Onward Stout | Yazoo Brewing Company

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Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The tan lace clings to the glass as you raise the pint to your lips. Close your eyes and smile as the rich espresso notes fade to a dry, roasted finish. Exceptionally smooth and satisfying. Made with English Pale malt, roasted barley, black patent malt, and flaked barley. Hopped with East Kent Goldings and Target hops, and fermented with our English ale yeast.

35 IBU

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by titosupertramp:
Photo of titosupertramp
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been one of my favorite Yazoo offerings for a while now.

A: Pours from the growler as a very dark brown, cola color. Immediately, a thick mocha head forms with large bubbles. Fades slowly leaving behind a fair amount of lacing. For a small Irish stout, this is about as good as it gets.

S: Chocolate, black coffee, roasted malts, some smokiness.

T: The roasted, coffee flavors mixed with a fair amount of smokiness are the first things I notice, maybe a slight molasses flavor as well. Finishes up with nice flavors of chocolate.

M: Medium bodied, but just a little on the watery side...not bad though considering the low ABV. Slightly dry finish.

O: Incredibly drinkable stout. Packs a punch in both smell and taste, especially for such a small beer in terms of ABV. Fresh from a trip to the UK, I can confidently say that Onward is as good as any sessionable stout that I sampled while there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Veryunclever
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Yazoo taproom 2/22/09.

Poured opaque with a nice, thick head. Smelled mainly of chocolate and espresso. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability, very smooth and tasty. Even my fiancee who normally hates stouts enjoyed it.

Easily one of the better stouts I've ever had. It's a shame this hasn't made it to widespread distribution and is only available at the Taproom (and a few bars around Nashville). It's easily one of Yazoo's better brews. I was terribly disappointed that there was no way to take any home with me.

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Photo of dashirey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from a growler that I received from unclejedi in the March Growling at the Moon exchange. Thanks so much!

A - Very dark brown/black, no light shines through when held to the light. Nice mocha/tan head that sticks around through the entire pint even though there was not much lacing left on the glass.

S - Coffee is the most abundant smell, but there are some chocolate "undertones" with a deep nasal inhale.

T - Surprisingly not much taste at all upfront in fact the taste really doesn't show up until after you swallow. When you finally get the taste mostly you are hit with some coffee, a little smoke, some roasted nuts, and a little metallic taste at the end.

M - Smooth. Carbonation is spot on, however in my opinion it was a little thin on the mouthfeel. Does leave you with a drying sensation in the mouth.

D - Despite the problems with the taste and mouthfeel, overall this is very drinkable. It is not filling and with an ABV under 4% I could drink this all evening and be great.

Thanks for introducing me to the Yazoo Brewing Company unclejedi!

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Photo of javlin624
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark black with a ring of medium brown head.

S - Roast, espresso and a hint of chocolate.

T - A big roast profile followed by a hit of espresso and hints of chocolate and smoke.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation. A touch watery for the style at times.

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Photo of Sazz9
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of witster18
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

pours opaque black. big burly dark tan head retains very well.

big flavor. smokey, chocolate,.. i even get a little vanilla. finish is slightly charred roasted malts coming through with the bitterness of hops giving it a late, great bite. lacking the nice earthy tones I like in a stout though...

chewy. good mouthfeel overall..

overall: This beer has good flavor for a lower abv stout. The kinda thing that should be able to put guinness in it's place, but never will. Definitely lacks any chalkiness or earthy tones from the hops, but is pretty darn drinkable. Not sure if the flavors would come on too strong to session.. the malts are a bit charred-like and possibly keeps some of the other subtle notes shining through.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer. Creamyness and dry tartness spot-on for the style. A very prominent smoked malt flavor. I've never had an opportunity to smell burning peat, so I don't know if that is what was used, but this seemed to me to be a hardwood smoke, maple burned in a fireplace comes to mind. The smoked malt, while fairly assertive, is not overdone and adds a nice depth to the beer. Very nicely done.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of brunsojw
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall, not bad. Smooth, but could be more smooth. I think Sue is of course the best dark beer these guys are making, but really enjoy the stout for what it is.

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Photo of xduderx
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As stated already, this isn't exactly your stereotypical "irish stout" but that that is one of the things that makes this beer special.

appearance - very dark brown/black with a 1/2" tan head

smell - coffee and sweet-ish

taste - coffee and chocolate with no noticable bitterness

mouthfeel - a lot thinner than guinness or murphy's but creamy nonetheless

drinkability - a good drinker that I would have a few times a week.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this a couple of times at the brewery and never reviewed the pre-nitro tap version, but I thought I should at least review the nitro-tap.

A- Very dark brown with the sinking nitro-bubbles creating a mild creamy head.

S- Chocolate and expresso type maltyness. Faint.

T- Initially chocolate and expresso malts followed by soft bitterness.

M- medium bodied, somewhat creamy. Lighter than anticipated.

D- Pretty good. It has a pretty smooth taste. Flavorful with a clean finish. Could have a few of these. I would personally like to see Yazoo do an oatmeal stout rather than the Irish stout, but it certainly is good.

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Photo of BigRedDog
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of JayS2629
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better from the nitro tap at the brewery. Not only does it make it feel thicker and creamier on the mouth, but I think it brings more to the nose and perhaps the taste. Dominated with roasted coffee, a slight bit of smoke, and some cocoa. The taste has an underlying caramel, cocoa and coffee with some smoke and a bit of burnt flavor from black patent. The mouthfeel is greatly improved from the nitro. Overall a very good stout. What is most impressive is the flavor for such a low abv.

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Photo of otfiddler
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served by Beer Sellar in Nashville.
Very dark brown, opaque beer, wtih half-inch wide cocoa-colored head, dissolving rapidly to narrow band, with moderate to fine lacing.
Hint of chocolate or coffee smell, but very light aroma; would have liked more "nose".
Light to moderate carbonation.
Taste was dry, with hint of chocolate and/or coffee undertones with a mildy bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel somewhat oily, but not unpleasantly so.
A very tasty stout, not the best I've tried, but definitely worth drinking another time.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of veech
2.48/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Of all the beers in the sampler served at their taproom, I anticipated liking this one the most and was sorely disappointed. The beer poured with an opacity and creamy tan head that were true to the stout style(although I wouldn't consider this a dry Irish stout). The predominant smell was one of charcoal which was my first hint that I would not care for this beer. No other scents could be detected due to the overall burnt character both in the nose and on the palate. I've tasted and enjoyed smoked porters and stouts before, but they were much milder than this. It literally tasted as though liquid smoke was added to the glass. I don't think storage, temperature, or age were to blame as it was sampled at the brewer's taproom, so I have to assume that it was a legit representation of their beer. I'm much more a porter/stout fan than a hophead, and I literally had to choke down the small sampler glass. I spent 2 weeks in Ireland last summer, and through exhaustive personal research, really got a feel for what a proper pint of Irish stout should taste like. This wasn't it. Stick with the Sly Rye Porter, Dos Perros, or the Pale Ale when visiting Yazoo. I will be in Nashville soon, and will give it a 2nd chance. I'll update if hopefully, change is noted.

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Onward Stout from Yazoo Brewing Company
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