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Riley's Stout - Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 07-16-2001)
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Reviews by MaineBeerMan:
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4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coal black beer with a full rich head of light brown foam that sticks around in the glass and leaves rings stuck on the glass, very nice looking beer.
Big rich smells of roasted malts, a bit of a burnt coffee aroma and just a bit of earthy hops. Poured at room temperature I can smell this beers fragrance almost a foot away.
Full flavored and full bodied with lots of dark roasted barley flavor and notes of coffee and chocolate. Drying bitterness that seems to come from the dark grains as much as it does from a nice dose of hops.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel that quickly becomes dry and almost puckery, begs for another sip.
A very nice dry stout, one of the best I've had, and like so many U.S. micro brewed Irish dry stouts, this stuff puts Guinness to shame. I'd love to taste this from a nitro tap.

MaineBeerMan, Jan 25, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Best if served by stamped with a date. Label boasts a cool looking coat of arms; two lions holding a red, bleeding hand.

Appearance: An absolutely opaque liquid of jet black. Pours a mean tan foam of various bubble sizes, patchy, creamy and sticky. Drops to a nice amount of head that can be roused with a gentle swirl. Make sure you have a big pint glass to pour hard to see the cascading effect.

Smell: Huge aromatics of sweet and roasted malts, sweet carob soya milk, charcol and a faint hop bite in the nose. Very rich smelling.

Taste: Upfront, the initial taste is that of a silky smooth mouthfeel that brings with it strong roasted notes with a moderate astringency to it. Body is full, robust and rich. The palate dries up, a lot, followed by a mild fruitiness and soft salty-rind bitterness, accompanied by its quick hop sting. Coffee, chocolate and faint smoke flavours come to mind as the beer warms. And the beer is warming in itself. The overall astrigency/bitterness balances extremely well with the sweetness of this brew and the beer finishes on a dry note with some faint diacetyl butteriness in the back and upper palate.

Notes: Yah! Talk about roasted! This is probably one of the best Dry Irish Stouts that we have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Impressive and highly recommended. Up there with Gritty's Black Fly and Shipyard's Bluefin.

Riley's Stout is named after the first settling family in Holyoke, MA.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 16, 2001
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a lacing that drops rings on the glass most of the way down.

Very smooth with an underlying crispness that is hard to beat. Deep dark chocolate, mild coffee and charcoal aromas and flavours are dominant. Hop bitterness is there but under the roasted flavours.

I’d pick this over Guinness or other similar American brewed dry stouts. A pleasure running into this one in the Boston area.

Jason, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, opaque, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, earth, and baker's chocolate

Taste: roasted malt, earth, baker's chocolate, slight tobacco, and creaminess at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet with earthy bitterness

Overall: A pleasant above average Irish stout. If I were in the mood for an Irish stout I could see myself having a six of this. That said, I will not be in a rush to get it again any time soon.

tigg924, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is great. Dark, dark brown color with a light brown thick lumpy head that sinks quickly, but leaves big sheets and fingers of oily lace around the top of the glass. Smell is malty and smokey, with some fig and cocoa. Flavor is round and smooth, a bit chalky, with a roasted malt and cocoa flavor. Very creamy, with a bitter coffee finish, some raisin, and hops burps. A tiny bit of a tannic and citrusy pucker and a bitter mocha flavor in the lingering aftertaste. Really good beer.

far333, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark black with a rather active espresso colored head. Head settles down to form a nice fluffy covering with excellent lacing.

Smells a little gingery and quite malty. Very pleasent.

The taste is a little underwhelming. Very thin with a weak malt presence. Slightly sweet and then dry. Flavors are non-descript.

Mouthfeel is very soda like. Lots of fizz and very little bang.

