Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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1/5 rDev -73.3%
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!
06-18-2011 03:23:02 | More by rickyleepotts
2.13/5 rDev -43%
A: Served on-tap at the Porterhouse pub in Dublin. A half finger head is creamy and nice, but too thin.
Sm: Very, very light scent of coffee and roast. Nice, but subtle.
T: Cream gives in to understated roast flavour with a subtle finish. Not bold enough to be truly good. Amp up the flavours, and we'd have a good beer on our hands.
MF: Cream is nice, but the texture is off. There's a strange balance between wetness and dryness that doesn't work, especially for a stout.
Dr: Make the flavours stronger, and I'll drink it!
11-08-2010 16:55:56 | More by kojevergas
2.17/5 rDev -42%
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).
01-10-2008 09:36:58 | More by foles
2.5/5 rDev -33.2%
Black colour, with typical creamy and compact foam.
The smell is light, with prevalence of toasted.
The smell is more assertive, with prevalence of bitter, chicory, without toasted, coffe or chocolate. Maybe some hazelnut.
Medium body, quite strong for the style.
In the aftertaste: there is malty too, with hints of caramel, with prevalence of dry bitter.
It doesn't have the smooth and cremosisty of a bitter.
08-19-2003 19:14:20 | More by stcules
2.7/5 rDev -27.8%
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a khaki colored head.
S: The nose is somewhat roasty with a bit of toasted malt. Overall, the aroma is sort of mild and unimpressive.
T: A muddled and muted flavor profile with some hints of chocolate, coffee, and roast, and perhaps some sourness. Definitely lives up to the "dry" descriptor, however.
M: The body is medium (maybe a tad on the thin side) with a soft carbonation.
D: The beer is very dry and the sourness does not improve my feelings on this one. This one just wasn't for me.
08-22-2010 03:50:29 | More by womencantsail
2.73/5 rDev -27%
Appearance: Pours a black opaque body with a creamy khaki-colored head.
Smell: Mild aroma of roasted malts, light caramel, and one tiny handful of nuts, all hedged by a definite sourness.
Taste: Roasted malt flavors of coffee and dark chocolate with, again, just a smattering of nuts. However, all the flavors are rather muted, except for that sourness. A decent amount of roastiness with just a bit of hops on the finish. Some alcohol peaks through now and again, which seemed surprising for a beer that's listed at 5%.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Soft carbonation.
Drinkability: I didn't care for this one at all.
06-10-2007 18:47:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.8/5 rDev -25.1%
This is my 3rd stout from Porterhouse (I got the sampler) and I'm noticing a trend in appearance: Pitch black with quarter inch tan head.
Difficult to discern (compared to the Porter and Oyster Stout that Porterhouse offers). Mildly hoppy with some malt characteristics.
The harshest of the beers I've sampled here. This has a chocolate/coffee characteristic to it in the beginning and finishes too bitter for my taste.
06-16-2004 20:39:45 | More by cbl2
2.9/5 rDev -22.5%
The worst of the stouts I tried at Porterhouse. I think something went wrong when they brewed this batch. Aroma is alright with the characteristic roasted chocolate and creaminess to it but the finish of the smell imparted this weird off flavor. Taste also began good but by the middle there seemed to be a metallic, band aid flavor. This had potential but the off flavors really threw me off and although I finish my pint, it took some effort.
03-14-2006 13:54:03 | More by granger10
2.9/5 rDev -22.5%
On tap at Mahaffeys today.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with a head that appears to have the consistency of whipped cream. The head is so thick, it gives the impression you could float a penny on it (maybe you could, but I didn't try). Head retention was exceptional and there was plenty of sticky lacing all around. Visually, this beer is a thing of beauty...
On the nose, I don't get a whole lot, just some light licorise, burnt toast and coffee... maybe a hint of dark chocolate. On the palate, this beer is exceptionally dry, with a boatload of licorise, more burnt toast and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is very light and even a bit thin, with a slight creaminess. Drinkability is just not good in this beer. The beer has so much dry licorise and bitterness in the finish, that it was a chore getting it down.
Should have just stuck to looking this beer, as it really looks great. As for how it tastes.... mehhhh.
07-09-2010 21:10:54 | More by John_M
2.95/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
05-21-2008 02:33:55 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
2.98/5 rDev -20.3%
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle (with a sweet pull-ring cap) into a Piraat Tulip. Two fingers of loosley packed bubbles formed on top of a blackish brown body. The head receded down to a thin film, leaving behind tons of lace.
The nose is not very pleasant and weak. Burned chocolate, roasted malts, ash and electrical tape.
The taste isn't a off putting as the nose...but not great either. The roasted flavors last throughout, but the ashy bitterness (electrical tape, again) really kills this...
Watery body with tons of carbonation. Dry finish.
Man...this started off looking great, but that was pretty much the pinnacle of this beer. Cool cap...but that's about it...
06-07-2011 03:03:50 | More by mgbickel
3/5 rDev -19.8%
I poured this brew into my tumbler at 45 degreees. The beer was black off course, kinda chocolate colored. The beer did pour a nice big head that was dark colored. Th beer was bitter on the after taste and left me with a dry mouth. I did not care for it. I will not buy again.
11-01-2010 18:18:58 | More by Minkybut
3.03/5 rDev -19%
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.
11-26-2010 02:49:29 | More by Sammy
3.05/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
09-25-2010 15:42:35 | More by GRG1313
Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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