Star Gazing with 8th State
Humble Forager Brewery

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Humble Forager Brewery
Wisconsin, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #664
Ranked #3,347
4.28 | pDev: 5.61%
Mar 17, 2022
Apr 01, 2021
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Notes: Brewed in collaboration with our forever friends from Eighth State Brewery in Greenville, South Carolina, this pastry stout is packed full of toasted coconut, roasted hazelnuts, Madagascar vanilla beans and toffee.
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4.3 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Mar 17, 2022
4.38 by beerrat from Virginia on Feb 14, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

Humble Forager has the most pastry, pastry stouts. Star Gazing is the full representation of a caramel and hazelnut pie. Toffee, nuts, and vanilla paste combine into an ultra-indulgent stout. There’s times throughout the drink that you think you are actually eating dessert. Pick this one up if you have a big sweet tooth:

Dec 11, 2021
4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 15, 2021
4.34 by einman from Minnesota on Nov 14, 2021
4.5 by paulish from New York on Nov 11, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

Pours out like pure murk. Motor oil, inky blackness. Dense and syrupy looking. I poured this out aggressively because I knew it was gonna look like this. Still, I only got a half finger of dark brown foam that disappeared quickly.

Nose is a huge swath of sweet confection. Chocolate, coconut, caramel, nuttiness. It almost smells like an Almond Joy. There's apparently roasted hazelnuts, but it seems more like roasted almonds to me. The hazelnut presence isn't quite near something like Untitled Arts BA Hazelnut Imperial Stout, which straight up smells like Frangelico. What this reminds me of is a cross between Anchorage's Blessed and Timber Ale's Lost Memories.

The taste absolutely confirms this for me too. The heart and soul of both those brews combined is what you get here. The chocolate, coconut, nuttiness, caramel, roasted malt all come through and basically trample over each other. Each flavor propelled forward. It has the German Chocolate cake covered in toffee or caramel thing that Blessed has and the Toasted Almond Good Humor bar thing that Lost Memories had. (Even though it's hazelnut) This is a very sweet brew so some may want to share this with drinking partners.

Mouthfeel is silky smoothness. So thick, dense, and oily it's like melted butter and ice cream. Unreal. Definitely not for everybody, but I love this sort of thing once in a while. This brew sticks to the sides of a glass like a sonuvabitch. Mild carbonation. You already know the drill.

Overall a fantastic dessert stout from Humble Forager. I have the Pecan Pie one coming up next and I'm excited to see how that one fares.

Nov 10, 2021
4.17 by BarrelAgedG from California on Nov 08, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WickedBeer from Alabama

Immediately on the nose the toffee, coconut, and hazelnut really stand out; reminded me a lot of a Ferrero Rocher. The palate wasn’t cloying but needed time to warm. Some bitterness to balance the underlying coconut and Nutella richness on the base.

Nov 06, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Pivopijak from Washington

can into glass
Dark brown, thick, quickly dissipating head. Thick looking, opaque, ultra brown. All kinds of aromas going on here. Really dark roasted grain. Some cacao and toffee, in the smell, as well. Very viscous a molasses sweetness. The sweetness takes off any edge to the very dark roasted grain. The adjuncts add to the complexity, but don't really show themselves, even in the finish, just some toffee & cacao, in there. This is to be sipped like a liqueur. Thumbs up!

Oct 25, 2021
4.28 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Sep 19, 2021
4.31 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Sep 16, 2021
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4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

For those times when you want your cake and to drink it too, Humble Forager and Eight State brewers gives us the best of both worlds with a pastry stout treads on the more nutty side. Hazelnut and coconut join the usual suspects of vanilla and sticky sweetness for beer that drinks like dessert.

Very dark brown and easily taken for black, the foggy dark ale patiently layers in the glass while revealing a creamy, dense, short froth. As decadence greets the nose, the scent is redolent of pastry shops, bakery and mocha latte. Its savory and toasted nuttiness leads into a spicy kahlua-like scent ahead of a first and densely packed sweet sip of cake batter, milk chocolate, cappuccino, nutella and toffee.

