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4 Pines Dry Stout - 4 Pines Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Pines Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dgilks on 10-30-2010)
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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

3.5 A: First pour yielded 90% head. After several additional pours, I got a full glass. Black color. Big foamy, light brown head. Retention is too good and lots of lacing is left.

3.5 S: I don't think this is a coffee stout, but it sure as hell smells like it is. Tons of coffee, dry roasitness afterward, and a bit of cocoa powder.

3.0 T: Coffee dominates the taste as well. Dry roastiness to follow. That's about all there is. It's not bad, but could use a bit of sweetness to balance.

3.5 M: Lighter body. A bit too much carbonation, but not that bad. Not too creamy, but not bad.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but I'd prefer a bit of sweetness.

DavoleBomb, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of doktorhops
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We have lift-off! 4 Pines, cheeky bastards they are, have created the worlds first space beer (aka an ale produced to be quaffed whilst sitting in a $100k seat on a Virgin Galactic space-plane in the outer stratosphere; duh!). "Worlds first space beer" withstanding it has some big boots to fill being a Stout ale amongst such (pardon the pun) stout competition the likes of which Cooper's, Guinness, Harviestoun's, Sheaf, et al, all stand so proud tall, black and delicious. Question is: is it as good as the rest or just another pale imitator [OK pun quota for this review has now been met].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint. My glass looks half full.

A: Not much fanfare here; it's a typical poured stout - obsidian body with a tan 1cm head. The head thins out to almost nothing.

S: It has a lighter-than-most-Stout's aroma of dark chocolate, chicory and wet coffee grounds. There is also a sweet toasted biscuit base in there as well. Overall quite a pleasing smell, not too pungent like some other Stout's, but likewise alarmingly light... let's hope the flavour isn't diminished.

T: Yep: boring Stout. There's not a great deal going on in the flavour department... maybe our taste-buds get excited and space and they're brewing to take this into account, otherwise the flavour is mundane at best. It has the usual Stout suspects; heavy toasted malt base with chicory and bitter dark chocolate and a dry none-too-bitter finish, but it's like a 5 in intensity when an 8 to 10 is what I'm looking for.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body.

D: Verdict: hide some Duvel in your carry-on. Hell if you can afford a $100k space flight you can doubtless afford Duvel, which is an awesome brew... it's not a dark beer but if I was in space I think I would prefer a blonde beer anyway. Other than that I am a little disappointed in this 4 Pines brew, it doesn't even come close to great Stout's like Cooper's or Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil, and it's more pricey... remind me why I'm drinking this 4 Pines.

Food match: Classic Stout fare; rack of roasted meat (any dark meat), side of roasted vegetables and heavy gravy, or a nice warm stew. Dessert: dark chocolate. Follow with a glass of port.

doktorhops, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +3.4%

mungus, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

whartontallboy, May 04, 2012
Photo of hopnerd
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

hopnerd, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of sonorb7
5/5  rDev +29.2%

sonorb7, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

bostonryan, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of style.

Pours a black 'n' tan 1 finger coarse head. Head fades to lace.

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate. coffee.

Taste is as smell, however, the 'dry' certainly kicks in. Hop bitterness on back palate.

Mouthfeel lacks the creaminess factor than can make or break a a stout. Light.

I was really looking forward to this beer, but it hasn't lived up to expectations, due to dryness / due to style.

heygeebee, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of MrKennedy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to bluebetty. Poured into an Amager tulip.

No light getting through this black coloured brew. Not even around the edges. Has a creamy and pillowy looking head of tan foam that poured to a couple of fingers, before settling above film. No real lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, creamy chocolate along with licorice. Smells quite nice and it lingers around which is nice.

Tastes of roasted malt early, then turns to chocolate. Plenty of chocolate as it opens up.

Mouthfeel is has a smooth base to it, some prickly carbonation on top and some bite in the finish is most welcome.

I prefer this to the tap version after this first bottle. 4 Pines seems to still serve beer a little too cold, but the chance to drink this at a temperature you choose, helps bring out the nice chocolate aroma in this. Quite a good sessionable stout and one for chocolate lovers. I'm not sure its a true Irish Dry Stout, lacking the consistent roastiness. Still it does what it does well.

MrKennedy, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of argon
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was sent a bottle direct from the brewery for sampling.

Very dark brown almost black with perceptible ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thin light brown head that laced the glass well.

Aroma of pale chocolate and light coffee. Not overly roasty, but some present at low levels. Some pleasant fruity esters of mild dark fruit.

Flavour same as aroma with coffee being more prominent than chocolate. No caramel. Hop bitterness and some roastiness bringing through some earthiness to offset a subtle chocolate sweetness as it warms. Enjoying the complexity in a beer that is only 5.1%

Medium to low carbonation leaving a medium body finish.

Most enjoyable beer of the night. Will be my go to stout from here out. In my opinion head and shoulders above the 1 dimensional and harsh Coopers Stout.

argon, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a fizzy brown head with no retention. Fleeting strands of lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, prunes, raisins, raspberry and other dark fruits.

