San Quentin Breakout Stout | Marin Brewing Company

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San Quentin Breakout StoutSan Quentin Breakout Stout
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San Quentin Breakout StoutSan Quentin Breakout Stout

Brewed by:
Marin Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 01-10-2002

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Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black in the body with a tanned, stubborn head that didn’t get too big but wouldn’t go away.

Smell – Big coffee and cocoa powder highlight the aroma. This one has some good malt and a tinge of hop balance.

Taste – The hop balance is a little bigger at the tongue. Otherwise, the taste meets the expectations of the nose. There’s a lot of coffee in this one along with some good chocolate “Milk Dud” kind of malt.

Mouthfeel – Nearly full-bodied and very refreshing. This is a nice effort at the style without a hint of alcohol.

Drinkability – This goes down well with a bag of Oreos (munch, munch). I’m beginning to like this brewery.

Comments – A special thanks to my BA bro mickeymac for sending me this gem. If there’s such a thing as a “session stout” this is it.

Update – I had a chance to partake of this wonderful stout again about three years after my initial review. It really hasn’t changed one bit, and that cocoa powder and light coffee bean mix to me is the highlight of the beer.

The head though came on a lot nicer. It’s a beautiful chocolaty brown in color and left cool-looking pits. I’m upping the Appearance rating a notch and signing off to enjoy this beauty shop.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black with a healthy and vigorous tan head. An omnipresent layer of foam throughout. Foam clings to the side of the glass, but fails to form a lace.

Smell: Light chocolate and coffee malts. Pruny notes.

Taste: Bittersweet dark malt that initially fives way to some pruny, dark fruit tastes. Chicory and coffee notes on finish. This one passed the fabled girlfriend test, but she still prefers Oak Barrel (and can you blame her?).

Mouthfeel: Must be the carbonation, but this sucker is rather light bodied for a stout.

Drinkability: Foams up considerably, and I can't drink foam. Still, a good solid stout, but I'll stick with my local brewery, thanks.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Huge massive tan moccha head thick bodied resilience in all it's glory. Body is deep black dark when held up to the light all you get are ruby highlights peeking through lacing is thick and sprawled upon the entire pint glass watchout this one's a rough pour beer forms a head like you wouldn't believe it. Lacing sticks together like a colloidal suspension it's crazy. Aroma: Deep layers of chocolate from deep German dark chocolate tones to milky smooth cocoa this beer is wide on the range of tones that it produces, hopping is definitely evident floral hops here in one of the darkest stouts I've ever seen. Deep roasted malts blend so nicely in the scent of this fine crafted brew I am loving it. Taste: Slight fruit tones trail and combine with spritzy deep chocolate notes wow what an interesting brew we have here, bittering hops bititng at the palate a complex brew hard to compile all of this description with my senses. Mouthfeel: Is chewy complex everything from the full body to the viscous head that pours here. Drinkability: Wow, considering all of the complexities here this beer is going down a little too smoothly, but wow is it tasty.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle.

Excellent! A wonderful body of flavors.

Pours a dense dark brown. A decent copper head that dissipates quickly with little lacing. The scents are burnt smokey malts. A caramel sweetness and a sweet rum alcohol scent beckons the olfactory senses. A very enjoyable scented stout.

There is a very nice chocolate flavor with some toffee to start. We then get a burnt coffee ground flavor for some bite. Some dark fruit, like figs round us out and then there is a nice rum alcohol flavor that peaks through in the end. As the stout settles there is some nice wood flavors about here and there as well. This is a well crafted stout. A nice flavor parade.

This stout is not as thick as many others. It is creamy and decadent feeling in the mouth. The alcohol teases the taste buds with a tiny singe. It drinks impeccably well. If you love stouts and have not tried this one yet you are missing out.

