Reverend Rundle Stout | Banff Ave. Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Banff Ave. Brewing Co.
Alberta, Canada

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are extremely proud of this nitrogen infused stout. The hard, mineral rich glacial water found in Banff balances perfectly with a rich, dark ale. Don't be afraid of this dark ale, its smooth charisma will surely convert many timid beer drinkers.

Added by Proteus93 on 06-29-2010

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by tonyf55:
Photo of tonyf55
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap at Banff Brewing Company - 12oz shaker

Visual (5): A very good looking stout. Served from the pour and settled in chocolate brown waves to a black brew. Pitch black; opaque with no light getting through. A rolling and active single finger head, tan coloured, lasting with large bubbles. Sharp, clean line between the head and the beer, very attractive. Awesome thick lacing left on the glass.

Aroma (3): A weak coffee grind aroma that also hints at dark chocolate. All round a roasted barely scent. Underpowered and understated for the bold dark colour.

Taste (3.5): Slight underpowered again, not a malt-bomb, but balanced by a slight bitterness with biscuit malt flavour shining through. The expresso coffee grind and slight bitterness sit on the pallet after the swallow.

Mouthfeel (3): Too watery and light. Could use a bit more body. Not overly carbonated which leads to a nice dry pallet and slight creamy feel, indicative of the style. Washes over the pallet for easy drinking, rather than coating the pallet.

Overall (3): What started with an amazingly promising visual simmered into a lackluster aroma, taste and mouthfeel. The visual was amazing, one of the best I've seen in a stout. The beer would go up a whole number grade if the light, watery body could be thickened up slightly - still fitting with the style but really giving the creamy mouthfeel that the flavours indicate should be present.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap on one hell of a frosty night in the park.

This beer appears a seemingly clear, very dark cola hue, with one finger of creamy, silky, pale beige head, which leaves some random splatters of painted lace around the glass as it glacially recedes.

It smells of chocolate milk powder, dark, roasted malt, a bit of creamy oatmeal, and musty, leafy hops. The taste is light chocolate malt, a wee bit of weak cold coffee, some further creamy grain, and soft earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium weight, and silky smooth. It finishes clean, the chocolate hanging on a bit, amongst some equally subtle hops.

Not too shabby, but didn't exactly rewrite my perception of nitro stouts. Went down fast, though, so take that as it is.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Stark black, with rich nitrogen cascading that slowly rises to a creamy topping that is rather light. It gives it a 'dessert topped with whipped cream' look

S + T: Rather light, especially on the nose. A modest coffee and dark roasted malt aroma... Maybe just a hint beyond being characteristically so. Very accessible, modest, and smooth. Going for it is the lack of almost acrid bitterness that can come with the roast. The water almost gives it a very 'clean' quality that is nice.

M + D: Nitro-creaminess, modest body as it should have. No arguing the ease of drinking. Over-all, a nice stout and if just a tad bit more robust, it would be fantastic.

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Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another nitro-tap at Banff Avenue Brewing Co, tried on our latest trip to Banff.

Looks very Guinness-like. Dark black liquid, with a tan foam head. Beer arrived soon enough after the pour so we could catch the nitro-cascade. Good looking stout. Creamy, long lasting head, thick sheets of lace. Some smell of roasted barley, as it warms the cocoa, coffee and smokiness come through. Lots of flavour, sweetish, bitter chocolate, and coffee too. Taste was just as expected, very good, well balanced. Give me another one of these instead of a Guinness!
Smooth, rich and creamy, easy to drink.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mistahmojoryan
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerAndBoSox
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JIMMER
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Banff Avenue Brewing Co, in Banff.

Reverend Rundle Stout looks like a beer most anyone would recognize, in no small part because it shares an almost identical resemblance to one of the world's most popular brands, Guinness. Its body is black, opaque despite some undertones against the light, and the infusion of nitrogen has procured a definitively creamy, lasting head.

That giant mousy nitrogen insulation, however, seems to have muted most all of the beer's aromas. I consider myself to have a stronger than average sense of smell but any scents beyond that of roasted barley succeeded in eluding my nostrils. Perhaps there aren't any other scents? Considering the style, that wouldn't be so usual or unacceptable.

The flavour, on the other hand, is coming through loud and clear. And it's not just roasted barley here - pecan pie, bittersweet chocolate, hazelnut and a few drops of coffee. There's plenty of flavour after all (and that probably explains why I keep rushing back in for more, and increasingly bigger, sips). Indeed, I'm having trouble putting it down, this is good!

I've noticed that I, like many others, have the tendency to score these kinds of stouts never too highly nor too low. I think that's because it's a style that isn't meant to impress or be lavish, but rather, just to be drunk and enjoyed. It is a style that stresses simplicity, one that's more about sociability than sophistication, tradition rather than novelty.

And as such Irish-style dry stouts are easily taken for granted. My first impression of the beer was that it was another commonplace, nitro-infused, Guinness wannabe. Working my way through the pint, however, I was reminded of just how wholesome, gratifying and flavourful a good stout can be - the Reverend Rundle healed my appetite for a beer!

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Photo of likeablepaper
2.79/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured black, with a nice long lasting tan creamy head. The smell was smokey, and burnt. The flavor was a bit watery, but a burnt/smoked malty flavor is present later on. The flavor is a bit wattery, which is disapointing. Overall this isnt a bad beer, but a rather easy to find Guinness is better.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boszormeny
2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Reverend Rundle Stout from Banff Ave. Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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