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

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357 Ratings

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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 28
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with a soft brown color head; some chunks some soap bubbles. Looks like a chocolate milk-shake (the head).
Smells of slightly roasted coffee, toffee and molasses.
Taste doesn't jump right out and grab me, a slight stringent taste, some coffee and anise. Dry hops at the end, finishes really well.
I thought this was an American stout until I looked on here to see it's a Irish stout. Changes things a bit. I gave it better marks is light of this.

Photo of plaid75
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a finger and a half pillowy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a deep and robust burnt grain, with undertones of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste was equally robust with a very good burnt grain and smoky character. The coffee flavors were present as well.

The mouthfeel was full with a clean, dry finish.

Overall a very nice dry stout. A very drinkable treat on St. Patrick's Day. I will buy again.

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

Appearance - Black with a large head when poured. Pour slow, it was almost all head.

Smell - Coffee, and roasted malts here.

Taste - Roasted and smoky flavor. Dark coffee hints too.

Mouthfeel - Watery, thin body.

Drinkability - Roasted, hints of chocolate. Dark coffee.

Photo of mountdew1
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Beest by March 2007 notched on label. Upon opening after removing from fridge, beer started foaming. Produced excessive amounts of foram. Poured a solid black color with a dark brown head. Aroma was malty with a hint of coffee and sweetness. The flavor was also slightly sweet. If the beer lingered in the mouth, it would leave a slighty bitter aftertaste, otherwise decent flavorings. Was not impressed with the mouthfeel, seemed to be too much carbonation.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Fly pours an extremely dark brow color with about an inch of craggy light brown head. Nice chunky lace rings remain.

The smell is of roasted malts mainly, but when I inhale deeply I pick up some rotten egg. So don't try so hard to smell it.

The taste blends dark roasted malt, light coffee, dark fruits and just a hint of bittering hops.

Creamy and smooth with active carbonation. Easy drinking and at only 4.1%, absolutely a good session beer.

Photo of Atron67
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- took awhile to pour cuz the head was so large nice dark color with a huge brown head,
S- generally dark malt smell with a little roasted scent thrown in, not bad but pretty standard
T- pretty good, roasted taste characterizes it pretty much, doesnt seem to complex but is enjoyable, pretty smooth for a 'roasted' flavor too
M- really light for a stout,
D- its a good beer, pretty light for a stout, but smooth and repeatably drinkable
its not a heavy stout that you drink one and are done

Photo of jslot38
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh... the ol' black fly. One of my favorites of Maine over the past few years and certainly the best beer from the Gritty's line up.

Appearance: Took forever for the head to settle on this one. Once it did a lovely black body was topped with a snow cap of tan coloured foam. No lacing, suprisingly, but the pillowy head stayed throughout.

Smell: Roasted nuts, barley, and grain. Not much to it, very basic and very well rounded.

Taste: Hits upfront with traditional stout malts, no presence of alcohol or hops. Ends with the classic maine buttery lingerings, a touch of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: A bit creamy with a solid level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A session stout. I've drank a few of these in a night, and at 4 percent, you can drink many.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gritty McDuff's- BlackFly Stout

Appearance- Thick black with a huge creamy head. Big messy lacing.
Smell- Not much, Light and sweet regular coffee. Lighty roasted coffee beans, mild caramel malt.
Taste- Smokey roasted coffee with cream and sugar. Light touch of a caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Very very smooth! Feels like it foams up in your mouth.

Overall- A good looking and good feeling beer that produces a nice tasting Stout. This is too easy to drink!!

Photo of riversider76
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black. Massive tan head, with good retention, and lacing. Smell is not strong. Roasted malts, and hops mostly. Body is thin,and carbonated. Taste is hopped up front, with a dry roasted malt finish. This is not my favorite style of beer, but you may like this one if It's yours.

Photo of LarryV
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ebony black with a huge rocky tan head that dissapates fairly quickly. Aroma of roasted malt with sulphur overtones.

