Crazy Mountain Brewery

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Crazy Mountain Brewery
Colorado, United States
Stout - American
3.41 | pDev: 14.37%
May 16, 2020
Mar 08, 2013
Notes: Coffee stout
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3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

Presentation: 12 oz. can with no dates. Served in a glass coffee mug.

Appearance: The tan colored head is small and goes away fairly quickly. It leaves behind a lot of lacing in small patches.

Smell: There's milk chocolate, brown sugar fresh coffee beans and a bit of malt graininess in the background.

Taste: It's a rich, malty flavor that's sweet at first with notes of cream and brown sugar. Then the slightly bitter, roasted, dark chocolate and coffee come through.

Mouthfeel: It's moderately creamy but still quite light. The body is medium and carbonation is low. It's not cloying at all which is great too.

Overall: A very good coffee stout with a well balanced flavor profile that's really easy to drink.

May 16, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dcscientist from Colorado

This is a typical dry coffee stout for sure. If you like your stouts that way, this will work nicely for you. I can do these once in a while, but I find myself reaching more for the big imperial stouts these days. This one's very dry, but they use coffee from a local place in the beer, so that's worth some bonus points. I didn't experience the overly carbonated version of this one that other reviewers have, so it looks like that problem got fixed.

Feb 27, 2019
3.25 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Nov 20, 2018
Photo of squrt29
2.17/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by squrt29 from Florida

This poured with a lot of foam and had a lot of carbonation flavor-I suspect that this was a bad batch or expired (?). The beer I had was not good.

Jun 10, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a substantial off white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Slight lace ran around the glass fairly nice.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet and roasty coffee rolling into some creamy portions and coming off somewhat like vanilla. A little wafer on the back end.
The flavor was moderately sweet with a nice roasty coffee character making a good play here to balance it all out. The aftertaste was moderately sweet with a creamy coffee sort of mentality to this part.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair balance between sessionable to sipping quality. I couldn't gulp this but I couldn't sip it (at least not for too long). Finish was fairly roasty with a substantial cling but not cloying hitting against my tongue.
Overall, it's a pretty good American stout packing in all of the points an American stout is supposed to.

May 25, 2018
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3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by WB94 from Colorado

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Look- This beer looks great, dark, rich head, however, not sure if this is specific to the bottling I purchased, but the beer was carbonated almost to the point of irritation, I had to pour this beer extremely slowly, even then, foam was running over the top of my 16oz. glass. Aside from that frustration, the beer looks great.

Smell- Pretty basic, coffee with hints of vanilla, a bit of creaminess as well.

Taste- Again, this could be unique to the particular bottling I got, but the carbonation takes over pretty much everything else going on with this beer. The taste past the carbonation is good, mostly coffee, a bit sour however, somewhat similar to coffee which has been left sitting a bit too long. This may be due to the huge amounts of carbonation in the beer I've tasted however, the sourness is similar to that of Pelligrino water, sort of bitter as well.

Feel- The mouthfeel on this beer is immensely bubbly, much like carbonated water. It makes it challenging to pick up on the immediate flavors present, but the finish is actually quite good, a much deeper, richer coffee flavor, more like what I was expecting from the start of the beer...

Overall- I almost feel as though I'm being hard on this beer, every other beer I've had from Crazy Mountain has been wonderful, this one just missed the mark for me, mostly due to the enormous amount of carbonation present in the beer. This could be due to a flaw in the brewing process of this particular batch however, so I would love to try this beer again in a month or so and possibly do a follow up review if my experience changes noticeably. Overall I would say this is a decent coffee stout which could be excellent if the carbonation weren't such an issue for me.

May 25, 2018
3.65 by 22Blue from Kansas on Mar 30, 2018
3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Nov 18, 2017
2.88 by Wer34truh from Minnesota on Nov 17, 2017
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

Poured into a soccerball-shaped glass, kinda like an Irish pint glass.

Look: Midnight black with a light cream colored head that recedes to a fine film. Nice spots and squiggles of soapy lacing.

