6288 Stout | Tuckerman Brewing Co.

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6288 Stout6288 Stout

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Tuckerman Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Introduced in 2007, the 6288 Stout is our winter season specialty beer. It is a rather lengthy process to brew the 6288 Stout. It is brewed with 5 different malted barleys, using American and French hops. Keeping with the Tuckerman tradition, it is cold-conditioned, dry-hopped and bottle conditioned using the krausening process. The fermentation takes about two weeks, twice the time of our other beers and conditioning takes three months! It’s worth the wait, as the extra time gives this special brew time to mellow, offering a very smooth dark, malty flavor.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle - 2017 batch. Sampled on March 18, 2017.

The pour is dark brown with a modest tan head that leaves a touch of lacing as it fades. And it fades.

The aroma is roasted sweet malts, the tiniest hint of cherry, maybe a papery thing, and a low earthy hop profile.

The body is medium of better.

The taste is rich, malty, and sweet with a feint cantaloupe-like fruity finish. It does not linger long but I get it. They have not released this beer in many years and I am pleased to see that they brought it back.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.73/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a grolsch bottle 2 weeks after it was tapped. Kept in cold conditions, and allowed to breath approximately two minutes before being poured into a tulip glass. Just the right amount of carbonation: boasts a creamy mocha head that sinks rapidly, leaving a thin ring around the perimeter. Dark, black, coffee color. Roasty coffee and baked bread aroma. Upon tasting, you get dark chocolate with some esters of raspberry. Overall, a solid stout, even after being stored in a grolsch bottle for two weeks.

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Photo of erickehoe
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle with the poorly designed label. I am listening to The Get Up Kids' album "On a Wire."

A - Outstanding. It looks very much like how a stout should. Thick two inch head with nice retention, some lacing as it goes down, could be a little "frothier," if I had to say why I didn't give it a 5.

S - A little metallic. Some roasted peanuts. Meh.

T - Starts off with some scalded milk, understated malt presence. A nice carbonated bite at the end with a bit of hops, appropriate for the style. Very drinkable. Amazing aftertaste of salted peanuts.

M - Creamy with some nice carbonation.

Overall I think it's very, very, very... solid. It isn't a stout that would be style-changing, but they made something very drinkable with great flavor.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Guinness glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that is still there. It is a black color with no charity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight mocha lacing all the way down. Awesome.

Smell: Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, earthy, and a little smoke.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, smoke, earthy hop bitterness, and a little dark fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, tingly hops, a little dry, a little creamy, medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, and quite enjoyable.

Overall: For an American stout, this was very delicious and enjoyable. I'll make sure to grab another pint before it's gone.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid dark brown color with a decent sized tan head that shows some persistence. Smells roasty and fruity with bits of earth and caramel strewn about. Taste follows the smell fairly well, but there is more caramel than coffee and roast. Dark dried fruits and caramels are quite prevalent almost dopplebock like qualities. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet burnt sugary mouthfeel. This is not a bad beer, but it really needs some more roast and some chocolate flavor would help as well.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a Portsmouth snifter.

This beer is lighter than most stouts with a deep burgundy tinged brown color that is topped with a faint white head. Little lacing, but there is enough.

The aroma is caramel, molasses and malt. A longer pull is all candied dark fruit.

Even flavor that is more notable for it's absence of any roast malt or chocolate notes, either or both of which would have made this a much better stout. There is a nice malt backbone here, but it is lost by a slightly watery mouthfeel.

Overall this is a better drink than the sum of it's parts but not enough to move the overall up to 4.0.


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Photo of OakedCanuck
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tulip

A - Pours a lighter black with brown edging. Decent 1", light tan head that left minor lacing

S - Roasted coffee with minor chocolate component. Smells very grainy with a minor hop component.

T - This thing is odd tasting. It is like a mix between a weak stout, light porter, and an old Pale Ale. I know that is an odd thing to say but I just couldn't define distinct flavour profiles. A little bit of bittersweet chocolate here and a quick hit of old pine there. This one confused me, and honestly, didn't taste that great.

