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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Weve been brewing in Boston for 26 years, and have always enjoyed the mix of great beer and good friends that Bostons pub culture inspires. Hopefully weve helped create that combination here at the Brewery as well, but the Irish pub may have been one of the first inspirations, and we wanted to pay tribute to it.

The development of Boston Irish Stout was quite a learning experience as we not only needed to come up with a recipe we liked, but had to learn how to nitrogenate beer on a large scale and package it properly. There were a few bumps in the road as we went along, but thankfully we could always drink our mistakes. Of course, it is also fun to see the tap attached to the bright beer tank (the tank we package out of). We need to sample pints out of the tank prior to packaging because its the only sure way to confirm that the beer is going to pour correctly when it is put in the keg. Quality control is a tough job at the brewery!

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Boston Irish Stout is a traditional dry Irish stout. Full-bodied but sessionable with a creamy texture (derived from the nitro pour), it combines the roasted character of six malts with delicate Willamette hops.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Salamiwami (50) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Looks a like like Guinness but doesnt taste anywhere near as good. Has a funky aftertaste.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Larry_Duffman (486) - - MAR 20, 2017
I had it on tap. It pours black with a tan head and lacing. The aroma is chocolate and coffee. The taste is chocolate, milk, vanilla, and coffee. Its really smooth and creamy. Its really tasty and drinkable. This is very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (4699) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 18, 2017
Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was layered as expected - black at the bottom fulfilling the tan to brown three finger-ed middle indicating the nitro pour to flow through as it should and then a soft finger and a half of a level eggshell white color for a head. Glistening lovely stringy yet sliding lace. The aroma had a luscious sweet to roasty blend of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet cream and a touch of vanilla at the end. The flavor blended the previously mentioned flavors to boot and had it wrap into the aftertaste and slide into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Sorry, Harpoon, I dont find this to be full bodied. Makes for a great session. ABV felt spot on as the brewer suggests. Overall, practically perfect as an Irish dry stout, watch out Guinness. Except for that body, just seems a touch under. Still, I hope Harpoon does this again next year.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4447) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2017
Boston 2017. Une belle robe noire avec une crme en lieu de mousse. Un nez lgrement rti avec une touche de malt chocolat. La bouche est crmeuse et savoureuse avec des saveurs rappelant un fameux stout de Dublin. Jaime bien.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (13780) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 22, 2017
[2/2/17] Draught at Harpoon Brewery in Boston. Dark brown, creamy beige head. Roast, some chocolate, a bit of coffee, dry, medium-bodied. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepatrickman (1180) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2016
On tap. Like a lot of reviewers, I was struck by how similar this is to Guinness. Thats not a criticism or a lazy review of all dry stouts -- this really does have a aroma, mouthfeel, and taste thats very reminiscent of the Emerald Isles biggest export. Really pleasant; its not about to reinvent the wheel, but Im happy to drink a few pints of this any time.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thorongil2 (2742) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2016
(Tap) clear, very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of smoke; smooth palate; mostly dry flavour with a long, light bitter finish

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3683) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Dark cola pour with aroma of roasted malt, chocolate,and with a hint of coffee. Roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and coffee flavor. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (2140) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2015
On tap at VT brewery in Windsor. Had this before but it tasted so much better fresh off the tap at the brewery. Similar to a Guinness in taste and palate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vandc01 (389) - North Branch, USA - APR 9, 2015
Had a sample while visiting harpoon brewery. Very light bodied for a stout on nitro. Decent but didnt blow me away.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (3399) - CROATIA - FEB 9, 2015
On tap at the Harpoon Brewery, Boston. Pours dark brown with tan head. Roasted malts and milk chocolate. Smooth. Light to medium bodied.


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