Dark Roast Coffee Stout | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by treyrab on 10-15-2008

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by CoolJosh:
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Otto's, on a beautiful wednesday afternoon and matched with a delightful ahi tuna dish.

A: An off-white head with little carbonation that lasts the entire time. Very dark black, looks like motor oil!

S: Scents of Dry roasted coffee jump out at you, with hints of chocolate that come through very nicely.

T: Onset taste is a bit watery, but as the beer progresses in your mouth the coffee, chocolate and some caramel flavors spread their joy. Finish's well with a bitter coffee taste.

All in all, I really enjoyed this darker stout, but would have appreciated a bit more flavor in the beginning of the taste. This is something I have found common with a few other coffee stouts, so I'm starting to wonder if this is characteristic of the style?!? Still a great beer, but only served on tap, so if you find yourself in State College, Pa anytime soon, be sure to stop by Otto's.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served via nitro-tap at the brewpub on 10/19/08.

Pours pitch black with just the tiniest bit of ruby red highlights showing down towards the bottom and a rock solid finger of light mocha colored head. A 1/2 finger of retention just doesn't budge, staying thick and sturdy while absolutely coating the sides of the glass with lace. The aroma is mmm, dark roasted coffee greats the nose with just a slightly burnt and acrid scent to it. This is followed by some appreciated chocolate malt sweetness that evens things up and smoothes the nose out.

The taste is similar to the aroma but the softer malt sweetness character comes out even more. Chocolate malt layered over dry roasted coffee bitterness. Finishes with a light bitterness and a touch of sweetness on the lips. The mouthfeel is silky and creamy from the nitro pour and nicely smoothes out flavors. A touch thin maybe but it still moves extremely well across the palette.

I'm assuming that this is a different beer from their previously released Sumatra Stout. This one did seem much sweeter in nature and toned down a bit of the dark roasted nature. This is still tasty and easy drinking for sure though and another well done treat for coffee lovers.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nitro pour at the brewpub.

A: The stout is dark, a midnight with no hint of moonlight. The head atop the stout is thick and has ab off-white tan color.

S: The nose is concentrated coffee, bitter and acrid with a touch of sweetness. The dry stout side of the ale is appreciable, chocolate roasted with a subtle finish.

T: The dry stout side is much more noticeable here, as opposed to the nose. The malts are roaste, dark chocolates and toasted grains create a dry Guinness flavor. The coffee is present, milder than in the nose. The bitter coffee and dry stout mix nicely, a relatively mild stout that has a resounding finish. This is a combination that I'd like to see more of.

M: The nitro tap adds a sweeter, smoother complexion to the stout, rounding down the bitter edges and nearly overwhelming the coffee aspect. As someone who loves both stout and coffee, I was pleased.

D: The abv is moderate, befitting a dry stout. I'd be happy to while away an evening over pints of this.

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Photo of jdg204
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 2nd brew at Otto's after PSU's big win over MSU to clinch the Rose Bowl berth!

A: Black body and a plump mocha-colored head that retained very well.

S: Dark roasted malt and coffee, as well as a hint of cream. Coffee is very natural.

T: Followed up on the smell, dark roasted malt and COFFEE set the tone. There's a bit of sweetness to compliment, but don't confuse that with creamer, this coffee is served black.

M: Very creamy, thick body in line with the Irish Dry Stout style. Well done.

D: Overall, this was an extremely impressive brew that I'm very glad I tried. You have to be a coffee fan to like this, but if you are, you'll love it. Otto's has another winner here, go give it a try.

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Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer was still cascading when it was served to me...a deep, dark brown body settled with a light brown head...the head was two fingers tall and never completely went away...patches of lacing were left

S - There is coffee in the nose, but it's not overpowering...the coffee actually presents a roasted aroma that doesn't get covered up...vanilla is also in the nose

T - All the flavors are there of a good cup of iced coffee...that's what this one reminds me of...the coffee is very present, but it gets a back seat at times...the roast flavors pushes through creating a different level of flavor...the vanilla dominates at times and really sweetens things up...even as the beer warms, it reminds me of iced coffee

M - Medium bodied...not full enough, smooth, some bitterness

O - I can't turn down a coffee stout and I would have this one again...all the flavors are there, it's just that the coffee takes a backseat sometimes and the flavors remind me of an iced coffee

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Appearance – Deep dark black nitrogen driven brew. The nitrogen/carbon dioxide mix of bubbles gave a beautiful lighter brown color cascading upwards through the beer as it settled after serving. The head was off -white/tan in color and had a fair degree of persistence. Upon fading slowly over time it gave way to only a very small amount of lacing and left a whispy foam on the surface of the brew that persisted throughout the drinking experience.

Smell – The smell was very subtle. Notes of roasted nut and malt and a light roasted coffee flavor are detected. There is an ever light cocoa aroma mixed in as well. All are very light.

Taste – The taste is of a nice dry stout mixed with light coffee flavors. It has a toasted oat base with a little flavor of chocolate malt, light vanilla, and nut mixed in. The coffee flavor begins rather light and seems to gain strength progressively through the taste soon overpowering some of the more subtle flavors of the vanilla and nut.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy. The body allows the beer to immerse itself in every taste bud, giving a wonderful feel.

Overall – A very good and easy drinking beer. The coffee is light, but in some ways takes away from some of the more subtle flavors that are present , such as the vanilla and nut. Very nice overall however and one I would do again and again.

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Photo of treyrab
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at Otto's when I went to pick up some Jolly Roger RIS. Had it poured via nitro tap into a bulging pint glass...

A: Dark, dark brown. Pretty much black with a one finger creamy, flat head from the nitro tap. No carbonation can be seen floating around in this one. Looks extremely creamy.

S: The smell is lacking some attributes that most stouts of this category have. It is very light with only minimal coffee scents and not much roast or chocolate in the smell either.

T: The taste progresses in stages. At first the stout is extremely light with not much flavor, and to be frank, a tad watery. Once the beer reaches the back of your mouth, the black of coffee comes full force and this is as if you are drinking a nice cold glass of Folgers. Minor roast and chocolate also come in the finish.

Overall, this is a very Guinness style stout with extra coffee thrown in. Very creamy and light on the carbonation, but the coffee flavors are very smooth.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Otto's on 10/19/08. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A - Black body with deep walnut highlights and beautiful one-and-a-half finger thick, creamy mocha-colored head that retained very well and left quite a bit of thick lacing.

S - Pleasant dark roasted malty nose with plenty of fresh ground coffee, as well as a hint of vanilla and sweet cream. Very authentic coffee aroma overall.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor of fresh ground coffee dominates with a deep roasted maltiness and a touch of bitterness. Hints of vanilla sweetness and sweet cream also emerge to complement the coffee flavor.

M - Smooth and creamy texture with a velvety mouthfeel, perhaps just a tad thin due to the nitro pour which doesn't really detract from my overall enjoyment. Minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Awesome coffee stout that is smooth and incredibly drinkable. The coffee presence is prevalent, but comes across pretty mellow overall and not heavy-handed. Very nicely done!

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Dark Roast Coffee Stout from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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