Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Pasteurised in cans and kegs, with nitrogen. As of late 2012, the 4.3% bottled version had been discontinued.
Has also been brewed in the UK under contract at InBev Magor and latterly at Heineken’s John Smith’s site in Tadcaster plant and at Monteiths in New Zealand.
Ingredients: Pale and chocolate malts; roasted barley; Target hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (2924) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2014
On keg. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head. Nose - a very elusive note of dark chocolate biscuits. Taste - mainly malt not much chocolate. Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly good finish. Overall - decent for a mass distribution beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (1726) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
Duft av kaffe, bek og lakris. Mørk, nesten sort farge. Tykt brunt skum. Muk smak av kaffe og noe sjokolade.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
flying_pig (999) - SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2014
Pint on-tap in Gallagher’s Boxty House, Dublin, Ireland (€5):
Roasted notes & earthy malts initially, some creamy notes & lactose coming through alongside some light coffee & touches of bitterness towards the end with a touch of chocolate too.
Dark brown to black with red tinges at the base. Creamy looking & still, thumb-sized head that’s off-white with great retention & good lacing on the sides.
Roasted malts, a touch of coffee & the same chocolate that appeared in the aroma as well. I could detect some sweetness with hints of faint bitterness alongside some biscuit flavours.
Very smooth & goes down very easily from the start. Carbonation was very soft & the beer was quite dry with a faint bitterness that left you wanting to take another drink straight after the last.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one & it definitely grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. Lighter, smoother & less bitter than Guinness, it’s is a good alternative to that one with a solid taste to back it up. Can’t wait to see how it tastes by the can since it’s hard to find on draught in the UK these days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (2266) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass and a mug. There wasn’t much difference between the two glasses. The appearance was dark brown color ranging close to black. The head was a film of off white foaminess coating the sides of the glass. The smell had a nice blend of roasty coffee to sweet dark chocolate. There was also a light milk chocolate coming in as it warmed. The taste was basically balanced between the roasty coffee to sweet chocolates. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was construed to be somewhat sharp but tame enough to take down at a decent pace. Overall, Irish Dry Stout? Oh yeah. Done well. Oh yeah. Would this guy have it again. Oh yeah!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (537) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Can - super dark red with a thick light brown head. Good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Taste of coffee, roasted malt, hints of vanilla and a mild bitter end. Heavy body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (1123) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 22, 2014
Couleur brune, fort col de mousse cremeuse. Nez leger grillé et houblon. Gout leger café, houblonné, lacté. Corps très aqueux.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcHS (14) - - JUL 22, 2014
A little tasteless with some chocolate and some hops. Quite watery. Expected much more from a Irish Stout. Not bad, but not special either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (278) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
A nice dry stout. Lingers on the palate for a long time. Pretty in a glass but even nicer going down. A nice session beer in rainy weather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dal9000 (201) - Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2014
At Murphy's pub in Centerville. Perfect pour. Nice mild chocolate flavor up front. Dark with perfect rolling foam. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AgentAle (790) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Aroma is cream, dry roasty malts, some bread notes. Taste is creamy body with roasted malt with a slightly sweet note. Fairly subtle finish. Body is a dark amber/black with a thick creamy nitrogen head that retains very well.

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