Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
Photo of rickyleepotts
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What does that beer smell like… I can’t place it. It’s a dry, perhaps old burnt cigar smell. Yeah, that’s it! It smells like an old cigar. I hope it tastes better than that. We have already done one beer from the Porterhouse Brewing Company, but it was an oyster stout. No way this beer is as bad as that one. Plus, I love stouts and porters, and this one is 100% Irish. We all know how well the Irish make dark beers!

The beer comes onto the palate smooth, and somewhat sweet. Then when it hits the back of the palate you get that familiar Guinness flavor. That’s the “traditional stout” they are talking about. Then you wait for an aftertaste, and don’t really get one. Maybe I had my hopes set too high for this one, but it’s just okay. I don’t like Guinness, and this has about as much flavor as that one.

I hate to see a stout wasted on something like this. Plus, the bottle isn’t even 12 ounces! So not only do you not get a full bottle of beer, it’s also got a VERY low ABV for a beer this dark. I expected it to be 10-12% to be honest. When I saw 5%, I hoped for some more flavor.

This is the last beer from Porterhouse in the book. Good thing, because these beers are weak. I mean, oysters… in beer? Come on guys. Maybe it’s time to hang your hat and call it a day!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A black pour, but not overly opaque. A nice white head sets atop. It does lace the glass nicely.

Aroma has much cocoa/chocolate and some roast malt.

An abundance of dry roast malt and cocoa up front. A little sour lactic quality come through, and finishes with a nice dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light medium, carbonation is a tad above creaminess. Drinkable, but it is very drying on the pallette.

Hands down a solid Irish stout, maybe just a bit puckering.

Photo of puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle cap is a strange one almost like the old Spam cans where you roll the metal strip off. From a 330 ml. bottle and sampled on APril 11, 2011. Jet black pour with a delicate tan head that floats around up top for most of the session. The aroma is alive with roasted malts and grain and a moderate coffee scent. The body feels fuller than some Irish Dry Stouts I have had. The rich bitter flavor merges with the coffee and the dry hops to bring out a desirable traditional stout.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

- Cool ring pull cap.

A: Motor oil viscosity exiting the bottle with a dark liquid chocolate coloring in the glass. A glossy light moocha colored head sits atop with good results and retention but the lacing is weak, failing to stick.

S: The nose is rich with a sense of alcohol laced cocoa and some juicy sweet dark fruit. Milky enriched coffee with a bit of sweet licorice is also in the mix.

T: For flavor there is juicy dark fruit with some dark roasted nature and a spicy hopping which is intriguing. Dry creamer, sweet licorice and an earthy bitterness appear on the finish. Earthy roastiness laces on the swallow and upon warming with a bit of soft dried creamer chalkiness.

M: Light mouthful, oily feel, with a still carbonation. Bittering, dry with an earthy roastiness on the exit.

D: Drinkability is decent, dry as per style, making for a good pub style beer with a modest 5.7%abv.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If Michael Jackson likes it, there must be something about it...

Pours a deep black with tan chocolatey foam. Irregular bits of lace form, it's head is fairly constant.

Light citrus spice in the aroma that reminded me of a candle scent for some reason. Underlying sweetness and roast as well, although it's somewhat muted overall.

Coffee flavors in the first sip, getting into more nutty, chocolate, tobacco, and waxy carob tastes later on. Full enough with a malty base that is balanced and easy drinking. Light for a stout, it shared some characteristics with robust Porter. A 750 was shared, but this is something I could return to easily.

Photo of AEK
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin branded pint pot.

A. A heavy brown, almost black beer with a smooth, creamy latte coloured head.

S. Roasted malt, oaky, hints of prunes and a whiff of milky coffee. Maybe some cough candy/herbal notes.

T. Oaky, chocolate, burnt malt, chicory and a nice hoppy finish.

M. Medium and carbonated.

D. A nice, well balanced stout. Worth trying if you have not had it as yet to see how it compares to Guinness. I quite like this, my favourite beer from Porterhouse to date.

Photo of sugarbrew
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint served on nitro at the Temple Bar location.

A: Standard dark stout, easily 35+ SRM, with a relatively pale, compact head typical of the style.

S: Coffee, citrus, notes of deep roasted barley and chocolate.

T: Frothy cream, dark espresso, bitter chocolate, mild bitterness with slight alcohol heat contained within a brief, balanced hop finish.

M: Ale-like, creamy, relatively light for a stout, probably due to minimal adjuncts and a relatively low finishing gravity.

