Scout The Storyteller

Georgia
United States
Scout by Reformation Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20
Description 

Scout is a Festive Stout that calls you to explore the stories of the season. A Foreign Export Stout by style, this 7.4% ABV beer is brewed with fresh ginger and warming spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

Profile

ABV: 
7.4%
Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
19 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Scout the Storyteller is a Foreign Extra Stout (2015 BJCP Category 16D) and is being evaluated as such according to the BJCP guidelines. 

The initial aroma of this beer is all spice – cinnamon is prominent.  As it warms, a hint of fresh grated ginger emerges.  Each visit to the glass brings spice up front even when looking to evaluate the base beer.  Buried underneath the spice profile is a hint of molasses, medium roast coffee, and freshly baked bread.  No hop aroma is present.  The aroma, while heavy handed with the spice cabinet, is inviting for a beer to savor in the winter months. 

The beer is pitch black with a dense and creamy khaki head that holds strong.  The flavor is somewhat of a letdown after the expectations set from the aroma.  The malt backbone is a bit thin allowing for acrid spice flavors of cinnamon, allspice, and ginger to dominate.  The spice profile is muddy and is not well supported by the base beer.  The beer offers moderate bitterness and no discernable hop flavor, which is good as it would likely complicate the overall flavor of the beer even more.  The yeast profile is clean and free of esters.  This beer finishes dry, accentuating the spice profile.  Medium body, medium carbonation, pleasant low alcohol warmth, and light spice derived astringency make up the mouthfeel. 

This drinks more like a Winter Seasonal Beer (category 30C) but even in that category it would not garner high praise.  The spice profile is too dominant and is messy rather than complex.  The base beer could use more body and more of an emphasis on chocolate flavors and overall richness.