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Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Wrasslers XXXX StoutWrasslers XXXX Stout

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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002)
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Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, coffee, molasses, light herbal, and roast/bready earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light molasses, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of sharp roasted/earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light molasses, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming presence after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dry stout style. All around great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:07:23 | More by superspak
Photo of Flounder57


3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz glass was poured into a nonic.

Appearance: A two finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles.

Smell: Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy, and some caramel.

Taste: Same as above with smoke and mild bitterness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a bit dry, tingly bitterness, smoke, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Probably one of the tastiest Irish stouts around. Pretty solid and spot on. These bottles are just a bit hard to find here in Boston.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 07:05:32 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(bottle with no freshness date - poured into a 12oz Sam Smith's pint-ish glass)

A: silky-glisten-y, khaki-colored head... dark, motor-oil brown liquid... foam stays as a solid cap for a good while, some scattered strands of lace

S: huge punch of dark fruity esters, later most-definitely reminiscent of straight fig.... moderate roasted barley in support and perhaps some mild earthy hops.... over-arching sense of oxidation

T: the fig carries through strong, with a nip of sweetness... decent bit oxidized here?... in-funk-ted.... moderate-plus, long-lasting roastiness and bitterness... a lil acidic bite on the end... the semi-acrid roast and bitter qualities are central to the taste, with just enough malt to round it out

M: right around medium-bodied, but it scrapes dry and leaves a hours-old coffee-like tangy acidity

O: actually not too shabby, but potentially an old bottle and/or somewhat poorly handled/cared-for

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 08:22:47 | More by Bouleboubier
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3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque and coal black with a thick, chunky, light tan head resting on top; clinging, foamy rings all down the glass. Milk Duds with roasted grains and a slight sourness in the aroma; baker's chocolate aroma; cocoa. Rich dark malt flavors; nice hop bitterness fading in at the end. Heavy bodied; semi-sweet mouthfeel.

A heavenly, robust stout. Thick and chewy without an overbearing sweetness with a smooth, soothing hop bitterness undertone throughout. I really like the overall character of this beer but also like the unique pull-tab bottle cap! Ah, but it's the beer's flavor and feel the makes this one a keeper. I hope to see this one around on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:22:42 | More by beergoot
Photo of DrDemento456


3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Listed as 5.7% ABV.

A - Looks great for a stout deep dark black with no escape-able light and just a 1/4 of deep mocha head that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - A touch sour with some chocolate, anise, and molasses. Has sort of a cherry smell so I hope its not infected.
T - Thankfully the flavor is more rich with chalky roasts, mild ash, and a touch of chocolate in the finish. It does have some cherry notes even faint which may indicate infection but minimally its not offensive.
M - Light to medium bodied, slick aftertaste. Very dry.

Overall I am not sure how I got a mildly infected bottle but I enjoyed it the same. It could be the bottle was old marked down from 5 bucks to $3.50 or the kick as ring bottle opener (why can't more beers have this?) Regardless I still enjoyed it immensely

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 05:06:16 | More by DrDemento456
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm very excited to try this newcomer to my local store, straight from Ireland. Wrassler's pours a solid black, letting only a faint amount of light through. It's tan bubbly head rises to about 1/2" initially, but quickly fades to a thin sliver. There's not much lacing going on here, either. The aroma is pretty promising, and telling of the overall worth of the beverage. I'm picking up a lot of bittersweet molasses and unsweetened chocolate. Maybe a little vanilla. It seems pretty straight forward. And the taste is as well. There's the aforementioned aspects, along with an almost overbearing sharp bitterness that cuts through. Fortunately, I like bitter flavors very much, but this could put some people off. I also don't think it's the best thing for the style. It still is pretty smooth, light, and drinkable though. Not bad at all, but give me a Brooklyn or Sly Fox dry stout instead.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:05:25 | More by Neorebel
Photo of thierrynantes


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from V&B Nantes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : black color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors with dry bitter finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the Irish style Dry Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 17:07:49 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: 2007 vintage

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with a lesser amount of freshly ground coffee.

T: Upfront there are strong flavors of roasted malts with a light amount of sweetness. There are light notes of coffee and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth with moderate to heavy amounts of dryness.

O: Great example of the style and a beer I could easily drink through an entire session - smooth and easy to drink with low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 19:56:15 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of popery


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with a mocha head. Ruby highlights at the edges. Average lacing. Significantly darker than the Oyster Stout.

Aroma is rich milk chocolate, milky coffee, molasses, caramel, roasted malt, raisins and some herbal hops. It’s dominated by the chocolate note, which is quite nice.