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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I make my way through my Escondido cache of strong beers, I run into this little number. Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with a tan head. Smell is malty sweet, with a little rummy alcohol (like a muted imperial stout). Taste is chocolatey, roasted malts, with rum-raisin notes. Finish is also malty (smokier, woodier than at first), with a touch of hops, and lingering alcohol. Goes down quite easily though. This stout sits somewhere between an oatmeal stout and an imperial stout in my short book (not as dry or coffee bitter as other export/foreign stouts I've had, like Cooper's). All in all a nice beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark black color, large tan head. Chocolate roasted malt aroma. Big-bodied stout. Deep rich roasted malts. Creamy texture, rich chocolate malts, with a touch of fruit. A little sweet. There is a slight hop bite. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Finish is slightly bitter and a little malty,

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Photo of jcalabre
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

San Quentin pours jet black with a huge brown head. The aroma reminds you of chocolate chip cookie dough. In my opinion, the mouthfeel is a bit thin for an Imperial Stout. It does have the roasty/chocolatey/coffee-like flavors, but none of them is too prevalent. In fact, my criticism of this beer is that it isn't Big enough. That being said, for someone new to Imperials, this would be a good 'starter'.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the 2003 San Diego Real Ale Festival

Big thick viscous stout with a dry brown butter nose with a sweet smoky mouth that lingers with a final touch of brown sugar that stays on the lips. The stout cascades and holds a tight tan head that contrasts with the deep obisdion black body.

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Photo of beernut7
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This heavy black stout pours with a sticky topped mocha head. The aroma is strongly of dark malt with hints of bitter coffee. The initial flavor is of roasted popcorn and tossed with a good bit of dark malt underscored by smoky chocolate notes all balanced by a smooth bitterness that again gives way to a roasted finish.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Motor-oil black with a monstrous huge, dark-tan head. *Big* aroma with deep roasty malt, some chocolate and coffee scents, and something like rum-soaked-raisins. A fair warning of what's to come. Thick, chewy, creamy body heavy on the malt flavor. Mostly sweet mid-palate with more chocolate notes and something like maraschino cherries. Decent hop finish; the aftertaste is roasty and pleasantly biting. Alcohol warming throughout. A big, big imperial-like stout. I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's dark brown, almost black, with a tan head that disappears quickly. The smell is roasted malt and coffee with a trace of chocolate. Just a bit of hop twang hits the back of the tongue to compliment the chocolate and coffee flavors. It's just to the light side of the light to thick continuum of stout. It's good stuff.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really looks the part. Has a very dark, almost black body with a lovely deep smooth tanned brown head that stays around for quite a while.

The nose is large and strong, roasted malts with a big chocolate dimension to it.

It begins with roasted malts, which leads to a middle that has some slight toasted sweetness that perhaps comes from the caramel aspect. The end of the beer is dry with some bitterness. Very well balanced, with a good mouthfeel.

A crisp, very quaffable - easy drinking beer, that goes down well. West Coast Stouts are just too high in strength, but the 6% ABV is just right I feel. One of the better Stouts below 8% that I have had from the West Coast.

San Quentin’s Breakout Stout easily escaped from my Glass.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured so dark, you might think it was black. But, it poured a thick and very dark brown, with a brown foam that disapated in a short time and very little lace. The smell of roasted malts and coffee was outstanding and the taste was of roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The sweetness or bitterness in this beer is not overpowering, but a well balanced and complex stout that is pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Mark
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this stout with lunch at the Marin brewing Co which incidentally is right near the infamous prison. Very roasted nose and taste, not much head and lace was sparse. Good taste though and I enjoyed this stout on a beautiful fall day with my beautiful lady.

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Photo of StevieW
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This could be one of my new all time favorites. Pours a nice deep black with a tan head, settled fast, and looked a little oily. Nice subtle chocolate smell with some roasted barley.This is the stout worth looking for. Blows away the other American brewed stouts. Very balanced, some hops, the chocolate taste is perfect. Not to bitter, very smooth and enjoyable. Unbelivable taste ! Cool bottle too. Won too many medals to list here. Go get a bottle now.

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San Quentin Breakout Stout from Marin Brewing Company
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