Brewed by Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
This stout has a robust flavour with a ful bodied and smooth mouth feel. The roast flavours lead to a dry espresso like finish. A generous addition of fuggles hops lead to a tart bitterness which mingles with the roast espresso flavours on the tongue.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2006
Bottled. Pitch dark color and nice creamy like head. Kind of like the great Guinness I thought. Aroma was licorice, and some smoky and roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Medium to full bodied but a surprisingly smooth and pleasing taste in mouth. Slight bitter and every so lightly sweet finish. Very nice stout I thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Sampled with Stegosaurus and Beerded_one at Newtown Beerfest. Black pour with white head. Good aroma of roasted malt with a hint of coffee. Had a bit of a sour flavor. It was ok.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KnutAlbert (6746) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2006
Bottled. Quite similat to a Guinness in most respects, nothing to make this stand out from the crowd. A bit more experimentation would be welcome!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (2151) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 As good as Guinness. I couldn’t tell the difference. Dark black color, and roasted malt flavor

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stefano (1994) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Deep black in colour with a light brown coloured head. Aroma is roasty, of coffee and light chocolate. Flavour is very roasty, coffee, chocolate, all the stout regulars but this just seems a little light. Quite bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7472) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a nice large fluffy tan head -- it looks the part but it’s slightly downhill from here. Aroma is sweet and malty, slightly roasty with some coffee and maybe some chocolate. Flavour’s...different, not what I expected. It’s somewhat watery, just a little roasty with some sweet malt and a dry bitter finish. Flavour could use more coffee and chocolate, as it is it doesn’t do much for me. Medium bodied, acidic mouthfeel. Looks great but the rest, not so much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 500 ml bottle - pours deep, deep brown, almost black, with a thick mocha head. Aroma of roasted malts, black licorice and plums. Taste is similar to Guinness, but with more body and complexity, though the mouthfeel is still fairly thin. Short finish. I would take this over Guinness if it were available here year-round. Ultra-smooth and drinkable. Very tasty. A fine dry stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3593) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Pours very black; nice lingering brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, bitter overall. Not the best stout; did not like it as much as Guiness. Very roasted flavor. Would drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
There’s none more black... Nice roasty aroma, and a bitter flavour that faded nicely. Some acidity lingered, but generally an easy drinking stout. Great looking label as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2006
Murky black colored, medium sized brown head. Sweetness, roastiness, coffee and caramel in aroma, some creamy tones there too. Thin to medium bodied. Flavor is even more roasted, also some smoke and coffee can be found. Aftertaste dries with roastiness. Basic stout, of course fuller body wouldn’t hurt.

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