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Chocolate Stout | Northshire Brewery

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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.

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by jlindros:
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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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 Varkias41
3/5  rDev -5.4%

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 CraigMack61
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kevincredible
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim white to off white color-ed level head. The smell had a sweet cocoa with a decent robust roasty coffee in the background. The taste copied the smell nicely and leads on into a delicate sweet to roasty aftertaste. On the palate, this one sat medium bodied with a nice creamy smoothness along my tongue. Bitterness - what bitterness, there is none and you know what, honestly, there doesn’t need to be. Overall, this is a nice sweet stout just as it is.

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Photo of Ajlvt
3/5  rDev -5.4%

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 dunruh
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EgadBananas
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of d_brommer_nh
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

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 papat444
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of gonzo000
3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morrowd3
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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 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 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 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 sgregory
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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