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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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2003
I've had a lot of really good beers latyely so this one may be suffering by comparison, but amn, what a disappointment! Struggles toward roastiness but fades with some weird faintly burnt coffee ashes - mostly builds a sourish serious of tones, but it's hard to tell through the texture. I'm not a fan.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2003
Just like the photo, but look quick because the head is gone in 60 seconds. Great Brussels lace. Very light nose of lactose cream, and cheap chocolate. Nice hops all over the taste, but everything else (chocolates and roasty flavors)is very light and never comes to the forefront even as it warmed.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1792) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Black, medium tan head that was mostly diminishing. Aroma is of black coffee, nothing more. Initial flavor is moderately roasty, finish is slightly hopped, dry, and coffee-bitter. Not a whole lot of substance or character that sets it apart from other stouts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2003 Opaque black. Nice, thick tan head. Intricate lacing. A great looking beer. Mildly roasty aroma. Bitter, roasted barley malts with a bit of sweetness. A few off notes but, hey, no complaints. I was expecting a flavorless Guinness clone but this was very tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2003
It pours an almost jet black color with a big tan head that lingers. Somewhat weak aroma of malts and a thin mouthfeel. Flavor is mostly roasted malts with a slightly burnt, smokey bitterness in the finish. A decent, above average stout.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
craftbeer (5) - USA - JAN 20, 2003 does not count
Beautiful Aroma, nice smooth taste. Beatiful Irish Stout. Doesn't suprise me it was voted the World's Number One Stout.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14380) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2003
Dark color, brownish thick head, beautiful lace. Some malt and sharp but not strong roasted barley; yeast. Reasonable stout, a bit metallic, dry.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Loved it. Thick with a good hop, malt taste. Thick with good flavor. One of the best Stout's I've had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2003
This is tasty stuff. Along the lines of Samuel Smith's Stout, this is smooth and warm. I like it more than any other stout I have had.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Black with tan head. Malt aroma. A bit thin with some coffee in the flavor. A good stout, but not Guinness.


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