The taste stays largely the same throughout the duration of the entire middle palate as the creamy, lush and extravagant malt sweetness saturates each and every tastebud completely, just like richer chocolate and nutty desserts. A very late rise of coffee roast and a more toasted edge to both coconut and hazelnut sings praises of coffeehouse drinks as a slight semblance to balance tries to peak through the stubborn malts.

Very savory, sweet and lavishly malted, the stout may appear as a single serve can but can easily be split two to four ways as palate fatigue steps in quickly. Its a delicious beer to taste, but will require another beverage for a chaser. Full, cloying and chewy, the beer offers a kahlua spice with hints of bourbon with its alcohol character providing a simmering warmth late on the palate.

Sep 08, 2021
4.11 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Sep 06, 2021
4.07 by smithj4 from New York on Sep 05, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by socon67 from New York

Pours think like motor oil and is inky black. Scents of dry sherry, vanilla, and almonds hit the nose. Very rich flavors of dark malt, chocolate, and sweet sugar. Syrupy thick feel coates the tongue. This is a great sipping stout. and with a hearty ABV. Thoroughly enjoyed.

Aug 22, 2021
4.25 by TallGuyCM from California on Aug 18, 2021
4.49 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Aug 18, 2021
4.5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Aug 08, 2021
4.26 by mig100 from Texas on Jul 29, 2021
4.33 by JamesStreet from Louisiana on Jul 18, 2021
4 by xdtfx from Illinois on Jul 08, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a nearly black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, hazelnuts, milk chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt, bakers chocolate, hazelnuts, graham crackers, vanilla and coconut. Nutty finish. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess, nice mouth feel. A stellar pastry stout that exhibits all its listed adjuncts, although light on coconut. I think the crackery flavor I'm getting is the toasted part of the coconut, but not sure. Otherwise, nicely balanced with good chocolate malt character. Genuine hazelnut flavor, which is not common with this nut additive. Rich, balanced and flavorful with a fantastic mouthfeel. This is stellar.

Jul 04, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

Pours deep, dark brown/black with little to no head. Aroma is very much hazelnut. Taste is hugely deep chocolate, with hints of vanilla, hazelnuts and toffee. This is a big pastry stout and for those without a faint heart.

Jun 28, 2021
4.31 by sd123 from Georgia on Jun 23, 2021
4.52 by WCKDVBZ from South Carolina on Jun 17, 2021
4.21 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Jun 12, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

smooth pastry stout you get a lot of different flavors in each sip

Jun 11, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Powderhornphil from Minnesota

Massive stout on all fronts.

Hugely sweet pastry style. Caramel coconut vanilla. It’s all in there. Smells like a slice of cake. Drinks incredibly full and thick.

A very intense imperial stout.

Jun 02, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

Head production and retention are disappointing. I can't help but the number of additives really drives the appearance. The sky high ABV surely contributes, as well.

Aroma isn't hiding the character of this beer: it's big, it's bold, and it's sweet. Imperial pastry stout? Yes, indeed! Caramel, chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, cream. It really does smell like a dessert, perhaps dulce de leche.

Super thick and chewy on the palate; the word that instantly came to mind is "fudgy." Delivers on the flavor, as well. A full-on pastry stout, as opposed to a high ABV flavored imperial stout, should really come across as a dessert in a glass, and boy does this deliver. No way to completely hide the ABV, but it's limited to a minor sting up front, and a warming heat on the back end.

Sweet on the palate, but not over the top. The pastry character, however, is exactly as over the top as it should be for the style. Up front, caramel, brown sugar, and toffee lead the way, followed by vanilla, cream, notes of molasses, espresso, and chocolate from the malt base, and then the roasted hazelnuts which take over and never yield the reins through the finish. The toasted coconut is a minor complement, but it has an added effect that, combined with the massive malt base, yields a very strong chocolate tone through the finish, as though dark cacao had been added along with all the rest of the flavorings (blind, I absolutely would have guessed chocolate, and not coconut).

Overall, this is a fantastic imperial pastry stout - and would make one hell of a candidate for bourbon barrel aging! If you're not a fan of the style, you'll probably hate it, as it's unapologetic to the extreme. If you are a fan of pastry stouts, you should love it. Me? I appreciate whenever a beer is well executed to style, and this one met and well exceeded my expectations.

May 23, 2021
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