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Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 235
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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Ratings: 235 | Reviews: 118
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 biglite351
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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.

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 kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
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!

Photo of Minkybut
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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 Zimbo
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to this brewery the world has its definitive benchmark Irish stout. And this is it. No argument. Just get to the Porter House to have on tap at source and you won't be disappointed.

The full caressing body is beautifully balanced with the tingle of tasty sourness complimenting a very long and very satisfying almost earthy dryness. Every element is there to be tasted yet they merge to make a delicious whole. Ravishing. Top notch. Grand. Feckin grand.

Photo of womencantsail
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of domtronzero
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, opaque black into the glass. Massive tan head explodes from the beer as it is poured and lingers around for sometime. A little lacing is evident on the sides of the glass.

Smells of roasted malts, dark and burnt. Slight chocolate with a little bit of bready malts. A very light earthy English-type hop aroma is easier to detect as the beer warms.

Taste is excellent. A big wallop of black roasted malts and a nice acrid, burnt-like flavor in the finish. Hop bitterness is firm and accentuated by the dark malts which makes the finish clean and dry - as it should be for this style. Slight bready/toasty malt flavors are detectable but they hide well behind everything else going on.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. At 5.0% abv there is only a very little warming sensation in the belly after the first few sips are enjoyed. No detectable astringency in the finish which is very nice for these really dark beers.

Drinkability is quite high. I could definitely have a few of these in one sitting. Easy to put down and with everything going on in this beer, it is still just simply enjoyable. Clean and great tasting.

Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I'll be a son of a gun. It's poifect. Poured with a huge, thick, foamy, frothy, light brown head that lasts and lasts and some lace. Color is basically an opaque black brown (basically because only at the very base of my beer glass where it's very narrow can I just barely see thru the clear garnet colored brew). The aroma is a very well balanced and pleasing blend of roasted barley, malt, coffee, cocoa, pipe tobacco, dark worn leather. Flavor's like the aroma plus there's a bit of sweetness against the dry bitterness of the other ingredients. Plus there's a bit of tang from the acid of the carbonation. Body is full, round, mouth filling and yet the carbonation is exactly where it should be to complement the other qualities. Finish is like flavor and slowly fades with no off characteristics at all. Session for sure. Love this beer!

Photo of morebeergood
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on nitro tap at Townsend's in Hyde Park, so I thought I'd give it a try. Served in a standard pint glass. Huge surging action when it was ready. Dark blackish color, like charcoal. Intensely thick creamy head atop the body. Wonderful ground coffee smell. Really had the roasted barley flavor that marks the makings of a quality Irish stout. Super thick and luscious body due to the nitro. Very enjoyable on the palate. Easily drinkable and of course it had the low abv known for the style. It's nice to find a new stout on tap every once in a while, as an alternative to the Guinness, Beamish, and Murphy's. This stout is worth looking for on tap at your local pub.

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.

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 avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick texture. There was a huge amount of long-lasting, foamy, tan-colored head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice smell of cocoa, coffee, malt, and a slight graininess.

T: Tasted of coffee (a very bitter element), cocoa, roasted malt, and grain. Dynamic and quite flavorful.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: A very well made and drinkable beer.

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to schmittymack for sending this extra to MN. You just don't see too many 5% stouts in big format bottles like this. Split with my wife in anticipation of a homemade pizza dinner.

Pours the color of newspaper ink (look that word up if you're under 23). Weak pop when the cement plug of a cork finally comes loose, but seems lively enough. Smell is classic Irish Dry Stout, caffeine-free light coffee with squiggles of cocoa powder.

Wrasslers is nothing if not drinkable. You gotta like a stout this dark, & this assertive, that you feel isn't going to tear your face off after a glass or two. After all that the mouthfeel is a bit flat, which is baffling considering the cork tightness. Taste is gentle but nice, & follows the smell to a T. A very nice roasted profile that hits all the right notes, not reaching coffee status, bits of cocoa, with the only addition being an open-window whiff of woodsmoke.

Good beer. I'm going to enjoy this all the way through & mark it down as a "Summer Stout".

Photo of John_M
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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

Very nice to see another Irish beer in my hometown. Pours very dark brown, almost black, and a very tightly beaded head that fades to a swirly cap. Smells roasty and creamy, and fairly mellow. There are some light hops underneath and a touch of light sweetness. Overall the impression is that it is creamy and dry with an edge of roasted notes. The taste is a bit roastier and less creamy with coffee bean and bitter chocolate notes and very little sweetness. Very dry, and even a little austere. Quite a nice beer, and loads more flavor than a certain other more popular stout from Ireland.

Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in imperial pint. Poured black, with over a half inch of creamy tan head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was the typical malt and roast of the style. The flavors were also malt and roast, but there was an odd sharpness on the tongue and as slightly metallic finish.

The body was decent, a little fuller than average for the style. The drinkability was good, but that sharpness and metallic taste hurt the score in this area. Overall, a decent beer, worth a try if you see it.

Photo of JamesS
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep brown, just about black, color with excellent head and good lacing throughout. Deep roasted grain scent, a nice heady darkness to the aroma. Very good flavor; a wonderful tasting stout with excellent roasted grains and just a hint of hops at the end; mostly just a great dark malt flavor. Went down very smooth.

Photo of velkyal
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once upon a time there was a bloke called Michael Collins, and he liked a tipple, and so the good people at the Porterhouse took his favourite tipple from his local brewery in Cork, though long closed down as a result of the predatory nature of the free market, and used it as inspiration for a beer they called Wrasslers XXXX. Wrasslers is a beautifully dark, dark, ruby red beer with a tan head that bob, bob, bobbed along on top of the beer.

"My, my, what a beautiful big chocolate smell you have Wrasslers"
"all the better to tempt you to taste me with"
"and is that a tang of sour milk in the background?"
"why, yes it is, just like the old days"

Sorry there, got carried away. So yes, chocolate is a big theme in Wrasslers, both on the nose and in the mouth - though I am not sure of the purpose of putting beer on one's nose, I will strive to discover it though. Despite the big, smooth chocolate flavours, there is a good dose of bitterness to counteract that, I am guessing the Galena hops are responsible there. Simply put, this is so much better than the beer I had on a nitro tap, and I am very glad I have a good stock in the cellar.

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 nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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