Gnarly Oak Chocolate Stout | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Gnarly Oak Chocolate StoutGnarly Oak Chocolate Stout
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Gnarly Oak Chocolate StoutGnarly Oak Chocolate Stout

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Guitars_and_beer on 12-30-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is part of the Gnarly Oak gift pack I bought at Walgreens over the holidays, $12.99 for three 22 ounce bombers and a glass. The third and final bomber for me is their Chocolate Stout. Served in the Gnarly Oak glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The brew smells like cocoa powder, burnt/charred malt, and some coffee. The taste is pretty much like the aroma, it tastes like ashy/burnt/charred malt, cocoa powder and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's thin for a stout and has medium/high carbonation. It's an OK brew overall, worth a try once, anyway.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of secondtooth
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark black, with ruby highlights into the provided Gnarly Oak glassware. There's a fair head of tan bubbles, but the lace here is nonexistent.

Aroma is dark cocoa, with some roasty char. Not bad, but not world class, either.

Taste here is sweet and malty for sure. The cocoa powder comes across for certain, but it all turns out rather simple and one-dimensional. And although this is not a bad brew by any means, it does need some fine-tuning to balance and smooth out that sweetness.

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Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wilfonzo
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StevenMilligan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of WraythOsu
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out with a beautiful dark-no black body that leaves much to the imagination. The head, tan, thick and bubbly makes you feel safe like a ship in harbor, and the lacing acts like a bookmarker, reminding where you left off after every tasting. The aroma is comprised of roasted malts, chocolate and mild coffee scents. Its medium-bodied leaning more toward the light end of the scale, but does a good job spreading the flavor evenly. The roasted malts and chocolate flavors are the first things you taste, buts that’s about all I got from it, not bad though. Overall this stout is smooth, good tasting and down pretty well, the alcohol is well hidden in this one.

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Photo of kerry4porters
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of ronniebruner
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 3 pack of Gnarly Heads from my local Walgreens that included a nice Gnarly Oak glass. The beer poured a beautiful charcoal black color. Very deep black with a touch of amber. The aroma is of quality cocoa and charred wood, which makes for a very intense sensation. The beer has a perfect amount of head and is very frothy in a good way. The mouth feel is gentle and not overpowering from the contributing tastes and aromas and is a very good beer. This was my first brew from Gnarly Oak and am looking forward to trying the other two from the gift set.

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Photo of rustyeaton
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Agnarr
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Hoganlaw
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RockinRob925
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of HowiPepper
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this as part of a three-pack of 22oz. bottles, that contained this beer, their Hazelnut Dark, their Winter Bock, and a nice stout glass, which is what I'm drinking this out of.

A: Pours deep black with a very thin tan head that dissapates quickly.

S: Roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, with espresso and chocolate undertones.

M: Very good mouthfeel, rich and thick. No alcohol detected, and not much carbonation.

O: This is a very good beer. The rich mouthfeel, combined with the roasted malt/espresso/chocolate flavor make this beer a winner in my book.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Chocolate stout is a satisfyingly rich, dark and creamy stout just loaded with roasted flavors. We added just a subtle touch of chocolate for a tasty treat. This is a great sipping beer for those cold winter nights." Brewed in the style of an American Stout. Available in 22 oz. bottles. Packed together with two other Gnarly Oak beers and available as a winter release variety pack with a Gnarly Oak glass.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Gnarly Oak glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a mocha brown color over a very dark brown body with soft maple highlights. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Mild lactose sweetness, buttery and syrupy notes of caramel malt, toffee and cocoa. Mild roastiness with some notes of coffee, very subtle bitterness from the soft edge of the roast, very mild graininess and a delicate earthy hop aroma. The potential for flavor looks very sweet at this point. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor falls very similar to the aroma. Medium-bodied moderate roasted barley with undercurrents of chocolate, coffee and toasted caramel, thickened up with a smooth chewy sweetness of lactose sugars and cocoa syrup. The edge of the roasted grain provides a decent balance to the sweetness keeping this beer drinking smoothly, even if it has a surprisingly heavier body for a light gravity stout. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky smooth, moderately chewy and lightly dry. Carbonation is soft, generating a light creaminess and a moderate frothiness. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters to note. 3.75

(Overall) I think this was a very decent stout with nice flavor and a fair balance, although it suffers from some of the same issues that the bock does, notably a heavy emphasis on sweetness which does cut down the drinkability somewhat and, as a surprisingly rare issue in stouts, much heavier-bodied for the alcohol profile than I think was necessary. Overall, I found the beer more enjoyable than not, and consider it, not surprisingly, the gem of the Gnarly Oak variety pack. Perhaps not worth going out of your way for, especially if you have to buy the other beers with it, but sold individually this is the best one of them all. If you find it for $2, it's a steal. 3.75

Minhas Craft Brewery's
Gnarly Oak Chocolate Stout

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Gnarly Oak Chocolate Stout from Minhas Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 24 ratings