Black Rock Stout
Crossroads Brewing Company

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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #16
Ranked #7,406
4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Crossroads Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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Peach63 from New York

3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a 1 inch thick, foamy head. Heavy lacing.

Aroma is mostly coffee.

Taste is coffee, pepper, cigarette ash.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Dry finish.

Not one of the best stouts I've had, just ok.

Apr 01, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I found Black Rock Stout to be a fine example of a traditional stout. It poured a deep, dark brown, with a tawny head. The smell was malty, and chocolaty, with a slight sweetness. The taste was solid, and traditional, with a sweetness and slight pepperiness complementing the expected cocoa, malt and bread notes. The taste matched the expectations of the smell, just enough of spicy sweetness to distinguish it from the crowd. Black Rock Stout has a firm, pleasing mouthfeel, and is overall, a very enjoyable classic stout.

Feb 23, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crossroads Brewing Co. "Black Rock Stout"
1 pint can without production codes or freshness dating
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Labeled at 6.8% ABV. When held to the light you can see a small band of dark mahogany brown along the base of the glass but otherwise the body is a completely opaque black. The head is a creamy cap of tan foam. In the nose you'll find chocolate, black coffee, and an ashen roastiness. The flavor follows with a little bit of acidity added from the dark malts making it seem even more similar to black coffee. The chocolate is like unsweetened chocolate, or dark and bittersweet chocolate. There's a subtle herbal hoppiness in the background. 55 IBUs balance it, and it finishes dry, acidic, and roasty. A hint of underlying licorice/herbs lingers gently. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp before warming to become smoother. Although limited in height at first, the head held well and left some very nice lacing behind. It's not nearly as nice as Guinness Draught but there's enough to get it over the edge into a 4.25 out of 5. So what's my conclusion? It's a good example of a foreign/export stout on the lower end of the spectrum. It's not too heavy in any way, and nicely balanced, but still not a "very drinkable" stout, it remains a solid foreign/export stout.
Review #6,898

Jan 15, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 09/13/19.
I normally like to pour my foreign/export stouts into snifters, however, I poured this into a becher thinking this was a regular American stout. Though I now see my error, I ended up leaving this in the becher glass.
The appearance was a dark brown to black color in the glass with a dark muddled brown color in the pour. A thick two finger off white to eggshell white foamy head dissipated fairly and left some sly rings of lace softly sliding into some strings.
The aroma had a deep dark earthen ashy/char toasty and roasty coffee tones following into some dark chocolate bitterness and small packages of dark wood.
The flavor copies the aroma fairly spot on through roasted notes and bitter dark chocolate book ends. Lingering ashy/earthy/char in the aftertaste, very dry.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation. Dry ashy notes grip my tongue. Finishes roasty, toasty and dry.
Overall, I can see it now as a Foreign/Export stout and was happy to partake in this. I could myself coming back to this.

Dec 06, 2019
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farrago from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Finger plus of deep brown foam, mottled surface but very nice retention, whiskers for lacing. Jet black liquid, no color regardless of the viewing angle, you can see tiny bubbles break the surface now and then. Roasty nose of cocoa powder, coffee beans, grilled nuts and quinine, more thrust than richness, no real fruit presence to speak of, lasts well enough given its monochrome nature. Medium-bodied, offers more carbonated churn than expected. Noticeably dry and verging on bitter, hard to find any element of sustained sweetness. Hint of cherry but, again, it’s cocoa, coffee and nuts on a looped replay. After you sip you can really feel it paste itself against the roof of your mouth. Bonus points for balance but simply not enough contrast that it could be imbalanced. Absent glaring flaws as well as offputting astringency outside of intended dryness. Nothing you’d cross the street to get.

Feb 20, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another beer from yet another brewery that has found its way, through distribution, to Lancaster, PA! I love cruising through Hunger 'n' Thirst's bottle (CAN) shop to see what has been scored & what CAN be scored for The CANQuest (tm). In this CANstance, I dropped off cardboard 6-pack carriers & waltzed with a buncha CANs.

