Foam Walker
Moonraker Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #930
ABV:
8%
Score:
93
Ranked #6,797
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 4.02%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
28
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Notes: Peer into the frothy, dark, silky stout we call Foam Walker. The blend of coffee beans we used is always exceptionally fresh and extremely smooth. With a touch of vanilla and sea salt this beer drinks like a salted, foamy cold brew. Bring on the chilly weather and enjoy!
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Photo of REVZEB
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Midnight black with a tan ring, foreboding. From the smell I get the sense of getting the coffee right as the bean is grounded, lovely, with vanilla, dark chocolate shavings, and with hints of salted caramel. Taste is lush with the vanilla without cloying, coffee and salt keep it grounded, but these three dull out all other nuances from the smell. Velvet smooth with a layered effect in the feel, coffee peaks through here and there on the tongue, light for an imperial stout

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REVZEB from Illinois, May 21, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11 May 2020 - Beer #91

Corona Day #60

Price: $6.99 at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance: 5 - nitro beers are always attractive, and this one is no exception. Pure black, and it looks like someone took a milk frother to the head.

Nose: 4 - just coffee. Not a ton of it, seemingly the right amount, it's just all I get.

Taste: 4 - I mean, it's a coffee stout. Fairly mild, no salt whatsoever. Just a solid straight-up coffee stout.

Mouth: 5 - yep, nitro.

Overall: 4 - give me a C! Give me an R! Blah blah blah, what's that spell? Cromulent!

Stay safe out there, my friends.

Cheers!

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CraftFan5 from New Jersey, May 20, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a murky black color with a cream colored head that left lacing along the glass.

Smell - The nose radiates the smell of fresh ground coffee.

Taste - The initial impression was smooth, fresh ground coffee. The lactose provides a balanced level of sweetness. There was a definite vanilla undertone, and I was able to detect a hint of salt. The aftertaste reminds me of a good cappuccino.

Mouthfeel - Lactose sugar created a smooth body. Though a little thin, the body was satisfying.

Overall - I like this one a lot.

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Photo of marieli
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into glass. Not as dark as others have portrayed. Carbonation was very obvious but in check while drinking. Smell was coffee/mocha, very nice. Taste was great: mocha with the sea salt detected. Feel was slightly thin but okay, especially at 8%. Did not interfere with the taste or overall enjoyment. Coffee held up throughout. This would be in my rotation if I could get it again.

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marieli from Texas, May 17, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice and interesting take on a coffee stout. The nitro aspect comes through in a mocha one finger foam head. Smells of nutty mocha coffee, malt balls and a hint of vanilla. Tastes just like a nitro cold brew with vanilla on the back end. Full mouthfeel, good carbonation and a slight hop bite. All around great and a fun one to start your day with if you Ever feel so inclined

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark beige head that has excellent retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of coffee beans and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the chocolatey flavors are a bit stronger than those of the coffee beans and there is a touch of associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and silky smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout has an incredible mouthfeel that is is incredibly smooth.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Apr 28, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 3/5/20

Pours a dense, oily black body with hazelnut accents as the nitro treatment provides a quick cascade of effervescence and just over a finger of tight, creamy beige foam; a rabid retention refuses to fade completely as a froth collar and any lacing follows the head as the glass is drunk down. Incredibly well-done as an imperial stout with nitro.

Aroma opens with milk chocolate meeting a smooth dose of medium-roast coffee; fresh coffee beans take over the middle with hints of dark chocolate adding a steady, bittersweet earthy tone; a touch of salinity courses easily through the background, and is spread evenly especially on the close.

Taste first features a touch of roasty lactic cream before blending into fresh dark-roast coffee, which comes to dominate the palate with a rich yet contained milk chocolate roastiness; hints of caramel and fleeting suggestions of sea salt round out into the finish/swallow.

Mouthfeel brings a light-medium body with a well-integrated moderate carbonation; mildly slick along the palate, a rounded crearounded peaking through the mid-palate is broken apart with an almost spritzy malty roast easing into the back end; a mild roasty char, vague malty acidity, and moderate dryness characterize the finish, while a slight stickiness lingers on the tongue through the swallow.

An imperial stout embracing an effective dose of the nitro treatment to really highlight an easy and fun malt experience. The coffee is the star, taking turns imparting both roasty and sweet overtones, while the lactose and sea salt additions are deft and mild. Overall, I'm left with impressions of a fluffy, incredibly easy-drinking dessert beer in the best sense, highlighting a primary sweetness tempered with an ever-present and unencumbered malty roast.

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jrc1093 from Connecticut, Apr 06, 2020
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4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dessert in a glass. A kissing cousin of tiramisu.
Interestingly, this is the first beer I've had in the month I've also had an Untappd account (you remember in late February that Todd announced their togetherness thing).... anyway, this is the first beer in which the Untappd rating was significantly higher than BA. But, I agree more with the BA average for Foam Walker. To be sure, this is a fine stout, American or other renditions. But among Americans, I particularly like how it doesn't lean on the hops and, instead, lets the malt and coffee make the dessert. Finishes as it starts: balanced, not too sweet... not too bitter, either.

Since Moonraker makes its money in the IPA market, I'm impressed that they can make such complete stout. And for being only 4 years old, they could be called a child genius... of sorts. While genius isn't what gets one to the top of the heap in brewdom, Moonwalker's very high average rating is impressive and for that, I give them some pretty good OA Hugs.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Apr 04, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love coffee. I love sea salt. In my experiences, the two are a match made in heaven. Foam Walker pours exactly as you would hope. Pitch black like it came straight from the freshly brewed pot. Clean looking, and once the magic of the nitro gets the job done, a beautiful mattress of tan foam rests to keep all that coffee goodness blanketed below. (4.5)

Now this smells magical, that is, if you're a fan of coffee. Wonderful and bold cold brew aromas, and believe me or not, salinity is detectable. Like dark chocolate bark drizzled heavily with a coffee syrup, topped with delicious sprinkles of our favorite seasoning. (4.25)

And it tastes even better. As mentioned above, it boasts notes of high quality dark chocolate complete with coffee filling. But the sea salt is just right. Clearly enough to detect, and compliments the other delicious elements rather than overpowers. The finish has a very English stout like mineral water or even metallic bite, that once again just plays so well with the rest of the cast. (4.5)

The smooth and creamy nitro texture is just perfect for the style. Almost like drinking just the foam off an espresso. It starts sweet, has a nice bold roasty and toasty centerpiece, and is finished with that metallic and salty goodness. Damn, this is disappearing quickly. (4.5)

Fantastic brew. Sure, I get it. "If I wanted coffee, I'd just order a coffee." Well I disagree. I can't think of a better cold morning brew than this style. I'll gladly replace my daily morning kick starter with something like this, but I don't think that would receive a warm and fuzzy welcome with work. (4.5)

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Photo of heydre
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste the nitro (very little head)...roasted coffee start (no bitterness) followed by milk chocolate and vanilla with a mildly salted finish. VERY smooth with no alcohol on the palate for an imperial...reminded me of Brown Cow from Sunriver with coffee laced into it.

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heydre from Oregon, Dec 15, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Roasty, mocha coffee, salted caramel nose on this one! Taste follows with creamy-smooth, salted caramel coffee notes on the swallow. Hint of chocolate lingers a bit on the back of the throat. This has great feel due to the nitro! Only missing a little depth and body/viscosity to it on the finish. Good!

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lucius10 from California, Dec 10, 2019
Foam Walker from Moonraker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 28 ratings