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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 1001   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Got a chance to try this on tap and I think it has erned couple of more points. The head was much stronger with a difinitive aroma of roasted coffee, taste was fresher and more crisp on the tastebuds.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2002
Nice and black, like a stout should be. A strong coffee flavor with slight roasted grains that makes for a very nice stout. A little thin for my tastes, but the flavor was really nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Guinness-like appearance except that there was no cascade. Some roasted malt flavors, but I got a strong sense of a mocha coffee drink here, like drinking an iced Starbucks. Unidimensional flavor but in a good way. (on tap, Rising Sun pub, Epsom)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Decent beer, but nothing very special -- nothing there to grab you. Medium bitterness, fairly dry finish. Something for fans of Guiness I suppose.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5451) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Rerate One of my first ratings - picked this up this time in Savannah at Habersham Beverages. Black pour, khaki head, fresh lake water aroma. Good dry bitter flavor, slight roastiness. Decently thick mouthfeel. Pretty solid. Original 3.8 Nice smooth finish with a smoky-sweet aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2486) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2002
A well made stout. Bitter and smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherriwilbourne99 (3) - Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2002 does not count
This beer is somewhat hard to find but I believe it’s far better than all other stouts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2002
Becomes less enjoyable as it warms, but at least starts quite good. Rich and creamy, with a thick, mocha-colored head. Flavor starts with expected hefty roasted malts and milk chocolate. As it warms, it takes on a less than pleasant sweetness, with a sweetened caramel flavor coming on that’s largely redolent of Dr. Pepper.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wbrown1499 (3) - Summerville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2002 does not count
Doesn’t fill you up, but still has the great stout qualities that one expects. I would say similiar to Guinness, but without the somewhat nasty aftertase from Guinness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coghead99 (1) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2002 does not count
I just found this on tap locally, and being a sucker for new brands, I gave it a shot. I found this to be a very enjoyable stout! It has a strong roast bite on the front end with a slighty carmel sweet finish. Didn’t get the bitter aftertaste I find with most brands, which makes it one of the only stouts my wife will actually drink with me. I’ll add it to the shopping list!


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