jcwattsrugger (12434) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a rich retaining tan head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/coffee. Taste is strong coffee grounds, dark malt-chocolate, acidic hops bitterness. Nicely done, but not my style. nimbleprop (8452) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Poured a watery, opaque black with a thin tan head that laced slightly in the glass. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and biscuit. Flavor is roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, light coffee, molasses, brown sugar, all that you’d expect from a stout. Finish is slightly watery with a lasting coffee bitterness. Stout lovers would think this is average, but it’s very drinkable and I enjoyed it. JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2007
This beer pours deep black with a medium head. The notes of roasted malt are preominate on the nose. You get varied amounts of coffee and bitter cocoa and a tiny bit of earthy malt. The finish is long and has nice bitter hop notes. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2006
12oz bottle via trade with 46er3498 - Thanks Tom! - Pours black with a with a medium tan head that settles back to 1/4 inch and stays there with some good lacing. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, light chocolate, and some earthy notes. Flavor is quite robust for a dry stout. Good coffee, smooth chocolate, lots of roasted and earthy notes before a slight bitter and dry finish. Palate is medium bodied and somewhat creamy but a good dry finish. Nice brew!!! willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2006
04.03.06 12oz bottle. The description says that "to describe this beer in words is a grave injustice." I call foul on the notion. In fact, I didn’t expect much but this beer surprised and was pretty solid. Poured relatively still looking despite a sure pffft when de-capped. Black with mahoganey edges, small head. Aromas are rich for a dry stout, full of earthy hops, muddy peat, and a brandy and wood-like underpinning, none of the weak and vaguely roasted malts relied on by so many lighter stouts. Nice mix of earthy, leafy hops and rich tasting roasted malt carry the flavor, while the fuller alcohol and wood notes of the aroma seem to be lost beyond the nose. Dry and a bit astringent to finish. Very pleasant in general, if only a bit on the thin side. Worth a shot, for sure.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of pepper, coffee, chocolate, and some hops. Taste is of coffee and bittering hops. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Reilly’s Irish Stout pours to a deep ebony color with a slight tan head that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose is heavy with aromas of dark chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, and a back drop of piney hop aroma. The palate smooth and creamy with lots of big dark malt flavors. Bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee, roast, and a hint of vanilla coat the tongue. Reilly’s Irish Stout finishes with more chocolate and coffee notes up front, then ends with a dry, roasty, and bitter finish.
This is a delicious Irish stout with lots of flavor and character. I would match this beer with a hearty beef stew with warm Irish soda bread and butter. It would make an excellent desert beer as well. Pair this one with chocolate layer cake, or with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Great beer from a great Western MA brewery. Seek this beer out if ever in Holyoke, or anywhere it is available in MA.
chriso (7569) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2005
Cask (gravity dispense), GBBF, August 2005. Pitch black. So far, so normal. But the aroma is unusual for a stout. Whilst there’s burnt malt, there’s not much coffee or chocolate but instead some quite aromatic hops. More of the same on the palate. Some dry chocolate but the burnt malt and sharp hops again dominate. There’s an underlying sweetness, but the hoppiness masks that. Not the fullest mouthfeel, with a touch of bitterness on the finish. I like it.
Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
Draught at GBBF 2005:
Black appearance, no head. Slightly alcoholic aroma. Quite refreshing, bitter finish. tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
Listed as Irish Riley’s Stout: Sweet orange, resiny, pine-like hop nose meld with dark malt roastiness. Opaque brown-black with low, tan, fully diminishing head. Orange, spruce, resinous hop flavour with sweet malts and strong roasty finishing bitterness. Orange flavour is lasting on the tongue. Aggressive bitterness overpowers other flavours. Medium-full body is sticky with fair carbonation. Sampled at GBBF 2005.