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Belfast Black - Lavery Brewing Company

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Belfast BlackBelfast Black

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BA SCORE
86
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beergod1 on 02-13-2011

This is the beer that started the brewery. Named after the ancient homeland of the Lavery's. It is rich, dark and smokey. Not for the faint of heart but that's how we intended it. It has a taste of bacon, which is one of the most beautiful images I can image; a bacon beer (No actual bacon is in this beer). A solid earthy hop bitterness with a little astringency from the dark malts. This beer has no better pair than excellent Vermont Cheddar cheese.
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of bitter chocolate, dates, and a hint of smoke
Head small (1 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a partial 1 mm ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of dates, dark chocolate malt, aftertaste of smoke; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4. Loses some for poor head and no lacing. Overall, one of the better brews from Lavery.

Photo of woemad
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber received from @ozzylizard as part of the NBS BIF #1. No obvious freshness date. I had not heard of this brewery before I received it, which is pretty much the whole point of that BIF.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a super dark brown, almost black, that yielded absolutely nothing when held up to direct light. There was a big, creamy tan head that took it’s time settling, leaving streaky and spotty lace all over the sides of the glass.

Dark, bitter malt aroma is the primary takeaway from the nose. At first the smoky aroma I was expecting just wasn’t there, but as it warmed up it came out to play a little. Still, this is not on the order of Stone’s or Alaskan’s smoked porters, which I like but a lot of people find overpowering. It’s much more subtle.

Dark malts are the most obvious flavor component, giving off tastes of bitter, dark chocolate and black coffee. There's also some sweetness, but it's perfectly balanced so it's not cloying at all. The smokiness is really more of a cloak than anything else. There’s a little hoppy zap at the finish, but it’s not what I’d call a hoppy brew. In my opinion, for a porter, that’s just as it should be.

The body is fairly full, with a velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Really dig this. If I lived in or near Erie, I’d go home with a growler of this regularly (PA laws permitting). HUGE shout out to @Ozzylizard for hooking me up with a beer I might never have had a shot at otherwise!

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dbauer78
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of mbaer1970
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of crowsnest
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BigOldOaf
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber in trade from jbwimer. Pours deep dark brown to black with a one finger dark khaki head.aroma is more roast than smoke, with big chocolate notes, still some definite smoke, and a hint of earthy coffee. Flavor is lots of roasty chocolate and awesome, some long smokey finish going on here, and ends with chocolate and even a hint of vanilla coffee (maybe my taste buds are broken). Really rich flavors here. Dark fruits begin coming out just a tad as I go. Huge mouthfeel--especially for only 7.5%--with medium carbonation. I am amazed at the body on this. This might be one of my new favorite porters. Must get more.

Photo of nosavingsaccount
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of HoppyBastard2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Troy_C
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer on tap. It was very dark with a great thick head. Nice choclate,coffee nose. Full rich slightly sweet choclate/coffee flavor with a hint of licorce. I didnt get much of a smoke flavor though. Rich mouthfeel. This is a great example of a dark beer from a great brewery. One of my favorites from Lavery.

Photo of Deerslayer210
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer apparently had some over carbonation problems in the past. Well, not in my case.
It was lack of, really, no head at all. The color was a deep cola brown.
The aroma was roasted and dark malts with subtle hints of chocolate. No smoke that I could percieve.
The taste was smoky but seems out of place, Roasted malts are there as well as some off flavors like meat or earth.
There is some roasted malts and dark malts but are overwelmed by the smokiness to the point of being almost absent.
I think a differnt wood should be used and at a smaller amount .

Photo of heerboth
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Belfast Black from Lavery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.