Black Currant Stout | St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

30 Ratings

Brewed by:
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Tucquan on 08-27-2011

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-08-26 at the brewery.

A - Darker brown with a 1.5-finger deep tan head and good lacing.

S - Light chocolate malt, mild licorice and a hint of citric aroma.

T - More chocolate malt than the smell. This is complimented by some tartness from the black currant extract. The black currant flavor is understated; bordering on citrus and licorice. It's a rich, pleasant taste and not cloyingly sweet.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Creamy and not too heavy.

O - I enjoyed this brew and got a growler to go for a family get-together. I'm a big fan of currants and was hoping for more of this flavor in the beer. It's more an adjunct to the chocolate stout flavor.

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Photo of Leiermann
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of garlonX
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great Beer. I was shopping with my wife in Ephrata and thought about heading to Stoudts Brewery to get a growler of their Abbey triple when I passed this brewery. I remembered a friend told be about it so I turned around and had a growler filled. Awesome flavor,wonderful after taste.My only complaint, the same one I have with Guinness, is that it feels too thin in the mouth. All this flavor and aroma and it just....feels thin in the mouth. If that makes sense.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of AMarkle6524
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SharkNado
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Sipchue
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw-top growler received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dain!

First stein pours with a 1/4" light brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is down to a skim in a bit, with lacing that isn't going anywhere fast. Aroma is dark malts with a touch of fruit.

Taste is dark malt sweetness to start, coffee depth in the middle, and dark fruitiness through the close. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, with good drinkability. Nice brew for the holiday, and none of that spiced junk.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Pitch black pour, frothy, syrupy, nice legs, and no lacing.

S - Dark roasted chocolate, black current, anise, black licorice, and smoke.

T - Follows the nose with dark smokey chocolate, charcoal on the finish, black current, and some dark fruit. Finishes with a lingering cherry chocolate bitterness.

M - Full bodied, lip smacking sticky, and very dry on the finish.

O - Very solid.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bassbase
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of lobos62
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on Nitro-tap @ the fridge in a large snifter.

The color is very deep brown and appears black in the low light, the head is whipped up and medium tan with tightly condensed bubbles. The smell is good but lacks much of the dried fruit you might expect from a beer called black currant stout. The malt makes up for that with strong cocoa notes and mild dark sugar with a subtle roasted aroma. The feel is pretty decent with a mild bitterness level overall but enough to balance the sweetness of the malt with a gentle roasted quality and mild alcohol for the amount of abv, as the nitrous relaxed it seems to have a fuller feel if that makes any sense. I think this would probably be better on straight co2, but I am not a big fan of the Nitro personally.

This tastes complex with some nice dried fruit in the background but it struggles to compete with the deep earthy malt and yeast nuances. There is a definite creamy vanilla like flavor which seems to go well with the mild roastiness and there is a light caramel sweetness to accent the mellow spice from the hops. The dark grain is lightly astringent adding a nice accent to the sweet and toasty elements. There is a dark brown sugar tinge that goes well with the plum-like flavor which I guess is coming from the currant. The fruit is almost black cherry in quality but not quite that strong. Overall I enjoyed this Stout, it was a pretty drinkable beer for the style. I appreciate that it isn't over the top with alcohol in the taste, the currant is good because it doesn't distract from the layers of malt.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-belgian globe. on tap brewery.

A: Dark, sleek black color has a nice tan head of 1 inch which retains rather well. No visible carbonation, the lacing sticks rather well with a spacious speckled patterns.

S: The nose was of rich dark chocolate and silty coffee and cocoa. Nice level of awareness with touches of sweet dark fruit and black currant berries.

T: Rich sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate blends with a silty dark minerality, light milky roast, and fresh dark fruit. Minimal touches of the dark currant influence, smoothly bitter, roasty, and balanced.

M: Milky creamy mouthful, medium body, lightly carbonated has a smooth and slippery feel that slides off the tongue with ease as well the alcohol detection which is hardly noticeable at 10.0%.

O: A rich, very smooth and silky drinking stout that is very well brewed, very clean and polished flavor wise. Rich chocolate and roasty nature with touches of dark fruit and currant berries goes down very nicely for 10.0%. must try.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnsley
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Fridge, Lancaster PA
Poured into a 12 oz shifter. Topped up, a 12 oz pour

Pours a thick creamy head, black color with great lace. Beautiful.

Big blast of coffee when first smelled. The aroma is one of rich, roasted malt, with a hint of yeast. The coffee fades rapidly to a rich roasted malt. The malt dominates throughout the pour. No hops.

Very rich, malty entry on the palate, chocolate, and dried fruit. Very full bodied. Has a very refined carbonation, which makes for a balance brew. Delicious!

Very long finish of rich roasted malt.

This is a delicious Stout. It’s a different style than what you normally taste these days, somewhat old school, with not bitterness or hops at all. Smooth as silk, and quite rich. I could drink a lot of this Stout.

A word on St. Boniface:
I have had many styles from this brewer and their stouts are IMO the best they have to offer, don’t pass a chance to try one.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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