Slow Hand Stout | Lucette Brewing Company

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Slow Hand StoutSlow Hand Stout

Brewed by:
Lucette Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Greggy on 10-19-2010

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 71
Photo of woodychandler
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up during my latest foray into the Midwest, specifically, Madison, Wisconsin & Riley's Wines of the World. They know of The CANQuest (tm) and will do anything and everything to acCANmodate my requests, no matter how bizarre. I love finding new CANs!

From the CAN: "* Craft beer, hand crafted *"; "Friendly With a Glass"; " "Time passes at a constant, much like the changing of the seasons."; "Euphoria and heartbreak[,] jubilation and dispair [sic][,] camaraderie and solitude"; "From our darkest hour to our greatest accomplishments we share a common bond towards one another living for instances of simple enjoyment."; "We made Lucette for each and every one of these moments. [undersigned by the four Cofounders]"

I Crack!ed it open, but rather than using a Slow Hand for the Glug, I went with a heavy hand, creating a pseudo-cascade which settled into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, light-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) with garnet highlights visible only at the edges. Nose smelled mostly of dark chocolate with a light smokiness and nuttiness as remarked upon by previous reviewers. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a rich, dark chocolate flavor accompanied by a mild smokiness. It was on the finish that I experienced that peanut-like flavor and I was put in mind of Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl ice cream. It was semi-sweet and while tasty, not really my sort of thing.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can. Pours almost black with a decent khaki head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and grain. Some char taste at the finish. Very good.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours deep dense black with a creamy 1” tan foam cap that dissipates within 1.5 minutes. S: Medium to medium high malt flavors featuring chocolate, roast and grain. Low hop aromas. T: Chocolaty, grainy with a light roast backbone. Medium to medium high malt flavors and low hop flavors. Balance to the malt. No harsh or burnt roast flavors. Achieves a nice balance between the chocolate and roast malts. F: Rich, velvety with medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation. O: A very nice, full bodied drinkable creamy tasting stout.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with almost no head and no lacing... Smells like licorice and dark malts; very pleasant. Tastes almost like a milk stout, with a smooth milky taste with hints of licorice, milk chocolate, and a little bit of earthiness. Mouth feel is very light bodied for a stout with a smooth almost non-carbonated body. Very nice stout, not overwhelming, but got more going on that just a "session" stout.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz. Can

Thanks goes out to jwc215 (Joe) for sending me this one, much appreciated.

Poured into a true pint glass, a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, which leaves a very nice two-finger creamy tan head, with some very nice sticky lacing and a big island in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, with a very nice chocolate/toffee/coffee note, some sweet vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, with lots of chocolate, toffee, slight coffee, slight vanilla note, slightly sweet. Medium body with a very slight dry/bitter finish. Overall a very tasty stout, surprised me big time. Very glad to have tried this brew. Would recommend. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Served in a snifter 4/16/2015.

A- Darker brown body, one finger mocha head, nice thick retention and collar, solid lacing.

S- Chocolate malt, mellow earthy aroma, licorice. Milk chocolate.

F- Licorice, milk chocolate sweetness, a little bit of black coffee, earthy bitterness. Not complicated but very smooth and integrated.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, nice slick dryness on the finish that is mostly earthy and milk chocolate sweetness.

O- Not a bad stout at all. Nice flavours and complexity, for the most part straight-forward without getting too fancy.

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Photo of alostplot
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great tan head, jet black. Head retains well. Aroma all toasty grains, chocolate, sweet malt. Flavor os a classic american stout. Hoppy complexity under roasted malt. Mouthful is smooth and full. Very good stout!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slow Hand Stout, Brewed and Packaged Only {"Only"?} by Lucette Brewing Company, LLC. Menomonie, Wisconsin.

On one side the slogan reads on top of the can, "Craft beer, hand-crafted", and on the other side "Friendly with a glass." Huh? The label art seems to depict a naked, nubile young lady in profile, wading in a lake. I'm guessing.
1 pint/16 fl. oz., 5.2% ABV.

Appearance: solid darkness, rich, creamy, coffee-toned head, looking very good.

Aroma: softly roasted and toasted, dry and slightly bitter, a whiff of dried fruit.

Taste: Enters the palate creamy, smooth, and tasting faintly of peanut butter. That's probably just me. Roasty-toasty, medium-bodied, with a fast, forgettable finish. This one needs more more. Just does. It's alright. But, anything can be alright.

This stout does have it's merits. There's character here, but not enough of it. Not enough to care.

What's the gobbledygook say? Well, it's in all-caps, but I'll edit that: "time passes at a constant. Much like the changing of the seasons. Euphoria and heartbreak/jubilation and despair/Camaraderie and solitude/ From our darkest hour to our greatest accomplishments we share a common bond towards one another living for instances of simple enjoyment. We made Lucette for each and every one of these moments."

