North Ramp Coffee Stout | Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub

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North Ramp Coffee StoutNorth Ramp Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An oatmeal & coffee brunch stout (because we don't wake up in time for breakfast) is a stout with a Brazilian roast coffee added. North Ramp Coffee Stout is loaded with flaked oats and locally roasted and brewed Benchwarmers Coffee. Benchwarmers Coffee is roasted and brewed in Reading, PA and takes the name North Ramp from our homebrewing and flying friends at the North Ramp FBO at the nearby Reading Airport.

Added by DaveHack on 10-27-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 78
Photo of scotorum
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Another of my multi-mixed sixpack purchases from the October trip to western Pennsylvania. Saucony Creek is made in Kutztown in central Pa.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Opaque black with clear ruby highlights at the bottom when seen through light. Enormous tan head swelled to fill the entire glass immediately, eventually tamed down to a persistently thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Dark roasty malt, maybe a little black coffee in there too.

t; Black coffee and roasty malt up front with a mild hop bite. Dry to bitter finish which unfortunately becomes more bitter as it warms.

m; Medium to full and quite smooth, considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A pretty good sippable coffee stout. Not bad as a winter warmer or after dinner instead of coffee and dessert.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a huge billowy head of cream colored foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, hanging on for a very long time and leaving tons of bubbly-foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a slightly grainy roasted malt smell along with a rather decent showing of a roasted coffee smell. Along with these more roasted aromas come some notes of sweetness with some lighter chocolate and a bit of caramel there as well. Overall it smells of a lightly sweetened iced coffee.

Taste – The taste begins with a mainly roasted malt taste with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. The coffee is rather light upfront, and while it grows stronger in intensity as the flavor advances, it never really gets all that potent, instead it adds just a coffee backdrop flavor to the brew. While the coffee gets slightly bigger in intensity, the sweeter caramel lessens, all while the roasted and grainy flavors get slightly stronger, leaving one in the end, with a darker roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side of a stout (even one at 5 % abv.) with a carbonation level that is on the average side. While the carbonation was fitting for the mix of roasted malt and lighter abv, a thicker body would have really been more appropriate for the style, likely better highlighting the roast and coffee flavors.

Overall – Really nothing all that fantastic in this one in my opinion. A decently roasted and moderately to lightly coffee flavored stout of easy drinking stature. Certainly not bad, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Had a black body with a thin head.
aroma was of coffee and a slight hint of chocolate.
Taste had a coffee but not over powering
Mouthfeel was ok and overall it was ok.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head.
S: Moderate aromas of cold brewed coffee and coffee beans are present in the nose. the smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of coffee beans along with a light amount of bitterness and slight amounts of roast, both of which linger through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The lighter body nature of this beer makes it extremely easy to drink, but it is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Act25
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2nd PA Stout that is very BURNT tasting. Not my style.
Arrived in Whole Foods craft back, so paid about $1.25 for it (with case discount).
A - Pour is very dark, sticky, and lacy for 5%. Tan head sticks around.
S - Sharp, bitter coffee grinds, charcoal, charred wood, and roasted malts. Abrasive.
T - Follows smell, this is burnt and acidic. Lots bitter coffee grounds... some bitter hops and acidic grounds. No saving balance of caramel, chocolate, or sweet.
M - Watery.

1000 other stouts over this 1.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My bottle backlog here at Chez Woody has caused me to give short shrift to a number of breweries. In some instances, it was because I bought the bottle and then realized that no approved pic existed, so I took a pic, resized it, submitted the pic, set the bottle aside and then got sidetracked awaiting approval. In this case, some of their beers had pics and others did not, but now, all is in readiness!

From the bottle: "Stout with coffee added"; From Farm to Pint our beer is alive! Unpasteurized keep it chilled!"; "North Ramp is an oatmeal & coffee brunch stout (because we don't wake up in time for breakfast). Brewed with rolled oats and flavored with locally roasted and brewed Benchwarmers Coffee. North Ramp takes it's [sic] name from our friends at Reading Air's North Ramp FBO who helped us brew the stout."

