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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 963   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.


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Roasty aroma, bready.. not a ton going on, bit thin, terribly mild, lacks flavor.. inoffensive I suppose but does nothing to excite.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2215) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 1/31/2015. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and moderate hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, roast, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with fairly creamy, smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is an excellent dry stout. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerloverny (3) - - APR 19, 2014 does not count
Caramel, coffee, roasty, earthy, licorice, chocolate flavor. A little course but overall a very interesting beer. Good for drinking on its own.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arsol (417) - NORWAY - APR 17, 2014
Brun/svart farge med lys beige skum. Lukter sjokolade, svisker og noe kaffe. Medium fylde og medium karbonert. kort ettersmak.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5386) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, grains, some chocolate and some roasted grains. Flavor is sweet and malty with some chocolate and some roasted malt. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham_murphy (224) - - APR 10, 2014
A solid stout. Good bitterness from the hops that lingers. Oatmeal and coffee from the malt. Quite traditional - not sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (5660) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 7, 2014
Tiefschwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade. Geschmack röstmalzig trocken nach Kaffee, leicht würzig und herb.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewHaMeister (103) - - APR 4, 2014
12oz bottle pours a dark brown with a team head and nice lacing. Smokey coffee aroma with a mild bitter flavor. Nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (504) - - APR 2, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wavygravy74 (11) - Washington, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
Weak aroma, but bold strike on the palate. Weak bitter flavor flows and stays after the taste. The benefit is after the taste you keep wanting that taste to stay alive. Beautiful drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mathieuc (999) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
Pours a complete black with a medium beige/light brown head that leaves really nice lacing. Aroma is nutty, roasty and ever so slightly ashy. Taste is indeed dry, not a nip of sugar in there. Flavors are of roasted malt mostly, along with some light ash (not disturbing) and some vegetal notes. Body is medium-full, mouthfeel almost silky like some oatmeal stouts are. Good beer.


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