1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Belfast Black - Whitewater Brewing Co

Not Rated.
Belfast BlackBelfast Black

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

13 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whitewater Brewing Co
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 10-12-2009)
View: Beers (10) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:

  None found.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brianles
brianles


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

07-19-2014 21:04:17 | More by brianles
Photo of dryndantheman
dryndantheman

Ireland

2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

04-21-2014 14:38:57 | More by dryndantheman
Photo of hooliganlife
hooliganlife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

03-24-2014 20:27:19 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of NilocRellim
NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This ale was opaque brown in colour and predominantly smelled like chocolate malts. I could also taste the chocolate malts, along with some roasted grains and nicely balanced hops. The ale was smooth overall and light bodied.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 18:45:30 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of EmperorBevis
EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-01-2013 18:00:45 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of BlackHaddock
BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle: BBD end of Aug 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 22nd Oct 13. Thanks to my son-in-law for bringing this back from Belfast for me.

Very black (I wonder how they chose the beers name?), with a good and lasting tanned head.

Bitter chocolate nose and taste, with treacle hints adding some sweetness in the mouth. I found this both interesting and tasty.

Good body depth, if a little too bitter at times as ground coffee beans added their slant onto the already bitter chocolate flavours I'd already en-counted.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 21:47:47 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of flyingpig
flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.74/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

500ml from Asda:
Black with a huge, three fingers tall head that is quite foamy looking and a light brown colour. There is some lacing on the glass and retention is good but the head was just far too big, even with a delicate pour.

Roasted malts with some lighter coffee notes and some mild chocolate too. There isn't too much other than that.

Roasted malts taste with lots of coffee and a slightly milky flavour. I could also detect some chocolate with a touch of spice.

Very strong carbonation and very dry too with a bittersweet feel and a medium body.

Pretty ordinary and unexciting with just the usual stout like flavours and nothing extra thrown in. The carbonation was also too high which didn't help matters and it wasn't a beer that I particularly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 12:19:01 | More by flyingpig
Photo of wl0307
wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Oct. 2013, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a deeply dark brown colour, topped with a well-lasting frothy tan head, carbonation level unknown.
S: rich and semi-oily roasted malts with obvious sweet cocoa/coffee notes, a swirl brings out the toffee-ish aroma, toasted nuts and lesser black dates. An intriguing touch of rust also wakes up to each swirl. Overall, richer in aroma than I had imagined for this beer style.
T: dry and bitter from the beginning, besides the full flavour and rounded aroma of roasted barley and black malts, charred nuts and even crushed coffee beans, there goes a subtle dark-fruits like acidity and a flow of earthy/herbal/nutty bitterness to caress the wings of the tongue, leaving behind a long, aromatic, lightly chewy-spicy bitter aftertaste, as a vivid reminder of both the depth of roasted malts and the hop elements.
M&D: clean on the palate, although in the long finish a chewy feel doesn’t go unnoticed, this moderately-carbonated, medium-bodied, smooth dry stout lives up to the standard and expectation, that it’s dry, sufficiently bitter, at the same time retaining a solid body without tasting thin like many other stouts. I’d really love to try its cask-conditioned version, which I think would be just sublime and definitely a favourite session stout!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 21:53:58 | More by wl0307
Photo of Polasiuss
Polasiuss

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-24-2012 11:09:33 | More by Polasiuss
Photo of thierrynantes
thierrynantes

France

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), purchased in Cave de l'inatendu, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : black color, with tan creamy head.
Smell : roasty coffee aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : chocolate mall and roasty flavours, with a short bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Iriah dry stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 21:14:22 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of Wattsox
Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Jul 2011.

A - Black body with dark ruby highlights in the light. Tightly-bubbled tan head that hangs around forever, with a lot of cling.

S - Roasted malts take the lead, with some bitter, coffee notes and a little dark chocolate.

T - Similar to the aromas, roasty malts open with a touch of sweetness, which quickly gives away to an espresso-like bitterness that finishes with that lingering hop bitterness. As it warms, the bitterness backs off a bit, leaving a more rounded and balanced experience of sweet and bitter.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, smooth with a lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall, a very nice example of an Irish stout, and nice to have a couple of as a session beer, or to sit and enjoy on its own.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 20:14:54 | More by Wattsox
Photo of kojevergas
kojevergas

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Served on-tap in the John Hewitt pub, Belfast, into a Whitewater pint glass (which my companion later stole...err...borrowed).

A: Pours a dark black with a two finger head of nice cream, a bit tan, with brilliant retention.

Sm: Roast, coffee, malt, toffee. Beautiful.

T: Roast, coffee, toffee, cream on the finish. Balanced but light for the style.

Mf: Too silky and smooth for the style, which demands coarseness and dryness. The flavours would be stronger if they lingered.

Dr: At 3.30 pound, better brews can be had. Fans of the style will enjoy it, but be warned: it an't Guinness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 01:55:48 | More by kojevergas
Photo of mdagnew
mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from GapWines...

Poured almost pitch black with just the slightest hint of red when held up to the light... Creamy mocha head poured tight, thick and meringue like then faded quickly to decent thickish covering.. some thick lines of lacing coat the glass for the duration...

Aroma - Quite strong dustiness, roasted chocolate maltiness, instant coffee granules, burnt toasted bread, some dark fruit hints (black cherries and blackcurrents), vanilla notes, faint treacle sweetness, some pepperiness..

Taste - Some roasted malt bitterness, lots of pepperiness, faint smoky notes, quite earthy, roasted nuts, dark coffee / espresso, no real sweetness - just the slightest hint of some dark muscovado sugar.. some light blackcurrent fruitiness, light milky traces... all the flavours seem a little watered down though...

Feel - Pretty sharp and very dry... light / medium bodied... Very quaffable at only 4.2%

Overall - A pretty good stout although i think the flavours could all do with being beefed up a bit.. certainly worth a try though...

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 08:51:02 | More by mdagnew
Belfast Black from Whitewater Brewing Co
81 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.