Brewed by Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland


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RATINGS: 1200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2005
A great Stout! Fresh fresh fresh. No dry after taste. Suggest serving ice ice cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
Aroma is roasty with lots of coffee notes. Hints of sweet coffee as well. A better aroma than the guinness extra stout. Dark dark mahogany color with touches of garnet color and a nice large frothy tan head with nice lacing. Identical to the Guinness. Quite roasty and assertive to start. Nice and flavorful roasts with chocolate undertones. Unfortunately, this finishes watery and thin. Flavor and aroma-wise, this is better than the guinness extra, but the mouthfeel is poorer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2005
Bottle: Thick black with a brown lacy head. Fruity, roasty aroma much like a mixture of fresh and roasted coffee beans (had to search for this though). Bitter, slightly roasty flavours that were generally overpowered by a metallic taste. I also found this somewhat overcarbonated. Thin flavour and uninspiring (will give it another go though to make sure it wasn’t the bottle).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2005
Roasty but smooth aroma, well presented with good lacing and a fine head. Flavour is smooth with a sharp but not harsh hoppy character. Palate is a rich smoky mix of dark chocolate and coffee. A great stout, smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
On nitro tap at DBA. Much better stout than Guinness. Has much more going on. Roasty and malty flavor. Rich. Smooth and creamy. Nice hop bitterness too. Enjoyable. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Nitro at DBA. This is a better stout than Guinness. Stronger aroma, and richer malty flavor. Even slightly higher hop bitterness. Suprised that this is rated lower than Guinness. Of course, I should lower my Guinness rating...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2010 New rating, on tap at the Royal Mile in Des Moines. The brew was black with the large nitro head. The nose was rich with milk chocolate, molasses and a little coffee roast. The taste was roasted like light coffee with a dark chocolate finish. The old rating stands, but with higher numbers. A fairly large light tan head. The body is fairly black with dark amber highlights when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet molasses with some green beans and bacon. The taste is a light coffee and dark chocolate. The finish is slightly grassy with some dirt. Very nice example in a style that I really like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Well-balanced appearance, with a huge head and lacing that last to the end of the glass. Lots of dark chocolate in the very refreshing aroma. Very clean, crisp flavor with strong hop bitterness and just the right amount of dark roasted malt. Also has strong undertones of lemon-citrus and dark caramel. More carbonated than most stouts but with a bitter version this is a refreshing change of pace on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Pours black with a rocky off-white head. Very nice roasted aroma. Nutty, too. Flavor is a little too sour--I was expecting something a bit different from a Guinness. It’s better, but not great. A decent one for St. Patrick’s Day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Poured a dark brown cola color. Aroma of roasted malt with a light sour note. Roasted malt flavors, nothing really stands out. Dry finish.

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