Pothole Stout
Brewery Vivant

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From:
Brewery Vivant
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #371
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
85
Ranked #23,632
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 9.89%
Ratings:
91
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 07, 2021
Added:
Apr 30, 2014
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  10
SCORE
85
Very Good
Pothole StoutPothole Stout
Notes: None
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Pothole Stout from Brewery Vivant. Received on 17/3/21 from Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids, MI. $ 13.77 (Including tax)/4-pack of 16 oz cans ($ 0.215/oz). At room temperature at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 7/4/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom of can stamped “PACKAGED ON 02/22/20” (Not a typo). Served at 45.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 51.6 degrees.
Appearance – 4.25
First pour – Brown (SRM 20), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, amber brown at the edges.
Head – Average (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), light caramel, high density with a rare rock, average retention, diminishing to a four to five mm crown fed by effervescence with a complete cap.
Lacing – Good. Wide Band of extremely tiny bubbles.
Aroma – 4 – Mild coffee and very weak lactose. No malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Weak, slightly sweet coffee – think iced coffee after a lot of the ice has melted. No hops, no malt, no yeast. No alcohol (7.5 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No gastric warming initially occurs. However, by the end of the can some transitory gastric warming occurs. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Body seems a bit thin for a stout, but the coffee flavor works well at this viscosity; even the lactose is unoffensive.

Apr 07, 2021
Photo of Whyteboar
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Whyteboar from Michigan

It's a very attractive beer, pouring deep black with a medium brown head.
The aroma drifts between coffee, malts and lactose with the coffee kinda wrapping it all together.
The coffee is definitely prominent in the taste, almost to the point of bitter. I actually considered, just for a second, of adding milk to cut the bitter down a touch.
Feel is good, appropriate for a non-imperial stout, though a little on the thin side.
OA - While it started on the bitter side (Poured at 55 degrees) it mellowed out nicely after warming into the 60s. So for me, I'll just want this one to get closer to room temp before enjoying in the future.

Feb 19, 2021
Photo of dd53grif
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dd53grif from Michigan

Pours a dark brown with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Tastes of coffee, sweet chocolate and roasted malts. A bit thin but no bitterness at the finish.

Feb 15, 2021
Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Canned 2/3/15; drank 3/24/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black/purple appearance.

Nice dark tan head; minimal lace.

Roasted coffee & mild banana notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Black coffee, mild banana & cream flavors up front; a mildly carbonated finish.

Quaffable with a nice flavor; a nice spring stout.

Jul 23, 2019
 
4 by red94tt from Michigan on Apr 11, 2016
 
3.5 by bigleague from Michigan on Jan 18, 2016
 
3.62 by Lucnifter from California on Nov 29, 2015
 
3.42 by TEdubbaD from Minnesota on Nov 02, 2015
Photo of imonhiatus
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by imonhiatus from New Jersey

wow, lots of carb. can was foaming at the mouth...enjoyed from a vivant mini snifter.

aptly named...kind of like drinking some concrete. lots of char with some roast and chocolate in the background. very fizzy too...little oxidized. love a good stout, don't really love this

Oct 02, 2015
 
3.59 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Sep 12, 2015
 
3.77 by Gtg642 from Michigan on Aug 30, 2015
 
4 by Tschnab from New York on Jul 22, 2015
 
3.78 by gratefulbeerhead from Indiana on Jul 07, 2015
 
3.59 by imperialking from Illinois on Jun 30, 2015
 
3.56 by Supergenious from Michigan on Jun 30, 2015
 
3.66 by drbenderdo from Michigan on Jun 26, 2015
Photo of everclear
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by everclear from Michigan

The coffee is too overpowering, but otherwise very drinkable.

Jun 16, 2015
 
4.29 by Poloplaya from Illinois on Jun 04, 2015
 
3.9 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on May 31, 2015
 
3.71 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2015
 
3.58 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2015
 
4.32 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio on May 25, 2015
 
3.75 by ChrisinRI from Rhode Island on May 18, 2015
 
3.47 by Giggy from Michigan on May 16, 2015
 
3.03 by ejmw from Michigan on May 04, 2015
Photo of mothman
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by mothman from Minnesota

Dark tan head. Dark brown color.

I like the coffee and I like that it hides the Belgian flavors a bit. Thinner body, but tons of fresh espresso makes up for it. I like this one.

Apr 23, 2015
Photo of castelli1981
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by castelli1981 from Michigan

Good initial taste. Friend and I felt like it tasted like an ash tray in your mouth as the final taste. I'm a big stout fan, but not of this one.

Apr 14, 2015
 
4 by threedaggers from Kentucky on Apr 13, 2015
 
3.9 by kjkinsey from Texas on Apr 12, 2015
 
4 by coz from Illinois on Apr 11, 2015
 
3.75 by GRFounder from Michigan on Apr 11, 2015
 
3.75 by midlifec from Michigan on Apr 11, 2015
 
3.56 by jrborchert74 from Michigan on Apr 09, 2015
 
3.53 by PatGreer from Massachusetts on Apr 04, 2015
 
4.23 by HabaJohn from Illinois on Apr 04, 2015
Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours black with a two-finger foamy tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aromas are of light coffee and roasted malts.

T - Flavor starts with lots of black coffee and roasted malts. There is a chocolate sweetness. The finish has some light Belgian yeast.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Finish is quite dry.

O - This is a nice coffee forward stout. There isn't much depth in the flavor, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Apr 03, 2015
 
4 by jjwisenheimer from Indiana on Apr 02, 2015
 
4.2 by wtkphoto from Michigan on Apr 01, 2015
 
3.12 by stadmo1 from Michigan on Mar 28, 2015
 
4.11 by Mambajahamba from Michigan on Mar 27, 2015
Pothole Stout from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 91 ratings