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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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
A: Jet black with a khaki head the grows legs and clings to the glass.
S: Very mild. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
T: Chocolate, roasted and dark malt, glimpse of coffee. Underlying hop bitterness that finishes dry.
M: Silky mouthfeel; a tad more than medium-bodied.
O: Hands down the best beer Gritty's offers. I would drink it again.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From Notes on 10-17-13, On-Tap at the brewpub.

A - Black brownish in color with two fingers of nice khaki head, thick lacing.
S - Not a potent aroma, but some decent roasted malts and nutty character.
T - Smooth roasted chocolates, decent bitterness, coffee in the back.
M - Velvety smooth and creamy, not overly thick.
O - Decent stout, mouthfeel is the best.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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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.


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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.

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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