Norweald Stout | Banded Horn Brewing Co.

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Norweald StoutNorweald Stout

Brewed by:
Banded Horn Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malty American Stout. Norweald covers the spread of dark malt flavors perfectly. Dark chocolate, charcoal, smoke, burnt toffee, cream, and caramel. Intense maltiness is balanced by roasted malts and just enough hops to taste.

Added by Todd on 02-17-2014

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 21
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of papposilenus
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz. bottle. There is a space for bottling date on the label but it is left blank. Served in a 13oz. tulip.

Pours a near-impenetrable brown-black with, perhaps, an elusive chocolate highlight and a finger-and-a-half of rocky suds. The head subsides leaving a generous ring of foam and sheets of sticky lacing.

The nose is a wee boozy which is odd given that it's only, what, 6.5% abv? Smells of dry, bitter, alkaline cocoa and tobacco.

Taste is... I almost want to do 'mouthfeel' before I do 'taste' because the first impression is, like, a cocoa-dusted truffle, dry, bitter and smooth. Hints of tobacco and currants with an earthy, mineral tang. A quick, bitter finish with a smoky aftertaste.

Drinks smooth, thin-to-medium bodied, with just enough carbonation. A nice little stout.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

On Draft of Novare Res. Nitro in a shaker. This is a near perfect american stout. This beer is dry and has a fair hoppiness but is mostly stout. Starts sweet and creamy and finishes chocolate and coffee dry wow a surprise. The beer drinks easy and nice

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doremite
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BranfordBound
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on Saturday afternoon, poured into a snifter. This stout is just as dark as the rest, but a smallish tan head rises up and falls quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma is light, delicate, roasted malts with some fruit and chocolate. Flavor-wise this is a lighter stout. The roasted malts are restrained and instead the caramel malts shine a bit more. It's sweeter, bit of caramel and fruit, some unroasted coffee notes with a bit of milk chocolate.

This late into the spring season this stout is a nice reprieve from all the big roasty ones out there. Nice lighter body with sweeter flavor makes it a perfect spring stout.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmorris15
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown color close to black color with a nice looking eggshell white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Foamy spider web lace. The aroma had some burnt toast bold and up front with some thick roasted malty tones and then coffee grounds and a delicate cocoa powder. Light breadiness. Some ash/charcoal. The flavor yields to the burnt toast and brings in the roasty malty tones in a semi-sticky sort of low-riding sweet fashion. Ash/charcoal again. Rugged roasty aftertaste with a semi-chalky dry finish. On the palate, this one sat a tad lighter in body than expected for what I hoped would be a really nice American stout. Good carbonation. ABV felt right. Overall, an American stout with a bolder burnt toastiness to it than expected.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 20, 2016.

Gorgeous near black pour under a short-lived tan head. Some lacing.

Muted aromas of dark roasted malts, a bit of vanilla, and an unfortunate yeasty-buttery character.

Light body.

Roasted malt forward taste with a moderate bitter after taste. Little in the way of sweetness and vanilla in the flavor.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 20holmbrew
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black with a 1.5 finger head. Head quickly dissipated
S: lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Little smokiness. Smells awesome
T: quite hoppy. Getting a lot of chocolate.
M: mouthfeel a bit thin. A little creamy
O: Has lot of the flavors I enjoy in a stout.

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Photo of rjp217
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of opieo
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drinkable but not noteworthy. Little burnt. Nothing special.

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Photo of hockeypuck
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tekstr1der
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with thin tan top. Roast and bakers chocolate on the nose. Flavors are similar, but the roast is also made more bitter by too much hop presence. Mouthfeel is smooth, but the finish is a bit dry, and bracing in the throat. I'll skip this one. Their IPAs are fantastic though.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of illpass78
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pint on draft in a mason jar at Local Sprouts in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: It's a deep black with a short coffee-colored head.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, earth, some hops.

Taste: Roasty and chocolatey with a bitter hoppy finish. I like this a lot. Coffee and slight creamy sweetness also there.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied.

Overall: Terrific stout. Had been wanting to try this for a while. Didn't disappoint.

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Photo of ethricdouble
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Eyes: Very dark brown of course, but with an almost purple tinge. A thin, tan head that dissipates rather quick and laces the glass just a little bit.
Nose: Subdued, with little hop presence. Vanilla and bakers chocolate are very forward. Some biscuity, toasty notes. A unique rolling tobacco aroma.
Taste: Toast, chocolate, biscuit and caramel with piny, relatively bitter hops on the aftertaste. I get no dried fruit or anything from this one. It differs from other stouts in that I feel you can really taste the river water but maybe that's just me reading it on the label. It could also be due to the slightly lighter body.
Feel: Moderately low carbonation. A little thin on the body as aforementioned.
Overall a very american stout that's good for an afternoon on the porch if you don't feel like drinking anything session-y. Left me wanting a little more from it but that's okay. You don't always need a really rich stout.

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Photo of kkazemi
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Black with a big blanket blanket of tan foam atop. Smells like roast malt, chocolate, carmelized sugar, dark roast coffee and hazelnut - this is what a stout should smell like. Smooth. Tastes like dark malt up front but doesn't get roasty until the finish. Dark roast coffee fade.

Beats Cadillac Mountain for the prominent Maine stout in my opinion.

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Photo of joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xzymurgist
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at rail trail
Nice creamy rich darker head retains forever, tons of lacing, almost pitch black

Nose tons of roast, little smoke, toasted malts, dark choc, little toasted cereal and cocoa pebbles, creamy milk choc oats

Taste loads of roast, little char, very dark choc cocoa and toasted cereal, little bitter spicy hop, hint of smoke, big char, chewy creamy notes.

Mouth is creamy med bod, decent carb.

Overall solid stout, nice roasty malt with acrid, good hop bitterness.

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Photo of CSeavey64
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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