Steakcake Stout | Double Barley Brewing

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Steakcake StoutSteakcake Stout

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Double Barley Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink with little bitterness. Balanced with roasted flavors, hops and malt. Pours a brown, creamy head that stays throughout the drink. Mildly carbonated, lending to the smoothness.

The Story: SteakCake Stout is our base stout that can be enjoyed with a variety of foods. There is a battle in our family that lead to the name. Larry, the sweet tooth, prefers to pair this beer with a sweet treat. While, Cheryl, the carnivore, insists that is pairs best with a big, juicy porterhouse steak. We are confident that you will like this stout, so try it with both and decide for yourself!

Added by Axnjxn on 10-23-2013

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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on a nitro-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a brown to black coloring, with a fluffy, clingy, light tan head. Nose of chocolate and mocha forward, with a bitter undertone. The flavors are heavy coffee and chocolate forward, with a subtle booze and woody highlight. Smooth, creamy body, with a bitter, roasted, and creamy aftertaste. Smooth, lingering, creamy finish. Nice, solid, well rounded stout.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Came in an oversized wine glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a thick creamy deep beige ehad atop.Dark chocolate almost fudge-like aromas alonf with coffee roast and earth aromas.Not quite as full as I would think it would be but it doesn't take from the beer much.Chocolate mocha flavors with a healthy dose of roast,although not overly complex it's pretty good.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle. 10% ABV.
Pours like black motor oil and has the exceptionally full and relatively thick mouthfeel to match. Oversized beige head towering over a puny body of liquid, even on the second pour. "Lightly carbonated" (DB)?
Loaded with dark malts, it gives off lots of dark chocolate in the nose. Unfortunately, the nose also carries some off notes which, together with the carbonation, suggest a bit of contamination in this bottle. The flavor has little of this, however. Lightly sweet.

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Photo of Catwomen0755
2.84/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

You can taste the cake and the steak. To strong of a taste to me.
I am not a stout person.But tasted it so rated it. To me smelled better than it tasted.

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Photo of Bonzo
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to pint glass. L: 1 inch fluffy tan head fades fairly quick. Black with just a very small amount light near the edges. S: Chocolate and roasted malt. T: Chocolate and roasted malt. An initial sweetness followed by a pleasant, light bitterness that balances out well. ABV at 10% is hidden very well behind the strong chocolate flavors

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Photo of tdm168
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. There is a lot of carbonation in the bottle, causing an extremely slow and careful pour. The aroma is sweet and not overly roasty with notes of cocoa and faint hints of coffee. The taste has a lingering sweetness into the finish that is smooth with bittersweet coffee and some roasted malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation. Overall, Steak Cake is a solid stout that is worth a try.

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Photo of jwg782
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tiamat8086
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of lzepplin01
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopintheSouth
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smooth, silky mouth feel and a true stout malt richness with flavors of coffee, toffee and dark chocolate. Good body and balanced, well rounded for 10% brew. A good showing by DB- I like this one.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mattsmith413
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doppel
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. A careful pour resulted in a finger high dark tan head that died down a bit but consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate and some bits of licorice.
T: The taste follows the smell, having lots of flavors of dark malts along with some faint hints of licorice. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although this beer doesn't have any bitterness, there are enough underlying hops to mask any apparent sweetness. It is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. I think this beer would pair better with a steak compared to a dessert because it isn't roasty enough to contrast with something that is sweet.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House near NC State in Raleigh

11 oz poured into a snifter. night. Completely opaque. Minimal lacing. Quickly dissipating, whitish head.

Smell is lightly chocolate and malty.

Pours over the tounge lightly, lingering on the middle of the palate. The chocolate shines through as it warms up. Just a bit bitter to balance the sweetness. High ABV is barely detectable, but is present.

Overall, not too bad at all considering these folks are new on the scene. I'd love to see a barrel aged version sometime.

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Photo of JDAWG71
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark malts with light aromas of roasted malts. Moderate aromas of dark chocolate and licorice/anise.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark malts with a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of dark chocolate and some hint of licorice/anise. Light amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which come out as the beer warms up.

M: Medium to full bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is quite easy to drink as it hides the 10% ABV extremely well though it lacks a little of the roasty bitterness that I have come to expect in my imperial stouts. My vote would be to pair this one with a dessert, though not necessarily a chocolate one.

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Photo of krl2112
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amedlin18
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Steakcake Stout from Double Barley Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 69 ratings