Sorry to be the party wrecker but this is not my bag.

yankeeheel, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Party Source in Syracuse. This is a good, rippingly dry Irish stout. It makes a touch in complexity, but the almost sour black roasted malts are big and bad (delicious). The appearance is pitch black with a tan head. I could drink more of these. Comes off very traditional - in the best way. A little heavier than the true Irish stout (Beamish, etc), but hardly less sessionable.

tempest, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Samdaddy
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer tasted more along the lines of a porter than a real hearty stout. This beer had practically no head, which sort of bothered me, but the taste was awesome. One of the smoothest beers I have ever drank. Even people who don't normally like stouts will enjoy this beer. Goes great with dinner, and what a great name for a beer, Hell yea Holyoke

Samdaddy, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent stout. Poured a nice dark color, with great choco bubbles. Had a great roasted coffee taste. Creamy, which is a quality I look for in a stout. Smooth tasting, I took large gulps, drinking this beer like water. Six pack next time, a single bottle is just a tease.

bewareOFpenguin, Apr 24, 2003
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Enriquehopnog, Nov 12, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a real fan of stouts, but with more like this offering, I could be won over. This is a local beer for me and believe it or not, I got a six for under 5 bucks...what a great deal. Beautiful almost black color with a creamy head with various size bubbles. Nice hop aroma. Taste a nice subtle coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth, with a slight hoppy aftertaste that was excellent. Very easy to drink...it's verrrry smooth. Highly recommend.

edchicma, Aug 09, 2003
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance. Dark black look with some nice, thin lacing. The smell is pretty sharp and rich. Good amounts of malt, chocolate, coffee all of which is nicely roasted. The taste has some of those sharp flavors, but there is a good, dry sense of hops included as well. Crisp mouthfeel allows for a full bodied drink that definitely fills you up for St. Patrick's Day. Overall, one of Massachusetts' finest.

fitzy84, Mar 17, 2008
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2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor head retention, uneven. Very dark brown, pretty much completely opaque, even up to a light, which seems unusual. Its pre-imbibation character is unimpressive, given the head and pungent odor of orange peel, bitter bitter BITTER bitters, and sourness. It's like an almost-rotting, overripe ...something. If that's phenols, which I can't determine, then something's wrong with 'em.

There's a very distinctive taste of overly sharp almost-citrus. It feels thin, somehow both over- and under-carbonated, without body. What IS likable in the taste? The bitters at the very front are pleasantly sharp for a moment, before something sinister happens to it. It's unique, I'll grant, but not for me. Tastes more like a poor porter than any irish stout I know.

Looking at others' reviews, I could recognize vanilla, lime seltzer, scent of chocolate, a lot of the trademark dryness, and I think I can see ginger--plus the fairly excellent drinkability.

cooter, Jan 13, 2005
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

tclapper, Dec 05, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice deep black, or brown depending on your eyesight with a smallish in size head that is semi-creamy in texture and the color a light chocolate color and the lace left behind a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nice roasted grain and coffee nose, hints of caramel. Malt sweet at the front, top is thick-bodied, the finish has a meaningful hop spicy bite, the carbonation is leniently acidic, the aftertaste malt dry and long lasting, quite a good stout actually, one well worth the dry for stout lovers.

Gusler, Nov 03, 2002
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass. A nice very dark brown, but not quick black, opaque color. Head was about 1 finger, reddish brown, that disappeared quickly after pouring and before drinking. Aroma was slightly sweet, not sickeningly so, but had touches of coffee, and maybe caramel? Tasted the same. Not at all bitter, very easy to drink. Tasted slightly better warm than cooled. A nice solid stout.

mountdew1, Jun 13, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the brewery's Friday night open tastings.

When poured into a pint glass the midnight black liquid immediately begins to cascade and form a delectable frothy head of about and inch 1/2.

Chocolate and coffee is present in the aroma, but not over powering. (not a huge coffee stout fan) (blasphemous I know)

The greatest thing about this beer is the smooth creamy texture that is present while drinking. Coffee and chocolate hints are detectable.

