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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Stained walnut with the suggestion of sepia highlights near the bottom edge of the glass. The khaki colored foam looked spongy initially, then quasi-creamy as it slowly began to melt. Small splotches of lace turned into thin rings, then thick rings as the beer fell with drinking.
The nose was AWOL when the pint was first placed on the coaster. Once the head was gone, a faint whiff of roasted malt was noted. At the midway point, I was finally able to appreciate some of the qualities of the style.
Dry Irish Stout is a better than average Irish dry stout. Like the nose, although not to the same extent, the flavor wasn't readily apparent when the beer held any sort of chill at all. Whoever pounds DIS will be missing out. This one needs to be sipped slowly for maximum enjoyment... or started out at a higher temperature.
The flavor profile was on the simple side, but that isn't a sin when it comes to most IDSs. Roasted coffee beans and cocoa powder shared the spotlight, with no other bit players detected. Hop bitterness was more noticeable than hop flavor and was cumulative over the course of the pint. The finish was lightly tangy, in addition to being bitter, dry and crisp.
Like everything else about this ale, the mouthfeel improved over time. It started out light and slightly too carbonated, with a tolerable tongue sizzle during the first few ounces. By the midway point, it was light-medium and was edging into lightly creamy.
Dry Irish Stout is a solid version that checked just about every Irish dry stout box on the list. It went very well with my Pub Philly sandwich and kettle chips. I would gladly order it again to accompany just about anything on the Rock Bottom menu.
Serving type: on-tap
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 4508 University Ave, West Des Moines
04-07-2008 19:48:18 |
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