The taste starts mildly sweetly with chocolate and coffee and finishes with roast and hop bitterness with a dash of dark malt acidity. There’s some good stout flavor in there. The aftertaste is rather hoppy.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Relatively low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 05:32:42 | More by popery
Photo of tylerzander


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with a two finger pillowy darker tan head with good retention and a mix of small and larger bubbles to give it volume; quite dark, verging on blackness but shows some slight, dark ruby highlights when held to a light source

S - dark fruits in the nose, like a Belgian dubbel; also a sweet and sticky molasses aroma buttressing a hefty roastiness

T - a strong lingering bitterness follows the initial taste of the aroma: a rich licorice and molasses flavor; yet due to the low carbonation there is nothing pricky or astringent about the bitterness: it's about as smooth as a strong cup of cold brew coffee

M - low carbonation enhances a very full and smooth mouthfeel - this is a full and chewy beer and there's nothing wrong with that

D - a great beer to nurse and savor, especially in cooler weather; it would be hard to tip back multiple of these "full stouts," but you wouldn't want to, as you just want to sip and enjoy slowly

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:13:54 | More by tylerzander
Photo of Sunnanek


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black pour with a small but compact and thick brown head that sets into decent lacings.

S: Kind of alcoholic. Hard roasted dark malts. Smoked notes. Strong black coffee and some dark chocolate. Dry.

T: Hard roasted dark malts, vanilla and smoked notes. Strong black coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Very dry.

M: Long bitter and roasted aftertaste. Rather full body for this style and very low carbonation.

O: Not bad, very dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 18:01:18 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of Murrhey


3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. Paired with barbecue steak.

A- Half a finger mocha head. Bubbly lacing, moderately long retention. Very dark brown, some ruby color. Too dark for light to escape. Very attractive looking beer.

S- Sweet. Malts are sweet and roasted. Slightly peppery and spicy. Very appealing smell on this brew. Slight alcohol notes, which is odd. Molasses. Yum.

T- Roasted malts, almost burnt. Not as nice as the smell. Leaves a bitter, burnt taste in the mouth. The sweetness is overpowered.

M- Grainy and dry.

O- Taste was average, especially considering the delightful smell. But this was a fun beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 03:22:32 | More by Murrhey
Photo of jgurley


4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tasting snifter. Beautiful thick, black color with a quickly dissipating tan foamy head. I really love the smell on this one. Dark, smoky and sweet, malty aroma. It just SCREAMS stout. Taste is on point. Slightly sweet on the front, silky and dry across the middle, with a really smoky bitterness on the back. Lacing down the glass is nice as I get further in. I LOVE the smokiness in the flavor. Mouthfeel is refreshing with the right amount of carbonation to be refreshing but still suitable for the style. Finish is bitter and satisfying with the smokiness hanging around just long enough. Once again, I can't overstate how much I enjoy the AROMA of this beer. I will buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 20:54:37 | More by jgurley
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a bit torn on this one. While it's certainly a good beer, it doesn't really fit to the dry irish stout style. Too much molasses there, in my opinion. Which makes it more boisterous than what I think would fit the style. It's kind of one dimensional as well, to throw an overall review in there.

I know we're supposed to grade the beer to the style it's placed in, but I've seen beer styles switched on beers a few times after I've reviewed them, so I don't really care. People don't care whether a beer fits to style. They care about how good it is when they drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 00:40:53 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of bnes09


3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark chocolate color with a creamy colored head. Good retention on the head and forms a creamy lacing.

Good roasted aroma with wheat bread in the mix.

Somewhat roasted character hinting at coffee and burnt toast. Mild maple sweetness which is short lived. Make way for the intense soapy hop bitterness which dominates the flavor thereafter. Tastes like soap and potting soil.

Medium bodied with descent carbonation.

Kind of a let down. Showed promise at first but that soapy hop aftertaste just won't leave and ruined the entire experience. You would think that would be a simple fix in the brewing process.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 03:52:42 | More by bnes09
Photo of Eramen


4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - *Almost* an impenetrable pitch black on which floats a two finger tan head. It recedes to about one finger throughout drinking.

A - Strongly of malts, coffee, chocolate milkshake, yogurt, soft caramel, warm butter.

T - A lot like the smell to tell the truth, chocolate truffle, strong coffee, floral, roasted and black malts, and a dry roast bitterness on the finish.

MF - Soft and milky in body, foams expressively in the mouth, a highlight of this stout.

O - Decent full stout, one of the better ones brewed in my country today (and it was brewed from a past recipe of a now defunct brewery).

