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


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RATINGS: 1073   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NosirIwont (2042) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a brownish head. Smoked aroma - rope-/tar-like. Slightly metallic. Very smoked flavour. Pretty bitter aftertaste. But generally (too) thin/watery. Not a lot of body. Dry. The smoked elements are what saves this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
I’m betting that if you poured this brew into an empty bottle of Guinness Extra Stout, you could fool most of the people most of the time. By the numbers interpretation of the classic Irish dry stout style. Roasty, but smooth and quaffable with no surprises. Goes down easy, puts the mind at ease.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Super fat and thick head that mellows nice and slow. Thick and buttery, too. Creamy texture and a delightful aroma as well. Thin and watery going down but with a smooth, milky finish and a nice malty aftertaste. Tastes typical of other Irish stouts...maybe i’ll do a car bomb with this baby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2410) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Huge milk chocolate colored head which settles nicely. Creamy on top with great lacing. Soft aroma, bit of milk chocolate, minimal roasted grains and a bit of hops. Color is a dark brown/black with a hint of red. Flavor is thin and watery. Dry and roasty with a bit of coffee. Nice hops bitterness. Finish is dry and bitter. A decent ending to a blah brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Poured an opaque black with a hint of red, a nice tan head and a decent clingy lace. The head subdued quite quickly, but maintained a fine layer. The aroma was roasted, malty, and of caramel with a background a presence of fruit. The Flavor starts slightly sweet and roasted, but finishes dry and with a lasting bite. The mouth feel is smooth and effervescent, but a little thin, and dry. Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of this style, but I prefer a more dynamic brew that possesses a little more texture and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2004
I just don’t understand why we find some beers in certain places. I’m here in Melbourne (sorry again to my southern brethren for being here less than 24 hours) and I found this in a grog shop in Little Collins St. This is certainly a typical dry stout in its presentation. Black as with a with a thin creamy head.The nose is a dry chocolate and barley. This flavour is also a beauty with mouthfilling bitterness and an excellent finish. This has the wood over a lot of its brethren, including Guiness, Beamish and Murphys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5462) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2011 (500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark). Colour is black (= very dark brown), very good and creamy tan head, leaves a nice lacing. Lovely roasted coffee-like aroma with notes of unrefined cane sugar. Flavour is all roast barley with coffee notes, not particularly complex but still very good. Dry aftertaste. An excellent alternative to GBM (Guinness/Beamish/Murphy’s).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2004
this beer isn’t the most flavourful stout you’ll ever find but jesus is it drinkable. a less industrial version of guinness, not too sharp and burnt, more full malt sweetness than most dry stouts. nice very dark brown/black colour with excellent splotchy head that does indeed look like pikelets as mullet observes. toasty, molassesy aroma with some malt. great full chocolatey body with a salty, roasty and fugglesy finish that lingers. very well made stout, all the flavours blend together. it’s not iconoclastically revolutionary, but it’s a very good beer within its limitations.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2004
Translucent black colour, nice head retention and lacing. Head has dimples kinda like Orval but more like pikelets when they’re cooked on one side. Aroma is yeasty with molasses, a bit grainy, with some dirt and salt. Light-bodied, lightly malty flavour with a very roasty, burnt finish. Very slightly sour, perhaps tangy is a better word. Doesn’t seem very good until the big burnt finish hits you, then it gets a lot better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Bottle. Pours black with nice sized, big bubbled tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt. The taste is roasted all right with a dry bitterness. Plenty smooth. Flavors of coffee and cocoa. Body is medium to light. Better than most.

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