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Stud Service Stout - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  3.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hustlesworth on 03-02-2010)
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Reviews by Meeg:
Photo of Meeg
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I'm convinced this is incorrectly categorized. It is much more akin to an English Mild than a Stout.

That said, it's a tad hoppier than you'd find a true English Mild to be. However, Mild needs to be brought into the discussion on this one.

I understand that I've gone off-format for my review, but the growler's empty, and I was happy with this low-alcohol offering. Well-balanced, appropriately carbonated, and drinkable.

I talked with a brewery employee when purchasing this, and was told that it's made with the second mash of the Siberian Night grains. Nothing goes to waste. Nice.

Meeg, Aug 11, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of wildcatboy
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

wildcatboy, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of ninner00
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

ninner00, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from notes on my trip to ohio last year

Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness

mikesgroove, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of JNewbs
2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this at the Wink in Peninsula as part of a sampler paddle. Had it alongside DFH 90 minute, SNPA, and Brooklyn BCS. On to the review:

A: The look was actually pretty good. It had a nice cream colored head that left a bit of lacing. Color was a deep mahogany that I could see through at the edges of the glass.

S: Nothing out of the ordinary. Got some roasted notes, and that was about it.

T: Yuck. The only thing I can say about the taste was that I liked it more than Guinness. But I hate Guinness. The taste was over the top with roasted flavors. It almost tasted burned. I ended up quaffing most of it in big gulps, though at 3.1% ABV I didn't get a big reward for it.

M: It was like I was drinking really hard water. It was abrasive on my teeth, and it made me grimace with determination to drink the whole glass.

D: Obviously not impressed.

The best thing I can say about the beer was that when I hit the Brooklyn BCS afterward, though I don't think it is an extraordinary Imp Stout, it tasted like heaven in a glass.

JNewbs, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of nitter
3/5  rDev -10.7%

nitter, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of ne0m00re
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

01/25/11- Had this one on-tap at the Winking Lizard on Bethel.
A: Black with light brown hues, it has a dark tan thick collar with good lacing.
S: Strong, slightly sweet roast, creamy with a bacon burnt character and almost-floral hops... this is a good dry stout.
T: Bitter with a good dry roast and almost raspberry espresso (or coffee beans), along with a slight raw walnut. Good.
M: Thinner than I'd like.
D: Good. Even better considering the alcohol.

For a 3.1% stout, this one is great. I had it on-tap at the Columbus Beer Fest without knowing what it was, and it reminded me then of a drier and thinner version of their porter. I'd still say this is pretty spot on. With a better (creamier) mouthfeel, and a cheaper price tag (it cost the same as Dortmunder on tap), this could be a regular.

ne0m00re, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

pathman, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/14/10 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin but dense off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, some lactose and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but not heavy with sweet flavors of chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. There's a little bit of lactose creaminess as well. The hop presence is faint but is where it should be for the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent dark but mild beer that is worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Kalev13
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Kalev13, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of hustlesworth
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the brewery and now in my bar. Soon to be in bottles.

A- nice deep Dark brownish black, very thick looking with just a shred o' mahogany at the bottom of the glass. Puffy dense tan head becomes creamy like melted ice cream once it settles to a very thick ring and thin foam glaze over the surface.

S- big roasted coffee and black cocoa, burnt wood, cigar, very fresh toasted grains, earthy, soil, compost, and some faint dried fruit aromas and perhaps a hint of grapefruity cascade hops.

T- deep dark roasted bitterness, espresso and dark chocolate without much sweetness. The sweetness that is there however is a fresh creamy grainy sweetness like a bit of caramel and marshmallow, sandalwood incense, and Dulce de leche. Earthy and herbal bop bitterness is present throughout, helping the roasted flavors extinguish the sweetness giving a great transition to this dry stout. Finishes woodsy and smoky with some burnt citrus and black coffee.

MF- crisp and dry with zesty around medium level carbonation and a soft milky body. Lacks the body that alcohol provides but with this malt content who needs it? Roasted feeling on the cheeks with some alpha acid astringency.

D- 3.1 abv? Awesome! That means I can drink like 20 of these! One of my favorite local breweries puts out another hit in my opinion, just in time for st pat's. Flavorful and hoppy. Not bad at all.

hustlesworth, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint glass at Winking Lizard on 1/29/11

Very dark in the glass. One finger puffy, tan head. Thin layer of retention and some lace.