M - Thin, medium, slight burn/effervescent on tongue

O - I can see how this is easily drinkable, but I just didn't think the flavours were there, or strong enough.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of an awesome trade with CBeer88.. Thanks a ton Carl.... Too many extras, no shit.

Poured into MNFG... short lasting small bubble brown head... descent lacing but really not much of a cap either.... the brew is deeeep dark brown but not quite black.. still nice.

Nose is lite roasty notes and even less cocoa or coffee.. pretty restrained, but seems about right for a lower ABV brew.

Flavor is more a standard porter... but really, I'm not complaining.. could use more of a pronounced dark malt component... hop flavor is American, but mild.. nothing to write home about.

body is light side of medium.. carbonation seems about right for the style.

Ehhh.. okay.. no real flaws, but just no real stand-out qualities.

Thanks again Carl.... I hope you like your box as much as I appreciate mine. Cheers brother... you can consider me an any time trader partner.


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Photo of jiggahertz
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark black beer with a frothy tan head.

S: Mocha, coffee, roasted nuts

T: Subtle flavor, roasted malts, burnt coffee dry finish.

M: Smooth, subtle, good.

D: Not as complex as you'd like in a good stout, but it's a nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of beancounter
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown to black, small foamy head that didn't last very long

S-Very faint roasted malts.

T-Typical traditional stout flavors. The malts are mellow rather than astringent. Some chocolate and roasted flavors. Nothing really sticks out.

M-medium mouth feel. Also smooth

D-A Very pleasant and drinkable brew. Gentle without being weak. I could drink this all night.

Note: It came in a 4 pack and cost $7.99. A bit steep for what it is considering that I could have picked up other good stouts (in six packs) for $8.99

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Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Fin du Monde chalice.

Inky dark rew with minial brown head.

Roasty nose of chocolate and tangy hops. Quite nice malty yet clean aroma.

There is a soothing creaminess here but a fresh crispness that balances this nicely flavor-packes stout. Good session beer but not boring like Guinness. I like this a lot!

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Photo of sweemzander
1.88/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a thick dark black color that formed some brown bubbles.

(S)- Lots of roasted molasses & raisin. Rather sour-like. . . smells like a damp moldy gym sock actually.

(T)- Sour tasting molasses & raisins. Infected?

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very sour & bitter. There must be something wrong with this.

(D)- This must be a bad bottle. Very sour with a smell that almost made me feel sick.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been trying to buy more Tuckerman's as they badly need a new bottling line. Label has a frosty looking pic of the Mt. Washington Observatory located on top of Mt. Washington at 6,288 feet--hence the name of the beer. Has bottle dating capabilities but nothing is checked off--I hate that.

Opaque black with a creamy tan, whipped cream looking head. Smells like bitter chocolate and nutty hickory with dark fruit undertones. Creamy like a stout frappe.

Taste is smooth, roasty, and fluffy; the bottle conditioning really has an influence. Mocha char finish, a little harsh due to the fact that they use a German ale yeast. Not exactly a melange of complexity but simple and tasty.

Up there with Cadillac Mt., and Ipswich oatmeal as one of New England's finest stouts.

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Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found some really dusty bottles on sale at a local store, and I remember having this beer before and it was pretty decent, so I decided to get it again and give it a try. Judging from the other reviews and what I found, I wonder if the age really helped it...

A: Pours with dark but not too rich head that fades quickly to a light head covering. It tries to be pitch black, but accidentally lets a very small amount of light through the bottom of the glass.

N: Wow! Rich thick oatmeal, tons of roasted malts and chocolate, loaded with chocolate malts, pretty high alcohol phenols in the smell, some dark fruits fig or date like, somewhat reminds me of Mephistopheles stout but brought down a notch.

T: Doesn't disappoint judging from the nose, thick and creamy with lots of rich oats and roasted malts. Again the chocolate just explodes. Some slight metallic tastes also seem to sneak in there. The alcohol taste is there, but much less than on the nose, and it adds a slight warmth. Stout like bitter earthy flavors. Some creamy milky dark chocolate and some dark charred brown sugar finish off the initial taste.

