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Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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)

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 14:55:09 | More by metter98
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 12:59:44 | More by avalon07
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maximum12

Minnesota

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".

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 23:17:20 | More by maximum12
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John_M

Oregon

2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2010 21:10:54 | More by John_M
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 01:11:59 | More by Georgiabeer
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beertunes

Washington

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-15-2010 02:50:43 | More by beertunes
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JamesS

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 03:29:04 | More by JamesS
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velkyal

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 17:55:47 | More by velkyal
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Bung

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 05:14:15 | More by Bung
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nickfl

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 03:24:59 | More by nickfl
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown that is a few shades short of black, with a thin, off-white head that fades quickly, remaining thin but full, save for a few black patches.
Smell is slightly smokey, roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, and faint caramel. Little bit of toffee as well.
Taste is more smokey malts up front, followed by a dry bitterness that carries to the finish. Some faint dark chocolate can be discerned in there, but unfortunately the bitterness clouds most everything out after the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Slightly watery, with a medium body.
Drinkability is good, but this definitely isn't my favorite for this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 00:11:56 | More by Parrotbeak
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 01:00:37 | More by glid02
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, warm, chocolaty sable with a nice thick light tan head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is smoky and oily with a firm, slightly sweet mocha undertone. Flavor is like fine roast coffee with an infusion of chocolate, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, hint of licorice. Texture is fizzy, smooth and just slightly grainy.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 23:37:30 | More by Cyberkedi
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at Porterhouse, Dublin, Ireland.

A- Poured from the tap with about 3/4" of khaki colored, mousse-like head, and fantastic sticky lacing. The body was a completely opaque dark brown. Looks lovely.

S- The nose involves some anticipated roasty malts, but also some crystal malts, and some faint hop aroma and fruity yeast esters. Some doughy nuances as well. Fascinating.

T- Wow. Pleasant surprise on the palate. You're getting crystal and roasted malt right up-front, along with a ton of yeast esters that are perceived as green apple and grape. Then midway, some substantial herbal hop bitterness kicks-in, taking over in the finish, which seems to echo forever. The finish is nice and dry (as an Irish stout should be).

M- A medium to heavy body. A ton of soft carbonation there. Almost a little grittiness as well.

D- Super-drinkable. Sessionable even. Hands-down the best drinking beer I had in Ireland!

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-25-2010 19:03:42 | More by jgasparine
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 12:22:17 | More by oberon
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sugarbrew

Michigan

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-18-2010 21:38:14 | More by sugarbrew
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bbarrows

California

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and clear with 1-inch tan head from nitrogen tap.

Aroma of roasted malt, not very prominent.

Strong roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee flavors. Hops noticeable for balance, not pronounced. Finishes with a malty and alcoholic kick, despite the relatively low 5%ABV. Lingering clean hop flavor.

Mouthfeel was thick, typical for a stout on nitrogen tap.

Very easy drinking, with a refreshing hop finish to every sip.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-03-2009 02:24:21 | More by bbarrows
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a opaque black with a lasting brown head.

S- Roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and a faint lemony smell.

T- Sweet roasted malts upfront. The chocolate flavor is subtle but there. There is a lemony tartness and a big bitterness on the finish.

M- Creamy and smooth.

D- The bitterness of the beer makes it a slow-drinker. I probably wouldn't have more than one or two at a sitting.

Overall, i really enjoyed all of the Stouts from the Porterhouse but I think this one is my personal favorite. It's less sweet and has more bitter and roasted character than the plain or oyster stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-25-2009 16:34:40 | More by TommyW
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atis

Finland

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and black with brown head that lasts till the end of the glass, dense downsliding lacing. Aroma is slightly lemony and soapy barley. There is some soapyness in the taste again, sharp roasted and bittery malt with very dry finish and lemony bitter aftertaste.

This stout seemed rather strange for me, because of that subtle, but noticeable soapy feeling, also quite bittery roasted that sometimes seemed too much.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-13-2009 11:16:23 | More by atis
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 04:13:23 | More by mwilbur
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froghop

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a thick black (opaque) with a large brown bubbly head.

smell is cocoa, touch of coffee, licorice, slight vanilla, a whiff of smoke.

taste is thick creamy, dark and bakers chocolate, touch of espresso, end is dry and slightly bitter, a woody aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 00:55:54 | More by froghop
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JDV

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Humulone_Red. Thanks!
Pours dark black with a thin light tan head. Smell is roasty and somewhat mild. Taste is rich dark roasted malt and a very light bit of coffee in the flavor. Slightly bubbly mouthfeel, but this was pretty good overall and nicely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 18:37:22 | More by JDV
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 02:33:55 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml crked and caged bottle. The back label says it was brewed for the Porterhouse Brewing co. by Meantime Brewing in London. Bottle says 7% abv.

Pours a Guinness like black with very muddy brown highlights. Eventually recedes to a thin foam, and then to nothingness. Very sparse lacing. Thick aroma of dry crea, coffee, oatmeal flakes, chcolate custard. An orgy for the nose to behold. The sip delivers toffee and heavily creamd dark chocolate coffee. The finish is a dry, dried oatmeal feel an flavor. Pretty compex beer. Very dry palate is just irresistable. I just want to drink more and more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 04:05:44 | More by scruffwhor
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emerge077

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:05:12 | More by emerge077
Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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