Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic StoutCap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For our Second Anniversary beer, we tapped into the legendary fictional adventures of the mythical Cap'n Skoon to bring you this monster Baltic Stout. It's big and roasty like an imperial stout but fermented with a German lager yeast. Ideal for sipping now, or be like the Cap'n and stash some away in your cargo hold for the years to come. Cheers!

Added by BlackBelt5112203 on 01-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.02/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 12/18/2012.

Appearance - Very inky and dark. Stains the glass. Small khaki head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Dark fruits. Intense roast. Raisins. A little oxidized and a ton of black patent malt.

Taste - Really raisiny. Could be a result of age. Very bitter malts. Ashy coffee malts. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - Bitter. Medium heavy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This could be too old. Seems strange that it would be. Either way, it's intense.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to johntangus for sending me this.

Pours thick and solid dark black, a very dark brown head of about an inch.

Smells of roasted malt, some mild smoke, malty chocolate.

Tastes somewhat more complex, begins with a pretty sweet malty chocolate character reminiscent of a Baltic porter, fades into a smokier roast character and finishes with bitter dark chocolate. Very good, interesting progression.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very good and easy to drink for such a big beer.

Wasn't sure what to expect from a "Baltic stout" but this does have characteristics of both a Baltic porter and an imperial stout. Very nice beer.


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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on on 12.29.13
Bottled On: 12/18/12

A - Pours a very dark brown with a fine dark brown head that fades fast.

S - Chocolate, malty, subtle roast.

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee, roasted - toasted malts.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Bitter, but decent flavors. Middle of the road to me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured jet black with pretty good thickness and concsistency. A nice tan cap sits atop after it settles. Head rentention was pretty good and the lacing was spotty

S: A nice charred nose with plenty of milk chocolate and bakers cocoa. A wee bit of coffee is picked up as well

T: Tasted of milk chocolate with some bakers powder cocoa peeping in and out, roasted malt base, a little hop bittering, light pine waaay in the background with a nice char and bittering on the finish. Speaking of finish, chocolate, moderate sweetness, sordove dry

M: Wee lcarbonated, fuller bodied, robust, hearty and everything you wold want from the style

O: A pretty good RIS and my first Westbrook brew.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very thick looking jet black with a creamy big dark brown head. Good retention and solid lacing down the glass.

Very roasty aroma with some chocolate and smoke. Heavy on the roast.

A little sweet chocolate up front which I wasn't expecting from the nose. The baltic character then invades and intense roastiness with a massive smoky flavor takes. Finishes very bitter and dry. Very unique although the smoke was a bit much.

Very good mouthfeel. Thick and creamy without ever feeling too "heavy" Maybe the lager yeast at work.

An interesting experiment. It didn't really do it for me, but I appreciate the creativity and the beer wasn't bad. Definitely drinks more like a stout and I'd probably enjoy it more with the smoke dialed back a bit.

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Photo of zac16125
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter
bottled on 12/18/12

2nd Anniversary Release

The 1st Anniversary Release was Mexican Cake. Will this live up to its predecessor?

A: Pours pitch black with 1/2 fingers width of very dark mocha colored head. The head is almost as dark as Zhukov, almost. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate. Leaves a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. It looks thick during the pour. This looks like its going to be a beast of a beer.

S: Interesting aroma. Coffee, anise, an almost astringent medicinal character, subtle hints of bakers chocolate, some really nice sweet dark fruit notes like plum and fig as it warms. A swirl of the snifter brings out some really strange aromas, I swear I get a bologna or salami type scent, and thats not a typo.

T: Taste is initially just tons of roasted malt. After the roasted characters settle, I also get some milk chocolate and bitter black coffee. There are some indiscriminate sweet notes, somewhat burnt sugar-like similar to a barleywine. Booze is noticable. Vanilla and heavy cream come out as it warms. I tell myself I note some lager-like flavors at times, but I likely wouldnt have picked them up if I hadnt had been prompted by the knowledge that its brewed with a lager yeast. This is a really strong tasting beer, so it earns bonus points in that regard.

M/D: Mouthfeel is full bodied but not necessarily thick. Carbonation is appropriate. Somewhat chewy, with a clean finish. Booze is noted, and there is a subtle touch of heat going down. Gives a whole body warming sensation, and all things considered drinkability is surprisingly good. Really nice mouthfeel, but it gets docked for the heat.

O: This one was difficult for me to rate. Its big, bold, and strong which I generally love. Its also pretty unique, which I also generally love. Some of the prominent features just dont mesh with my preferences though. The aroma just has some weird characters, and the taste, although quite good, is a bit roast heavy for my liking. Im not sure if some of the off characteristics Im getting are a result of the lager yeast or not (I almost never drink beer of the lager styles cause for some reason they just dont appeal much to me). Either way, I did find this quite enjoyable, and Id recommend it. But it was a pretty big let down as I was expecting greatness (ala last years anniversary beer, Mexican Cake).

