Pothole Stout
Brewery Vivant

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From:
Brewery Vivant
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Stout
Ranked #339
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,938
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 9.89%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
75
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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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4 by red94tt from Michigan

Apr 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by bigleague from Michigan

Jan 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.62 by Lucnifter from California

Nov 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.42 by TEdubbaD from Minnesota

Nov 02, 2015
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Reviewed by imonhiatus from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
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
 
Rated: 3.59 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Sep 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.77 by Gtg642 from Michigan

Aug 30, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Tschnab from New York

Jul 22, 2015
 
Rated: 3.78 by gratefulbeerhead from Indiana

Jul 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.59 by imperialking from Illinois

Jun 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.56 by Supergenious from Michigan

Jun 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.66 by drbenderdo from Michigan

Jun 26, 2015
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Rated by everclear from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The coffee is too overpowering, but otherwise very drinkable.
Jun 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.29 by Poloplaya from Illinois

Jun 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.9 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

May 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

May 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.58 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

May 29, 2015
 
Rated: 4.32 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

May 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by ChrisinRI from Rhode Island

May 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.47 by Giggy from Michigan

May 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.03 by ejmw from Michigan

May 04, 2015
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
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Rated by castelli1981 from Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
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
 
Rated: 4 by threedaggers from Kentucky

Apr 13, 2015
 
Rated: 3.9 by kjkinsey from Texas

Apr 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by coz from Illinois

Apr 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by GRFounder from Michigan

Apr 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by midlifec from Michigan

Apr 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.56 by jrborchert74 from Michigan

Apr 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.53 by PatGreer from Massachusetts

Apr 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.23 by HabaJohn from Illinois

Apr 04, 2015
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 4 by jjwisenheimer from Indiana

Apr 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.2 by wtkphoto from Michigan

Apr 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.12 by stadmo1 from Michigan

Mar 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.11 by Mambajahamba from Michigan

Mar 27, 2015
Pothole Stout from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 91 ratings