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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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3.9
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Looks just like it's picture above.Not as black as leads to believe though.Dark mahogany at the darkest. Aroma is very bittersweet(not from overloading hops),burnt,and some earthy hop notes. Mouthfeel seemed watery at first but after a few sips,this is a pretty thick brew. Excellent cocoa,caramel,burnt flavors with a long,lingering bittersweet finish. Seems to be a good stab to me.

3.9
Got Stout? (173) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2005 I figured that since they put four bottles in the pack, it’s expected that you consume them in short order. I did that with great pleasure and inebriation. The lightly burnt chocolate aroma follows directly into the drink, but thinner than one might expect. It has a self-described dry finish, but is decidedly acidic after warming. The drink is carried through to a rather thick, sweet after-swallow, but if it gets annoying another drink will be soon to follow. As I am a daily Blatz drinker, it is a nice affordable change...!

3.9
heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Thanks a lot for the bottle Duane. The body was black with a light brown colored head. The aroma was roasted peanuts with some coffee. There was also some sweet milk chocolate. The taste was coffee with moldy cheese. There was also some burnt bread crust. The taste was nicer than that description sounds. The carbonation was very smooth. Another beer in an underappreciated style.

3.9
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle. Poured near black with a very dark, modest sized head. Molasses and a hint of coffee in the intensely sweet and malty aroma. Flavor was especially smooth for a stout. The palate was very pleasant and the finish was a mild roast and bitter chocolate. I’m not often in the mood for stouts, but when I am, I wouldn’t mind reaching for more of these.

3.9
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2013
16oz, Sprecher bottle, twist-off. Very black pour. Brown foam. Aroma of burnt malts, chocolate, coffee. Very dry. Black charred malts, licorice. Better than Guinness! (3596)

3.8
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Opaque black body with a quickly fading tan head. Bitter chocolate and coffee to the nose. Some caramel and molasses added in the taste. People sell Sprecher short. This wasn't bad at all.

3.8
prw166 (2) - USA - MAR 6, 2008 does not count
Bottle, poured very dark, medium head. Aroma of malt and coffee. Taste of dark roast and coffee. Great beer.

3.8
AbsoluterZero (11) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Source: 16 oz bottle from local retailer. Aroma: Has a moderate roasty smell to it, sweet chocolate and caramel malts come through. Accidentally dipped my nose into the glass. Appearance: The beer is a very dark brown/black; not quite completely black, but close. A decently full and thick light brown head tops the pour. Taste: The head has got a little bit of staying power to it which is nice and malty on its own. The beer itself only lightly bitter, with solid flavors of roasted barley and coffee with slightly fainter chocolate and caramel notes. Palate: The beer has a moderately full body and, as I expect from the style, a nice smooth quality to it. Very easy to drink. Overall: A very respectable dry stout. It’ll be in my St. Patrick’s day rotation, methinks.

3.8
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours nearly black with a thin tan head. Aroma is rich roasted malt, some dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor is roasted grain, dark chocolate, roasted (not bitter) coffee, a little ash, a hint of tartness. Finish is long and rich, with little bitterness. Palate is not heavy, but a bit astringent. A great beer for those who like smooth, flavorful, not bitter dry stouts.


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