Orange Bliss Stout
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.14 | pDev: 8.7%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Orange Bliss StoutOrange Bliss Stout
Notes: Stout brewed with cacao nibs, oranges, and a hint of vanilla.
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Jadjunk from Georgia

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Our third anniversary beer is inspired by the classic combination of dark chocolate and oranges. A dark and roasty imperial stout base is infused with cocoa nibs, copious amounts of fresh oranges, and a hint of vanilla. Can be enjoyed now or cellared up to one year." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. The third entry in the very sought-after anniversary ale series by Westbrook.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a medium brown smooth foam head over a very dark brown, near black body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Chocolate malts, moderate roasted grains, toasted caramel grains with a mild sweetness, a sharp pithy citrus and earthy bitterness with a lingering note of acidic coffee beans and trace vanilla. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Very profound dark chocolate flavor with an orange tang character and a modest sweetness. Finishes on a rich note of earthy malt, roasted coffee and lingering cacao bean flavor. Very rich, decadent, the orange lends itself lightly to the beer and doesn't steal the show. Very enjoyable. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly chewy, earthy, mildly dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a medium frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is very slightly earthy and citrusy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) A very enjoyable stout. The orange angle generates a delicate orange zest and some mild acidity to the richness of the chocolate-heavy stout, and these two features play off each other nicely. They hit the chocolate level spot-on in this beer- rarely do I experience a stout that finishes so much like pure, rich dark chocolate. I missed the recommended enjoy by according to the brewery, but still found this beer very enjoyable with notable orange and chocolate flavors well in their prime by year two. 4

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Orange Bliss

Jan 11, 2016
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from a 32oz. growler.

Appearance: Pitch motor oil black, dark and thick with medium bubbles. A very dark tan head that rises to just about 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Tangy smell with bits of coffee scent, descent but not as sticking as I would like but don't let that discourage you at all.

Taste: Complex that is sweet but still bitter. Almost like a milky hot cocoa taste complimented with a dark roast coffee and straight shot of molasses and vanilla. The sweet tangerine is there but only when you finish...very good stuff.

Mouth: Sticky, paired with a bunch of rice crackers this thing that sticks to your cheeks. Very good stuff.

Overall: This is a good brew and very lucky to have picked it up when I saw it at Superstar Beverage here in Deer Park, NY. Whether it''s an after dinner beer or just to pair it with a dessert...absolutely delivered, especially compred to the crap I had yesterday. Salud!

Jan 11, 2015
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JGam115 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich black, firm tawny head. 80% dark cocoa powder, dough, big roast. There's the orange! Dayum that's fine. Like Mexican Cake had sex with an orange.

Jan 01, 2015
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Jonny41 from Maine

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got very little orange which I appreciated
Coffee chocolate stands out with great flavor and very smooth
one of the best I've tried and probably would have rated higher had I not also had black Tuesday the same night

Dec 22, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip, nice tight mocha head, pitch black. Smells a bit sweet. Nice, rich, slightly thick mouth feel. Lots of bitter chocolate, maybe getting a bit of the orange with a tingle on the tongue. Decently hoppy for a stout. This being my first Westbrook stout, , color me impressed.

Jul 21, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Piggly Wiggly, Myrtle Beach, poured into a tulip

A- pours a viscous opaque black with a small dark-tan creamy head that retains for a while, eventually reducing to leave just a ring around the edge

S- lots of coffee/fresh espresso aroma up front, underlying notes of chocolate, smoky charred malt, burnt popcorn and a hint of vanilla, can't really pick up any orange aroma

T- Smoky malt gives notes of charcoal and campfire up front, dark sumatra-like coffee notes blend with dark chocolate with a hint of sweet vanilla. The orange is subtle but noticeable near the finish, very reminiscent to an orange nougat filled chocolate. Smoky/burnt malt on the finish with lingers of chocolate and candied orange

M- medium-viscous body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel, eventually finishing creamy and silky, ABV is hidden well

O- The orange flavor plays well, giving it a candied-like flavor. The only thing that held it back a bit for me was the malt was a bit too smoky/charred, which seemed to overpower the subtlety of the orange, otherwise a nice sipper that serves well in growler format

EDIT: As the beer warms, the orange becomes much more prevalent, so I added .25 to my taste score

Jul 10, 2014
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown to black with almost no transparency like its sucking up light, a black hole. Sporting 2 fingers of dark brown head that fades relatively fast.

S: Kailua, coffee liqueur, dark chocolate, orange and slightly piney hops, milk chocolate, orange candy, lightly fruity.

T: Coffee, chocolate, orange. The first sip says dark chocolate and orange, with a smoky aftertaste and a charred feeling is left on the tongue.

M: Thick chewy body, medium low carbonation.

O: Really well done brew. A little on the dry and dark side as opposed to sweet and milk chocolaty. Well done though. Drank in Summerville, NC, July 4th 2014.

Jul 05, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled on 11/26/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and orange liqueur aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and orange liqueur flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mixture of cocoa and orange qualities.

