Nomad Stout | Cavalry Brewing

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Nomad StoutNomad Stout

Brewed by:
Cavalry Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This dry Irish stout is smooth and flavorful with excellent malt and chocolate undertones.

50 IBU

Added by Durge on 07-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium bodied and hshort off white colored head that leaves a little lacing down the glass as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, deeper more burnt malts, oats, a bit of chocolate and a trace of hops at the end.
T: Tastes like the aroma with sweet roasted malts, more bitterly roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of light earthy hops at the end of the beer.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, this was a very sessionable stout. Nice flavors, mild abv, really well done.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.2/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Stout black pour, one inch khaki head.

S: Roasted malt and oats. Maybe a touch of chocolate? The aroma is somewhat faint but clean and pleasant.

T: Mostly roast with hints of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Smoke begins to emerge as the glass warms. Well balanced and in my opinion well crafted. This could be one of my favorite session-able stouts.

M: Medium body, lots of carbonation. The finish is a bit watery.

O: Great stout, easy to drink. A fine representation of the style.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.14/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle opens with a fizzy pop and pours dark cola brown into my glass.
A huge creamy tan head foams up even with the gentlest of pours, fills my glass after 3 oz is poured from the bottle. The head recedes very slowly, creating craters in the center and leaving some tight lattice on the sides of my glass.
Aroma is fairly mild but dominated by roasted malt notes and a little bit of baker's chocolate. Maybe a bit of roasted peanut too?
First sip reveals a very smooth textured beer with a fairly light body, which fits the style.
Very easy drinking with no hint of ABV, which is low, and only the faintest bitterness on the finish. This bite is all roasted grain and not from hops.
A nice drinking, easily sessionable beer. Another winner from Cavalry!
I gotta take a little off due to the overfoaming on the initial pour.

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Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another generous offering from the Cavalry Brewery open house tasting last month, this familiar stout on cask shows a solid brown-black color with a healthy tan head and modest lacing. The aroma is a deep and tasty swamp malt and some chocolaty charcoal, very nice. The flavor says sharp charcoal smoke and more terse malt base. It’s solidly medium bodied but sort of aqueous to allow good drinkability considering the fairly intense flavor. Carbonation for a cask is fine but very full and makes for a smooth, slightly chalky feel. This has great personality. There is a hint of lemon highlight. Right up there with the Marauder as the best of Cavalry for my tastes. However, as usual with Cavalry, I find the lack of hop punch to be a negative overall, and here again, a little more would push it up a notch in my mind.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.94/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmitchell for the bottle!

A-black with no head whatsoever.
S-very odd. Sweet, but can't quite put much else on it.
T-alot like it smells. Very sweet and malty. Dry coffee aftertaste.
M-medium bodied and smooth with a nice coffee after taste.
D-very drinkable. Im very happy to try this!

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves very nice lace on the glass.

S - Nutty malt with a hint of smoky coffee and caramel.

T - Dark, bready malt notes up front with a hint of smoke. Some spicy, chicory character comes out in the middle with more nutty caramel. It finishes with a lot of smoky chicory and light, spicy hop flavors. Moderate malt bitterness lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Pretty well done and unusually full flavored for the style. It has a sufficiently dry finish and appropriately low alcohol content, but quite a lot more character than the "G" word. The spicy, smoky character could turn some people off, but for me it adds a bit of welcome interest in what can otherwise be a boring beer style.

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Photo of Daktyls
3.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown almost black color with a rocky three finger head that lingers for a while before dissipates slowly, leaving a mountain of foam in the middle and big lacing on the sides.

S: Dark, roasted malts present along with a light amount of sweetness and some hops. I'm picking up a slight amount of coffee as well.

T: Primarily roasted malts with a little bit of hoppy citrus in the background. A bit of sweetness is present on the finish as well.

M: A little too carbonated to be a good stout, and too light of a body.

O: Overall, not particularly memorable, yet not particularly bad either. A decent stout.

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Photo of Thads324
3.79/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : poured into a pint, a nice dark, almost impossible to see
through with a tight tan head. dissipates quickly.

S : a light stout aroma of toffee and coffee. Smells sweet and has a tinge of dark chocolate, only coming forth after a few whiffs. side note, all these aromas are on the light side.

T : unlike the aroma which is difficult to find, the taste is bold. immediate sweetness followed by a bolt of lightly roasted malt that runs the entire profile. Undertones of nicely burnt toffee and finishes cleanly with a tiny bit of sweet, spicey hop.

M : solid and full until the end. great carbonation levels for the style.

D : excellent. not heavy but not one of those super light stouts, this one is great

a great beer. A traditional stout with full flavor and easily drinkable. my only issue is the aroma, which is just so light, but that really doesn't matter does it. great stuff.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass:

A: Jet black body with cola-like highlighted edges and a very thin head of slightly creamy brown foam which had decent retention and left a thin ring of lace.

S: Roasted barley, carob, cocoa, a bit of coal and wood ashes dominate the aroma. A clear, herbal hop resin is noted as well.

T: Bittersweet roasted malt flavor which gives off flavors of bittersweet chocolate, black malts, a little licorice and anise flavoring to add to the roasted barley finish. The 50 IBUs are notable for giving the brew an earthy, herbal, bitter and slightly sticky finish. Lots of malt flavor given the low ABV.

