Black Exodus
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #39
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,665
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 5.61%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
137
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18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
 
Indiana, United States
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SCORE
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Black ExodusBlack Exodus
Notes: Oatmeal Stout brewed w/ Oatmeal, dark malt, and caramelized brown sugar.
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 137 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned in 6/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted oats, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, brown sugar, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted oats, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, woody, spicy, roast, charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, roasted nuts, toasted oats, biscuit, dark bread/crust, licorice, dark fruits, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, brown sugar, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium-plus carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.7%. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, brown sugar, fruity yeast, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish; great soft/silky feel. Getting a little too melanoidin from the age, but held up well. Great balance of super rich malts/oats, brown sugar, and fruity English yeast; with solid earthy hop presence. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473ml Can from Brewdog.com (£4.03):
Pitch black & thick looking with a 2cm head on top that is light brown & quite thick as well. The body is opaque & the nose opened with a lot of coffee & dark malts alongside some rich & semi-sweet notes before some faint alcohol showed along with some lactose at the end. The taste was slightly lighter than the nose but it proved quite creamy with a little alcohol carrying through as well. The main flavours were the coffee & dark malts from the nose but I got a fair amount of chocolate too before some oats & lactose featured further on. The beer was quite a creamy one that proved to be well-balanced & easy to drink with only a touch of alcohol showing alongside moderate carbonation levels.

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Photo of BigGold
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Black Exodus poured from pint can, no date, into faceted mug.

This is a beautiful, straightforward, oatmeal-smooth, dark and mildly roasty stout.

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Photo of jkblr
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 9/8/18 (79 days ago) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours dense black, period, no highlights. The head is medium brown in color and slowly recedes from 3-4" on a hard pour to a solid quarter inch with lots of lacing. The aroma is slight roast, milk chocolate, marshmallow and fudge. The taste is roasty malts with slightly tangy undertones of dark roast coffee and berry. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. The finish reveals some extra body from the oatmeal and a roast driven medium bitterness. Overall, excellent. This is as good of an unadjuncted oatmeal stout as you will find. Recommended.

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is fruit/berries, dark malts and mild sweetness. The flavor is dark fruit/berries, dark malts, chocolate and a mildly sweet/acidic/slightly dry finish.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, date stamped 9/08/18. Fluffy light brown head slowly fades atop a black colored ale. Aroma consists of dark cocoa, roasted barley, oats, and earthy hops. Bold flavors with dark baker's chocolate leading the charge along with notes of roast, char, burnt toast, oat, and leafy/earthy hops. Fuller body, creamy yet a bit chalky, heavy roast creates a bitter finish. Overall, a very good oatmeal stout with a bigger ABV. I'd get this again.

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Photo of Tone
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight chocolate, slight oatmeal, slight spicy hops, hint of alcohol, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an English Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a slight roasted malt bitterness and cloying feel. Tastes of strong sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of spicy hops, slight oatmeal, slight alcohol, and a hint of wood. Overall, a little too cloying, the blend favors sweet malt too much, but the aroma is good.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass. This beer pours very dark brown and forms a great thick caramel colored crown. It smells of oats, coffee, slight roasty sweetness. The taste comes in roasty and chocolately with some slight vanilla sweetness. Bitter as well. Dry with a suitable body for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz can in a snifter via a friend from work----Thanks Justin!
This fine stout pours a deep and dark blackish brown with a moderate head of
light khaki foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin swirling pool, and showcases
light subtle lacing. Nose of dark bakers chocolate, dark coffee, subtle cream,
subtle char, and subtle brewers licorice. Flavors follow and exceed by presentation
with char touched bakers cocoa, light toffee, moderate coffee, and light hints of
brewers licorice smoothed out by mild oats and subtle cream. Fantastic mouth feel;
medium full body; moderately coating, smooth, rich, and finishing with a deeply roasted
char touched malt note backed by chocolate.

Overall, a FINE stout worthy to seek out!

Cheers!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in an 11 oz snifter from draft at O'Toole's on February 27, 2017. Look is black with a thin tan head and some lingering lacing. Smell and taste is coffee and dark roasted malts. Feel is medium in body.

