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Pioneer Stout | Connecticut Valley Brewing

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Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-13-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by watermelonman:
Photo of watermelonman
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a deep, dark black with a big head that lasted very well. There is plenty of lace and it looks great.

The smell is dominated by roasted malts and has lots of coffee flavor too. The taste starts with roasted malts and adds a bit of chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty solid.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer would make a good beginner's stout all around, as the only thing that isnt average about it is the mouthfeel, which happens to be slightly below-par.

The head is kind of soapy/filmy and leaves no lacing. Some chocolate malt in the nose, but its not standing out much. The taste is bland and breezy and passes right over your taste buds. There may be a touch of bitterness there in the finish, but it is hard to tell. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. Not much there to wrap your mouth around.

I suppose this beer goes down easily, so you could drink several in a row if you wanted to, but it certainly wouldnt be much fun.

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Photo of Jason
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

A- Quick to froth up with a big tan head. Pitch black in color, good head retention.

S- Mildly acrid burnt grain aroma, day old wet coffee grinds.

T&M- Bitty burnt grain all over, creamy medium body with a semi-active carbonation. Dextrin malt sweetness with suggestions of charcoal. Touch of biscuity malt in the middle. Finishes a little sweet.

D- Not half bad but the mix of sweetness and semi-harsh roasted flavors does not meld well together ... hard to finish a glass let alone the whole bomber.

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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, label etched onto the bottle. Opens with more carbonation then expected, pours with alot of head initially, uh oh, I thought, a bad bottle? settles down well, leaves a dark tan head with excelent retention and leaving blotchy lacing. Nose is caramel and roasted malts. Fairly light bodied brew, tad thin and watery, but pleasantly flavorful and drinkable, typical stout flavor notes of roasted malt and coffee, good warm weather, quaffable stout

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Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks black to me. Has a very nice tan retention. Smells of lots of toasted barley, burnt coffee and molasses. Nice rich smell. Taste is thinner and more bitter with burnt grain and sweet with malts. Very interesting. Crisp carbonation for a stout. The burnt smoky bitterness makes your mouth water.

A very burnt stout. Not bad.

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to ppotrias for this one, always thrilled to try stuff from a brewery I've never even heard of!

Pours mahogany tinged black with 2+ fingers of very noisy tan head. No head retention & lacing

S: Coffee, toasted malt, loads of coffee

T: Coffee, cocoa & dryness up front. More coffee, a touch of vanilla & some leafy hops as this warms. Finishes with some roasted malt & more coffee, tastes are a bit 1-2 dimensional here

MF: Light/Medium bodied, with fairly lively carbonation, more malt presence would be nice

Drinks pretty good, but after a few pints the dryness & coffee taste would get to me

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Photo of bditty187
2.77/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Basically all black in hue, opaque, there is a slight ruby tint around the edges. The head was russet in color, very attractive. However the appearance of the head was disturbing, it bubbled and fizzed like a cola. It reached two fingers in height on an easy pour, the head retention was poor and it quickly fizzled to a sparse collar. Subsequent lacing was nil. The nose was very pleasant, heaps of coffee beans, chocolate, and roasted malts. Vague sweetness derived from caramel it seems. The potency is solid. Inviting. The bouquet has promise but the palate doesn’t deliver. It is rather bland. There is a little sweetness upfront and weak notes of chocolate in the middle. The finish offers a distant taste of coffee beans and way too much charcoal. The more I drank the more acidic it became. This is not tasty at all. The mouthfeel is frankly awful, the big, prickly carbonation is stark naked on the backdrop of a water, thin body. It is difficult to enjoy, let alone drink. Between the taste and mouthfeel I can’t claim this to be drinkable. In fact I am not sure if I will drink the entire bottle. Thank you UnionMade for the sample!

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Photo of aluskungs
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very stout stout.

Pour like motor oil with thick head you could eat with a spoon. A lacy head that clings to the glass only to be brought down by gravity.

Stick your nose into this beer and you will smell a roasted bitterness with a hint of dry alcohol, a good smell.

Real meaty drink. Thickness of the beer is just right. Not too heavy like some imperial beers, what a stout should be. This is not watered down at all. Good mild smooth carbonation that help to keep the beer from becoming an anchor in your belly.

