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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Added by Todd on 04-20-2010

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Reviews by donniecuffs:
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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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 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 JT99125
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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 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 erialbill
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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 zero_signal
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Walleybeer
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fusco86
5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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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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 kkmiller76
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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 RobertJBeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Movember5
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of benz08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Garden State Stout from New Jersey Beer Company
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