Dark Chocolate Sea Salt
Ass Clown Brewing

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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #290
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
88
Ranked #17,358
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
41
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Ass Clown Brewing
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  7
SCORE
88
Very Good
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Why, hello there Mr. Tall, Dark & Salty. The brewers at Ass Clown aren't fooling around with their strong American stout that boasts a rich cocoa character and just enough sea salt to give the taste and rounded, fuller character without compromising its body.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt pours an expected dark brown, easily taken for black in low light. A rich honeycomb of mocha stained froth rises to the rim just as the scent of dark chocolate, french press coffee, nuttiness and soil permeates the nose. Its robust taste is chocked full of burnt toffee, dark roast coffee, roasted marshmallow, cocoa and an overall nutty character.

As the dark ale seeps deep into the tastebuds, the stout underneath the chocolate begins to shine with its taste of burnt cream, caramel and toffee that lead to a deep coffee, cocoa and bitter walnut character. Broad and woodsy, the beer's taste dries gradually and eventually lands at a dry, nearly smoky taste with an arid texture and a cocoa and coffee derived bitterness. Sea salt never comes across salty, but rather gives the beer a more vivid taste and a rounded malt character overall.

Full in body but seeming surprisingly drinkable, the malty dry texture exposes a few of the rougher edges of roast and a moderate sense of astringency from the charred grains and the cocoa additions. A long and roasty aftertaste is medium long and slightly peppery, bitter and campfire-like with a hint of mocha latte looming.

Dec 01, 2017
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RC_Saunders from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Not sure what is up with this beer on my second 4pk but it has extremely low carbonation. You pour it and has no head to it,at all. Very heavy beer, chocolate and the salt are obvious. I really liked this one early on in spring but this go round isn't as good

Aug 17, 2017
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: My friend, Jay
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received March 10, 2017
Consumed: March 16, 2017
Reviewed as: American Stout
Misc.: Canned on Jan. 13, 2017

Thanks, Jay!

Was lucky enough to receive this as part of a 10-beer package sent by Jay. Had heard of this brewery, probably because of the name. Looking forward to the dark chocolate sea salt stout though.

Poured a dark-to-light black brown color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy tan head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Very good spotty lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled dark chocolate, toffee, roasty nuts, almost peanut butter like, toast, firewood and hints of dark fruit. (Smell - 4.00)

First thought on the taste was wow. Got a start of dark chocolate, ending with salty nuts. Still reminded me somewhat of some creamy peanut butter beers I’ve had. Also milk chocolate, roasty coffee malts, smooth toffee and hints of smoky wood. This seems more like a Milk / Sweet Stout to me, but either way it’s tasty. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was a very good stout. Loved it. As always, any time I have a stout I like, I say, “I would like to see this barrel-aged.” (Overall - 4.25)

4.19 | 93 | A-

Mar 31, 2017
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black no highlights noted when held to the light. Big fluffy dense hot chocolate colored head falls slowly and leaves tons of sheet lace off an aggressive pour, good looking brew.

Aroma is roasted malts of course good chocolate notes, caramel no real sea salt notes in the nose anyway. Nose is sweet smelling also so not quite dark chocolate maybe a little sweeter with hints of mocha. After sitting for a while might be some sea salt in the nose after all or I'm inferring it, after tasting it.

Taste is roasted malts, loads of chocolate, definite coffee, rich caramel adding sweetness and definite salty hints in the middle and finish. Finish also has some bitterness either from the roast or some hops keeping it from being cloying.

Mouthfeel is little more then medium and almost smooth just a little pep to spice it up a bit.

Overall good stout, these past two Ass Clown brews have been good I might need to visit this place.

Feb 19, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into chalice

Brown liquid , two finger foam cap , nice lacings

Aroma of cocoa nibs

Dark chocolate taste , hint of saltiness

Lighter body than I anticipated

Good beer

May 28, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2016 NCBMF. Repeated inn October 2017 with a 16 oz can from NC.
Opaque hazy body with a thin head.
Smooth, full body with light carbonation.
Moderately salty with plenty of dark grains, dark chocolate and coffee.
Lightly bitter.

May 07, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some very faint cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with light aromas of dark chocolate. Hints of caramel.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark roasted malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of dark chocolate and a light flavor of sea salt which continues through the finish. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and the sea salt, chocolate, and caramel work really well together. Nice dessert like flavors without too much sweetness. At least these Ass Clown have talent, unlike Michael Bolton.

Aug 16, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha colored head that died down rather quickly, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark, chocolatey malts and bits of associated sweetness. The finish is a little salty.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. It seemed like it could use a little more carbonation.
O: This stout looks like motor oil but is a little lighter in body than you might expect. The saltiness in the finish is an interesting surprise.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 16, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours jet black with a modest tan head that quickly fades to a ringlet; no lacing

Smell: Dark chocolate, salt water and a hint of caramel

Taste: Toasted bread and dark chocolate, up front, with the salt water flavor developing in the middle and lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: The salt adds an interesting element but the beer is slightly unbalanced; a bit more chocolate flavor would do wonders

Aug 16, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured nearly jet black except for a some ruby hue when held to the light,a deep beige head atop.Dark roast coffee stands out most in the nose with some lighter chocolate notes coming thru as well.A great mix of roast,chocolate,and buttery caramel on the palate with the salt coming in the finish,real buttery caramel flavors stand out.A pretty cool beer,I am gonna be on the look out for more ACB beers,

Apr 06, 2015
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mcloud2 from North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark brown/black like motor oil. Had a thick creamy mocha head that lingered for a while, and left thick lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. Overall it looked like a marvelous beer.
S: Sweet. Overwhelmingly chocolaty, with a hint bread.
T: First taste is of chocolate, almost like a milk stout, and of salt, which is a bit peculiar in a beer. But the chocolate fades, leaving an unpleasant salty taste behind on the palate.
M: Smooth and creamy with low carbonation.
O: I had high hopes for this beer, and in my opinion it was close to being a good beer, but I found the salt to be a little overwhelming.

Dec 27, 2014
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt from Ass Clown Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 41 ratings