Black Me Stout | Champion Brewing Company

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83
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97 Ratings
Black Me StoutBlack Me Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Champion Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
championbrewingcompany.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This smooth, full-bodied nectar is a middle ground between a dry stout and an imperial stout. Made with wheat and chocolate malt for low bitterness and round mouthfeel. Made with our friends Against Me!

Added by clayrock81 on 01-26-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
97
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
7.95%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by redfox405:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

I'll start off that this is a very roasty (soft) stout but very drinkable not only from the balance that is show but the addition of wheat. Stout black with decent lacing all around. Hint of sweetness, lots of unsweetened chocolate tones, balanced with a very modest hopping. Creamy mouthfeel makes this beer even more drinkable. A tasty treat.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of headyhardy
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Champion Brewing Co. "Black Me Stout"
12 fl. oz. can without freshness dating or production coding
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well it looks like I'm screwed on this one, waiting for the head to settle down. I only poured about a fifth of it before the head was at the top of my Imperial pint glass. Almost opaque brown-black body with just a glimmer of deep mahogany brown at the base of the glass. Frothy... foamy tan head. From what I can tell the head retention and lacing are excellent, although I'm guessing that's due to overcarbonation due to age. Let's see if I can get the rest of the beer in... success! It looks better now than it did before. Aroma? Fruity over an ashen roastiness backed by dark chocolate. It's still a bit cool, so let me move on to the flavor. Ahhh.. not much different than the aroma except that the chocolate and roastiness are reversed. There is a little bit of an odd note in the aroma at this point though, a bit of a plastic or medicinal phenol. Nice bit of dark chocolate in the flavor though with a little bit of golden malt, and not a lot of roast at all - at least not coffee-like to be sure. Acidic though, but I can't tell if it's from dark malts or something else as it kind of mingles with the fruitiness. Mouthfeel is light-medium, and it's zesty with carbonation. I'm getting a kind of "green beer" note to it; and I'm also finding some grassy and leafy hops in the background. Ehhhh, it's just not working for me. I'm not sure if it's green beer, or old beer, but the off-character is just too distracting. And it's a bit thin, and certainly not "full-bodied" as the label states. I'll give it another shot in the future, but I can't even give it a thumbs up as it is.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Disappointed. Looks nice - good and black like coffee. HUGE, very active head. Smell is pretty good, though slightly... acrid. It tastes like a generic stout, which is to say that nothing stands out about it.

Where this beer fails for me is in the feel. While there is some creaminess, it's also kind of watery. And despite the large head, carbonation is very minimal. Reminds me of Guinness, which - for me - is not desirable.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Color typical dark stout blackish brown. Nice big head with an aggressive pour, tan and big-bubbled with cavities developing if allowed to rest. Head lingers somewhat but not as clingy in glass as some. Nose obvious but a bit monotone. Taste decently balanced but not overwhelming. Mildly creamy mouthfeel, nothing extraordinary. Hoppy ending as would be expected with the style. A good, enjoyable stout, but I can't say that it stands out in any particular area.

This was from a can, dated 11/24/2015 (don't know if that's the dated is was produced... hope so).

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Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice black color with light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is of malt and light chocolate. Aroma is very subtle. Taste is of sweet malts with a light blend of chocolate and coffee. A little creaminess on the mouthfeel and light carbonation. As the can says, kind of between a dry stout and an imperial stout. Closer to dry stout IMO in taste, lightness and ABV...

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was an all black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head. Light lacing runs the gamut in a speckled sort of slightly spider web way around the glass. The smell had a grainy and black licorice running over top of some light roasted caramel malts. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate combine to come out slightly. The taste was roasty and definitely grainy with an ample amount of the sweet black licorice leading into the aftertaste and having a slightly drying effect in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonated as a stout, this one sat fairly well and ended up smoothing somewhat out to a refined graininess from the wheat. Overall, I say this was a pretty good "wheat" stout that I could have again.

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Photo of TheMirrorOwl
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black liquorice dark but clear and very opaque. Temporary head is creamy tan, dissipates quickly, leaving splotchy nice lacing. Can't see much carbonation.

Smell: Molasses, malted sugar, brown sugar, gingerbread. The aroma is far and away the best part of this ale. Truly beautiful nose.

Taste: Fresh toasted bread grain flavor, overtone of mildly bitter hop zest as the carbonation fluffs over, washes into an abundance of molasses and brown sugar. Malt roastiness prevails, and it is delicious. Aftertaste is long with liquorice and a surprisingly prevalent hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Despite feeling like an overall medium bodied ale, feels syrupy sticky and lines the mouth long after a swallow. Carbonation is fuzzy and pronounced, alcohol is more or less undetectable on the palate.

Overall: A tasty stout, very strong and focused in its malt profile. Very reminiscent of Port City's Porter. I really enjoyed the single 12oz. can. I'd have it again at some point, and it certainly makes a nice addition to the growing pantheon of Virginia brews.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of mkirkland80
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown, in the glass it blackness is only interrupted by ruby hues when held to the light. Good amount of tan head on top.

S: Dark chocolate, a hint of oak, and a touch of licorice.

T: roasted grains, followed by chocolate, and a good char character in the finish. Slightly sweet, with notes of burnt caramel.

M: Medium body with fairly lively carbonation.. somewhat fuller mouthfeel in the finish, with a hint at creaminess.

O: Overall a decent stout. Would be interesting to try on a nitro tap. Nothing exceptional, but certainly good drinking.

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Photo of buzzy
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vwbus7
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigP83
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Roasty, lightly hopped, touch of burnt coffee, carmel, malt. a touch thin, but all around a good stout

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oline73
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBradSC
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnBender
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of braker649er
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The description says "a middle ground between a dry stout and an imperial stout." That felt about right--just a hint of booze, but not really strong, also pretty smooth, but not creamy. This is a high-end for middle-of-the-road stout. If I made it, I'd be quite happy, but it's not quite in the realm of "outstanding"--just good and solid and does its job.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Black Me Stout from Champion Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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