From the CAN: "Black Rock Stout was named for the Native American encampment located on the banks of the Hudson River in Athens, NY. This award[-]winning [F]oreign[-]style [S]tout combines roasted barley and chocolate malt for a smooth coffee flavor and rich, full body."

I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent on this 1 Pint gem & then CANtemplating my next move. It turned out to be a slow, gentle Glug since I was running out of steam & I needed a spill like a hole inna head. It was a friendly beer, forming three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head of its own volition. Its head retention was modest, slowly falling back into light wisps of its former self. Nose smelled like my morning coffee, burnt toast, cooling charcoal briquettes & dried dark fruits. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, thin for the style, but not bad. The initial, up-front flavors were very dark and roasty, very much of coffee, burnt charcoal and overdone toast, all a pleasant departure from interminable sweetness, of which I have been bombarded of late. Finish was dry and very much of berries - blueberries, blackberries & black raspberries! 8=O Yum!

May 08, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a well made stout here, sturdy and complex, yet very drinkable due to a smooth mouthfeel and upbeat carbonation, we really enjoyed this one. dark cocoa color to it, really heady, fizzy and active, rising high and lasting. nice layering in nose and taste here, strong coffee, ground espresso beans, charred wood, molasses, leather, and then a sort of light tannic thing, a flash of red wine fruitiness that comes up in the center and recedes, and a bitter, strongly roasted finish wrapped up in this mellow smoothness, rich without being sweet. i get some almost burnt notes to this, quite a deep malt base, lots of grain character and a lot of coffee notes through it as well. i like it being a little stronger and i like it even more as it warms up a bit. i have not had any beers from these guys before this one, but its a pleasant and well made stout, drinkable, wintery, and distinct. all the bubbles make it unique in its class, and this has me excited to try more of their stuff when i get the chance!

Aug 19, 2017
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark walnut-brown on the pour. Stormy jet black in the glass. Quite clear. Tan head, bready looking--lots of air pockets. Some huge swaths of lacing.

S: Big on the malted barley. Espresso dusted fudge. Baker's chocolate is the end result. Very low on fruitiness, but some licorice adds to the bouquet along with amaretto, which keeps it from being too monotone.

M: Incredibly smooth on first take. Carbonation picks up to counterbalance the creaminess creating a medium-full body.

T: Roasted espresso, dry chocolate soda over shaved ice. Nary a hint of sweetness other than the aforementioned chocolate. Simple, restrained and tidy. Definitely ends bitter, but not astringent; orange pith comes to mind. Would like more warmth behind this; otherwise, I feel like I'm drinking a milk stout...a good one though.

Dec 06, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens, NY.

Pours a deep and dark black, with a lingering 3/4 inch foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells quite dry (that sentence doesn't really make sense, whatever)- tons of roasted malt, some bitter chocolate, and espresso.

The taste is similar, this is a very roasty and bitter stout. There is a very bitter baker's chocolate flavor, along with dried espresso beans, smoke, etc. The bitterness lingers for a while.

This one has a medium body, with a a creamy but dry mouthfeel, and a low amount of carbonation.

Another excellent beer from these guys, one of the better export stouts I've had.

Aug 09, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source. Listed as 6.8%ABV.

Typical stouty appearance, opaque black, with a dense cap of tan foam that retained as a thick collar. Roasty malts in the aroma and not much else. Your basic stout. Taste was pretty good, heavy on the rich roastiness, dark malts, coffee, unsweetened chocolate. Again, pretty basic, but pretty good...nothing you haven't had before. Average roasty mouthfeel, medium body. I let this one sit for quite a while before trying as it was served pretty cold. Overall not a bad stout.

Aug 01, 2014
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timfc from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking on-tap at the brewery...

It's dark with a nice head. It smells and tastes like roast malt, there's not as much behind the roast malt as I'd like in a beer of what should be around 7.5% alcohol, but... The board lists it at 6.8 for this batch. It's a little thin in terms of mouthfeel (for my tastes).

