Taza Stout
Night Shift Brewing

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American Stout
3.51 | pDev: 15.1%
Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to ActonBrewer for sending this one. Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Dark brown, but more translucent than a lot of stouts. Not much in the way of visible carbonation, but still manages a half-finger of tan head - at least briefly.

S: Bright fresh ginger and a lemony citric bite up front. Like lemon chiffon. Some hints of chocolate malt in the background, but most everything else hidden by the ginger.

T: Big fresh ginger, some lemony citric again. Chicory, cacao, and chocolate malts show up as the ginger wallop fades a bit. Ginger and some coriander or lemongrass in the hang.

M: A light body for a stout, though not quite watery. Low carbonation sensation, and the admittedly modest ABV remains well-hidden.

O: I'd like some beer with my ginger, please. Almost all of the stout character is swallowed up under the never-ending assault of ginger. Really not offensive, but nearly completely one note...and that note is not what I'm looking for in a stout.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch black with big fluffy khaki head.
Smell: Molasses, chocolate, tobacco, and bark.
Taste: Molasses, chocolate, tobacco, and bark.
Mouthfeel: Thin.
Overall: A good stout from nightshift.

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Photo of xtonytx
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip from a 16oz can. Dark brownish appearance with 1" head. Slight roast on the nose. Very slight cacao in the taste and no other of the adjuncts. Very thin mouthfeel. Overall not impressed with this stout considering the description

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Photo of BeersOverBaghdad
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

interesting beer.

looks thin on the pour, but definitely black enough.

smell: ginger presence is strong. not really sure what chicory root is, but i was smelling something, so I attribute it to that given that's what is advertised on the bottle. definitely chocolate in the nose as well

taste: trying too hard with the spices. was hoping for the taste to be like chocolate covered ginger, but it was a bit all over the place.

feel: way too thin and light to be a stout. feels much more like a spiced chocolate ale than anything else.

overall: would not get again. was splitting the bottle with a friend and let him polish it off after my initial pour.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with a bubbly one finger tan head. Leaves some swathes of lace on the surface, but settles fairly quickly.

S: Lots of roasted malt and chicory with a hint of ginger lurking in the background. Faint Mexican chocolate, chipotle and freshly ground coffee. The smells meld together a little strangely, but I have hope for this.

T: A lot of chicory, almost overwhelmingly so. Some day old coffee and a kind of strange roasty sourness going into the finish. Not picking up much from the cocoa nibs at all here. Mouthfeel is a touch overcarbonated and brings out the chicory just a little too much. I really want to try more from these guys, but this one didn't knock it out of the park.

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Photo of papat444
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 ounce pour directly at the brewery.

Pours a very dark and opaque color. Chicory, smoke, cocoa and mild marshmallow are in the flavor as well as the aroma. Body is medium at best, lacks the fullness i like in a stout. Does have a bit of a chewy feel to it.

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Photo of AdamF625
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dark mahogany to black, thin 1 finger mocha head, bubbly lacing
S- ginger, Belgian yeast, roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, burnt toast
T- chocolate, spices, ginger, coffee, cocoa powder
M- medium body and carbonation. Nice bitter chocolate up front then the ginger strokes the tongue gently.
O- nice beer with some twists. NS likes to push the envelope a bit with their beer and express their creativity. It works for me.

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Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 3/4 inch head, opaque, black in color

Smell: milk and dark chocolate

Taste: milk and dark chocolate, charred malt, vanilla, and light nutmeg at the end

Mouthfeel: Sweet with slight bitterness and a dry semi-bitter finish, heavy body, moderate carbonation

Overall: A tasty chocolate stout with an amazing aftertaste. This is my first bottle from Night Shift and based off of this, I will definately be picking up more of their beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this one. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a matching Night Shift stemmed glass. The brew appears dark brown to black with mocha head that retains very well with patchy lace.

The smell includes that character of chicory that is earthy with hints of citrus before blending to the roast of the grain and more earth. Slight chocolate appeal and suggestions of coffee.

The taste includes a citrus combination possibly from the chicory and hops. It is also earthen with a bitter charred grain flavor that is slightly leathery. An afterthought of burnt coffee lasts inside the mouth and into the aftertaste.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is interesting and enjoyable but carries with it quite a bit of familiarity to the other chicory brew I have consumed. Im not quite sure what the benefit/idea is here. Create a coffee-like brew without coffee/caffeine? In that sense it is somewhat succesful but overall, I dont think this is something I would seek out.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In a tulip, this beer was very dark brown, almost black, with some garnet. There was a small tan head.

I found the aroma to be a little on the meek side. Roasted malt/coffee. Sweet.

The taste improved on the aroma. Dark coffee, sweet chocolate; nicely juxtaposed. There was a bit of spiciness that I hadn't detected in the aroma.

I thought this beer was a bit on the thin side. Definitely not as robust as I was expecting.

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Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Starts with a beige, lasting head. Some spotty, but streaky lace. The color is dark brown but light shines through the edges.

Strong smell of star anise and pepper. Doesn't smell like a stout at all--no coffee or chocolate.

Very thin body for the style. Again, not much classic stout flavor. I would describe it as a souped up brown ale. The initial taste is actually watery. More flavor comes in the swallow. A friend of mine describes it to be like peppermint although I can't find it--I find it more peppery. It's a bit astringent like black tea.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 into a mug, the beer has a translucent hazelnut coloring while pouring, and settles into a very dark brown, ruby highlighted coloring. One inch, filmy, light tan head that quickly settles and then disappears. Aromas of earthy tannins, oaky highlights, and a dark, bitter cocoa character. Smells rich and bold, but still light somehow. Flavors of rich and robust bitter chocolate initially, with a dark roasted backbone. Earthy overtones take the edge off the bitter profiles. Very light and smooth in mouth. Rich, chocolatey aftertaste with a bittersweet highlight. Smooth, clean finish with a bitter dryness that cleans everything up nicely.

