Old North State Stout | Carolina Brewery

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Carolina Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2003

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Super dark. Head appears to be made of bubbly hot chocolate. Good retention.

Aroma: Roasty burned bitterness. Coffee aromas dominate the smells. There is a bit of sweetness peeking out past the bitter burnt roastyness. Smells a bit like dark chocolate.

Taste: Solidly bitter. The carbonation level is nice. The aftertaste lingers on a bit leaving you with chalky bitterness. The sweetness that is in the flavor balances well with the roasted taste. There is a tiny bit of sourness present in the flavor. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected.

Notes: A nice stout. Seems a bit light on the mouthfeel, but other than that it seems very much to style. A good offering.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: black in color, comes in a pint with a light mocha head that shows light retention

s: full roasts, dark molasses, earthy hops, dusty dark cocoa

m: body on the light side of the full range, medium-low level of carbonation

t: big roasts - not too bitter, nice and creamy - with plentiful molasses, bitter chocolate, high earthy hop flavor, and a moderate bitterness...a tasty stout for sure

d: easy, might come across as a little light on the tongue, but it's full of flavor and would make for a nice session stout

walked over in between opening bands at the 506

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Photo of CWiggins
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer's dark dark-brown color and tan head certainly betrays its style. It looks absolutely stout-ish. A good sniff delivers aromas of hops, dark malts, and a bit of sugary sweetness. The flavor is of toasted malts, with espresso, bittersweet chocolate, and a nice smokiness to boot. A little hop bitterness comes through in the end. The texture is nice and dry.

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Photo of Strix
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black with a decent head.

Smell tasty roasted coffee, but fairly weak.

Roasted flavors, with coffee and dark chocolate flavors in this, and a slightly hoppy bitter finish. Dark and pleasant.

Mouthfeel somewhat thin, but keeps it drinkable.

Went well with my burger. Also sampled some of their other brews, looks like this place has a lot of potential. Wanted to get a glass of the IPA, but I was full.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew a week ago when I was in Chapel Hill visiting friends and going to the GT-UNC game. After the game, we hit the town and this was our first stop. Ordered a steak sandwich and a glass of this stout. Poured a deep black with moderate lacing. Smell and taste were both roasted coffee with slight chocolate undertones. Moderate carbonation and good taste make this brew pretty drinkable. Good stuff.

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Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thundersnow
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, almost black body with a nice tan head and good lacing

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with some coffee elements; could be a bit more pronouced

Taste: Nice coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate; balanced with a bit of hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated

Drinkability: Wonderfully drinkable. Very nice example of the style.

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Photo of GJ40
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the Carolina Brewery.

A - A deep, dark stout with a small beige head that doesn't last long (the only detraction from an otherwise great presentation).

S - Nice roasted malt and chocolate aroma.

T - A strong roasted malt flavor with a sharp bitterness. It was quite dry and lacked balance.

M - It was a bit on the thin side.

D - I like a good American stout but this one was a bit disappointing. It was OK but gave no reason to order a second. I'll have to try it again to see if it was just an off batch.

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Photo of Jason_Quad
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of CampusCrew
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid stout. I had the sampler and this was one of the samples I had. Not a bad stout and compares well to Gunniess

appearance: almost black

smell: coffee

taste: deep charred malt

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very easy and smooth for a stout

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Photo of tommy78
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the Carolina Brewery in Chapel Hill. The appearance had a nice dark color with a thin amount of head that quickly disappeared into the beer. The smell had a combination of coffee and roasted malt. The taste was good. The coffee aroma translated well into the taste. The mouthfeel had a slight amount of carbination with a good hit of body. As for drinkability, one could get this in a growler, and it will serve the drinker well for a couple of sessions.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a deep black with a decent off white head that slowly diminished and left no lacing. The aroma was slightly weak, some general stout aromas come through. The taste is very much like a traditional stout. Some coffee and bitter chocolate present behind the usual roasted barley. The hops also make a decent impression in the background. The beer is nice and dry and refreshing, it is light on the palate and very easy to drink, even on a very warm NC Spring evening.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brewpub in Chapel Hill, NC.

Pint glass is filled with a beauty of a dark stout, capped by a creamy brown layer of foam that went nowhere. Nose picked up on some roasted malt, light chocolates, and a pinch of earthy hops.

The hops were more than evident in the flavor, bringing some musty spice and citrus. The malts did more than just balance the hoppiness, coating the palate with chocolate roast, coffee, and a slight grainy husk note. Mouthfeel was a bit too overcarbonated for my liking, especially for the style. Body was a bit too thin as well, probably a side effect of the pronounced bubbliness. Although this was a fairly easy-drinking stout, especially for an August night sitting outside, it doesn't quite top Carolina Brewery's Oatmeal Porter. Still worth a try, though.

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Old North State Stout from Carolina Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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