Garden State Stout | New Jersey Beer Company

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Garden State StoutGarden State Stout

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New Jersey Beer Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 73
Photo of q33jeff
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

AROMA: Coffee
LOOK: Dark Black color. Medium Tan head.
TASTE: nothing special jumps out, toasted barley, small touches of coca, coffee.
FEEL: Thin for a stout.

Good flavor and enjoyable.
Rates well, but low on the totem pole for Stouts though.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Overall I wasn't a huge fan of this one. Some roasted malts, chocolate, and light cream, but over carbonated and just a bit bland. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

6/6...pours dark brown bordering on black. Minimal foam. Roasted coffee nose. Taste is a firm coffee bean stout with an embedded dark fruit/raisin background. Sweetness pokes through right in the back. Virtually no carbonation, very smooth.

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a meager head, barely covers the surface before disappearing entirely, not much lacing either. Straight up black and opaque liquid, thin stripe of yellow at the rims and surface. The nose is sweet, spotlights chocolate, milk, maple syrup and licorice, the raisins do come through, however, just as much fig or date too, has a bready dimension yet no real drier, stiffening element. Medium-bodied, lack of carbonation gives it a semi-flat mouth feel and increases heaviness. Stronger roast here, brings out coffee, tree bark and tar notes and gives the chocolate a bitterness. Caramel, toffee and milk predominate, some black tea leaf and that tarry, earthy stuff. Really, the fruit presence is minimal at best. Lots of residual smokiness as it finishes. While the primary flavors would indicate a sweeter beer it actually comes off on the dry side. Flavor intensity trails off at the end. Easy to drink and neutral enough in many respects to pair well across the board with a variety of foods. Wish it had more liveliness.

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Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Pours basic black with two finger tan head with fairly long retention.

S: Mostly coffee and roasted malts.

T: Espresso. Roasted malts. Hint of chocolate.

M: Medium body. Almost a little thin for a stout.

O: Easy drinking brew with nice flavors, but for me this was on the borderline for being more of a porter.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep deep brown with a deep tan head that dissipates over time. lots of chocolate on the nose, some coffee, big roast character, some charcoal and asphalt.

Full bodied but the bright carbonation makes it feel lighter in the mouth. Some roasted barley flavor up front roll into big rich chocolate flavor with some touches of coffee and roasted grains. Finishes with just enough bitterness to balance, some acrid flavors but nothing too off. Slightly tinny on the finish as well. Finishes with some lingering tannins and an overall chocolate flavor. Mild bitterness lingers as well. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of dark chocolate.

T: Light to moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some very light notes of dark chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Easy to drink and relatively smooth but the overall flavors and aromas are a touch light for my personal preference. Would likely pair very well with a lot of different foods since it is rather light.

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Photo of socon67
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Black pout with an active brown foam head. Decent lacing on the glass, and the 1" head retained well.

S - Scents of cocoa powder and dark malt. A bit of pumpernickel bread is noted; slight spicy note.

T - Flavor is rich and malty like Ovaltine. Has a milk chocolate sweetness. This is a rich stout.

M - Rich body with a heavy feel. Residual sugars linger.

O - A decent stout that would appeal to those with a sweet tooth. I'd try this again. Pair this with a good burger or pastrami sandwich.

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Photo of SHU06Les
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Dark black with little head and no lacing. Smell is of chocolate and raisins. The taste follows the smell. At first, chocolate isn't as prominent as I'd like. As it warms, the flavors really come together well. Mouthfeel is on the light side. This is a very drinkable stout although lighter than I would prefer. It's definitely worth a try if you run into it.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery.

App: Near black with a smallish, quick sinking head, minimal lace, visible carbonation.

Smell: Roasty, char, a little bitter chocolate.

Taste: Surprisingly sour, along with the usual roasty notes you’d expect for the style. Was told it was very hot and boozy when first brewed and had begun to mellow. Indeed, the alcohol was totally hidden at this point, but the sourness, while not unpleasant, struck me as unintentional (it was) and somewhat incongruous. Not sweet, just a little hoppy bitterness in the end. Roasted malt overpowered by the sour flavor.

