Gerry Dog Stout | Big Elm Brewing

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Brewed by:
Big Elm Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sam21 on 01-27-2013

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Photo of khoff5
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6pk of cans, while drinking the first one I thought I'd made a mistake, maybe I'd give the others away. With the second I realized it's not my typical stout, tastes "Belgian" with a bit of funk - and after I accepted this distinction I decided it was growing on me... now looking forward to finishing the 6 and might buy more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character up front followed by flavors of chocolate, coffee, licorice and toasted oats. The hops presence is very mild as expected and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yay cans

Pours a nice darker colored fizzy foamy 1.5 finger head fades at a fair pace, very dark almost black beer, little lacing.

Nose light creamy dark black malts, powdered cocoa, touch of roasty coffee like malt, hint of caramel and little spicy hop, bit petty light overall.

Taste brings more caramel and dark malts, little char like black malt, biscuity note with faint nougat and powdered cocoa, a touch of metallic black malt, little dried lactose, and some bitter earthy hops. Finish sticky, died dried lactose powdered cocoa, black malts and slight metallic again.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing special but decent.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a black appearance with little to no head or lacing on the sides. Aromas include faint amounts of cocoa, coffee, and a light whiff of dark fruit. Taste follows the nose more closely to the dark fruit side interestingly, with a good chunk of coffee. Lightly creamy body with some crisp carbonation helps make the drink pretty refreshing. Overall, well balanced across the board.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Sheening black pour, like a black opal. Tan head settles to a thin cap. Light patchy lacing.

S: Cola and molasses, brown bread, cocoa, mild whiffs of roast and char. Chocolate chews and iced mocha. Hints of cranberry sauce and blackberry.

T: Cola, black iced coffee, runny caramel, tootsie rolls and cocoa, mild roast and char. Vague fruitiness. Molasses. Concorde grape and a slight hint of cranberry are buried deep. Hollow hop bitterness with perhaps the slightest hint of candied orange. Nutty, cocoa, and cola on the finish.

M: Medium-light body. Silky and thinly creamy. Tingling carbonation.

O: A very meat-and-potatoes sort of stout. No frills, just great drinking. Perfect for any time of the year. Really approachable and flavorful. A great, quaffable little brew. It disappeared from my glass very quickly, and I'd have no problem working my way through a sixer. It just feels comfortable. It's marriage material, really.

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Photo of MTLDOG
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the Gerry dog, 6.5 but not boozy. Goes down easy. A bit nutty. Some wood bark on the nose and a bit on the taste. Coffee and toasted oats. Classic stout flavours but done well. Good mouthfeel. The beer looks flat as the head completely vanished but it has carbonation. Almost too much. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%

A: [3.00] Dark black body. The head is a khaki brown with *very* aggressive bubbling. I am accustomed to beers with a fairly stable and inactive head this looked like I threw an Alka Seltzer in it. Lots of vigorous popping bubbles. The can has a born on date (I think). It is Oct of 2013. So this is 11 months old. The head settles into a thin film.

S: [3.75] Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Very classic stout aroma.

T: [3.50] Nice charred wood flavor - a smokey taste. There is some chocolate on the finish. Much more coffee as it warms.

M: [2.50] A little too carbonated. I don't think a stout should have a "sting" on the tongue.

O: [3.25] I "stole" this beer from my dad's fridge. I am not sure how he acquired it - he only drinks AAL. I am sure it has been tucked away in there for months. I know nothing about this brewery or their products. This beer is decent (It is definitely the best thing my dad has). I think it if was inexpensive I'd kick back with a few. The carbonation is the only thing that is really out of whack. Everything else plays well enough to be enjoyable.

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Photo of brureview
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark opaque chocolate color with a 3F head in stein.

Aroma is quite good-light chocolate, and fruit- cherry(?)

Mouth feel is relatively mild.

Taste/finish: light roasts, malty, some fruit. The taste and finish are similar to a Bock.

Overall- a very easy drinking stout. Enjoyable, especially when one is not in the mood for
an over-the-top stout, high ABV beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a Western Massachusetts diner on July 28, 2013.

It was a deep dark black pour with a modest beige head and very opaque. The head faded after a moment or two.

I did not pick up much in the way of oatmeal on the nose but I did get a decent dose of coffee malts and subtle sweetness.

The body was around medium with some light astringency.

The taste was also on the slightly sweet side with a moderate lingering dryer finish. Some smoke too. Oatmeal stout? Not sure if it fit the profile I am used to but it did remind me of an Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of Sam21
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Poured into German dimple mug.
A- Deep rich black color, but not opaque. Creamy tight tan head. Nice retention. Good looking stout. 

S- Cola, raisins, light roast notes, molasses, and a sweetness that is deep and enveloping. Wonderful malty aroma. 

T- Similar to the aroma, this is a sweet stout. Cola, sweet dried fruits, and a mild touch of roast in the finish. Hops are very light and the finish is pleasantly long. There is a creaminess to the way the flavors meld together. 

MF- Creamy yet not heavy. Medium-bodied and round. Really great for a non-imperial. 

O- This is a sweet oatmeal stout. The sweetness is dominant over and roast tones, which became a bit much for me by the end of the bottle. Still, it's a solid stout and an enjoyable local beer! Looking forward to trying the bourbon barrel version and some of their other beers!

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