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Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002)
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Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 117 | Display Reviews Only:
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 15:20:39 | More by flyingpig
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

07-20-2014 22:14:12 | More by XmnwildX12
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Nunya

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-07-2014 23:57:52 | More by Nunya
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-29-2014 08:14:40 | More by Ciocanelu
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leitmotif

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-28-2014 23:19:57 | More by leitmotif
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harripat

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

06-28-2014 05:02:51 | More by harripat
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Arriskuwonder

Spain

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

06-21-2014 19:52:54 | More by Arriskuwonder
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-07-2014 01:29:10 | More by rderedin
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Fitze

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

05-28-2014 13:30:42 | More by Fitze
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +7%

05-21-2014 04:28:45 | More by afsdan
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dcmchew

Romania

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 18:08:21 | More by dcmchew
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Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

05-08-2014 09:35:35 | More by Noelito76
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bckayaalp

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-29-2014 00:43:02 | More by bckayaalp
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

04-20-2014 05:27:15 | More by ygtbsm94
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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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rstenson

California

4/5  rDev +7%

03-24-2014 20:31:25 | More by rstenson
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eddsan

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

03-20-2014 20:56:03 | More by eddsan
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-17-2014 15:00:29 | More by erialbill
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-15-2014 02:35:15 | More by djcreepshow
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Brinks

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-12-2014 16:09:02 | More by Brinks
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

03-05-2014 22:59:31 | More by hansavijaticar
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

02-26-2014 01:31:11 | More by jrohrbacher
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Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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