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Black Hart | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerManDan on 02-21-2003

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. Thick streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa bean, and slight coffee notes. Taste is of roasted dark malt, burnt coffee, and some bitter cocoa bean flavors. Mild roas/coffee/cocoa bitterness on the palate after each sip. Low carbonation on this one with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Irish style stout that I picked up on the cheap at Trader Joe's, but I am not so sure I would get it again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from IntriqKen, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him for the opportunity to try this beer. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thick tan head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty with notes of creamy chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some hops.

T: The taste is rich and dry. It starts off with smooth flavors of chocolate & coffee and is then followed by some hops bitterness and a little bit of dark fruit. The after-taste goes back to the maltiness.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation (fizzy for the style), finish is slick, dry and a bit sticky.

D: Tasty and goes down easy enough. It’s not very filling considering the style. I could drink a lot of this beer, but there are others that I would prefer within the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of roasted barley, licorice, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted barley with flavors of licorice and a hint of unsweetened chocolate. There's a big, gaping hole where you'd expect a little sweetness to be found. It's really just a continuation of the aforementioned flavors till to reach the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: North Coast sure does churn out alot of dry stouts. I have trouble seeing myself reach past an Old Stock Ale or an Old Rasputin to try this again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Burnt umber with a black cherry lucency when backlit. That's okay, very few Irish dry stouts are opaque anyway. The golden brown sugar colored cap is the beer's best feature. It has a great deal of character, both after the pour and as it deflates, and is a good lace generator as well.

The nose is classic for the style in that it's well-roasted black malty. It smells like the beer will be burnt, dry and coffee-like on the palate. There's something else present that smells dark honey-like. Maybe I'll be able to nail it down once beer hits buds.

Black Hart is okay beer, maybe even good beer, but it's far from standout beer. Although I like what I taste initially, the flavor profile never finds that extra gear that it needs to truly impress. A bigger body (read: more malt) would seem to be the obvious fix.

Sweet and bitter vie for supremacy... with bitter winning handily, especially on the finish. As the nose intimated, lightly charred coffee grounds are the obvious focal point of the relatively straightforward flavor profile. Unsweetened baker's chocolate and a hint of American hops are present as well. There's no trace of the earthy, dark honey-like vibe that I get from the nose.

I know that beer of this style (Irish dry stout, it says so right there on the label) shouldn't be viscous or chewy. Still, it shouldn't be this thin either. Drinkability benefits, while enjoyability suffers.

Black Hart is decent beer that could be better than decent with a few tweaks. At an ABV of 5.4%, it's well-suited for sessioning. Maybe North Coast Brewing didn't want to cannibalize Old Rasputin's sales. Mission accomplished.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brown, basically black with no light shining through on this one at all. Rich looking head of tan on the top hung around for most of the session. The aroma was a bit light. Lots of roasted malts, with just a hint of cocoa underneath it. Really dry taste, but a little bland for me. Light cocoa and roasted malts, but it lacked alot of depth to put it over the top into another cateogory. Still though it was a decent little stout with a nice feel, and a 3.5 percent very drinkable.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/15/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with no expiration dates listed. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Medium black colored pour with a nice tight 1/2 inch head and moderate lacing.

Smell- Nice scent of combined coffee grounds and chocolate.

Taste- A front taste of coffee and a back taste of chocolate the slyly works it's way in towards the finish. A bit on the bitter side overall though.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation for a stout and a decent dry finish.

Drinkability- Overall not a bad stout. Good in the taste department, but a bit too much fizz for me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a firm creamy off-tan head, great retention, some good lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt, coffee, mocha.

T: Good dark malt initially, but gets acrid and chalky a bit midway through. Bunch of burnt toast and charcoal. Some interesting dark chocolate on the finish helps, but the mid-palate isn't anywhere near my favourite.

M: Fairly light-bodied, creamy, kind of smooth, medium-long aftertaste.

D: For the price a great value stout. Compared to what's out there I wasn't hugely impressed, but if you want a stout on a budget this is servicable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this sixer from where else... Trader Joes..home of cheap, skunky beer.
Poured a dark brown with lots of deep tan foam and some lace. The smell of roasted malts was the really strong aroma in the nose. The taste was of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. The after taste was pleasant, not over bitter.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my brother John for picking this one up for me.

Aroma presents a deep malt with roastiness and some deeper darker fruitiness. Also a slight dry yeast flat quality that I can't quite describe.
Smallish head. Black with browns on the edges.
Rather dry. Roasted quality dominates flavor. Some acidic notes. Rather bitter too. Very long finish.
Feel is too carbonated and lacking smoothness. Feel is more biting and harsh. Mild astringency.
Overall not quite robust enough and no where near smooth enough.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Rather strange looking “simple” 12 fluid ounce [355ml] brown glass bottle with just one label. The single rectangular label covers 270° of the bottles body and has a yellow rimmed oval on the front of it. Inside this the words Black Hart are above a white Stags head which in turn is above a castellated tower. Below it is described as an ‘Irish Style Dry Stout’. The small print finally reveals that this is from the North Coast Brewing Company of Fort Bragg, CA. No strength or Best Before dated is listed.

Appearance: Dark black body with some mahogany and a ruby red hue when flash lit from behind. Yellowy head is decent at first but soon relaxes to a broken thin covering leaving some light thin lacing. Minimal carbonation means that it is hard to reinstate the head with a gentle swirl.

Nose: Roasted malts, coffee and cocoa, dry and powdery on the nasal passage, but a treat nonetheless.

Taste: As with the nose, it is not a complex offering, it is a simplistic Dry Irish Stout that has all of the classic traits; dry roasted coffee, roasted malts, astringent cocoa powder head and a nice tasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty average all round, mainly due to the low carbonation I feel. The dry roasted feel gives a decent lick though making this a 3.5 as opposed to just a 3.0.