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: Big thanks to mikeincharleston for this bottle. Chilled and poured into my Cigar City tulip glass. Bottled on date of December 18th, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a really thick, black color with a nice, full creamy dark brown head. Spectacular retention. Really thick and creamy.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, some smoke, and some anise tones. I really get the Baltic Porter tones a lot. Light coffee and caramel notes as well. The sweetness really comes to the forefront more as this warms.

Taste: Some savory smoke (almost a touch of bacon) paired with chocolate fudge, a touch of anise and some caramel. A touch of roasted coffee beans as well. the Baltic Porter flavors really come through and make this feel like more of a big porter than an imperial stout.

Mouthfeel: Really velvety and creamy on the palate. Thick, with some low carbonation.

Overall, a really tasty take on a Baltic Porter. Really big and creamy throughout with some nice , big bold flavors. The smoke can be a bit overwhelming at times throughout and it can be overly bitter as well. A nice sipper for sure though.

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Photo of brother_kenneth
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/18/12.

This Baltic stout pours a thick, creamy, motor-oil black with minimal head, but there is definitely some stickiness to the lacing. Aromas I am noticing are chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of smoke. There is also surprisingly a slight touch of some booze, which almost reminds me of a bourbon barrel aged brew (which this is not). The beer tastes great. It is a chocolate and roasted malt bomb. There is a wonderful sea saltiness that I generally associate with Baltic Porters, but to have this in a stout is quite interesting and appealing. A good amount of smokiness can be detected as well. My bottle is about 6 months old, and there is still a substantial amount of alcohol heat. It would be a neat experiment to try aging this one. Super thick and creamy, dare I say "chewy" mouth feel. Texture and flavor are top notch. I can almost imagine this being barrel aged. It would be a great brew to throw in bourbon barrels for a few months. But then again, it is great the way it is. I am just a barrel-aged junkie.

Overall, I highly recommend this one. My first stout from Westbrook and I hope to try more. Mexican Cake is definitely next on the list!

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Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very good stout, though not as thick as the thickest newer IS. Lacey and black thicker looking body. Smooth mouthfeel, with some bitterness in the finish. Chocolate and coffee well integrated. I would like more coffee, and more "Baltic" flavour. Very good drinkability.
Doug's bottle for his B day.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a dark, dark black hue with a one finger super dark milk chocolate hued head that leaves some light creamy side lacing and a gentle creamy blanket. Solid.

S - Aromas of rich chocolate, roated malts, light sweetness. Some faint dark fruits, almost like dark chocolate covered raisins.

T - Taste is just like the nose. Super rich chocolate, nice roasted malts, dark chocolate bitter finish. Loads of chocolate. Smack in the middle is dark fruits, primarily raisins for me, resulting in a big time chocolate covered raisin taste profile.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall, a solid beer but...this is more russian imperial than anything due to how big the dark fruits are.

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Photo of Treebs
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook Tulip. Bottled 12/18/12.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a thick, dark mocha head forming on the pour. The retention is top notch. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: This is big beer. Super roasty with some fruity yeast in the periphery. Alcohol notes are present, but it doesn't detract from the roasted malts and big dark chocolate notes. Some cocoa powder is there as well.

T: A ton of roasted malts, some char and a touch of cocoa bean. Bitter dark chocolate with some light fruity yeast in the background. Definitely seems like an amped up Baltic porter due to the yeast strain. Enjoyable.

M: Low carbonation. Silky smooth across the palate. Medium bodied. Finish is chocolate and big roast.

O: This a big and roasty beer, but the yeast strain drops subtle hints that it's still got some Baltic porter bloodlines at heart. It's pretty ready to go now with the booze well hidden. Don't really see this benefiting from any extended aging. Maybe a year if you want the robust roasted malts to die down a bit.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Jet black with a 1-finger creamy, frothy brown head. Great retention and some nice lacing. This pours just as viscous as motor oil.

S – Chocolate, vanilla, some hints of dark fruits, a little bit of an aroma similar to hazelnut coffee, and definitely some clean lager yeast aromas.

T – I don’t know where the coffee was hiding in the aroma but man, is it in the taste. This starts off very sweet with plum, currant, and cocoa notes and quickly gets big and roasty with tons of bitter and slightly astringent coffee. Alcohol may certainly be contributing to this astringency, as well. There also must be some earthy, floral hops in here because the finish is much bitterer than one would be from just roasted barley.