Jul 05, 2014
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Runningonempty from South Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Orange Bliss Stout reminded me a good deal of mexican cake without the spice of the peppers. There is a lot going on in this stout, but the orange & chocolate flavors are not overpowering. Another excellent Westbrook brew. If you are a fan of mexican cake, than you would not be disappointed in the Orange Bliss.

Jun 29, 2014
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RichD from Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't done a review in a while.

Poured from a bomber into a large brandy snifter.

A: Pours a deep, oily black. Impenetrable by light, even if I tried. There is also about a finger of brown/dark khaki colored head. Exactly how I want my stouts to look.

S: Smells of potent chocolate, dark chocolate to be exact. There are some strong roasty notes that come through before ultimately dissipating to a faint scent of citrus.

T: Huge notes of dark chocolate overtake my pallet, followed by that faint citrus flavor. There's just enough citrus to let you know that it's there. I was actually surprised at how the orange actually took a backseat to the possibly overwhelming flavors of dark chocolate. Some smoky, roasted malts come through for the finish and I really enjoy that. Not enough stouts utilize a smoky flavor like this particular brew does. Good stuff.

M: Mouthfeel is customary for a stout. Little chewy, but nothing too noticeable. The alcohol is non-existent, which is a treat for 9%. This is actually quite drinkable for it's ABV, especially since I'll be finishing this bomber in under an hour.

Overall: Westbrook did a great job with this beer. As someone who is unfamiliar with their beers outside of the Gose, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. It would be smart for them to make this a yearly release, because it is an enjoyable stout that offers the flavors of oranges, and that is a flavor that not many breweries attempt to showcase in their stouts. While the orange flavor is sort of in the background, it does allow for a change of pace when drinking this. A fine beer by Westbrook and thanks to ThickNStout for graciously including this as an extra even though I would've been totally fine with centering a trade around this beer.

Jun 10, 2014
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Metaldude05 from Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A thick black stout with a hint of orange. I've come to love a nice strong stout with a little "burnt" taste to it. Westbrook does perfectly with this beer. I was a little hesitant about orange in a stout but the flavor complements the beer very well. Try this beer if you haven't already

May 14, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice, nice dark brown black hue with a big, creamy three finger dark mocha head that fades at an average rate to leave very light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice dark chocolate, almost fudge/brownie like, as it warms up the orange really pops on this. Very, very nice fresh orange zest and some faint roast.

T - Taste is very silky smooth chocolate, dark, rich, expensive. Very nice melted gooey chocolate, light roast, sweet malt, faint coffee notes. After the big chocolate there is loads of oranges here. Orange zest and oils, loads of chocolate. Really, really nice with a very pleasant lingering orange note.

M - Mouthfeel is super silky smooth, heavy, though, it actually feels a bit watery.

O - Overall this was a very, very tasty and aromatic stout. The orange is very well done here.

Apr 16, 2014
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JuliusPepperwood from North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dense black that fades to dark red at the corners, khaki head that falls back to a ring

S: Fudgy chocolate, a little booze, and as it warms more herbal citrus

T: Smooth dark chocolate, sweet malt, then it moves to a nice citrus bitterness, finishes with aromatic roasted grains

M: Heavy imp stout feel, silky, smooth, and finishes a little syrupy. The sticky aromatic aftertaste lingers nicely.

O: I love this beer, one of my favorite stouts of all time. I grabbed a bottle every chance I got but was lucky enough to get it on draft for this review. If you like imperial stouts this is a must try. I know it's an anniversary edition release but I really hope Westbrook makes more.

Apr 12, 2014
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Tar black. A tan foamy head that dissipates to a filmy layer. Decent lacing.

S: Charred chocolate, leather, anise, woody. Oranges pop up as it warms.

T: Smokey with a slight citrus backing. Smooth as hell. Sweet. Very robust. Coffee notes. Oranges roll in on the finish.

M: medium to heavy with thick, chewy carbonation.

O: Drinks like an RIS. Even better as it warms. A real winner from Westbrook. Thanks for the suggestion, Cliff.

Mar 23, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a matching Westbrook snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head about 2 fingers strong. It is slow to fade leaving spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is roasty with enough orange zest to brighten things up a bit and overtake the fruity void where alcohol/hops might typically be present. There is plenty of cocoa character to be found. Overall its not bad.

The taste is bitter roast, cocoa and coffee. A slight zest of oranges and a hint of dusty roasted grain into the aftertaste. The orange in integrated well, im just no sold on the flavors cohesively working together.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a nice offering but nothing special. Ive had a few of these stouts/porters that feature orange zest or juice and I just dont get it, its a strange combo to me but still worth trying.

Mar 05, 2014
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NCalement from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CBX growler poured into a globe.

A- Pour is bitch black, thick and creamy. Minimal head that dissipates to a black top the swills with mocha colored bubbles from the carbonation.

S- Chocolate, Oranges, lactose, roasted coffee, and fudge.

T- Chocolate orange, cream, bakers coco, roasted malt, bitter orange rind and slight notes of bitter coffee at the end.