As far as stouts go, this one is a very easy drinker and enjoyable as well.

nickdago, Jun 09, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into my pint glass with a three finger creamy light tan head, which ends up retaining at about one finger for a decent amount of time. Pretty thick lacing is left behind by this one. A good looking Irish Stout. Instantly as I smell this one I think of a Guinness. Lots of roasted malts, some chocolate, vanilla, a coffee like smell that could come from a grain of some sort. The smell dies down pretty quickly and I have a hard time picking it up again. Taste is also that of roasted malts, chocolate/mocha and some hops, earthy ones. Part way into the beer the roastyness I enjoyed seems to disappear and allow the hops and sweetness to come through a bit too much. I wish the initial taste stayed there. Mouthfeel is decent for an Irish Dry but still a bit watery to me personally. The carbonation feels appropriate for the body and taste. No warming whatsoever going on here. Drinkability is good, the taste is not bad, the price is good, there are no huge off flavors to take over the beer and ruin it totally, it was certainly worth trying as I enjoy stouts very much but I'm not sure if I will get this one again.

cbutova, Nov 15, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark burnt-chocolate color with tinges dark mahogany. Minimal tan head leaves whisps of lace surrounding my Hennepin chalace.
Aroma of dark chocolate, malt and cappucino. Very malty. Me likes this already.
Nice burnt coffee and roasted malt taste with a sweet backbone. Malty with not much hoppy bitterness. Reminds me of a chilled espresso.
Creamy body and medium carbonation makes this one quite drinkable. Finishes dry and crisp. Very nice dry stout from Paper City. This could definately be a session beer for me.

Brewfan, Dec 15, 2005
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing a bottle back for me from New England!

Best by date faded, but year is '08 so it's within freshness date...

Pours black with dark brown hues along edges. A thin tan head becomes patchy, leaving some spotted lacing on the glass.

The smell is of dark roasted maltiness with chocolate and coffee - earthy/fruitiness hints in the back. Mild, but pleasant.

The taste is of dark roasted malt - chocolate and coffee. Dry finish.

Fairly creamy and smooth though there is a very slight (alcohol?) astringency.

Nice roasted maltiness - a good interpretation of a traditional Irish dry stout (with a touch more alcohol).
Thanks again, John - I liked this one!

jwc215, Jan 11, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a large tan creamy and fizzy head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. The beer is black but lets a little bit of light through around the edges.

Smell: Strong roasted and toasty malt, chocolate and coffee notes, sweet smokey smell.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, dark toasted malt, very light smokey flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body, a lot of carbonation, dry, and leaves mouth with a light dry and slight sweet film.

Overall: Good drinkability, a little too much carbonation. Really good roasted flavors with sweet chocolate to balance it out.

natasharai, May 03, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Mikeluzzjr, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of alexwag
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark but penetrable by light without too much trouble. Head is thick, mocha-colored and enduring. Leaves very nice, consistent lacing. Impressive.

Smell: Roasted/burnt malts very up front, alcohol is noticeable. Potent.

Taste: Those malts are still right there up front, along with the alcohol. Carbonation is mild at first but becomes more evident and sticks with you. Mid-sip it becomes more bitter, which endures until the end, mingling with the roasted coffee malts. Creamy near the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good, perhaps too much carbonation. Still, fairly smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Good! Overall pretty tasty and easygoing.

Still, I've had better Irish stouts. But this one was good for the money ($5.99 at Town & County in W. Springfield).

alexwag, Apr 03, 2005
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with about a finger of tan head. The nose has some roast in it, but it is not super strong. This offering is a classic example of an Irish dry stout with hints of roasted malts present throughout and mild bitterness on the finish.

I love big, amped-up stouts with coffee and chocolate notes, but occasionally I just want a straight forward "black beer" (as John Wayne calls it in the Quiet Man). The folks at Paper City have managed to produce a perfect example of a simple, yet elegant stout.

57md, Jul 05, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Stoney's Pub South Hadley,Ma.

Upon first smell I got typical Stout coffee, and chocolate. Also I got a slight barn (hay and horses) sort of smell, definately a good one though.

The first sip proved to be huge in the coffee section, with a little chocolate mixed in. Some nice acidity in this brew as well.

Overall a sessionable brew with good attributes.

currysage1, Mar 05, 2008
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Riley's Stout from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.