mcox90 (2146) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2017
4 oz. taster at the source. Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Cocoa powder and coffee with cream on the aroma. Bit of oatmeal cookie in the flavor giving it a hint of sweetness. Not much though. Medium bodied and dry. Dogbrick (13986) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2017
Sample at the taproom. Brown-black color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates quickly to a dense film. Small patches of lace. Roast malt, chocolate and coffee aroma. Light-bodied with flavors of roast malt, coffee and milk chocolate. The finish is dry with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall. BVery (11390) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2017
Tap at GABF 2017 in Denver, CO. Dark pour. Didn't take detailed notes during this festival, numerical rating only. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Poured into a mug, the appearance was dark brown close to black color. Light film of a little white foamy head sat atop and fell off at a moderate pace. Sly lace. tfontana (1148) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2016
The aroma had some rugged roasty coffee beans, burnt toast, crisp wafer/cracker sweet tones, light milk chocolate and ended with some sweet oats.
The flavor leaned into the roast fairly hard and didn’t allow too much sweetness to come out. Fairly nice aftertaste of the coffee as it didn’t seem too rugged here. Finished with some of that ruggedness of the coffee and burnt toast.
The feel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Low carbonation felt good, though. Perhaps it was how the coffee came across. Not that smooth at all but wasn’t acidic.
Overall, wonder how fresh this bottle is because I wouldn’t mind letting another age as the coffee seemed a bit too roasty.
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2017 Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Cigarette City. Appearance is opaque black with decent sparkle at the side of the glass, finger-width foamy light brown head with decent retention and trace lacing. Aroma is rich roasted malts, light dark fruit and chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Taste is strong initial roasted malts--bordering on ash--followed by light chocolate, vanilla, caramel and dark fruit. Palate is light bodied with smooth but somewhat foamy texture overpowered by fizzy carbonation and finish as taste. Overall, some nice features but the palate, especially the overly-carbonated aspect of this, detracts from them.
thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
On draft at the brewery. A really, really traditional take on a Dry Irish Stout. It’s just about a perfect example of the style -- medium-light mouthfeel, chocolate and faint coffee flavor, and a slightly astringent, dry finish. There’s nothing really that stands-out in the beer, but it’s a good quaffable pint if you’re looking for a Guinness alternative. hayduke (5702) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Sampled at GABF. In the tasting glass dark brown near black with tan foam. Nose of roasted mats. Medium plus body. Favor is chocolate and coffee. Finishes coffee bitter .Good. BroSpud (2261) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2015
22oz bottle purchased from Top Shelf in Hampton. Poured dark black with an overly huge tan head.Carbonation bomb. Another mishandled bottle? Got a few duds from Top Shelf this visit, not sure what’s going on. This one mostly ended up down the drain. puboflyons (3508) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 25, 2015
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is deep brown to just about jet black. Full tan head that settles some but never goes away. Check out that awesome aroma. Smoked malts galore, coffee grinds, some light chocolate, and really no hop character. The body falls into the medium range. Big smoky malts flavor and finishes dry. I would drink it again in a heartbeat but I love anything that is smoked to the extreme. But as a dry stout, it might be a little off-style. radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Purchased from Top Shelf Brews yesterday evening. $6.99 for the 650 mL (plain, minimalist all-white) bottle. Consumed with a coworker at his Bubbles-like hideaway in Exeter (insert "LOL" anywhere here). To pint glass (thanks, Josh!), it pours a purplish, mahogany-tinted dark brown with which a beige frothy head 1 finger in length stood. Aromas of green cardamom, Dry Irish ale yeast, seaweed, spent grain, noble hops, flaked barley, and sweat. Tastes the same with the addition of stale chocolate almond milk, toasted breadcrumbs, cardboard, and simple syrup. Had been waterier than was expecting. Easily potable yet only mildly flavorful. I respect Beara for what they have been implementing in the NH craft beer scene (using 100% imported Irish grains), and have been dilligently anticipating the release of their bottles to markets, but sadly I wouldn’t consider this beer as anything more than an ordinary (albeit good) Dry Stout. It’s certainly not of poor quality, but I just wasn’t dazzled. Has a really nice roastiness. A touch thicker than Guinness.