Chocolate Stout | Northshire Brewery

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Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

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Northshire Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our British style chocolate stout is brewed with chocolate malt, imported English malt and hops, with a secret chocolate addition. Robust and full-flavored with a balanced bitterness. Not sweet, the subtle cocoa notes show up in the finish.

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 66
Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a tulip.
Pours a dark brown with considerable garnet red hues on the edges, surprising amount of light comes through. No head.
Aromas are decent roasted malt, but very light.
Flavor is pretty standard but not overly complex. A little bit of chocolate comes through.
Mouthfeel is entirely too thin and was my major complaint here,
Overall, this beer needs to be bigger and thicker. This is a like a session stout.

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Photo of Roguer
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brew, tinges of brown; poor head retention.

Fairly neutral aroma. Perhaps a touch of chocolate malt on the nose.

Very bitter chocolate, along a caramel and pale malt base, and balanced with noble hops. A little bit of roast.

Thin for a stout. Not at all a bad brew, very drinkable, but very plain too.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, no date

dark brown in color. Good lacing and head. Aroma is slightly sweet and chocolatey. Taste is balanced. Slightly roasty. Full bodied

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in June near Burlington VT. Probably on sale.

A- Body is a thick deep brown, nearly black hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger soapy tan head which quickly fades to <1/2 finger. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Buttery, waxy milk chocolate. There really isn't much else to the nose. Just cheap milk chocolate. As the beer warms, there is a hint of faint roasted malt in the nose as well.

T- Upfront is a good chocolate, the faintest hint of dark fruit is in the background, and a nice malt backbone. A lot of roasted malt comes through for the finish, as well as a good amount of chocolate, and a hint of waxy chocolate. Roasted malt, a hint of dark fruit, and a hint of dark chocolate.

F- Nothing offensive, low medium carbonation, slightly waxy medium to heavy weight body.

O- Overall this is a decent beer. Its very chocolaty with a nice roasted malt backbone. Yes, the chocolate tastes like one of those cheap samplers you get at the drug store-but hey that's the fruity chocolate I grew up with. As Forrest Gump says-life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you are going to get. This is the cheap roman raspberry chocolate piece. But thats still pretty good. FWIW I thought this beer was decent and my husband really likes it.

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2.12/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thin, odd off-taste, not good. Barely choked it down. (Only because I don't like to waste money) $3 price tag for bomber should have been tip-off. never again. Apparently I need to put together a longer review. Don't know why; this beer is just bad.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle. No bottling date so I don't know. I sampled it on January 21, 2014.

The pour is dark brown with a moderately lasting brownish tan head. Opaque.

Whoa! There is some kind of cherry tartness flying off the nose much more so than any chocolate, especially for a chocolate stout. I get a bit of it but it is more muted than the tart cherry.

The body is on the thin side.

The taste is overwhelmed by the cherry or tart zestiness of a bottle of champagne for lack of a better description. Hardly what I expected from a chocolate stout. Chocolate seems more like an after thought.

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Photo of Canty
3.09/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up this bottle at city market in Burlington VT poured into a pint glass

A: The beer pours dark brown with a thin creamy head that quickly disappeared.

S: The chocolate smell from this beer is a bit overpowering at first. Had woodsy earthy notes to it with a hint of coffee.

T: Chocolate is really the main taste coming from this beer. I could taste hints of both caramel and oak in the aftertaste. Very sweet.

M: A little thinner than one would expect from a stout. You could tell what they were going for but it missed the mark for me.

O: Not a bad beer but probably one that I wouldn't buy again. I prefer my stouts thicker with less sweetness coming through

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is jet black with a thin, foamy, filmy, light tan head. Nose of toasted oats, chocolate syrup, and some hints of bitter coffee. Flavors are sweet, with the chocolate syrup heavy on the forward tongue, and some roasty notes in the back. Way too sweet and sugary for me. Thin, slick body that tries to be creamy but misses the mark. Chocolate sugar once again in the aftertaste, with a bittersweet linger in the slick finish. Not for me, but a true chocoholic might dig it.

