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Bare Knuckle Stout - Anheuser-Busch

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66
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196 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 21.94%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottum on 03-05-2003)
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

1.63/5  rDev -41.4%

Saw this on tap at a local place, never heard of it so I tried it. Apparently that was something no one else had done for some time as it was very stale and metallic tasting. CArbonation was almost nonexistent, smelled pretty much like roasted grain/coffee. Tasted the same, with some sweet, chocolatey notes. Resembled some wierd, flat soda. Left it on a table. I would have been better off with one of the $2 Miller Lights.

03-11-2009 19:53:35 | More by stingrayvr6
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev +11.5%

Served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Very dark, nearly opaque in appearance, with a tall, creamy light tan pillow of foam that recedes slowly and shows nice sheet-like lacing.

Nose is mostly lacking, with a hint of roastiness and a bit of light bready malt background.

Medium-bodied, with nearly no carbonation -- it's virtually flat. Flavors are as lackluster as the nose suggests, with just a hint of roasted malt character combined with a bit of cloying molasses that fails to be balanced by the slight touch of herbal hops that show themselves just before the dry, grainy finish.

Anheuser-Busch has put out some pretty decent craft-style beers, but Bare Knuckle Stout is not one of them. I had put off trying this one for a long time, and won't be ordering it again.

03-11-2009 15:34:04 | More by superdedooperboy
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chaunur

Kentucky

2.15/5  rDev -22.7%

Had this after skiing last night, they were out of Guiness so we tried this. Solid black with a 1/2" light tan head. The head quickly vanished and wasn't the creamy head I associate with stouts. Little smell, a hint of burnt malts and a trace of coffee. Tasted like they had taken 6 oz of Guinness and watered down with 6 oz of water. You could tell it was supposed to be a stout....but it wasn't. Thin and watery on the palette. I'd avoid

02-07-2009 16:59:05 | More by chaunur
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev +19.8%

Appearance is great. I like that it pours like chocolate milk. Thick and creamy head. Smell is rather disappointing. Not a lot going on. In fact, I don't have much of anythign Taste is better, dry coffee and a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel is a nice, heavy body. Drinkability suffers because, it drinks like milk.

02-01-2009 21:53:39 | More by supercolter
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magictrokini

California

2.85/5  rDev +2.5%

Tap. Looks really good, dark brown with creamy lighter brown head. Faint aroma of cocoa, but the corny base creeps through. Thin Guinness-like taste. Cocoa, astringent malt, and metal. Tastes like someone put artificial flavoring in carbonated water. However, my final verdict is not awful.

12-04-2008 23:26:27 | More by magictrokini
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1fastz28

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +25.2%

got this on draft at a st.louis institution, helen fitzgeralds. the color is just a very very deep black color and a big frothy off white head smell is somewhat weak light coffee and roasted malt. taste is ok but has a little wateryness to it and not as flavorful as some other stouts. mouthfeel is good though. decent overall

11-14-2008 01:02:00 | More by 1fastz28
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LordofTime25

Iowa

2.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Beer was a dark brown almost black with a creamy tan head that stay till beer is done nd leaves lacing.

There is not much smell to this brew maybe a faint burnt sugar smell.

This is not a very strong flavord beer, but I do detect coffee and a banana flavor. Also a chocalate bitterness on the finish.

A medium body with a low carbonation so drinks fairly smooth for a stout.

Worth a try, but there are alot better stouts out there.

11-08-2008 16:28:54 | More by LordofTime25
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MTNboy

Germany

2.78/5  rDev 0%

Appearance- Opaque, very dark not much on bubbles in the body for a beer that I had on tap. Thick creamy head that tuned into thick creamy lace with a whole lot of staying power.

Smell- Mild for the most part I could not smell much of anything but a faint burnt toffee smell.

Taste- Not bad it was a little weaker than I remembered but alright a little bit of caramel malt with a little bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thick and very creamy.

Drinkability- It was a little weak for my taste but it wasn't bad either.

08-12-2008 12:24:20 | More by MTNboy
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kinger

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev +3.6%

Ordered a couple of these drafts at the pub, didn't find out until just now that this is brewed by Anheuser-Busch. This was a rather decent dry stout and it certainly has the right qualities. Aroma was a bit faint but pleasant nonetheless. Beer was very dark in the pint glass with a thin creamy tan head, could have been thicker. Medium lacing which is a bonus. Mouthfeel is borderline thin for a stout but not too far off, finish is extremely smooth and dry nicely done. The flavor is good, could have a touch more maltiness to it, not complex at all but enjoyable and easily drinkable. I gotta give some kudos to A-B for actually putting a decent brew on the market.

08-04-2008 20:27:30 | More by kinger
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clintone

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Now that I find out this is an AB, I am a little more impressed, it was advertised to me as a micro craft brew. It isn't bad but definitely not great. I had it on tap so it was poured pretty poorly, but had an ok head that laced well and looked pretty creamy. Smell was virtually non-existent. Taste was fairly average, somewhat creamy, nothing special, not a whole lot of flavor. Mouthfeel was yet again just average, decently creamy and smooth, but the lack of taste was pretty evident. I could probably drink a couple, but I wouldn't pay $4 for one ever again.

