Gun Hill Void Of Light

My feet are killing me from work. Val bought me new boots, which I desperately needed, but they’re not broken in yet. A beer should help this, right?

ABV: 7.9%

Style: Foreign/Export Stout

Trivia: According to a brewery website, “IT IS WITH GREAT PRIDE
that we at Gun Hill Brewing co. are the ones to bring beer making back to the Bronx for the first time since the 1960s, and contribute to the long tradition of brewing in New York State. By 1810, New York State was home to the largest brewing industry in the country, with well over 400 individual working breweries. Along with brewing, New York was the nation’s biggest hops-growing region, producing the majority of hops in America throughout much of the 19th century. Today, we get to declare ourselves as part of a new revolution in New York brewing. One that is not happy with the status quo. One that demands more from what they create and consume. And ultimately, one that like it has throughout history, brings pride to New York. With creative brewers working their craft, hop growing returning to the state, and a rich history to draw from; New York is once again staking a claim to its place in the brewing industry. Here at Gun Hill Brewing co., we’re doing our part by bringing you fresh, unfiltered, handcrafted brews. We use only the best, fresh, local ingredients to create our brews that are not only unique, but have a quality equal to our passion for making it. We are a local New York brewery, and we are proud of our roots, and our New York brewing brethren.”

Random: My heating pad is a happy sight after a long day.

This beer poured with a finger of tan head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black. Due to the color, I couldn’t see any carbonation. The nose was filled with roasted malts, dark chocolate and light roasted coffee. The taste was exactly the same. It was just a standard export stout. There was roasted malts, smoke and dark chocolate. The coffee was not as pronounced in the taste and there was some black licorice as well. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with roasted malts. I thought this beer was alright, but nothing I needed to revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Baxter Phantom Punch Winter Stout

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.


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

Coopers Best Extra Stout

Today was flat-out rough at work. I don’t know what it was, but everyone was just angry and incredibly escalated. When I finally got out of work, I got stuck at a train crossing for twenty minutes. Once I got through that, I hit traffic on the Turnpike. Then, Plainsboro Road was closed and I got lost trying to find an alternate route home. It was definitely not my day. Anyways, review time. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 6.3%

Style: Foreign/Export Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It reigns every winter. A consistent award winner both here and around the global, Coopers Best Extra Stout is as close to perfection any stout is likely to ever get. Bring on winter!”

Random: The other half and I split a calzone for dinner. I haven’t had a calzone in years and it really hit the spot.

This beer poured with a three finger, rather thin, tan-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a very dark brown color with moderate carbonation visible. It also had lots of tan “floaties” at the bottom on the glass. The nose was really bitter chocolate with licorice and smoke present as well. The taste was strong with roasted malts, but also had licorice and really bitter chocolate with some coffee as well. There was also a touch of a medicinal flavor at the end of the sip. The booze was well-integrated into the beer and wasn’t apparent at all. It had a thick body with high carbonation that prickled the tongue. It had a quick finish with bitter chocolate lingering. This beer was alright, but it didn’t floor me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Ballast Point Indra Kunindra

I picked this brew up a few weeks ago at Max’s in Freehold. I don’t know exactly why I bought it, saying I’m really not a curry fan, but I was intrigued by all of the other ingredients. Let’s see how it goes…

ABV: 7%

Style: Foreign/Export Stout

Trivia: According to, “To honor our brewing community and Holiday Wine Cellar’s 46th anniversary. Ballast Point and Holiday Wine Cellar are proud to offer a unique collaboration between homebrewer and craft brewery. The result of our commemorative endeavor? An India-style Export Stout brewed with Madras Curry and lime leaf. Definitely not the same old-same old. Award-winning homebrewer, Alex Tweet really pushed the limits on this one – so enjoy it, and thanks for celebrating with us. Also made with coconut, Cayenne, and Cumin.”

Random: I have a weird addiction to WW2 Movies.

