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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

324 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-10-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good initial head on black, lace. Smoke and coffee aroma. Taste of wood, smoke, coffee, chocolate malt,a spot of fuitiness, drying finish. Licorice on aftertaste. Good for its style, well malted but in a word balanced and very quaffable. Medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 23:44:40 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-19-2012 03:16:09 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

06-07-2013 00:49:40 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Fly is actually really, really dark brown with orangish gold highlights. The brown sugar colored crown is as soft and as airy as cotton candy, while being almost as sticky. An eye pleasing array of lace finds its way to the upper reaches of the glass as the head loses altitude.

The nose is definitely black... as in black malt. There's also plenty of power, which is almost always a good thing. The bittersweet chocolatiness that results from well-roasted barley is, far and away, the dominant aroma. Yowza!

The amount of crushed coffee bean flavor that is delivered when stout meets palate is incredible. It makes me wonder whether coffee was added, although neither the Gritty McD website nor the label mention it. Rarely have I experienced such a disconnect between the aroma (very little java) and the flavor (an java explosion).

The brewery sure did favor the dark end of the malt spectrum, but they didn't add enough of it. With more substance, this stuff could be killer. Surely they can find a way to beef up Black Fly and still keep the ABV in sessionable range. A shortage of malt sugars keeps things on the bitter side, despite almost no hop flavor and a paltry 16 IBUs.

Irish dry stouts don't need, and probably shouldn't have, full mouthfeels. That said, BFS is a fraction too skinny for my tastes. On the positive side, the lack of heft and the laid back carbonation would make putting away a swarm of these suckers no trouble at all.

Black Fly Stout is my third Gritty McDuff's brew and is probably my least favorite. It's still good beer, though, and is probably a gotta-have for dark beer lovin' BAs in the state of Maine.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 12:26:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is close to being jet black—bottom of the glass appears to be very dark red in color when it is held to a bright light. It has a high amount of visible carbonation and poured with a three finger high brownish tan head that kept on growing for a few minutes and then eventually slightly died down, somewhat resembling a root beer float in appearance.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is also accompanied by a light amount of bitterness from the underlying hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, slightly thin and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout seems somewhat lighter compared to other beers in the style but is very easy to drink—that is once the massive head finally subsides. I wouldn’t consider the bottled version to be sessionable but having this on a nitro-tap might be a different story.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:59:54 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-28-2011 23:20:04 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good American attempt of an Irish Stout. Looks dark black with an off white head that lasts. Low carbonation and rich looking. Smells lightly malty with caramel, roasted, toasted, and chocolate malts. No hop aroma. Tartness that is associated with cherries. Tastes largely of roasted malt and chocolate malt. Sweet caramel malts in the background. Firm, medium body holds on til the finish. Finishes dry and crisp. A creamy beer even without the nitro. Flavors give way to carcoal like finish makes this beer a little abrupt, but still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 03:03:42 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife actually drank this while there in Portland and I tasted a little o it and here is what I got from it.Pours a deep black with red highlights showing thru a deep almond colored light creamy head.I noticed somebitterness in the aroma with some dark roast coffee,flavor is of unsweetened chocolate and some earthiness with that bitterness I got in the aroma popping up in the finish.All in all seemed to be a pretty solid stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2003 23:16:14 | More by oberon
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largadeer

California

3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black in color. Tons of foam formed from an average pour, at least 3 inches worth, which took a moment to settle into a quarter-inch layer.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee and unsweetened chocolate, plenty of black malt in this one. There's something slightly off about the aroma - a bit of sulfur in background.

Taste & mouthfeel: Perfectly dry with a big black coffee flavor. Moderate bitterness, largely from the dark malts; no noticeable hop character. There's a slight metallic twang to the finish along with a hint of acidity - overall it's not quite as clean as I would like, but it's certainly not bad. Body is on the lighter side, even for the style it's a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 02:14:00 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with limited ruby highlights at the base but some wider glints of dark mahogany at the rim. The full, dark tan head drops shortly but keeps a thin surface coating and leaves some spotty lace. The aroma offers rich dark chocolate and espresso. The body is light with a very fine, median carbonation that leaves it gently zesty in the mouth. The flavor starts dry with a distinct burnt currant fruitiness that mellows into more caramel, chocolate, and left-on-the-burner-too-long coffee notes before finishing with a splash of leafy hop flavor and a long lasting burnt malt character (similar to black malt - although probably from very dark British chocolate and roasted barley). Throughout the glass the combination of the lightly tart fruitiness followed by the acrid roastiness and long dull finish becomes quite endearing. Very unique. Probably a bit too much flavor to make it a good session brew, but definitely interesting and rich enough to make a pint last for alot longer than usual. I'd love to taste this cask-conditioned on handpump.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 17:28:07 | More by NeroFiddled
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reagen1984 for tossing one of these in a recent trade. Served in my FOBAB mini-pint glass.

A - Huge foam that that quickly dissipates to two fingers and then slowly fades and leaves some spotty lacing. Dark, dark brown that is slightly lighter at the edges. Great lookin' brew.

S - Very bitter roasted malts, some hints of hazelnut. There's also some dry smokiness to it, and a faint metallic twang. The smell isn't very rich, but it's plenty potent.

T - Lots of smokiness, dry roasted nuts, espresso, and burnt malt. Maybe a hint of chocolate sweetness in the finish. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean, with only a light bitterness to it.

M - Very dry, with some chalkiness to it. A nice amount of carbonation tingle, but not overdone. Very appropriate for the style.

D - The low ABV made this really easy to drink. I could see this being a great replacement for Guinness - much more flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 04:11:39 | More by MasterSki
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist bottle with a “best enjoyed before” freshness date clearly notched.

