Snow | Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
White Stout.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Not quite sure what a white stout is, sounds like the oxymoron style name like black IPA. But I guess I'll find out. Batch #2, bottled on 5/20/13, abv on this batch was only 3.4%, that's crazy low.

Well it def pours out on the white side, a cloudy murky orange nectar wheat colored, looks just like a wheat beer, a pillowy fluffy 1 finger head that leaves soapy lacing all around.

Nose erupts with coffee, smells like a cold extracted coffee with a smooth more mild coffee roast but rich at the same time, as well as a very nutty slightly earthy coffee with a hint of a cocoa as well, I do get some of the wheat as well, a creamy wheat aroma, the coffee turns to fresh roasted espresso beans the more i go.

Taste brings more coffee and wheat, as well as a biscuity toasty malt flavor, and some flaked oats bring some of that toasty flavors as well as a light creamy feel, it gives a bit of a cream ale feel more than a stout feel or wheat even. Wheat is there, with a grassy hay like wheat character, cracked straw. Coffee is light than I expected from the nose, a cold extracted brew, with more nutty flavors, mild roast but a fresh ground coffee taste, mildly earthy. There are faint earthy floral hops on the back end bringing a hint of bitterness. Finish is very dry, a bit more coffee lingering, nutty, bit of wheat flavors as well.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, fairly creamy almost cream ale like, decent small bubbled carbonation.

Overall meh, not sure how they can even come close to calling this a stout... just because it has coffee in it? It's more like a hefe cream ale hybrid with coffee in it and very little bitterness. It's drinkable, not too bad and not many off flavors, but doesn't really do much for what I was expecting, and I think they completely missed what the definition of "stout" is, which means bold or strong version of something... so typically stout is referred to a strong or bold porter, and then traditionally gets a black color due to that. This has none of those, it's def not black, it doesn't really have any strong or bold characteristics, its more of a mild creamy low abv summer drinking beer with coffee. WTF guys, really?!

Side note, not sure how these guys got such a great reputation. Out of the 4 beers I've had, 3 of them pretty much sucked, and the only good one was the Berlinner Weisse, which actually was well done. I have one left, Viva Habanera, which I really hope isn't as bad as the rest. If you read this Night Shift, don't take it the wrong way, please accept it as criticism hoping you can improve the beers from feedback.

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Snow from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 3.26 out of 5 with 80 ratings