Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
Pint at Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin (€4.90):
Opaque black with a thumb-sized, creamy & beige head with great retention.
Strong bitterness, coffee & toasted notes with caramel backing them up. Some milk chocolate & earthy notes feature with some grain & touches of sweetness.
Bitter tasting with some coffee & chocolate, touches of milk & sweetness plus burnt toast, grain & earthy malts with caramel too.
Smooth with only hints of grain. Lightly carbonated & sweet with a dry finish & bitterness that lingers at the end.
Not a bad effort from Porterhouse but not quite up to the standard set by their Oyster Stout that I tried previously, mainly due to the fact that the bitterness was a little overpowering but it was enjoyable at least.
07-29-2014 15:20:39 | More by flyingpig
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
Wrasslers 4x Stout, 330 ml, 5.6%.
Totally black in colour, two finger rich light brown head, great retention, lasting > half finger cap.
Really smells 4x, very rich malts: nice clear dark chocolate, big roast, coffee, burnt sugar, pinch of salt, faint dry prunes (with a faint bit of smoke) and dark spices.
Sweeter than the nose led me to believe, but just for a bit, in the start, with milky chocolate, caramel and molasses. Roasted malts follow immediately and dominate the rest of the brew. Strong roasted, burnt even, malts, strong espresso, very rough, with a lingering charcoal bitterness that you get from your first sip and sticks till the last drop of this beer. A bit of enriching saltiness, faint figs and some lemon zest way in the back. Very low hop presence.
Medium body and carbonation, somewhat dark-lagerish, which is weird. Dry ashy malts all the way.
This was an extreme stout, wouldn't really call it tasty, but definitely rich and rugged. A nice exercise, but wouldn't drink two of these in a row.
05-08-2014 18:08:21 | More by dcmchew
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
04-05-2014 19:07:23 | More by superspak
3.99/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
03-31-2014 07:05:32 | More by Flounder57
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
(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
03-30-2014 08:22:47 | More by Bouleboubier
Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.