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All Cats Are Gray In The Dark | Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

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Brewed by:
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light colored stout with a hint of coffee and strong notes of both chocolate and vanilla.

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by DamienArk:
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4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a chill hazed kind of deep orange tinged tea color with a half finger off white head atop.Aroma of vanilla toffee and nougat,quite appetizing and unexpected.Like the aromas the flavors revolve around nougat and vanilla/caramel but never gets overly sweet and has a slightly roasted finish.This is a different and unique kinda offering to go and look for,a really nice flavor profile that to me never gets cloying.Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Suds
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't think that I've ever had a beer that was described as a 'White Stout'. From an aluminum can, this brew is a hazy golden-amber-orange color. The head is slim, white, and stable. The aroma is incredible...chocolate and malt...coffee and toffee. Wow. Lots going on. The taste is sweet, but not overly so. There is a firm bitterness in the mid-taste, and a soft, velvet finish. Drinkable and very well made.

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Photo of Boto
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can: This one pours a cloudy orangish color. There is a thin white head and almost no lacing. Definitely coffee to the nose. A bit of vanilla and a touch of roasted malts also. The taste is good. Coffee, light roasted malts, some vanilla and faint chocolate, An interesting and good brew!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am widely read, which CAN be a boon, especially when playing bar trivia, which I usually try to do once a week. It CAN also come in handy WRT The CANQuest (tm) since I sometimes become inspired by the name of a beer. Have you ever heard of A. A. Fair? NOT A. A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh. Fair was a pseudonym of Erle Stanley Gardner, he of Perry Mason fame. Gardner wanted to write a more adult type of mystery, but did not want to varnish his reputation, so he wrote the "Cool & Lam" detective stories under his pseudonym. The series' titles were often CANfounding & inspired the title of the 1982 Steve Martin flick, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid". How does this fit? Some titles include: "Cats Prowl at Night"; "Bats Fly at Dusk" & "Owls Don't Blink". It is easy to imagine this beer's name as one of his titles.

From the CAN: "White Stout"; "[Art by] Leslie Herman".

Like previous reviewers, I have no idea what to make of a "White Stout", but I Crack!ed open the CAN for a Gussie Busch Glug anyway. It came rushing up to form just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with decent retention that left som nice lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity & now I was CANfounded. How to rate this to style? "N/A" is NOT an option! Nose had a pronounced coffee & cream-like smell. Agghh! HOW I am I to rate this to style?!? Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy, like a dollop on my tongue! OMFG. I let this fat cat just roll around in my mouth as I CANtemplated my next move. It had the roasty coffee-like bitterness of a Stout, but I was further CANfounded by what to attribute its slight creamy/milky sweetness. Lactose? The label only reads: "Malt Beverage with Natural Flavors and Caramel Color added". Hmm. Color me CANfused, or at least, more than usual. Finish was in that Gray area with the Cats In the Dark, somewhere between semi-sweet & semi-dry. WTF, over?!? This one is just so tough to pin down & quantify that I almost wish that my verbiage would be enough without having to struggle with a rating. Overall 5 simply for its innovation! Bizarre. YMMV.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour amber with hazeyness & a thumb+ of cream colored head. Averag head retention better lacing

S: Mocha, vanilla & roastyness

T: Vanilla & coffee, some roasty notes, plus dryness up front. Vanilla & mocha as this warms along with roasty dryness, slight bitter edge to this. Finishes a little roasty & sweet with some dryness

MF: Medium body, fairly restrained carbonation

Nice offering, I do consider these white stouts kind of gimmicky, but this one is plenty tasty

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can
Canned On: 09/20/18

My First White Stout! My first from this brewery!

