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RATINGS: 273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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A dry, all-malt stout balanced with Oregon Willamette and Yakima Clusters hops. We use six different grains in the brewing of this dark masterpiece.

12 oz. version, which is filtered, is brewed at Shipyard Brewing in Portland; 22 oz. version, which is not filtered and only sold locally, is brewed at Gritty McDuff’s in Freeport

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (910) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 16, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a dark brown almost black colored body with a lumpy tan four finger head. The head begins to fade after a minute or two. The lacing is spotty lacing throughout. The smell was coffee, with a hint of smoky chocolate. There is some light cinnamon and pepper. The taste was bitter through the coffee and becomes balanced with some light milk chocolate. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, very smooth, no aftertaste, dry finish, some carbonation is felt on the tongue. Overall, this is an excellent choice for an Irish Dry Stout, probably one of the better beers by Gritty’s.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jtclockwork (7110) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose is medicinal, grape, burnt grain. Uninviting. Taste is dry dark bread. Touch of grape. Light smoke. Toasted black malt. Dry finish. Ultra light bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2013
22 ounce bottle
I can’t remember where I picked this up but it was a respectable release. After trying it once I won’t be rushing to get another (especially if it comes from Shipyard). It is average at best; not a drainpour but not exciting either.

Aroma / Appearance - An inky black pour slinks into the glass. Fluid with a tan head it slowly falls like melting snow. Black licorice, spicy figs, charred oak, and ash are backed by a robust maltiness.

Flavor / Palate - Spicy cola, black licorice, and then a fluid maltiness appear in turn. The thin bodied mouthfeel could use more body. This has some positive aspects. Ultimately though the outcome is a run of the mill stout with minor weaknesses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Scrapersnbeer (1434) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Aroma of wet earth and old coffee. Pitch black, tan film of head. Tangy and metallic, weird yeast at play. Could be infected, but my observations are consistent with other reviews. Light and insubstantial body. Big disappointment from Gritty’s.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
clueo (148) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2013
A good stout which pours a great dark color with a nice head. Simple to drink, but not a ton going on as far as taste and smell. A very drinkable stout which is good for the summer months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (9838) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2013
Keg at the Portland branch. Pours clearish, dark brown with a lingering beige cream head. Ashy roast aroma. Light to medium sweet flavor with more ashy, burnt malts, cocoa, mild coffee grounds, dirt. Light bodied with creamy carbonation. Moderate sweetness to finish, some dark malt tang, ash, cocoa. Pretty meh.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jdobbs (286) - New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
Taste is watery and slightly sweet at first, but then gets a bitter hit which lingers with a bit of roastiness. Not a great stout by any means

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rrauth (1091) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Draft at the pony in NYC. Better than expected and great stout appearance. Light on taste but still not a disappointing beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
czar (3790) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
tap at brewpub. clear dark brown with a nice creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. peat, metal, ash, rustiness, acrid fruitiness. soft carbonation, light body - weak structure, awful metallic and mineral finish. it’s hard to brew a horrid classic dry stout..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snoyes2 (1) - Maine, USA - JUN 15, 2013 does not count
Dark in color with a nice white creamy head. Rich coffee chocolate aroma and taste with a hint of hoppiness at the finish. Mouth feel is similar to that of a guiness, surprisingly light and watery, not a bad thing. Over all a good stout when you can find it.

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