Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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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
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 00:04:42 | More by Ohmmygawd
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.
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
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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