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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: Dry Stout
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cold filtered and kegged. Also available bottled at 5.7% ABV.
"Made to arecipe originally brewed by Deasy’s of West Cork in the early 1900’s. This was Michael Collins’ favourite tipple - a stout like your gradfather used to drink. A fine fullsome stout, full in every way, a pungent aroma of late kettle hops. A generous quantity of roast grain for flavour, bitter with flaked barley producing that rich body."
Ingredients: Pale Malt, Roast Barley, Black Malt, Flaked Barley; Galena, Nugget and East Kent Goldings hops.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
750ml bottle via trade. What a pain in the ass to get the cork out!! Pours the deepest possible brown with a big chocolate colored head. Nose of toasted malt, chocolate, ground coffee and a touch of hops. It wasn’t fair to this beer having tried it after a barrel aged Barley Wine. A pretty well made dry stout none the less.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2009
Thick tan collar with surprising gritty hops, ash and singed barley leaking out from beneath. Got the Galena without looking. Proper grown-up burnt toast and dry hop bitterness. Fat nitro body, herbaceous hops creeping out as it warms (thaws). Ashtray afters clinging with smoke. Punches with roast and hops. Impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 31, 2008
Draught, Porterhouse, Dublin. Great looking stout, with improbably dark body and off-cream head. Complex on the nose, of roasted malt, chocolate, hops, yeast. Quite bitter on the palate, but equally rounded too. Not this drinker’s particular preference, but would be the ideal stout for others I’m sure.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2008
750mL bottle. Opened unenthusiasticallly, but looked good when poured.. deep brown with a creamy cap of rich tan head. The aroma picked up roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and lesser nutty notes in a fine array of malts.. just a touch of oaky sourness and herbal notes behind. The flavor had a little more sourness than I would’ve liked, but it was still aiight.. roasted barley, coffee, and lesser chocolate on the core with oak and roasted grainy sourness around.. bitterness was fresh and greener with grassy character.. finished with roasted black malts and more of that sourness. Medium-bodied with ideal carbonation on the palate, but the sourness kept it from flowing well. Certainly solid overall

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
Draught @ The Porterhouse, Covent Garden. Mahogany with a thick beige nitro head. Dark chocolate, roast malts, black filter coffee and a hint of soap in the nose. Slightly thin in the mouth but has good roasty notes, baking chocolate and some bitter hops in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
Aroma is dominated by roasted coffee and liquorice, cocoa notes too, black, sporting a tiny toffee head. Taste is unbeatable coffee, gorgeous liquorice, fine dark chocolate. Medium bodied, superbly balanced, bitter and bold. Incredible! Thanks Torontoblue.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12080) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2008
Tap @ Porterhouse, London.
Pours almost black with a great, staying, creamy, beige head. Exceptionally good looks. Sweet, malty aroma, some chocolate and soft roasted. Not much of it, though. Low carbonation, fine, creamy mouthfeel - much like a good Guinness. Flavour is rather sweet and malty, good dark chocolate, nuts, liquorice and a great, long aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2008
750 ml bottle sent from Secret Santa 2008. Quite dark with a bubbly brown head. Very roasty aroma with licorice. Sharp but semi-sweet with roasted/burnt grain. Complex with a bit of malt with earthy/spicy hop presence that is not over done. Solid. Carbonated medium body with semi-dry finish. Pretty good for a style I do not usually get into.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2008
750, corked and baled. Thanks, BitBucket! This was truly above and beyond the call without a doubt. The cork was a real SOB to remove--ended up chipping glass off the neck TWICE, using a garden variety wine bottle opener. This was after I gave up messing with the cork and just cut the top off. wtf? Impacted to say the least. But that’s neither here nor there wrt the beer, since I rinsed the shards off the top under the tap.
Pours a jet-black body under a thick, surging, moussy burnt tan head. Plenty of webby lacing left as it falls, but it sticks around to some degree for a good long while. Sweet licoricey nose...delectable. Creamy medium body. Plenty of chocolate and licorice on the mid-palate with whiffs of licorice darting in for cameos here and there. Long, mild, creamy finish. This isn’t really a 750 beer, it’s a 6-pack beer, but it’s lovely stuff. Could drink a fair bit of it if they got the price down where it ought to be, instead of hovering around 75 cents an ounce in the states at boutique bottle shops.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pasgenric (2) - , Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2008 does not count
The 4X is my favourite stout from the Porterhouse brewery. It has the strongest taste, and it keeps you thinking.


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