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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 990   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This stout has a robust flavour with a ful bodied and smooth mouth feel. The roast flavours lead to a dry espresso like finish. A generous addition of fuggles hops lead to a tart bitterness which mingles with the roast espresso flavours on the tongue.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hrc_Cro (32) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 27, 2014
0.5 l bottle. Dark bitter aroma of coffee. Bitter taste lasts for quite some time. Enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Saeglopur (271) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown to black body, with a big, frothy, tan head. Aroma of roast, dark chocolate, nuts, earth, some dried fruits. Taste is a bit thin, with about the same aromas. Mouthfeel is light, slick, with almost no carbonation and it finishes roasty/bitter. Not bad, sessionable. The nose is really nice, but the taste and especially the mouthfeel are too thin for my liking, but overall quite good for the low ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (904) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Pint on-tap at The Ha’Penny Bridge Inn, Dublin (€6.00):
Medium roasted malts initially, some darker notes & hints of chocolate with some sweetness. I got the odd creamy, almost milk chocolate like smells & there was and earthy bitterness towards the end as well.
Dark & opaque, almost black with red tinges & topped with a creamy, beige, 2cm head with excellent retention and a layer of creamy lacing on the sides.
Light malts & roasted with earthy flavours & some coffee. I got some sweetness and chocolate with touches of bitterness & creamy flavours. It was lighter than expected but it went down well and was quite enjoyable.
Silky smooth, it went down incredibly easily. Medium body which was lighter than I would have expected and the carbonation levels were soft before a dry & light bitterness rounded things off.

A pretty good beer & definitely a nice alternative to Guinness. The beer was a little lighter than you might expect but it was full of flavours and very easy going down; definitely a beer worth getting your hands on.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KoNrRiI (442) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2014
0.5 bottle. Black color and a medium, creamy, brownish head of mediocre retention although it leaves some lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malts, delicate notes of wood, sea, and licorice. Taste is sweet and malty with bitter dashes here and there - saltier, smokier, and more definite than the aroma. Medium body, creamy texture, and soft carbonation. Finish, apart from the already-mentioned maltiness, has sour tones which, although not expected, do not spoil the beer. Overall the brew is alright, it does not excel but neither does it disappoint; quite drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mircoas (68) - ITALY - JUL 18, 2014
0,5 lt, bottle @ supermarket. Buona scura irlandese con un retrogusto amarognolo sopportabile e ad un ottimo prezzo.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
simardsam (121) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Noire, avec un col de mousse éphémère de couleur moka. Nez torréfié, de chocolat noir et de noix. Goût de chocolat noir et de café, avec une amertume, qui rappel le chocolat noir amer ou l’espresso, qui laisse une finale sèche. Un peu mince en bouche, manque un peu de corps, sinon très agréable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4572) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
33cl Bottle on Syros, as Irish Stout. Black colour, creamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, nuts. Flavour is the same, nice roasty flavours, smooth and creamy, coffee bitter finish. Light to medium-bodied. Really nice for such a low ABV.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zoret (54) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2014
Aromes dolços i torrats de xocolata i café. En boca xocolatai amarg de café lligat amb el final sec. Exemple d’estil, ben estructurada.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
triskaideka (128) - Killarney, IRELAND - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle at home - pours black with tan head - aroma of espresso - follows into the taste with roasty notes - medium mouthfeel. Good bottled stout

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atheist_Peace (928) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2014
Black pour with a below average tan head that doesn’t really stick around for long. Leaves a nice lace. Chocolate fudge and licorice on the nose with some coffee and a light earthiness. A little light on the palate but the flavours are solid. Lots of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Pretty dry with a light bitterness in the finish.


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