Ungstrup (37553) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2005
A black beer with a brown head. The aroma is very roasted combined with notes of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is sweet and also very roasted and with a great coffee flavor, as well as some nutty notes. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 25, 2001
Rich, creamy, and wonderful. A great Irish stout. 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.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2005. A black beer with little head. An aroma which mixes roasty stout notes with reasonable fruity hops. The taste is light roastiness with some good fruity tasty hops. Really enjoyed this one. DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
On tap at GBBF 05. Flat, black. Good, hoppy, dryish Stout. the hops here are juicy and piney, on a hard malt background. Very fresh for a Stout, and crisp. Unusual and very good.
nearbeer (5412) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
12 oz. thanks to lithy for sharing this one. Opaque with a nice lasting ring of bubbles. Nice aromas of espresso, oat, chocolate and mixed berries Flavor is big espresso with oats, chocolate and berry. Medium-heavy body is drinkably watery and roasty-dry. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2002
Pours a nice deep black, or brown depending on your eye sight, minimal head, fair lace. Nice roasted grain and or coffee nose, hints of caramel. Malt sweet at the front, middle is full, the rear has a bit of hop bite, slightly acidic, dry, Not Bad. Quite a good stout actually, one well worth the dry for stout lovers, ’The rest of you who can’t run with the big dogs’ stick with the ’Blondes’ and light beers! UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2003
Pours an opaque black, with a vigorous tan head. A good sign. Aroma is clean and roasty, with a bit of coffee. Flavor is powerful, which is a nice change. Heavy roastiness, with bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors. Body feels a bit more than your average stout. My only complaint is that the carbonation was too much and I feel like it killed some of the beers flavor. Altogether, I was really impressed. Great stuff. BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2003
I'm tasting Stouts tonite and I decided to go with the local micro as a baseline. The head was medium and creamy and slow to dissipate. It absorbs light. A nice dark roasted aroma. Earthy, coffee flavors. A bitter finish that, much like the Energizer Bunny, goes on and on and on and on... thornecb (5906) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Pours mahogany into an English pint. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Caramel malt aromas. Chocolate front to back with a lasting slightly sweet hop finish.