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Brew Review: Black Helicopter Stout

12 Nov

Brew: Black Helicopter

Brewed by: Flat Earth Brewing Co. (St. Paul, MN)

Style: Oatmeal Coffee Stout (5.2% ABV)


Flat Earth brewing again.  This beer seems to be their most popular after their fall seasonal release of Mummy Train pumpkin porter.  So I saw it for a marked down price, I think it had been sitting on the shelf for about a year at my local bottle shop and they finally marked it down.  I don’t know for sure because Flat Earth doesn’t do bottle dates on their single bottles but I have a pretty good idea.  Haven’t had much luck with any Flat Earth brews but here goes.

The Black Helicopter poured out pitch black, pretty much what you would expect. Half inch tan or khaki head reduces down to nothing, not even a cap of foam on this brew after a minute or so. Average looking stout, the head dissipation was a bit disappointing. 

Upon first whiff, this beer emanates rich roast and coffee smells.  Smells kind of like stepping into a Caribou or Starbucks, pretty much dominated by coffee.  I can pick up that this is going to have some bitterness lying underneath from the roast and coffee.  There is a bit of breadiness that shows up as well.

The taste is lots of coffee.  Dominated by coffee with a thin mouthfeel to it. Slight bitterness from the brunt and roasted grains and the additional Dunn Brothers added coffee.  There is not much else from this brew other than coffee and bitterness.  Nothing sweet to round it out, maybe should have added a creamer and some sugar to this black cup o’ Joe.  No chocolate, nothing.  just a hollow tang that leaves my mouth with an unpleasant aftertaste.

This beer needed more, lots more.  It needed maybe some more oats to smooth the body out and maybe some lactose to increase the mouthfeel.  It desperately needed some sweetness to combat the bitter tang from the coffee and burnt grains.  This has the start of a good brew but the recipe needs to be tweaked to really make it pop.  I will give it the benefit of the doubt but it has a long way to go.


Final Grade: C+