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Irish Dry Stout
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look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A) Black-brown with a light, coke-color around the edges. A fewy, fast bubbles on the top that didn't look like a head. Down to no head in a minute. Lacing gone in another minute. Looks completely flat.
S) Fruity raspberry, surprisingly little coffee. Smell is weak in general.
T) Cigar, a weak dry roasted coffee with some berry fruitiness that seems out of place.
M) Completely flat. It was served from a firkin but I mean it has zero carbonation. I think it may have been tapped at some other time or somewhere else.
O) Man, I don't mind the beer and its dryness lends drinkability but it just isn't a great dry-irish stout. It has a subtle but pervasive hint of fruitiness and a lack of roasted-barley/coffee-flavor. It comes-off a little watered-down or something. Not exactly what I want in a dry irish stout.
It was served from a firkin in a little coffee shop and I'm not sure when it had been tapped. It may have received some abuse or something prior. I'd like to re-review from a bar or bottle.
Serving type: cask
04-02-2011 18:55:54 |
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Served in a pint glass, on tap at the BMB tap room.
Appearance: Arrives a faintly transparent smoky garnet, dark enough that light only peeks through around the edges. The half finger of head is very large bubbled but displays surprising resiliency - normally a head this soapy and erratic has much poorer retention. That being said, the lacing on this one isn't fantastic, and the head does ultimately recede somewhat substantially - this might have been great on nitro.
Aroma: Dry, toasty malts dominate, though hints of wholesome oats and flourishes of dark fruit do waft up, particularly as this one warms. Sweet fudgy notes and hints of earth and coffee also emerge, as does a slight green twinge - not necessarily hoppy, but a little herbal - though the toastiness dominates throughout.
Taste: Similar to the nose. About as dry as you'd expect, with a few slight astringent notes courtesy of the toast peaking through. They're counteracted fairly well by a slight but persistent amount of residual sweetness, roasted, suggesting caramel and dark toffee. The dark fruits hinted at in the nose are a little less potent here but still present, suggesting cherries and figs.
Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I'd like from a beer this toasty, again suggesting that this one should have perhaps been on nitro. Thinner by virtue of the high attenuation and dry toastiness, the admittedly mild carbonation does enough to keep this one on a bit of an edge, too erratic to be creamy at first and then too flat, hitting the sweet spot in between only briefly.
Drinkability: Not a huge fan of the style, but this one's a fairly good example. At 4.8%, it's fairly quaffable too - went surprisingly well with the ale mustard that accompanied my pretzel. It's certainly more flavorful than Guinness, though that's not saying terribly much - at 4.8%, though, give it a shot. You have nothing to lose.
Serving type: on-tap
03-29-2011 20:33:35 |
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