Samoa This (Blackwater Series) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4.25/5
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Samoa This (Blackwater Series)Samoa This (Blackwater Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
stbcbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout brewed with pink Himalayan sea salt, chocolate, coconut and caramel flavors

Added by superspak on 01-07-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,520
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
164
pDev:
9.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArthurFrayn
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueKurenai
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MSchuler1
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich, thick black pour with a brown-beige ring of head.

NAILED the coconut creme cookie. NAILED. It's like I opened the cookie package and stuck my nose in between the rows of cookies.

Flavor is very coconut-forward, with huge smacks of black coffee, burnt malts, green pepper, caramel syrup, and chocolate syrup. This is all piled on top of a base that tastes like dirty dishwater. A strange but heavy barrel influence comes in as well, with scotch-y and big caramel flavors. There's quite a few off-flavors here, but the massive dessert flavors work together to cover it up a bit. As it warms it becomes harsher and more difficult to finish.

Feel is moderately viscous, with prickly carbonation, a boozy burn and some dryness on the finish.

Overall a pretty decent stout, I really wish the base malts weren't so dirty. The dessert flavors are right on the money though, it's just a matter of wanting to drink dishwater with a slice of coconut creme pie.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of frankd65
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opened the bottle, and was immediately hit in the face by a Girl Scout cookie. Smell is strong coconut, right off the bat. Taste is toasted coconut (reminds me a little of a Zagnut candy bar), salted caramel and chocolate. Perhaps one of the more authentic coconut flavors and aromas that I have experienced in a beer. Very slick, not overtly boozy (given the ABV), and warms very well. Carbonation is both well-balanced and very welcome here. A sweet dessert beer made to sip and savor, and a very nice offering overall from Southern Tier.

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Photo of zacky_U
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heidvastag
2.92/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Too sweet for me

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Photo of Frus77
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Go out of your way to try this.

Smells better than it tastes, but still tastes really good. It is pretty sweet, so keep that in mind.

Dark chocolate is on the front end, with lots of it. Coconut is subtle and caramel is even more subtle, and at least for me, the sea salt is not picked up. I'm not sure how they did it, but this tastes just like a Samoa cookie.

Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%, and the body is just right.

If you like sweet, chocolatey stouts, you will really enjoy this.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taste: sweet, coconut cookie, chocolate, caramel malt, rich creamy sticky mouthfeel. Super sweet coconut aroma.
Black reddish hue, Mostly opaque, small head with sticky film lace on glass. Medium/full body. Taste like liquid Somoa cookies.

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Photo of BigMike
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pubscout
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It’s quite simply dessert in a glass. Rich, full bodied, redolent of coconut, chocolate and caramel, enjoy it with a brownie or any other delicious chocolate dessert, and the flavors will leap out even more. Or, if you’re diet conscious, just have it by itself. This is a delicious, cockle-warming beer that will delight in any season. Best to have it at home with that 10% ABV. That way you can treat yourself to two. And it gets even better as it warms!

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Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a small collar clinging to the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted coconut are present in the nose along with hints of chocolate.
T: The taste follows the smell and has strong flavors of toasted coconuts along with notes of caramel syrup and hints of chocolate. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This makes for a very nice dessert beer to sip and savor, especially if you like toasted coconuts. I was also impressed with how well it hid any traces of alcohol from the taste, which made it very drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of GravityKills
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body, a wee fleck of ruby at far, far edges. Slim, beige head.

Smell: Well, Southern Tier, you can definitely smell the supplemental coconut, the caramel and the chocolate. But how does it taste??

Taste: Sugary sweet concoction bringing today all the words on the label. That's right, friends: gooey caramel, chocolate and toasted coconut flakes with a bit of salinity showing from the hipster salt join on the tongue. There's a bit of smooth heat on the lightly creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some sticky touches to the overall mouthfeel.

Overall: Surprisingly good. Doesn't follow the path that many of these pastry stouts walk, opting for near zero or zero carbonation, leaving it akin to a clunky liqueur. Glad that didn't happen here. Even the alcohol presence went down easy. So, yeah, hits its expected, stated flavor profile, and, while it is very sweet, it's not sickeningly so, the carbonation is subdued but ample and the alcohol content is known and felt but not distracting. It's about as much as you can ask for from one of these things.

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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

**
05/31/2018

Bottle to snifter; side by side with Cypress Jersey Winter.

LOOK: dark black, healthy tan head.
AROMA: Yes...it is a Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. Coconut > Caramel > Dark Chocolate.
TASTE: more cookies. Mmmm. So tasty they may just be made of real girl scouts. Why did they change the name anyway? Did Samoans have an issue? Sweet Coconut and Caramel. Maybe a touch too sweet, but certainly tasty...It does say Dessert Beer.
FEEL: thick and sticky, full bodied, low on carbonation.

Very Good.

**

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of erk0607
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Beautiful, marble black with a graham cracker crust, fluffy, small bubbled head.
Smell: I cracked the lid and could smell the beer. Upon pouring, I could clearly smell it a foot away from the glass. Clear cocount, caramel, chocolate... smells more sugary than the cookie, and actually stronger than just a cookie.
Taste: A bit noticable alcohol, bottled on 3/16/18 reviewed. 5/30/18. Chocolate. Coconut, more coconut and chocolate. Sugar.
Feel: Thick, syrupy, heavy, wet. Like you would expect an imperial stout.
Overall: Amazing. It's a bit potent and strong but everything else is there!

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Photo of cjohns73
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Knock you out coconut! Industry Public House

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Samoa This (Blackwater Series) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 164 ratings