Stellar Stout | No-Li Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
No-Li Brewhouse
Washington, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by woemad on 05-14-2005

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by timmos1:
Photo of timmos1
4.87/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a very light easy stout. Stellar. Good chocolate tones, no coffee which I personally enjoy. Seems all stouts taste like coffee these days. Had it on tap at northern lights in spokane. Nice place, friendly people, decent beer. Has nice aroma and it goes down really easy. I'll look for it in a bottle.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Capone’s Pub & Grill (Coeur d’Alene, ID) on 8/26/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with a ½ finger of smooth light mocha head. This retains with some richness around the edges of the glass, leaving back a rich cascade of sticky lacing. Solid look here. The aroma has a nice roasted tang to it in the nostrils, with notes of chocolate, toffee, citrus, and then light smokiness that starts to come out. Just a touch of grassy hops round out the edges of the nose.

The taste has a nice richness to it of cocoa and caramel flavors, with a firm roasted coffee backing. Some green citrus character adds more flavor to this than bitterness, lingering a bit in the finish along with some residual dry roastiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that expands out, although this does get more creamy and smooth along the back. This has a nice presence to it in the mouth.

I found this to be a pretty good Stout, with a nice full flavoredness to it and an overall smooth drinkability. I don’t really get the lower rating of this one, as I thought it was solid dark beer experience. Maybe some tweaking has been done to this over the years.

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Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The stout is now called Stellar Stout. It was served in a standard pint and was jet black with tan head. Good lacing.

The nose is of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

First off the beer was served to cold. You think a brewpub would have a better handle on things like this. Once allowed to warm, the beer is sweet with plum notes with lightly roasted malts. Slight bitterness as the beer warms further. It also becomes richer and more complex with hints of coffee and toffee.

The beer is slightly over carbonated, but has a nice heft to it. Easy enough drinker here folks. My advice is to order another beer at the same time. Drink the first one while the stout warms.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of leedorham
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chumba526
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears black with about a finger of brown head.

It smells smoky, slightly of caramel and a bit like coffee.

Tastes of subdued smoky malts, a bit of caramel, a slight bitter coffee taste is also present. The tastes end with a very mild bitterness. All the flavors in the stout are very mild so they blend nicely with each other.

The carbonation is low and the drinkability is ok. I could have a couple of these because it is a very smooth stout.

Overall a half decent stout though it is not creative and it is not particularly exciting.

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Photo of woemad
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at the brewpub (beers listed under this brewery need to be shifted to the brewpub, as all NL's brewing is done there these days, and their old Airway Heights brewery is no longer in operation - and hasn't been for several years. Multiple emails have been made by me concerning this, all to no avail) for around $3.50.

Was a very dark brown, almost black, with a decent, dark tan head. Moderate amount of lace. Sadly, this is the highlight of this beer.

Smell is of roasted malt and...little else. Besides the roasty aspect in the smell, this could pass as NL's equally anemic Dunkel.

While there is an assertive roasty character to this, it's only companion is a vague, cloying sweetness. This tastes like a blandly sweet dunkel with added roast malt. Perhaps that's what this really is. Not impressed at all.

In addition to tasting suspiciously like someone accidentally threw in some roasted barley into NL's dunkel, this is freakishly thin for a stout. No stout should be this watery.

Avoid this if you care for stouts at all. It's roasty character might be OK if the rest of the beer measured up to a typical stout, it seems out of place when mated with what seems to be a bland sweet dark lager. Interestingly enough, while I was sitting at the bar, the brewer and other employees came out to install a re-designed tap handle for this. Lots of oohing and ahhing was done. If the same detail went into the brewing of this as went into the tap handle, this might be worth drinking. Too bad that wasn't the case.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the brewpub, served in a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color and is opaque. A sticky off-white head is fairly resilient and laces nicely.

The smell is very malty and sweet, with a bit of a dairy aroma.

The taste is good, although probably not up to par for the style. It has a nice mellow sweet chocolate mocha flavor. Mild coffee tones with a little hop or semi-sweet chocolate finish.

Mouth feel is smooth and full bodied, but just a bit filling.

This is a very drinkable stout, but probably not typical of the style. Stout aficionados may not like this one, but I do, it's a nice easy drinking sweet stout. Very good.

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Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured nearly black with some reddish tint on the edges. The beer had had a nice thick head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aromas were what was expected, a touch of roast behind malt sweetness. The flavor profile had a slightly unpleasant sharp edge on the front that faded to expected stout flavors.

The body and drinkability were average, with the exception of that sharpness. Overall, a decently average stout, if you can handle that weird tang.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had a tough time assigning a definitive value to this stout. The smell was an explosive burst of cocoa and the presentation was regal with a determined cap of beige froth on a black body that shows red in direct light. Chain link lace formed handily on the glass. But the mouthfeel was so thin and watery that it diminished the overall drinkability. Though the taste was fine with measures of black patent malts and light caramel sweetness, the weak mouthfeel was distracting.

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