This poured with a three finger tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black and I couldn’t see any carbonation through it. The nose was Kaffir limes and coconut. Really inviting. The taste was literally liquid Thai food. I got coconut, lime and then a bit of heat on the end, from what I’m assuming is the cayenne. There was a touch of curry and cumin as well. Despite this being a stout, there was no roasted malts or coffee. The heat lasted forever, which I really liked. The body was medium with medium to high carbonation. The finish lasted forever with heat. Booze was really well hidden. I thought I was going to hate this beer, but this one is spot on. I loved the complexity and all of the flavors which were well-integrated. I absolutely loved this beer. It was complex and flavorful. Get this one immediately.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Flying Fish Exit 13 (Chocolate Stout)

I forgot to take a picture of this brew…oops. Stock picture will have to do. I love the concept of the Exit Series of Flying Fish, but in general, the execution hasn’t been totally solid. I guess we’ll see how I like the Exit 13.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Foreign/Export Stout

Trivia: According to the Flying Fish website, “For our sixth stop on our journey to celebrate New Jersey, we travel to Exit 13. This exit is probably best known for it’s view of the Newark airport, but it is also home to the Port of Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, one of the busiest in the world. Elizabeth was also New Jersey’s original capitol. Many food products come through the port, including the Belgian chocolate we’re using for what we’re calling an import/ export stout. This fuller ‘export style’ stout gives a sturdy base for the rich chocolate flavor. More than 600 pounds of Belcolade chocolate went into this brew. A mix of imported and domestic malts are highlighted by roastiness from dark wheat. An Irish ale yeast and Pacific Northwest hops combine to create an excellent dessert beer as well as one to share in the cool weather with friends.”

Random: I was not a huge fan of the oyster stout featured in the exit series, probably because I’m not a huge fan of oysters. But a chocolate stout sounds right up my alley.

This brew poured with a two finger tan head that lingered. It left lacing on the glass after it dissipated. The body was a black color with no visible carbonation. The nose had definite notes of dark chocolate and coffee. The coffee note definitely overwhelmed the chocolate in the nose. The taste was initially toasted and roasted malts, then coffee came through again and followed up with a very mild hint of chocolate. There was really no noticeable booze on the brew. The finish lingered with the same roasted malt and hints of bitterness. There was mild carbonation and a decent thickness to the beer. This is not what I expected from a chocolate stout and it really wasn’t impressive. I expected more complexity and definitely more chocolate. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Flying Fish Exit 1 (Bayshore Oyster Stout)

I spent the day (so far) cleaning and running errands. I went to another beer store (one that I don’t usually don’t go to) and was pleasantly surprised. I was just there to buy 2 six packs and found that they had a lot of things that I don’t see at my beer store (which is odd, since it’s much bigger). Anyways, we have people coming over tonight, so I’m doing my tasting a little early.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Foreign/Export Stout

Trivia: According to the Flying Fish website, “The southwest bayshore has been supplying oysters to Americans since colonial times. Until the 1950s, hundreds of millions of oysters were harvested annually. Now, thanks to efforts by many organizations, the oyster is coming back. Oysters and stout had long been associated in the UK, but the tradition was gradually lost. Exit 1, an ‘export style’ stout brewed with oysters, celebrates this tasty combination. The creamy flavor of English chocolate and roasted malts harmonizes with minerals from the oyster shells. Irish ale yeast adds a bit of fruitiness and a dry crispness. This rich stout is perfect for cool weather–and especially delicious when paired with a few Jersey oysters on the half shell.”

Random: I’m not an oyster fan, and by that I mean I don’t like them at all. I’m almost afraid to try this beer. It’s a big bottle and if there’s a strong oyster taste, it’s pretty hard to chug stout. We’ll see how this goes.

The beer poured a very dark brown, almost black with a tan colored one finger head. No visible carbonation due to the color and some mild lacing is left Nicole thinks that it looks like tar. On the nose, it almost smelled like a chocolate stout. I got a lot of notes of coffee and chocolate and some bitterness as well. On the first taste, there’s something weird. I still get some chocolate and bitterness there’s an odd taste to it. I wouldn’t call it “fishy,” but it’s almost a metallic taste that comes at the end. It’s almost like a hint of a briney taste. The finish itself is akin to this briney taste and lingers for a few minutes. The thickness is what I would expect for a stout. I’ve never had an oyster stout before and I don’t think I would search one out again. I left the pint for a while and let it warm up, and it’s actually much better. It loses some of the saltiness. It’s still not a favorite of mine. It’s worth a try, just to say that you’ve had an oyster stout, but not something I could drink a lot.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0