Friend Of An Irishman Stout | Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Friend Of An Irishman StoutFriend Of An Irishman Stout

Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Spring

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Added by kels on 03-08-2009

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by mooseisloose:
Photo of mooseisloose
3.99/5  rDev +19.1%
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 steelerguy
2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Stouts really only have one big characteristic that you can see since the color is so dark...and that is the head. The head on this looked like they just put dish soap in the beer. Was briefly off-white until it just turned to big bubbles that just looked like soap bubbles. Also faded quickly

S - Some roasted malts and what almost smelled like raw meat...malt good, raw meat smell not so much.

T - Roasted malts, lots of chocolate malts, some coffee, and cardboard. Was definitely picking up hints of oxidation in there.

M - The dish water body helped explain the dish soap head.

D - I have another to drink and I am not looking forward to it, it is going to sit for awhile and hopefully served to someone else.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
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 JHarris1717
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of juicebox
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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 degerbah
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Missed out on the release but bought a sixer the week it was released in Cincy. Poured into a pub glass at my friends house. This is everything a stout should be. Seems a little bit thicker than a guinness but still very drinkable. The taste tends more towards coffee than some stouts. I'd say it's possibly the best of the moerlein product line.

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Photo of OtsegoHive
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Stigs
2.38/5  rDev -29%
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 +1.5%
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 tempest
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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 mindfuldave
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of zimm421
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark brown color that is almost exactly like coffee. Almost no head at all.

Smells deeply of coffee and roasted malts, with some caramel as well. The taste is very similar with the coffee and malts dominating again. There is also a hint of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a slightly above average amount of carbonation for a stout. Also seems a little on the thin side compared to more favorable brews. This is something that is not difficult to drink, but it is not impressive in any ways. Slightly disappointing compared to other stouts, but overall not bad.

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Photo of jhoban19
2.3/5  rDev -31.3%
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 West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluejacket74
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both low. The aroma is nice. It's very malty, it smells like caramel, roasted/charred malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but it's not as strong. There's also a bit of a nutty taste in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is light, but it's way too thin and watery for a stout. Not much carbonation. Drinkability is decent, even though it's thin it's still easy to drink. I'd try this again in the future, but I certainly wouldn't seek this beer out. There's plenty of other stouts I'd rather drink.

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Photo of Beejay
2.84/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark murky brown/black. No head.. rather thin.

S: Coffee, caramel, and burnt wood.

T: Not amazing.. some burnt flavor in there, but it almost lasts too long.. roasty and bitter..

M: Watery.. and lacking in carbonation...

D: Sub par. Adding this to the list of beers I won't but again from C/M... It's watery, the flavor is not good, and the mouthfeel is lacking. The smell was good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.62/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decided to use this one as more of a nightcap, and that was a big mistake to be honest. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/18/2010.
The pour was thin looking right off the bat. Had a brownish color coming out which I knew was not going to be a good sign overall. Good see right through giving it a translucent, almost hazelnut glow with only the slightest bit of off white head peaking out over the top. This quickly faded and left behind nothing more then a thin, broken crown that was practically bare. Aroma was light, hints of roasted malts and chocolate were barely noticeable to be honest and the only redeeming factor seemed to be a quick hit of coffee as it warmed up. Light feel, watery, thin, not stout like at all and this really had me bugging now. As I take the first sip the thin, watery feel did not help the flavor at all, light roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and the faintest hint of a coffee bitterness, but really just messy. Did not hang around long to get the rest of the flavor as it was just not doing anything for me, finished it with a gulp and it was done.
Overall this really could have been a lot better, it was really just messy and did not work on really any level.

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Photo of Brent
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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 kirkpjr
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
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 biggred1
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ebony with rosewood highlights and a wispy tan head that fades quickly to a film. Nice roasted malt and a touch of caramel in the nose. Nice roasty flavors up front with vanilla and a coffee like bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is the low point of this beer and is downright watery. An easy drinking lightweight stout.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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 leprechaunandfatman
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Ladybugger
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar-temperature bottle into a standard pint glass. Thin tan head quickly dissipates into a lacy skim over this black opaque brew. The smell is of roasted coffee or espresso, with a hint of vanilla and perhaps oak. The vanilla flavor really comes forth in the flavor, and the coffee moves into the finish with a hint of sweetness. The coffee flavor lingers pleasantly in the mouth. There is very little bitterness to this beer, just enough to add some pleasant complexity. Carbonation is light and just right, but the mouthfeel is less creamy than I frequently encounter in a stout. Overall, this is a tasty stout - not the best stout I've ever had, but one which I wouldn't mind having many of.

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