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Black Plague Stout | Storm Brewing

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Brewed by:
Storm Brewing
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We start with Canadian two row barley, followed by loads of roast barley and oats, a light addition of Pacific Northwest Columbus hops and finish it off with some fresh liquorice root and decadent dark cocoa for a little chocolaty mouth feel. Brewed in small batches (even by our micro brewing standards), the result is a smooth, rich, roasty and always fresh stout sure to cure what ale's ya. This once seasonal favourite is available year round for you thirsty hoards looking to fend off the plague of boring beer.

Added by canucklehead on 03-24-2004

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 31
Photo of flyerzrule
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful! Deep brown with thick creamy head. Long lasting retention and great lacing. Aroma picks up very little bitterness and mostly sweet malts, maybe some lactose and a chocolate note as well. This beer is smooth, creamy, and silky. Notes of milk chocolate coat the tongue. Finishes with a slight bitterness. This beer drinks like a Guinness but it's 8.5% ABV so watch out!

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Photo of SSharma
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Incredibly smooth for a stout beer, a complicated yet silky smooth and thick flavour with a slight hint of a chocolatey aftertaste that's not overbearing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla bean aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St Augustines.

A: 3/4" creamy tan head that left a nice lacing and foamed up near the crest of black liquid. Very enticing, and the activity within the glass is second only to Guinness.

S: Not much of a smell profile, mostly some yeast and hint of toasted malt.

T: Unbelievably creamy and smooth, sweet milk stout taste with flavours of dark chocolate, caramel and some coffee.

M: Milky, creamy and smooth with medium viscosity and low carbonation.

O: One of the best stouts I have ever had. So tasty, it goes down waaay to easy. I am going to find an excuse to buy a keg of this one day since the brewmaster James doesn't bottle or can his wonderful stuff.

Added point: I don't know what canucklehead did not like about this stout, it simply is a different taste profile than those who use large amounts of bitter ingredients like toasted malt and coffee like the stouts that he prefers.

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Photo of Derek
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with chestnut highlights, creamy tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Roasted nut, light coffee and a nice breadiness.

T: Very malty, bread, light nut, roasted coffee, good bitterness, seriously impressed.

M: Moderate to full body is extremely smooth. Perfect.

D/O: An easy drinker that's still very enticing. Well-crafted.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This sample was from a growler filled from a keg at the brewery.

All the proper stout signposts are obeyed; the black as black profile, the foamy whitecaps and the burnt malty flavours with chocolate overtones. What puts this beer into a merely good category is the real lack of big mouthfeel and aftertaste. I would order this on tap but unlike Crannog's mighty Backhand of God I don't salivate at the mere thought of a pint.

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Black Plague Stout from Storm Brewing
4.17 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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