Muddy River Stout | Pump House Brewery

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Muddy River StoutMuddy River Stout

Brewed by:
Pump House Brewery
New Brunswick, Canada

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our oatmeal stout is deep midnight black coloured with a roasty aroma of malts, espresso and chocolate. Full and velvety with more sweet flavours of malt, coffee and chocolate as suggested in the aroma. Lightly acidic with a big finish, oatmeal surely isn't just for breakfast anymore!

Added by PiratePete on 11-18-2003

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by hopsolutely:
Photo of hopsolutely
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily near-black with ruby highlights only at the very edges of the glass when held up to light. Limited mocha coloured head has good retention, but results in little lacing.

Mild aroma of smoke and roasted chocolate malts, with underlying bitter coffee beans. The flavour has a nice depth for the relatively low 4.5% ABV. A brief initial sweetness transitions quickly into smokiness and a full coffee spectrum, from roasted bean to ground to espresso. The smoke lingers in the finish along with a respectable bitterness.

Fell in love with the Pump House IPA several years ago in Halifax and was sad our eastern traveling friends couldn't find any to bring back with them, but definitely glad to have tried this stout.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: black in color with a 1/2 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and dark chocolate—very Guinness like

Taste: milk chocolate that gives way to smoky dark roasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet and dry

Overall: A sweeter and more complex version of the original Guinness. One of the better dry stouts I have had in a while. I could certainly do a six while watching football.

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Photo of tuowl74a
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elricorico
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the beer I enjoyed most during my dinner at the Pump House Brewery. It is black in the glass, with and inch of tan head that stayed around for a while.

Dark roasted coffee aroma, almost gives a charred impression.

Roasted malt gives a flavour that leans a bit towards the bitter. Dark coffee and a hint of chocolate. Faint impressions of smokiness. A bit astringent to finish. I like it quite a bit, it is much more complex than I had expected.

Medium to full mouhtfeel, almost a chewy body. Just a touch more carbonation to it than I'd like for this style.

I'd recommend this one without hesitation. Very nice.

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Photo of remichoppers
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer to drink every time I go there (especially with their BBQ Pork Chipole Sandwich!).

It's a black beer with a nice and tick brownish head. Kinda reminds me of Guiness or Killkenny but better tasting and less "flat".

The beer have a taste a little bit like coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. I really recommend it. The best tasting beer that Pump House produce in my opinion.

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Photo of dolphsexton
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of CurtisD
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of DreamDeath
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Mousel
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of berley31
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a spare, tan head. Some actual lacing throughout drinking. Body is a very dark brown, almost black, and murky.

S: Aroma is of roasted malt and burnt coffee, with some very slight hints of chocolate. Overall the aroma is a little weak, but I liked what I could smell.

T: Very nice flavor of roasted coffee and semisweet chocolate, with a light bitterness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with a creamy texture, and average carbonation.

D: A little light for an oatmeal stout, but overall very solid and tasty. Definitely something I'd order at the Pump House again... any chances of bottling this one?

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown where no light shall pass. Bar-poured head settles a single layer of minute bubbles. The lace starts as a blanket but ends up

Dark, burnt caramel aroma. 

Semi-sweet dark chocolate flavor.  Think coffee with half a lump of sugar.   Thin body, similar to the Irish versions.   This is an easy stout to drink,  a good one to be introduced to. It's flavorful without being overpowering. 

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Photo of Asianadian
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ewpass
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with fast-dissipating head. Mild coffee nose, weak malt and coffee taste & body. Some roast coffee on finish. Disappointing older bottle?

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Pours an opaque, black colour that is topped with a tan 1 1/2 finger head that quickly goes away. Gives off a slight tint of ruby around the edges. A pretty stout for sure. Not great retention but that doesn't take away much from how great this Stout looks in a glass.

S- Roasted malts (chocolate) with an ever so slight bitter hint of coffee. A little bit of caramel and peaks through but the dominating flavours are the roasted chocolate malt.

T- Much of the aroma shows up in the taste of this brew. Lots of chocolate malts. Unlike a lot of other Stouts I've tried, Muddy River gives of a creamy, almost milk chocolate taste. It's almost too sweet for my liking but it does give a great flavour. A little bit of caramel makes its way into the finish.

M- Body is light and the carbonation is low to medium. I tend to like my stouts a little meatier but the thinner body works pretty well here.

O- Pump House's Muddy River Stout could be a great session beer if it wasn't so darn sweet! That's not to say it's a bad brew because that's not what it is. I happened to really enjoy this Stout but the sweetness prevented myself from getting anything else out. This brew would really benefit with more coffee like bitterness to put a dimmer on the sweetness.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of jfreeze
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Skizem
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of FrankShirley
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lewnanny
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a nice dark black brown beer. This stout is surprisingly tasty. Never gt a stout with that taste. Got it from the brewery form a tasting board, with 11 other different beers. This one was at the top of the other one I had.

It is now available on the shelf of my local liquor store. So happy, because it was only available at the brewery restaurant 2 month ago.

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Photo of PiratePete
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This seems to be the favourite of the beer nuts who frequent the Pump House. There is a reason for that. Dark - black even, with an off white head. Mmm, coffee and chocolate. Not only in the smell but in the taste too. The sugars and bitterness are reasonably well balanced. Not the best stout but a good stout.

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Muddy River Stout from Pump House Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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