Brewed at Hilden

Style: Dry Stout
Craigavon, Northern Ireland


on tap


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Bottle, regular
This Irish dry stout has been handcrafted using only the finest ingredients to create a beer, full of character and of true Irish pedigree just like that of the ’immortal black’ Master McGrath.
A traditional dry stout, combining rich roasted malts with hints of coffee and dark fruit, balanced carefully by the earthy hops - smooth on the palate with a lingering dry finish!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (10718) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2013
500 ml bottle. L3141. BB May/14. (K-Citymarket) Kouvola, Finland.
Dark reddish brown almost black colour with a small creamy tan head. Roasted malt, mild coffee, sugary sweetness and lactose sweetness in the aroma. The flavour is roasted malty with lots of coffee notes. Sweetness. Creamy. A bit watery. Too much coffee for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with decent tan head. Aromas of light roasted malts, milk chocolate and toffee. Taste is more of the same, roasty bitter. Not bad .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (8992) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle. High creamy and thick looking light brown head. Black body. Hard roasted malt cofee liquorice aroma. Tasty roasted malt coffee smoke liquorice flavor. A bit thin bodied but better than expected. Low carbonation, long finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2011
Cask conditioned handpump GBBF 2011. A black headless beer. A very dry smoky ashtray like aroma which like the taste is possibly overpoweringly dry. Ashy in the mouth too. Has good intentions but by far the dryest stout I think I’ve ever had, and it’s a struggle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bought a bottle @ The Vineyard, in Belfast, Northern Ireland .. . Ł2.29 a bottle, had as McGrath’s Irish Black .. . deep black .. . sweet roast nose .. . very silky mouthfeel .. . a damn damn fine awesome dry stout, brilliant!! .. . .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (8084) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home, BBE 05/2014
Aroma has vanilla, some ashy and peaty notes. Also some lactic tones. Flavour is a bit odd with lactic notes, some dark chocolate and hints of ash. Some coffee and buttery tones too. Decent, I do not find the lactic notes nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (7932) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - APR 26, 2014
500ml bottle, BBE Nov 2014 Dark and roasted in the nose. The beer starts smooth and creamy. Milk-chocolate together with a moderate bitterness in the mainpart. The aftertaste is long and intense. Chocolate, roasted grains, not too dry with hints of bitterness that fit in very well.
A nice and dry-bitter Stout. --> 12/12/12/12

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jredmond (7693) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle purchased in Derry, shared with Linh and Scarlett in Donegal, Ireland - July 2015. Pours a deep brown body with thin tan lacing. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of caramel malt, burnt toast and lots of roast. Super roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
Cask (handpump) at Great British Beer Festival, day 4 on 5 August 2011. Near black. Dry and smoky. Decent chocolate notes on the nose and palate with a little stewed coffee. Conspicuously accomplished and extremely satisfying. Mnouthfeel is maybe a touch light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7070) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Gravity @ Pigs Ear 2012. The pour’s deep brown with no head whatsoever. The nose is bright jammy red berry, some chocolate and dried wood. The taste is leather, roasted malts, charred wood and jammy berry. Rich chocolate. Dry finish. Smooth, silky body. Overall, a decent effort!

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