The Blacksmith
Czig Meister Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #150
Ranked #15,822
3.97 | pDev: 13.6%
Czig Meister Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
Very Good
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Czig Meister Brewing Co. "Blacksmith"
12 fl. oz. can "BEST BY 06/06/20 09:46:09" and sampled on 01/20/20
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Giving it a rough pour and then letting it settle to top it up I thought I'd get a better head out of it but it remained short, and not very creamy. In fact, it's fading away to just a standard collar as I write this. Of course if this is an English style oatmeal stout it might have a lower carbonation that would explain the lack of head retention and lacing... ahh, not really, On to the aroma... it expresses a pretty solid combination of bittersweet dark chocolate and soft roastiness. Is there some black coffee to it? Yes, but not much. There's a mild fruitiness to it, like apple I guess, which is nice. On to the flavor... the chocolate comes on first and then the roastiness joins in. The chocolate then fades a bit and a touch of smokiness appears. It lingers in the finish like thin black coffee. A moderate to median bitterness keeps the maltiness from becoming sweet. I'm finding very little in the way of hops, just some leafy notes in the background. In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body and quite smooth with some silkiness from the oats and a restrained carbonation. It's clean, well balanced and rounded, and readily drinkable.
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Photo of Osprey2900
2.53/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I've been eyeballing this beer in my local liquor store for the past several months. I finally found it sold as a one-off can and figured it was time to give it a try. It pours jet black the creamy head, lacing perfect for someone who likes a dark strong Stout. Upon my first taste I couldn't help but ask "what the hell was I drinking?"

Burnt muddled, metallic, terrible. A second taste, a third..... maybe I got a bad one that's fell into the truck and set cooking on the radiator for the past several weeks... a larger more comprehensive sample is certainly in order, however I don't have the heart to try. While enjoyed the Czig Meister Oktoberfest immensely this one is a hard pass. Far far better Stouts out there for your time and money.

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Photo of timobkg
2.11/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.25

Poured from can into a Chimay goblet, the beer is a deep, dark brown with a bone white head. So far so good.

The aroma is of roasted grains with a hint of coffee, char and... metal? Undeterred, I press on and take a sip.

It tastes like hamburger rolls forgotten under the broiler, like a slice of bread plunged back into the toaster one time too many, like an inattentive teenager's first attempt at frying a tortilla. It tastes like the grains were roasted within an inch of their life, and then roasted past that inch, until they were reduced to ash. It tastes burnt. But not just burnt, there's also a metallic taste that serves as understudy.

This is one of the worst stouts I've ever had that wasn't clearly infected. I've tried half of the 6-pack I bought, each tasted burnt and metallic, and I'm not willing to try more. Judging by the other glowing reviews, it's possible I got a bad batch, but that just speaks of poor QC.

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Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you like them burnished, and charred, this is a good one for you. (I do - better than straight sweet & chocolatey).
a) Dark brown color body w gold edges, sports a quick tan head that fades and laces little.
s) Roasted malt with dominant wood char, charcoal, peat - some leafy hops.
t) Non-sweet char and roast dominant, nice coffee mid, and bitter finish. Nice finish,
f) Sharp, a bit light.
o)The sum is greater than the parts here. My first from brewer and would try more.
Came back in 2019. Even better.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice jet black color with a slight tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has coffee and oatmeal hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice coffee and oatmeal flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer with a silky feel
O-A nice oatmeal stout

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Photo of thebeers
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Rich dark chocolate color with a finger-and-a-half of airy, dark tan foam that's quick to dissipate into nothingness.

Dry aroma of coffee and chocolate. Black dark-roast coffee dominates up front in the taste. Slight chocolate mid-palate. Twiggy hop bitterness mixes with the coffee on the backend.

Slightly creamy feel, but very thin bodied with modest carbonation.

This is a weird one. The dark coffee flavors are really on point, but the thin body detracts from the experience for me.

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Photo of Squire
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown color with hints of gold at the edges.

Aroma of roasted malt leaning toward coffeeish, something fresh in the background which is probably hops.

Tastes like a quality Porter, or that's my first impression. There are the usual dark elements of roast malt, coffee, chocolate without sweetness, hops are evident by mid palate and last to the finish. Hops here offer a fine counterpoint to the malts and the brew is better for it. Aftertaste has pleasant elements of all the above.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

A refreshing change from the heavy stouts while keeping the qualities that make such brews popular. What I get from this brew is an overall sense of cleanness without anything in particular standing out. Well balanced.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma was malt,grain,and bittercoffee. Had a nice feel as well as taste. I didn't pick up as. Much coffee as some people seem to but there was a bitter chocolate finish. I would have this again

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Photo of hopsputin
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark murky black color with some light brown notes

S: toast malt, smoke, dark chocolate

T: toasted malts, smoke, milk chocolate, charred wood, a hint of diactyl, and cola

M: thin in the mouth. A bit too thin for a stout. Low carbonation

O: it's a thin tasting beer. The hint of smoke is nice, but there is still some body and flavor to be desired here

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewery draft. Pours pitch black, Tan foam ring. Rich coffee and espresso nose. Really roasted coffee burst. Smooth mouthfeel, gets creamy. Flavorful coffee taste, slight bitter. Dry finish, classic stout.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

DATE: November 23, 2016... OCCASION: A half day in preparation of journeying to the city for the Thanksgiving Day parade... GLASSWARE: Samuel Smith pint... pours a jet black body with short brown head that fizzles to a halo... some apparitious (I am making a new word here) smears curl around the glass's middle.... should be noted this is an hour old, straight from the brewery itself.... nice salty brine, with some used coffee filter grind aroma thrown in... lactic and slightly smoky giving more than expected... in the mouth, provides a minimal return until its terminus, where the malts elicit an active, staying saltiness, almost evoking an oyster cracker... toffee, cereal and coffee are suggested, while it sips with a workmanlike drinkability... the smokiness can be exhaled, with a tangible strength... of the flagships, this may be my go-to, a beer that can be talked over or around while out with friends or sipped while working at home, with enough character to engage the tastebuds... good work, Cziglers!

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Photo of EagleEyeDG
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. What's nice about it is that's it's only about 5% ABV because it's meant to be a session beer instead of an imperial type stout. It pours a dark black, sort of like Guinness but not as thick. It smells and tastes deliciously of coffee without overwhelming you with high alcohol content. I've had it on draught at the brewery tasting room (which is beautiful) and from a growler a week or two later and either way it's a great, drinkable stout. The mouthfeel is creamy, with just a little carbonation. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great color and aroma! First time trying Crig Meister and like most of you do i cant go deep into why i dig this except its exceptionally good!! Hope to try more from them!

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Photo of MacMalt
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught at the brewery. It poured a deep mahogany with ruby red hues, and a foamy, khaki-colored head and lacing with good retention. It has a nice stout smell of burnt coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, and a whiff of caramel. I didn't think the taste matched the nose: it is strongly coffee forward with some dark chocolate and nuts but it lacked sweetness from the chocolate and I didn't notice the caramel. This stout drinks more like a porter. It is rather thin, not surprising considering its modest 5.5% ABV. I suspect that the nitro version has a much better mouthfeel. Overall, I may be unfair to The Blacksmith given that I like big, bold, higher ABV stouts.

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The Blacksmith from Czig Meister Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 34 ratings