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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
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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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bearsxco

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Poured brown/black in color with a half finger tan head that lingers in glass. Nice amount of carbonation. Oak, slight coffee, almost a hop smell to it. Can' t really put words to the smell. Smooth up front with a little carbonation. Very nice. Not very complex, simple and just good.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:36:25 | More by bearsxco
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's very dark and opaque. The head is a solid two fingers tall that has a creamy texture to it. Upon thining out some lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Strong espresso, dark chocolate, faint milk sugars. Dark bready malts, hops are roasted to the brink of being slighty chared which give it a light dryness.

Taste: Silky smooth mouthfeel and dam creamy. Lots of chocolate malts dark roasted hops. Big espresso notes with faint vanilla bean. Wisps of milk sugar in the back.

Notes: Dam this is remarkable incredibly smooth and a great mix of flavors. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:12:07 | More by horshack7
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a black body with a thick tan head.

Nose has a rich milky chocolate and roasted malt/coffee smell. Very rich smelling and extremely inviting.

Taste is very smooth and very rich at first. A silky smooth medium body. Almost like drinking a silky chocolate milk. It has a strong hump half way through of hop bitterness and roasted malt that fades nicely in the end. Dark malt, coffee, espresso, milk chocolate, soy milk, milk, and roasted barley. There's a fireplace brick, charred smoke sort of flavor that balances against a slight leafy earth taste.

Wow, what a damn nice stout. Silky smooth with a load of classic stout flavors. I really wasn't expecting anything this nice from Paper City.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 23:46:40 | More by taez555
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YeastInception

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-07-2012 18:33:50 | More by YeastInception
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2002 07:32:09 | More by Jason
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 22:49:35 | More by edchicma
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with reddish hues. Thin off-white head has little staying power. A few meager patches of lace slide loosely down the glass.

S: Sweet sugary chocolate, like a chocolate-frosted cake. Fudge, cocoa powder. Freshly brewed coffee. Earthy yeast smells and a bit of herbal hops. Great nose.

T: Chocolatey roasted malts are quickly overtaken by a bit of cola-like sweetness, which in turn is supplanted by a bit of acidity and burnt malts. Chocolate cake moves to the forefront sporadically. Light earthy hop tastes provide balance, and earthy yeast is the anchor. Finish is dry with a medley of roasted malt tastes: chocolate cake, a touch of smoke, and roasted coffee.

M: Medium bodied, full, creamy, and very smooth. High carbonation.

O: A great example of the style, and very drinkable.

Notes: One of the best tasting Irish Dry Stouts I've ever had. I'm glad I live only a few minutes from the brewery and have easy access to this gem.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 17:50:25 | More by ryan1788a5
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Samdaddy

Massachusetts

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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 14:48:12 | More by Samdaddy
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 21:49:09 | More by MaineBeerMan
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 06:25:27 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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far333

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 22:24:29 | More by far333
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2001 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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rorjets

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-11-2014 17:31:59 | More by rorjets
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Nordicsk8er

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-02-2012 23:37:48 | More by Nordicsk8er
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 14:41:32 | More by jwc215
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jslot38

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hard pour produces a nice cascading effect. Forms a heavy light toffee coloured head. The body is the shade of night. Lacing all over the place.

Smell: Rich unsweetened chocolate. A touch of that green smell wafts a bit in the nose, but is overpowered by the aroma of coffee, molases, and roasted grains.

Taste: All the lovely touches of the smell carry right over to the taste. Plenty of nice subtelties that meld together to form a nice taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, a touch of smokiness, nuts, and toffee round it out.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly, near perfection.

Drinkability: Will one day make a journey up to Holyoke for a growler or two of this stuff.

Notes: Top notch irish dry stout. Exceeds Guinness extra stout by far. A perfectly blended stout that prides itself on many characters, and drinkability. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 02:56:40 | More by jslot38
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one right here in Syracuse at Party Source.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best If Served By: 06 30 09.

Pours a dark cola brown with a two finger light tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. A decent amount of lacing holds strong to the sides of the glass. Smell consists of dark roasted malts, toasted grains, and coffee grinds. Light cocoa powder, a bit of caramel malt, and some earth in the nose as well. Taste begins with some ashy wood, chocolate malt, and roasted nuts. Midway a vanilla flavor emerges with a dirty hop flavor. Aftertaste is pretty dry with smoke and caramel on the tongue. Medium body with a slick and creamy feel, very fitting for the style. The fairly low abv and smooth feel make this an easy drinking brew for sure. I like this one over their Mother's Milk, very solid Irish Dry Stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 00:54:09 | More by BeerTruth
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 01:47:28 | More by fitzy84
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one drinkable Irish Stout! Pitch black with a foamy/frothy lasting head. Trails of sliding and some sticky lace. Smoke, floral hop and malty aroma. The full rich body is reminiscent of an oatmeal stout, but this is a bit dryer. Sweet molasses and burnt caramel hints of crème brulee. Fairly high in citrus and tea-like bitterness and somewhat noticeable alcohol and ever so slightly astringent.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 13:59:41 | More by BeerResearcher
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 17:18:56 | More by tempest
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 00:11:58 | More by mountdew1
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Brewfan

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 01:22:56 | More by Brewfan
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lovindahops

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An afternoon beer to watch the ncaa lax tourney on a rainy sunday. Lil irish dry stout action from paper city

A- pours an opque look with a head that quickly resides. A strong stout look

S- a strong robust malty scent with major dark chocolate flavor arising from the brew. Maybe a little cocoa powder theme as well

T- a dry and bitter roasted malt taste with hints of chocolate. This is very tasty with the dry and bitter flavors crossing over well.

M- good hearty flavors with the necessary carbonation to make an impact

D- great drinkability with the tasty flavor you want with a stout. These can be drank very smoothly

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 17:48:59 | More by lovindahops
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Gusler

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 06:20:24 | More by Gusler
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nickdago

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 21:57:26 | More by nickdago
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Riley's Stout from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.