Smells really nice; simple, not fussy. Good showing of dry, roasted dark malts, Coffee grounds, bitter dark chocolate. Earthy overtones. Tastes comparably dry with maybe a touch less roastiness. Regardless, roasted, bitter coffee notes aren't lacking. Quite a bit of dry bitterness, actually. Not much for cocoa or chocolate (hints of chocolate as it warms). Very faint fruit notion - dark and tangy. Ample carbonation accents a gritty, medium-full feel. Fizzy carbonation but not bad for the style. Dry finish.

Aside from the carbonation (in this case personal preference) this drinks just fine. Swirling helps retention and cuts down on the carbonation, too. The 3.1 abv is a plus as well.

Ryan011235, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Spider889
2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Winking Lizard. I was initially excited when I saw a new TD offering, but then immediately taken aback by the abv. Ding would be proud, I suppose.

The beer was black with red-brown highlights. The beer itself is pretty clear but dark enough to appear opaque. There was little head that was almost gray in color. Left nice lacing.

I was admittedly impressed by the aroma. Very rich and full of smooth dark malts. There's some mild chocolate, and it smells very sweet - I imagine from a lot of unfermented sugars in the beer given the low abv.

Sadly the taste didn't impress like the aroma did. The beer is thin and watery. The chocolate comes through, but this time bitter instead of sweet. Earthy hops and some mineral notes interfere with what the malts are attempting to foster in this beer. This almost gives it a nitrogenated flavor. Finally, I detected mild dark fruit sweetness in the alcohol - yes, the alcohol was much more noticeable than I ever would have guessed (but please don't equate that to being boozy, which this beer is very far from).

The beer is thin, bitter, with a powdery dry aftertaste. Overall it wasn't too appealing, though I suppose you could drink a dozen of these if you wanted something to drink a ton of...

Spider889, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of cd_beer_disapear
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

cd_beer_disapear, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of MrDanno96
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours pretty dark, near black but not quite, with deep brown hues when held to light. A small tan head sits atop the brew with some foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty much what you would expect from the nose. Nice notes of roasted malt with hints of coffee.

T: To be honest, rather unappealing in this department. A strong bitterness pretty much all the way through is the only real flavor I got out of this. Black patent malt and burnt coffee.

M: This was not good either. I understand this is supposed a light bodied session stout, but this was down right watery. Quite honestly, cold water with burnt coffee flavoring in it is what comes to mind.

D: I understand the concept here. In fact, in light of the extreme, high abv beer obsession in the craft beer industry right now, I even appreciate what Thirsty Dog is trying to do here. It's cool to see a brewery trying to develop a nice session beer. However, this beer missed the mark. TD should add a few more fermentables, aim for low 4% abv and tone down the bitterness in this brew.

MrDanno96, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of clickpush
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught to 16oz glass at Winking lizard, DT Cle. Arrives w one finger light tan head. Beer is very dark brown, illuminating to dark ruby when backlit. Head succombs to gravity, leaving full cap of lace and halo. Aroma is roasty & chalky, some minty, detergent notes as well. Body is light flavored and well carbonated, tons of delicious roasty flavors at every angle on the tongue. Swallow reveals burnt toast and lingering lightly bitter finish, marrying roasted malt and mild hopping. Enjoyable to the extreme.

clickpush, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a tan head. Head has little retention and leaves just a bit of lacing.

S- Smell is coffee and roasted malts. I can't really pick up any thing else.

T- Taste is again really noting but coffee and roasted malts. Not really any hops coming out at me.

M- A bit light on the lighter side of medium and a fair amount of carbonation.

D- Ok to drink I think I'd be going after something else.

nrbw23, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of belzo35
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

belzo35, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bodega. $4.50 a pint.

I'm pleased to see a new Thirsty Dog a well as a session stout available.

Very small head, but this is Bodega. There was only 2 rings of lace before its gone. The beer is actually a fairly clear dark red.

The smell is kinda weak and straight forward. Light roast and grassy hops.some caramel.

This is decent, for what it is. Its kinda bland with only a flash of roasty malts. The finish is muddled with bitter, chemically hops.

MbpBugeye, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of Sturmthis
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Sturmthis, Aug 31, 2012
Stud Service Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.