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Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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very good

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website

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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Reviews by Patrick999:
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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 750ml bottle. Cork did not exactly blast open, leading me to worry a little about a flat beer, but those fears were unfounded. Poured into a goblet an appropriate red-around-the-edges black with a thick root beer head. Not much lacing. Slightly above par for the style.

Smell seems a little muted at first, but it doesn't take much warming at all for the sweet plum to come out, as well as some ripe blueberries. Could I pair this with a blueberry tart? Might be a good pairing. Anyway, like many stouts there's a little chocolate and coffee, but the ripe blueberry and plum are what I get the most. Very good.

Tasty stout, no doubt. How to describe it....it does indeed taste like a Guinness Extra, but more intense in places, while somehow less in others. Hops are there to lend a pleasant oily, earthy tone to this beer, but little more. Not as bitter as a Guinness Extra to my taste. Not really the intense roasted flavor of an American Stout, either. However, there is a nice full chocolate malt profile here...bitter, sweet, milk, the whole nine yards. Also a little yeasty component with some pleasing blueberry/plum esters showing through, as well as a good deal of anise. The 7% alcohol pokes through briefly every few sips just to let you know it's there. Aftertaste is fairly long and reminiscent of a blueberry chocolate bar.

Feel is pretty oily and soft, with some decent creaminess on the palate.

I like it. I like it a lot. A rich, full Irish stout, I need to save a bottle for St. Patrick's Day. Drinkable, but the 750 is enough. Not quite a session beer, as this is a big beer for this style - so don't give up on the Guinness just yet.

Patrick999, Feb 28, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see some Porterhouse stuff in my area.Poured into a Bass pint glass a deep near opaque black except for just a hint of deep ruby when held to the light,a creamy-like one finger mocha colored head atop.Deep roast in the nose,along with some faint smoke,and a tinge of vanilla.Flavors are roasty and dry with that smoke coming in a bit,a touch of vanilla imparted sweetness comes in as you drink more.A nice dry stout,more robust than its other Dublin counterpart,pretty good.

oberon, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +7%

csmartin6, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

warnerry, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

bishopdc0, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of JeffNev
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

JeffNev, May 09, 2013
Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +7%

fionn13, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black almost ruby highlighted body with dark tan khaki head froming thick...Aromatics offerup layers of smoke malts from the peat. Creamy milk chocolate with herbal hops plays through as well. Harsh earthiness amongst layers of dark chocolate/strong coffee require somewhat of an honest character. Dark milk chocolate meets herbal dry stout, with character to create a mecca of flavor known to no other man to this date. Mellow carbonation fuller bodied resectable from every angle these pop top brewers are challenging my senses. I hope to continue the challenges found within this beer.

WVbeergeek, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with dark ruby highlights and one-finger of tan foam. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mild roasted malts with a hint of sweeter toastiness. Also present is unsweetened cocoa powder.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly roasted malt flavors kick things off and sweeten up a bit midway through the sip. Joining in right as it sweetens are hints of cocoa powder that carry through to a solidly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a pretty drinkable Irish stout however it doesn't have a single defining characteristic that will bring me back. Still, it's worth a shot, especially if you're a fan of the style.

glid02, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

djcreepshow, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite nice, bitter coffee flavours, similiar and better (much better) than guiness, more flavour, and a bit of spice (from the hops), quite hoppy. Nitro-fied, which i didn't particularly like, but there still managed to be some stouty flavour, unlike Guinness, where the stouty flavours seem to be all but lost. And definitely hoppier than Guinness.

rastaman, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer had an interesting pull tab to open. The thin broken tan film of head lasted a good bit and sat on a jet black body with some big bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The slightly tart leather note grew into a new sneaker aroma as the beer opened. That lead to a light flanders red hint that has hints of cherry pits and then the black roasted dark grain and charcoal aroma finish the smell.

T- The dark earthy black roasted malt has a robust dry flavor with a soft smoke quality to it and a nice roasted black flavor that lingers a bit. There is a bitter flavor of charcoal that sticks to the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and just a touch of fizz in the dry finish.

O- The big robust very dark malt flavors are earthy and charred but very fresh and just a bit inky in the finish. This is a nice yet unique stout.

rhoadsrage, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Trashcat, Today at 04:02 PM
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of javier
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a city ruled by Guinness, a better stout can be found in the porterhouse. Wrasslers is a real stout unlike the nitro'ed to hell Guinness on tap. While G. is smooth by virtue of carbonation and lack of flavor, Wrasslers have true beer flavor and feel. While you may never give up Guinness, Wrasslers is superior. If the Porterhouse wasn't a brewpub with limited reach, Guinness would be in trouble.

javier, Mar 17, 2002
Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pull tab bottle, first time I have had that. Pours promising, black with a little white head. Promising aromas of chocolate and lactose. The taste does not keep up, as very dry and plain. The looks turn into a light reddish colour. Even the aroma dissipitates. Not too drinkable.

Sammy, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Ciocanelu, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +7%

let8it8grow, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Bierschenker
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.
The beer looks like a good stout should look: A full fresh black beer with a magically floating compact white puck on top. No carbonation, no sediment. This is poured from a cooled installation.
There’s not a real sent noticeable, just a slight chocolate tad.
The taste is very strong in comparison to the bland Guinness. A spicy, burned bitterness evokes an explosion of taste. It swirls around the tongue and takes it hostage for an undetermined time. It’s a simple but respectable and enjoyable taste. The fact that it has more flavour, did make me drink slower. There’s just more to enjoy.
The mouthfeel is light and milky.

One of the only beers from Eire I will miss at home.

Bierschenker, Apr 11, 2007
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2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, I like Meantime, and Michael Jackson knew his stuff, so pretty high expecations on this one... Into the Two Bros Pint...

A - Nice looking, great sized head, very rocky and attractive. Body is dark with mahogany around the edges.

S - The Kent Goldings make a big impact on the aroma. Dry roasted malt undertones, with some mild cherry notes. Different aroma from what I'm used to from the style.

T - Starts out with a pale malt sweetness, and more fruitiness than I like in a dry stout. Finish is dry and coffee like, but does not balence out the initial sweetness. A lingering chocolate flavor tries (unsucessfully) to balence out a lingering fruit flavor.

M - Average for a stout, full enough to leave no complaints.

D - Can't say I am impressed by this. I wonder how much better the example Mr. Jackson was, because this was not an example of dry stout that I would ever seek out.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, May 21, 2008
Photo of ohiobeer29
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

ohiobeer29, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +7%

Keith_R, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a nice thick and creamy tan head.

Nose is light but pleasant milk chocolate and light creamed coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but well carbonated and "feels good," you want more.

Flavors are medium simple black coffee/espresso with a burnt coffee/espresso finish. Simple character and simple coffee/highly roasted grain flavor profile but appealing and very drinkable.

Simple but seemingly consumer friendly. A basic decent drink with a very nice bold simple black coffee - long lasting finish.

GRG1313, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

erialbill, Mar 17, 2014
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Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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