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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: Dry Stout
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 507   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
Bottle Shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, courtesy of Hogtown Harry (thanks Swoopjones!!) Wow, big thanks to Harry for sharing this one, I’ve always wanted to try something from these guys. With a label that claims that they’re modeling their beer after the stuff Michael Collins and crew used to drink, well, that’s pretty neat too, here goes. Dry dry dry aroma - dusty, sweet with some chocolate - good start. Pitch black, medium brownish head. Very dry taste - great full body, molasses, chocolate, some hops. Milky. Very drinkable. A wonderful session dry stout that exceeded my very high expectations.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010
Date: June 02, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, wispy beige head
Aroma: dry roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich bitter dark chocolate flavor, only a touch of sweetness at first but disappears as it gets warm, picks up a light tartness upon warming

Date: April 10, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: hop city
Appearance: black, frothy beige head
Aroma: dry roasted aroma
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of dark chocolate bitterness, touch of sweetness eventually emerges, long bitter finish

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2007
MJ’s Rare Beer Club 7/13/07: Black body w/a lasting medium sized beige head. Metallic w/ sherry like oxidation at first in the aroma, then prunish dark fruit esters. Also minerally. Very light chocolate & roasted grains and a touch of soapy hops with hints of toasted and caramel malts. The flavor is well balanced between sweet and bitter up front, but finishes bitter and lingers into the aftertaste. Light chocolate malt, and again, a soapy flavor w/ herbal and earthy hop presence. Brown sugary at the start and some lightly toasted malt. Light raisiny ester in the flavor and also a touch of alcohol. Fuller medium body, warming alcohol, low carbonation, and a dry m/f. Okay but not great! A bit too harsh around the edges to be truly enjoyable for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours an impenetrable dark brown with a large mostly-lasting fluffy light-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, fresh green hops, cocoa and a hint smoke -- very unique aroma. Flavour’s dry with lightly roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a nice amount of hops. Medium bodied, smooth creamy mouthfeel. A somewhat unique and very enjoyable Stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (5195) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Off-white head, with a dark brown body. Caramel and roasted malt aromas. Lots of roasted malts in the taste along with the bitter chocolate and the coffee. Noticable hops in the taste as well. More bitter than most stouts are methinks. I expected more, but I got something respectable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrbasstrombone (8) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2007 does not count
This beer is great on draught! Far, far better tasting than Guinness. Lots of hoppy flavour. Go to Dublin and try it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2007
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle from swoopjones. Poured thick, opaque brown-black with a large fluffy light brown lasting head (4+). I can’t decide whether the pungent grassy/funky UK hops or the dry, mildly spicy dark roasted molasses/nutoil/dark chocolate malt dominates - it’s roasty, dry and funky. (tupalev says it reminds him of burnt dust, like when you fire up the electric space heater for the first time in the fall) - very good. Taste - smooth, soft, chocolate milk, dry, darkly roasty, milky, green funky hops - smooth. Lovely mouthfeel - lightish body for a stout, but silky and milky, mily carbonation, malty linger - excellent - I think I liked it the most of the three of us, but we all like it. Dry, but not too dry. Note: bottle said 7%, not 5% - felt more like 5% to me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (25207) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2007
Draught@Porterhouse, London. Black colour, mediumsized brown creamy and thick head. Aroma is roasted malts, very dark chocolate and some caramel. Flavour is big roasted malts, some dark chocolate and strong coffee and fudge. Really wellbalanced and pleasant to drink. Roasted nice aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5995) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged from the Michael Jackson Rare Beer Club. I’ve had this in the fridge since I got it. Not sure why I waited so long to rate it. Black pour. Midnight really. Bit of mahogany around the edges at the surface. Small tan head is gone before I was done pouring, it seemed. Nose is roasted malts, sweet caramel, coffee and cream, and dark chocolate. Taste is a bit more on the bitter side as compared with the aroma. Strong roasted maltiness, cold coffee, dark, bittersweet chocolate and soft burnt caramel. Body is creamy and smooth but fizzy is spots, especially as you start to swallow the last gulp of each mouthful. Finishes with more bittersweet chocolate, dark coffee, roasted malts and more caramel notes. Nothing unique or extreme, but well done, nonetheless. Very drinkable!

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Dark brown pour with rustic crimson hues. A creamy light brown head disperses rapidly. the aroma is of sweet coffee, moderate roasted grains, burned caramel, astringent but not alcoholic at all. The flavor is very astringent, with just a touch of sweetness, hints of acrid smoke, torched caramel and unpleasant in many regards. The taste took a total nosedive. The finish is bitter, burnt, medium in duration and leaves sour roastiness lingering. Mouthfeel is tingly, adequately carbonated and dull, somewhat scattered. Interesting but not very drinkable.


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