It has been in my kitchen reefer since its arrival, so it is nice and cool, but I wanted to use an initial gentle pour in case any lees had built up. When none were found in evidence, I went a little more aggro and got a finger of deep-tan head with moderate retention. Color was Dark to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with ruby highlights visible, hence that designation. Nose smelled of dark roasted coffee, like French Roast. I take my coffee quite black and bitter, just like when I was in the U.S. Navy, so this was up my alley. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, especially for the style. The taste was unabating dark, roasty coffee. I'd be ready for takeoff after this! I will reiterate, though, that this was a very bitter, roasty, slightly charcoal-smoke stout, which I realize is not to everyone's liking. Finish was dry, as in a dry stout, but not so dry as to be gasping or overdone. I also noted a tiny bit of lees in the bottle, so I added them to the last sips.

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Photo of siege06nd
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to FenderOffset238 for the extra! Poured into a nonic pint:

A. Dark tobacco brown with some ruby lining the edges. Half finger of khaki head with good retention and consistent lacing.

S. Big bold coffee notes, with lots of roasted coffee bean and even hints of smoke. A little bit of chocolate and and barley, but mostly coffee forward. Fairly one note.

T. Follows the nose with more of the one-note coffee flavor, this time slightly burned and dry. Not much creaminess or malt presence. This lends it an unpleasant dryness and slightly watery finish.

M. Overcarbed and very one note on the burnt coffee grounds. Needs a finer malt bill to add chocolate and oat flavors that will balance against the very astringent coffee profile.

O. This is a disappointment. My guess is they were going for a lighter bodied coffee stout, but in this case I think they went too light. The body is thin, watery, and flabby and the coffee notes tend too far to the burnt side giving this an acrid, dry, bitter flavor profile that is not very enjoyable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, no date. notes on the label that it's an Oatmeal Coffee Stout, brewed with local Benchwarmers Coffee.

pours a very dark brown, not quite black. no head. aroma is all black coffee, but the taste is a bit stale in the coffee taste. not really sweet or dry, so good balance though. body is quite thin for this style of beer, I'd prefer it to be much thicker. lower carbonation.

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Photo of 57md
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brunette with dirty blonde edges. The nose had a slight roasted quality to it. The roast in the flavor profile was not bold by any means. The body was thin for a stout. Finally, the finish was more astringent than bitter from the roast. Rather than reminding me of a good cup of morning joe, this offering reminded me of a day old tannic cup of coffee.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good. Decent nose. Kind of a bitter flavor profile though. Not exactly smooth. Decent coffee levels, but the bitterness just hijacks everything and turns it into an experience I'd rather just pass on. This beer is pretty lame. I could easily have done without it. Not a cheap single either.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paid 3.50 for the bottle kind of pissed its not higher in ABV but whatever into a mason jar glass.
A - Pour is pretty dark and thick for 5%. Very nice 1/4 inch of mocha head that sticks around. Nice.
S - Mild coffee grinds and some roasted malts maybe some chocolate. It's really kind of mild.
T - Well well this does have a distinct acidity one would expect from hard roast but I am not getting much else just bittering hops and acidic grounds. Wish it was sweeter.
M - Pretty on par for 5% not very watery light to medium in body.

Overall usually coffee stouts are much more balanced with the hops and sweeter in the taste. Not to say this was horrible but I would have preferred another bottle of Schnickelfritz truthfully. Pretty bad coffee stout.

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Photo of jhartley
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Mad Elf chalice.
Pours a jet black body, shows dark brown on the edges when held up to the light. Light tan head, very little of it too; dissipates very quickly
Slight aromas of coffee and roasted malts and a little chocolate.
Tastes pretty close to their Schnickelfritz milk stout with the cherries. Starts out sweet with a decent amount of coffee on the finish.
Very thin mouthfeel, but full flavor of coffee overall.
Overall, a pretty decent coffee stout; just needs a little more work to boost up the body and add a little more carbonation. Still a tasty offering from a new local brewery.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth texture, mild chocolate and nutty flavor. Coffee flavor present and pleasant. Good but feels like it's missing something in the overall flavor palette.

(Guest reviewer - my younger brother Nick, who loves coffee and only recently has come into the fold of craft beer, much due to my influence)

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Photo of RandomExile
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: black opaque, maybe a hint of red; surface film; quickly dissipating head; no lacing
S: genuine coffee, with a hint of malt
T: toasty, leaning more toward espresso than the nose would indicate, surprisingly not overly bitter given that, a tinge of bile
M: medium bodied but toasty/dry without being truly dry
O: Quite a solid stout: dry, rich coffee flavor, low abv lends toward sessionable

20oz / Pint Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

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North Ramp Coffee Stout from Saucony Creek Brewing Company + Gastropub
3.44 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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