Meat & Potatoes
Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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American Stout
Ranked #428
Ranked #19,869
3.88 | pDev: 9.54%
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Meat & PotatoesMeat & Potatoes
Notes: Every good meal deserves a great beer. That's why we are serving Meat & Potatoes with your dinner tonight. We've cooked up a classic American Stout with a slight hop twist to stand up to the heartiest of meals. Bold flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of citrus drink in perfect harmony with robust foods.

No meat or potatoes were harmed in the brewing of this beer.
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with little light transmission in the glass with a quarter finger khaki head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, a little coffee and biscuit and a hint of citrus. Flavor is dark toasted and dark biscuit malt with some char, cocoa, coffee, light nuttiness. Light citrus hops start to develop late taste and linger into the finish where they mingle with the malt char and coffee notes. Medium bodied with light creaminess. An interesting take on a stout that almost belies its name (Meat & Potatoes sound like the good old everyday standard to me). I wouldn't have thought that the citrusy hops would be a good addition, but I think it works out quite nicely and makes an interesting flavor transition. The overall malt body tastes more like a robust Foreign stout profile than an American, but the brewer just calls it a stout, so that works. This one surprised me with a flavor combination that I wouldn't have thought I'd enjoy, but it was good from first taste and grew on me as the can disappeared. This East Coast import had some months on it and seems to have handled it with aplomb. I'd like to try others from Lord Hobo.

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Photo of izraelc
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark. Tan foam. This tastes like a stout mixed with an IPA. Way too much going on. Sweet and syrupy with a strong bitter hop finish. Very heavy just like meat and potatoes.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from a Lazy Dog
Dark brown/black in color with a huge mocha head that lasts forever leaving sticky lace on the way down.
Earthy light citrus roasty licorice and dark burnt maltiness. Creamy smooth in the mouth. Pretty decent stout.

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Photo of Maltyhead
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 16 ounce can.

Appearance: Very dark brown/black-color, 2” head, little lacing.

Smell: very roasted malt, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: strong roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee ending with mild hops.

Mouth Feel: finely carbonated, creamy, smooth.

A very drinkable beer. A strong roasted malt/chocolate/coffee flavor. I would purchase again.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Decanted from 16 oz (473 ml) can into a custom taster pint; canned November of 2018.
A: Pours black with a one to two finger, pillowy, light brown head, kind of amazing retention (still half a finger after 5'), and rings of foamy and complex lacing.
S: Aromas of mocha, molasses, and orange zest, giving way to more toast, sarsaparilla, and caramel.
T: More semisweet than semidry. I picked up dark chocolate, cappuccino, sarsaparilla, orange zest, and licorice. Bitterness is solid and very much offsets any sweetness and overly exuberant flavors.
M: Full bodied with solid, solid carbonation.
O: This is an outstanding Stout. Honestly, would put it up against any Foreign Extra and believe it could come out a winner.

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Photo of TerryW
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark walnut under a moderate head. Consistent small spotty lace top to bottom. Aroma and taste dominated by dark fruits. Not a lot of the other things you might typically associate with a stout. Comes across as lighter, sweeter, not too heavy handed. Makes it a bit of a subtlety different beast, might have to try another. Drinkable.

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Photo of Lucular
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can dated December 1, 2018. Pours nearly pitch black with a pillowy off-white head. Aroma and flavor feature dark roasted malts, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and a good amount of citrusy hops - more than I expected given the beer's age. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Narwhal. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Really nice and impressive for just 7.5% abv.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into snifter, canned on 2/18/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, roasted nuts, dark bread/crust, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/black/roast/bready malts notes; with big strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, roasted nuts, dark bread/crust, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, woody, floral, grassy, peppery hops; and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, roasted nuts, dark bread/crust, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/black/roast/bready flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky/resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.7%. Overall this is an awesome hoppy stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/black/roast/bready flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish; nicely soft and not aggressive. Feels like Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic. Very juicy and fairly dank/earthy hops; with nicely rich balancing malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering. Basically just a black IPA, but I was a big fan either way.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black with dark brown highlights. Capped with a creamy tan head. Great retention and lacing.

Smells like dark fruits and soy sauce. Lots of date and fig, black cherry, and soy sauce. Some burnt toast, cacao, and black coffee.

The taste follows the nose. Largely aforementioned dark fruits and soy sauce, a little bit more of the bitter chocolate and coffee. Moderately bitter on the finish; earthy hop bitterness and some roast.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, somewhat silky; not thick or chewy but far from watery, either.

A decent stout. A little soy saucy for my preferences, but it's well made. Grows on me a bit more as I drink it.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16oz can dates Feb 22 2019. Poured into tulip glass.

Pour: dark brown with solid 2 finger head. Tons of sheet lacing that sticks and stays. Really looks good.

