Friend Of An Irishman Stout
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #270
Ranked #45,158
3.38 | pDev: 15.09%
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker brown with a thin beige head.

Smell: Strong yeast smell with a hint of coffee and Malts.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter coffee and a hint of sweet malt.

Overall: Good beer, I would probably have this one again.

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Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid black coffee colored brew with a very modest off-white circle of thin bubblage on top and decent traces of lace. The aroma suggests a woodsy skunk malt with a roasted peat edge. Not bad. The taste brings on a thin, harsh charcoal with bitter cider mash malt. Some grassy ash tray ideas here. Not bad but the body is closer to light with a very thin, aqueous feel and very little carbonation. Good but not great.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.38/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Friend of an Irishman is no ones friend! It poured out a deep and headless brown.The aroma was slightly acrid, like rotting humus. The taste was of burnt coffee and acidified chocolate.Also, a touch too sweet for a dry stout. It actualy tastes somehow weak bodied,as if you were to take a very old batch of Murphy's or Guinness and add 10% more water! Slightly bitey aftertaste.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Friend of an Irishman stout pours a black color, with not much head, lots of carbonation; looks like a coke. There is a smooth smell, with hints of coffee. A smooth taste, creamy, strong coffee flavors, on a rather smokey malty backbone. Very nice full flavor, stays on the tongue. Overall a very solid dry stout, enjoyable and different from the market favor Guinness.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –Poured a dark brown color with a light off whit head. The head faded quite fast leaving only a little lacing.

Smell – The smell was mainly off coffee and some roasted malt. There is an ever so light vanilla aroma mixed in as well giving it a somewhat vanilla flavored coffee smell.

Taste – A roasted bready and coffee flavor meet the tongue. They are rather dry up front with a little bit of vanilla sweetness mixed into the beginning of the flavor. As the taste advances any sweetness that was present seems to dissipate leaving a much drier brew. At the end the coffee flavors then really starts to take hold and leave a dry, somewhat bitter coffee flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is a little bit on the creamier side with a medium level of carbonation. For the lightness of the brew, the body is heavier then would have been expected and quite nice;giving the roasty flavors a chance to sit on the tongue.

Overall –It was a average dry Irish stout and nothing I would go out of my way for. It would likely do better in a nitrogen driven fashion.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm kind of surprised to see this scored "average" when I find it to be quite a bit above average in my book.

I haven't had a Christian Moerlein beer in a number of years. But I couldn't resist picking up a six pack of the Irish Dry Stout a week before St. Patrick's Day. Heck, it was showcased in a display of "irish" beers at Roof Brothers in Paducah, KY and I was in the "irish" mood.

A -- Aggressively poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Great frothy head that quickly dissipates to a sheen above a dark-as-night body of beer.

S -- The smell gets better as it warms to room temperature. But it's still quite an aromatic brew fresh out of the bottle. Smells like a good stout should, with some dark roasted malts, maybe some coffee mixed in.

T -- Tastes very nutty, like a coffee stout watered down but with all the bitterness of a coffee stout. I find this brew from Christian Moerlein to be very refreshing, paired with a pot pie fresh from the oven.

M -- No carbonation whatsoever. But not a flat beer. Very dry. Very much like how an irish dry stout should feel in the mouth.

O -- I've seen variety packs from Christian Moerlein at Party Town in Florence, KY and never picked one up. But I might have to, now that I've seen the quality has returned to Christian Moerlein brews. Cheers !!

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Photo of Keffa
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark brown, small tan head, settles into the faintest of rings, no lacing, and no retention. This is a stout? Could have fooled me, even if swirled the head appears for a few seconds and disappears as quick as it came. Not off to a good start.

S: Better, but odd: Roast and coffee are in there, but the main note I get is fresh pizza dough, complete with tomato sauce and herbs. Makes my mind say what the f... As it warms a little, the roast starts coming out more, and the dough goes away a little.

T: MUCH better. Woody and earthy, roast coffee, slight sweetness, a little chocolate hidden in the back. Dry finish.

M: Thin for a stout, creamy though, and no overly carbonated.

D: Good. No alcohol detected, nice roast flavor, and the dry finish makes you want more.

This one started off bad, and ended not so bad. I was expecting this one to be like OTR, which I hated, and this one surprised me a little. Better than expected.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark, brownish/black appearance with minimal orange/ruby highlights around the bottom. Fairly thick tan head that had huge bubbles in it. Head retention and lacing was not as strong as i thought it might be. Head settled to a small ring.

Smell - Picked up an earthy, coffee aroma at first. Not a robust type of coffee, but mild and pleasant. A bit of a toasty or burnt chocolate. Some smokey notes also. Hints of charcoal. Getting an aroma of burnt toast. Smells pretty good.

Taste - The taste provided a mild coffee and chocolate flavor. Again, I picked up hints of a toasty or burnt bread. Not bad at all and somewhat pleasing. Minute amounts of dark fruit are hidden in the background. Solid.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry and pretty smooth. Leaves enough on the palate for a second sip. A lot of coffee flavoring is left behind.

