Norm | Wormtown Brewery

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Wormtown Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

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

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3.22/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Norm 2013 & 2016. Hmmm. Honestly, both are missing the coconut. Slight roasted malt. Hints of chocolate. Something weird about the 16. Vegetal tasting? The 13 is smoother. Less carbonated. I remember liking the 13 when it first came out. I expected the 16 to have some coconut, but nothing.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark nutty brown, medium lacing no legs.

S- Oatmeal malty backbone, with smallest amounts of roasty chocolate and lesser of vanilla

T- Funky aftertaste; probably my lack of non ba oatmeal stout drinking. Oatmeal, and then follows the nose with the smallest amount of chocolate and vanilla in the back.

M- Light, but that is to be expected. Medium carb, but def present down the throat.

O- A pretty fair oatmeal stout. There are some things to improve on here with the presence of chocolate and vanilla, and making this one a bit smoother and thicker.

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3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown to black poured with almost no head. lacing is okay and retention isn't the best.. could be a glassware cleanliness issue.

coconut, mounds bars, coconut, a bit of milk chocolate, and just a touch of coconut. very one-dimensional

starts off with coconut, then goes real sweet with more coconut, and ends with coconut and more sweetness.

medium bodied and creamy which suits the style okay... maybe a bit thin.

I guess they got what they were trying to produce, but I think I need to get checked for diabetes. would have like a more roasty background to balance the sweetness.

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3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Norm from Wormtown Brewery
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 180 ratings