Kozlov Stout | Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by d0ggnate:
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice take on a stout from Thirsty Bear.

A: Black pout with a lasting 1 finter mocha-colored head.
S: Strong coffee nose with subtle chocolate notes.
T: Dense, but light-bodied coffee tones.
M: A bit watery. Dry taste.
D: Enjoyable and pronounced flavors. Definately a stout that would suprise non-beer drinkers who might think it was "heavy" based on its appearance.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black with a thick milk chocolate head that lasts and lasts as a Nitro should. Looks great. Nose is bakerÂ’s chocolate. Taste is too. Mouthfeel is doughy with a sweet front and a dry tangy hoped finish. It's a touch light. This was the best of the three beers I tried at Thirsty Bear and the only one worthy of mention.

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Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of g00dness
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: semi-opaque black with transient dark brown head

nose: dark roasted malt reminds me of turkish coffee and abuelita hot chocolate.

taste: awesome dark coffee malts up front, with a nice clean cascade? bitterness coming through the back. The finish is one of those classic long roast stout and toffee finishes.

mouthfeel: fun viscosity without stickiness. Creamy but in a espresso crema way, not in a milkshake way.

drinkability: nitrogenated and dry this guy is set up to be very drinkable, and does not disappoint.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on nitro-tap at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, CA. It was a deep black color, with a foamy/creamy tan head and lots of lacing. It had a complex roasty aroma - something of chocolate and maybe even a hint of cherries? The taste was mainly of the roasted malt, and not as thick a mouthfeel as your typical Irish Stout - a bit more like a porter, except for the thick head.

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Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +11%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—only traces of dark red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that has very good retention properties and died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with slight bits of coffee.
T: The taste follows the smell, having lots of flavors of dark roasted malts with some notes of coffee and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little fluffy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No smoothness or creaminess is present.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink and the nitro lends a pleasant amount of smoothness.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of baiser
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More of an american-style stout than a dry irish stout IMO. Pours opaque black, with a creamy tan head from the nitro. Lots of roasty, chocolate and coffee flavours. Espresso like. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Hops are apparent and they give it an underlying fruitiness which complements the roastedness very well. Extremely enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Bumblebtna
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown black, with a thin but creamy head. No smell at first due to being served too cold, but after letting it warm, aroma came through with chocolate and coffee malty tones. Taste is likewise, the chocolate more prominant. Good smooth, full body, a little bit chewy. This is a pretty good beer, average stout, and quite nice to drink.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is black with tan head. Good lacing. Nice looker as the nitro adds that great cascade.

The nose is of chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is not as full as expected. While the roasted malts make a nice statement, and the hops add some needed bitterness, unfortunately the beer turned a bit sour as well. Still, I liked the dark earthy malts and the beer did get better as it warmed. Unfortunately, they served this beer to cold, kind of surprised a place as good as the Bear would make that mistake.

The mouth was a bit thin, but the nitro added some smoothness. Despite some flaws, I still enjoyed this one and finished my night by having a couple of pints of this stout.

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2/5  rDev -45.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of litheum94
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of the sampler platter. Reviewed 7/15/10.

P: Near black, opaque. Mocha head.

A: Standard aromas of roasted malts and coffee,

T: Very dry, barley flavor. Coffee ground flavors that are pretty bitter on the finish.

Too dry and too bitter on the finish. Very average.

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Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Malty chocolate coffee smell, with a rich black color and light brown head to the bear and thick lacing. Taste is similar to the smell, with a hint of caramel. Some bitterness, but very drinkable, creamy and a bit dry in the finish, but not too much so.

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Kozlov Stout from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 43 ratings