Mf: Medium-bodied with solid carbonation. Not particularly smooth, but still easy to drink.

Overall: A bit odd I have to say. I didn’t dislike it, but the unintended sourness just overrode everything else, particularly any subtler flavor aspects.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a small chocolate colored head. No lacing but some alcohol legs.

S: Chocolate notes, booze, coffee and roastiness.

T: Big chocolate flavor, some coffee and a ton of alcohol. This beer is unbalanced. The booze is over powering.

M: Alcoholic and carbed. Chewy though.

O: No head but awesome chocolate flavor. Just a tad boozy for me.

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

Tan creamy head that faded into a nice film and then a ring around the glass. Looks really dark maybe some ruby highlights.

Definitely some coffee and chocolate with some subtle hints of caramel.

Chocolate and caramel immediately with roasted coffee at the end. Also, some dark fruits make a nice presense as well somewhere in the middle and towards the end. Not sure if its my imagination but also the slightest of a mint-like taste comes in.

Creamy body, carbonation is noticeable. It leaves the lips slightly sticky. No alcohol warmth detected.

I've always wanted to try a brew from this company. I'm glad I did. A very interesting tasting stout. Creamy, tasty -- almost a 4.5 taste but fell a little short; something seemed to be missing, not sure what. Definitely worthy if you find this on tap -- I feel lucky I did.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild 15th Annual Beer Festival, USS New Jersey, Camden, NJ

Looked like a stout: opaque black with a dense, foamy, tan head. Roasted malts in the nose, semisweet chocolate, and bitter coffee. The taste followed the smell, roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate. Finishes pretty dry and clean. Not quite full-bodied, but quite easily drinkable.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Consumed at the Trinity Irish Pub & Carvery in Atlantic City, NJ.

Murky dark and minimally viscous, with a very smallish head, this stout probably could have benefited from a better pour, but that’s neither here nor there. Not really very much lacing at all. Smell is interesting, with notes of chocolate and cocoa punctuating the definite malty presence. Concentrated sniffs reveal a slight undertone of coffee as well.

Roasted malts lead off the taste, followed by the dark chocolate nuances from the nose. Sweetish notes of dark fruit like raisins and dates round off into a mild bitterness on the back end. Very slight hoppiness appears at the finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is on the light side, with a slick feel and a substantial, though buoyant, body. I would have preferred a bit more chewiness.

New Jersey is known for many unsavory things and thankfully this stout does not take after its namesake. Clean and straightforward, with a good mix of flavors to keep your palate interested, the Garden State Stout will provide a solid drinking experience should you decide to imbibe.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since I've never had it before and I wanted to give this a whirl. This wasn't as highly rated as other Stouts on here but I wanted to give it a whirl to see if that was really the case or not. I understand that this is a new brewery but after downing a few of these, it's apparent that there's still some work to be done.

This had a typical pour to it for something of this type - dark, a somewhat frothy head, and no lacing to be found. What struck me about this beer was how thin it was in both the mouthfeel and taste. There was quite a bit of carbonation to this and it didn't seem like "motor oil" in the least. Rather, it felt like a soda with a bit of cherry and raspberry mixed in with the milk chocolate flavor. No stickiness here, but it went down like soda with only the carbonation lingering in the aftertaste.

New to Stouts? This is where to begin. The 6.60% ABV can hardly be felt and it's even possible to down quite a few in a sitting. I've never had a beer of this style that wasn't crafted well or that I couldn't finish but when it comes to Stouts, this falls on the lower end of the scale. This fit in well with the leftover Halloween candy that I had at my house and at the same time, I feel that there's a lot of potential here in future years!

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Photo of speter
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours nearly black with ruby highlights. Surprisingly, there is only a thin whispy ring of a tan head that leaves no lacing.

