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Wrasslers XXXX Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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226 Ratings
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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
Ireland

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 mwilbur
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.

mwilbur, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of froghop
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.

froghop, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of JDV
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.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
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.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, May 21, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
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.

scruffwhor, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm currently looking at this glass (not to mention writing this review) inside the Porterhouse just off Temple Bar. Yes, this is a live review thanks to their wireless internet connection. The beer is very dark, a nearly impenetrable blackness. Mocha colours frothy head about 1.5cm tall has persisted throughout the session.
Huge nose of roasted malts with a little hop bitterness.
Taste is more of the same: lots of roasted malts, somewhat balanced by a nice hoppiness. A bitter accumulation as the session continues, but never gets overblown.
Mouthfeel is pretty typical for an irish stout.
It's fairly drinkable. I would probably opt for their Plain Porter or even the Oyster if I HAD to choose one, but this would definitely become a regular (or possibly irregular) staple beer if I lived in Dublin.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of kiya
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from my beer club, and found out it's near impossible to find in America up till very recently.. My club got this from the overstock of Michael Jackson's beer club warehouse.

Took me a solid ten minutes to get this thing open, the cork would not budge. I resorted to using a vise grip to get it open, and even then it was difficult. Not a good start...

Pours a heavy dark brown with a nice thick mahogany head that leaves strong lacing all around. Smells of roasted barley, cocoa, and fresh espresso...

A great chocolate front end with a obvious nod to heavily roasted barley and a strong overall bitter mesquite flavor. Great notes that finish with an almost spicy malt flavor that lingers.
What's surprising is how refreshing this is, and how well this could work as a session beer if one felt like working through a few glasses of something this intensely smokey.
The mouthfeel here is great with a soft rolling of flavors and a perfect level of spark from the carbonation.

A solid brew all around, if i could find another bottle of this i'll definitely be down for another trip through the murk.

kiya, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of lifebeer
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

got this one from the rare beer club:

a. pours a medium to dark chocolate with a relatively light chocolate milk head, almost a full glass of head, no light through the glass

s. smells of yeast, toasted and roasted plus chocolate malts, maybe some maple syrup, as warms can smell the hops

t. very subtle roasted and chocolate malts, slightly earthy, some dark fruits, subtle coffee and alcohol finish

m. light to medium mouthfeel, lighter than expected

d. a very drinkable brew, possibly the least filling stout ever

nothing incredibly unique, very subtle in fact, received three of these, so will probably drink again

lifebeer, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of Patrick999
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 750ml bottle. Cork did not exactly blast open, leading me to worry a little about a flat beer, but those fears were unfounded. Poured into a goblet an appropriate red-around-the-edges black with a thick root beer head. Not much lacing. Slightly above par for the style.

Smell seems a little muted at first, but it doesn't take much warming at all for the sweet plum to come out, as well as some ripe blueberries. Could I pair this with a blueberry tart? Might be a good pairing. Anyway, like many stouts there's a little chocolate and coffee, but the ripe blueberry and plum are what I get the most. Very good.

Tasty stout, no doubt. How to describe it....it does indeed taste like a Guinness Extra, but more intense in places, while somehow less in others. Hops are there to lend a pleasant oily, earthy tone to this beer, but little more. Not as bitter as a Guinness Extra to my taste. Not really the intense roasted flavor of an American Stout, either. However, there is a nice full chocolate malt profile here...bitter, sweet, milk, the whole nine yards. Also a little yeasty component with some pleasing blueberry/plum esters showing through, as well as a good deal of anise. The 7% alcohol pokes through briefly every few sips just to let you know it's there. Aftertaste is fairly long and reminiscent of a blueberry chocolate bar.

Feel is pretty oily and soft, with some decent creaminess on the palate.

I like it. I like it a lot. A rich, full Irish stout, I need to save a bottle for St. Patrick's Day. Drinkable, but the 750 is enough. Not quite a session beer, as this is a big beer for this style - so don't give up on the Guinness just yet.

