Norm | Wormtown Brewery

NormNorm
BA SCORE
4.2/5
177 Ratings
NormNorm
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:
#1,826
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
177
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
21
Trade:
3
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at peppercorns
Darker colored thick creamy 1 finger head almost pitch black beer. Nice layered lacing.

Nose oh damn! Pure almond joy. Lots of dark chocolate and milk chocolate, lots of toasty coconut, little coffee ice cream and chocolate milk shake, caramel, light buttery vanilla and almost oak like presence probably from the coconut.

Taste starts luscious and creamy with lots more toasted coconut. Toasted and fresh shredded coconut, with again a light buttery coconut oil flavor. Then chocolate galore. Some dark and bakers but mostly creamy milk chocolate and cocoa butter, some vanilla again as well as coffee ice cream. Light oatmeal taste and feel to a hint of oatmeal cookie. Touch of caramel and toasty dough malt, and a hint nutty.Light cinnamon i think or that might be my imagination running away with me. A light bitterness on the finish with creamy silky feel, more chocolate and coconut galore lingering, a touch of booze toward the end as i swirl the beer around my mouth for what seems like ages.

Mouth is fuller bodied rich creamy silky smooth and sexy satin decent carb.

Overall deliiicious! I wish i could freeze it in the winter and skate on it, then melt it in the spring and drink it again. Also bathe in it and make clothes from it. I don't think it gave me as much of a hard-on as Rudzud, but I really enjoyed this beer. I really hope they bottle it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/11/15 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, coconuts, toasted malts, oak, cream, vanilla, and cocoa. Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall a really good oatmeal stout; would love to have it again.

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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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 Duff27
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two fingered light tan head on a dark brown body. Head is dense, sticky, and long lasting.

Sweet undertones on the nose, low roastiness.

Moderate, soft roast on the forefront. In yo face coconut, yum! This come through on the tail end of each sip. Can see it bordering on cloying for some. Drinks about its 6.8%abv.

Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

Outside of Proprieters (which is a whole 'nother story) I've never experienced this much (real tasting) coconut flavor. Would love to try an imperial version of this with a thicker mouthfeel. Thanks mj0126!

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Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ShanePB
1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of Nichols33
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.22/5  rDev -23.3%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So this beer has been years in the making as with much persistence Norm convinced Ben to brew a coconut stout. Finally it happened!

A - Poured into a standard snifter a deep dark oily black with a wonderful one finger mocha head that faded to leave wonderful lacing throughout and nice retention.

S - Aromas mind blow. Its melted almond joys in a glass. Super large chocolate aromas and roasted, toasted coconut. Sooo much damn chocolate in this, crazy. I'll let JLindros go into detail about malt styles and such; all you need to know is this is a damn almond joy in a glass.

T - Taste is so dam. Close to the nose. Chocolate explodes rich and dark intermingling with wonderful roasted coconut flakes. There are light nuttiness atleast so I taste, could be my mind playing tricks...man oh man.

M - Mouthfeel is almost too silky and smooth. This is velvet for my mouth, rich and creamy. The carbonation is on the low side, which lends only to the milky creaminess.

O - Overall this beer ranks up there for me with top Wormtown beers right behind Tennessee Tats for me. Seek this beer out while you can, its outstanding. Wish, wish they'd bottle this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rjp217
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled October 2013.

A: Pours a very dark brown. Very large and frothy light brown head. Head retention is excellent as it slowly fades away. Top-notch lacing; heavy and thick and ever-present.

S: Really nice bittersweet chocolate aroma. Sweet grains backing it up, oatmeal I assume. Swear I get coffee even though there's no coffee in this. Not really getting a ton of coconut, mainly it's a chocolate oatmeal stout from the aroma. Mildly earthy. Very pleasant regardless.

T: Now there's the coconut. Lots of nice toasted coconut up front with a perfect backing of sweet oatmeal and bittersweet chocolate. Perfect balance and melding of flavors. Mild earthy coconut with lots of bitter cocoa in the aftertaste. This beer is stupid good.

M: Medium bodied, very very smooth and creamy.

O: Whoa. Great oatmeal stout. Addition of cocoa and coconut puts it over the time. It is mellow and smooth and creamy and so easy drinking. At the same time there is surprisingly great strength and complexity for 6.8%. Flavors compliment each other nicely and are well balanced. Amazing brew by Wormtown.

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Norm from Wormtown Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 177 ratings
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