Southside Stout | Excel Brewing Company

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Southside StoutSouthside Stout

Brewed by:
Excel Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by zeff80 on 03-23-2014

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 32
Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Bissrok
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
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 BlackBeerPirate
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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 TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Gobearswalter34
3.09/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, dark, blackish-brown color with a thick tan head. This is a dense beer. Roasted aromas. Roast barley and a little nutty. The taste is bitter and semi dry. Lots of hop flavor and a serious coffee and hop aftertaste. Full in body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

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Photo of twalther
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am very impressed with the beers from Excel Brewing. This stout smells of dark chocolate and roasted barley. The ale is well balanced with a medium to full mouthfeel. The taste is similar to the smell with a nice lingering bitterness. Great value for such a quality brew.

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Photo of t8dd
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Roasted malts dominate the nose. Pours jet black with a thin khaki head. Very well balanced flavor with roasted malt, chocolate and subtle pine with bitter hops. Medium-high carbonation with a full mouthfeel and long finish. Very nicely done.

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Southside Stout from Excel Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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