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Norm | Wormtown Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States
wormtownbrewery.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2012: Growler and tap only
2013: Growler, tap, and limited 22oz bottle release (120 12 bottle cases total, bottled on October 4).

Added by rudzud on 08-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,839
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
177
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
21
Trade:
3
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Bomber poured to three glasses at a mini-tasting with a black body where light pierces just the very edge. The mocha crown builds up to just about two fingers with a foamy, frothy consistency. Fairly good head retention and large webs of lacing.

S- A massive blast of toasted coconut pretty much owns the nostrils with Samoa cookies immediately coming to mind. With some time the coconut takes a bit of a step back and allows a dusty, cocoa powder richness to open up. Coconut and chocolate here.

T- Coconut is the main driving force and I hate to say it again but Samoa cookies really come to mind, in a good way. Oily, shredded dried coconut. Cocoa nibs seems to gain more and more strength with each sip and eventually it finds its place in the flavor. Slight caramel sweetness, roast grains and some earthy hops.

MF- Fairly thick bodied with probably the slickest, most oily feel I have found in a beer. A chewy puffiness comes with the medium level of carbonation that provides a certain richness to the huge dessert flavors. Bitter cocoa powder finish.

Coconut pretty much says it all. Toasted, oily and decadent mixture of heavy chocolate and massive coconut, dessert comes in beer form once again.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cam for sharing good beers that fly under my radar on a regular basis.

A - Blackish pour, small beige head. A ring and bits of lace remain at the end.

S - Very coconut forward, good authentic shaved coconut type deal, nice chocolate cookie going on as well. Toasty fresh/out of the oven baked goods.

T - Perhaps even more coconutty, impressive amount of straight up shaved coconut, coconut milk, coconut cookie, etc. Chocolate, slight roast, a bit of a milk stout vibe, toasty malts.

M -Silky smooth, medium carbonation, good oily body that suits the flavors quite nicely.

O - Really impressive coconut flavor. Maybe a little over the top and a one trick pony with the coconut/chocolate punch. But admittedly quite good.

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4.32/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tigg924
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Pours opaque, black in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is huge shredded, toasted coconut flakes, light coffee, and light toasted chocolate malt. Medium bodied and sweet, but never overly so. I have had several coconut beers and this one is the beer that most closely resembles liquid Mounds candy. A treat of a dessert beer. Will have to find this again. Best beer from Wormtown to date.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisComp72
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Denzo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bjlps
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Kmlund
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Shaymus
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown almost black, a bit of lacing remains on top

S: chocolatey/roasty goodness with a bit of coffee and coconut

T: See above...

M: I would have to say medium bodied slightly thick but nice

O: I heard and or read somewhere/someone mention" Almond Joy" and that is pretty accurate. I wasn't sure if I would like this as I'm not a fan of sweet tasting brews. I have to say this is a well balanced and very nice beer to drink... Cheers!

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Photo of trevorpost
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Peter1977
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dental
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Plissken
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rjp217
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Psychmusic
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jegross2
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Norm from Wormtown Brewing Company out of Worcester, Massachusetts. Norm is an oatmeal stout brewed with cacao nibs and toasted coconut.

Score: 84

Fall 2013 vintage bottle served in a Hopslam snifter and enjoyed on 02/06/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with less than a finger of tan head off the pour. Solid, but unspectacular lacing and retention. 3.75/5

Smell: On the colder side, the aroma is very milky. Coconut milk with a hint of chocolate is the best characterization. As it warms up, however, the milkiness fades substantially and a roastiness comes through as the chocolate character also amplifies. By room temperature, the beer exudes the aroma of a freshly baked chocolate covered toasted coconut macaroon. At no point in the nose complex, but it's quite effective in its simplicity as it warms up. 4.75/5

Taste: The taste, unfortunately, has an opposite development as the aroma. At first, right out of the fridge, its a nice and creamy blend of toasted coconut and milk chocolate. However, as it warms up, it starts to taste a bit blander, with a 2% milk flavor upfront and a distinct metallic flavor in the finish. Like the nose, the taste is not very complex. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Super creamy mouthfeel, with a good viscosity. The carbonation level here is nice, although maybe a touch overdone. Nice balance overall on the flavor profile. 4.25/5

Overall: A nice beer that smells downright amazing as it sits out for a little bit, but falls apart taste-wise the more that it breathes and warms. I like the concept of this beer, and the nose and initial flavor are proof that it has a lot of potential, but the execution was lackluster and the metallic finish was a real turn off. My other bottle, which may have been from a different batch, was much worse and tasted like 2% milk and metal right out of the gate. Even at the nice price point I likely will not seek this one out again unless they can fix whatever is making this bottle have a metallic flavor.

Cost: $6 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a fairly dark brown, nearly black, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like light coconut, fudgy chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt.

I'd definitely like a bit more coconut here, but the flavor there is nice anyway, nice and toasty, with sweet milk chocolate, and just the smallest hint of roasted malt. It's a simple dessert beer but it's executed pretty well.

This is light bodied, pretty creamy, but not thin, luckily.

This is a nice little beer. It's nothing that'll knock your socks off, but it was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Dhamma73
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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Norm from Wormtown Brewery
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