Overall, I'd order another, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

May 11, 2013
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beastmammoth from New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, awesome beer. Perfect medium mouthfeel, dangerously drinkable with serious rich roasted character. Smell hits you up front with dark roast coffee, some bitter chocolate, bitter charred flavors and some sweet cream. I can't stay away from this beer. Crossroads is great.

Dec 01, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours black with hints of dark brown when held up to the light.The head on this beer is a half finger tall and light tan. The head reduces to a very thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a uniform thickness. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Lots of bitterness with wonderful notes of dark roasted (almost burnt) malts and some hints of coffee + bittersweet chocolate.

T: Again, the flavor follows the nose for this beer with the dark roasted malts dominating followed by the coffee and bittersweet chocolate. There is some lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable with a good coffee presence. Definitely sessionable and one to grab again the next time I see it when I'm out and about.

Mar 19, 2012
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metter98 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Drop Off Service, New York, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high dense tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and coffee beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with notes of coffee beans and roasted malts along with hints of molasses.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a bit of smoothness and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy drinking and sessionable as well as being quite flavorful.

Mar 19, 2012
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DrinkSlurm from New York

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass. Web site says 7.3% abv.

Deep thick oily black...nice froathy white foam.
Smells of roasted malts and a bit of coffee...
taste is of smooth roasted malts, coffe and smoak-ey roastness.
Very smooth and easy drinking. Very good stout. The abv is hidden extremely well for a foreign may say its a RIS. Either way, its a fantastic stout. I am loving Crossroads...

Feb 22, 2012
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Kendo from New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 32-oz growler at Westmere Beverage. Full growler pour was $15.99. According to the Westmere website, this one is 7.3% ABV. . . .

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is black with a small chocolatey-brown head that settles quickly.

S: Roasted barley malt and a touch of roasted coffee - nice all-around roastiness - and chocolatey malt.

T: Follows the nose: roasted barley, some coffee and chocolatey - milk chocolate (not dark). Becomes even more chocolatey as it warms; I also get a faint sense of molasses, maybe even some darker fruit. Finishes with a touch of earthy bitterness, provides nice balance.

M: Full-bodied, creamy - but a bit flat (perhaps this growler has been sitting too long, as I purchased it on Friday and drank it on Sunday).

O: Nice. Impressed with this one; I think it's my favorite of the 3 or 4 beers I've had from Crossroads so far.

Aug 22, 2011
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renegadeburger from New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

got to try this one while i was there on tap as fresh it could be

my sample poured deep brown almost black but the brown i believe came from some residual yeast in the beer or the beer was not true jet black as a stout head disappated left behind minimal lace in the glass i waited several minutes before taking a sip

taste was ok had a real heavy intense coffee flavor and hop flavor in there bodium medium but not a whole lot of malt character on my side

mouthfeel nice and creamy that was pretty good it helped set off some of the abrasive astringent harsh and bitter dark roaster flavors the carbonation was bright and acidic

overall an average beer i was not really feeling this one lets try some more

Jul 08, 2011
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Brouwerij78 from New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A delicious dark rich beer...although, not exactly a stout in my book...more like a cross between a less-milky stout and a sweet porter. Very thick, chewy, malty, roasted and full flavored. Since this brewery is only 2 miles form my house, it gets an extra seal of approval and a high recommendation!!

May 27, 2011
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with some brown hints coming in around the edges with a finger of brown head. The head fades slowly down to a thin ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of coasted caramel and chocolate aromas. Also just a touch of coffee and some earthy aromas as well.

T - Starts off with lots of roasted slightly burnt caramel and chocolate malt flavor. Through the middle some coffee and stronger burnt flavors come through with just a touch of milk sweetness. The finish is a mix of roasted sweet caramel flavors and chocolate flavors that linger.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit creamy. The lingering flavor is nice and roasty with some nice sweet notes.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of roasted and sweet flavors. The chocolate flavors mix in really nice with the sweeter malts. There is also just a touch of milk sweetness that blends nicely.

May 25, 2011
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