Bissinger's King Louie Winter Stout
O'Fallon Brewery

Bissinger's King Louie Winter StoutBissinger's King Louie Winter Stout
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American Stout
Ranked #751
Ranked #31,459
3.75 | pDev: 9.87%
O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States
Very Good
Bissinger's King Louie Winter StoutBissinger's King Louie Winter Stout
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage; drank 1/4/15 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black hue. HUGE dark tan head; strong lace.

Sweet caramel, milk chocolate & nougat nose.

Smells like a candy bar! Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet caramel, milk chocolate & nougat flavors...this tasted like it smelled, like a Twix almost.

Bordered too close to cloying for me, but worth a quaff.

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Photo of soju6
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Served a dark brown color with a nice tan head with some lacing. Aroma of Toffee, chocolate and roaster malt. Taste of toffee, bit of chocolate and roasted malt. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Fairly full body, smooth and creamy. Nice balance without being overly sweet. Nice seasonal beer from a local brewer.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium body as well as carbonation which seemed to dissipate very fast. Aroma was malt,toffee and vanilla. Taste was identical with the vanilla becoming stronger on the finish. Overall it was okay

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this off the Binny's single shelf.....this said "toffee" stout as opposed to "winter" stout. It poured an opaque dark with with no head and no lace. The scent had hints of milk chocolate and toffee. The taste was more roasty with vanilla and toffee. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's decent.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown-black with a 1/2 finger of frothy beige head.

Aroma of unsweetened cocoa, coffee, and upon deeper inhalation melted toffee and Krackle bar, some blood in there too. A little more bitter/roasty/burnt than I'd like for something that advertises as a "toffee" stout.

Flavor is on the roasty side as well, with lots of coffee and dark charred barley, some cocoa notes, and finally a hint of toffee sweetness. The sweetness feels forced, and a touch fake.

Feel is medium bodied, flirting with thick. Moderate carbonation. Parching finish.

Overall this stout isn't totally undrinkable but it's pretty poor as far as sweet stouts go. I'm considering not finishing it.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good dark beer pours a dark motor oil look with a deep tan head. Has a good beer smell with a chocolate and slight toffee flavor. Great mouth feel with an easy swallow. As good as Guinness.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Been wondering about this one the past few winters. Finally picked up a six and will definitely do it again. Everything I like in a chocolate stout. Black color pours thick. Dark cocoa, some cream, hint of coffee, and yes Toffee in this one. Smell matches the taste with A little more of the toffee on the Nose.

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Photo of Gaffersbrew
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mmm, love finding a new winter beer. A gem off the mix n' match rack. Really smooth, chocolatey, dark and sweet, but not too sweet. Small head, that lasts for a bit, then dissapears 2 thirds thru. Reminds me of Founders Porter. Hope the price is right if I ever find a six pack.

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Photo of gerite
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a moderate tan head. Rich dark chocolate flavor without much carbonation.
Very smooth, almost like a milk stout. One of the better chocolate stouts I've had in a long time.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, winter 2015 vintage. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Time to clear out the last of the winter beers. Listed as King Louie Toffee Stout at the O'Fallon website. Brewed using Bissinger's toffee apparently. No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Dark blackish brown pour, some hues of cola showing near the surface. One finger of frothy khaki-tan head that falls to a ring. Some thin scattered lacing. Not a ridiculously thick or opaque appearance, but it looks good for what it is.

S - Nose isn't terribly prominent or enticing; no over notes of dark roast, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, or cream at all really. Some powdery cocoa, dusty malt, & metallic / mineral water. Not an awful smell, but not thick or creamy, or too appealing altogether.

T - Flavor cranks it up a few; the smooth creamy toffee that went into this is apparent and authentic tasting. Subtle barely / chocolate malt, light roasty bitterness, chocolate, creamy toffee, vanilla, and trace metallics / mineral water flavor. Simple, but hits it's mark, and the more i drink it the more i enjoy it. Notes of dark fruits begin to emerge as the beer warms - notes of figs, dates, raisins, prunes.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, light bitterness / roast. Some lingering toffee / metallics / mineral water leftover on the palate. Medium-bodied with good carb.

Overall, I'm not so sure what age would do to these, but I'm pretty sure i remember seeing these a few years back when it was still called King Louie Toffee Stout, so i would perhaps be interested in trying past and future vintages of this. Decent drinking stuff.

O'Fallon King Louie Winter Stout -----4/5.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: February 19, 2016... GLASSWARE: Guinness stout... OCCASION: feeling a sickness coming on--time for a stout!... APPEARANCE: dark, dense black as expected... a creamy, thick brown head settles to an appreciable ring... zero lacing as the glass drains... AROMA: robust sweet chocolate seizes the nostrils... oats, licorice, and toasted elements suggest winter... PALATE: smooth as silk, slightly lively, and medium-bodied... highly drinkable and satisfactorily substantial... TASTE: sweet chocolate, toffee, and caramel are all equally representative... little hop beyond weak bitterness... vanilla and OVERALL: with all this malt, the beer resounds with a toasted, slightly smoky flavor and a .warming effect that belies its relatively tame 6.3% ABV...some peat and Irish cream make this an engaging beer and the winner among its case...

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Photo of KYGunner
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice pour of black ink with a thick crown of foam. This has a very sweet milkiness, almost too much. Coffee, chocolate and a thick ribbon of lactose, marshmallow and vanilla sweetness. I like a milk stout, a lot, but this seemed to push it too far.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: black body, big off white head
S: sweet chocolate
T: sweet bakers chocolate. Not very flavorful though.
F: very light, not sure the abv.
O: not a great chocolate stout, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a thin, dark creme colored head. Minimal to no lacing. Notes of roasted malts and toffee in the aroma. Flavors open up with a blend of roasted malts and coffee, before allowing the sweet toffee notes to announce themselves and fade away. The toffee finish is great, and adds a little dessert-like feel to this beer. Mouth feel is fairly good. Carbonation feels a bit harsh, and the feel finishes just a tad watery. Overall, I really enjoy this beer. We met a year ago, and remember thinking highly of it. Revisiting it now as a BA member. Still pleased with this beer.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours chocolate brown with a 1 finger tan colored head. Head is rather airy and bubbles away semi-quick. No lacing left behind.

