Purple Haze Espresso Stout | Sockeye Grill & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Idaho, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU

Added by johnbonham1980 on 11-03-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by Scotchboy:
Photo of Scotchboy
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Totally not retired - on-tap @ Sockeye, Boise ID. Served in a pint shaker.

A: Prototypical nitro stout; opaque, creamy tan head with excellent retention, nice rings of lacing left on the glass.

S: Straightforward nose, a nice dusting of chocolate & cocoa with a hefty espresso base.

T: Cocoa, espresso, mocha, creamy bittersweet chocolate, a moderate amount of dark roasted malt buried underneath that.

MF: Creamy, smooth, medium body, (obviously) low carbonation.

O: I believe that the nose & flavors of this one were hampered a bit by the nitro, but its still delicious. A mocha stout for sure, coffee and chocolate in perfect balance without one dominating the other. Just enough sweetness to cut the espresso. Really good stuff.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I really miss Redhook's Double Black Stout...

...but this one blows it away.

Being a coffee AND beer advocate, I'm always on the lookout for beers that bring the two together in a quality way, and the fellas at Sockeye have accomplished this in a big way.

Had this awesome stout on tap at the Sockeye Grill and Brewery in Boise, ID. It's infused with a large quantity of locally roasted espresso beens, so the coffee flavor is immense. One of the bigger problems I have with most coffee beers is the overly sweet character and this one was certainly not in that vein.

I was amazed by how great the mouthfeel was on this one. It almost tasted like it was on nitro-tap, and was as creamy and smooth as beers like Guinness, which if nothing else I've felt is the standard bearer for velvetty nitro stouts. I suppose it might have been on nitro... didn't think to ask.

The beer has gobs of chocolate, coffee, and roasty flavor, with a decent amount of hop bitterness to balance it out. Would go really really well with a nice coffee or chocolate based dessert, or a cigar, as well as things like roast beef and a nice cheddar.

Drinkability, since the beer is fairly heavy, isn't the greatest, but that doesn't detract from the overall experience very much.

If you're in the area, definitely check it out. They don't have a bottler right now but you can pick up a growler of this to take with you.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, did this have a thick, milkshake-like deep-tan/light-brown head when it was presented to me! The nose was rich and chocolaty with a light underlying roastiness. The color was a deep, dark brown with very little light penetration. The mouthfeel was almost creamy, despite having come out of a standard CO2 tap. I got a prevalently coffee flavor in the mouth, but the finish was like bittersweet chocolate. Mmmm, good.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is not retired. I had it yesterday (11/25/2015) at Crooked Fence's Barrelhouse. This nitro was pitch black with a healthy thick foamy head and decent lacing. Smell was not striking; had to really sniff it out for a hint of roastiness. Taste and feel were pretty decent but not as strong as I like. Quite milky really. An overall okay stout but I was hoping for an out-of-palate experience based on the name and reference.

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Photo of rarigney
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Japerrault
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark with a thick tight foam that lasted well, leaving good lacing as it dissipated.

S: Dark chocolate, and coffee were most prevalent, finishing with spicey hops.

T: A big mouthfull of dark chocolate-covered coffee beans with a nice dry hop finish. Very nice flavors blended well.

M: Creamy, medium-full body lets the flavors linger long on the tongue.

D: I could get in trouble with this one. I found this to be a smooth drinker.

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Photo of JoelClark
2/5  rDev -50.1%

Purple Haze Espresso Stout from Sockeye Grill & Brewery
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