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