San Quentin Breakout Stout | Marin Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seriously opaque, even in a skinny glass, and topped with plenty of beige foam. As dark a head as I've seen, and so is the beer. A little roasted barley in the nose. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Silky mouthfeel plus the prickly bubbles. Fairly substantial body.

I have only had a few in this style but just recently tried the Pike Street Export Stout, which I liked a little better. Identical ABV. This has a little more sweet malt and a little less of the darkest flavors. A hint of the sourish charred taste, but a little dark chocolate as well.

Interesting to sip but that hint of burnt oatmeal gets old. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Total Wine.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cookie dough, cocoa, and slight soy sauce. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cookie dough, cocoa powder, and pretzels. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a better taste than smell in my opinion.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the LaJolla Whole Foods in late February for $4.99.

Beer poured black with an OK tan head.

Nose is roasted barley and coffee.

Taste is roasted malts with chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium bodied with some silky smoothness. It is lacking a little body.

Overall i like this brew, a nice representation of the style.

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Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at Hamilton’s Tavern in North Park, San Diego, Calif. A finger of head once I got it. Color was black. Brownish tan caramel lacing. Decent retention.

Smelled of coffee, dark chocolate, light caramel and toffee.

Tasted coffee, coffee beans, toffee and dark caramel. Good mix of tastes.

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long smooth finish.

Good and balanced stout. I’d have it again for sure.

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Photo of caverog
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of biglite351
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle slowly foamed over for about 10th minutes when I opened it. I do not know what caused that, but I assume that it is not good.

A - black as pitch with a tight brown head.

S - toasty and roasted malts, a hint of baking chocolate and something a bit bitter.

T - a lot going on. Toasted malts, dark fruit, coffee, smoke and maybe a candy in the mix. Deep and complex, but not overpowering.

M - Creamy but thin, very mild tingle on sides of tongue.

O - great flavor but let down by the feel. An all-nighter none the less.

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Photo of BigLittleHokis
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Piason
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown color with a tight, tan head that leaves a little layer lacing.

Smells of solid roasted notes, I am picking up a funny burnt type note though.

Tastes of the roasted malts with some decent sweetness. Malts come through with chocolate and coffee. Has a bit of a creamy note to it as well. Touches of roasted bitterness are countered with a brown sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing special, but is still quite a solid beer that you shouldn't ignore.

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Photo of GarretD
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jrcmlc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of yokken
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of ezperkins2
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of CEDAMA
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of McD0uche
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass:

A: Really dark brown, almost black, with hints of brownish red around the edges. Light mocha bubbles appear initially. Not too much in the way of head or lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, some sort of unidentifiable fruit (maybe figs?), appealing roasted coffee, a hint of sweetness.

T: Fairly close to the smell, with roasted malts and chocolate coming through as well as coffee and a bittersweet finish. The alcohol is present but not overpowering.

M: Definitely dry, lingering, and smooth overall. Medium carbonation that adds to the overall effect.

O: I found this appealing overall, and would definitely pick one up again in the future if I saw it. This experience has encouraged me to try out other Marin brews.

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Photo of newsage
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as I remembered. Ok tasting average stout roasted malts are main taste of this beer no chocolate or coffee here. The one thing that bothered me was the carbonation, this beer is way over carbonated which kills the mouthfeel. All in all I won't be buying this again. There just too many other stouts out there that are better.

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San Quentin Breakout Stout from Marin Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 190 ratings