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

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128 Ratings
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 23:58:39 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-15-2012 21:51:22 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

02-24-2013 16:18:54 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Has the Guinness appearance you would expect from a nitro tap and leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Roasted black bread, vanilla and a hint of coffee

Taste: Roasted black bread, up front, with the vanilla and a bit of burnt brown sugar in the middle; dries out, after the swallow, with a bit of bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very nice dry stout and I love the pun

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-01-2013 22:56:17 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-16-2012 14:10:05 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Joe at Oakquinox 2010. I had to move this review because for some asinine reason, the name of the original beer was changed to the oak aged version and a new listing for the original beer had to be created. Way to go Beer Advocate...

A: An almost black pour with a small tan head.

S: Not an overly complex nose on this. Certainly quite roasty and heavy on the coffee with maybe a hint of earth to it.

T: A very intense roast, almost charred, flavor with plenty of coffee and a mild acidity. A pleasant bitterness and just a hint of chocolate.

M: Medium in body with a full and tingly carbonation. A nice dry finish to it, which is one of my favorite aspects of the style.

D: A nice easy drinking stout and one of the better offerings from Cigar City I've had to this point.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2011 14:36:20 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-11-2012 03:25:21 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a seemingly black body with a medium-sized, frothed, airy beige head.

Smell: Roasty, earthen aroma of heavily-kilned malt smelling of bakers chocolate, burnt wood chips, and stale gas station coffee.

Taste: An expected follow-through of the aroma - roasted malts paired with tones of unsweetened chocolate, dark roast coffee, and lightly smoky charred wood bark. Faint roasted grain astringency midway couples with the ample hop bitterness present. Dry dark maltiness through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation giving a bit of tingle to the proceedings.

Drinkability: It's a nice, easy drinking stout, it has good flavor and the purportedly low alcohol is definitely appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 04:21:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-11-2012 16:42:48 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-14-2013 05:19:46 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: black with a single finger head

S: Mild roast and coffee with vanilla notes.

T: a pretty mild stout, little roast and smoke flavor. Very tame beer but an interesting spicey note to it. Base flavor is true to the irish stout genre.

M: smooth and a little dry, medium body for a stout.

Overall: This is a very nice irish stout. Smooth, easy to drink with nice flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 00:29:23 | More by kylehay2004
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-14-2011 22:10:45 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one finger head of tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles rapidly but leaves very nice rings of lace on the glass as I drink.

S - An aroma of chocolate and dark caramel with a hint of roasty coffee and some licorice in the background.

T - Dry, roasted malt notes with a bit of dark, bitter chocolate. Some spicy, Turkish coffee comes through in the middle with a bit of clove and licorice. The beer finishes with lots of powdery, unsweetened cocoa and burnt caramel as well as a hint of smoke. There is lots of malt bitterness lingering in the aftertaste with perhaps a hint of pine hop flavor peeking out from behind.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - Very nice, this is a really interesting alternative to the traditional black brew of St. Patrick's day. It has all of the roasted dryness expected of a traditional Irish stout, but it has so much more depth and complexity. The spicy notes of coffee and clove that I taste are something much more interesting that you would ever expect to find in an actual Irish stout, while the notes of chocolate are such a break from tradition that they almost seem out of place but end up being a very welcome addition. Despite being served on CO2, the beer finishes with a dryness that is every bit as profound as the classic examples of the style, and it effortlessly presents a thick, silky body that those beers need nitrogen to develop. A really nice dry stout and proof that Cigar City can turn out complex, excellent beer without having to do anything "extreme".

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 00:59:24 | More by nickfl
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transferred my review of Patio tools.

On draft at Stubbies, I love you Stubbies. Served in a shaker pint glass. Beer is dark brown to black with a thin off white head of small bubbles, low carbonation minimal lacing.

Aroma is a little smoky, a little sweet, mild roast, overall weak.

Beer is a little thin but has a nice late bitterness to it. Mildly sweet on the front and a decent finish. A simple beer but done well. I enjoyed it and would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 04:21:39 | More by drabmuh
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oline73

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

03-02-2013 22:47:35 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 3/27/10 notes. Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a pint glass. Reclassifying this review from the White Oak version as apparently it got put in the wrong place when they were separated/changed.

a - Pours a pure dark black with no head and very little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes lightly of coffee, as well as the roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Subdued taste.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation.

d - Overall I liked this one a lot. It was very easy to drink and had a nice subdued coffee taste to it. Feel like I could drink a lot of this with the low ABV.

Serving type: growler

07-18-2011 14:31:53 | More by mdfb79
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

09-15-2012 10:45:58 | More by beernads
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

10-27-2013 01:59:36 | More by zestar
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally patio tools when I had it.

Thanks to gtreid for this one!

Poured into bruery snifter.

Pours a finger of light tan head. Head leaves some solid lace walls down the glass. Color is a fairly dark black.

Aroma: Roasted malts and then some. Sweet vanilla and a touch of toffee. Chocolate notes. Not a lot in the nose, but not bad.

Taste: Lots of roasted malts with vanilla and chocolate. There is a dry taste that I can't put my finger, I think it is peanuts or peanut oil. I doubt they used that in this beer, but something resembles it.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and somewhat crisp. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and roasted.

Overall, I like it for what it is. A good beer, but not something I would want a lot of. Glad I got to try this. Now that I am done with my review, I am headed to the patio (but not to be a tool). Decent drinkability.

Serving type: growler

07-26-2011 17:24:49 | More by mothman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler generously gifted by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

The beer is dark brown, nearing black. The head is thick and beige and leaves some random lacing on the snifter. The aroma offers dark fruit, smoke, and roast. The flavor is quite nice. Eight ounces down, this is likely the best Irish stout I have yet had. Light bodied and easy drinking, with spot on carbonation. I would definitely drink this again.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2011 00:16:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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glid02

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2011 21:55:09 | More by glid02
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

10-27-2012 15:46:09 | More by sendbeer
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. Served in a pint glass, the beer poured a jet black coloring, looking like motor oil in a glass. No head. The beer has coffee aromas, with a light and slight smokiness. The flavor is light coffee initially, with a huge blast of campfire smoke at the end. Aftertaste is all smoke, with a slight coffee bittering. The beer's finish is a moutful of campfire coals. Great, dry, and light bodied. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 20:35:59 | More by GarthDanielson
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

03-22-2013 15:12:01 | More by Lare453
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Hillsborough River Dry Irish Stout (Patio Tools) from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.