Patrick999, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of foles
2.17/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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).

foles, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of MillRat
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As fine and complex an Irish dry stout as I've ever had. On tap at the Parliament Street Porterhouse in Dublin's Temple Bar. Nice black brew with a solid tan head. All manner of chocolate and roasted barley in the smell, which play well against a restrained maltiness in the flavor. A clean, lingering, pleasantly bitter aftertaste. I would not classify this as a full-blown session beer, but several in a row don't wear out their welcome.

MillRat, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 murphysbleachers
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that I got through the Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club: I was immediately impressed by the pronounced roasty smell and richess of the liquid that could be seen in the pour. A seriously more substantial drink than any Irish stout I have had before. Rich and full of roasty, chocolatey and bitter flavor, yet sessionable as the style demands (definately wouldn't guess 7% abv). Perfect. I've been to Dublin several times, but never to the Porterhouse. I will make it a must stop on my next trip.

murphysbleachers, May 06, 2007
Photo of Bierschenker
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.
The beer looks like a good stout should look: A full fresh black beer with a magically floating compact white puck on top. No carbonation, no sediment. This is poured from a cooled installation.
There’s not a real sent noticeable, just a slight chocolate tad.
The taste is very strong in comparison to the bland Guinness. A spicy, burned bitterness evokes an explosion of taste. It swirls around the tongue and takes it hostage for an undetermined time. It’s a simple but respectable and enjoyable taste. The fact that it has more flavour, did make me drink slower. There’s just more to enjoy.
The mouthfeel is light and milky.

One of the only beers from Eire I will miss at home.

Bierschenker, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of granger10
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

granger10, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at The Porterhouse Central, Dublin Ireland on 18th Nov 2005.

Appearence; thinnish tan head on typical black (touch ruby) body.
Smelled okay, not of anything in particular - subdued.
Tasted well; strong roast malts with maybe a trace of blackcurrent and a trace of coffee. Overall, this was a good brew that grew on me. The taste was just as strong at the end of the pint as in the first tasting. Quite impressive.

JohnfromDublin, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried quite a few of the Porterhouse beers during my stay in old Dublin city, and this was easily the best of the bunch. By far their thickest, creamiest and roastiest of their porters and stouts. Poured on nitro, a cascading black with a thick whipped cream like tan head. Mild aroma of nuts and chocolate. Thick, creamy slick mouthfeel. Roasty and malty with some sweet hints of nuts and chocolate, moreso than what appears in the nose. An easy drinker, and one that would session quite well. Had I not wanted to try so many of their beers, I would have drank many a pint of this fine Irish stout.

IrishRedRock, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of box299
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this Porter. Great flavor... my only regret upon leaving Ireland just yesterday is that I wasn't able to bring some home with me. This very dark in color and rich tasting beer was everything I hoped for. I highly recommend the food at the Brewery also.

box299, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, with a creamy head of espresso foam. Aromas are of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of smoke. The taste is roasted malts up front, chocolate and coffee in the middle, and slight green hops and smoke in the finish. This is reminiscent of a lighter shakespeare stout. The mouthfeel is creamy and full and the drinkability is good. This is a good stout from this brewpub.

francisweizen, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of taez555
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Porterhouse in London.

Poured a dark, basically pitch black body with a thick Guinness style nitro tan head.

The taste was very rich with a big bitter chocolate and coffee flavor. A nice overall bitterness that was more a mix of the burnt bitterness with hop bitterness. Full malt taste. Very yummy, one of the best at the Porterhouse.

This reminded a lot of Guinness but with so much more flavor. I would easily choose this over all those other Irish Stouts anyday.

taez555, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of cbl2
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

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.

Smell:

Difficult to discern (compared to the Porter and Oyster Stout that Porterhouse offers). Mildly hoppy with some malt characteristics.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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.

cbl2, Jun 16, 2004
Photo of stcules
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.
Herbaceous bitter.
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.

stcules, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite nice, bitter coffee flavours, similiar and better (much better) than guiness, more flavour, and a bit of spice (from the hops), quite hoppy. Nitro-fied, which i didn't particularly like, but there still managed to be some stouty flavour, unlike Guinness, where the stouty flavours seem to be all but lost. And definitely hoppier than Guinness.

rastaman, Jun 04, 2003
Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.