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 Maltmaiden
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: viscous. black with creamy thin and strong head. cannot see through it.

S: Very dark roasted malt. Lots of chocolate. touch or licorice. Alcohol is not shy but not horrific. vainilla.

T: Wow. So much depth. Sweet dark roasted malts upfront. Lots of chocolate, coffee beans. Some vanilla. Sweet at the beginning then quickly becomes quite dry. Ends with a long warm smoky finish.Alcohol is potent, but is on only just on the edge of being too much, at least for me.

M: Not that the smell and taste of this beer are really lacking, but the texture of this beer is definitely the strongest aspect in my opinion. It's like drinking a velvet blanket...So, it starts off somewhat jammy, then softens out, then ends with a savory dryness.

O: It's a big beer. One to sip on for a while and appreciate its complexity, as well as great taste.

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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 avalon07
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good, solid aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, a little hops, and a burnt element. Pretty much everything you'd expect from a big stout. Flavorful, powerful and complex.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth, silky finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is an easy to like, well made, and likeable beer. Very drinkable.

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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 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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