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Handsome Mick's Irish Stout - The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Handsome Mick's Irish Stout
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BA SCORE
81
good

26 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002)
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Reviews by Ewhite2121:
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Ewhite2121, Apr 13, 2014
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Photo of Todd
2.4/5  rDev -31.6%

Black with a patchy two-tone head -- tan and off-white. Roasted nose, touch of molasses and caramel. Smooth, roasted, leafy, astringent. Pretty light-bodied, with was surprise, but it also had an unusual near milky consistency / feel. Touch of sour and paper. Mild chocolate.

I could only have one, and one was enough. A boring beer IMO. Not too tasty.

Todd, Feb 10, 2002
Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

I had this out of a Caske (I've also had it on tap) and it's really cool how a caske can change the flavor. I think it's a decent Stout from the tap but it totally changes it to have it from the caske. It's got a woody/oaky taste to it. I personally think it's a bit smoother and heavier as well. It's still got a really nice head but a little less carbonation to it.

kingcrowing, May 26, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14.5%

acurtis, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of jmz62565
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%

This pours a jet black with a foamy tan head. The smell has some roasted scents,but it's not too aromatic. The taste is very sweet, with a creamy silkyness to it. The m/f is surprisingly light,not watery,but not like other stouts. This is a decent stout,but if you want a dark beer at the Vermont Pub and Brewery try their smoked porter.

jmz62565, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -8%

In a word, dry, bitter and black. Too carbonated, a bit mediocre for style. A Somewhat burnt and roasted, nutty, thinish mouthfeel. Certainly dry.Some coffee, all not holding greatly together. But quaffable and better than most of the offerings here.

Sammy, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of scottg
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

"brewers smoke the malt over apple, maple, & hickory." Poured into a pint glass.

Dark black color with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing. Smoke and chocolate malt aromas. Those aromas are also the up front flavors with light hops and a bitter espresso finish. Medium bodied stout that starts out creamy then becomes a little watery. A little sweetness to match the smoke and bitterness at the end would make this a more drinkable beer.

scottg, May 16, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
Photo of codon2004
3/5  rDev -14.5%

codon2004, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%

This is beautiful stuff! It arrived with a light bit of a tan head over a an obsidian-colored beer. I got notes of chocolate, licorice, and a smoky/charcoal on the nose. Because it is cask-conditioned, the mouthfeel tends more watery than creamy, as the brewery description says of the nitro pour. I did not find this to be a negative, however. The chocolate and charcoal are the prevalent flavors, but unlike a couple of stouts that I have had, which shall remain unnamed here, it is not an unpleasant charcoal. An excellent beer!

woodychandler, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Pretty standard stuff here. Poured brown-black with a small tan head. Roasty aroma with coffee notes, and not much else to speak of. Roasty malts in the taste, dry, with some coffee bitterness. A little bit on the thin side for a stout, but still not too bad. Medium-bodied and fairly drinkable. An average dry stout.

Rifugium, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

An opaque black beer with a decent tan head that falls quickly. Lacing is adequate. Aroma is mostly roasted malt, fairly mild. Coffee in the background. The taste is both roasted and slightly smoky, with very restrained hop bitterness. Slightly sweet, faint coffee and chocolate notes. Supersoft mouthfeel; creamy, with low carbonation. Too low, I think. Very thin bodied. Extremely easy drinking and decent tasting but certainly not anything outstanding or particularly memorable.

tobelerone, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%

A-Deep black with a rich and creamy tan head. Left copious amounts of lace.

S-Rich roasted malts with the unmistakable scent of liquid hickory-like smoke. Very nice.

T-Big roasted malts swirl with hints of dark chocolate and oak. The smokiness is outstanding with just the right amount to make a rauchbier lover such as myself giddy with delight!

M-Medium body and a bit light. Would like a bit more body to make this brew a true standout. Nice dryness in the finish.

D-Really nice, a very well done smoked beer. wanting a bit more body but...I would happily drink my fair share!

