Hillsborough River Dry Irish Stout (Patio Tools) - Cigar City Brewing
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3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Enjoyed on tap at Capone's on 3/19. Reviewed from notes.
The deep black body, light brown head and sticky lacing are pretty much the calling card of the Irish Dry Stout. I could tell just by looking at it... even though the silly pun in the name (Edit: This was called Patio Tools when I tried it) gave me the impression that I could expect an Irish Session Ale. I only wish it was on nitro.
Intense aroma packs in roasted coffee beans, spicy black licorice, vanilla, chocolate and creamy root beer. The smell is much spicier than expected for the style and I feel like a touch of nutmeg might be what added this additional layer of complexity.
Dry roasted bitterness is the first thing to peak out flavor wise, followed by a burnt conclusion that brings on a heavy dryness and coffee bean residuals. A certain Holiday-esque spicing in the yeast makes me think that this is a Belgian-inspired take on an Irish style. I'm probably looking too deep into it, but it still manages to be unique and reverent at the same time.
Liquid is very smooth on the tongue, followed by a zesty, tingling dryness. It's very thin (even for the style), but not without its merits.
Although I felt that certain aspects needed to be fine tuned, this brew was very easy to drink and definitely an original take on a much-mimicked style.
Serving type: on-tap
07-17-2011 20:59:17 | More by deapokid
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Hillsborough River Dry Irish Stout (Patio Tools) from Cigar City Brewing
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