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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

325 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 24
Gots: 12 | 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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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-25-2014 20:24:15 | More by RevCraig
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-24-2014 00:02:46 | More by bostonryan
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

01-19-2014 20:54:32 | More by Jslay013
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Aisha

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-18-2014 22:51:27 | More by Aisha
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English nonick pint glass

a: Black with clear ruby highlights when seen through light, although that took awhile to determine since at first pour the tan head took up eht entire glass! Several further pours were needed to finally fill the glass, and even then there was still a good one inch takk rocky head of foam.

s: Nothing notable.

t: Mild fruit over watery dark malt. Slight bitter ashy aftertaste. Almost Belgian in its fruitiness. Can't account for the fact that what I am tasting is so very different from the description above: "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" Mine was neither roasty nor hoppy, nor particularly robust.

m: Light to moderate, sometimes seeming watery.

o: A surprisingly Belgianish stout, as though some yeast jumped over to Gritty's from Allagash. I was a bit disappointed at the beginning for that reason, since I had been expecting a heavier smokier more traditional stout flavor. But it is tasty enough, and gradually becomes more pleasing until it has warmed over sixty degrees, when it becomes somewhat bitter. The very low ABV allows you to drink the whole bomber and still remain fairly clear-headed.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:23:35 | More by scotorum
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cphughes

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-27-2013 18:02:13 | More by cphughes
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-25-2013 04:14:28 | More by Dougwillhike
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jaemeno3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-24-2013 22:54:17 | More by jaemeno3
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Cheld

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-18-2013 14:10:14 | More by Cheld
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-15-2013 14:37:08 | More by BillRoth
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bigred89

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-09-2013 09:12:41 | More by bigred89
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Crumpetsnbeer

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

12-07-2013 21:05:09 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-07-2013 15:23:53 | More by scxcrunner
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Ohmmygawd

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I look at this beer and I just think, how much more black could this be? None, none more black.

Bottle to pint glass.

A- I'm getting back into my old band t-shirts because this is one very dark stout. I love how it pours and looks.

S- Coffee and dark chocolate with rich malt flavor.

T- Nice and dry. The more I let it settle and get warmer the more I tasted coffee and dark chocolate.

M- Slight carbonation with a dry following.

O- Great beer overall and a pleasure to drink.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 00:04:42 | More by Ohmmygawd
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brureview

Massachusetts

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

It is important to drink this stout warmer- 50+F- which brings out the full malt character of the beer.

Poured in a stein- a beautiful deep chocolate color with a 3F head. I also sampled it in a Imperial pint glass, but I liked the taste better in the stein.

The aroma was not strong- characteristic of the style- roasted malt.

The mouth feel was moderate.

The taste changes dramatically with warming: there is a smooth roasted malt character that is reminiscent of the Guinness I remember in Ireland back in the 80's. Some chocolate.
Smooth finish.

Overall, an excellent Irish Stout. However, the serving temp is very important. "Above Board" as I heard a number of Irish bartenders say a while back.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 02:01:51 | More by brureview
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everlong353

Maryland

5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-23-2013 18:56:58 | More by everlong353
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Benjaminwileketchum

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-13-2013 18:53:23 | More by Benjaminwileketchum
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-09-2013 01:45:57 | More by WhitmansNiece
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-06-2013 03:09:32 | More by PhillyStyle
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Vylo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-02-2013 23:59:47 | More by Vylo
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sgregory

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-02-2013 17:27:24 | More by sgregory
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-27-2013 22:07:53 | More by OriolesFan1008
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vze33jng

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

10-26-2013 16:28:03 | More by vze33jng
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-26-2013 04:16:34 | More by Botulizard
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the bar in Portland, the back half of the pint alongside lobster poutine.
Near black pour that won't let light pass. A fair tan-brown head fell fast, but the remaining ring held on well.
Smells largely of roasted malt with some coffee...and just a hint of creosote that comes through in the flavor.
Creamy mesquite and roasted malt come in up front. Then the taste of artichokes grilled to the point of charred byproducts fill the center. Mixed nuts pop up late with a subtly sweet almond end. Marvelous complexity.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some heft pierced by the right amount of carbonation. Smooth, almost silky, with subtle tannic/earthy drying on the end--makes you reach for another gulp.
This is the best regularly available Gritty's brew that I was able to taste. Worth going back for more!

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2013 23:15:48 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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