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Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002)
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Photo of Jparkanzky
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Jparkanzky, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

puboflyons, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of AEK
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

AEK, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now we're talking, a full Irish stout. The success of its stablemate Oyster Stout has my expectations at a high level. From a 330 ml bottle with a "pull-off" cap, on to the beer:

A few splashes of lace cling to the glass from this nearly ink black colored beer. The head forms low, with a thin layer retaining atop. There's something about the nose...mild in intensity, but it has me thinking. There's licorice, lactose, burnt malt, and creamer.

Wow that's astringent. And sweet. And oddly, I like it. It's burnt and that flavor tastes almost salty...and it sticks to your tongue like peanut butter. The sweet side provides a pleasant lactose aspect and hints of dark chocolate. Medium sized mouthfeel, paired with low-medium carbonation, keeps the ball....errr, beer rolling along.

I felt like I went back in time with this beer. "A truly traditional stout", the label tells. I wouldn't literally go back in time for this, though it's a pleasant surprise to see a throwback beer in today's quick changing beer market.

DoubleJ, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of raninator84
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found @ Emporium Wines in Yellowsprings Ohio. 11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter. Love the pull tab bottle cap on this thing, very unique (not sure about the aging properties of it though)

A - Pours a rich dark red hue with a suitable head, looks like a traditional stout so far!

S - Chocolate nibs, caramel, strong vanilla coming out on this one.

T - Similar to smell with lots of vanilla slowly dwindling down through the caramel and chocolate flavors, the vanilla lingers on the tongue for a while. Great traditional Stout!

M - Carbonation is high, goes down very smooth.

O - Very good traditional stout, not sure $14.99 a four pack is necessary but I'm guessing it involves importing since I have not seen this many places. Solid adaptation of this style, would drink it all night long!

raninator84, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of movingtrain
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Interesting cap with a pull pin. I have never seen anything quite like this out of a bottle cap. Bottle claims to be "Ireland's Largest Genuine Irish Brewery." Interesting.

Sampled from a small snifter.

Pours a dark black with a thin, but steady reddish-brown head.

Notes of burnt wood and sweet chocolate in the nose. Hints of vanilla, brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, raisins, wood, and warm oats.

The taste is quite dry. There are hints of burnt wood, dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, walnut, and coffee. The flavor here is quite desirable, perfect for the style it is going for here. Quite dry, resiny, and delicious.

The mouthfeel is quite dry...but the light sweetness in the beer, accompanied by the fine roasted notes make this beer very drinkable.

Overall, a really good stout. And, at only 5%, one that can be sipped on through the evening.

movingtrain, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

JohnnyChicago, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours black with a light brown finger or so thick head. the head leaves a small amount of lacing.
S: dry roasted malt, some light coffee and chocolate.
T: malt has a nice dark roasted coffee and chocolate as well as a toasted nutty flavor.
M: has a fizzy smoothness, and is light on the palate.
D/O: tasty stout to replace other more well known dry stouts that used to be favorites.

rootbeerman, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Brianjames16
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours opaque pitch black like motor oil. Nice finger with tan head. Nice thick lacing on my snifter.

S- Nice big roasted malts up front. I also get a hint of some fig or raisin in there also.

T- Good balanced roasted malt characteristics with a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Pleasing stout flavors.

M- Full bodied stout that coats the mouth and tongue. Decent carbonation for this style.

D- Very drinkable full bodied stout. St. Patrick's day is coming and this may be my choice for the night. A little pricey at $4 a 11.2 oz bottle but a very pleasing experience. Cheers !

Brianjames16, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour wise. Nice deep black color. Small tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malts and dark cocoa. A somewhat metallic tinge. Great roasted flavor dominates. Nice malty graininess flavor. Distinct bite between the hops and dark malts. Nice mouthfeel-very dry finish wise. A great irish stout-tons of flavor in a low abv. The dryness might get a bit old after while but still a killer beer all in.

lackenhauser, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. "pull-top" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color,with a nice two-inch tan head of foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of dark roasted malt
Taste-Dark roasted malt, black coffee, dark chocolate notes, nice lingering hop bite.
Very drinkable and session-worty if not for the rather steep price of 3.99 a bottle. Still, very tasty and a good match for grilled meats or a pot roast.

hosehead83, Feb 21, 2011
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 TheQuietMan22
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into an imperial pint glass. The color is an opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Two fingers of bubbly, but thick, tan head developed and slowly dissipated to leave a billowy lacing.