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice translucent dark orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little touch of chocolate/toffee, coffee, vanilla, roasty. The taste is nice, malty, with a nice little touch of chocolate/toffee, nice vanilla sweetness, coffee, roasty. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well. Overall, this is a nice brew. I get the white stout thing, never seen a stout look like this before. Glad to see it around here.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that left a narrow collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer got cloudier as the bottom of the can was poured out.
S: Light aromas of vanilla are present in the nose along with hints of chocolate malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of chocolate malts and vanilla with subtle bits of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the aromas and flavors of this white stout to be muted.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy copper body with large head. Aroma is mild coffee and notes of chocolate. Mild, somewhat lactic feel to beer, has a stickiness to it as well, rugged coffee notes are kept in check from a minor chocolate and something akin to caramel/toffee sweetness. Get this ping of vanilla on sweet finish and overall is a good beer to relax with.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkermitj
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobv
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can.
Canned 10/22/18.
Brewed for Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. by Dorchester Brewing Co. Boston, MA.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a medium amber body with some sticky lacing. Nose of cocoa, bitter chocolate, slight vanilla, and even slighter coffee. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with the chocolate and vanilla way out front. As it warms a flavor of light and sweet coffee comes through. Okay to good feel and overall, an interesting take on the rare and elusive white stout. Cheers!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a lightly hazy, medium orange with a quarter finger off-white head that dissipates to a thick film with nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, a little toffee and coffee. Flavor follows, with mildly caramel malt, vanilla, coffee and a suggestion of cocoa. Lightly coffee bitter finish. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess and nice mouth feel. I picked this up as a stout, and was surprised by the light color. Upon reading the can, I see that I missed the "white stout" name, a style I haven't had in a while. Like the others, I really don't taste the stout resemblance, although it must be in the brewing style. To me it tastes more like a coffee barleywine. A little on the sweet side, dominant flavors are vanilla and coffee. Balance is good and the malt, while not dark and charry, is substantial and full bodied. I liked this, but not sure I'd choose this over a traditional stout.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32oz crowler. Pours a brownish orange with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. Certainly doesn’t look like a stout. The aroma is lots of vanilla and coffee along with chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is much like the aroma. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Malty more towards the end with a chocolate and vanilla finish. Almost too sweet. Light to medium body with low carbonation. This one is billed as a “white stout” and it is a pretty tasty, lighter beer. Not sure if I’d call it a stout but to be fair, I’m not too sure what I’d call it. It’s a pretty interesting beer I’d grab every once in a while.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/20/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of smoke, char, herbal, floral, grassy, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bready malts, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of smoke, char, herbal, floral, grassy, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal, floral, grassy, peppery hop; and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted biscuit, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, grassy, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mild warming alcohol for 7.2%. Overall this is an awesome white stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, bready malts, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very rich oats/malts, cocoa, coffee, and vanilla flavors; with nice earthy hop balance against sweetness. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. One of the better ones I've had.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CAN: 16 fl oz format. Nabbed at a beer store in Colorado during GABF week. Brewed & Canned by Dorchester Brewing, Boston, MA. Distributed by Twelve Percent, LLC. Standard pull-tab. Label art resembles a drawing done by hand.

7.2% ABV. "White Stout."

Served chilled into a perfect pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Looks nothing like a stout, nor anything like the few white stouts/pale stouts I've seen. ~7-8cm head height. Head is off-white in colour, robust, and creamy. Not the tan colour head you'd find in a great stout.

Body is a dark copper, dull and nontransparent. Murky. Lacks life and vibrance.

Looks like a subpar blonde ale to be honest.

AROMA: Pretty sure I'm picking up on heavy lactose sugar, which isn't very appealing and instead suggests a cloying beer. Cookies. Heavy malt sweetness. Pastry stout aromatics. Vanillin. Cinnamon. Breakfast syrup.

Suggests a saccharine dessert stout devoid of any bitterness-contributing flavours (i.e. roasted barley, charred sugars, burnt malts, fennel/anise, chicory, coffee, etc.). No dark fruit aromatics or chocolate malt.

I guess it's a success in that I'd peg it for a pastry stout if I was assessing its aroma in the dark, but then I'd still peg it for an unpleasantly sweet pastry stout, so it's definitely a net negative.

Aromatic intensity is pretty high.

TASTE: Yeah, that's sweet. Like liquefied French toast. Milk sugar skyrockets its sweetness (and caloric content). I'm two sips in and I can tell this will be a chore to drink...why are they packaging it in 16 fl oz cans (oh, that's right, because people see no issue paying $16+ per 4 pack of them for some reason).

Vanillin, alcohol warmth, cinnamon, breakfast syrup, lactose sugar, lactose sugar, and more lactose sugar. Quite imbalanced.

The hodgepodge of sugary flavours doesn't coalesce into a gestalt or ordered whole; there's no harmony or balance here.

TEXTURE: Thick, viscous, smooth, wet, unrefreshing, heavy on the palate, and unapproachably chewy. Too full-bodied.

OVERALL: The "white stout" gimmickry is all well and good, but this is close to undrinkable given how cloying it is. Reminds me of Rogue's Voodoo Doughnut shlock. At best, it's a novelty pastry stout. I don't really feel like finishing the glass, let alone the whole can...this is just plain bad. Each sip makes me feel closer to a diabetes diagnosis.


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Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first review from this brewer and the 9th here on BA. Who cares that "White Stout" is not like an American Stout. Is it delightful and interesting? Mostly yes, but too sweet for most and me.
a) Not as head cappy as a stout, but a beautiful burnished, and clouded dark amber orange body, with a long lasting rim but scant lace. 4 on color, 3.5 on head.
s) Fruit, caramel, candy nose. Aroma of spice, vanilla, malt, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and coffee.
t) Flavor billows with wildly sweet candy ride on caramel malt, vanilla, coffee, toffee, and chocolate. But too sweet.
Hops and coffee bitter finish.
f) Medium bodied with creaminess and weighty mouth feel.
o) One reviewer characterized as coffee barleywine. I'd give it a 4 for originality, but the candy sweetness pulls it down.

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Photo of alexsergio
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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All Cats Are Gray In The Dark from Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 52 ratings