Backbone Chocolate Espresso Stout | Boneyard Beer Company

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Backbone Chocolate Espresso StoutBackbone Chocolate Espresso Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States
boneyardbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Docer on 11-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Parmesan
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark black with a few hints of Ruby, a small white tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Strong aroma of roasting coffee beans, slight hints of Roasted pepper, notes of chocolate and Roasted malt.

T: Sweet milk, chocolate, some Roast coffee. Flavor a little disappointing compared to aroma.

F: Thin body and fairly watery.

O: A average stout that needs a thicker body.

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Photo of joefc
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of guajolote
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of drone
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lorihall1
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fsck
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Greels
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of msubulldog25
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of akk14
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IrishCowboyBend
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djbreezy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brickhouse in Vancouver, WA.

appearance - dark chocolate malty, smooth head, some retention

smell - coffee and chocolate, some roasty malts

taste - big carefully roasted malt profile, some light marshmallow, coffee is definitely in the mix with a nice cold espresso profile

mouthfeel - a bit on the thin side for a stout, not as balanced as could be but fine

overall - the coffee profile is good, the body and mouthfeel could be improved

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Docer
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Green Dragon during their meet the brewer event.

- Roasty dark brown and black... very light mocha head.. down to a thin ring and some scattered fizzy bits...

- Light coffee and sweet oat and grainy chocolate... bitter touch...

- Very smooth and well balanced... slightly creamy sweet, oats, light bitter grassy hops... coffee is sure present, but not overdone... perhaps some slight bitter chocolate notes.

- Smooth, and not too dry, sticky, or chewy at all.. very well done.

- Overall a great stout offering and something I hope is a regular for them.

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Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brother brought this back from Bend to share.

Pours a flat black color with a pretty nice off white head.

Aromas are very espresso forward with dark chocolate as well. Smells really nice.

Taste is very coffee like, burnt toasted grains, and a little gritty. Flavors then settle into some creamy malts and dark bitter chocolate. Finish is crisp, but a little fleeting with some mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is decent, but feels a little thin.

Drinkability is good. Very nice coffee stout, with a little more body and finish this would be really good.

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Photo of jdense
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bailey's PDX, $2.50 for 10 oz. pour, 9.10.11. The Big Board listed ABV as 6%.

Zero fingers head, full pour, dark brown opaque body, no visible carbonation. Nose features cocoa nibs, fairly dry. Taste is chocolatey some coffee and vanilla, quite sweet, almost a marshmallow sweetness. Soft mouthfeel for style, some lacing, pretty dry finish. One of Boneyard's smaller beers, IMO not quite on the level of Oakshire Expresso Stout, though wonder if this might be the base beer for Suge Knife.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of grittybrews
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cola brown into a tulip with two fingers of khaki head. Roasty aroma with coffee and hints of cocoa sweetness.

Slightly low carbonation and a creamy, light mouthfeel. Smooth espresso up front with mild caramel and milk chocolate followed by more bitter coffee on the finish.

Easy-drinking overall, but I thought the coffee flavor components were a little overbalanced (even for an espresso stout).

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Photo of CB2maltygoodness
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of artoolemomo
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a minimal amount of head which has little retention as well. The head is a medium beige with some burnt umber while the the body is a chocolate brown with tinges of burgundy that appears as mix of chocolate brown and maroon when held up to the light. Some spots of lacing but that's about it.

Nose- Very rich and deep coffee from the growler that almost smells like roasting beans. The glass shows a good amount of coffee but not nearly as much as from the growler. Hints of chocolate that run from milk to mildly bittersweet. Swirling shows mild cocoa. Fairly simplistic but still very nice.

Taste- Starts off with a chocolate front that seems mostly of the milk variety. Slight espresso starts to creep in on the middle and tends to define the rest of the flavor profile. Fairly mellow but it also doesn't have the sour/acrid notes that a lot of coffee beers have. It also doesn't force the chocolate so much that beer becomes to bitter. A little thin but still pretty enjoyable. No flaws, just a very solid beer with tons of accessibility, balance, and integration. Lacks complexity and presence to a degree but is very proficient at what it does. Reminds me a bit of a milk stout but I'm pretty sure no lactose is used. I wonder what it would be like if it had been. Good to really good beer- I would say that it is pretty much in between. Probably closer to really good.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied and would seem rather thin if the carbonation wasn't so light. Instead it has a slight smoothness to it which makes it pretty drinkable.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Around 13 for a growler seems pretty reasonable as well. I would definitely buy this again if I saw it on tap somewhere.

Overall- Good to really good beer, closer to really good. Very true to the style without some of the off-flavors of a lot of chocolate/coffee stouts. Definitely worth a try and something I would buy again.

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Photo of erickc
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Backbone Chocolate Espresso Stout from Boneyard Beer Company
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