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Curley's Irish Stout - Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Curley's Irish Stout
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Works - Canal Street visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-1999)
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Reviews by matjack85:
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

matjack85, Apr 23, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour, almost black ... the head has no problem retaining.

Smell: Obvious roasted barley aromas with a hint of sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Remarkably smooth with a rounded roasted barley bite which seems to linger all the way through. The rest of the malt leaves remnants of bread/grain and a touch of sweetness.

Notes: Not a bad stout here, might be disappointing to the stout lovers. Seems this stout could be more of a baby step for novice beer drinkers, yet a decent brew for all.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 27, 1999
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Curley and stout, two things I could talk about all night. Not the stooge, the mayor and subject of "the Last Harrah". But I digress. The stout looked great, nice and black, and I exspected a bold taste to be named after such a bold man. Disappointed. I found it to be "watery", lacking any body. Sure there were roasted malts, caramel, etc., but IMHO it was weak. I sure hope it was just a bad batch.

bewareOFpenguin, May 19, 2003
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3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Curley’s Irish Stout: Dark rich beer, less dry than Guinness. Had definite flavors of chocolate malts, with a clean finish. Went from nice to very nice as it warmed up. Very drinkable.

jackndan, Jun 18, 2002
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3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour was near spot on for the style and really showed a tremendous amount of promise. Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance to me to be honest.

mikesgroove, Jul 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As it pours from the glass a deep garnet color with a light tan head that is impressive in size, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Light toasted grains, sweet, like cotton candy, hints of yeast. Sweet as it hits the palate, the top skimpy in feel and the finish passably carbonated, adequately hopped, dry aftertaste. "Stout" just barely, this is one for the "Beginners" to try, drinkable but quite a disappointment.

Gusler, Dec 27, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Aexoonge, Mar 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

sachie23, Mar 10, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with an intricate tan head. Smell of roasted barley with chocolate mingling. Taste is roasted malt with twinges of chocolate and slight coffee flavors shining through. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but doesn't detract from the enjoyment. This is a mellow, middle of the road stout that's easy to drink. Quite enjoyable.

LarryV, Sep 17, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the bottled version made for one of the Michael Jackson Beer Clubs...contract brewed at Riverside Brewing Co. in Riverside CA.

Brownish-red with a low beige head which leaves decent lace. Strong coffee-ish aroma and taste. Roasty and bitter flavor. Light-medium bodied with a dry roasty bitter finish. A bit on the creamy side.

Per M.J. notes: 4% ABV, Roasted and flaked barley and Kent Golding hops.

RBorsato, Feb 26, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

anewlanguage, Oct 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Beer Works Fenway

A: The beer pours almost black in color with a dense tan head.

S: As usual with an Irish stout, aromas of coffee and roast with a bit of dark chocolate. Other than that, it's a bit on the watery side and has a few notes of earthy hops.

T: Very bitter, much more so than any other beer of the style that I've had. Heavy on the earthy hops with coffee, dark chocolate, and old coffee grounds on the palate.

M: Light bodied with low carbonation.

O: Aroma was way too watery but the flavor was far too bitter. And the old coffee ground flavor didn't help.

womencantsail, Oct 04, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yeasty aromas. Highly carbonated and dark ruby.brown color which is surprisngly transparent. Thick brown head. A little roasted character comes through and ends in a dry finish. Underwhelming.

jreitman, Aug 11, 2002
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3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the source in Lowell. Pours a solid black with a creamy frothy white head that sticks around forever. Smells of lightly roasted grains and a slight earthy aroma. Lackluster aroma, maybe they were going for a Guinness clone? Taste is slightly acridic with mild roasted grains and an earthy herbal taste to it. Light body medium carbonation level, slick acridic mouthfeel. I love me a good stout but this one misses on so many levels. The roast is hard to find its bitter and acridic like burnt coffee. Even Guinness would have been better.

johnnnniee, Sep 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

OriolesFan1008, Jul 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Bassman2019, Jun 11, 2013
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2.03/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium brown, lacking head. Smells roasty. Tastes like burned paper of sorts. What I'd expect if I burned a steak and ate it off of paper towels. It's rather lousy and quite depressing for realbeer.com.

packetknife, Sep 06, 2002
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4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now, unlike some people who profess otherwise, or who even knock the “style”, I will state that this is a very good example of a “Dry Irish ‘Style’ Stout”.

Dark sinister and served with a thick creamy tan head than has massive retentive powers, this SO looks the part. The taste is definitely of roasted malt and burnt lingering bitterness. Very nice, I was immediately attracted to this Stout, I am no fan of sweet stouts, and this most certainly is not in that category. An astringent, but dark, bitter roast almost coffee ending is the trademark finish of this beer. I found it to be very drinkable indeed. Beamish Stout fans will like this one!!!

Hmm, I really like this beer and I will admit that it was my second favorite beer of the “Session” that I had at the Boston Beer Works, Canal Street on 2/1/03. Ah, I can't wait for the day when time travel becomes possible.

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 04, 2003
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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a thick black with a nice frothy milkshake like one finger white head. Good looking lace on the glass. Poured into a 22oz.
S: Subtle roasted chocolate malt. Sweet smelling also.
T/M: Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate malt flavors, but not too dominant. Smooth through the mouth with a light to medium body. Body could be a bit more thick. Good level of carbonation. Slight bitterness with a usual dry finish.
D: Drinkable stout, although just slightly less body than a good stout. Worth a try if you get a chance.

bjohnson, Sep 15, 2006
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4/5  rDev +12%

waiting4lunch, Nov 18, 2011
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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

frosted33, Sep 29, 2014
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2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, medium head. A medium bodied stout. Deeply roasted malts, very coffee like. Fairly hoppy. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is slightly dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Coffee like flavor dominates this beer. Nearly overpowering. Nice taste, but perhaps a bit over the top.

beerguy101, Aug 02, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

BEERMILER12, May 13, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black in color, with a tan head, and a slight lace with low retention.

S - Creamy, roasted coffee. The normal amazing irish stout smell.

T - Creamy and malty with a coffee bitterness. Finish is a little light for a stout.

M - Thick and creamy on the front end, very smooth going down. Wish there was a little more thickness to the head and finish.

O - A solid irish stout, the lightness on the back end was a let down, but solid otherwise.

vfgccp, Oct 24, 2011
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Curley's Irish Stout from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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