Black Lab Stout | Big Dog's Draft House

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86
very good
30 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Dog's Draft House
Nevada, United States
bigdogsbrews.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Delicious and satisfying anytime of year! A rich, dark ale brewed with nine different malts along with roasted barley, with hints of coffee and cocoa.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-05-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
10.83%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a bar pour’s thin white head. Light lacing does trickle a tad. The smell had a light roasty quality with a tad of light coffee. The taste was semi-roasty with a touch of caramel and light chocolate. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. It’s somewhat sessionable. The carbonation was somewhat harsh but not overbearing. Overall, good stout I’d have again.

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Photo of Blcookies
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerZombies1
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffLynch
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Smooth (it was on nitro) but bland.

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Photo of Highstplz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of CWVegas
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of barefoot71
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mjr2377
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken from a vacation May '11...

A- Color was of black motor oil with a cappucino colored head....and it was very dense with about two fingers of foamy goodness! It retained very well, settling to a thick froathy layer, that resembled the look of a nitro tap. There was perfect thick lacing that stuck to the side of the glass. A perfect looking stout overall I had to say!

S- Sweet, yet traditional smelling stout aromas were found here....dry toasty aromas of chocolate malt, aromatic coffee bean, and a nice dry unsweetened cocoa smell. The sweetness seems to be derived from a hint of brown sugar/mollasses.

T- More of the same, but with slightly more dominance. There was a dominant dark chocolate flavor with hints of coffee in behind. This was countered by the aforementioned hint of brown sugar. The finish had a slightly dry earthy character that tidies up the flavor profile nicely.

M- Smooth medium/full body that reminded me of drinking a chocolate infused coffee. Carbonation was very fine, providing a very richly flavored creamy stout.

O- I didn't find this as filling as other stouts that I've tried, yet it had a somewhat chewy character. Also, I didn't find this as sweet as other Milk Stouts by comparison either. I had this with the BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza, and what a great combo that was! Even without a meal, this is an excellent stout to enjoy on it's own and would be a perfect sit down, let the day go by, type of brew!

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Photo of PhageLab
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass at Big Dog's in Las Vegas.

A - Beautiful brew! Dark, thick, cloudy head, excellent lacing. The head sat gently on top all the way down.

S - Roasted fireplace-type aroma. Would score higher here but it almost smelled burnt if that makes any sense.

T - Sweet and thick. I could almost chew it. Slightly spicy with a nice bitterness to balance it out.

M - Creamy body with a mildly dry finish.

D - Outstanding. I'd definitely recommend making a trip to the Draft House is only to try this beer. Probably my favorite offering from Big Dog's.

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

On nitro at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: The pour is a nice dark brown with the usual creamy, off-white head from the nitro pour.

S: The nose is chocolatey (primarily dark chocolate) with some hints of coffee and roasted malt. Perhaps a bit of molasses in there as well.

T: The flavor is not quite as muted as you often find with beers served on nitrogen. Good roast and smooth, creamy chocolate flavor. The coffee is subtle and in the background.

M: The mouthfeel is also quite creamy, though a bit watery at times.

D: A nice stout from a brewery that I had never heard of/had any beers from before. I wouldn't mind having a glass of this one again.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another brew from my buddy Dave from LV.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very thin/tiny tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very nice and malty, with some very nice coffee/toffee notes, mostly toffee, some dark chocolate as well. The taste is malty, with the very nice dark stuff, slightly bitter/dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sample at the Rancho Dr brewpub. This beer is a dark brown color with a thin and creamy beige head that dissipates steadily. Sheet of lacing. Light malt and roasted coffee aroma. Medium, smooth body with flavors of sweet malt, roasted coffee and subtle hops. The finish is watery and short with roasted malt and cocoa flavor falling off quickly. Below average overall.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: beautiful 1/2" tan head w/ amazing retention and a dark black body with ruby highlights

s: very light chocolate and sweet roasted coffee; brown sugar molasses;

t: sweet creamy chocolate; coffee w/ cream; light yeast; some light biscuit; molasses; unfortunately a watery aftertaste

m: creamy as hell; very drinkable and smooth

a mellow english stout w/ good flaves but light watery taste

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Photo of tonistruth
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep brown brew with a milky, one finger tan head, good retention and attractive lacing

S- sweet with roasted and chocolate malts

T- milky and creamy malt sweetness makes up main flavors with roasted malts in the aftertaste, chocolate malts around the edges and hints of burnt malts

M- creamy and smooth

D- sweeter than an Irish dry but its served on nitro and just as creamy as an Irish was the roasted malt flavor/scent to match. mellow and drinkable, much better than the easier stuff to find.

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Photo of charlzm
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 05/10/08 at Big Dog's Bar and Grill.

Nearly opaque - black. Can't pick up any highlights in the subdued light of the establishment.

An uber-smooth, dense, creamy tan head courtesy of our friend nitrogen. Yes, we actually did draw a clover in it to see if we could.

Aroma is delicious: sweet, dark roasted malt with some raisin notes.

Flavor is sublime; robust chocolate that's balanced between sweet and bitter with more of those complimentary raisin notes. Almost a malted milk aftertaste with a touch of some kind of wood. Texture is smoother and creamier than any mortal deserves.

Big Dog is my hero for bringing me this sweet gift.

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Photo of JDV
2.86/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This came with a nice black pour, and a pleasant creamy beige nitro like head. Some ruby edges to it and a mils smell of roasty malt and taste as well. I found it thin bodied and flavored, but overall decent. Certainly not as enjoyable as the 88th % indicates, I thought.

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Black Lab Stout from Big Dog's Draft House
3.97 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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