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Back Hand Of God Stout - Crannóg Ales

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Back Hand Of God Stout
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92
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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.89%
Wants: 26
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crannóg Ales visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lean in body and powerful in flavour, Back Hand of God Stout has won many consumers' choice awards. This dry stout is easy to drink, rich and inviting. It is extraordinarily smooth and mildly hopped with a distinct coffee/chocolate presence.

18 IBU

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 03-01-2004)
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Reviews by mfaulk:
Photo of mfaulk
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong chocolate dominates smell and taste at first, but once acclimated some nuttiness and roast malt comes through. Chocolate seemed excessive during the first half of the pint. I didn't get much by way of coffee.

Smell is uneventful but reasonable: chocolate, with maybe some fruit. No hop aroma.

Great mouthfeel: Silky texture. Enough body to be satisfying without being too heavy. Carbonation seems to deliver the right amount of creaminess. Well-balanced dry finish.

mfaulk, Dec 12, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

R_Kole, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Doppelmax
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this stout at a wine bar/restaurant in Oliver, BC It was served way to cold. I had to wait 20 minutes and hold my hands around the glass to get it up to the proper temp.
It seemed a bit light for a stout, more like a dark porter. The head vanished very quickly with no trace of lace on the glass.
The aroma was pleasant with a strong roast malt nose as I expected.
I was pleasantly surprised that the flavor developed into a well balanced taste after my pint warmed up.
Decent body and the carbonation seemed right on.
I would have had another if I would have had enough time to let it warm up.

Doppelmax, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of chickenm
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with no head. Nice roasted malt aroma. This is very tasty, with flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Nice mouthfeel, medium-light body with a dry finish. Very drinkable, this would make a great session stout.

chickenm, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JonnyBeers, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 13 Monks in Westbank after visiting a few area wineries...

This beer arrives in a nice tall pint glass, from which I had to pick off some flecks of ice around the rim, the glass obviously having been recently removed from the freezer. I wasn't really in a hurry, so 10 minutes later, when the waitress asked why I hadn't tried my beer yet, I mentioned the preferred serving method, and she apologized, also adding that she could 'microwave it for me'... I think she was joking...

This pint appears black, with some cola highlights at the base, and one finger of thin creamy beige head, which eventually leaves a spider web of lace around the glass. It smells of roasted malt, creamy grain, and earthy hops. The taste is soft roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, cream (upon saying this to my gf, she tried it, and said "hell yeah, that's creamy!), an echo of coffee, and earthy hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body full, smooth, silky, and creamy, and it finishes off-dry, some caramel cream and dry chocolate persisting.

A stellar dry stout, smooth and creamy, nicely balanced and drinkable - definitely the best I've tried from Canada.

biboergosum, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alibi Room with Tigglmtl, and so a surprisingly good stout that is underated. Great roast coffee aroma. Creamy medium mouthfeel taste, very fresh (and the all the difference) and roasty coffee. Lacey on black. Above average carbonation.Oh, and hopped up.

Sammy, Feb 24, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

1stOffender, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kingfisher's in Maple Ridge.

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep brown with a half a finger of light tan head.

Smell. Light notes of sweet chocolate and roasty coffee.

Taste. Roasty coffee and toasty malt, a little chocolate. Not much for sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with light carbonation.

Overall. A pleasant and lighter tasting stout. Tasted good but was left wanting a little more of that taste. An imperial version would probably be fantastic ...but that's neither here nor there.

Rutager, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Christie's Carriage House. Arrived with no head, dark dark black pint.

Smell is light. Served WAY too cold! Warms to roasting malts, light hints of hops.

Taste is a nice mixture of roasting malts, espresso, slight hints of hops in the finish. Light body but I tell myself that this is the style. Very drinkable. Great taste for the light ABV - one of the few good all organic beers out there. Delicious.

ritzkiss, May 10, 2009
Photo of atigerlife
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a light brown head. Dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of coffee and dark malts.

Taste of coffee, dark malts and some light dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Enjoyable and sessionable.

atigerlife, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to wordemupg for this rarity.

Poured from a growler and shared a little with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a real thick black body that unfortunately has no head though i can coax a tiny bit of foam.

Smell: Heady and strong with some charred wood and chocolate.

Taste: Nice mix of wood, chocolate and coffee. Very roasted and good.

Mouthfeel: Obviously the lack of carbonation hinders it a bit but it does have a slick smoothness, some moderate bitterness and very easy to drink.

Overall: Despite its lack of carbonation, a true testament to the brew's quality as the flavors and aroma still shine through.

papat444, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Caudalie, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of ChuckGnarly
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

ChuckGnarly, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of rwshelton2
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rwshelton2, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of LampertLand
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

LampertLand, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -3.8%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of beerayrton
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love backhand of god. crannog makes me happy.

Appearance - Darkish Colour, no head with minimal lacing and a thin ring of foam

Smell - Coffee and Malt, a full smell that you get right in the full of your nose.

Taste - Coffee and Chocolate. A very pleasing finish as well.

Mouthfeel - Pleasing medium body, not too full, not too much carbonation.

Overall - Not as heavy as some stouts that I have had in the past. But, of course, very pleasing overall. I always buy this when I see it on tap. Definitely worth the price of admission, so to speak.

beerayrton, Nov 29, 2011
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4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having had this fresh a number of times over the years, I'm updating my review.

Certainly among the best dry stouts.

Original review:

I had this at Christies Carriage House in Victoria, BC. It paired nicely with their breaded oysters.

A 2.5: Black, slight ruby tinge, NO HEAD!

S 3: Fruity with a bit of roast malt.

T 4: Fruity, pleasantly roasty (like a darker roasted coffee, but MUCH more balanced). It's a nicely balanced dry stout. Not a lot of depth to the flavour, but certainly a better flavour than most.

M 3.5: Light to moderate body, Light carbonation, dry finish.

D 4.5: Very drinkable. This could be a session stout for the masses.

Derek, Dec 23, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Ericbeech_87, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jrenihan, May 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Kantifave, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alibi Room. Finally! Been trying to get this one for years but its never been on when I'm in Vancouver.

Pours an opaque dark reddish black, just the faintest of red in the edges but otherwise can't be seen through, medium sized light tan head forms and settles to a chunky ring around the glass, some solid lacing forms.

Smell is nice, all you need in a stout, dry roast, some chocolate, lightly nutty, a touch of fruity, oats, lots of biscuit, light espresso notes, well put together.

Taste is similar, very dry and roasty up front, chocolate wafer, some caramel sweetness, oats, a bit of fruit, very biscuity, more roast, a touch of nuttiness, dry roast finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth. Not the best dry stout I've had, but definitely up there with the style. Spot on stuff.

Viggo, Sep 23, 2010
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Back Hand Of God Stout from Crannóg Ales
92 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.