Brackish
Fonta Flora Brewery

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Style:
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #46
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,384
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 4.21%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
13
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Fonta Flora Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 11/25/2019, I hope it's still OK. I just picked this up recently.

Pours a med frothy tan colored 1/2 finger head with moderate retention, fair soapy lacing, very dark basically black color

Nose reminds me of Marshall Wharf oyster stout, some dark malts, chocolate, a bit of an earthy salty shell character, little dark caramel and nutty notes, maybe a little fudge and coffee

Taste more dark malts, but also creamy oats I think, but dry mild roasty malts with more creamy milk chocolate, a touch of coffee, toasted brown malts and bread crust, just a hint of salty earthy mineral notes but not much, and a touch of oyster-like flavor on the back end, a bit of fudge as well, with mild bitterness some from the dark malts, mild sticky slight dry finish

Mouth is med bod, a bit creamy, decent med foamy carb

Overall not bad, I do get a bit of the oyster notes which is interesting, I don't think it's in my head, I think I can taste it, wish it was a bit drier and less creamy, but otherwise good

Nov 29, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with quickly falling chocolate colored head.

Smell is soft and roasted with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of saltiness.

Taste is roasted with notes of coffee, chocolate and leather, with a distinct saltiness and a bit of bitterness. Very dry.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a good stout, but the saltiness is a little bit too strong for me.

Apr 07, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I can safely say this is the first oyster stout I've had the pleasure of trying, and it certainly is quite interesting. Dry, intensely roasty Irish stout base alongside a mild salinity imparted by the oyster shells used in brewing. The bitterness is a bit intense (can't tell if it's hops or malts), but the mouthfeel is very soft and nitro-like. Wish I had some shellfish to go along with this....

77/100

Feb 20, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can - $4.29 at Hop City Craft Beer & Wine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black, inky-toned body with an inch of bubbly, dark tanned foam.

Smell: Creosote coated black malts and bitterish dark chocolate dressed up with a small pinch of coarse salt with an undercurrent of flowing cooked caramel, snappy black licorice and fruit.

Taste: Char-flecked roast yielding a faint little bit of astringency, a touch of sooty smokiness, both of which are curbed at the very last second. Medium-light sweetness throughout. Subtle esters. Good depth and fullness to the malt profile, holding on a pants pocket-softened dark chocolate bar flavor (again, augmented by a dash of salt) throughout the middle, leading into the bitterish, roasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Reasonably smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Brackish is a well-built stout. From the nose, I feared this may possibly go acrid and harsh, but it just holds itself shy of that. Not particularly salty, though there is a nice sense of its salinity felt.

Nov 30, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Dark and opaque with a thick tan head that lingered. Aroma had chocolate, some char, faint caramel and a bit of smokiness. Taste followed with a rich chocolate flavor mixed with a hint of caramel, char, and bitter coffee. There was a faint saltiness on the finish which worked well. A dry, somewhat bitter finish. The feel was certainly bigger than a typical Irish Dry Stout, but it wasn't overly sweet. Delicious.

May 11, 2019
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a 16 oz cellar temp can poured into my snifter. Part of trade with @KRubes. Thank you!
Beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with minimal light passing through my glass when I hold it to the light.
A fluffy beige head of 2 cm foams up and fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is big right from the can popping with dark chocolate, roasted malts, maybe a little charred wood. Nice malt complexity with no hop presence to be detected here.
First sip reveals an average body with fine yet sharp carbonation with a smooth slightly creamy texture.

Flavor is malty as the nose advertised, with some sweet and some dark chocolate notes mixing with roasted malt andd a bit of coffee ground. I also get a little caramel sweetness buried in the finish . Again, no hops here and I really dont pick up any salty brine character in the beer, but this is a nice easy drinking roasty malt stout.
Glad to have tried it.

Feb 22, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of roasted + charred malts with light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. Light aromas of earthy hops and a light to moderate amount of brininess. Hints of roasted coffee.

T: Upfront there are moderate to heavy flavors of roasted + charred malts with light to moderate flavors of chocolate malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of roasted coffee and light flavors of earthy hops. Finally there is a light to moderate amount of brininess in the finish. Moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with a really pleasant roastiness and just enough lingering bitterness along with that light amount of brininess. Well done oyster stout.

Jan 26, 2019
Brackish from Fonta Flora Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 13 ratings