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Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color with a small eggshell head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a lot of fresh Chicory and ginger. Compared to Chicory Stout from Dogfish Head, this is much more upfront. Then there is some powdery cocoa and brown breadiness but the spices are super up front.

The tastes follow the nose, with the brown breadiness and the baker's cocoa but soon you get a ton of Ginger and more roasty Chicory. The flavor profile at first is interesting but soon becomes taxing and

The mouthfeel is really the suffering point of this beer; it is super light bodied for a 7% offering and lacks the umph needed for an Stout. Finish is spicy and that's pretty much all.

Overall, nice experiment, needs tweaking to improve base beer/mouthfeel and balance out the spice flavors. Would make a super Winter seasonal if it was a tad bit less spicy and more full bodied.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Night Shift

A basic stout here. Dark brown-black pour with a small cap of tan head that receded to a ringlet. Supposedly chicory and ginger in this beer, but I didn't really get any of it in the aroma or taste. What I did get was your typical dark malt roastiness, notes of coffee and cocoa, maybe a mild herbal/earthy hop profile in there as well. Body was about medium, and rather thin for a stout. Ok, but not great. I wouldn't commit to a whole bottle of this.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jaasen64 for this one! Batch #5, 5/13/12

A: Pours a nice black color with a small khaki colored head on top, not much retention, leaving a thin ring on top. Very thin lacing forms on some of the glass.

S: Upfront there is some ginger and chocolate with some light roasty malt. A little bit of chicory comes in too. Reminds me chocolate covered gingers from Trader Joe's.

T: A little bit of chocolate and faint chicory with just a touch of cream. Not much ginger at all. A little bit of brown sugar and molasses.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Just a touch thin.

O: Really liked the aroma, just wish the ginger and chocolate had been that strong in the flavor profile and been just a touch fuller bodied.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Andy brought this one from a recent Boston area visit. Batch 5 bottled on 5/13/12. Thanks for sharing! Poured into a tulip. This one pours dark brown with a small layer of light tan head.

The aroma has a nice roasted character with hints of bitter chocolate. The pallet gives more of the same. A bit of a bitter chocolate flavor with some bitter roasted malts. Seems to be a hint of plumbs in the background.

The body is a bit on the lighter side with soft carbonation. Overall this was a bit of a disappointment. Given all the ingredients and the freshness I expected a little more depth.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on May 13, 2012. Super Fresh! Poured into a tulip. The color is pitch black, with a small light tan head.

The aroma is full of malt and cereal grain. A hint of cocoa is noted, but that may be just because of the suggestion.

The taste consists mostly of malty flavor, with a hint of molasses. There is a slightly bitter finish. This is dry and pretty one-dimensional. The chocolate flavor doesn't reveal itself much at all, though it still has a decent dry stout flavor.

This is light-bodied with relatively sharp carbonation.

Meh, I wouldn't bother with this one again, but it isn't awful.

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Photo of Dope
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #4, bottled 4/22/12, 7.1% ABV

A: Pours dark brown with a big dense light brown head. Fades slowly, leaving almost no lacing at all oddly enough.

S: Smells mainly like dark chocolate plus a little coffee and some chicory and ginger.

T: Dark chocolate up front, followed by coffee and spicy chicory. Ends with more chocolate (a little creamier this time). Lingering spices (there's the ginger), chicory and some earthiness in the aftertaste.

M: Somewhat thin, but otherwise smooth.

O: Decent stout, not a big fan of chicory myself so that definitely detracts. Pretty simple otherwise, mostly a chocolately stout but not too strong of a flavor either. Kinda has a belgian-style twist with the spices and the earthiness.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Growler picked up from brewery yesterday. Poured into my CCB snifter. Not sure which batch, I'm assuming probably 5, which had a little bit higher abv.

A- Pours an opaque pitch black with about a quarter finger of off-white mocha slightly yeasty colored head that quickly dissipates. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising fast along the sides of the glass, definitely above average for a stout. Some layered lacing, but not much.

S- The chicory root and ginger definitely stands out as the most dominant aroma. Fairly roasty, with a little bit of chocolate in the background but not nearly as much as I was expecting.

T- Interesting taste- like the smell the ginger and chicory root stand out as the primary tastes mixed with hints of chocolate and roasted malts, followed by a semi-sweet bitter aftertaste where the chocolate stands out a little bit more, but still not too dominant. Chocolate stands out a little bit more as it warms.

M- Medium bodied, definitely a little bit on the lighter side for a stout, a little bit above average carbonation, well-balanced, abv very well hidden, not syrupy at all.

O- This was an interesting stout from a local brewery that I was fortunate to try in it's early stages. It was definitely a little bit different then you're average stout- with more of a strong presence of ginger and chicory. The smell and taste were definitely distinct and fairly strong which I loved about this beer. I would like to see the beer get a little bit more of a sweet chocolate flavor while still maintaining the ginger and chicory. I would recommend trying this beer out and also checking the brewery out.

Note- When we went to the brewery they only had Trifecta, Viva Habenera, and Taza that were growlerable. While all of the beers looked good the Trifecta was getting toward the end of the batch and looked a little bit yeastier then usual and while the viva habenera was very well done and an interesting beer to try, we thought it was a little bit too spicy to get an entire growler of.

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