Combat Marshmallow | Solemn Oath Brewery

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Combat MarshmallowCombat Marshmallow

Brewed by:
Solemn Oath Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 84
Photo of barnzy78
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, 2013 vintage, 8% abv
A - towering and persistent light brown head atop a black colored ale
S - roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, raisin
T - loads of dark chocolate, roasted barley, anise, raisin, coffee, prominent & bitter piny hops with grapefruit rind in the background
M - fuller body, moderate but nearly overcarbonated, finishes with lingering roast and pine
O - This is very good! The dark chocolate notes make this rich, delicious, and balanced while not being overly boozy at 8%. Given it's price point, I'm not sure that I'll buy it again, but its quality made it worth the try.

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Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black and viscous. Forms a moderate sized deep tan colored head about 5-10 seconds after the pour. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly heavily roasted malts mixed with a good deal of hops. mostly citrus rind and pine. A touch of char.

T: Mostly heavily roasted malts. There is a good deal of happiness to the beer, but it comes off with an almost metallic twang. Actually, it's more of that taste you get when you touch your tongue to a 9-volt battery. Roasted malts, char, black coffee, cocoa. Then some citrus rind and a little pine. FInish is more char. Dry and chalky on the back end.

M: On the lighter side for an Imperial Stout. Still full bodied, but not nearly as thick as I was expecting given the viscous appearance. Medium carbonation. Moderate bitterness.

O: Not sure what they were going for with this beer, but, then again, SO is one of the breweries where I never have a clue about brewers intentions. Never-the-less, in the end we have a rather hoppy stout and hoppy stouts can be hit or miss and this one was more miss than hit.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but surprisingly hoppy.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slick dark black in color, relatively thick. Head is tan and about two finger with good retention.

Smell is great. Some rich caramel malt along with some toffee and light coaco aromas. Herbal hoppy resin finish and ties it all together in an interesting way.

Taste is good, moderate piney hop bitterness is forward along with a mildly sweet roasted charcoal like malt that adds to the bitterness. Mildly sweet rich toffee flavors finish on the back end with a light residue sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick feel, big body and moderate carbonation are all balanced nicely. Sweetness is offset with the bitterness but the bitterness is a little high for me.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The first couple full reviews pretty much nailed it on the head. This is much more of a black IPA than a stout.

Practically pitch black with some light passing around the edges. Extremely active head nearing an inch. Spotty lacing.

It's hopped to the gills. Pine and leafy. Light chocolate, super heavy roast.

Medium mouthfeel, heavy carbonation. Extra bitter.

Overall, I liked it quite a bit though I was expecting something more heavy and sweet given the name. I should have known the beer has nothing to do with marshmallows.

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Photo of bschinelli
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasters Note: Sorry, I violated every principle of BA and rated this as a Double Black IPA. It compares favorably to Stones Sublimely Self Righteous or Firestone's Wookey Jack.

A - Deep, dark brown color in the glass, with a half inch of tight, tan foam that lasted about a minute before dropping into the beer.

S - Lot's of pine and resin in the aroma, some burnt coffee and maybe a bit of dark biscuit.

T - Tastes like its aroma. Pine, resins, burnt coffee, biscuit.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel and good carbonation.

O: This could easily be called an Imperial Black IPA, and since I like that style, this is a beer I'd return to. Worth the 45 mile drive to the tap room. Although I was at Binny's and noticed a bottle and bought it. Another great beer from SA.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Definitely deep brown color. Nice full foam of soft bubbles that were light khaki color. Fairly quick dissipation of most of the foam, but a decent ring hung for awhile.

S: First is pine resiny aroma, but then it's hard to get past and define what else is there. Working hard at further detection, a little toasted biscuit....but after that I'd just be making shit up.

T: Pine and hop resins. Not much sweetness nor is it overly bitter. Citrus tart without a specific fruit coming to mind. Medium mouth feel and appropriate carbonation.

O: A totally style bending brew. My buddy's and I argued whether or not this should be more correctly classified as a Black IPA. It was hard to isolate individual flavors, partly it's because the beer is really nicely balanced. If I had a knock, it's that could use a bit more complexity of underlying flavors. A unique brew to sort through, but a very good one. No question that I would have this beer again

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Combat Marshmallow from Solemn Oath Brewery
3.97 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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