Whiteface Black Diamond Stout
Great Adirondack Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #184
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,770
Avg:
4 | pDev: 8.75%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
45
From:
Great Adirondack Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
89
Very Good
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As much as I was not sold on John Brown or Snosked, this one works.

It is black diamond beautiful in the glass. The aroma is exceptional, very roadty with coffee like hints. The taste is strong, and toasty as well, and the aftertaste is thicker than it should be but not boozy. A very good stout, all around.

I've never skied White face (we came through here October 1), but I've skied plenty, and now I've skied black diamond stout.

Recommended as the best of three brews from this little pub that I tried.

Oct 02, 2017
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours black with a finger of tan head. Leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, burnt notes.

T: Follows the nose. Very nice. Some mild bitterness.

F: Medium bodied, lightly to moderately carbonated.

O: Exactly what a dark beer should be.

Jan 05, 2016
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T-34-85 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served from tap in a pint glass.

The beer has an excellent look with a thick two finger head of coarse tan bubbles. The smell is of roasted dark malts with some sweetness, and a taste to match, including well balance amount of bitterness. Good carbonation bite with moderate mouthfeel. Not too thin, but not particularly viscous either.

A really nice stout that is definitely worth a try, but not a life changing or mind blowing experience that one may experience from some of the more exotic options out there. It all depends on what you're looking for, but this is a solid solid beer.

Oct 16, 2015
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well after a long absence from the adirondacks we finally made it. Our first stop is usually this place. Sat outside tonight. Had the black diamond stout and it was well worth the effort.
This was a pretty good nay excellent stoudt. Deepist brown with a tall mocha head. The foamy cap lingered to the bottom leaving lots of lacing.
The aroma sports a malty richness some dark chocolates and hints of coffee.
Taste is of rich roasted malts. There are slight hints of coffee and chocolate also towards the end. Drinks smooth and feels heavy on the palette.
A very worthy stout that was worth the drive.

Aug 18, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one back to back with the standard tap version of this beer. It has the same dark black body but the typical fluffy whipped cream head of a nitro beer. Retention is excellent but once the head dissipates there isn’t much in the way of lacing.

Highly roasty aroma, with less chocolate and vivid coffee notes in the nose here. Smells good but somewhat muted. The taste is also simplified and flattened out a bit by the nitro; there is still coffee, chocolate, and roast malt here, but in general the bitterness stands out more than anything else and is prominent in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied with soft carbonation and the very smooth and creamy mouthfeel of the nitro. This was perhaps this beer’s best aspect. Still, a nice stout on nitro with good roastiness and bitterness even if it’s a tad bland.

Jun 05, 2012
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bylerteck from Canada

4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice dark brown head of half a finger on an inviting black body. Opaque. Looks like a stout should.

S - Nice roasty malts are very present with some mild chocolate and a hint of coffee and molasses. Very nice aroma.

T - Massive roasted malt presence warms you up and leaves a nice bitterness which is spot on. Not alot of complexity but straight to the point and precise.

M - Carbonation lifts it off the tongue. Medium bodied and goes down nice and easy.

D - Huge drinkability on this. So smooth and no noticable alcohol.

I can't find anything wrong with this beer. I'm typically not a big stout fan but this was superb and probably one of if not the best stout I've ever had. Well done.

Sep 26, 2010
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WesWes from New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, roasted and patent malt scent. It's warming and beautiful. The taste is outstanding. It has a complex malt bill that's dry with patent malts, yet well rounded with chocolate and roasted malts. It goes down smooth with a touch of warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine stout. It's won many awards and it's no surprise why.

Nov 18, 2009
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plaid75 from New York

4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger frothy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts, coffee and smoke.

The taste was upfront roasted barley and black malt with highlights of dark chocolate and smoke.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very good and complex stout. Another winner.

Sep 22, 2009
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Vancer from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler sent courtesy of SS 2008 dmeadows, thanks again Denis!

Thick and rich black pour, and even after a week she tries to pop up a tan head that creates a sticky ring around the Corsendonk tulip.

Enticing smores aroma of malty chocolate, marshmallow and doughy cracker. Quaff has all of these, and adds a woody hop resin, with a nice biting finish to balance out the initial sweetness. Even a pop of pine shows up along with some smoky peat. Damn tasty brew, any alcohol is not noticed, but the quick glow in my cheeks demonstrates otherwise.

Enough beer here to spend a cozy Saturday watching college football, while enjoying the good life.

Dec 27, 2008
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aerozeppl from New York

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to dmeadows for bringing the growler. GABF gold medal beer in 2008. NY represent.

A: Black. Minimal mocha head. Minimal lacing.

S: Coffee right up front. Smells more like a double stout. Exceptional nose for a regular stout.

T: Nice and roasty. Big coffee flavor. Fairly classic take on the style except for the massive coffee taste.

M: This is this beers Achilles heel. A little thin for a stout and the carbonation was minimal. The carbonation I accept because it is a growler.

D: A really great drinker. Would love to have a few pints of this at the pub during the colder months.

Nov 18, 2008
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drseamus from New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to dmeadows for providing the growler. GABF gold medal beer in 2008.

A: Jet black with no head. The lack of head is to be expected from a growler.

S: Roast malt on the nose. A good amount of it.

T: Deep roast right up front that fades into a chocolate and a touch of coffee. Decent bitterness. Classic American stout.

M: The only place it stumbles is the body. It is only medium bodied and finishes a little thin. I'd like to see a little more.

D: Good stout, very drinkable.

Nov 17, 2008
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Shiloh from Canada

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout from the Adirondacks was as black as coal with a thick head to match.
The body was full and the carbonation was light.
A mountainous cling as high as Whiteface itself stayed to the end and still lingered.
This brew was not as sweet as anticapated and easily consumed by this hophead, having said that, the taste is of light caromel and dark baker's chocolate well roasted.
A strong aftertaste et end.

Oct 05, 2005
Whiteface Black Diamond Stout from Great Adirondack Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 45 ratings