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-11-2012 18:20:18 | More by Eramen
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fills a nonic with a dark velvet chocolate beer that is essentially black. An unimpressive, dark chestnut head forms above the viscous beer.

Big roasted malt with background burnt aromas. Caramelized sugar, chocolate and coffee grinds area also discernible.

Roasted bitterness dominates with some background chocolate and little else. Sweetness is controlled and there is a modest, long, bitter finish that settles in the throat.

A medium body with smooth texture and light carbonation. An acrid bite is pronounced in the dry finish.

This beer lacks excitement and the acrid bite hinders its ability to fill a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:48:45 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of OneDropSoup


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint: Black body with crimson highlights right around the edges, under two fingers of khaki, porous head that falls to a thick coating & leaves big, sticky lacing.

Nose is lightly roasty, a little milky, a little nutty, a little waxy, maybe just a touch of pepper in there. Moderate smell, but solid.

Initial reaction with the taste is "Wow - hoppy!". There's some dry bread crust & dark fruit skins that get a little overwhelmed by dry, orangey hops. Tannic, dry bitterness picks up the heel, with a roasted sweetness like slightly overbaked pie crust that's a little hard & concentrated.

Medium-light bodied, but with some real texture & a strong dry, tannic quality.

Good stuff going on here. It's been a while since I had a new Irish stout, & this one's very flavorful. Not a big beer, but it feels like they packed this one with flavor, like a dense little package.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:45:25 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some nice cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is of super dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and cocoa powder. There is a somewhat assertive roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a huge roasty flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:26:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of bluHatter


3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Presentation here starts with the bottle, with its unique pull top and gold wrapper - quite attractive. Pours thick syrupy coca-cola black with a couple fingers of brown bubbly head that stays around a while. Looks like a nice thick stout.

S: Musky coffee stout, Roasted nuts, chocolate, toasted malts.

T: Dark dark chocolate. Almost baking chocolate/roasted cocoa. Alcohol.

M: Slight burn, great carbonation. Not as syrupy as it looks, but definitely full bodied. Long bitter aftertaste.

O: A descent dark stout, especially if you're a fan of dark chocolate. The long lasting burning bitter aftertaste is a turn off for me, but some people get a kick out of that.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:38:16 | More by bluHatter
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with a nice 1" head that lasts.

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, some coffee tones, dark bitter chocolate, and a moderate bitterness make up a decent stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a decent drinking stout and also fits the bill for a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 19:27:49 | More by Gavage
Photo of Phelps


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a snifter.

Inky black. No chance of light penetrating this. On top, a half-finger head the color of oak shelving fizzles away to a frothy ring.

In the nose: sweet cocoa and a bit of butterscotch, black strap molasses, tangy dark fruits and spicy hops. In the background is a bit of paper — it’s just a little oxidized.

The flavor begins with the same dark chocolate and dark fruit tang — and the same papery note — but after the swallow a heavy, dry roast note rolls in. A little butterscotch is in there as well, lingering along with spicy hop bitterness.

Creamy, soft medium body and very light, prickly carbonation.

It’s not bad, but I’d bet this was on the shelf a bit too long. The paper, honey and butterscotch are a little distracting.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 05:49:45 | More by Phelps
Photo of InebriatedJoker


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally dragged this one up from the cellar - no best by date visible.

From the bottle - Be warned , this is a truly traditional stout -

A: Poured pitch black with half finger tan head that descended into a thin frothy lacing , decent carbonation.

S: Roasted malts and barley , slight char with wifts of hops and chocolate.

T: Slight bourbon flavor although I know this sin't barrel aged
*( or is it ?) some bitter hops with a decent roasted malt and barley backing that evens out the hops, slight burnt char flavor that leaves a sweet and bitter aftertaste.

O: I would have this again , It was nice to be able to try an authentic style of an Irish Stout that is made in Dublin Ireland.

Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 00:36:03 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of warnerry


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says 5.7% abv

A - Pours a beautiful pitch black with one and a half fingers of light brown head. Head has decent retention, doesn't leave much lacing.

S --- Roasted and chocolate malts, along with a nutty aroma. Relatively simple but nice.

T --- More intense roasted malts than suggested by the smell. Also coffee and bitter chocolate and a decent hop bite as well. Nice.

M - medium mouthfeel, somewhat creamy, with a dry earthy finish.

O - This is an enjoyable stout with a nice roasty bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 21:57:31 | More by warnerry
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast, and a small sweet oatmeal. In the taste, pine hops and a coffee roast. A nice hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite hoppy for a Irish stout. Interesting bottle cap too.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 17:06:00 | More by OWSLEY069
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Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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