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Black Mo Dry Stout - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Black Mo Dry Stout
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jakester on 08-08-2005)
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Reviews by Atricapilla:
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3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

Served in a pint glass; very dark coffee colored beer with a small tan colored head. Beer had a roasted nutty scent, with some malty overtones. Taste was initially of roasted grain and nuts, however the middle seemed a little thin. Beer had a slightly sweet finish as well.

02-21-2009 17:21:03 | More by Atricapilla
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4.03/5  rDev +2%

Arrived a (too cold) black/opaque with the typical attractive cascading you get from a nitro-tap stout. Beautiful tight head of tan foam. Drops to a good coating and a ring. Very good lacing. A pretty beer.

Aroma is dominated by black malt and roasted black coffee. A faint smell of citrusy/grassy hops can be picked up if you work hard.

Flavor is clean and crisp roasted barley and coffee, a fairly low level of hop bitterness, and some residual sweetness. A very low level of flowery hop flavor can be detected. Aftertaste is a little thin, but crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is smooth but crisp and kind of dry. On style. Carbonation is very soft. Finish is dry.

I could drink this all day. This is refreshing as hell, tasty and clean. A fine dry stout.

08-08-2005 16:47:03 | More by jakester
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Enjoyed on nitro-tap at the brewpub. Aroma of roast and licorice. Black with a thick creamy head. The taste is nitro malt, rast, and lots of burnt charred roast. Thick lacing. Creamy mouthfeel, there is sourness well offset by the malting. It's drinkable.

07-01-2008 00:07:55 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-24-2014 20:55:28 | More by tdm168
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Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%

UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 On tap - Nov 4, 2007. Aroma is a gentle salt of chocolate and roast. Rather subdued. Pours a pitch black, ruby corner and a finger of nitro tan head. Flavor is calm, classic presentation with sea oats, barley bread, and blackened toast. A classic Guinness rendition right down to that little lactic twang. It has more body, structure and rigidity, but still rather shallow in being stunningly drinkable. Not much more depth. Finishes on a bland brown sugar note. As expected.

11-23-2011 18:06:47 | More by CharlesDarwin
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Imagine my shock, I'd never had Black Mo before. All the trips to Otto's and never once the signature stout. Let's rectify that immediately.

A: The stout, a nitro pour, comes out beautifully. An ebon body, dark as night, with a dense foamy white head standing in stark contrast. The nitro head leaves plenty of pretty lacing behind.

S: The nose is that of an Irish stout, dark malts, chocolate and a bit of cream alongside a minerally element. That minerally presence screams Irish to me.

T: A very mild stout, I'd like nothing more than choking back a few. The chocoloate (cocoa and milk chocolate) is firm and sits nicely with darker malts. The body is very light for being so dark. Behind the initial malty blast, the minerals come through, a soda water feel that sustains the ale without allowing it to get too strong. Creaminess returns for the finish, although it isn't a lactose creaminess. A good quaffer.

M: Appropriate, the mouthfeel is generally dry. The darker malts aren't forboding and each sip goes down as easily as the one before it.

09-21-2011 01:18:59 | More by akorsak
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3.18/5  rDev -19.5%

Ba Review #93
Served On: 12/27/2011
Glassware: Nonic Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: -

Had this on tap at the brew pub today wile on our way home from celebrating Christmas with the family.

Look: The appearance was very rich and creamy - black in color with a large dense mocha colored nitro head.

Smell: Aroma lended typical roasted malts and dark chocolate. There were slight esters of lactose - unexpected for a dry stout.

Taste: The mouth-feel was thicker and first - then became watery as the nitro bubbles dissipated. Roasted malts with a watery semisweet dark chocolate and faint hints of molasses made up most of the palate. The finish wasn't very dry for the style, and seemed fairly clean, disappointing.

Overall, I would certainly have this again the next time I find myself back at Otto's during the winter months. I don't think the brew exactly represented the style, but it was certainly pleasant and complimented the Cuban pulled porch sandwich I paired it with.

12-27-2011 23:16:26 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

Tasting notes from 1-13-11
On tap at the brewpub.

A - Black with 2 fingers of creamy light brown head. Looks like guinness. Toook a minute to settle.

S - Some bitterness up front. Some coffee and chocolate. Not as strong a nose as I expected.

M - Smooth, creamy, silky, full bodied. Light carbonation.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, toasted nuts. 4.5

D - A great stout

01-18-2011 15:49:19 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

on tap

pours jet black with a nitro induced creamy head of light brown

aroma is slight but correct for the style with no hops apparent, but a bit of strong chocolate.

flavor is just a bit sweeter than Guinness and Beamish and without the sour twang of the famous one.

big mouthfeel and lots of flavor - dark, dark choc and some espresso

finish lingers and is mostly medium sweet.

a very nice local.

07-06-2006 08:01:59 | More by k75
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-16-2011 02:42:26 | More by oline73
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-29-2014 00:21:45 | More by tviz33
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

09-10-2013 04:15:21 | More by crowsnest
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-29-2012 05:51:10 | More by abcramer
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

07-17-2013 20:17:38 | More by gpblackgt
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

This stout is the best I have ever had. It kicks the crap out of guinness, hands down the best beer at Otto's as well. It has a very dry, bitter coffee like flavor and mouthfeel. but very smooth on the back end. I can easily hammer this beer any time of year. If you are in happy valley and you like stout you need to visit Ottos and have one or ten! You wont be disappointed.

11-28-2012 01:37:19 | More by Uniobrew31
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy, black malt scent that boasts of patent malt and non malted roasted barley. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth black malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes thin with a really nice earthy/coffee-like taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It's true to style and well brewed.

10-02-2008 10:59:48 | More by WesWes
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

12-25-2012 18:05:41 | More by ejimhof
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-21-2012 01:45:28 | More by JimmytheSaintPSU
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4.83/5  rDev +22.3%

This beer is similar to Guinness in terms of appearance, taste and texture (both obviously being a nitro-tap). Black Mo is flavorful without being overpowering which makes it highly drinkable. It's extremely smooth.
It's served year round and is a great conversational beer.

07-23-2007 22:31:45 | More by PSUpimp
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4.03/5  rDev +2%

Had on draft at Otto's Pub, State College, PA.

A- Pours a deep brown, almost opaque and black, with a nice thick tan head.

S- Smells of roasted barley and coffee, slightly malty.

T- Strong coffee and roasted barley, slightly malty sweet at first but finishes nice and dry.

M- Nice and smooth, due in large part to the nitrogen, full bodied.

D- A very drinkable stout, reasonably low alcohol, and well balanced.

08-22-2007 16:29:34 | More by cichief
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4.03/5  rDev +2%

Served in a standard pint glass from a nitro tap at the brew pub. Very active 3 finger mocha head that lasts pretty much forever. Lots of lacing present as I consume the brew. The body is a dark brownish black color that only allows light in around the edges when help up at eye level.

The nose is what you would expect from an irish stout...chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

The taste is similar to the nose...coffee up front that gives way to the chocolate/caramel characters. Finishes a little on the bitter side...like a mouthful of black coffee.

The mouth feel is medium and slightly drying.

Very drinkable...a good example of the style.

01-25-2010 18:49:37 | More by mgbickel
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

06-18-2014 22:33:09 | More by lorla117
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-09-2013 02:11:14 | More by pcsnyder
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-27-2012 23:57:16 | More by LexShaw89
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-14-2011 08:55:22 | More by russwbeck
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Black Mo Dry Stout from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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