M- Good for the style. Rich, thick, creamy with good carbonation. Leaves a bitter chocolate flavor in your mouth that hangs out for some time.

O- A very good IMP stout that reveals more and more orange as it warms. I really love what they do at Westbrook.

Feb 24, 2014
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured pitch black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, oranges, vanilla, dark chocolate, orange zest, and dark fruit. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, oranges, spice, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The nose on this one was quote pleasant and very complex. The vanilla and orange notes come off quite strong and definitely draw you in. The flavor however does have a lot going on but it all hits you at once. Once that wave is over a spice note comes out and backhands you in the face. And just when you thought it was over the booze dropkicks you in the groin. I'm not saying that this is a bad brew, as it is definitely not. I'm just saying that a little more care on balancing all the flavors out would have done wonders for this one.

Feb 13, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous black body. Nice mocha head. Settles to a medium collar. A few islands of foam.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Citrus, but not a real distinct citrus. Some caramel.

Taste - Intense dark roasted malt. Coffee and bitter chocolate. Orange builds into the finish and an oily orange flavor persists.

Mouthfeel - Thick and very bitter. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I would prefer the orange flavor up front, but I'll take the chocolate orange combination any way I can take it.

Feb 11, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A great pour - I have seen some dark stouts in my day but this one is among the darkest; a magnificent mocha head caps the liquid and grows rocky while leaving quite a few strands of lacing behind

Smell: Rich dark chocolate aromatics with just a hint of citrus pith

Taste: The liquid unfolds on the tongue with rich dark chocolate flavors; by mid-palate, the citrus pith adds a subtle contribution; the finish blossoms with a bitter chocolate character that is the product of both the cocoa nibs and the orange

Mouthfeel: Velvety and creamy; full bodied, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite an impressive beer, even by the high standards to which I hold Westbrook - a brewery that has rarely disappointed

Feb 11, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a snifter.

pours a pitch black with a good half inch beige head. smell is very big on chocolate and vanilla. the taste is a tad bitter and I don't get any orange, but the flavor is awesome on chocolate and vanilla. great mouthfeel. full bodied with perfect carbonation.

overall highly recommended. love it.

Feb 10, 2014
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BOD 11/26/13. Pours used motor oil black with a big milk chocolate head and long lasting lacing. Nose is of chocolate against a roast background with a touch of orange. Full bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel coupled with normal carbonation. This well balanced, and quite flavorful stout, begins with a creamy chocolate over a light roast, tosses in a touch of coffee and ends with an orange burst that lingers. The finish is smooth and leaves a taste of chocolate and orange that lingers. The 9.1% alcohol is totally masked in this full flavored imperial stout. This is to chocolate as FBS is to coffee - Outstanding.

Jan 27, 2014
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: deep dark brown, almost black, and opaque. Thick deep tan, nearly brown head on the pour that mostly recedes. Thick, almost syrupy lacing that quickly recedes. Handsome brew.
Smell: not getting orange in the nose. Cocoa and vanilla are prominent. A hint of spice.
Taste: full imp stout with all the flavors in the nose. Just a hint of orange and don't think I'd pick that up unless I was trying to find it. No matter, this is delicious.

Jan 22, 2014
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rickcrip76 from Georgia

3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at Ale Yeah! in Decatur, GA.

A - Dark, not as viscous as I anticipated, half finger of beige head that receded quickly

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, some vanilla, not much citrus at first but became a little more present as it warmed up.

T - Follows the nose with roasted malt, chocolate leading the way. My biggest quip here was the lack of anticipated citrus. It is a very drinkable beer, but I really wanted it to deliver more orange. The orange was present, but it was almost an afterthought or coincidence. Even as the beer warmed, it's orange angle didn't deliver the way I wanted it to.

M - A very drinkable beer. Medium/full bodied and relatively smooth. It had a little more carbonation than I generally like in a stout.

O - I'd drink this beer again because it is a good stout beer, but I wouldn't drink it again for the orange novelty aspect it is supposed to bring.

Jan 21, 2014
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into chalice glass.

A: Poured midnight black with an almost usurp thickness and one finger tan head. Almost no lacing at all.

S: Big roasted malts, bitter espresso, dark chocolate, and a hint of citrus.

T: Much more coffee flavor than I was expecting. Nice roasty malts with high quality bitter dark chocolate and a hint of orange in the back.

M: Nice big bodied brew with fair carbonation and consistent with style. Coats the tongue nicely, but also has a strangely dry finish.

O: Very nice stout. I wasn't sure the flavor combinations would work with this one, but they do in spades. I might have to pick up another bottle soon.

Jan 19, 2014
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours really thick and almost gooey like, impressed, with an espresso brown head.

S - Roasted malts, cocoa powder and definitely a noticeable citrus smell.

T - Bitter (deep) dark chocolate, huge roasted malts and citrus that envelopes the palette.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Really thick, smooth and velvety.

O - Impressed... This is such an impressive beer how flavors you think wouldn't go together actually do.

Jan 18, 2014
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 294 ratings