Taste is malty with hints of dark chocolate, but there's a sour undertone to the taste that I don't care for. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. It's an okay brew, but there's much better stouts to be had. Try Big Bear Black Stout, blows this one away.

Updated Review - 3/10/2008

Revisited this one and it was a totally different experience this time. Aroma of roasted malts, very clean and mellow. No sourness to be found this time, just a robust rich flavor with hints of chocolate and smokey malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, quite good really. First time must have been some bad bottles. My score reflects the update.

Photo of sstackho
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best before Nov 06. Pours black with an amazingly huge head. Now I'm not the most patient pourer in the world, but I can't seem to pour this one into a small glass without over half of it being head! Quite funny actually. I don't drink much stout, so take my review with a grain of malt. Aroma is fairly malty and leaves some of the head on my nose. Nice earthy flavour with some coffee aftertaste. Not bad.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber with no freshness date to speak of. Opaque black body with few-fingers thick tan head that dissipates a tad quickly and leaves a fair bit of lacing. Smells mostly hoppy with some roast. Bitter anyways. Hops dominate the flavor, while roast or burnt malt play a big role too. Flavor is not overwealmingly strong. Not watery per se, but not as robust as some porters and stouts. A little more hop bitterness than I generally like in a stout. Fairly heavy-bodied. It's an okay beer overall though, worthwhile to try and have once in a while from a very worthwhile brewery. To be fair, the bottle might be a little old, though not expired.

Photo of kelticblood
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a huge thick beige head. Solid black in color. Has a balanced aroma of malts,roasted grains,and hops. Leaves a bitter very dry coffee like finish. Mouthfeel is a bit too foamy and not what I like in a stout. Full bodied with definate coffee and slight chocolate taste. A very impressive offering from Gritty's. Being so dry on the finish drinkability might be an issue with these. Nicely carbonated.

Photo of BadBadger
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout is a very enjoyable version of an Irish Dry Stout. I must confess, that initially, I was not enthralled from my first exposure. However, this is worthy of giving a go. As subsequent samplings (perhaps unintentional aging is a factor here). It pours a nice dark color with a monster sized head. The smell is malty. The taste is a very nice balance of sweet malt and slight burnt coffee bittering. It has a nice dry mouthfeel indeed. A nicely drinkable stout.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Near-black color, Totally opaque. 2" thick mocha colored head. noticable bubbles. The head has good retention leaving minimal lacing behind and concentrated around the edge.

Smells of roasty wheat, chocolate and caramel malted barley and an earthy and herbal hop scent underneath.

Tasted of roasted grains and a burnt caramel flavored malted barley, with chocolate and smoked oak flavors coming forward. The Willamette and yakima hop clusters makes for a nice herbal and almost spicey hop finish.

Full body, Feels clean, active and sort of "thin" for the style. It's suprisingly active and bubbly which makes it crisp and pretty refreshing. Instead of a heavy, chewy feel, it's very light but not without a bit of substance going down.

This is a light-weight stout that's easy to drink and refreshing to boot. Does not lack in good stout flavors though.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the brewpub in Portland. Well brewed coffee colored brew. Thick tan head with pretty lacing and retention.
Coffee and sweet overall aromas.
Very sweet brew with a cafe mocha and vanilla flavor taking over. Though it would be described as "creamy" it wasn't hearty or chewy. Nice to have on a warm summer evening, it came off as a sweeter Guinness. A bit more carbonated than expected. Overall, not bad, just a little more sweet and not with as much bite.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 22 oz bottle was a bonus from mdavis31481, thanks! Black body, head rises fast, fades fast, and leaves about 1/2" of creamy tan head.

Smell: Coffee is very evident, a little sweet chocolate, rich roasted grains.

Taste: Roasted malt, strong coffee, dry, bitter and a little sour, pretty average.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but not my favorite style, either. Still, a good change of pace from the beers I have been drinking lately.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a black, black color with a thick coffee-colored head. It had a predominately coffee aroma, with a little bit of roasted grain. Taste was all coffee, but maybe a little chocolate snuck in. I thought it was a little thin in the mouthfeel department, but still very drinkable. If you like stout, you'll like this beer. If you're not a big stout fan, forget it.