07-31-2008 03:14:58 | More by clintone
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

2.17/5  rDev -21.9%

I dunno, cause the appearance isn't so bad, but I could tell this one was a mess. Nose is basically non-existent, and taste is just a bitter, "roasted" (is that what that is?) mess. Body's okay, but it's not going to do great wonders in terms of making this one drinkable in any way. Don't waste your time here.

PS. I obviously was not aware that this was AB before I delved in.

07-28-2008 21:46:20 | More by soupyman10
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.55/5  rDev -8.3%

Tried this for the first time at Stout's Irish Pub in Atlanta...

Pours black with a huge creamy white head. Say what you will about the rest of the beer but it looks great. The smell is very lightly roasty and bitter.

The flavor in very atringent. The pleasant creamy bitterness of the big dry stouts is ruined by an unpleasant atringency. Mouth is very creamy and smooth. But the total flavor is not that great. I'll take a pass on this in the future but it's not terrible.

07-22-2008 18:06:58 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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HardcoreKeith

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +40.3%

It's clear what AB is trying to do with this one, and I actually think they've done a really good job. I have one or two of these on tap at Sea World's hospitality house each time we go.

Nice cascading nitro effect which settles into a creamy tan head. The froth stays through until the end. The smell is a hint of coffee. Taste is smooth, creamy, and a little roasty. There's a bit more hop bitterness here than in Guinness, surprisingly, but lacking the sour note. It works for me.

The first time I tried this I think I may have actually had it on CO2 and wasn't impressed. If you get it fresh on nitro, though, I think you'll find it pleasant and an good example of a nitro draught Irish stout.

07-12-2008 23:53:56 | More by HardcoreKeith
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

1.85/5  rDev -33.5%

I am normally partial to stouts and porters, but this is an exception. It looks nice coming out of the keg (had this at the Mensa AG in Denver), dark sable-brown with a decent head. Aroma, however, is rather weak, albeit typical of a stout. Flavor is rather insipid - it tastes like watered-down coffee with just a little bit of an alcohol zing. Texture is smooth but lifeless. Forget this one.

07-04-2008 02:18:02 | More by Cyberkedi
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AmishT

Alabama

2.3/5  rDev -17.3%

A - Dark ruby. Close to black, but it isn't opaque, which, from what I understand, is a bit of an anomaly compared to other Irish stouts. Had it on nitro-tap, so it had the whole cascading "show" going on which is pretty cool. Perfect, one-finger creamy off-white head that lasted nearly the entire time I was drinking it. Had lots of stick lacing too. Can't say I didn't enjoy the appearance.

S - All I could smell was a sweet fruitiness. This kind of unsettles me, given the fact that this is supposed to be an Irish Dry Stout. No roasted malts or barley, no hint of coffee or chocolate anywhere. It was a pretty strong aroma, so at least there's that.

T - The first sip I took, I thought I got a big mouthful of the head, because all I tasted was carbonation and bitterness. I may have gotten a big mouthful of the head during that first sip; however, the flavor did not really improve from there on. Once again, that roasty character that dry stouts are supposed to have was nowhere to be found.

M - Light bodied, but very watery mouthfeel. No flavor to be found. Very clean finish, but, once again, this is not expected from the style.

D - I'd be lying if I didn't think this was a drinkable beer. The taste isn't repugnant; it's just nonexistant. Very light bodied; the more I drank of it, the easier it seemed to go down. At least this is somewhat in character for Irish Dry Stouts.

Overall, really the only thing that needs to be said is that this is a poor example of the style trying to be emulated

05-08-2008 23:31:11 | More by AmishT
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jdoolin

Ohio

1.73/5  rDev -37.8%

Presentation - served on tap in a tumbler pint

Appearance - Not quite black, one finger of a frothy, white head.

Aroma - Not much. Some hints of coffee and roasted malt and maybe a whisper of hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Complete and utter disappointment. I've never had a stout that's more watery than this one. None of the creamy mouthfeel one would expect from an Irish Dry Stout, let alone served on nitro. The flavor was like somebody mixed Guinness or Beamish with water. Like half and half. Just hints of roasted malt flavor, some sweetness up front and a balanced bitterness.

Notes - I give AB's craft attempts a chance, but this one was utter failure.

05-05-2008 13:58:24 | More by jdoolin
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +40.3%

This beer came in a Weizen Glass at the Jet Rock Bar at Philly International. Looked rather nice. It had the color of a really dark cola with a cream white film floating on top and managed to stick around 'till the end.

Smelled quite light, of toasty coffee and caramel with a dry ashy hop and a hint of watermelon.

Tasted light too, but tasty. There's a light toasty bread and grain, dry caramel with a sweet, smooth and smoky finish that left my mouth dry and clean.

Felt light and dry with a subdued carbonation hiding in the distance.

Nice. Keep it up.