The taste has a bit of a sour bitterness to it from the roasted grains, like burnt coffee (this bitterness goes away if you are drinking the whole 22 oz. bottle yourself, hic!). This is the main negative point I have with this beer. It tastes burnt! There is a difference between burnt and roasted, roasted being the more favorable flavor desired in a good stout.

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Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark chocoloate appearance with a decent head tha dissipates quickly. Very faint malt and hops aromas. Taste was slightly acidic with minimal maltiness. Medium carbonation was eveident. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied but uninspired. Ok on drinkability, but nothing special. Needs more oomph!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured black and maroon with a snappy, big foamed tan head with moderate lace.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted nuts and some syrupy brown sugar or caramel.
Flavor had notes of sour malted milk balls, some milk chocolate, dry roasted nutty barley hints, all on a caramel base.
Mouthfeel was moderately dry with sweet finish and aftertaste. Hint of lactose and charcoal way in the background. Somewhat light for a stout and maybe more in the porter family but very tasty.
Drinkability was high regardless of style discrepancies. Powered through a 22 awful quickly. Nice effort from a brewery new to me. Thanks to PPoitras for the sample.

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Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a fluffy cocoa colored head. Light roasted coffee aroma aroma - burnt grains. The flavors are a littled muddled - a little roasty, more coffee, some caramel and hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is nicely smooth though a little thin which does make it easy to drink.

Pretty good, but they need to beef it up a little.

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Photo of bultrey
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a good all-around stout here. Initial creamy head recedes to prickly carbonation with a little bit of lacing sticking around. Smells like an iced coffee drink with plenty of cream in it. Tastes deep, dark, and nutty, like an out-of-control brown ale; fairly sweet with some faint coffee roastiness. The real surprise here is a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that is impressive for a fairly light stout. As such, drinkability is fantastic, making this a good session stout. I really liked this. Thanks to ppoitras for the chance to try this tasty brew.

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Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a two and a half finger foamy caramel head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light burnt grain and coffee aromas with a smoky element as well.

The taste consisted of a smooth burnt grain with a slight coffee bitterness. A nice sweet caramel malt at the finish.

The mouthfeel was full, yet clean.

Overall a very nice and easy drinking stout. Milk stout type smoothness. Thanks to ppoitras.

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Photo of bewley
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Pours a thick tan head that lasts a minute or so. Dark, black in appearance promises a hearty brew.

~sip . . . sip~

Hmmm . . . not so hearty as I would prefer.

The bottle label promises a “full head” and “full flavor.” It tastes good, but it’s light in body. On their website this stout is described as medium bodied.

It’s not a bad introduction to stout and would make a fine session beer in that you could probably pack a few of these away without feeling full. At 5% what the hey? The price is right!

It's worth a try.

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Photo of erosier
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown/black color with a tall and medium bodied tan colored head that laced the glass all the way down. It has a smell of very deep roasted malts and some slight hoppy bitterness at the end of the aroma. The taste is pretty good with a deep roasted malt backbone that had a little bit of a burnt smokey taste followed by a slightly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel was nice as it was smooth but not overly smooth. The finish was a nice kind of dry toasted feel. The drinkability was OK as it had a burnt smokey taste which I was not a fan of, but not bad.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a nice sized tan foam head. Big roasty malts with a nice coffee backing. Dark chocolate and a light sweetness round out the wonderful aroma. Very big and flavorful aroma here that unfortunately gives you expectations for the taste which are not met. Mainly sweetness in the flavor with a light chocolate almost cocoa powdery flavor. Almost no roastiness or coffee. Very disappointed after the great nose on this brew. Pretty much sweet is all you will get out of this. A bit light in the mouth. Ok drinkability. Not sure how the taste fell so flat after the aroma but damn it did. Thanks goes to ppoitras for the 22 of this.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a pretty good stout. Thanks to ppoitras for the bottle. Pours to an opaque black color with a cascading light chocolatey head. Retention isn't the greatest, nor is lacing, but it looks beautiful as the head builds.

The smell is good. As much as I hate to be cliche, "smells like Guinness" though much more rich, chocolatey, and roasty. Even more so than the Extra Stout.

The taste is quite good as well. Chocolatey as hell, fairly dry and roasty. A nice coffee roast flavor, perhaps a dessert roast, like Verona. I probably would have called this an Irish Dry Stout, though it is a very trivial difference.

