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Nepenthe Ales The Shire Stout - Candia Road Brewing Company

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Nepenthe Ales The Shire Stout
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Candia Road Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: johnnnniee on 01-14-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Rick5150, Sep 09, 2013
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Photo of chimaylvr
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no freshness date but that's not an issue.

App: nice chocolate brown to black with tan, roasty foam, but dissipated rather quickly

S: really hits the nose with dark fruits, plum, black cherry and hazelnut overtones; also semi-sweet cocoa

T: chocolate cake like but without the dominant sweetness of the real thing though not bitter, just enough for a milk stout sweetness; back of palate black cherry and semi-dry alcohol finish

M: malty but slick, not buttery or syrupy; full and smooth but not thick,

O: it may be because of my preference to dark rather than milk chocolate but unlike many stouts of the imperial, milk, oatmeal, coffee, etc. this is different. There's an appeal here, those that pair stouts with dessert will like this one; enjoyable and one I would buy here and there. If i have a complaint it needs more of what it has - a fuller, richer distinct flavor profile that says "wow", Nepenthe Shire Stout, gotta have it and tell 15 people about it. Anyone who overhypes this beer has not had many stouts; slams it, is unfair cause it is fair, very fair

chimaylvr, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently bought some of this brewery's beers at The Village Market in Hampton Falls. I've enjoyed them all, and really like the artwork on the labels.

This beer was black in color with a thick cocoa-colored head. There was a little bit of lace.

Roasted malt aroma. Strong coffee. Dark chocolate. Maybe a little bit of licorice. Very pleasant.

Strong coffee/espresso taste. Dark chocolate. Kind of charcoal.

Full-bodied and dry. Very nice.

Looking forward to more from Candia Road.

lordofthewiens, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ChrisL24481, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on February 12, 2012. It pours a beautiful, coal black with a very large, long lasting silky, delicate, dark brown head. The aroma has plenty of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and an earth-like but crisp hop character. The body falls into the medium range and it is nowhere near as heavy as stouts can be. The taste has an acidic quality along with its dark malt flavor and hop bitterness. This is not a sweet stout. It is a likeable beer.

puboflyons, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

nebula1999, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

ColdOneKev, Jan 05, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

DmouthCaliBrewz, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Bilco, Apr 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

jarrgal, May 13, 2014
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3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly and leaves traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is roasted/burnt coffee. Dry finish. 22oz bottle $6.99 from Market Basket Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a dense, small bubbled, foamy, light brown head that is a solid inch and a half with very decent retention. Aromas of heavy roast and rich mocha, with some smokey overtones. Flavors are a little sharp, with bitter coffee and roast in the backbone, and a kick of smoke once again. Smooth and rich on the tongue, with a smokey, roasted coffee aftertaste. Bitter, slightly dry finish. This is a solid beer, with good flavors and a great level of drinkability.

GarthDanielson, Apr 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

nmann08, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have the first beer available from the convenience store that opened a homebrew shop next door then decided to become a brewery as well.
Pours a solid black color without much of a head, but a smattering of bubbles persist in a ring on top and leave spotty lace on the way down. Smell is roasty and chocolatey with some brown sugar and caramel thrown in as well as some balancing earthy hops. Taste follows the smell quite well. Lots of roast and chocolate with bits of caramel toffee and a hint of earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a bit of a dry finish, moderate to light carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Wow, I didn't expect to be so impressed with this one but damn this is one fine beer here. I think I'll have to pick up some more before the word gets out.

johnnnniee, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

dphillips, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

VALIS666, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

DJG07008, Mar 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

2dogbrew, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

mlichens, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

603to843, Sunday at 02:00 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Dicers, Jun 18, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is a dark brown cola like color with a tight light caramel colored head. Nose is heavy roast and char with a light bit of dark malt and a faint touch of fudge. Taste is even more heavily charred and a bit acrid. Some malt berry sweetness in the back and a hint sugary behind all the char. Medium to light body, slightly slick up front, well carbonated and fairly dry.

cpetrone84, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

kwjd, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read about Candia Road Brewing Co. opening over a year ago, so I was very happy to see finally see a beer from these guys. It's hard to find information on them at this point, but the labels looked great, and some friends and I eagerly picked up a bottle each of their two initial offerings over the weekend. Stouts are hardly my favorite style, but I really enjoyed this one.

A: Pours a dark, nearly black color with a limited, toffee-colored head and a sparse lacing.

S: Roasty and earthy, with a pervasive sweetness, but very clean hints of dark chocolate. Quite nice.

T: Very nice and true to the smell, the taste is dominated by a slightly sweet, roasty maltiness with a hint of toffee, balanced quite nicely over a layer of hoppy bitterness. The taste is earthy, dry and less sweet than many stouts. The bitterness is secondary, but balances it excellently for what I look for in the style and lends the beer a crisp, dry taste.

M: Medium-bodied and sticky, less heavy and drier than many other stouts, and much more in line with what I look for in the style.

O: I'm glad the long wait for Candia Road/Nepenthe has led to such a nice beer. Not a stout lover, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed this, and feel it leans a bit more towards a porter in terms of bitterness and body while still being a solid stout. I'm really looking forward to popping the pale ale open now.

FrankLloydMike, Jan 24, 2012
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Nepenthe Ales The Shire Stout from Candia Road Brewing Company
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