Dead Blow
Braxton Brewing Company

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Braxton Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States
Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #29
Ranked #16,376
3.9 | pDev: 6.15%
May 20, 2022
Mar 06, 2015
Very Good
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Notes: A tropical stout.
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I'm trying a 5oz taster of this beer off the tapper at the brewery. It poured an opaque dark with very thin tan ring head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had hints of sweet malt with common export stout notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle sweet roast malt and earth presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a great beer.
May 20, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Nov 22, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Aug 15, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by GeorgiaBeerMoose from Georgia

Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Feb 08, 2019
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Reviewed by rapayn01 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I've had this a couple of times on draft from local establishments. It's a good stout -- frankly, it tastes a lot like Guinness to me. I'm not an export stout expert. It is much higher abv than most versions of Guinness, which limits it session-ability.
Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by Goosehunter75 from Missouri

Jul 03, 2018
Rated: 4 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

May 28, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

May 06, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by Mooslerfitness from Ohio

Apr 24, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by FalconOne from Ohio

Mar 14, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by prototypic from Ohio

Feb 18, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by aprabhu from Kentucky

Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 3.7 by DangerDawg from Ohio

Nov 15, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by Edward_Bailey from Ohio

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4 by Greasy from Kentucky

Aug 17, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Ickiwotog from Tennessee

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 ounce can, canned on 02/23/17. Served in a Spiegelau Stout glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent enough, not much lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit (dates), coffee, dark bread and caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt and sugariness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think it's a good tropical style stout, it's sweet, roasty and fruity, and enjoyable to drink. It's good now, but I wish I would have tried this fresher. With that being said I know I'd like to try this again in the future, certainly worth picking up!
Jul 15, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota

May 31, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Kavran from Ohio

May 27, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by Mikexw from New York

May 08, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by B33rcules from Alabama

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 3.73 by Dewsby from Kentucky

Apr 16, 2017
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Waning in popularity, the craft beer climate veers from the obscure, seldom seen, and regrettably forgettable tropical stout. Born in the equatorial islands, the sweeter, fruitier, and surprisingly strong flavored stout finds a home in the Ohio River Valley. Covington, Kentucky's own Braxton brewers add the earthen delicacy of dates to the stout for elevated intensity and depth.

Dead Blow pours a standard black color with a soft mocha creme that swirls on the surface like fine espresso. Dark, dried fruits join a roasty symphony of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, black walnut and burnt toast as the scent passes the nose. Burnt sugars of caramel, brown sugar, sorghum and honey lie underneath the roast for a sweet and savory support.

Sweetness and burnt flavors hold firm to balance the middle palate as hints of toasted brownies, roasted marshmallow, caramel and cream turn toward turbinado sugar and the fruit additions as the finish looms. Date, fig, plum, currant, red grape and blueberry trail into a spicy bitterness of coffee, licorice and vinous-type spice.

Roasty sweet and full bodied, the beer closes just as malt balanced as it started. Fruity, spicy, herbal and finishing with toasted dessert breads. Coffee and dates leave a lasting impression deep in aftertaste.
Feb 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Jason from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Has that character of an Export Stout from start to finish, this lovely black liquid is modest but extremely fulfilling with each sip. Big but easy going. Roastiness is balanced by its sweetness and addition of figs. A slightly bigger brew, this does not stop me from knock back it pretty quick and wanting more. Balanced and packed with flavor, there is really nothing else I need in a beer. Braxton seems to have a keen brewers eye on what beer is really about. A great example of why there needs to be more stouts!!
Feb 12, 2017
Rated: 3.45 by rangerred from Tennessee

Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 3.91 by darktronica from Indiana

Nov 26, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by ZombiesAteMyDog from Indiana

Jul 29, 2016
Rated: 4 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

May 24, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Apr 21, 2016
Rated: 3.23 by donhenn from Kentucky

Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by dataylor21 from Kentucky

Feb 02, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by Rdc67 from Kentucky

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.57 by juicebox from Kentucky

Nov 17, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by jeremy3311 from Ohio

Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Kevin72 from Kentucky

Aug 06, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jul 16, 2015
Dead Blow from Braxton Brewing Company
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