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Hillsborough River Dry Irish Stout (Patio Tools) - Cigar City Brewing

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Hillsborough River Dry Irish Stout (Patio Tools)
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pours black in color with coffee and very light cocoa notes. Hillsborough River is brewed with roasted barley which contributes forward coffee notes with small notes of cocoa and toffee in the flavor.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: Chaney on 07-15-2011)
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Reviews by tpd975:
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap at CCB tap room.

A: Pours dark black with a tall tan head. Excellent retention and lace.

S: Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, dark coffee, and smoke.

T: Deep roasted flavor. Lots of roasted malt with a hint of char. Dark dark coffee, mild chocolate malt, and caramel. Mildly earthy with a hint of molasses.

M: Medium in body, smooth, lightly dry finish.

D: Excellent. Damn fine stout, homerun when compared to other stouts of the same style.

07-16-2011 00:03:23 | More by tpd975
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-24-2013 02:32:15 | More by mverity
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-07-2013 23:25:39 | More by iemailjack
Photo of codysjb


3.18/5  rDev -21.5%

A: Dark Brown, little head, good lacing.
S: Dry, some chocolate notes but not much.
T: Like an irish dry stout lol. It was a little watered down but there were some nice coffee and chocolate notes.
O: Ok, a decent if not somewhat watered down example of the style just not amazing.

02-27-2013 01:08:36 | More by codysjb
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Nitro-tap at CCB takeover at OTC.

A: Good looking stout. Dark brown with a small tan head. Standard for the style I guess.
S: Not much going on. Some dry, dark chocolate smells and roasty malts. Very faint though.
T: Dry roasted malt. Some vanilla and chocolate, with a burnt flavor at the end. Slight bitterness.
M: Thin bodied. A bit watery. Super creamy mouthfeel though because of the nitro. Silky smooth.
O: This is a great sessionable stout. The thin body bothered me a bit but this was overall very smooth and drinkable.

03-21-2013 04:18:13 | More by standardcherry
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

32oz Growler into a CCB snifter.

Pours a deep brown with a short lived head. Leaves pretty good lacing.

Really nice roasty nose. This beer is to roast what a single IPA is to hops. Simple, but elegant.

Taste is bitter roasted grains. Elements of coffe and bitter chocolate peek through a light body. Very drinkable, a really nice traditional style from CCB.

07-26-2011 20:33:24 | More by mondegreen
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-27-2011 15:23:15 | More by SPRichard
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4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

On-tap. Originally posted under Patio Tools on 5/18/2010 but moved after an incorrect merging.

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of heavily roasted malt with good amounts of unsweetened chocolate. Also present are hints of char and tobacco.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly tempered by lightly sweetened dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the flavors dry out a bit with hints of char. Good amounts of tobacco flavors enter into things before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I finished my glass very quickly and could have a ton of these, especially at such a relatively low ABV.

Overall this is likely in my top three CCB beers I've had, and that's among some stout company. A very flavorful low ABV stout that's well worth a shot.

07-27-2011 21:55:09 | More by glid02
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-06-2012 07:27:26 | More by tugg407
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-16-2012 14:10:05 | More by acurtis
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%

Cigar City Smokes NYC Rattle N Hum event. Big stout aroma. Dry but not that dry, which is a good thing, I liked the malting. Roasting went a little on the burnt side which gave it a nice edge. Decent for what it is, but this product gets lost in what else Cigar City does. Dark brown colour, suitable carbonation.
Had again two months later at the brewery, more coffee grounds, and yes dry.

07-17-2011 23:58:39 | More by Sammy
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Growler via trade thanks to Sebletitje, called "Patio Tools" at the time. CCB growlers don't seem to hold up too well when shipped, but this one was very good and well-carbonated.

Pours pretty much black, but not too thick, with a small tan head that lasts.

Aroma is very nice - roast and coffee dominate, and there is also an earthy aspect as well as a hint of chocolate.

Flavor is also mainly charcoal-like roast and coffee. The dark chocolate asserts itself more here, and there is definite earthiness and even a little wet dog (that's a new one, huh?). Wet dog is one of my favorite beer flavors. A little anise as well.

Very dry on the palate with lasting drying from the roast. Finishes cleanly, and has medium body.

Overall, this is just excellent for a style that often isn't that exciting. Supremely drinkable. This probably won't surprise most of you, but I had this next to a Guinness and it was not even close! The Guinness was way sweeter and less dry, more watery, and just less flavorful in general. Goes to show how good this beer is for the style.

07-26-2011 16:46:23 | More by nickd717
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

02-25-2012 01:10:51 | More by wilfonzo
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-08-2013 06:14:33 | More by cyrushire
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-26-2013 16:10:45 | More by lionssoccer13
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-16-2013 16:54:35 | More by mobrockman
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South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Decided to crack this one open to end the night last night. I wanted something a little heavy, but nothing terribly strong and this seemed to fit the bill. Served from the thirty two ounce growler into two pint glasses, this one was consumed on 04/08/2010.

The pour was dark, dark brown, nearly black in color with a small and fleeting head of light brown that just barely covered the top on the pour. First hints of the aroma are roasted malts, caramel, and a touch of light coffee. Warming really brings out the light cocoa touches I was looking for and gives it some nice depth. Going in for the first sips I am immediately impressed with the dry and smooth feel to it. Really quite nicely done I have to admit. Each sip seems filled with cocoa and roasted malts. Lots of smoky notes coming through now for me as well. Again very nicely done. Carbonation is just about right as it is full and unique but not overly aggressive and the light abv certainly makes for a very enjoyable and very session able experience.

Overall a very nice and light little stout. I would have no issue with polishing off multiple glasses, in fact the growler was gone in about 45 mins. Really very nicely done and something I am glad I was able to try.

07-20-2011 02:09:49 | More by mikesgroove
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

I had this on tap at the brewery and brought a growler home.

Appearance is very dark, with an almost nut-brown head. Poured with a one-finger head which dissipated somewhat quickly. It has a light caramel smell. Mouthfeel is light, but not insubstantial with bright carbonation. The taste is dry and moderately bitter, with notes of coffee, chocolate, tobacco and hazelnut. Very drinkable.

(Original review posted 3/15/2011 when it was still called Patio Tools.)

07-28-2011 23:24:14 | More by JohnQVD
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North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%

Had on tap at The Local Miami. Served in a Guinness tapered pint glass.

A- Pours a perfectly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that stays and stays before eventually diminishing to a 1/4 inch head. Thick, fluffy resilient lacing.

S- Very nice milk chocolatey caramel aroma with a hint of mocha.

T- Incredibly smooth flavor reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake due to the nitrogen. Minimal bitterness although there is some on the tail end. The taste ends up being quite neutral, but let's just call it balanced and super drinkable.

M- The creme de la creme...literally. So creamy and soft it's sublime. Semi-robust body.

O- I'm such a sucker for stouts on nitro pour so my rating is a bit overly generous. Still, this is a fantastic beer and I highly recommend it, nitro pour or normal.

05-07-2013 23:03:02 | More by Immortale25
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-01-2014 17:58:22 | More by DerrickW
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-10-2014 15:05:08 | More by montrealbcr89
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-18-2013 19:18:43 | More by manutdfan
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 06:53:09 | More by freduardo
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-15-2014 01:21:51 | More by BGsWo22
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Hillsborough River Dry Irish Stout (Patio Tools) from Cigar City Brewing
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