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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly StoutGritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout

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362 Ratings

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 29
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-10-2001

There's beer and then there's stout, and Gritty McDuff 's Black Fly Stout is the real deal. Black Fly is a dry, all-malt stout packed with roasted flavor. We use six different grains in the brewing of this dark masterpiece and balance the full palate with Oregon Willamette and Yakima Clusters hops. Like the legendary Irish stouts that inspired it, Black Fly Stout is rich, robust and a touch mysterious. The finest stout west of Galway Bay!

16 IBU
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTTBeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuliusCaesar
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pouland77
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kw_pip
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Good frothy body and flavor but a bit watery

Photo of HopHead20016
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of KettleStoned
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a bomber purchased in MA.

Appearance: Very dark, almost completely black in it's entirety. Nice head which then trails down.

Nose: Heavy malt, coffee and maybe some chocolate, albeit very light at that.

Taste: A creamy, dry stout which is well balanced and goes down quite smoothly, with the foam head retaining a decent structure and ringing the glass until ~1/2 through the glass. Pretty light in the body and the mouth-feel leaves me somewhat wanting, though I could certainly drink several without complaint.

Overall: A fine stout, which I would recommend in light of the typical shelf beers which proliferate the liquor stores. However, the ratings posted are seemingly out of reach somewhat for this brew, at least in my opinion.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of vectorthurm
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of KarlosT
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Wow. Can't believe the high scores.

Got a flight at the Gritty McDuff's in Portland ME:
Halloween Ale
Cask Best Bitter
Maine's Best IPA
Pub Style

All were exactly the same amber color, with the same head. The aroma was exactly the same, except for the Pub Style. I also had a pint of their Black Fly Stout, which fortunately did have a different color.

I iterated between their Halloween Ale, their IPA, and their Cask Bitter. All were exactly the same, except that the Cask Bitter was slightly warmer.

When I suggested to the waitress that the beers might have been mis-poured, she said that they were correct, that she was also a bartender, and that she could tell from the color of the pours.

Assuming what I drank was correct ...

I found the beer was watery, and it was as though they used poor quality water. All their beers had an off after-taste ... as though their was a Gritty McDuffs flavor they added to all their beers (including their stout)

Mouth feel was watery. And a little evervescent ... a slight bite from the c02. Interesting, even the cask best bitter had a slight CO2 bite to it.

Very sorry I went to this pub. Food was ok. But the beers were mediocre to poor.

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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%

Best stout ever! Brewed in a traditional Irish style, this all-malt stout is well balanced, and packed with roasted flavor. If in Maine, you need to look for this one. Sold in bottles and on tap at their Freeport, ME restaurant and pub.

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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