04-24-2008 02:22:18 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.13/5  rDev -23.4%

Served on tap at Grogan's Pub inside Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Pours a dark brown with at least 2 fingers of thick, creamy tan head that left thick swatches of lace down the sides of the cup. The aroma is nearly non-existant with some barely there notes of roasted barly and chocolate.

The taste is a little stronger than the aroma but not by much. Notes of roasted malt and some chocolate sweetness that finishes with some light bitter hoppiness. The mouthfeel is way more thin and watery than any beer from this style has any right to be. It's almost like drinking roasted water.

Well, this shot at a Guiness clone is about as dark as you can get for an A/B product, but unfortunately that's not saying a lot. This went down the hatch easy enough but for anyone looking to try a Stout with any kind of fortitude should definitely give this one a pass.

04-08-2008 16:50:28 | More by Kegatron
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Hoagie1973

New York

2.95/5  rDev +6.1%

Had this on tap at the Anheuser-Busch Brewmasters Club at Sea World, Orlando. Tap handle was an awesome sculpture of an old-timey boxer from the waist up.

Poured a very dark brown (like a much darker Brown Ale) with a nice creamy bubbleless head. Great retention and nice sheet lacing.

Aroma was average, smelled more like a Bud than a stout.

Flavor had an unmistakable AB quality. Like Budweiser and Guinness had a love child. Nicely hopped (especially for an AB beer).

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. A little thin, but there was some light carbonation.

An obvious attempt at cloning Guinness. Not entirely successful, but not too bad. I'd buy a pint over a lot of other beers, but I wouldn't keep it in my fridge.

04-06-2008 08:36:14 | More by Hoagie1973
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev +11.5%

appearance - Black with a creamy head.

smell - Roasted grains and malts here.

taste - Watery, light, roasted grains.

mouthfeel -Light body, creamy.

drinkability - AB is on to something, needs some work, but I see how they are trying to get into craft beer. Just why is all there stuff watery and light? Spend some money on good stuff.

On tap at East Providence Lanes on Newport Ave, RI.

04-05-2008 21:40:28 | More by auxiliary
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pubscout

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev +13.3%

A very drinkable stout. Surprising that it hails from AB, but kudos to them for doing it. I ordered it with Virginia Ham and eggs for breakfast. The pairing worked fine for me. Mackeson's Triple X it ain't, but neither are most stouts.

Watching it being drawn, its bubble action reminded me of the way Guinness draws from a nitro-tap or with a widget in the can. In all, while i might not go out of my way to get it, I would certainly consider it wherever it was on tap. I enjoyed it.

03-30-2008 20:19:16 | More by pubscout
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dnichols

Washington

1.7/5  rDev -38.8%

I was served a pint of this brew at Sam's Bar in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It poured a dark black body with a head that barely reached half a finger and looked a dirty beige. The head quickly disappeared leaving a very little lacing.

S: It had an overwhelming bitter and sour aroma that nearly blocked all other smells. There was a hint of coffee.

T: It presented a tangy bitterness that turned sour in the aftertaste. There was a bite to the bitterness that tasted like the bottom of a coffee pot that had been allowed to linger on the stove for far too many hours. It was a foul tasting brew that I could not tolerate after a few sips...I tried...it failed me.

M: It was thin and light bodied with a sour aftertaste.

D: This beer is nearly undrinkable. It was close to a Bud with food coloring. I will never order this beer again.

03-28-2008 21:15:46 | More by dnichols
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osi

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Poured just like a normal stout, having to wait for the color to set in. After set in, the head remained while it looked dark chocolate brown.

S - Surprisingly not much smell emitted the thick brew. With a good pull you can inhale a tad scent of malts.

T - Right off the bat the taste of coffee and dark malts and finishes slightly bitter.

M - Not as think as I expected. I consider it to be a light stout.

D - Maybe good for a dessert. I would not drink this everday. It is like consuming another meal after having one glass.

02-24-2008 22:12:56 | More by osi
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +16.2%

A- BLACK AS NIGHT,THICK ALMOND HEAD NO LACING,LOOKS NICE

S-NOT A LOT OF AROMA,SOME MALTS AND NUTTY SMELLS

T-MILD COFFEE,BITTER CHOCOLATE,BASICLY BURNT FLAVORED VERY SUBPAR TASTE NOT MUCH THERE

M-THIN,AS COMPARED TO OTHER STOUTS,NOT ANY REAL TEXTURE,A LITTLE DRY

D-ITS PREETY DRINKABLE,BUT NOT A GREAT BREW BY FAR

02-01-2008 04:26:18 | More by orangemoustache
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +36%

This stout had a thin foamy head and black/extremely dark brown in color. The aromas were really weak and could not get much character from it except the malts. The taste on the other hand had a strong peppermint taste which was great. Unfortunately there was not much else to it except the peppermint taste. It went down really light a slightly thicker in density than water which made it really easy to drink. I seriously could down many of these in one sitting.

01-08-2008 05:15:34 | More by Kemmerlin
Bare Knuckle Stout from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.