ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Appearance: Pours a seemingly black body with a medium-sized, frothed, airy beige head.
Smell: Roasty, earthen aroma of heavily-kilned malt smelling of bakers chocolate, burnt wood chips, and stale gas station coffee.
Taste: An expected follow-through of the aroma - roasted malts paired with tones of unsweetened chocolate, dark roast coffee, and lightly smoky charred wood bark. Faint roasted grain astringency midway couples with the ample hop bitterness present. Dry dark maltiness through to the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation giving a bit of tingle to the proceedings.
Drinkability: It’s a nice, easy drinking stout, it has good flavor and the purportedly low alcohol is definitely appreciated. jbruner (4747) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2012
Poured a dark black with creamy white head from nitro tap at Proof on St. Patrick’s Day. Light scents of soy sauce and coffee. Taste is like a Guinness, but way better, with a little more roasted malts and a smooth finish. Good dry stout that you should try if you get the chance. nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
Growler via trade thanks to Sebletitje. CCB growlers don’t seem to hold up too well when shipped, but this one was very good and well-carbonated.
Pours pretty much black, but not too thick, with a small tan head that lasts.
Aroma is very nice - roast and coffee dominate, and there is also an earthy aspect as well as a hint of chocolate.
Flavor is also mainly charcoal-like roast and coffee. The dark chocolate asserts itself more here, and there is definite earthiness and even a little wet dog (that’s a new one, huh?). Wet dog is one of my favorite beer flavors. A little anise as well.
Very dry on the palate with lasting drying from the roast. Finishes cleanly, and has medium body.
Overall, this is just excellent for a style that often isn’t that exciting. Supremely drinkable. This probably won’t surprise most of you, but I had this next to a Guinness and it was not even close! The Guinness was way sweeter and less dry, more watery, and just less flavorful in general. Goes to show how good this beer is for the style. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
From draft labeled as Hillsborough River Dry Stout. The aroma is slightly roasted, with coffee, hops, fruit and chocolate. The appearance is black with a tan colored head. The taste has chocolate and caramel malt with some coffee and a tad bit of paper and bitter hops. The palate is average for the style but not overly thick. Overall I enjoy this one but not my favorite. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2012
CCB Tap Room. Pours pitch black with a small tanned head leaving lace. Aroma is roasted licorice malty fruity and coffee. Flavor as aroma, acidy, great bitterness. Good balance. Finshes dry roasted bitter.
BelgianBeerGal (4068) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Nitro draft at Proof. Classic dry stout look with a nice brown head of tight bubbles. Nice aroma of roasted malt and coffee escapes the dense head. Classic flavor of dark malt, espresso and bitter chocolate. Good and true to form. Jow (3927) - New York, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Nitro at The Jeffrey. Deep brown pour small head. Nose is roasted malt and Cocoa. Tastes of choclaye, roasted malt, some coffee, earthy bitters. Decent but not a lot going on. Dry finish. Easy drinking. alobar (3800) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Black color with a cream-colored creamy head. Aroma of roasted malts and dark fruit. Flavor has some hops up front with roasted malt and dark fruit. Quite dry. Nice beer. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2010
32 oz growler from Redlight Redlight. Dark brown with a thin beige head. Nose is cola, hay and mocha with light smoke. Medium light with soft carb. Taste is coffee, brown sugar and club soda. Dry finish with hints of green olive. Huhzubendah (3705) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Growler generously gifted by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!
The beer is dark brown, nearing black. The head is thick and beige and leaves some random lacing on the snifter. The aroma offers dark fruit, smoke, and roast. The flavor is quite nice. Eight ounces down, this is likely the best Irish stout I have yet had. Light bodied and easy drinking, with spot on carbonation. I would definitely drink this again.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 08-01-2011