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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 172   ABV: 5.73%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This tribute to St. Patrick’s Day is smooth and creamy, with the distinct flavors and aromas of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and dark roasted barley. Two precious batches of this robust, ebony colored stout are produced every year, one for St. Patty’s Day and one for Irish Fest. Best served at 50 degrees F.

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WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Being only the third ratebeerian to rate this one, and only seeing it for the first time today, I have very little idea of what to expect. That said, the color is nice (not QUITE black, but very dark brown) with a generous tan head. Aroma is...strange. A little earthy, in my opinion. The flavor is nice, and not TOO dry. Actually, I'm pleasantly surprised by the flavor. This is NOT a dry stout along the guinness lines...much different with different character to the flavor. A decent stout, though not a great one.

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DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Not quite what I expected from an Irish Stout; I expected more malt and less fruitiness.

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StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 For all of the good stouts in the world, there’s a fair share of unremarkable ones. This "Irish Stout" is one of them, but it’s not that bad. Smells like it should and stands its ground, but when it hits the palate, the traces of coffee and chocolate are much less noticable. Not as bitter as it should be, but then again, it’s not a lot of things.

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GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Fairly thin looking stout, smells of weak chocolate, head looks more like pop than beer, fairly weak flavor had much better stouts, probably would be just a shade below average in my book

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nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 The aroma has raisins, toasted malt, coffee, leaves, and chocolate. The appearance is super dark brown with a medium head. The flavor has all the elements from the aroma with what seems to be tannins giving it an off taste. The palate is thin for a stout but the aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate. I was disappointed with this one but it’s not awful.

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dchmela (3088) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Nice big black pour with a nice off white head. Chocolaty winey aroma with a hint of coffee beans. Taste is thick with a touch chocolate malt. Finishes nice and smooth.

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duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2002
Slightly rye odor leads to a sharp but pleasent malty flavor that stays just long enough. Not one of the best for this style and not even one of the best stouts of Milwaukee.

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Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Very dark, with a nice brown head. Dark chocolate scent. Commercial description seems to be pretty accurate on this one. Both coffee and dark chocolate are certainly noticable in the taste. Becomes acidic as it warms.

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JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Black, but not opaque, thin tan head, which disappears quickly. Roasty nose. Some sweet chocolate at first sip, quite rough and grainy in the middle and dry at the finish. The coffee hints in the middle become less harsh once it warms. Actually warms up to a nice, thinner stout.

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Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Tinny/metallic, thin body but with decent coffee tones. Far too few hops to be labelled as an irish stout.


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