S: Light nose that features roasted barley and a hint of chocolate along with a vinous overtone from the raisins.

T: The taste come across as very thin, with most of the flavor (chocolate) coming in the aftertaste. I don't get the raisins at all. Unfortunately, this is quite disappointing.

M: Very light body with low carbonation. If I had to judge by the taste and mouthfeel, I'd say this was 4% ABV tops.

D: I'll try their other offerings, but alas Garden State Stout isn't for me.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black liquid that is capped with a short-lived tan head that leaves virtually no lacing. Not bad; looks more like a Coke than a beer, though.

S: Strong aroma of chocolate and malt. Hints of burnt wood as well.

T: Pretty surprising little stout. Sweet chocolatey malt, with a mildly chalky finish.

M: A bit on the thin side. Not your typical thick stout. A bit watered down.

D: Nice, solid stout for the winter months, by a brewery I never knew existed, but live right here in that state. Go figure. I'll probably try this again, and probably try their other brews.

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Photo of magnj
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black body below a 1 finger tan head.

S - Cocoa and coffee dominate and are surprisingly aggressive given the ABV.

T - Right up front I get roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate in a nice balance. Nice bitterness from the dark malts, hops present but indistinguishable. Really flavorful but drys out and ends rather clean despite some sweetness up front.

M/D - Full body and sticky but doesn't taste or seem thick or huge. Glad they stopped where they did with the ABV, any bigger and to me it's be a little hard to approach as a go to stout. Drinks good, will probably be nicer in the dead of Winter.

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Photo of mjaskula
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. The beer is pitch black with a thin dark tan head. The head thins to a ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet, but mostly as expected, dark roasted malts and coffee. Flavor as initially a little medicinal. There's plenty of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. There is a nice bit of dark fruit sweetness that must be partially from the raisins mentioned on the label. The carbonation is high which helps balance the viscosity. By the end of the glass I'm liking it much better than when I started. The flavors come out much nicer when it warms.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown; almost black. Poured almost a 2 finger tan head with good retention. Laced in sheets.

S: Hearty chocolate and bitter coffee malts. Straighforward, just what you expect.

T: Consitent with smell; chocolate and bitter coffee. Good variety of toasted male flavors. Light, building bitter to balance the finish.

M: Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and clean.

D: Flavorful and much of what is expected for the style. Easily drinkable; disguises the higher than normal ABV for the style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a short 1/2" tan colored head. No lace develops.

Smell: roasted malt, some coffee, and a hint of bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, prunes, light coffee tones, a hint of dark chocolate, and a mild bitterness creates a decent stout. A bit of a metallic flavor arrives while swallowing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp to start, still crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: this beer was easy to drink but a bit to crisp for my liking.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my favorite of the three initial offerings put out by this newbie brewery. Poured black, with a finger of tan-colored head, decent retention, and good lacing. Big roasted coffee and dark chocolate presence in the nose; very pleasant to the point where I'd buy it as an air freshener for my car. However the flavor, while not bad by any means, didn't seem as robust as the nose. It started off on a bittersweet chocolate note, and finished on semi-dry coffee note, with a surprisingly thinner than expected body overall. The latter definitely helps out the beer's sessionability, but a tad fuller on the body would make this a tremendous beer. Good job, guys, and keep at it!

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

On tap at Copper Mine Pub

A - black as black can be, nice tan head, lots of lacing

S - the chocolate is very up front on this one

T - malty goodness up front, not bitter and then the chocolate hits on the backside...yum.

M - very smooth...loved it

D - very drinkable, even on a day that was mid-70's in temperature. The alcohol wasn't over powering which made it very enjoyable and hence the drinkability factor earned a few points for that.

Overall, a good stout although I was a bit confused as one chalkboard listed it simply as a stout and another board had it as a chocolate stout.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured jet black with a large head that quickly died down.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and notes of chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, although the flavors seem to be a bit more subdued.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some smoothness.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and goes down smoothly. This could be a good choice to pair with food because the flavors are relatively mild.

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