D: Very sessionable- intended for an Irish night out.

This may come as a surprise to many, but Ireland is not actually a particularly good beer country. That is to say, it lacks diversity and is dominated by commercial breweries. The Porterhouse is refreshing in that it is Irish-owned and operated, and its stouts are of an outstanding caliber.

Wrasslers 4X Stout is a true Dry Irish. The American craft scene has always been more fascinated with Russian Imperials, probably because Dry Irish Stouts tend to be lower ABV, but that doesn't mean they can't be packed with flavor. This is not a garish hair-band rock star of a beer, and it does not squeal out a 25 minute solo like KBS does. It is a balanced, 5% ABV Irish stout that delivers: modest, full-bodied and satisfying.

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured jet black with a thin tan head that left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark roasted malts in the nose, which also smells viney (likely from the aging).
T: There is a strong flavor of roasted malts in the overall taste with notes of roasted coffee and a little bit of sweetness; some hints of alcohol are perceptible. There is a moderate to high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth. There is a lot of dryness in the taste and finish.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but the amount of bitterness and dryness lends it better to sipping.

Note: obtained in 2007 (aged three years)

Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours an opaque black with thick dark brown head (2+ inches). Very nice.
S: Dry nose. Toffee and medium roast coffee notes. Hint of cigarette smoke...odd and interesting.
T: Dry roast malt with a bitter hop finish. Odd coffee and cigarette mix (and no, I am not having a stroke...nor am I smoking a cigarette). Notes of 100% cacao...very dry and dark chocolate.
M: Light-medium body. Dry, slightly acidic finish. A little bitter.
D: This has more heft than Guinness or most other irish dry stouts. The odd cigarette smoke note brings out a European bar feel, but does hinder the drinkability. I like it...not everyone will...kind of a bizarre brew.

Photo of foles
2.21/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a pint of this at the Porterhouse in Covent Garden, London. To be frankly honest, im not sure if what I experienced was the properly kept version of this stout - because I found it very difficult to drink. It had a really foul taste (tough to explain what it was, but fabric softener comes to mind). I tried to convince myself it was just the bitter quality, but im still not convinced.

I enjoyed the Porterhouse's other Stout offerings, but this one will be skipped next time around (unless someone can prove me wrong).

Photo of Jparkanzky
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz "Grenade Top" bottle.

**Note** Bottle stated 5.7% ABV not 5.0%

A) Deep black, great color, with a thin 1/2" light tan head and leaves just a little lacing

S) Not much to smell here. Perhaps a little cold coffee smell, but nothing major.

T) Similar to that of Guinness without the creme flavor. Some slight burnt coffee and caramel flavors with alcohol essence.

M) It's far too flat in the mouth, which likely is the reason the flavors aren't more prominent.

O) An enjoyable stout, but not one I think I'll revisit as there isn't really anything that jumps out at me as "special" with this one.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at the Porterhouse Temple Bar; poured into a tulip pint.

A: Perfect nitro pour with a near-black body and creamy off-white head.

S: Not to much to smell; a bit of chocolate and roast.

T: Chocolate theme really shines here. A bit of coffee 'n' cream and some mild hop bitterness.

D: Feel is nice and smooth and the flavours really combine well in this. Alcohol is hidden and this one is pretty sessionable.

Overall: A really solid brew from Porterhouse. This is a nice alternative to the macro stuff and a nice and hefty take on the style.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque. 1 inch tan foamy head with good retention and some lace circles

Smell: At first I am reminded of roasted nuts then that is followed up by some coffee notes a some dark chocolate

Taste: First thing that pops into my head is yeah this is a dry stout it has that lovely ashtray taste right away and it kind of lingers a bit the flavors that are a bit of an after thought is the coffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Pretty good dry stout cant say I have had many beeter than this one at the moment. Worth a try for sure

Photo of jpmclaug
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH pint glass.

A - Black as can be with a tan head that rests on top. This head is not going away and looks like it will be along for the ride.

S - Nice roasted malt smell with a bit of smoke. Subtle hints of vanilla and citrusy hops lie in the background.

T - Now that is a good Irish Dry Stout. A nice kick of roasted malt and a bit of coffee and smoked malt as well. A hint of dried fruit mixed with alcohol is present as well.

M - medium to heavy body. Very very dry finish. Probably the driest beer I've ever had.

D - Honestly this pretty much hits the nail on the head for the style. If I was going to Ireland this is what I would hope to find everywhere in place of Guinness. Simply an amazing stout. If you can pick this up do it. I know I will in the future.

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Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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