F – Full-bodied with good carbonation, a velvety thick and smooth mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and very dry finish. Dry and bitter roasted barley flavors linger and pair up nicely with the throat-and-palate-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This is a really nice beer. It’s interesting that the intense roasty bitterness isn’t really that apparent in the nose but it hit me right in the face when I tasted it. It’s also interesting how sweet this starts out before the bitterness kicks in. This is a tasty and very drinkable beer for the ABV and the style. I’d be interested to see how this would do with some age on it. I’d also be interested to see how this would do aged a year in some bourbon barrels. Getting any ideas, Westbrook?

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Photo of thagr81us
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Westbrook snifter (proper!). Poured pitch black with a one finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent pacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, spice, cream, and subtle nutty. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, dark fruit, wood, earth, and milk chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was a huge amount of complexity going on in this one that I really did not expect to find. Big notes of roastiness while still maintaining a nice sweet balance. This kept your palate alert and refreshed after each sip. Wish the alcohol would have been a little subdued on the flavor, but you can't win them all. Nicely done Westbrook and congrats on two successful years!

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Photo of jsanford
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an ominously inky black with a craggy mocha head that settles to a thick cap. Lovely aromas of dark, bitter chocolate, nearly-burnt roasted malt, molasses, and a touch of smoke. Really nice, similar to a (big!) Baltic Porter. Taste is just as impressive, huge bitter malt backbone, baking chocolate, and roasted espresso beans. Mouthfeel is velvet-smooth and creamy, with a full body and ample carbonation. Another impressive Stout offering from Westbrook, cheers to 2 years!

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Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Grapevine. Pretty viscous black pour, thin layer of dark tan head.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolates. Pretty basic.

Taste, Big. Roast malt, anise, earthy peatiness. Dark chocolate. Kind of a dry woody and cocoa, light coffee finish. Lingers nicely.

About full bodies and nicely mouth coating. Could consider this creamy. Just a little warming. I like it, maybe not as much as the Cake, but this is still quality. Definetely a Baltic Porter flare to it.

Liked Medican Came better on draft, we'll see about this one. The bottle has some big shoes to match here.

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Photo of jpro
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from the brewery... into a tulip glass -

A: Black pour with a tight head of light khaki foam; not much lace although retention was there.

S: Roasted malts; coffee.

T: Roasted malts; dark chocolate; currants / dark fruit, too. Very big, roasty flavor profile + some pretty big sweetness on the end.

M: Full bodied; higher, lively carbonation; very sweet, though - maybe too much.

O: An interesting "baltic stout" - very roasty, yet very sweet. My only knock on this beer would be the sweetness that seems almost distracting.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/18/12, poured into a snifter glass

A- pours pitch black with a small fizzy khaki colored head that vanishes almost immediately, leaving nothing bend

S- aroma of black licorice, dried fig, raisin & prune, sweet molasses, a hint of charcoal, black cherry and dark chocolate

T- flavor up front is dominated by a variety of dark fruits; fig, plumb, prune and black cherry. Sweet molasses kicks in mid-palate, complimented by a slightly smoky charred malt. A hint of dark chocolate follows, eventually finishing with medicinal holy notes and a linger of black licorice

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, eventually finishing smooth and creamy with just a hint of lingering alcohol warmth. Alcohol is hidden quite well for the most part

O- This has aged quite nicely and everything seems to mesh well. It definitely opened up more in both aroma and taste after it warmed up a bit, a nice slow sipper

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Photo of ksimons
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black and no highlights seen in the light, with a very thin layer of dark tan head that leaves some lace around the edge

S-sweet chocolate, dark malt with a dark bread like aroma

T-rich roasted malt with milk chocolate to start finishing with dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, light dark fruitiness, some alcohol, and a slight burnt flavor to end

M-full body, very smooth, good carbonation

Overall this is a very complex, interesting beer. A lot of different flavors going around. Maybe a little too much alcohol, but I bet some aging would take care of that. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/18/12

Pours black with light tan head. Minimal head that dissipates to ring along the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty with lots of raisins and chocolate.

Taste is sweet and chocolatey malts up front. Ripe fruit such as plums or raisins come in later. Good bit of dark chocolate bitterness comes late. Matbe a hint of smokiness too.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was excellent.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. While pouring the glass it's a hard fudgy brown color, but blackness fills the glass and clings to the edges as it rises in the glass, even when held up to the light. Deep red and brown thick frothy looking head, a couple of medium sized bubbles but mostly small. Really good lacing, coats the glass and there's a strong film skimmed across the top the whole way through.

