Southside Stout American Stout | Excel Brewing Company

Southside Stout American StoutSouthside Stout American Stout
BA SCORE
55.9%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 34 ratings
Southside Stout American StoutSouthside Stout American Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Excel Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
excelbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zeff80 on 03-23-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,996
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
34
Liked:
19
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
9.92%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of porters4life
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another bottle bites the dust in today's attempt to eradicate single-O Porters, Stouts & Old Ales from the insidious Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

From the bottle: "Keep cold. Drink fresh[.] Don't age." Great advice from a brewery a mere 42 miles from Saint Louis! Southside, indeed.

I Pop!ped the cap & let fly. Keep your advice to yerselves, jagovs! I was surprised by a lack of head, so I resorted to a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise a finger of foamy, deep-brown head with modest retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration, but evincing cola highlights at the edges. Nose had a smoky, almost burnt roastiness, causing my eyebrows to involuntarily raise in response. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste had a burnt bitterness, suggesting an overuse of roasted malts without anything to help balance them. I kept thinking of coffee that has been on the burner for just a bit too long, but not long enough to cause it to burn. It was drinkable, but not really enjoyable, if that makes sense. Finish was dry, but with an unending, unyielding bitterness that I just did not find enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Latarnik
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cocoa, some coffee. Taste is roasted malts, smoke, light coffee, none of the cocoa in the aroma. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stofko1992
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bissrok
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black, turbid, with pale orange head and lacing.

Smell: Sweet molasses .

Taste: Burnt notes, molasses, coffee, hints of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy, and carbonated.

Overall: This is exactly what I wanted a stout to taste like. After having Guinness for the first time, my heart just broke and I haven't been back since. I've heard American stouts are different, and they were right. This is delicious, warming, and easy to drink. It's like a winter's night spent by the fireplace. It makes me happy to drink it.

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Photo of bnes09
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: bold chocolate malts, roasted cocoa beans, slight tobacco notes.
Big dark chocolate malt nose.
Black and opaque for the most part. tan delicate lace to head.
Medium to almost full body, a bit chewy, but rich baker's chocolate at the finish.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of invalid665
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnParadee
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NappyB
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris7482
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Another day, another new brewery popping up here in my home state from a town I've never heard of. Might as well try out the stout, as I'm pretty sure I've had my fill of mediocre IPAs thanks to the past few years. This stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose is a straight tunnel of green coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a twinge of mild fruitiness that I can't quite pin down. The taste eschews that fruitiness in favor of straight bitter roast and coffee, finishing in that kind of dark chocolate that you buy at the store in the cooking aisle, thinking it's just like a big Hershey DC bar, but then find out it's some of the most bitter shit of all time. I'm thinking about 70%, maybe 75%. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, not an out-and-out bad stout, just one that comes across as far too bitter for it's own good in my eyes.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joe_sf
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monty79_1997
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a very dark brown with a one finger bubbly brown head.
Smells a nutty chocolate caramel.
Taste dominated by coffee with slight coffee. Finishes with a bitter hop.
Feel is more bitter and rough for a stout.
Overall they have some work to do on this one.

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Southside Stout American Stout from Excel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.9% out of 100 with 34 ratings
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