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Photo of ppoitras
2.47/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere in the Middlebury/Burlington area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed an extremely fizzy 1/2" brown head over the slightly cloudy very dark brown brew. Head is gone pretty quick, with average lacing. Aroma is rich darkness.

Taste starts where the nose left off, but quickly makes way for a tartness that becomes all encompassing through the rest of the experience. Mouthfeel is smooth, but drinkability is junk with the sour character defining the brew. Pass.

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Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the camp site over the weekend. Yet another new VT brewery to try.

A- Poured into my giant 24oz pine shaped glass I use when camping with a black body. Tan head about one finger high leaves good lace clouds.

S- Cocoa powder forward with a good amount of dark fruits and raisin in the background. Nice roast grain bill overall.

T- Consists of half dark cherry-like fruit and half roast grain bill here for the main flavor components. Nice chocolate flavor to do the name justice as well as some toasted nutty and caramel malts.

MF- Moderately thick body with high carbonation for the style. This works to make it a more drinkable stout rather than a dessert beer. Roast bitters in the finish.

Good fruit and cocoa aspects to this laid back and drinkable stout.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: pours a massive chocolate milk white head with heavy lacing

S: aroma of sweet milk chocolate with dark roasted malt and coffee. Some toffee scents as well

T: in Quickly looking at some of the older reviews on this, I am happy to report that this batch is better than the reviews that it received last year. Mostly chocolate malt flavors and a watered down robust porter in flavor. Pretty bitter in flavor with cocoa powder hints and a slight coffee malt acridness. Cocoa flavors at the end and slightly refreshing overall

M: very light body with a mild carbonation

O: not the best chocolate stout that I have had but a convincingly good English stout. It is dry and relatively drinkable with chocolate and coffee flavors.

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Photo of jlindros
2.41/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours an over carbonated fizzy off-white colored 2+ finger head that starts to fade fairly quickly, easily over carbonated during bottle conditioning or possible infection doing that for it, over a dark mahogany brown color with hints of ruby light sneaking through.

Nose is quite yeasty, bready chewy yeast almost trube like, and a slight raspberry/cherry fruity aroma in there that I can only imagine is an infection. Just a bit of dark malts underneath the huge yeast aroma, with just a bit of roast and chocolate malt, very light chocolate.

Taste, I'm afraid, starts with tons of yeast again, like chewing on trube! Also a light sour fruity infection taste, not good. Just a bit of chalky roasted malt behind that, with a hint of chocolate. And way too much carbonation.

Mouth is thin feeling as i think the infection destroyed the base of the beer, and way too much carbonation.

Overall swing and a miss. The beer underneath seems light and thin, and all that was there was destroyed by possible infection, sour icky fruit, yeasty flavors, just bad.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with lighter hues about the edges. Cream colored head settles into nothing almost instantly. A few small patches of lacing stick to the glass.

S: Cola, molasses, french roast, earthy yeast, roasted barley, dried grass, and cocoa powder and baker's chocolate.

T: Cola, acidic black coffee, heavily roasted barley. Slightly acrid with a touch of char and smoke. Very earthy and a bit dirty. Definite minerality. Faint tastes of cocoa and bakers chocolate lie hidden beneath it all. Acidic black coffee and a root-like earthiness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Lush and well-rounded in the mouth, slightly silky. Ample carbonation lifts and scrubs.

O: This stout tastes very English in nature, so they definitely hit the mark in that regard. It isn't a bad beer in its own right. But why is this billed as a chocolate stout? I can barely even taste the chocolate. The beer still has plenty of that acrid, acidic bitterness to balance a little more sweetness. Adding more chocolate would go a long way here. Give the people what they want.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades to thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Very light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smell: hints of coffee and chocolate and flavor is roasted-burnt coffee and essence of chocolate. Not my idea of a chocolate stout, needs more chocolate and carbonation. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.56/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/4/12

Appearance: Black with an absurdly massive beige head - hard to pour, actually, because of the abundance of foam - leaves foamy lacing - the ridiculous carbonation may not be a good sign

