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Celebration Stout - The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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58 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 58
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%


Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally 10.0% ABV but brought back at 7.0%.

(Beer added by: Morris729 on 11-20-2006)
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Reviews by richmof:
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richmof

Belgium

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (also from Redmonds)...finally got taste: it has been out of stock the last few times I was at the Porterhouse.

Poured a midnight black into a Porterhouse tulip. Gray bubbly-slightly creamy head with not much retention.

On the nose I get bitter chocolate, earthy spice, some alcohol, dark fruits...
The palate is very good. Intense flavours: espresso, liquorice, treacle, dark fruits, smokey malt. I get a bit of an alcohol kick at the end but not offputting.

Not too dry and not too sweet: this is exactly how I would want an imperial stout to be. At 7%, not sure I would have more than two or three but I am delighted to find this. The best Irish porter or stout I have ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 10:55:37 | More by richmof
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Hayley_86

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-21-2014 15:51:43 | More by Hayley_86
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-17-2014 01:37:41 | More by Kmat10
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, right-handed as ever was, boyo (not to mention, that lawsuit-ready splitting metal cap top), and with some nicely appropriate cross-cultural tunes courtesy of Flogging Molly providing ample background ambiance.

This beer pours a veritably solid black, with attractively restrained cherry cola highlights, and three fingers of densely foamy, rather bubbly, and eventually chunky burnt tan head, which leaves some sudsy expansive tree limb lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of mixed orchard fruit - drupe and red alike, mild rainy-day ash, bready caramel malt, some saucy umami, soft bittersweet coffee grounds, and leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is more mildly astringent apple, pear, cherry, and plum fruitiness, chalky cocoa, dry caramel candy, an almond cookie nuttiness (mom's X-mas cookies represent!), a weird echo of grainy wood treatment, which may be better explained by the lingering leafy, boozy, and perfumed hops, perchance.

The bubbles are softly integrated, and little more, the body a tame medium weight, mostly smooth, and creamy like all Irish stouts, no stereotyping intended. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, coffee, toffee, and perceived alcohol all large and in charge, while the astringent fruit and converse booze edginess fade accordingly.

A tasty enough RIS, in the traditional sense, so cheers, slainte, and na zdrovye to these sassy underdogs in the Irish brew scene. Unfortunately, to my American-dulled palate, this is a wee bit too underwhelming, more than a tad too weak (strangely), due to westward expansion, or something. Anyways, drinkable, enjoyable for what it is, and commendable all the same.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 04:39:53 | More by biboergosum
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Texas

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Ontario (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Big whiskey, charred oak and vanilla notes dominate the nose with lighter chocolate and roast notes in the background.

T - The barrel qualities are dominant with charred oak, whiskey and vanilla coming through in the forefront. Chocolate, roast and a hint of smoke are present as well. The finish is dry and biter.

M 0 Medium body with very heavy carbonation for the style.

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Manitoba (Canada)

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United Kingdom (England)

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t0rin0

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JohnGalt1

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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml received in trade from mtbdonn... Big props goes out to Donn for an epic 2nd trade! Shared this one with the brother tonight.. the Lion's share goes into a HotD goblet. Spotty lacing.

Light brown head... the brew is inky black.. nice retention and cap.

The nose is roasty and a bit sweet.. a little bit of soy sauce makes me think this is higher ABV than 7%.. but I will trust the label. Not getting much in the way of hops except some possibly imaginary grassy notes. Nice rounded stout flavors as the glass approaches room temp.

Pretty good flavors across the board.. dark malt and some minor char... dark fruity elements are of the raisin and dark cherry element... cocoa (almost milk chocolate) shows with warmth..

Very surprising body for a 7% brew... medium and decent carbonation..

3.75/4/4/4/4

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 05:48:28 | More by JohnGalt1
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StJamesGate

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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viscous black with oxblood highlights and creamy chocolate brown head that pits, rims, and sheets.
Coffee, meat juices, roasty sweetness, prune and a surprising deep floral perfume.
Brown sugar, soy sauce, charcoal, blackberries, a roasty hit with wood and some real orange peel hops.
Chocolate and marzipan finish and bitter wood pulp linger.
Medium, a bit chewy, round, a touch of oil, very smooth.

Titles itself an "Imperial Irish Stout" and that actually is an appropriate label: creamy, lighter-bodied than you'd expect for the flavors, and no burn add up to a remarkably easy drinker. Hoppy ending makes a big difference - I'm guessing a big whack of EKG. Why do I feel like the US market is in mind with this one?

The closest thing to a session RIS you'll ever find, which is a bit of miracle in itself.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:59:27 | More by StJamesGate
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Irish oddity brought back by my parents as a gift. Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is black with a tan head, low carbonation, nice retention, some lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is roasty and a little sweet.

Beer is medium in body, relatively roasty / bitter from the grains. Decent finish, sort of an odd imperial stout but I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 16:56:22 | More by drabmuh
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Celebration Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.