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


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RATINGS: 1045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   IBU: 40   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.

   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 (5108) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Poured from a bottle. Pours an opaque black. Little or no light coming through this one. The smell of roasted coffee beans permeates the nose. Has a very good roasted flavor. Hints of coffee and perhaps some nuts. Very rich. A little too carbonated for my taste but that’s about the only negative thing I can say about this. Well that and the price tag. Note: It’s now calling itself an Irish Stout on this bottle. Nowhere does it say Celtic stout but I’m assuming it’s the same beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2005
Nicely-balanced sweetish Irish stout, if a bit skinny for the style. Black with a short tan head. Plenty of dry roast barley notes in the aroma and the promise of something sweet. Creamy mouthfeel but it’s very much at the light end of the stout scale - closer to the Australian bantamweights than the Irish heavyweights. Feels a little insubstantial. Some earthy hops in the mix but the dominant flavour is sweet and malty. Easy drinking. (Bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (10641) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
Cask Conditioned at The Tite Inn, Chadlington, Oxon. Black with red hue, sl beige head. Deep roasted flavours, chocolate malts and a husky ground coffee note. A little sweetness for the tongue, slightly biscuity, sharp and incisive flavours. A passable stout, better than its Irish competition.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2005
Tapped. Very dark brown or black opaque with brown foamy head. Not much aroma, just a bit roasted malt and a bit "soapy". Taste consists of smokey, roasted malt. Smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Deep translucent red body, thin/medium clumping tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma. Somewhat tangy body, dominated by woody, roasty malts and a touch of earthy hops. Bitter, acidic finish. Tight carbonation for a stout. This is average across-the-board.

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