Smell: Extremely bitter unsweetened chocolate, some slight sugary sweetness, roasted grains - something weird going on in here, too, is a sour stout or something? - not ideal

Taste: Weird to say the least - tons of bitterness - unsweetened chocolate, vegetal - kind of sour, but not; some really weird off-flavors that are a vaguely sour, oxidized, with a touch of vinegar - there is a stout under the chocolate, but it is rather dull - slightly roasted, slightly burnt - does not get much better as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium body, overcarbonated and bubbly

Overall: Really weird, not really good

This beer has some problems. I do not know if this was a funky bottle, or if this beer is actually supposed to taste somewhat sour. Regardless, aside from the sourness, there are not a lot of nice things going on here.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.23/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark brown. Even with a gentle pour a huge dense head forms. Light tan and sticks to the glass like a champ. Carbonation looks incredibly high.

Smell: Some roasted malts coupled with very bitter dark chocolate. Kind of soapy. Lingering sweetness evokes some chocolate syrup. It's definitely chocolates, but it lacks some overall depth. Some minerality amidst the mellow malt profile and over dark cocoa.

Taste: Chocolate is so bitter it almost tastes sour. Rocks and bitter bitter chocolate. We're talking almost pure dark chocolate. Powdery and dry. Some roasted malts and a dusting of citrus, but the chocolate profile is overpowering and not in a good way. Some touches of hard water.

Mouthfeel: Thin but almost hits medium on the body. Carbonation is really high and spreads the dry chocolate finish.

Overall: I don't think they can call this chocolate. It's raw cocoa powder thrown in a decent English stout. Aggressively bitter and dry. Definitely one of the more unique takes on using chocolate I've encountered.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. Creamy tan head shows great retention and lacing. Smells of roasted coffee and chocolate with a hint of wet dog. Taste is chocolate and light coffee with a bit of caramel and butterscotch and a bit of lactose sweetness. Medium to thin body with a light level of carbonation and a slick oily mouthfeel. Nothing objectionable here, but nothing horribly exciting either. I'd have loved some more body and maybe some more chocolate.

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Photo of CliffBrake
2.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque dark brown color with a minimal, short-lived head. Little lacing.

The aroma is very inviting with pronounced chocolate and roasted grain notes. Chocolate on the palate is overrun with a sour flavor that leads into a grainy finish. As the beer warms up, a diacetyl flavor becomes more apparent and is perhaps the source of the sourness.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. The carbonation seems fizzy on the tongue.

The aroma seemed promising, but there may have been problems with the fermentation that lead to the off-flavors.

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Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown in color with a 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and milk chocolate

Taste: small chocolate with big tobacco and small coffee flavors

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Overall: All I can think of when drinking this beer is OK, where is the chocolate? I was certainly expecting more, but it is the coffee that dominates. Not a bad beer, but nothing that really stands out. I will pass in the future.

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Photo of ejl4
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown with a little lighter brown around the edges. Barely any carbonation comes out with even the most direct pour.

Smells lightly of chocolate and roasted coffee, but not too strong.

Full mouthfeel with roasted flavors and residual sweetness at the end. A nice blend of malt, roast, and sweet.

Overall a decent beer, but lacking in carbonation.

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Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a blightly noir with a thin white head. As predicted, color is not an issue.

Roasted coffee mingles with bitter chocolate to create an exquisite profile in the nose.

The coffee dominates more here with only a hint of cocoa. Roasty. Perhaps a bit creamy.

Bitter chocolate and coffee dominate the mouthfeel. Carbonation seems thin but that is a good thing in my book because too much carbonation makes it more difficult to savor. This is in the middle.

A solid chocolate stout. It's not Young's Chocolate Stout but it'll do for a local example.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT. $3.99.

Pours a thin black with very little head, almost like a cask ale. Nose is of a classic stout, some roasted coffee notes, some dense malt, and a little tree bark aroma. Palate is medium-bodied with a traditional "crisp" mouthfeel. Roasted coffee, chocolate malt and toasted bread flavors. Short to moderate length finish.

Solid, but I'd like a little more carbonation.

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