Smell is good, most of the classic aromas you'd expect from a good heavy stout, but on the sweeter end. Kind of like there's a slight hint of bakers chocolate sprinkled in with a heavy amount of milk chocolate. Slight charred and smokey aromas as well.

Taste is really good. Again with nice aromas with chocolate and hints of coffee. Lots of dark and deep roasted grains, good malt bill. I mentioned a charred aroma in the nose, it's not as strong here, more like a hearty roasted, like if you were put some peanuts or some other shelled nut in the oven or over a fire, so I guess slightly nutty is a fair description in the flavor profile as well.

Mouthfeel is extremely interesting. I think I have a love/hate relationship with it. At first the flavor doesn't seem to linger, but the more you drink it, the beer flavor tends to linger more and more. Might have trailed off a little since it's a year old, but still nice. Strong flavor that is a pretty otter chocolaty, but full flavored all the way and has an earthy bitter finish. Overall I really can't believe how light the beer is. It doesn't sit heavy AT ALL even though it's so full flavored. According to the label it's brewed with German lager yeast which is probably a main reason why. Alcohol is well masked, this is one that should be a slow sipper, but DANGEROUSLY drinkable. Bottle is a lot, but is great and could be consumed by any stout lover, if you have more of this lying around and haven't drank it yet, it's something that can be consumed individually, but wouldn't share it with more than 2 people. I felt guilty cracking this on my own, but this is one that 12+ ounces really does the beer so much more justice.

Great beer, love that they went for this for the second anniversary. Thanks EasyReader for sending this bottle, it's phenomenal!

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Photo of cvm4
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black, brown espresso one finger head with great lacing/retention.

S - Heavy roasted malts, cocoa powder, licorice and bitter coffee.

T - Again with the big roasted malts all throughout. Also getting molasses, dark fruits, bitter coffee and cocoa powder.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation. Creamy, smooth and chewy. Too drinkable.

O - Such a treat! Haven't had a beer this roasty that wasn't smoked on purpose in a while. Just a great beer through and through.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black, opaque, very dark, rich brown head. Dissipates to a ring, with lots of lacing. The aroma is heavy on the roast, with dark fruits, bitterness, coffee, and cocoa. Taste leads with dark fruits, earthy yeast, bitter cacao, light coffee, big roast finish. Full bodied, chewy, and thick. Alcohol is well hidden and it drinks quite easy.

While Mexican Cake may have tastes better initially, it can get a bit spicy as it warms...this stays quite consistent, if not better as it warms. A great beer overall.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 12/18/12
Serving Temp: 45 Degrees
Glass: Tulip

Pitch black body with no light penetration. Rich, reddish-brown head (2 finger thick on pour) disappears quickly to nothing. Trace lacing and thick legs.

Thick syrup, heavy chocolate, and smokey campfire. Heavy roast. Sweet, dark dates and fig. Tart cherry and cola notes.

Sweet, tart raisin and cherry. heavy smoked wood and light vanilla and caramel. Bitterness is present but overpowered by the dominant sweetness. Alcohol burn on the way down might turn some off. Aftertaste is raisin and ash.

Thick - might want to have a spoon handy. Carbonation is noticeable, but just. Super sweet, syrupy finish.

A tasty, if not a tad overly sweet treat in a glass. As the glass warms, a more prolific beer can be found - so follow the recommended serve temp of 55 degrees or start colder and allow the temp to rise, this is the perfect beer to get an understanding of how temperature affects taste and aroma. Definitely worth grabbing, if bottles are still floating around!

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Westbrook Brewing Co. - Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Super thick viscosity motor oil black with a brown hue around the sides. Minuscule mocha head that dissipates quickly. Nice rings of lacing.

Smell - Aroma is super decadent chocolate with sweet malt and a touch of roast.

Taste - Rich and carbed. Chocolate and sugar comes in first, followed by fruity roasted malt and an earth bitter almost hop-like finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Rests bitter and plum. Good drinkability. Booze is well hidden, perhaps too well hidden haha.

Overall - This is a good brew, a robust imperial stout. A must try for sure.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dogdoc for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Dark dark, essentially black, oily appearance, thin tan head, low visible carbonation.

S: Big roasty malts, notes of coffee, dark fruit, tobacco, leather, hints of fruity esters, and seems slightly boozy.

T: Follows the nose well. Coffee, roasty malts, tobacco, and dark fruit. Lager sweetness at end with a bit of roasted malt bitterness in finish. The hang is fairly dry.

M: Chewy sticky mouthfeel, moderate alcohol presence but still seems a bit boozy. Well-carbonated for a stout.

O: This is tasty, and quite different. Nothing I'd reach for every night, but thoroughly enjoyable. I'm curious to see how the other bottle ages.

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Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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