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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 1003   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) Pitch black with a rocky head which is amazingly stable. Very dry and burned with a pronounced bitterness. Nice and different stout. 260202

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13596) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 Bottle. Malty, roasted aroma. Almost black colour, red hue. Creamy light brown head. Slightly malty, roasted flavour with some bitterness and CO2 bite. Aftertaste is bitter with some harshness. Hint of chocolate. 6 3 5 3 11

Cask at GBBF08. Weak roasted aroma. Clear very dark brown colour. Good roasted flavour, turns a little malty and then roasted again. Light body, but OK flavour. 6 3 6 3 17

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foxbush (1264) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2005 This is another beer purchased form The Caboose in Ashland, VA. The head formed quickly and was quite frothy. The color was a deep black and the aroma of coffee nuts. The added roasted barley was evident. The Stout had an excellent balence of sweetness. There was no bitter aftertaste. I liked it. I would look for this stout. It may not be as complex as other stouts but it was very drinkale for any occasion. Enjoyed another on June 19,2005 form the Tap at Capital Ale House for Father’s day. It was better from the tap than in bottle.

3.3
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - 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.

2.6
   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).

3.8
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - 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.

4.1
   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...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5099) - 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.


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