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Photo of Rjk00
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft off the guest list at three floyds. Pours a dark black with a finger of Carmel color head. Taste smooth coffe Carmel cocoa flavor. My new favorite stout. I think I'll be getting more soon.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with a thin tan head that disappears completely and leaves faint spots of lace. The smell is of roasted dark malt, cocoa, faint coffee and a hint of anise. The taste follows with roasted malt, cocoa and coffee but, no licorice. Full texture with low carbonation.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one had a really nice creamy mouthfeel and the flavor was pretty solid although not all that balanced. I got a lot of chocolate, but the bitterness was a bit overpowering.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No best before date or bottled date but I think it's a bit old because there is no head at all . Fresh coffee, dark fruits. Astringent. Good balance with the oatmeal. The Abv is not written on the can but it's listed here as a 7.70% Abv beer. It's quite light bodied for the Abv but it makes it quite sessionable. Drink fresh

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Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Near pitch black poured from the can, with a deep tan head. Little lace.

Aroma: Burnt chocolate, char and cocoa galore.

Taste: Very burnt cocoa here, with a touch of dark fruit. This is a sweet and silky-smooth stout, with a seriously rich taste. Delicious.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black color with dark mocha head. Aroma has sweet chocolate, caramel, coffee and roasted malts. Taste starts with roasted malts and chocolate and finishes with a slightly astringent coffee flavor. Body is thick with low carbonation. Overall it's quite good but I don't really enjoy the dry/astringent finish.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Black with finger mocha creamy head, good retention, little lace. Mild chocolate aroma. Chocolaty taste with a little smoke. Thin to medium slippery soft mouthfeel. Solid oatmeal stout, would drink again.

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Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge bready cocoa (hint a hint of caramel) aroma that reminds me of a chocolate cookie. The oats smooth out the flavor and the black grains add an acidic dryness — great feel on this beer. More chocolate in the flavor along with fresh ground coffee. One of the best oatmeal stouts I've tried. The body is a touch light for the weight, so watch out.

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Photo of KeithE
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent overall appearance. I was surprised to see such a dark stout and it looked almost like a porter but overall the taste was great and this beer impressed me. I will definitely try to buy more when I can. Also I would never buy a beer just for art, but the art on the can kept me entertained with those large eyes on the sides of the can!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with an intense thickness and beautiful crowning head. The flavors were dry oatmeal malt, burnt marshmallow, campfire ember, charred coffee, roasted malt and a touch of chocolate sweetness. Drinks dry and smooth with a touch of carbonation.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Out of a can into a snifter

Look: Deep black with brown transparency around the rim. Half finger tan head.

Smell: Roastiness and booze

Taste: Deep red cherry with a licorice finish

Feel: Thin body with very low carbonation and booziness

Overall: One of the smoother oatmeal stouts I've had in regards to carbonation and bitterness

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Photo of kbwalters
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a libby stout glass.
Look = 4.75 Pours like motor oil into a perfectly opaque black with 1 finger of dark brown head that fades slowly to a ring. Great dense, sticky lace. Great appearance.
Aroma = 4.0 Overall pretty sweet; chocolate notes, roasted malt aromas, and grainy notes.
Taste = 3.75 Mellow roasted malt flavors highlighted with chocolate notes and balanced with a medium lingering bitterness on the finish.
Feel = 4.5 Full bodied, thick feel, smooth with medium to high carbonation.
Drinkability = 4.0 Smooth and easy drinking.
Overall = 4.1 A terrific, well rounded oatmeal stout. Great appearance and feel lead the way.

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Photo of thampel09
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This basically is what every no thrills or frills oatmeal stout should taste like. Perfect body and right amount of roast.. definitely a chewy stout that blows breakfast stout out of the water!

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Photo of Big_V
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with no head. Nothing but chocolate on the nose. The mouthful is thick and full. Very smooth and well balanced. Had this along with Founders Breakfast Stout, not sure which one I like the best.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer is a jet black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell -The nose is quite chocolately with sweet malt notes being obvious.

Taste - Wow. This is very smooth dark chocolate and coffee. There is a little black licorice in the back which may be caused by the hop presence. The finish is bitter, but not overly offensive.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel on this one is great. It almost reminds me of a nitro tap beer with very smooth, small bubbles.

Overall - I was not expecting to like this one so much. Well done once again 18th Street.

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Black Exodus from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 137 ratings