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

A - black hole black, light cant escape it, it wells up a thin caramel colored head that is rather short lived

S - a dark ground coffee or even coffee beans aroma very very strong, overpowers all over aromas except for that of alcohol

T - well, to no surprise, this tastes like ground coffee, this actually tastes like an alcoholic iced coffee, other than a hop kick, like the aroma the coffee aspect id overpowering

M - bitter, and thin bodied, but a good bitter, not balanced, but not intended to be, you must like bitters to like this

D - high, if you like this kind, which i do

Photo of bultrey
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red-tinged darkness, nearly black. Thin off-white head. Serious roast in the nose, like coffee grounds. Also a sharp, slightly sour tang. This reminds me of McNeill's brews -- probably because I just had one before this -- but it has that same slightly sour taste off the bat that is intense when cold, slightly annoying bu more subdued when warm. This also has a huge dark ash flavor, like licking a campfire. Rather thin on the mouthfeel, and not particularly exciting enough to invite another pint. A bit one-dimensional.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12oz. black bottle into a nonic pint glass the beer was a solid black color with a dense three-finger fluffy and sticky head. A tremendous head that blossomed even with a catious pour. Lacing clung all over the glass and the head retained at about a half-finger throughout the sample. No other signs of carbonation.

The smell was kilned and roasted malt, caramel, slight sweetness and roasted coffee beans.

The taste has a semi-bitter innitial start to it balanced with a heaping a dry roasted malt. A good balance here and this allowed other subtle flavors to be detected but not over-present. Some slight coffee and hints of milk chocolate too.

A medium-firm body with suprisingly ample carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

This was an enjoyable and sessionable stout. Had several of these over St. Pat's day and can easily see this as my beer of choice on that and other occasions. An enjoyable New England beer.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of JMD71
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Wonderful deep brown, almost black color with very little light penetrating. Poured from a bottle, I got very little head at all & what head there was disappeared very quickly which surprised me for a stout. Also, it was visibly highly carbonated which also surprised me for a stout.

Smell: Nice, subtle coffee-like aroma. Slightly roasted malt smell in the background.

Taste: Good roasty, smoky flavor with slight coffee hints. A bit on the watery side compared to other stouts in the class, but ok. Flavor lingers just long enough & ends fairly crisp. Bitter hop finish balances roasty, smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, crisp & dry. Not as much body as I would like in a stout. The high carbonation also makes for a slightly different mouthfeel than with other stouts.

Drinkability: This is fairly drinkable as it is not as heavy & rich as some other stouts. The high carbonation also lends to its drinkability, but wasn't really what I expected from a stout.

Comments: This was an average stout, but not my favorite. The high carbonation & thin, watery body makes for a slightly different twist on a regular stout. I did like the flavor & drinkability, but would choose a smoother, less carbonated stout in the future if looking for a beer in this style.

Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dense, coffee-colored milkshake-like head with tremendous retention. Trails of lacing, but not much strength. Pours a smooth, deep brown in color.

Musty, earthy mocha and caramel coffee aromas. A touch of semi-sweet cream; vanilla.

Dark chocolate and strong espresso; an earthy hop character with a faint mustiness leading to an aggressive bitterness. A creamy quality prior to the dry finish. An aftertaste of dark chocolate and an airy, sweetened biscuit.

Medium bodied; over carbonated, airy, and dry.

A pleasant tasting Dry Stout. The carbonation is overpowering and takes away from some of this stout's true flavors.

Photo of akahn
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, I reviewed this assuming for some reason that it was an American stout style... oops.

Pours a red-tinged black with a lasting brown head. Decent amount of lace. Faint dark malt aroma. Mild flavor of dark malt and a subtle hint of coffee. Unfortunately thin body, somewhat watery. Once again, an odd metallic and grain hull aftertaste. I don't find this to be a very good beer, but I suppose it would be drinkable, but the wateriness would get to me pretty quickly.

Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.