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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 Parrotbeak
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of glid02
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
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.

Photo of jgasparine
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of sugarbrew
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.

Photo of bbarrows
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of TommyW
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of atis
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of froghop
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.74/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of kiya
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of lifebeer
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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

Photo of Patrick999
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of foles
2.21/5  rDev -40.9%
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).

Photo of MillRat
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of murphysbleachers
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of granger10
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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