M: A light alcohol burn and warmth, decent carbonation, and pretty thick and heavy but still creamy and smooth.

F: Finishes a little sweet, long alcohol burn and warmth, but not very much, just lingers. Earthy char and stout like bitterness stick around but it still maintains a rather drinkable aura since its so creamy and smooth, and the chocolate just overloads everything else. It leaves a rich coating around the mouth that makes me keep smack my mouth.

I really think the age helped this a lot, judging from the other reviews, and the fact that I seemed to get a lot more than 5.9% abv. If you bought this beer and weren't as impressed, let it sit for a year or two and try again. I'm going to let the other three keep aging.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am really not sure where this one came from, but I apparently picked it up recently and saw it sitting in the fridge so I grabbed for it last night while watching the game. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass this one was consumed on 10/20/2009.
Really nice pour, very typical for the style with a deep dark black look to it and a nice head of maybe two inches that came up and over the top with some ease. Settling down it left a decent amount of lacing on the sides, but nothing spectacular though it did retain a good bit of the puff of tan on top. The aroma was nice, well blended mix of chocolate and roasted malts, hints of light coffee notes and a decent bit of dark fruit note carrying over. This was pretty much par for the course with the flavor. Started out very smooth with a rich and well defined chocolate note that dominated early before mellowing with a nice but of vanilla and coffee notes. Small touch of hops catching up right there at the end were enough to make it just slightly bitter, but overall it was a smooth, creamy and very session able stout.
I would have no issue with trying this one again as it went down quite nicely and really left a soft, sweet note in the end. Very well done.

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Photo of MisterSH
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Label has a place for the expiration date but strangely enough, my bottle has no month notched. It was given to me by a rep so I know it is fresh regardless.

Color of the beer is a deep, blackish umber, with a reddish hue in the light. Finger width head settles pretty quickly, but it's nice while it lasts, with a creamy cappuccino color appearance.

Aroma is not that strong, actually. It's roasty, as you'd expect, with some strong berry notes, and an infusion of smokiness. Perhaps a little underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy but smooth and creamy, very low carb.

Flavor is rich and roasty. There is a slight note of coffee, with undertones of black cherry, and a satisfying if subtle hop bitterness. Finish is pretty sweet with some caramel. Nicely balanced. Unlike the aroma, the taste is really not smoky in any way, more apparent are the toasty, fruity malts. Some alcohol is apparent.

Very rich and dense, but rather smooth and nicely balanced. No hesitation on having another one, quite drinkable especially for such a dark beer.

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Photo of SaintPeter
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date on bottle, but I assume it is fresh as it was bought a few miles from the brewery.

This very expensive ($8.99/4 Pack) stout pours a jet black color with a substantial light brown head, very smooth and creamy, as a stout should be. No carbonation.

The aroma is of smoke, campfire, bourbon wood barrel, brown sugar, bitter chocolate with caramel or brown sugar. I am picking up a toffee or better yet, a merengue with coffee or cacao flavor. Really nice. A tab alcoholic in the nose.

Bitter dark chocolate monopolizes the taste. The bitterness is teetering on the boarder of over-bitter, but it doesn't cross that threshold. Chocolate malts are maintained by slight roasty and smoke hints.

Ultra smooth mouthfeel, creamy on the tongue with a slight tingle at the end. Really nice medium to big body.

A really nice beer. Plus, the 6822 give proceeds of this stout's sales to the Mt. Washington Observatory. Now that's what I call a good reason to buy beer!

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Photo of tpd975
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice dark blackish hue with strong tones of brown showing through. The head was 2 full fingers in height with nice rich mocha coloring. The retention was good with a nice solid ring hanging around for the duration. Spotty lace noted as well.

S: Rather simple. Nice roasted dark malt aroma with touches of sweet malt.

T: Just Okay. Nice big blast of roasted malt with hints of stale coffee. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Could really use some chocolate or dark fruit in this one to add depth.

M: On the thinner side for the style. Good carbonation though.

