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Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

221 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -19.8%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some nice cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is of super dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and cocoa powder. There is a somewhat assertive roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a huge roasty flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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)

metter98, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
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.

womencantsail, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ygtbsm94, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
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.

GRG1313, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +7%

Poured out looking rich, thick and black in color. The head was a light brown color with a creamy look to it. The smell of this brew is simple, there is a decent amount of roasted aromas on the nose and some minimal sweetness. The taste of the beer has a pretty good roasted flavor to it, kind of creamy but also dry. The mouthfeel of this one wasn't too heavy, I found it to be drinkable. Overall, I enjoyed this one more than the Oyster Stout they make. All around this one is pretty tasty.

Knapp85, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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 emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

emerge077, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%

On-tap 5/15/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some chocolate and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts with a dry and mildly bitter dark chocolate flavor. Then there is some dark fruit in the background. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is very mild as it should be. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but kind of watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is definitely not one of the better beers I’ve had in the style.

TheManiacalOne, May 16, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7%

I'm a bit torn on this one. While it's certainly a good beer, it doesn't really fit to the dry irish stout style. Too much molasses there, in my opinion. Which makes it more boisterous than what I think would fit the style. It's kind of one dimensional as well, to throw an overall review in there.

I know we're supposed to grade the beer to the style it's placed in, but I've seen beer styles switched on beers a few times after I've reviewed them, so I don't really care. People don't care whether a beer fits to style. They care about how good it is when they drink it.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam that rests on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A bready aroma of lightly toasted malt as well as a dry, coffee like roasted note and a hint of smoke.

S - Thick, dry caramel up front with a very dry, somewhat astringent, black coffee flavor from the roasted grain. The acidic roast character continues through the middle, but is tempered slightly by the dry caramel. It finishes with more acidic roasted character and strong malt bitterness that is just barely balanced by the caramel and bread notes in the background.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - In some ways, this is a one dimensional beer. The strong, acrid roast character is the dominant, and at times only, flavor in the beer. This may prevent the beer from achieving a great level of complexity, but it is pretty much standard for the style and what the roast character lacks in depth, it makes up for in intensity. The roasted, charred, acrid bitterness of this beer is much more powerful than that of other "classic" examples of this style and that allows for a more enjoyable drinking experience as the beer pulls a surprising level of nuance out of this monolithic flavor profile. There are some hints of bread, caramel, and even smoke, but these are largely relegated to a supporting role where they are only called in at crucial moments to balance the acid roast character when it threatens to overwhelm the palate. Overall, an enjoyable example of the style with a sharp acidic roast character and an intense dryness to the finish that whet the appetite and make it a nice aperitif.

nickfl, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

MarkyMOD, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Appearance: dark brown in color with a nice 1" head that lasts.

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, some coffee tones, dark bitter chocolate, and a moderate bitterness make up a decent stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a decent drinking stout and also fits the bill for a good session beer.

Gavage, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
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!

kojevergas, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

330ml bottle with ring-pull cap purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. I can't quite say what drew me to this with everything to choose from in the store, maybe just because it's different from my usual fare of US IPAs.

Pours a dark and opaque black-brown, with a filmy head of beige on the top. Body looks very light and fluid, not trapping carbonation, or sitting particularly heavily in the glass. Lacing is perfunctory.

Nose is pleasantly roasty, but leavened and broadened by a nice and unexpected malty sweetness, giving characters of vanilla and pale cocoa. Milder than some, but nicely rounded and complex.

Taste is far drier and more bitter with genuine roasted stoutiness. Start is dry husky grain, and it finishes with a powerful ashy blackness. Perfectly suited to style, even though my heart wishes for a touch more sweetness to deepen it. Nicely done.

Plenty of character for a relatively low and light-bodied brew. A very robust stout.

lacqueredmouse, May 09, 2011
Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

Tasted this beer by half-pint recently at the Covent Garden branch of Porterhouse pub.
A: pours a pitch-black hue, with some caramel hint reflected from the bottom of the glass when seen against the light; the head is just like their other dark ales, tight and frothy and creamy, light browish hued. Flawless--for a nitro-tap poured beer.
S: a flow of floral scent and soft, delicate fruity note of hops sits on top of otherwise thick, coffeeish roasted maltiness. Overall very refreshing and balanced for a dry stout.
T: a mouthful of dark malts and roasted barley, introducing smoothly rich bitterness which is profound but not aggressive; some hint of pale malts is there, too, while the dark maltiness sits in between coffee and dark bitter chocolates (w/o the acidic edge). Satisfyingly smooth finish and lingering dryish bitterness, though it's not so complex as I'd hoped for.
M&D: consistently silky smooth on the mouthfeel; almost full-flavoured against a medium body, this is a very easy-drinking and flavoursome stout much more satisfying than Guiness IMO. Just like other dark ales by Porterhouse, I think it should be served warmer than cold in order to let a thicker texture to be released. But it's a solid brew all the same. Recommended!!

wl0307, Nov 30, 2005
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Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.