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Irish Stout - North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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Irish StoutIrish Stout

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BA SCORE
82
good

15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MUSHROOMCLOUD on 03-18-2008)
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Big_Dave, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of rdooley
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

rdooley, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

Bottle purchased in the Spring and then forgotten about. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. There are huge chunks of yeast in the bottle of the bottle and some of them got into the glass even with a careful pour. The head is very large and there is very lively bubbling going on. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is roasted malt with some chocolate. There is also some bitterness from the heavily roasted malt. Thin mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%

22 oz. bottle tried 18 Jul 2009.

Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. The beer explodes out of the bottle, a true gusher, beer went everywhere. Only managed to save about half of the bottle. Light brown head. Minimal carbonation to start, turning almost completely flat in short order. Very dark brown, almost black in color. Roasty, smoky, slightly acrid/ferric aroma. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. A little on the sweet side for a dry stout. Cold coffee finish and aftertaste with a hint of smoke. Light body.

Would have liked this a bit better if I didn't have to clean the kitchen afterwards (took it out on the drinkability score).

htomsirveaux, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +12.7%

An aggressive pour created easily two finger's worth of rocky, deep-tan/light brown head with great retention. Nose was a nice mix of chocolate and smoke. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite bittersweet chocolate taste on the tongue. Finish was somewhat coffee like, but still chocolaty. This would be an excellent after dinner/dessert beer. Yum!

woodychandler, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%

Thanks to screach for tossing in another extra from North by Northwest. Digging the label, can't go wrong with bears drinking beer either.

Pours a dark brown with a huge huge head, fades slowly and leaves quite a bit of patchy lacing on the glass, there's maybe a tad too much head, I have a feeling this might is going to be over-carbonated for a stout. About half the bottle is still full after pouring a glass and there's about an inch or two of head within the bottle, rather odd to see, good amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, I'm sure I'll be drinking some of that on the second glass.

Smell is rather light, can barely make out some roasted malt, a metallic aroma is more prevalent.

Taste is a bit thin and over-carbonated, almost like a cola except with less of an aftertaste, roasted malt with a tinge of coffee and chocolate, a metallic taste is also present. Would be much better if the carbonation wasn't so assertive, doesn't work in its favor.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Spastic bottle generously provided by goatgoat.

I quickly usher the anxious beer into my Sly Fox shaker.

The beer is a murky/muddy brown oil stain on the road. Creamer-colored head that hesitates to leave much more then specks of lace on the glass.

Smell is at first cocoa powder, but very quickly makes way for some jammy fruit & lactose. Endtrail is slight roast & some booze.

Flavor is big on roast. Slightly sweet char, a burnt marshmallow or two, heavy on the earth & spent coffee grounds. A touch of vanillin softens the mood. Finish is a touch scorched & bitter with leaves. Burping up a little cocoa gives a happier conclusion.

Carbonation was obviously at hostile levels before the bottle leaked, because even now, it sizzles almost like baking soda in my mouth. There is some disturbed yeast making their rounds, & an obvious calcifying-like feel.

Certainly different. I wasn't expecting this much roast. Maybe a little too forwardly sweet as well. Conflicting, though it sure packs a lot of flavor into 4.5%.

PEBKAC, May 08, 2009
Photo of AChamberlain
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured black with a soft offwhite head. Roast aroma. Roasty up front flavorwise, then in the back milky. A bit to milky for an irish stout, at least for me. Dry, if you ignore the lactic notes. Smooth mouthfeel overall, a little wet. A good stout, but I prefer other takes on the irish stout.

AChamberlain, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Bottle shared by a generous soul at the BSP.

This thing just exploded out of the bottle with foam flowing out the top. Pours dark brown with a bubbly off-white head that recedes to a swirl and leaves only a little lacing.

The aroma is dominated by roasted coffee and dark chocolate malts. There is a slight underlying sweetness from the malts but the roasted character is overpowering.

The taste is all about dark roasted malts and lightly roasted coffee with a dark chocolate sweetness that fades into a dry finish.

The mouthfeel is dry but silky smooth with tons of carbonation, probably a little ton carbonated honestly.

This was a really good Irish stout and I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

gford217, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of midaszero
3.3/5  rDev -7%

Poured from bomber into ping glass

A - Opaque black with 2 finger tan head and little lacing

S - Caramel and chocolate

T - Light and roasty chocolate

M - Thin feel with medium carbonation

D - Not to bad but not the best stout. I rather have a Guinness

midaszero, Jul 09, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance - pours a nice caramel brown. Lots of light mocha foam lace. As it settles, I eventually notice the bomber, sitting by it's lonesome, has quietly bubbled over and made a small mess. After cleanup, the foam in the glass has settled to a creamy bubbled cover like pancake batter.

Aroma - a nice roasty grain, a touch of chocolate.

Taste - sweet malty grain, nice roasted element. Slight bitterness on the swallow. Good roasty, coffee-influenced aftertaste. A late sour touch at times, just a light flavor but perhaps explains some of the extra carbonation.

Mouthfeel - nice and smooth, the beer was uber-crisp at first but noticeably tamer towards the end as the unstable carbonation bubbles off.

Drinkability - pretty tasty and a fine session beer, though somewhat plain.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 03, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

A- nice appearance. Uber-dark brown. Slow pour out of the bottle though because of the humong-o head.

S- Roasty chocolate with tangy fruit esters in the background

T- Taste is very similar to the nose except the tanginess is much more prevalent. Roasted, chocolate malts bulk up the body. Tastes very much like home brew

M- Creamy though finishes dry. medium carbonation. Full bodied

D- A little too heavy for easy drinking. This would be a good fireside beer.

Avryle, May 14, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

Thanks to JonathanL7890 for the bottle.

A: Black with only hints of brown. Massive 3 fingers of tan head.

S: Nice roast smell with hints of coffee in the back. Slightest hints of oatmeal in the back. Really good for the style.

T: Starts of bitter like the married life. Tons of roasted malt. Hints of coffee grinds in the middle. Meaty as well.

M: Med body. Perfect for an Irish stout. Good carb considering this was most likely hand bottled.

D: I really do not like Irish stouts but this is a good beer. Tons of flavor and only at 4.5 % ABV. Great session beer.

aerozeppl, May 14, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours black with a lasting tan head and seems to be on nitro. Smell is dusty roasted chocolate like malt with mild hints of metal. Creamy soft roasty chocolat flavor. Slightly thin bodied but with a decent flavor. Similar to a Guinness, but with more flavor. Decent beer, and drinkable.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

A - Dark brown - black. 1/2" beige/tan head. Falss quickly to a cap. Leaves a sheet of lace.

S - Mild roasted malt. Some fruity esters. Faint hop aroma.

D - Roasted malt. Chocolate. Coffee. Some fruitiness (dark fruit - plum, raisin maybe)Light astringency. Pretty classic Dry Irish Stout.

M - Medium bodied. Low to mid carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel (oats?)

D - Very good Irish Stout. Enjoyed it.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Mar 18, 2008
Irish Stout from North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.