Belgian Stout | Spearhead Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Spearhead Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spearhead Belgian Stout is a smooth, complex black ale. Cascading bubbles swirl upward, capped by a beautiful mocha coloured head. Brewed with Demerara sugar, Curaçao orange peel, coriander and Trappist Ale yeast, this unique unfiltered stout has a luscious creamy texture and delightfully dry finish. It offers notes of chocolate and espresso with hints of banana, orange and tropical spice. Savour every mouthful.

35 IBU

Added by jrenihan on 06-27-2012

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of ikidunot
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kevinlater
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGDrock
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:solid black with a dense, mocha coloured head that has great length and incredible stickiness - leaves thick veils when swirled - beautiful, one of the best looking beers I've poured

Aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander; lightly of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, dates, banana, and altogether intriguing

Taste & Mouthfeel: lovely dark chocolate and burnt coffee - which quickly leads to a surprisingly bitter finish originating from the roast and a decent dose of hops; there are some fruitier, somewhat tart notes in that malt flavour - orange peel, a little like a Terry's Chocolate Orange; pleasantly creamy on the tongue, if not velvety, with medium carbonation; a deep, pure cocoa flavour lingers even longer than the bitterness

Overall: an aggressive first few sips transitions to a synchronized dance of flavours, flowing together beautifully and crafting a unique and interesting stout; this one's for dinner, not dessert

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Photo of spinrsx
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A very nice stout, but I expected more of that fruity Belgian yeast goodness from the description.

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Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zweird
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mjacquard
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DaveBar
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens great and pours a nice dark high head. Very dark brown.

S- Lost of caramel chocolate and coffee

T- Oopsy! Not so good. Bitter. Lacks the substance it deserves

M- Not bad. Not great.

O- Ok beer. Will not buy again.

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with..... Tacos


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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4/5  rDev +7%

Looking for a good stout to replace his beloved La Vache Folle, which the LCBO in its infinite wisdom decided not to sell this year, Bucky decided to sample Spearhead’s Belgian Style Stout (“BSS”). BSS came in a brown 355 ml bottle with no visible ‘best before’ or production date and was 5.8% alcohol by volume.

BSS poured a near black colour and was impervious to back lighting, with 1.5” of dense, crema coloured head leaving some modest lacing down the glass as it slowly faded to a thin collar and film. Its aroma was a tempting combination of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee and that distinct Belgian yeast. The flavour very much followed the nose, with dark chocolate followed by the Belgian yeast, ending in an Italian-roast coffee flavour with a distinct espresso bitterness that lingered as an aftertaste. I’m not picking up any of the orange peel and coriander in the ingredients list, but it doesn’t really matter since the core flavours and aromas of a good stout are all present. Medium bodied with a mellow carbonation and resulting soft mouth feel, this could become Bucky’s ‘go to’ stout for the winter months.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at the LCBO; listed at 5.8% and with no bottling date information. Served a little cooler than cellar temperature.

Pours an opaque black colour, generating one finger of dense, creamy tan-coloured froth. It only sticks around briefly for a Belgian-style brew, opting instead to fade into a bubbly film and collar over the next couple of minutes. Minimal lace. The aroma is malty and inviting, dominated by notes of brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate and a touch of roasted coffee bean. Hints of spicy coriander and citrus peel are also detectable, with suggestions of raisin and fig. Big fan of the bouquet on this one.

The taste follows the nose quite closely. Roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee are big contributors, with lots of demerara sugar sweetness. Some light banana notes mingle nicely with notes of dark fruit and citrus, which then lead into a complex finish. There's lots of roasty, char-like astringency at this point, more dark-roast coffee and a spicy hit of coriander and Belgian yeast. Finishes somewhat dry, with the burnt, charry flavour overpowering any residual sweetness. Medium-bodied, with gentle-but-prickly carbonation and a relatively smooth, soft feel in the mouth. This isn't an especially strong ale, but the bold flavour and ashy aftertaste limit its drinkability, somewhat.

Final Grade: 3.92, a B+. Spearhead's Belgian Style Stout is only the second or third example of this pseudo-style that I have had the opportunity to try, but I must say I'm enjoying it thoroughly, and I'm glad that there are more bottles in the fridge for later. The charry bitterness is a bit much for my tastes, but the way I see it, that's merely one Con in a sea of Pros. Fans of Belgian-style dark ales looking for a "lighter" example that doesn't skimp out on the flavour should strongly consider tracking this tempting brew down.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TerryW
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A coffee dark brew with next to no head and no lace.

Lots of chocolate and charcoal both in the nose and to taste. Tarry. Too much burn I think to be really enjoyable. Some caramel sweetness as it starts to warm up. Soft to drink on the palate.

Too one dimensional. Too much char.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark side Day at Bar Hop. Expecting a sweet stout, I got a black body with a little head. A dry stout, some sugar. Not so drinkable.A little roasty aroma.A bit above average mouthfeel. Somewhat chalky and ashtray. I would like something a lot cleaner.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken earlier tonight at imbibe in Kitchener, although Kick-Off has said they will also have a keg tapped later this week...

A thin near-black pour with the minimal chocolate-coloured head disappearing quickly. A promising aroma that is more chocolate malt-forward than Belgian, with all the roasted malt that entails. The taste also enjoys many positive stout characteristics revolving around roasted and toasted dark malts, but there is an undeniable "Belgian yeast" to the finish, that lingers long after the last sip.

Although well brewed and exactly as the moniker promises; it’s more interesting than I'd expected, but Belgians will never be my first choice.

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Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in colour, off white head with little in the way of lace. Smell is of belgian yeast, dark fruit, plum and a bit of raisin as well, a bit of bittersweet chocolate and some coffee are there to weigh in for the stout side of things here. Taste is roasty with belgian yeast, a little bit of tart funk from the yeast come across as well, dark fruit and a bit of chocolate, light bitter coffee and chocolate in the aftertaste. Light carbonation, medium body, decent feel. Not bad, certainly something that tasted much better than the nose suggests, didn't realize it was 6.5% thought it was maybe around 4.5-5%, I may have this again at some point but nothing I was too crazy about to order repeats of.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Sessions 99 festival. Interested to try this one, being a fan both of Spearhead's Hawaiian IPA and Belgian Stouts.

Beer is black with a small tan head. Smell contains Belgian yeast, some dark fruit, a bit of candied fruit, fig and plum. Certainly more "Belgian" than stout.

Taste brings the stout equation into the mix. Roasted malt, dark fruit, plum. Fairly bitter.

Medium bodied, low carbonation.

Overall, OK. Sort of disappointing. I will give this one another chance for sure, but I wasn't thrilled on the first go round.

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Belgian Stout from Spearhead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 21 ratings