Deuane, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of scottum
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%

Served a very dark brown with a very short tan head. Mouthfeel was a touch too thin. Roasty, but not as nice in flavor as I would like to taste in a stout. This beer could certainly benifit from more malt to make the flavor stronger and the mouthfeel thicker. A drinkable stout, but not above it's game.

scottum, Nov 11, 2003
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4/5  rDev +14%

Weischej, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Stimack
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

Had this brew on cask last evening. It was pulled to a deep black color with a light tan head that did not have much retention and left slight lacing at the top of the glass. The aromas where of roasted malt, caramel and a bit coffee. The flavors are mostly of roasted malts as well as coffee and chocolate flavors that go well together. Over all this is a nice brew, not my favorite for this night but not bad.

Stimack, Feb 13, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +21.9%

Pours a rich black color with a tan one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is strong and rich with coffee being the dominant aroma followed by a slight hint of cream.

Taste is dry and full of nicely roasted notes. Coffee once again is the dominant flavor with that hint of cream to follow.

Finishes dry with lingering roasted coffee and very light cream. Nice.

I swear that I've had this before. A nice reminder of how a stout can be highly drinkable without needing tons of hops or alcohol.

Brad007, Apr 20, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +19.7%

The beer pours an opaque black, unfiltered, with a thin layer of beige head. Largish bubbles float amidst smaller ones, with an uneven, gravity dispensed look. Not a bad thing at all, just very natural. The head thins to a light mist, with a swirl in the center, leaving cobwebby lace down the glass.
The aroma is nice and solid. Robust, mocha-like roasted malt dominates, leaning slightly towards the coffee side. Faint woodiness, like it was conditioned in oak, or with oak chips, adding additional depth and complexity. A bit of sweetish, bready yeast and very, very faint earthy hopping. It's mainly roasted malt, a bit one dimensional, but very nicely done.
The flavor starts with a surprisingly smooth roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with many more layers than the aroma suggests. Some burnt toffee, with plenty of coffee and slightly husky chocolate malt. A bit cereal-ish, not husky as in fat kid's clothes. Some yeast adds smoothness and body, contributing a lightly bready sweetness that compliments the malt excellently. Some cocoa flavor moves through the middle, with some very mild plum and currant fruitiness. Light herbal and earthy hoppiness creeps into the finish, balancing any malt sweetness well, although burnt malt contributes most of the bitterness. A bit of woodiness right in the end, maybe a little nutty, finishing impressively dry, leaving a lingering burnt malt flavor on the tongue. Medium bodied, oh so smooth, with silky carbonation.
A really, really nice stout. Possibly their best beer. Simple and understated, but carrying a casual elegance in it's simplicity. A hell of a session pint, especially casked.

UnionMade, Feb 15, 2004
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4/5  rDev +14%

Served on tap into a standard straight sided pint glass at the brewery

Pours jet bacl with a nice tan head. A beautiful stout

Lots of smoke in the nose, roasted notes and a good chocolate malt sense as well

Impressive, the smoke flavors are powerful, but balanced by a sweet creaminess and chocolate flavor.

Very creamy, the carbonation is just right, easy to drink

mhatters, Jul 17, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Kelp, Jun 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Knapp85, Dec 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

LoveStout, Jul 07, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +19.1%

Opaque black which reveals almost no hues even when held up to sunlight with a thick tan head. Laces beautifully and nice retention too. High marks in the appearance category. Aromas are rich, malty and clearly smoked, similar to the liquid smoke used by BBQ sauces. Flavors are deep and gratifying as one would hope from as stout, hint of chocolate, some toasted malts, oak, light hops. Weird flavor in the middle liked smoked bacon (?!) and an espresso like nip on the very end. Medium body and seems just a little bit light for the style when it warms up. This does lend itself to being sessionable for that reason however and worth doing so. It's won awards and I can see why.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of shanem
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

A: Dark black, no light. Nice inch tall tan head, left some lacing down the glass

S:Smokey, like a campfire mixed with sweet malt

T: Follows the smell perfectly, also carries a bit of a sweet/chocolately flavor in there. Smoke flavor almost resemble oak

M: creamy and smooth, seems pretty thick

D: I could have plenty of these! Love it!

shanem, Mar 21, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Aewachiw, Jan 21, 2014
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Handsome Mick's Irish Stout from The Vermont Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.