Phantom Punch Winter Stout | Baxter Brewing Co.

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Phantom Punch Winter StoutPhantom Punch Winter Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
baxterbrewing.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kaelingirl on 11-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
312
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.73%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
57
For Trade:
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Ratings: 312 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of djrn2
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Well, waiting on the Bros to announce if they will postpone NotB on the eve of the most likely biggest blizzard in Boston history, at the 11th hour. So while I wait for the announcement, might as well crack a beer, and what better than a Winter Stout for the storm, and Phantom Punch as that's what I felt since they kept up with "the fest is on no matter what" then suddenly rumors of postpone at the 11th hour once I have everything planned and can't cancel the hotel.

Pours a nice mocha colored creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with nice lacing,lines, with a nice dark beer pretty much pitch black color.

Nose is pretty much exactly what I expected, plenty of oats, nice creamy dark malts, very light cocoa and baker's chocolate, a light black malt but no roast or bitterness, a bit of caramel and sweet malts but not a lot, the cacao nibs come out more as it warms and the more I nose, as well as vanilla which almost explodes later on. Nice robust dark malts and stout malts, nice beer aroma.

Taste starts with a very faint metallic flavor from teh dark malt, but that disappears quickly, and leads to the other dark malts, a faint black malt and bitterness with tannins etc, faint hint of char even, etc. Plenty of creamy oats, chewy, light caramel and sweet malts, etc. Then into the vanilla, plenty of vanilla, as well as a nice creamy cacao nib chocolate flavor. That all gives way fairly early to a big hop presence, which is very surprising. The malts were great, then the hops take over and shouldn't at all. Spicy, slightly salty like earthy hops destroy everything else, fairly bitter, and a bit astringent as teh bitterness topples the soft malty oatmeal stout. A faint mint from the hops as well. Finish is long bitter spicy earthy hops, light oatmeal stout as well as very faint vanilla and baker's chocolate.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, nice and creamy with decent carb.

Overall very mixed bag. The oatmeal stout portion with vanilla and cocoa nibs was very nice. Then the crazy spicy earthy hops comes in like a "phantom punch"... oh I get it now... but still that astringent bitterness with quite spicy chewy hops don't go well at all, and make the beer more like an American Black Ale (aka Black IPA), which I don't like as those flavors clash so much. Although the mint is nice, the rest of the hop flavors don't play nice at all.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/7/2013 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, lactose and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of coffee, lactose and chocolate followed by a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean for the style.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stout to pound down for a while.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Black with a smooth and creamy looking mocha colored head. This stays rich and frothy with some thick lacing. Smells of roast, cocoa, vanilla and weird hop presence that I guess is coming off like a kind of Noble hop? It definitely has spiciness to it. The taste is similar but does seem to do a little better, with a decent balance of roasted malts, a sweet combo of cocoa and vanilla and then a tingle of earthy and spicy citric hops. Dry and bitter on the finish with some lingering smoke. The feel is medium bodied with a crisp creaminess in the mouth that flows well. Just a smidge of warmth is present and this is overall pretty smooth. This was decent but the weirdness of the aroma kind of put a damper on things. I’d maybe check a can out of this but it really isn’t worth picking up multiples of.

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Photo of smcolw
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beige head that remains lumpy after settling. Plenty of stringy, webby lace. No lumps. Dark, dark brown where no light passes.

Strong freshly ground coffee aroma. No sweetness--completely dry to the nose.

Coffee, black no sugar is the flavor. Thin for an oatmeal stout. Plenty of carbonation. The aftertaste is also of coffee. So, I'd say this beer is a bit one-dimensional, but it is fully flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of johnnnniee
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stout in a can.
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a good sized tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap. Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roast with hint of dark sugar and ash. This has a light earthy hop aroma. The malt aromas in this are huge for the style. The flavor is bitter roast and earthy hop with bits of chocolate and caramel and a hint of vanilla, ash, and smoke. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet roasty mouthfeel. I was surprised by this one its really quite good. The vanilla is subtle but it adds to the chocolate effect quite nicely.

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

Photo of AlexFields
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours half jet black body, half thick coffee colors head with good lacing. Looks really good.

Nose has a lot of odd piney winter spice character, some vanilla and milk chocolate, not a lot of roast...fairly mild aroma overall and a little odd.

Flavor opens with vanilla, then more of the odd green spice character but less than in the nose, then chocolate, then some nice roast I didn't get from smelling it. Definitely tastes better than it smells. Enjoyable overall, would be way better without those odd flavors.

Mouthfeel is strong, very thick and creamy, rich and well carbed.

Strange beer--looks and feels great, smells kindof off, tastes good but a little off. Enjoyable overall.

6.3/10

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Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of smakawhat
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Thanks Toasterchef!

A real great head color on this, mocha chocolate brown! Whipped up bubbles it looks like dessert! Settles at a nice slow pace leaving leopard like brown spots of lace. Body is quite dark almost black, but just giving some brown sense of dark walnut.

Nose is umm, sort of yeasty sticky and off putting at first. There's some good quality ripping grain and husk action to this, a bit dry, a little bit of milk chocolate sense too. Not too bad, but first whiff wasn't that great.

Palate lacks a little bit with an almost wet body. Light cigarette ash like quality for charring, a solid toasty aroma fills the bill. Feel comes off a little fleeting in the aftertaste. Warmth brings out some cola like flavors too, and there's a bit of a noticeable hop presence of pine but a little bit burried.

Overall not too bad, has some great qualities, drinkable and certainly doesn't feel big at 6.8, well hidden.

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Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can with canned on dating on the bottom (11-14)

Pours very dark brown, but not black. Erects a dark mocha head, that stays forever. before leaving gobs of fine sheeting and lace. Stout looking indeed.

Rich chocolate and coffee sniff with hints of vanilla and coconut.

On the palate and mouth this stuff is richly coating and a full assault missile on the taste buds. Waves of chocolate, black coffee, and again vanilla. Thick and chewy. Big and brash. Not for the weak. Stout lovers go get some.

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Photo of mklisz
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, blackish color with a deep ruby highlight around the edges when held up to the light. Frothy, foamy, light brown head that starts a solid inch and a half on the pour, but settles nicely into a surface coating after a minute or two. Loose, clingy lacing along the glass as you drink. Aromas are sweet and rich, with a vanilla undertone and cocoa nib highlight on a roasted coffee main character. Flavors of rich and bitter roast initially, with a touch of campfire and char, followed by the darkly bittersweet cocoa nib. The vanilla characteristics only peak their head out here and there, in an attempt to lighten the heavy bitter and roast characteristics, only to be slightly overpowered. Rich, roasty, and bitter aftertaste, with the cocoa lingering on a bit through the slick, clean, and slightly dry finish. Very smooth and light in mouth. The ABV helpss make this a very drinkable beer, and the heavy flavors surprisingly do not build on your palate, leaving you a reprieve between each sip to recover and prepare for the next. Tasty stout!

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some coffee. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, hops are present, hints of vanilla. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more during the winter.

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

Can to snifter, the appearance was a nice looking black color with a film of an eggshell white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Lace was somewhat there, sliding for the most part.
The aroma combined a wonderful blend of roasty to bitter chocolate malts playing with a nice glimmer of sweet vanilla spottiness.
The flavor leaned towards the roasty side at first and allowed the sweet side play out with some milk chocolate and vanilla. Starting to come through like marshmallow. Aftertaste was somewhat roasty, clean and a touch of the sweet vanilla.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good as well.
Overall, pretty nice foreign/stout, I'd have again.

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Phantom Punch Winter Stout from Baxter Brewing Co.
3.85 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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