Cat Spit Stout | 2nd Shift Brewing

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Cat Spit StoutCat Spit Stout

Brewed by:
2nd Shift Brewing
Missouri, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coffeey, roasty, blah blah blah, it's a stout, just drink it, it's really good.

Added by Tone on 09-14-2011

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 56
Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a large bottle, this is a black brew with a tall chocolate head. The aroma is of coffee and cream, with a background of oatmeal. Creamy, full in body, and balanced. The taste is nutty, with roasted grains and a complex deepness. Substantial. This is a better than expected oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Meyers1023
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a fingers worth of tan head. Smell is roasty, a little bit of chocolate, and some coffee as well. The flavor follows the nose but with the coffee being more present. The feel is quite what you'd expect from a stout but it doesn't take away from the beer. This is pretty good stout. It's pretty easy to drink as well with the ABV being 7 percent.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from gregwilsonstl, thanks for the opportunity!
Dark brown/black color with a huge bubbly tan head that attempts to pour itself despite the 35 degrees that the bottle is sitting at. Sweet milk chocolaty malt with bits of creamed coffee and a touch of lactose. Smooth creamy mouthfeel surprisingly the mouthfeel isn't overly bubbly. Tasty sweet stout actually.

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Photo of KingTide
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours the color of coffee, with the head the same color as coffee foam. Smells sweeter than it is, like brown sugar, oats, and fudge.

First thing I taste before I swallow is sweet raisins, wood, and oats. The oats don't hit you hard until you swallow. There is quite a bit of carbonation, but I find that's the case in most oatmeal stouts. The alcohol is well masked, and the bitterness is also damn near perfect. It compliments the beer so well.

My only complaints are that it's quite 'sticky.' I don't know how else to put it. There are certain sweet stout beers that feel sticky and viscous on the glass and that always turns me off a bit. The other thing that keeps this from being a 5 for me is the carbonation. It may be a bit too much, although it doesn't make it less easy to drink. It's a nice, rich, drinkable beer for sure.

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Photo of Faroveryonder
4.24/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid stout! Thick inky appearance. Smells of roasted coffee. Great follow up on the taste, lots of coffee, even roast balance. Very smooth. Loved it. Great coffee stout! Love 2nd Shift!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Bottled 1/2014.

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and coffee bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, brewed coffee, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas and flavors, but the mouthfeel is off in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of richj1970
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown tending towards black with a small one finger head. Some spotty lacing.

S: Slight smokiness and roasted malts. Coffee.

T: Coffee. Burnt caramel mixed with toffee.

M: Full bodied but not thick.

O: Drinks more like a porter than a stout. Easy drinking with good flavors.

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Photo of Jeffo
1.8/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one from totoropanda. Cheers for the trade!

From a 750 into a snifter
6.2% ABV
Best before October 2014
Big fancy bottle series.
Brewed and bottles by Crider Brewing LLC in New Haven, MO.

APPEARANCE: A slow foamer, which is not a good sign. A clear brown pour yields a massive, 4+ finger, looser, foamy, light brown head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and leaves some chunky lacing on the glass. Clear dark brown body with lower levels of carbonation evident.

SMELL: Sour cherries, light roasted notes and some stale coffee. Dank cardboard and plenty of oxidization, though there is definitely a sour, tart note in there as well. Doesn't look promising at all.

TASTE: Pretty bad at this point. Oxidized for sure, with card board, stale coffee and tart cherries up front. Oxidized finish with stale coffee, paper and wet cardboard, and some tart flavors. The nose smelt like it might be infected, but this is basically just oxidized.

PALATE: Thinner body and slightly higher carbonation. Semi-creamy still, goes down fine and finishes rather tart and astringent. Not good either.

OVERALL: This bottle has definitely seen better days. Normally I wouldn't review old beer, but this bottle is within the best by date and the blurb on the bottle even claims that it will age well. Apparently this is a 2011 brew, so three years is a reasonable time to age a beer. I would gladly try a fresh batch of this if possible, but for now, nothing with any time on it. Drain greatly enjoyed this. Thanks again panda!

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a jet-black color with a three-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee and roasted oats.

T - Good roasty flavor with nice chocolate and coffee taste. Some sweet caramel and toffee in the background, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a good stout. $9.99 for a 750 is a bit steep for a low ABV stout, though.

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Photo of paxchristi
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, but not opaque. Chocolate dark.

Nose: milk chocolate malts, coffees, dark malts, and sweet malts.

Taste: roasted malt, coffee, hints of sweet malt, with a milk chocolate that brings out a sweeter side.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth. Strong point of this beer. Spot on for the style.

Overall: its a very accessible American stout that works for a good intro into craft stouts. Not overly impressed but bet that this one with some barrel aging would be really good.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and dry hop. Fits the style of an American Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, hint of sweet malt, and slight dry hop. Overall, good blend and feel; the coffee is especially delicious.

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Cat Spit Stout from 2nd Shift Brewing
3.51 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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