Smell: Major roasted chocolate bitterness that is balanced by sweet milk chocolate. It has that nitro aroma similar to the Big Three, despite the fact it is bottled conditioned and unpasteurized. It reminds me of milk for some reason. There are also aromas of caramel and toffee. Overall, it is very inviting.

Taste: The "major" roasted chocolate from the aroma also plays a major role in the taste, which I love. The roasted chocolate is also complimented in bitterness by roasted coffee, which did not announce itself in the smell. This puppy has tons of tone and flavor compared to its nitro boosted brethren, and it is also a touch smoky. As the pint warms, the bitterness subsides slightly and lets a little lacto creaminess smooth it out. There are also flavors of sweet caramel and toffee. Each sip leaves a nice bitter, hoppy, smoky aftertaste tingling the back of the tongue and mouth.

Drinkability: At $4 a bottle, it gave me my money's worth. Compared to the Big Three it is noticeable and exceptional. Very decent stuff.

TheQuietMan22, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 333 ml bottle with a pull-tab top into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a bubbly tan head. Nice retention as the beer is swirled and sipped.

Has a thin, malty smell, with a slight roasted coffee and toffee aroma.

Taste is full-on stout, plenty of malt, nice bitter coffee, and dry hops. The hops become tangier and more bitter as you drink this one down.

Medium mouthfeel, with a tangy, chalky bitter that dries out the tongue.

A much better example of an Irish Stout than Guiness, the biggest knock on this fine tasting beer is it's cost. Still, glad to have learned of this brewer and to have tasted this stout. I'll keep tis in mind for St Patty's day.

TheHoppiest, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a small cylindrical glass at the brewpub in Dublin.

A: Creamy tan head, about a finger. Very dark; opaque, with red glints in the light.

S: Quite nice. Roasted coffee and malts. Odd sour tinge.

T: Well, it starts and ends well, but the middletaste is subpar. The beginning is roasted and bitter; the ending is dry and roasted; but the middle is thing, sour, and brackish. As this is the bulk of the taste, I'm disappointed.

M: A lower grade for the reasons listed above -- to thing and ugh for too long.

D: Drinkable, but I'm tried of it by the end of this small glass. Only recommended if you really like stout.

AgentMunky, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Black pour with a huge light tan head. Really light for such a dark body, good retention and lacing...Subtle but pleasant aroma, lots of roasted malts. Light chocolate and coffee, good... The taste is a let down as the subtlety goes out the window, harsh, alcohol, bitter coffee comes through, not enjoyable at all. Very one dimensional.

I've had this on nitro and its much better, stay away from the bottle version.

jrallen34, Jan 27, 2011
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.

beerthulhu, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of biglite351
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a good bit of red around the edges. Tall creamy light tan head.

S - full roasted malts, mild smoke, chocolate and dried fruit.

T - smokey roasted malts. Dried fruit with a touch of coffee. A bitter hop turn in the after taste.

M - mild coating with strong tingle on sides of the tongue and back of throat.

D - one. The bitter hop taste ruins the.great start of the flavor.

biglite351, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours with a nice, dark black, opaque coloring. The head is very thin, and a dark shade of brown. The head actually dissipates before I make it from my bar to the couch. The first smell I get is a blend of coffee grounds and a sweet, fruity smell (plum?). The taste is heavy on the coffee flavor, to go along with the aroma. There is also an earthy undertone, with a little bit of sweetness, and a bitter bite to the aftertaste. The aftertaste also has a hint of dark chocolate, along with the coffee again. The beer is actually smooth and light for a stout, with a very dry finish. The bitterness sits in mouth for bit after swallow. The beer is very easy to drink, and I look forward to trudging my way through Dublin at some point to try it from the source.

GarthDanielson, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of EPICAC
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout pours an opaque black, and is topped by a thick, creamy, brown head that retains well. The aroma is chocolatey with roasted malt notes. The chocolate gives the aroma an almost fruity aspect.

This stout has a roasted backbone, which moves into a milder center with a bit of bite and roasted bitterness in the finish that's cut by a mild sweetness. Light-bodied and smooth with mild carbonation.

I thought this was a very nice stout.

EPICAC, Dec 06, 2010
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 kojevergas
2.13/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 Minkybut
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Minkybut, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 11.2oz bottle with their awesome pull-tap cap.

Appearance is ruddy tawny color with thin off-white head. Nos is woody and roasted like charred oak. Someone said cigarette ashtray which I thought was a bit extreme, but I can kind of see what they were driving at. Palate is medium-light bodied and creamy but bitter and roasted on the finish. Charred wood is the dominant characteristic here. Very dry.

SFLpunk, Oct 06, 2010
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
Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.