Aroma: Subtle milk chocolate and tons of dark roasted coffee, burnt malts.

Taste: Very dark bitter coffee roast with charred, blackened toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: True to style, as advertised. Very darkly roasted -- almost too bitter. Almost.

Sep 10, 2017
3 by IBUBrew from Vermont on Sep 02, 2017
3.21 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Aug 23, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by donspublic from Texas

Poured from bottle into tulip, > 1 finger tan head, so so retention, good lacing. Jet black in the glass, no light passes thru. Smells of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee. Taste is initially burnt roasted malt, coffee and some slight chocolate notes. That pretty much carries thru to the finish, which has a mild betterness. This is one of those beers that is pretty close, but needs some work. Mouthfeel is somewhat lacking. Some work needs to be done on the middle and finish on this beer. It starts out great, but just doesn't finish

Aug 08, 2017
2.79 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Aug 06, 2017
3.5 by hasse67 from Sweden on Jul 17, 2017
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3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a short dark beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is dominated by lots of flavors of dark and roasted coffee beans, which continue through the finish and linger in to the aftertaste; only faint bits of malts are perceptible. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has slightly thin with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little thin and light in body for a stout but makes for a good breakfast beer with all of the coffee aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 15, 2017
3.8 by Trevor_martin from Texas on Jul 06, 2017
4.11 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey on May 31, 2017
2.36 by nmann08 from Virginia on May 21, 2017
2.92 by CanadianGinge from Texas on May 21, 2017
4 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey on May 21, 2017
3.5 by jewellrunner from Missouri on May 10, 2017
3.56 by smithj4 from New York on May 06, 2017
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3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Cavanaghty from Maine

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a thin beige head

Smell: Coffee and malts

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth full bodied. Taste of coffee and hint of chocolate with malts.

Overall: Good stout, taste like I'm just drinking a coffee.

Apr 30, 2017
3.46 by BdM from Netherlands on Feb 27, 2017
2.96 by LeeryLeprechaun from Colorado on Jan 16, 2017
Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz can.
Looks like used motor oil on the pour.
Short-lived beige head.
Dark roasted grains with hops and coffee grinds in the nose. The flavor follows except for a heavy dose of burnt grains and very dark coffee.
Smooth, full, lightly carbonated body.

Oct 08, 2016
3.21 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Sep 15, 2016
3.06 by Nurglitch from Norway on Jun 26, 2016
2.89 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Jun 04, 2016
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.06/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: dry roasted coffee, smooth rich dark chocolate malts.
Coffee bean nose. Brown/black, opaque, with a tan foamy head with delicate lace.
Medium body. 57 IBUs

May 10, 2016
3.38 by erk0607 from Colorado on May 08, 2016
3.8 by qcghost from North Carolina on Apr 11, 2016
2.77 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Apr 03, 2016
3.94 by Cramerican from North Dakota on Mar 29, 2016
3.2 by elglueckert from Montana on Mar 19, 2016
Photo of Franziskaner
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a half inch of densely packed brown head resting on top. The aroma is of dark and lightly bitter roasted coffee and chocolate. The taste is much more bitter than the nose implies with an aftertaste of dark, bitter coffee, toffee and dark chocolate that lingers a bit. The mouth is oily and warm.

Mar 13, 2016
Photo of Gregaroo
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3-6-16 - On tap at Tellers in Golden, CO after a loooong drive home fro Beaver Creek with Todd and Miles. Served in a large, dimpled, pineapple mug with little to no head. Nice coffee stout, however viscosity was a bit thinner than I hoped. Taste was great, but mouthfeel was less than I had hoped.

Mar 08, 2016
Photo of Suds
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Suds from Missouri

This is an altogether black beer with a thick brownish head. The aroma is acrid...with some smokey tones as well. Balanced...dry.... bitter, but a little shallow. There is a fair amount of coffee flavor, but it is reminiscent of freshly opened canned coffee, not freshly ground Italian espresso. Full in body and substantial, bu this could surely be a better beer.

Feb 27, 2016
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