T - Quite dusty and bitter, dark chocolate, bitter coffee and ash.

M - Very dry thin body with moderate level of carbonation.

O - Solid, fruity, dry stout.

dansmcd, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Raebies
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark black appearance. Poured gently into a glass, didn't manage to create much of a head on this one and it's fairly low on fizz. Not much going on in the aroma. Fairly straight forward malty flavour with a slight touch of vanilla and caramel. Medium bodied, easy drinking and quite nice, but not great.

Raebies, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of nanobrew
4/5  rDev +3.4%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with beige, dense head. Settles slowly to a thin film of tiny bubbles, but some gorgeous lace. Pretty pale for a stout, but nice.

Smell is roasty and sweet. Plenty of rich espresso with a hint of licorice bite and some dark but sweet chocolate. Hint of raisin and port wine as well. Quite sweet, but a good roasty balance to it.

Taste is fairly sweet, with some vanilla and coconut-flesh notes early, mixing with roasty grain notes on the mid. Touch of spice with black pepper and cinnamon, then finishes sweet and dark with nice cocoa-rich chocolate and a dry, woody touch at the back. Very pleasant palate.

A bit thin on the body and empty, really. Goes down smooth but hard to notice while it's in the mouth.

Could be darker and I wouldn't be complaining, but it's been a while since I drank such a drinkable, tasty Irish-style stout.

laituegonflable, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Kulrak
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, thick brown with about 1cm of creamy head that fades away fairly quickly. Smells of coffee and malt, not much in the way of hop aroma. The taste is very sweet with chocolate and coffee notes. There's a lot of bitterness to offset the sweetness, but not so much that it's overpowering. There doesn't seem to be much hop flavor, though. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy. Overall, it's a flavorsome beer and even though I'm not a fan of stout, I think it's a tasty beer.

Kulrak, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Macca
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours black with a solid beige head that likes to hang around.

On the nose it's fine dark chocolate, light coffee and cola.

On the palate there is a big hit of burnt malt. Quite astringent. Coffee comes through as well. Not as much chocolate as expected.

Medium bodied. Prickly carbonation.

A reasonable stout.

Macca, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, lasting, tan head leaving nice lacing.
Nose shows chocolate, treacle and raisins. Nice stuff. Quite sweet smelling.
Big roasty flavours, lots of chocolate and molasses. Pretty full on.
Low carbonation works well with the rich flavours.

CrazyDavros, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours the darkest brown hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is a mix of cola,milky coffee,roasted malts and herbal hops,it has a light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has tastes of cola,mocha,roasted malts,dark fruity hops and finishes with a dry,bitterness that makes you want another and overall its not bad cheers.

ADZA, May 24, 2011
Photo of brendan13
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown body with a 3cm dark beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Some lightly burnt, roasty notes with a touch of chocolate and light coffee.
T - Like the smell; some roasty flavours with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Bit of earthy & dark fruit too.
M - Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Touch of bitterness.
O - A decent somewhat sessionable Stout. Another nice beer from 4 Pines.

brendan13, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see a new arrival so picked one up.

Proper stout black with a nice thick tan head. Good stability. Very attractive.

Sharp stout aromas. Charred roast malt, ground coffee beans. Pretty decadent, not for the faint of heart.

Taste has some chocolate sweetness along with the roast and coffee. Well balanced and a nice finish.

Very well made beer. Easily drinkable and a good example of the style.

joecast, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of burnheartsMKE
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mulder1010 for the trade!

Nice coloring, modest head.

A slight licorice aroma excited me.

More licorice on the tongue, but quickly turning to a soft burnt maltiness. A nice attempt at an Irish dry stout, but with it's high carbonation and a pinch of lactose this would've been a really nice milk stout. Easy drinking and great early afternoon pick-me-up.

burnheartsMKE, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ML bottle poured into a tulip

A-- Poured black with some tints of red. Half a finger of light brown head that slowly died away. With swirling the beer got a one and a half finger that held its own real well. Nice retention to this.

S-- Milk chocolate, dark chocolate and coffee. Elements of sweet and bitter in the smell.

T-- Soft coffee tones, milk chocolate, and hops. Well done.

M-- High carbonation and medium feel. Creamy and silky smooth. Good amount of hop and coffee bitterness to this. Long lasting flavor and a dry finish to this.

D-- Well done. For a 5.1% beer it does not have any thinness to it. No watery gaps at all. A touch over carbonated but can not complain. Can drink 2-3 easily and come back for more.

mulder1010, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, lightly acrid roast aroma with notes of coffee.

Dark, dark brown colour with a creamy tan head. Great head retention. Awesome lacing.

Smooth, silky chocolate and roast flavour. This is fairly simple but still great. There is also a slightly sweet malt note with a good dry finish.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation.

Great, stylistically accurate stout. Tasty.

dgilks, Oct 30, 2010
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4 Pines Dry Stout from 4 Pines Brewing Company
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