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

Added by Brent on 04-12-2004

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of IPABrewer
4.71/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Onward Stout, what can be said about this beer that will serve it justice. This is by far one of my favorite stouts. It has a nice tan head and is almost jet black in appearance. It has got a great coffee flavor and exceptional mouth feel. I know a lot of people try this at the Flying Saucer but if you get a chance try it from the source; you will be even more impressed by this amazing beer.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler, filled yesterday, into Sam Adams sensory glass. Been looking forward to trying this one for awhile now, and at $7 a growler fill, this is a bargain.

Pours black, fading to ruby brown at the very edges, with a big, 3 finger, dense brown head. Excellent retention and lacing. Can't knock the looks on this one.

Nose is light, a bit of smoke over a very roasty body, roasted barley and a bit of burnt grain. Nice nose.

Taste is nice - subtle but big flavor, not at all overwhelming. Starts with a very light earthy note, a bit of anise and a light smokiness coming through, leading into a flavorful but mild dry, roasty body that has just a bit of earthy, almost rye-like chocolate bite to it. Avoids some of the acidity and bitterness commonly found in many of the style, but still fits in to the niche nicely. Finish is dry, just a bit of lingering acidty, some smokiness. This isn't going to blow anyone's lid off, but man is it tasty, with a nice complexity. I see many, many growlers of this in my future.

Mouthfeel is light in body, maybe just a bit watery towards the finish, low carbonation is smooth and easy going.

Drinkability is fantastic. Easy going and inviting, this one just begs for a second glass before the first is even halfway done. An entire growler of this over the course of an evening would be no problem. Very happy with this one.

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Photo of JiminKY
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very interesting stout. Certainly not as heavy as an Imperial, but quite complex. Very smooth, with strong coffee and malt tastes. It almost reminded me of a cup of espresso (especially in the little 5oz glass in the build-your-own sampler at Nashville's Flying Saucer). Appearance was a nice dark black, but the subdued lighting in the bar made it difficult to discern subtleties about the appearance. Smell was not as strong as I normally enjoy, but a larger glassful in a quieter setting may be more revealing. Very enjoyable beer that I would certainly recommend if you can find it.

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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 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 fromage
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really a fantastic beer--I'm quite impressed with the Yazoo guys on this one. "Irish Stout" is not quite the style that comes to my mind when tasting this one, but I'll forgive it. Got a refill on a growler two days before getting around to drink it. Drunk in a pint glass. (Can someone explain these prices, btw? 4$ for a pint or 7$ for a growler (4 pints)...)

Looks great, surprisingly so, since I don't have much experience in growlers. I was afraid I'd lose carbonation. They haven't started bottling this one yet. Near black, with just a bit of brown on the fringe. A big, soapy, muddy head that faded into lacing that lasted the whole glass. Not much bubbling to be seen.

Smells even better. Lots of coffee and chocolate, sweet cream, and sugar. Is this beer or something I might buy at Starbucks? It's beer--some apples and anise testify.

Taste does not dissapoint. Very little hop bite, but a roasted bitterness. Not astringent either. Quite refreshing on a miserable, rainy day. The sweet and bitter mingle in the back of the throat for a satisfyingly complex aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full, not gritty. Not cloying or too bitter. It's just right!

I could easily drink a growler of this stuff and never get bored. Some beers I feel like the full impact of them is only on the first sip and smell. This one keeps on challenging the palate and rewarding subsequent pours!

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Photo of jxhowell
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first beer I tried after entering the premises.
It had an excellent creamy pour from the beginning that ended with a nice thick head settling on the top.
I coud immediatly smell the rich espresso aroma as I lifted the pint.
The taste was dominated by the espresso-like flavors with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste.
Although rich, the beer was very drinkable....I only wish I could have left with a few growlers of it. However, I was told that due to it being a nitro stout that they were unable to do so.

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Photo of treble
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best irish stouts I've had. I tasted it when I visited the brewery in Nashville, it was poured into a sampler glass from the nitro tap, and then I had another in a tumbler.

Goodness! Beautiful pitch black opaque coloring, slight hints of amber but no light shine-through! Fine carbonation. Quick moving, rippling and abundant cascade, very wavy when poured. Gorgeous thick, fluffy/creamy dark tan head, when poured it was a good 3 fingers, probably a little more. It dissipated very slowly, there was a little less than a finger's head toward the end of my drink. The lacing was fairly thick as well, forming horizontal sheets on the side of the glass, slowly giving way to some holes.

Smells of, yes, definitely warm coffee, but also has a smokiness. Very appetizing, the beer was cold but the smell had a very warm roundness.

Tastes also like coffee, malty molasses coffee. And smoked Gouda. Very robust, almost too flavorful. The mouthfeel was so silky, as irish dry stout is not as heavy as it seems, so was this.

Drinkability is a tough one, it is quite flavorful, I want to rate this as being very drinkable, but I need to have more than 1 and 1/2 of these to judge if the flavor becomes too much.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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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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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jkermitj
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Nashville. Pours a very dark color with a moderate white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate and a little coffee - good malt character. The brewer told us he uses English pale malt, roasted barley, black patent, and flaked barley for this one. Along with EKGoldings and Target hops. It is very well balanced and has a great finish. Great beer.

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Onward Stout from Yazoo Brewing Company
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