So, question, Lucette: was this one made for the heartbreak, the despair and the solitude?

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Photo of EvilMidnightBomber
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into a nonic pint.
Really wanted to love this beer. It looks awesome, and the mouth feel is super smooth and creamy. Has a lot of flavor for a lower ABV stout, but the finish is stronger on the roast than I like.
Someone who likes bitter stouts is going to absolutely love this beer. And it's pretty amazing for a 6 pack of 16 oz. cans under $10. My first Lucette beer, and will definitely try some others.

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Photo of Ri0
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the pour I could tell this was going to be a well done stout. Dark coffee brown with a soft, yet big, 3 finger brown cap. Big aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and some caramel. Flavors of bitter chocolate with hints of coffee and caramel. A nice rich medium mouthfeel that is silky and well carbonated.

This stout is classically made and comes in a six pack of 16oz cans. Just a nice offering from Lucette that I will have others try.

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Photo of Mdog
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Black, good head.

Smell: Strong coffee aroma, some roasted malt too.

Taste: Big dry coffee flavor, not much sweetness, lasting coffee bitterness in the finish.

Overall: Lucette makes some very nice beers, so I picked up a can for a review of their stout. I'd had it on draft before but this can was much more coffee centric, almost to the point of a steeped coffee beer. A little drier than I like but still good.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark thin pour black pour. Big earthy chocolate aroma. Initial taste was lots of bitter and lots of roasted malt. Almost too toasty, as in almost tastes burnt. Still, was a decent beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a nice, well-retained light brown head. Lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste of chocolate is balanced by roasted coffee (and bit of charcoal and chickory). a hint of licorice comes and goes. It has a roasty, dry finish.

It has a creamy, full body.

A great value here! I bought a 6-pack of pint cans for just under $10. A deliciously smooth, tasty stout! Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Benish
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer blew me away. For the price point and being sold in 16 oz six pack cans it makes it even better. Despite it's 5.2% ABV it felt thick and creamy. It tasted extremely bold with huge coffee notes and bitter chocolate. I love everything about this beer.

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see this in Minnesota, but there it was, staring at me from the tap lineup at Zest in Eagan, MN. The bartender said it was a stout. OK.

Pours a Proper Stout Black. Nose is a big, creamy shot of roasted & sweet malt, poured into the nose like a wind was blowing from my feet. Very nice.

Slow Hand: I gotta admit, I didn't expect much, what with all the mediocre new breweries beginning to crowd the Minnesota beers scene. What I received on my lips was a stout with a mule's kick of roast, half a Hershey's bar, nuttiness, & warm sweet malt. The mouth on this baby is so smooth, I'd have guessed it to be an oatmeal stout from the slickness. I had to choke back my swigs so the pint would last long enough to pair up with my burger & fries. Tough to do.

This is a beautifully sculpted American Stout; in fact, I'd say this is the best one I've had, ever, that didn't resort to coffee or bourbon or other (most welcome) shenanigans. Lucette: this is wonderful. If I see your taps poking out amongst the bartenders again, I'll be paying you another visit. Excellent. Simply excellent.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Republic in Minneapolis. This beer arrives an opaque black color. The head is an inch and a half of tan foam that recedes slowly into a small firm cap that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is of graham cracker, dark and milk chocolate, and roasted malt. The roasted malt character in the aroma has a depth that reminds me of an imperial stout which is quite impressive considering this is a lighter style stout. The taste like the aroma is full of graham cracker, assorted chocolates, and roasted malt. However, the roasted malt character in the taste isn't quite as full as it is in the aroma, but it still has nice complexity. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best stouts I've ever drank. I can see myself making this beer a staple in my refrigerator as soon as it becomes packaged for off site consumption.

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Photo of Greggy
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a nice thick tan head. Ample lace is present.

S- Big dark chocolate, coffee, cream, roastiness and some nuttiness.

T- Extremely smooth creamy chocolate reminiscent of brownies, espresso and a milk chocolate and cream finish.

M- Smooth as silk great creamy, long finish.

D- I enjoy beers on nitro that don't lose there original characteristics. This beer is a great example of that. The nitro adds a fantastic creaminess to the body.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slow hand poured a dark black color, with a decent size head, that did last throughout the beer. The taste was nice and smokey, with a nice bitterness undertone. There was a nice strong flavor, and it wasnt to difficult to drink. Overall this is a nice stout, nothing to fancy with foriegn flavors, you just get a good down to earth stout flavor.

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Photo of solargoat
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

My first sample of Lucette @ the stout ale house.

Looked good and dark, light comes through around the edges.
Smelled great, nice and roasty the way I like it, hints of chocolate.
Did not taste as good as it smelled, it felt like something was missing.
The mouthfeel was weak, oddly light bodied for a stout.
Drinkability is a yes, you could easily dump a couple down your throat.

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Slow Hand Stout from Lucette Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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