M: Light-medium bodied with a little bit a watery, non-carbonated malt flavor, yet sticky, resinous hop bitterness. A little bit creamy, but not the best balance here.

D: There's no shortage of flavor given the low 4.5% ABV, but not the balance of creaminess, roasted malts and dry bitterness I look for in Irish stouts. Sort of an off-the-mark brew, but worthy of a try. Not exactly what I think of when having a dry Irish stout, but not too far off from it's Americanized brethren (i.e. Shipyard Blue Fin Stout).

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Photo of BigRob329
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a bit of off-white head. Very dark. Smells sweet and roasty. Lots of sweetness more than anything else on the nose. Tastes a bit thin. Lots of roast but not much malt backbone to back it up. Being an english dry stout I guess that is to be expected. Very dry. Sweet and dry in a good combination. Overall a bit thin but decent mouthfeel and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of chefelf
3.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured the obvious color with a lighter head than I'd have expected.

Stouts are not my favorite beer type but I found this one pretty enjoyable. It looks as you'd expect a stout to look. Not very hoppy at all, not too bitter. It has a cleanly, lightly toasted flavor.

This beer was more dry than I'd have expected. I'm not the type to have stout very often but when I'm in the mood it's quite nice and I found this beer to suit the moodly nicely.

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Photo of datalager
3.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an interesting offering from a local-to-me brewer.

The body on this stout is as black as pitch. Gently pouring the ale into a tumbler, in my normal "stout-careful" fashion, produced virtually no head. On a following bottle I gave a good vigorous purging and barely brought the head to the top of the glass, although more of the tan color and medium fizz could be temporarily appreciated. Minimal lacing, here.

Smells are excellent, giving a deep, sweet chocolate, with strong complimenting vanilla, nut, roasted espresso and yeast.

Flavor follows the nose, but comes together as a sort of slightly soured chocolate a good way, if that makes sense. Ironically, despite billing as an Irish Dry Stout, I get more Milk or Cream Stout with this.

Mouthfeel is where this beer looses points, at least upon initial consumption. This stuff is bright and carbonated, almost like soda. That's just wrong for a stout, IMO, which should be smooth out of the gates. After 10-15 minutesm though, the fizz resides and offers a more palatable tongue. Finish is slightly dry, just enough to request additional sips. Aftertaste is just very slightly sour minutes after.

Overall, a good effort here. The flavor and aroma counterbalance the funky carbonation just enough to make it moderately enjoyable. Not the worst stout I've had, not the best. I'd drink it again, but definitely wouldn't kill myself to seek it out. If Cavalry is reading this, reduce the fizz and you might have yourself a truly competitive stout.

***[Just as a revisit to my initial review a month ago, I'm enjoying this stout more as a consequence of...less carbonation??? I don't understand the aging process of ale in a bottle enough to verify my suspicions, but I assume that extra time on the shelf of my cool basement reduced the that possible??? Bottling date is Feb 15, 2012. My first review was March 15 with an infant-like bottle, when I blasted this stout for over-carbonation. Now, nearly five weeks later (April 18, 2012), I am enjoying another Nomad but without the distracting sizzle. I've never done a follow-up review before, but felt this was a significant reason to do so. Really not a bad stout. I'm happy to support local brewers. Knowing this might inspire me to purchase another six-pack in the future with the intent of letting it sit a while before cracking into it. As a reference, my initial review was a 3.4. I am increasing the appearance from 2.5>3.0, and the mouthfeel from 2.0>3.0]

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Photo of JMD
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with some light ruby tones around the edges. Small tan head that fades quickly.

S: Lots of roasted malt character in the aroma. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee.

T: Toasted malt upfront. Same as the aroma, bittersweet chocolate, fresh brewed coffee with hints of tobacco and tar. Finishes with some light hop bitterness.

M: This beer is way too light for the style. Very watery.

D: This is a decent stout, but too light. I love to support local brewers, but I think they missed the mark with this one. Enjoyable, but nothing really noteworthy that will make me want to keep buying it. That said, I look forward to trying other offerings from Cavalry.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle into a pint glass, this pours a solid black under a very persistent and monstrously huge rocky foam head. Aroma is a mild blend of light metallic noted dark roasted malt and light sweetness. Mouthfeel is robustly carbonated with a solid roasted malt backbone. Notes of dark roasted bitter coffee and mild cream dance along into a dry finish.

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Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of agreenman19
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Burkbom23
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark-as-night-black, even when held to the light. Big, fluffy brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Aromas of roasted malt, oats, burnt toast, and a slight metallic twinge.

Taste is big on roasted malts with bitter chocolate, hop background and a day-old coffee bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel was a big disappointment with a barely medium feel. Watery and just slightly sticky with low carbonation.

I really wanted more out of this beer, especially after the pour was so promising. Overall an average session beer.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of h4ger
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown in color, one inch head, opaque

Smell: faint roasted malt

Taste: roasted malt and some chocolate malt

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with a dry/bitter end, medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An average dry stout. Not bad, but nothing to go out of my way for either.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a very large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a dry and bitter-sweet dark chocolate flavor followed by a hearty roasted malt character. There are background flavors of coffee and dark fruit. The hops presence is mild as you would expect in the style and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a mediocre beer and there are several others that are better in the style.

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Nomad Stout from Cavalry Brewing
3.21 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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