Drinkability - This, overall, is a solid Stout. Worth a try if available and if you are a Stout fan. Solid all around. I could set a few back relatively easy. I would drink it again if it was offered.

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Photo of Brent
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This did not hit the mark for an Irish dry - more English than Irish. Color was dark black, but a bit thin as light penetrated around the edges. No creamyness to the mouthfeel or the dryness associated with the style. A tad watery, with distinct coffee notes and an undercurrent of slight oxidation.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Dave for sharing a bottle. Overall I'd say this is an accurate interpretation of the style. It has appropriate body and bitterness when many American-made "Irish stouts" are too heavy and chocolatey. However, the flavor is pretty tame. It finishes with the traditional black coffee and roast bitterness, but upfront there's just a mellow, smooth sweetness that emphasizes the blandness. Like I said, the finish is spot on and there's a lovely mild mocha aftertaste, but overall the character is lacking and I think I'm picking up hints of oxidation.

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Photo of biglite351
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark as night but the ODDEST head I have ever seen. Large CLEAR bubbles. More like am iced tea.

S - it smells like sweet roasted toasted smoked kielbasa. I think that I am in love.

T - toasted almonds, I swear! This is the best odd brew I have ever had. It is so far off the plantation that I don't know what to say.

M - light coating with only a mild tingle.

D - all night baby. So odd, so different. I want to buy a case!

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.21/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dark brown pour with two fingers of head that dies quickly. Aroma is quite acrid and oddly nutty. Tough to describe really. The flavor is along the same lines...only worse. An odd acrid nuttiness, burnt sugar, lip gloss. The body is light and watery. Overall this is just a poor beer.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a tumbler glass. The liquid is very dark and opaque, but I can see some bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. The head is thin, tan, and made up of small bubbles. It disappeared almost immediately. The aroma is slightly sweet, but mostly smells like burnt embers and toasted malts. It's not great, but I like it. There is a lot of roasted malt to the flavor and some coffee bitterness. It is very pronounced and lingers for a while after I swallow. The beer has a medium body. There isn't much of a coating, so the beer feels watery. The carbonation is very low; it's lower than I would like it. Overall, the beer goes down well enough, but it doesn't have any outstanding characteristics to make it stand out amongst the many beers in this style that are available to me. I wouldn't turn one of these beers down if offered to me, but I don't think I'll buy one again.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love the nose and taste of this beer, like Guinness +1, but the mouthfeel, and the look of the thing to an extent, really ruin the experience for me.

The head is at first tall and fluffy cafe-au-lait tan, but after its gone its gone, and the beer has a bit of a greasy look with little or no lacing. Creepy part - when you hold it up to a strong light you get a bit of a green color around the edges, maybe thats from all the Irish?

The nose is nice and roasty with simple straightforward coffee and chocolate notes. The taste follows suit but adds some crisp bittering bite into the mix, definitely highly drinkable but not as light and airy as Guinness.

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Photo of jhoban19
2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: murky dark brown with some red hues. Good amount of airy brown foam that holds up well, though once it settles it pretty much disappears completely- only a small amount of individual bubbles linger around the rim of the glass. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Aromas of freshly ground coffee and chocolate. As it warms some hints of molasses and caramel show up, but very faint.

T: Honestly, it doesn't taste like much. Subtle hints of the ground coffee beans found in the aroma, but not much beyond that.

M: thin and watery, more what I would expect from a macro lager than a craft-brewed stout. The finish is, well, it never quite finishes.

D: I'm trying very hard to find something positive about this beer but it's not easy. It pours with a nice head and has some pleasant, if simple, aromas, but the taste and mouthfeel leave much to be desired.

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Photo of bevenson
2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No date on bottle. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pitch black with low forming tan head that quickly falls. By tilting the glass and looking at the beer through the light, it's apparent that the beer is quite cloudy. Not a good sign.

S - Mild roast with a strong plum aroma. I think a little dark fruit is inviting, but this is overt and overpowers everything else. No hops apparent in aroma.

T - Plum and raisins abound, but not in a good way. This isn't the wonderful dark fruit present in a well crafted Belgian; it taste more like what happens when an American ale yeast ferments too warm. Low roast with a smattering of hops. Other than that, not too much going on for flavor.

M - Light bodied and dry just like a Dry Irish Stout should be. Medium carbonation with nice carbonic bite to aid in drying sensation.

D - A very "meh" experience. Not the worst beer I've ever had, but I've definitely had a lot better beers from Christian Moerlein. Tastes like there were some quality control issues on this beer. I may re-review at a later time if I have some in the future, but don't hold your breath. Even with the quality control issues, there are better dry stouts out there. Skip over this one and just pick up a six pack of OTR.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From notes - 5/4/10.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky brown color with two fingers of fizzy cream/tan head. Thin but fairly opaque - the color reminds me of a dirty pond. Head dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S: Strong coffee, cream, & oatmeal. Smell's like a nicely mixed cup of Joe! Also some notes of vanilla. Very nice smelling for the style.

