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Black Rock - Dungarvan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

27 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 27
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dungarvan Brewing Company visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnfromDublin on 05-18-2010)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

£2.99 for a 500ml Bottle in O'Reilly's, Ireland (North):
Black with the odd red tinge and a giant, dome-shaped head that is about two inches tall and foamy with good retention. Lots of sediment and lacing too.

Strong, dark malts with a lot of chocolate and some spice that includes some aniseed-like flavours. There is some light coffee on the nose along with plenty of earthy tones.

Rich chocolate with some strong, earthly malts and further cocoa. I got some hints of sweetness and a coffee flavour that comes through strong around the middle then slowly fades.

Rough with a hard bitterness from the coffee coming through along with an abundance of spice and a lingering aftertaste that is also quite bitter. The beer had a medium body and carbonation was soft, although the balance was quite poor.

Not a beer that I enjoyed all that much sadly and one again another beer will go down as a poor Irish offering in my book. Lots of large of sediment in the glass despite my care when pouring and an overly bitter, earthy taste in my opinion.

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A-dark brown black color with a nice light brown head and decent lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, coffee, slight burnt sugar

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate coffee, burnt toast, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-well-balanced dry stout, would like to try this on tap

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290th Review
On draft at Against the Grain
Served in an unmarked pint glass

From notes.

A: Black. ½ (foamy mocha) fingernail head.

S: Graham cracker, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of raisin sweetness. Okay.

T: Follows nose exactly; however, very weak in taste. Quite boring if I must say actually.

M: Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

O: Disappointing for sure. Maybe this beer is a bit more enjoyable from the bottle, but the cask verison was not pleasant. Just drink Guinness.

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Pours opaque black with a whipped cream stiff head of tan foam. Nose is seawater and smoke. Sour ashy roastiness, plus espresso grounds and brown sugar, with earthy minty hops. Sweet finish and a dry leave. Soft, creamy, round and light to medium.

A lean and sour take on the style. Sweetness is much muted. That and the body make it clean and easy-drinking.

Good to get a more traditional take on Irish stout.

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Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Massive gathering of bubbles reaches four fingers high, and the light brown lacing in its wake is an amazing sight on this black beer. Roasty nose ranges from French-roast coffee to cocoa powder to fresh, damp chimney soot with a hint of blackberry and musty yeast. Smooth, wet mouthfeel, light to medium body. Roasted grain flavor drops some notes of burnt sugar, wet charcoal and cocoa powder. Modest hopping lets the malt shine through. Yeasty tone, ripe fruit and some toasted bread drops in the middle. Mild roasty finish leans dry. Rustic, very drink- able and grew on us quick. Easily surpasses the benchmark for the style.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle into a Paulaner stein in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 12th, 2010. Pours a dark amber/black with a tanned, creamy head, three fingers thick, that retians well. Appealing, but possibly overcarbonated.

Sm: Moderate strength: cream, toffee, maybe a bit of chocolate. Kind of musty.

T: A powerful open, atypical of stouts. Tastes like it smells - and that includes the must. Balanced decently, but built strangely. Not bold, and not particularly good.

Mf: Very smooth but very dry.

Dr: Pricey but average.

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Black Rock from Dungarvan Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.