Appearance: Opaque black coloured brew with a big towering head after a hard pouring then very slowly settling into a thin tiny bubbled light brown lace, this is one of those heads that leaves rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Brownies and fudge come to mind off the first whiff, underlying black currant fruitiness with a laid back alcohol. Smooth and clean to the nose.

Taste: Creamy smooth mouth feel, moderate carbonation and a medium to full malt body. First is a rush of mild roasted malt and subdued black currant fruitiness, then the roasted kicks things up a notch by unleashing an even burnt charcoal bitterness. Malt sweetness holds this brew together in the beginning then the dryness sets in to make the mouth beg for more. Hops are a tad bitter and pungent with a quick snappy hop oil twang in the back ground. Touch of acrid to the roasted character to pleasantly pucker the palate for a brief moment, lingering suggestions of espresso and vague chocolate flavour make up the end.

Notes: One of the top stouts brewed in the US, very well balanced and is even more heavenly on nitro-tap. Certainly a stout lovers stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2002 16:58:58 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A perfect ebony hue, and a head that looms, sizzles, bubbles, and is colored a roasted tan. Aroma is nutty, dry, and replete with rich espresso notes, very deep, very dark.
Marvelous mouthfeel: lush, soft, but a trifle bitter, and a touch flinty. Full-bodied, with a hearty, grainy texture, that left me feeling if it wasn't maybe an oatmeal stout. In the end I felt too much carbonation on the tongue, but despite that, the overall impression is a full roasty, toasty, satisfying sensation.
Thanks to paceyourself for wending it my way!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2003 01:54:29 | More by feloniousmonk
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured an excessively mammouth tan head that I basically had to pour out of the glass as it wouldn't settle. Aroma of sweet malt and a somewhat acidic coffee scent.

Tastes is somewhat lacking. Malt & mild coffee up front with a somewhat bittering hop finish. A thin & watery mouthfull with decent carbonation.

Kinda meh, about this one. Nothing really stood out to me although I could see this being quite sessionable for some people.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 22:46:02 | More by Kegatron
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WesWes

New York

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted scent that boasts of patent and roasted malts. It is quite dry to the nose. The taste is average. It has a weak, black malt flavor that is bitter and earthy. It has some roasted malt taste, but not enough to round out the flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average dry stout. The malt bill is simplistic, so the taste lacks complexity. This is a very uninteresting beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 02:15:21 | More by WesWes
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

easily the best beer on at grittys, hands down. honestly the only one I had that I would care to drink again. it pours a really dark brown, almost black, letting not a smidge of light pass. the head is only small, but its a clue to the delicious creamy texture of this brew. lots of roast in nose and taste, not quite burnt, but still rather bitter, with faint English hops being detectable in the finish. the flavor fits the style guidelines well, but the mouthfeel is what makes this beer a keeper, its subtle and mellow for a beer as flavorful as this. its got a very full body, and feels like it could have come from a nitro tap, even though it didn't. I liked it more and more as it warmed, and while it might not be the best accompaniment to a lobster roll, it felt right as I drank it. really the only decent beer happening from these guys, so get some while you can.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2013 19:27:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by January '08:

Pours pitch black with an overly huge tan head (despite a careful pour) that slowly descends, leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is of lightly roasted coffee - slightly burnt - hints of chocolate. Mild earthy undertone.

The taste follows the nose with a bit more cream. Lightly roasted coffee with a slight burnt tinge with hints of coffee. Earthy undertone with black currant fruitiness. Slight hints of butter add to creaminess. Bittersweet finish.

This would be full bodied beer is brought to medium by quite a bit of fizzy carbonation. Pretty smooth texture.

Easy drinking with a nice malty character. This would be even better if the carbonation were reigned in a bit. The taste and low abv make this a fine choice for a "session" stout. Perhaps I just got an overcarbonated batch - otherwise fine.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 15:04:53 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-01-2011 20:24:59 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly mahogany in color with light brown (thin) head. Spotty lace on the glass.

The smell is rather muted considering the style. Some chocolate, but what I really notice is an ice box odor...hmmm, odd.

Awesome balanced taste: notes of coffee, caramel, cream, spicy bittering hop. Full bodied with a slightly high carbonation. The aftertaste is similar to unsweetened cocoa. This truly makes up for the initial impression.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 20:29:17 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a milk chocolate 1 inch head. Some mild lacing develops through the drink. Aroma is of soft bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is a nice balance of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, and a wisp of butter.

Medium / heavy in body. Crisp at the start. The finish is dry and crisp. The roasted malt and bitter chocolate linger long on the tongue. Superb drinkability. Definitely one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 19:26:43 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Tall light-tan head with good lacing. Aroma rich with roasted malts. Flavor is also heavy with the malt flavor, complimented with touch of chocolate. Lasting bitterness through the flavor. Although the flavor was very nice, I would have liked to see more complex flavors out of this beer. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

A very good traditional stout, but falls short of being a great one.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 16:51:23 | More by tempest
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-22-2013 16:38:13 | More by InspectorBob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five-fingered light tan rocky head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Solid black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Burnt coffee nose. Flavor is burnt coffee/chocolate, slight dry finish. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 22:47:31 | More by jdhilt
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown + very dark amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with some moderate notes of chocolate and coffee.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark and roasted malts, just on the border of being burnt. Those are followed by the flavors of dark chocolate and espresso. Moderate amounts of bitterness that fades rather quickly.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with some light dryness in the finish.

O: The beer is pretty well balanced overall, though the hop flavors are not really pronounced they balance out the sweetness of the malts. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 22:18:28 | More by dbrauneis
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice dark black color, nice carbonation, huge foamy tan head, lots and lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, some toffee/caramel. The taste is malty, with some toffee/caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a pretty tasty/sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 00:13:20 | More by Wasatch
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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.