know I won't be having it again anytime soon.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rbrandt22
2.59/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was excited about this beer but isn't one that keeps me coming back for the next sip

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Photo of Doeden23
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of bpkrippner
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jadenmiller
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Beestin
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of zoolou
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DCdevyl78
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial stout.
5.5% ABV, "leave sediment in bottle, Serve at 48°F"

A - Clarity is visible through the slow pour giving the otherwise black beer a dark brown hue. It's short tan head vanishes to a ring of foam pretty quickly and leaves little lace left on the pint.

S - Loaded with heavily roasted malts, Black River Gumbo is rich with milk chocolate smoothness trailed by dark chocolate-dipped espresso bean and raisin and finished with toasted wheat bread.

T - Chocolaty and roasted still, the flavor opens up with new complexities but abandons much of the coffee nuance and milk chocolate for a harsher, bitter bakers chocolate and cocoa as well as blackstrap molasses. Burnt brown sugar and subtle Belgian yeast characteristics make it through with raisin and soft spice notes on the finish.

M - Balanced between sweet, rich maltiness and roasted, bitter maltiness, this stout walks a fine line and feels pretty full-bodied for only being a measly 5.5%. Like the rest of Peace Tree beers, Black River Gumbo has lower carbonation but here it works.

O - Belgian yeast, the common link between all the Peace Tree beer's I've tried, is the least noticeable in Black River Gumbo, only adding slight fruity and spicy traits to an otherwise roasted, chocolaty beer. The outcome is one of their best brews, low in alcohol, high in flavor!

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Parker9000
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of schoon
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of redblacks75
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of augustgarage
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz stubby bottle into a Central Waters shaker pint.

Active fizzy head dissipates in a brief moment, revealing a murky dark chocolate brown liquid. No lacing.

Toffee, cocoa butter, and coffee in the nose.

Nearly-acrid tang with tart smoked meat and citrus flavors fighting for your attention. Scalded sugar and peppery hops lead into the long, burnt, astringent finish. Yeast contributions just make the profile more sour.

Thin body with low carbonation.

I wonder if they took the "gumbo" too literally and started with a roux? While not a drain-pour - I'd avoid this one.

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Photo of djohnse
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Right after the pour a very thick, dark tan head but fades away fairly quickly forming a ring along the glass. Very dark color, held up to the light can barely have the beer lighten up.

Smell - Things are coming alive in the midwest, therefore allergies have made me lose my sense of smell so I just used the average that I saw for other reviewers.

Taste - Light toffee up front, little bit of caramel with a finish of the roasted malts. Pretty good balance but the flavors could be a bit stronger.

Mouthfeel - Very light on the tongue, feels thin as I'm drinking it. Doesn't leave much of a coating on my tongue or the rest of my mouth.

Overall - Got this on recommendation for making Stout floats and it balanced nicely with the vanilla ice cream, on it's own its a decent stout but doesn't make me want to go running to the store for more.

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Photo of tjslovak77
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of cmannes
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought along a glass mug as I trawled the river for some Gumbo.

Appearance- The beer pours a dark brown, cola color, and has just a few slivers of dark brown highlights in the black body. The foam is airy and ecru colored, the froth dying quickly to a ring.

Smell- There is some caramel and toffee character, but with a hint of roast that intimates acidity. As for the Belgian complexity, it comes off light and with a peanut buttery and earthy sense.

Taste- Roast up front with a little chocolate that is hit on the back end with a load of sweet earthiness. Again, that combo of roast and Belgian earthiness gives the stout an almost peanut buttery flavor that I find enjoyable, as it is not too cloying.

Toffee and caramel are pretty much gone by the time the beer is on the palate. There may be just the slightest bit of toffee near the back end, but the earthiness and acidic roast really steal the show in this beer.

Mouth feel- This one is creamier rather than slick, giving the beer a solid medium body. The roasted quality makes the beer pretty dry, and lets the earthy finish hang on for a long time.

Overall- A solid stout all around, Peace Tree can't be bothered to stop using the Belgian yeast, and in this beer I say it works rather well. It does add some nice complexity to the palate and nose. Not letting this one get overly sweet is the right move.

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Black River Gumbo Stout from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 30.8% out of 100 with 39 ratings
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