The body is a bit thin. Not much carbonation, and it lacks the creaminess. A bit of a chalky dryness.

This is a very tasty and highly drinkable stout. This would be a good session stout if only it were available here.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From gravity cask sitting on the bar. Dry hopped with Cascades.

Presented in a pint glass with a dense 1/2" dark tan head. Head falls slowly, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet maltiness and piney hops. Taste begins chocolately sweet, hops come on in the middle and carry through strongly to the close and beyond. Mouthfeel is WOW smooth, and drinkability is superb. Can't wait for their next cask offering.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a room temp bomber poured into an english pint glass. The beer pours a dark brown color with a fluffy tan head foaming up easily to 5 cm even with gentle pour. As the head recedes it develops large pockmarked craters on the surface and leaves some windowpane lacing on the glass.
The aroma is mild but I get some roasted malt and a hint of coffee bean as well. Not really any hop presence that I can find. Maybe a hint of bakers chocolate in there, but no sweetness.
The first sip reveals an average body with average carbonation. Texture is a little silky and creamy.
Flavor starts with a bit of chocolate that moves quickly to a roasted malt and coffee bean middle and finish. The roasted notes linger for a bit and then fade creating a bit of a drying effect as the beer leaves my mouth.
OVerall the beer is easy to drink, but the flavors and nose are mild IMO and I would really dig a little more chocolate in there somehow.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good stout, sweet, not much dryness. A little lighter than usual for a stout. Thick brown head but settles quickly. Very drinkable.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful nitro-pour. Thick, tight, rich head. Leaves a blanket of lace. The color is black where no light passes.

Chalky cocoa smell initially. I detect some beef stew to the nose as well.

Interesting blend of cherries, chocolate and coffee. Rich body with a low carbonation (nitro!). Silky. Aftertaste is of black patent and a bitter hop. Pleasant finish.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Hyland Brewery, Sturbridge MA

This beer pours Dark brown/black and has a two finger head with good retention and waves of lacing left on the glass. The aroma was of roasted coffee and caramel. The taste had hints of sweet chocolate and coffee and it was slightly bitter in the finish. The beer was thin bodied but crisp and refreshing.

Reflection: I love stouts, and even though this one isn't as powerful as I generally like them I try to think of it as a light stout which makes it great for summer drinking. (plus I have to give my local brewery props!)

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Photo of Stimack
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew pours to a pitch-black color with a good-sized dark brown head that fizzes as it breaks down quickly, leaving no lacing at all. The aroma is of coffee, heavy on the coffee, along with a burnt smell. The taste is actually pretty good, I was not sure what to expect as I have had two other beers from them so far, one was solid and the other was not. The flavor highlights what my nose found, coffee as well as some chocolate flavors. Also has a sweet quality to it, over all it comes together pretty good. A couple of notes, it seems a little watery as well as has quite a bit of carbonation that tingles on the tongue, almost like a cola. Ok, so I would day that this is a middle of the road stout, nothing fantastic but would I get it again, yeah I suppose so.

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Photo of Durge
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off I have to note that I see no mention of "Hyland Orchard and Brewery" on this bomber. It references only the Pioneer Brewing Company of Fiskdale, MA. But the bottle label matches the one noted on this profile so we'll go with it. This brew has a nice appearance, thick dark black with big mysterious white granule floaters, mildly carbonated with a goodly off-white/tan head and decent lacing. The aroma is pretty anemic, nothing special, a little citrusy wheat perhaps, hard to call. The taste jumps out as a bitter charcoal but you get some carmel hints as it warms. Quite thin bodied so it goes down easy, but just isn't very distinctive. It's a stout and it's OK but all those curious floaters just seem to go to waste here in a somewhat watery attempt at stout. The charcoal is nice and it is drinkable. No bad, but a bit disappointing I would say.

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Photo of waughbrew
1.6/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Near-black with ruby highlights. A head that quickly disappears to nothing. Looks kind of like cold coffee. Not too much to smell, just some roasted malt. Taste is simple and bland. I find it very watery with only some coffee and slight chocolate notes. An acidity pokes through that could have been nice if it was balanced with some complementary flavors. Feel is awful - water-thin with no creaminess, only harsh bubbles and acidic bite.
This stout seems more like a porter - and not a very good one at that. I will not be trying this again anytime soon.

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