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

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340 Ratings

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
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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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bigred89, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Crumpetsnbeer, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of scxcrunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

scxcrunner, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
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.


Ohmmygawd, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

brureview, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of everlong353
5/5  rDev +29.5%

everlong353, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Benjaminwileketchum
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Benjaminwileketchum, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

PhillyStyle, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Vylo, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

sgregory, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

OriolesFan1008, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of vze33jng
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

vze33jng, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Botulizard
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Botulizard, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

1sophrosyne1, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

RIKIM, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

petermethot, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jim_carignan, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Kelp, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

VelvetExtract, Aug 24, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

StonedTrippin, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

jwps214, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Newenglandcraftbrew, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

guezarka, Aug 12, 2013
Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.