T: Well from the smell, the taste comes out of left field. An off bitterness followed by what I can only describe as a cold cup of mediocre coffee. The taste gets more palatable as the beer warms and I get used to it. Roasted malts and oatmeal with a touch of coffee.

M: Creamy with moderate to light carbonation. Medium body. Roasted malt and oatmeal flavors linger.

D: Something was off with this beer. The smell was inviting, but the taste was just not all there. Interesting flavor profile with the creaminess, but just didn't work for me. Not a total drainpour, but will not drink this again.

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Photo of Stigs
2.38/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from big tap in

A - looked like a stout but did not get any Irish from it, dark like black but not really black just a little;

S - smelled like an Irishman, that is good or bad

T - a bit o' bittering but some malts and watery, might be tasty but did not make it very far

M - tickled the upper left quadrant of my tongue, left the other sides feeling wooly like a grizzly bear's coat

D - i was forced to drink this because of Obama, i ejoy him as a president but do not find this to be of drinkability. far better Irish stouts but I have not found one...not worth a ticket.

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Photo of RickS95
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black in color with a thin brown head that disappears quickly.

Smells nice with a dominant coffee scent and notes of bread in the background.

Coffee dominates in the mouth, a little more bitter than I would like. There is a doughy essence to it.

This beer had a little more bite, a sting of carbonation that needed to be softened like other stouts I've had.

Not a bad beer, just some loose ends that need to soften the bitterness and I'd have enjoyed it more.

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Photo of dnjmed
4.14/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours out an opaque murky brown with little head. i love the color. smells of freshly ground coffee with vanilla and chocolate notes. i pick up all the same in the taste with maybe a more definitive milk chocolate taste. i really like how the bitter of the coffee balances the sweet malts. tastes really good. my only criticism of this stout is that it feels a little too light in the mouth but then again that keeps it refreshing and drinkable. cheers!

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appropriately named, let's give it a whirl. Twist off top but I pop it with an opener. Bottle smell yields milk chocolate and fine Colombian coffee. Pours to dark brown brew that lets only a shimmer of light, of any, through. Head is consistently medium bubble and light tan. Taste is a burnt chocolate with a sweetness and a slight bitterness that accompanies well but doesn't override the toasted malts. A very tasty selection. Lots of flavor for a 4.7% ABV. I like the dry finish and the lack of heavy weight. I would seek this out over all macro stouts any day of the week.

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Photo of zebco
2.72/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured this one into a pint glass and headed out to the patio. The color resembled pure black coffee with a light brown head. Head was gone quick. The beer almost looked flat half way through. Smells of chocolate coupled with a certain smokiness or roastiness (not sure if that's a word). Those aromas fell right into the taste. It felt very bubbly almost over carbonated at certain parts. Not to sure what's up with that. A sweet, dry aftertaste. Not a beer I will seek out again in the future but maybe it was just do to the whole mouthfeel issue.

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Photo of crhensel
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Bottle into English pint) Pours like any other stout, black with a half finger tan head that fell way too fast. Nose was heavy of coffee and roast, with a hint of licorice in there. Taste followed suit with a sweet coffee start with a very tart finish. the biggest downside for me was the overly aggressive carbonation here. For a beer that looks completely flat, and that had absolutely no head after a couple of minutes, the bubbles in this one burned my tongue if I let it sit for any little amount of time. I wasn't able to really finish because near the end of the glass, all I could taste was the CO2, which is unfortunate because this had the makings of at least a decent stout.

EDIT : has another bottle of this after waiting a great while and it appears as though the first had some issues. All of the carbonation issues I had initially were not present in the second tasting

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Photo of bonkers
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a BOTMC. I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. Pours an obsidian color with a 2 finger white head, no lacing. It has a burnt coffee aroma, with a little sweetness. Mild coffee flavor throughout, leaves a mild charcoal flavor, not as bad as it sounds. It finishes dry. A bit thin, really don't think they added many oats. The carbonation is good and it is easy drinking. While I would not seek this one out, it is a decent brew.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a BotM shipment. Interesting graphic opn the label of a tug-of-war, presumably between Germans & Irishmen.

Poured into a shaker: near-black, brown body with a finger of loose, bubble-bath head, dark tan. No lacing. Not sure what's up with the head, I'd never really seen something that loose & fluffy before, with such big bubbles. Like I said, it really looks like suds.

Smells of roast coffee, a sweet nuttiness, & tobacco. As in like a freshly opened pack of cigarettes. Interesting & not unpleasant, in fact pretty enjoyable.

Nutty flavor up front, followed by a bittersweet chocolate character. Turns dry & roasty soon thereafter, & ends with a bitter roasted barley flavor.

Body on the thin side, with a little sharpness from carbonation. Ends crisp. A little disappointing, as I look for something fuller from a stout.

Not bad overall -- highlight is definitely the smell, like nothing I'd smelled before. Decent enough drinker, I might have a few in a row if given the chance.

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Friend Of An Irishman Stout from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 90 ratings