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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 26
Gots: 16 | 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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brureview

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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

Maryland

5/5  rDev +29.5%

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Maine

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +13.7%

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!

10-23-2013 23:15:48 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-15-2013 02:06:25 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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RIKIM

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.6%

10-13-2013 01:35:20 | More by RIKIM
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-22-2013 14:00:57 | More by petermethot
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-16-2013 01:33:37 | More by jim_carignan
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

09-04-2013 18:12:23 | More by Kelp
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

A-When are nitro pours not pretty? Very dark, nearing black if it isn't already there. Big, persistent, creamy, thick, cushy head. Drapes of lace.

S-Rather light but it has the necessary ingredients. Roast coffee and some darker chocolate with some light lactic notes.

T-Some solid coffee and even a bit of char. Powdered cocoa. Maybe a bit of toasted nuttiness.

M-When are nitro pours not great on the palate? Creamy, flatter, lush.

O/D-A good nitro offering that I would grab again probably.

08-24-2013 00:13:19 | More by VelvetExtract
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.01/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

08-19-2013 19:27:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-17-2013 19:08:25 | More by jwps214
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Newenglandcraftbrew

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

08-14-2013 15:39:41 | More by Newenglandcraftbrew
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-12-2013 00:22:09 | More by guezarka
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-01-2013 12:32:45 | More by dgherm
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Abilow33

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

A good stout with a nice crisp taste. It was very flavorable and went well with my food. The beer had a thick head that hung around on the glass until the end. The beer had a distinctive smell. The beer is lighter than many stouts and is very easy to drink. Over all a good beer. I wish I could have had another.

07-25-2013 13:01:13 | More by Abilow33
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FroggieMercury

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-20-2013 17:28:25 | More by FroggieMercury
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Craze38

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-19-2013 14:05:04 | More by Craze38
Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.