D: Since it is not so rich and on the thinner side you could drink several. Lack of depth would probably limit you to one though.

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Photo of Jayli
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep dark brown, slight ruby highlights to it with a light tan one finger head. Head recedes rapidly with spotty lacing throughout. Nose is slightly muted but there are some roasted and caramel malts. Taste is of caramel, sweet malts, and touch of smoked flavoring. There is a bitter finish which may be from some hops though I can't place the hops. Mouthfeel is creamy at first but has an overly dry finish to it. Slight bitter aftertaste. This is a decent beer that goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from xumbi. Thanks, Jim!

A: Black with dark brown highlights, this is a fairly impressive beer. Cap that with a finger-thick brown head with decent retention and this is one good-looking beer

S: Fairly hoppy on the nose with a citrus hop bite with orange dominating. Milk chocolate, cream and sweeter malts are present in the back. Decent

T: Opens up with a moderate hoppiness, with citrus (tangerines and oranges) being the most dominant. Some milk chocolate and a mild coffee flavor round out the palate. The finish is drying with a mild hop bitterness

M: Rather light in body and a touch over-carbonated, the finish makes up.

D: This 12oz bottle is very easy to drink and if it were local, I'd grab it every once in a while.

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Photo of usmittymc
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Almost completely opaque dark brown with garnet highlights around the edges when held to the light. A decent tan head forms and slowly recedes to a nice cap.

S: Noticeable roasted malts and some caramel aromas. nothing really stands out on the nose.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee flavors on the front with a bit of a coffee bitterness on the finish. No noticeable hops, but that is not surprising given the style.

M: Pleasant creamy texture to this beer. Has a nice dryness to the finish.

D: This beer was given to me by a friend (PercentRizen) and I wish he had given me a few more. This is a very good American Stout. I could drink a few of these with no problem at all.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to mist up the order of characteristics that I review. First, taste, then drinkability, mouthfeel, smell, and then appearance. I don't know abot you, but I read these reviews to find out if I'd like how the beer tastes, not how it looks.

Taste: good. smoke, mildly roasted coffee beans, and a hint of milk - this tastes a little like a milk stout, though there's no mention of it on the label.

drinkability: it's pretty drinkable. if you're used to drinking Guiness or Murhpy's, this will seem heavy. If you're familiar with milk stout's, you'll find this drinkable.

mouthfeel: creamy, mild hoppy after taste.

smell: not much, actually. a little smoke and alcohol.

appearance: small head made of large bubbles. very dark, dense, brown / black with some red color.

The bottle is goreous. b&w picture of the weather towr atop mount washington, the highest peask in the east at - et this - 6288 feet! Remember the name of the beer?

If you're not from New England and looking for a decent tasting, kinda rare and obscure regional stout... (sold!)

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Photo of dippy
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blacker than black pint with a tan/ light brown head.

Scent was a slightly sweet at the finish.

This brew was lighter than most stouts. the body was a little watery making it go down easily. Most companies are making their stouts so focused on alcohol lately that they end up sweet and syrupy. This was a suprising and nice change of pace.

The taste was a medium roast with notes of licorice.

I liked this beer. As far as stouts go I would put this on the lower end of the scale. But since I love stouts, that is still pretty high.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep roasted black with a foamy tan head that maintained some moderate retention.

Smells of french roast coffee, some sweet aromas.

Tastes of coffee, licorice, and dark fruit. Hops are there too, but in an odd way. Is the bitterness from the hops or elsewhere?

Medium bodied, almost a little thin, for the style. Carbonation is present.

Best beer from Tuckerman. Not a fan of the others, but gave this a shot (which proves that you need to give the brewer a second shot, unless it is just ghastly). A decent beer with some flaws.

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Photo of ph2001
2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle in pint glass

pours with two fingers of head cascading down that settle into one fingers worth. black. smells mild and malty.

there is an abrassive mouthfeel to it that i can't quite describe. light body and very mild, no really strong flavors coming out. there is a sweetness to it that seems a bit generic.

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