Nose: subtle malt sweetness, a little hops, vanilla and chocolate. Somewhat odd.

Taste: someone else said chocolate and hops competing and not well...I agree. Oddly metallic tasting with bitter coffee/hops dominating.

Mouthfeel: ok but maybe a little thin. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: not really enjoying this and will likely drain pour the last half. I wouldn’t bother trying.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very nice stout sampled on tap at a local bar. Pours a deep dark rich brown color with some creamy white head and beautiful looking sheets of lacing. Really looks very appealing. Smells of a great, well-balanced mix of dark chocolate and medium roast coffee, in addition to roasted nuttiness, caramel, vanilla, bread, malt and some milder hops. Taste follows the nose, and the mocha flavors don’t overwhelm like they do in some other stouts or imperial stouts. This one had the depth and complexity of a higher ABV imperial stout without the deeper alcohol burn. Smooth, moderately creamy, full mouthfeel that coated the palate. Good carbonation. Really a pleasure to sip and savor.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Burning Bridge in Wrightsville, PA. Pours a dark brown with a thin light tan head. Initial impression is bitter and chalky, with dark chocolate and hops competing (and not very kindly) for your attention. Mouthfeel is oddly astringent - again, the chalkiness dominates. It's not particularly smooth, it's not exactly rough, it's just...odd. Finish is more of the same.
This shouldn't be classified as a stout. Or at least it ought to have a warning label or disclaimer. Would not try again.
No, wait: will AVOID in the future.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a thin mocha cap that fades to a ring, but laces the glass liberally. Aroma is unpleasantly hoppy and acrid with only slight roasted malt tones peeking their way through. Flavor is fortunately much better balanced by a slightly sweet malt presence that brings cocoa and roast into the mix. Finish is dry and bitter. Not great.

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Photo of jlindros
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Canned 11/28/18
Pours a large foamy creamy 1 finger head nice retention and soapy lacing, basically pitch black beer

Nose brings a ton of piney spicy hops, hint of dark roasty malt, but pretty much just hops

Taste brings more of the same, loads of piney spicy hops, quite bitter, a bit of creamy base malt, a touch of chocolate and roast but barely, little citrus rind too

Mouth is a bit thin and watery light carb

Overall this beer was offensive and atrocious. This was not a stout in any way whatsoever, and was just a much of terrible hops. Lord hobo should stick to being a great bar and stop brewing beer, with beers like this and boom sauce they are insulting the craft beer industry!

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Photo of jrc1093
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Canned on 12/1/18

Pours a very dark brown, verging toward black and topped with a fluffy few fingers of dark beige foam; nice head retention and great lacing hanging around to thoroughly wall the glass.

Aroma shows a quick bit of milk chocolate giving way to more bitter tones of dark chocolate and boozy, acrid stone fruits; sweet roasted coffee comes through toward the finish, but the almost plastic-like tones of the stone fruit overpower and remain a turn off.

Taste brings deep notes of dark chocolate and the almost acrid tartness of stone and dark fruits, which don’t give the rest of the profile much room to breathe; one-dimensional and pretty different for a stout, but smooth enough to keep my interest.

Mouthfeel is silky coming in, with a good weight to it and slight thickness eventually giving way to a faint fruity tartness balanced by malt and roasty bitterness through the finish; plenty of character in a dense, compact experience on the palate.

A different kind of stout, to say the least. High in an acrid tartness and slightly roasty bitterness that imbalance the profile and make things too one-dimensional, not to mention unpleasantly funky at times. When it does smooth out, though, it’s a solid albeit quirky-drinking stout; can’t say I’d return to it, though.

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Photo of b11
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Profoundly bitter, which is not a complaint, just a description, and an immediate first impression. Medium-bodied, not thin. Subtle chocolate flavors, and not excessively hoppy. Dark brown to black color, lovely thick foam. Absolutely not a "dinner stout", if by that it's meant to be a stout to marry with food, since the bitterness will not harmonize with many foods.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can dated 10/29/18.

Pours dark brown and partially opaque with cola-colored edgework. Minimal retention or lacing. Light notes of chocolate, coffee, and char. Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy but gritty mouthfeel. Certainly thin for the style. Bitter chocolate with ashy undertones and coffee grounds on the palate. Finishes dry and a bit acrid.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. Beer poured like soda and has a thin head. Slight chocolate aromas. Thin, lightly bitter dark chocolate flavor. Decent body; not too creamy or light. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent beige head that creates multiple rings of lace. The color is near black with light barely passing along the edge.

Chalky with cocoa powder spice to the nose.

The starts mild and watery but the swallow brings forth a strong bitter Baker's chocolate to the tongue. This holds the aftertaste for a very long time. Dry, but no coffee flavors.

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Meat & Potatoes from Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 60 ratings