Halcyon Steamer Stout | Squam Brewing

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Halcyon Steamer StoutHalcyon Steamer Stout

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Squam Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jdhilt on 09-20-2010

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by dancaplette:
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer was black in color with a thin tan head.

Average aroma of some roasted malt, with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste followed aroma. Still pretty average. Some coffee and some sweet chocolate.

Medium-bodied, not offensive. I thought this beer was squarely in the middle of the road.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 3/11/11

A: Pours black with a slight ruby tinge. A small, but dense off-white head forms and dissipates quickly leaving some spotty lace.

S: Lots of roasted malts, some coffee, and a little bit of chocolate.

T: A little less potent than the the aroma and a bit sweeter. Some roasted malt and chocolate give way to a little bit of coffee and espresso.

M: Light to medium bodied, a little thin for what I consider a stout.

O: The light body threw me a little and was expecting it to be a bit more bold, but the flavors are good. Would be interesting in trying their other offerings.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here we go, giving another new New Hampshire brewer a try.

Fills the glass with a near black body with no room for light to pass through. Capped with a creamy looking tannish-brown colored head about an inch thick. Retention was lacking a bit, but it did leave a thin lace behind.

Aroma is has plenty of roasted aroma with hints of dark-roast coffee. Sweeter and lighter malt aromas also present but a bit underwhelming.

First taste is plenty of stout but without there being too much of the burnt flavors that overtake some stouts. Sweeter, almost fruity flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel is rather light but smooth. Overall, a very solid American Stout. Plenty of flavor but light on the alcohol makes this a great stout.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From batch #2. Sampled on October 25, 2010. It pours a dark brown to just about black with about a half inch of silky beige head that slowly dissolves. The aroma has a good balance of roasted chocolate malts, licorice, a hint of yeast. and a back drop of hops. The taste runs tha gamut of coffee grinds, bitterness, with a dry hopped finish. It was easy to drink and felt smooth overall.

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Photo of akorsak
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle from Bert's Better Beers.

A: Halcyon is an idyllic stout, black in all the right places. The base of my glass shows a ruby red color. A thick off-white head, barely off-white, required a few pours to empty the bottle (into two separate glasses).

S: A chemical nose, powdery, leads things off. Mild chocolate and toast follows. Mineral aromas last, crowding out most of the stout.

T: The stout is mild, roasted with ample sweetness. The mineral ntoes in the nose are gone, replaced by sweet malts. Darker flavors, not quite roasted, linger around, pepping up the taste. There are residual stout flavors, roast and chocolate, but they aren't the centerpiece. Strange yet very drinkable.

M: The ale doesn't feel like a stout. Sure it is roasted but the flavors don't linger. The only sign is a residual burnt flavor, at the tail end of the beer.

O: Overall I'm torn, decent flavor but only the finish screams 'stout'. Everything else is dark and roasted but fleeting.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz bottle on a recent trip to NH. Pouring at cellar temp into a pint glass.
The beer pours a dark chocolate color with no light passing through the glass.
A fizzy beige head of 2 cm foams up and fades fairly quickly to a sturdy edge layer.
The aroma is some dry roasted coffee bean with a bit of dark chocolate and maybe some molasses. But actually the nose is mostly the roasted bitterness and not very big or bold but clean and enjoyable.
First sip reveals an average to light body and fine tingly carbonation that seems to dissipate quickly in my mouth.
The flavor is similar to the nose advertisements with roasted malt and some dark chocolate, I also get a little bit of bitter coffee bean. Very easy to drink this beer, with no hint of alcohol heat. I also dont really get any hop presence throughout the sampling.
Again the flavors arent robust but are nice and balanced for a well crafted stout. It is nice to find a simple and enjoyable stout that isnt just trying to be super bold and extreme. I am enjoying this beer and wonder if I will see it again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger very light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Baked chocolate nose. Flavor is roasted/baked chocolate. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Chase Street Market & Deli Plymouth, NH.

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Photo of jbar920
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a mug, the beer is a dark brown-to-black coloring with a dense, foamy, clingy, tan head that quickly settles into a surface coating. Nose of roast, bitter coffee, baker's chocolate, and some woody character. Flavors of roast and bitter coffee forward, with a subtle bitter chocolate backbone and some earthiness that gives the end of the palate a dynamic balance. Very layered flavors on a dry, mid-body. Roasty and bitter aftertaste with chocolate tones, and a bitter, dry finish. Solid beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a huge bubbly tan head that slowly recedes. Smells of milk chocolate, roast and caramel with a bit of an earthy and mineral edge. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel meld together with a hint of earth and a touch of ash. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet silky mouthfeel. Decent stout, nice east drinker with plenty of flavor, but a 5 % stout in a 22oz bottle for 7 bucks is a bit on the high side for me.

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Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of AOShabaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours mostly opaque black with crimson edging when held to the light. A thin tan head receded to a partial skim coat and stretched dots of lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with bakers chocolate, coffee beans, charred malt, and toasted biscuits. Nougat and malted milk balls follow through.

Medium bodied at best with a somewhat velvety mouthfeel. Soft carbonation with a crisp edge.

Roasted barley, brownie bits, dark chocolate, and espresso grounds start the palate. A charred undercurrent steps forward along with a hint of brown bread.

Finishes with lingering roast, dark chocolate, and a hint of espresso.

Tasty beer, but certainly light duty for a stout. The body is thin for the style and I'm just left wanting more of what this beer has to offer.

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Photo of gestyr
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head that lasts until the glass is empty.

S: Malt, coffee, chocolate

T: Chocolate, chocolate, malty with a roasty backbone and a bittering finish

M: Thick and rick.

O: Maybe they have adjusted their recipe but the mouthfeel is most definitely in the full range.

Also, they list this as an Oatmeal Stout on their webpage whereas above it is listed as an American Stout.

Overall a very good stout. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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Halcyon Steamer Stout from Squam Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 21 ratings