Baxter Phantom Punch Winter Stout

Posted: August 3, 2016 in Baxter Brewing Co., Foreign/Export Stout, Reviews

I received a transfer to a different account awhile back. Since I schedule my posts so far in advance, by the time this will post, it will be old news. But my new position is a much larger warehouse, so I’ve been walking a minimum of 4-5 miles per day. My feet are definitely in pain. I deserve a beer after that.

phantompunch

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Foreign/Export Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Baxter has named its winter stout in celebration of Lewiston’s 1965 Ali/Liston heavyweight championship. ‘Phantom Punch’ is a Foreign Extra Stout with a hearty 6.8% ABV; enough to warm up winter gatherings, but not too much to prevent sipping a few by the fire. Its deep black hue and rich tan head compliment the full, but not overly-heavy body. Roasted and toasted malts dominate the flavor, with hints of caramel and strong notes of chocolate. Meanwhile, roasted organic cocoa nibs reinforce the malty chocolate flavors, while real vanilla beans suggest a touch of sweetness without weighing down the brew. Lastly, Phantom Punch has just enough British hops to balance the stout’s maltiness, but this is Baxter’s least hoppy beer to-date.”

Random: Our one kitten is growing again. His face is filling out.

This beer poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. It left a slight crown on top of the dark brown body with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had roasted malts and black coffee. Cocoa was there as well. The taste was like cheap milk chocolate and cocoa. What struck me was how watery this beer was. It was a bit under carbonated as well. I found it in the back of my beer fridge, so that could have something to do with it. The finish was quick with milk chocolate. A can of this set me back $1.75 ($.15 per ounce). This beer was only alright and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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