The Roast | Henniker Brewing Co.

very good
13 Reviews
The RoastThe Roast

Brewed by:
Henniker Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Two feet of snow, boots warming by the wood stove, welcome to winter in New England! We brewed this stout with a blend of gourmet coffee beans roasted just for us by White Mountain Coffee in Concord, NH. Pair it with a piping hot bowl of beef stew. Cheers!

Added by ScotNH on 01-16-2014

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 69
Photo of Dakin
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Looks like cold brewed coffee. Not much of a head. Looks tasty.

Smell: Thick, dark tasty coffee. Touch of hazelnut and sugar. Honestly the best coffee smell I've seen in a beer.

Taste: Smooth, cold coffee with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Love it. Not too harsh or bitter.

Feel: Nice medium mouth feel.

Overall: This didn't get the best reviews which I don't understand because this is an excellent coffee stout to me. Slightly sweetened high end dark roast. I will be buying again. 8/10.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Head fades fairly quickly.
S: Aroma is tons of coffee. And I mean lots of coffee. There's also some dark malts in the aroma.
T: Coffee. It's pretty balanced flavor wise, with a coffee rind bitterness keeping the sweetness in check.
F: Smooth.
O: Excellent coffee stout. One thing I like a lot about this one is the bitterness that helps keep it in check, which some coffee stouts are unable to do. Pick it up if you see it.

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Photo of StringsAreWings
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep impenetrable brown with a two finger head. Smell is predominantly coffee but I can smell the malt in this. Taste is a nice bold coffee forward experience with a well rounded typical stout background. Bitter aftertaste with nothing to temper the dark coffee. Feel is alive and bristly with over carbonation leading to an almost cola reminiscent gulp. Overall I liked this but it could use a touch more sweetness and a touch less carbonation for my personal taste.

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Photo of illpass78
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a stemmed glass.

Appearance: It's a deep brown with a one-and-a-half finger off-white head. Classic stout presentation.

Aroma: Coffee, roasted malt, some dark chocolate.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a touch of hops and a more bitter chocolate finish than expected. Maybe a little dark fruit a la dates, too.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick. A sipper even at not-super-high ABV.

Overall: Nice coffee stout. It's all there for stout fans - great cold weather beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/15/2015 at British Beer Company, in Walpole, MA served in a becker pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out with a strong black coffee flavor up front that is quickly followed by a hearty roasted malt character and some smokiness. There is some chocolate flavor in the background. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid coffee beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very stoutly dark with a moderate tan head. Good coffee flavor that hits both the nose and mouth. . Taste lingers without turning bad. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

Towering brown head on top of a very dark brew. Wafting of fresh brewed coffee, prunes and mild charcoal. Dense roasted character, lots of coffee with some suggestions of burnt toast and dark unsweetened chocolate. Small hint of alcohol, mild dark fruit and a kiss of molasses in the finish. Coffee lingers hard in the aftertaste as well.

Very robust yet still quite drinkable.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is dark brown with a tan head and a few large bubbles on top. Nose is mostly roasted coffee, roast is extremely heavy. Taste is more roast, a bit burnt, not much malt profile, very singular. Carb is strong, medium to full body, a bit of a grainy finish. Roast lingers.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark brown with a two inch light brown, bubbly head. Some lacing retained on the glass. Smells of roasted malts and coffee. Some milk chocolate too. Taste is very much the same with coffee up front and slight cocoa on the finish. Medium bodied, a little watery on the finish. A bit sticky on the lips too. Overall, was expecting more but still a decent brew.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with thin white head. No light passage. The smell lives up to its name: roast. Lots of dry roasted barley notes paired with cacao and coffee. The coffee is present but doesn't bring that full robust quality that I like in coffee infused stouts. This one is very light and dry in terms of coffee character. Taste is the same: bone dry, roasty, dark chocolate and notes of burnt coffee. Not much in the way of sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, decent brew, just soooo dry. A little malt backbone and sweetness could elevate this beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Beer Store,
Pours a solid black color with a huge bubbly and creamy beige head that persists forever. Aromas of creamed coffee, chocolate, and caramel dominate the nose. Light vanilla and a hint of earth round out the nose. The flavor is rich creamed coffee, caramel and a hint of chocolate again with just a touch of vanilla and brown sugar. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy silky mouthfeel. This is a very nice coffee beer, easy drinker and quite flavorful.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 12 oz snifter. Pours a slick black, with a two inch dark tan head that leaves behind plenty of lace and takes its time settling into a quarter inch of bubbles. Smell is very roasty coffee, vanilla bean, and dark chocolate. Taste is the same, a huge hit of expresso throughout. Body is medium, excellent carbonation, very dry, and easy drinking, but seems much bigger than its 6% abv. This beer really impresses me for a tiny brewery.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From one of the few 650 ml bottles they have released on this limited edition beer. Sampled on January 30, 2014. Serving at about 55 degrees into a stem glass.

The pour is a deep brown color to practically black with a tremendous, soft foamy tan head that lingers and laces.

Check out all that coffee on the nose. And toasted malts! Coffee and toast in my beer just like breakfast with an slight earthy hop hint on the tail side.

Medium and smooth body for certain.

A veritable caffeine rush! Lots of roasted coffee and toasted bread in the taste with a lingering, slightly dry bitterness at the finish. Very nicely done. Get it while you can. When it is gone it is gone.

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The Roast from Henniker Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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