Aroma is toffee, caramel, and molasses. Chocolaty with some lactose-like notes. A bit subdued.

Sweet milk chocolate on the tongue. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, and sweet cream. Light roasted malt.

Medium body with a creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Lingering sweetness.

Nice smooth stout with a mix of sweet notes. Almost seems like it should be classified as a milk stout.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nearly black body, light tan soapy heady, fine carbonation. Nose is sweet chocolate, either artificial or just really sweet milk chocolate, with faint roasty malt resembling charcoal behind it. BOOM! Flavor doubles down on that big sweet milk chocolate note, with vanilla undertones. It's tasting more and more artificial, but I still love it. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Hops put up a mild struggle towards the finish, only to be overwhelmed by sweetness. Roasted crystal malt makes appearances now and again. Medium, even light, bodied, good mildly prickly carbonation.
This is subjectively really tasty, but I am one to enjoy overstimulating hedonism. It was fairly one-note, and if one is sensitive to artificial or possibly artificial flavors it'll probably taste like lab chemicals. But I enjoyed this sweet chocolate brew.

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Photo of brureview
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich dark chocolate color in a Spiegelau stout glass with a 2F head which dissipated
within minutes

The aroma is the strongest aspect of the beer: deep chocolate, vanilla, licorice(?).
It broadens with warming.

Quite a different taste than other winter stouts. Roasted malt dominates the chocolate and is finished by a strong bitterness.

This is my first beer from the Brewer. A different take on a stout. Roasted malt dominates after the aroma. I wish the aroma character- with deep chocolate and some vanilla could be captured in the taste. Otherwise an excellent stout worth checking out.

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Photo of Suds
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark, nearly black beer, with a cream-colored head. The aroma is subdued....a bit of charcoal and chocolate. The taste is dry...very dry, with dark bitter chocolate and roasted malts. A bit chalky at the finish, and the bitterness fades quickly. Interesting, but not as good as it could have been.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz; it looks like there is a Julian date of 3294 on bottle neck (putting it at near end of November, 2014). Pours dark brown with a small amount of beige head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of chocolate, and some roasted notes. I tasted roasted notes, with a nice chocolate, bitter sweetness in the finish. Medium mouth-feel.

This beer held up well after a year of age. I liked the aroma, and I was impressed with the bitter sweetness in the finish; It definitely got better as it warmed. Undoubtedly the best time to drink it is after dinner. I love chocolate, and this beer is one I would be happy to drink instead of having chocolate (or some other baked item) for dessert.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Dark and rich. No light comes through the glass. Used motor oil in color. Khaki head with nice lacing on top. Looks like an imperial stout.
Smell: Roasted grains and coffee, chocolate and english toffee.
Taste: Slight sweetness; toffee, chocolate with a roasted finish. Continued to open up as it warms.
Feel: Looks are deceptive; should have the mouthfeel of an imperial stout, but no. Thinner. Nicely carbonated.
Overall: I enjoyed this beer. Nice dessert stout; maybe with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or with some german chocolate cake.

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Photo of Hrodebert
4.78/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful color, Great smell, Very tasty, A little weak on the mouthfeel for me, likely because of the carbonation. Overall I really like this beer.
If my score does not meet others standards, it's because it's my opinion, not someone elses.

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Photo of superspak
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/6/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense light tan head with reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Minimal roast/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a solid roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good flavored stout style. All around good balance and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. This feels a bit closer to a brown ale with the strong toffee/bready flavor notes; but was still nicely enjoyable overall.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Bourbon Bacon Beer Festival in Fort Wayne, IN.

A - Dark brown color that of an American porter or dark brown not a normal stout. Thin white head with fine bubbles.

S - First and foremost a distinct toffee character. I am not sure if it is from the malts that they used or if it is some sort of flavoring but it is strong and bountiful. There is also some nuttiness, chocolate, and a light roasted character.

T - Similar to the smell with the toffee character coming to the front but it is more balanced and more stout flavored. There is the nut, chocolate, caramel, roast, and malt that you would get from an american porter but has emphasis on the toffee. There was no chemical or other off-flavors and it tastes very good.

M - Lighter mouth-feel. Lighter carbonation. For being an American Stout I would have expected more body but I would assume that with the sweet toffee character that more body would make it cloying and less palatable but I still prefer more body to my beers.

Overall, a very tasty beer. I couldn't drink this one all night, nor would it be my first choice but I would definitely drink this again and I did enjoy the novel toffee flavor in my beer. I would be curious as to how that flavor would come out in a more imperial type stout instead of a more middle of the road base beer.

Glass- 4oz tasting glass

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

$ 1.79/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried imperial pint
Aroma of toffee
Frothy light brown head initially fills entire glass (aggressive pour) but rapidly diminishes (while still pouring) to an irregular 2-3 mm ring and a broken layer
Lacing poor – many 1-2 mm spots remain just making the glass look dirty
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor sweet, toffee; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, almost syrupy, barely detectable carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 2.75, Overall 3

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Photo of hosehead83
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black with a big cloud-deck of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint cocoa, dark malt note
Taste-Chocolate, toffee, dark malt. A bit thin-bodied, mouthfeel seems more like a porter.Overall, not a bad stout by any means.

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Bissinger's King Louie Winter Stout from O'Fallon Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 134 ratings