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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: 15
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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Photo of codysjb
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

codysjb, Feb 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Dave_Treat, Apr 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

billyrenfroe, Apr 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

dannyhead, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Aiptasia
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled this at Engine 15 Brewing company in Jacksonville Beach, on tap, with a bratwurst and chips, under the old "patio tools" non de plume.

A: Poured a dark coffee into a 16 oz. pint glass with no discernible head, just a halo. Lacing was apparent, like a sea foam fishing net.

S: Didn't get a lot of smell on this beer. Smelled like toasted water if there is such a smell. Was hoping for more smell character.

T: The taste was fine and very underwhelming. This beer would probably benefit from warmer temperature (60's f) drinking than the ice cold way I tried it. Subtle hints of vanilla sugar, not much from the hops, wet middle, dry finish with no aftertaste.

M: It drank fine, no complaints. Microcarbonated, wet middle and drinkable on a warm day.

O: Expected more flavor depth on this one, but I guess it was intended for easy drinking after working in the yard or while grilling outside. To that end, it's just fine, just not my thing. One positive is that it would be an easy dark beer for non-craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy.

Aiptasia, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown, nearly black, and viscous looking with a good-sized dark tan head. Retention is decent from the initial pour but pretty good after it settles. Great lacing.
Smell is a heavy wet cardboard with smoky malt and a hint of hops.
Taste is heavily roasted malts, smoke, light hops and wet cardboard.
Medium-bodied at best, slightly watery throughout. Strong effervescence in the middle after a lighter start and a nice finish. Flavor is pretty good but I would like more heft to it and a bit more balance in the nose.

PorterLambic, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of BMMillsy
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On Nitro at the brand new Brass Tap in Gainesville. Awesome creamy kahki head on top of a pure black pour. Smells like chocolate syrup and not much else. Yum. Super smooth drinking, but a little watery for me. Dry finish and easy drinking. Not much flavor besides some vague roasted malt here, which is unfortunate after the incredible aroma. Wondering if they accidentally poured Guinness, though I know this is a dry stout. I just expected a bit more flavor on this one. Not bad but meh.

BMMillsy, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

silverking, Apr 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jkd03c, Jul 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

beernads, Sep 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Apr 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

sendsilk, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

TheDoak, Jun 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Masspike84, Jul 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

kjkinsey, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Lare453, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ThreeFishes, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

lupercmda, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Gtreid, May 20, 2013
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Hillsborough River Dry Irish Stout (Patio Tools) from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.