Drinkability: Not that bad, it was easy to sink this one but it is very dry and would make for a hard session brew, nevertheless it goes extremely well with some aged Canadian Cheddar.

Overall: One of those “weird singles” that I picked up at Trader Joes for next to nothing, I think it was about 86cents all told. A nice tasty effort from Lost Coast Brewing Co., but a tad too dry for the long haul.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a tan head that lasts pretty long and clings to the edges of the glass.

S: I'm getting freshly ground medium roast coffee and Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. Perhaps a hint of roasted malt in the background.

T: A little sweet for a dry stout, but this is tasty. A bit of coffee bitterness upfront, followed by some smooth and sweet chocolate flavors. End finishes with a roasted and slightly charred note. A solid beer and probably the best stout in the Trader Joes lineup.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

161st review on BA
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Father in law had this at the house for Christmas eve, so I took one home since I hadn't had it before.

App- Roasted coffee brown with a two finger head that a nice espresso brown. I tried to get a little agressive on the pour and it worked. Had some nice lacing as well.

Smell- Roasted coffe, little bit of cream and some chocolate. Nothing overpowering. Pretty standard smell.

Taste- A light coffee taste with a chewy sweetness to it. Not too bad for what it is. Has a caramel sort of taste on the backend.

Mouth- Pretty light stout. Had a nice medium carbonation. Not as thick as I would have liked.

Drink- It was free. It was not bad and I think North Coast does some good brews.

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Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark chocolate brown with a thick dark tan head that fades to a thin cap leaving some nice lace.

S-A bit of chocolate and faint roasty malt. Nothing crazy pleasant.

T-Dry roast and toasted malt flavours. Hints of chocolate sneak into the finish.

M-Medium-light body with a good drying astringency. Fairly lively carbonation.

D-Solid. Just a tad on the thin side but I will forgive this due to the pleasant dry roasted flavours that come through...even more so as it warms.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours fairly black, good initial head leaves fast. Ring persists. Sudsy lacing.

S - Mostly burnt coffee and malt.

T - Sweet and bitter, mostly on a coffee theme.

M - Medium body, good carbonation and coating. A little lighter at finish than I expected.

D - Nice for the type.

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Photo of flexabull
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are of light cocoa, chocolate, and some nuttiness.

Taste is of dark roasted malts, some bakers chocolate, and a little creamy sweetness. Finish has a mineral hop flavor that is pretty faint, but it does help balance the maltiness rather well.

Good mouthfeel, on the light side, but it is about right for the style, and not too heavy.

Nice drinkable stout here. Not going to wow you, or knock you out with huge flavors or alcohol. This is just a quality beer that tastes pretty good, and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Black with a 1/4 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Dry roasted malts and a little bit of coffee and chocolate (very subtle)

Taste: Pretty much identical to the nose. Upfront is a pretty decent coffee flavor and nothing else is really present

Mouthfeel: Dry medium body with medium carbonation

Overall: This is a good cheap stout that is very drinkable especially in the winter time. I will make sure and pick up another 6 pack come winter time

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Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eclipse Black color, small head. Aroma is coffee and a little coca. A dry stout. Full bodied and flavorful. Roasted malts. Coffee and cocoa flavor. There is a very slight metallic flavor to this beer, not unpleasant. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. A nice dry stout.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah yes, another random single from Trader Joe's. A 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this stout pours a deep blackish brown with a few ruby highlights and a thick tan head. Retention is only moderate but never settles below a tan surface film.

Lots of roasted malt and chocolate on the nose, though not a lot of variety and not very volatile. Definite hop presence later on which intermingles in an odd way with the chocolate. I'm actually picking up some sour notes. Not what I expected yet I keep trying to stir them up??(noted only upon firm agitation)

Taste follows with roasted malt and chocolate, but is a bit thin and a bit too carbonated on the feel, at least initially. Thus robbing the tongue of much finish on the beer. Decent drinkability yet the body just isn't really there, improving a bit with warming and less carbonation.

Note: Says Irish Dry Stout clearly on the label. Best served a bit warm, maybe 60 F.

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Photo of JDV
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with lasting tan head. Smell is nice and sweet molassesy, and roastiness. Taste is very nice. balanced roasty, sweet, bitter, and a hint of coffee with a very drying finish. Very flavorful, drinkable stout. Quite good, unique (to me) and worth getting for sure.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid buh-rown buh-lack pour allowing some glints of light to creep in through the bottom topped with an instantly faded fluffy ecru head that floats around leaving a decent lace in the glass.

Punch of roasted malts with a of vanilla bean meets a hint of charcoal. Delicious Irish dry stout nose with loads of sweetness.

First swigs: The malts transform from roasted to burnt on the palate. Cocoa dusty with a dry fig. Slightly creamy vanilla ice cream malts and a touch of dark molasses. Quite a dry aftertaste along the lines of tobacco leaf.

Powdery dryness and medium to full bodied.

Last swigs: Roasted malt dry Irish standard. Tongue coating stout. Thanks to IntriqKen for the bottle.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Personally, I really enjoyed this dry style stout.
Deep, dark amber pour with little carbonation and a slight cream colored head.
Aroma was not overpowering at all...lightly coffee...lightly chocolate...rich roasted malt.
Mouthfeel was rich and creamy.
Taste was same as the smell....lightly coffee...lightly chocolate....rich roasted malt....not noticable in the hops area with no aftertaste. A pleasant (and a first) experience in a beer for me. I believe that is the "dry" part.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice chocolate brown with a bit too much carbonation. The 4 finger, dark tan head fades quickly leaving some fluff and lace.

The smell is faint yet roasty.

The taste is nice, very roasty and toasty, I like this. Slightly sweet, with a nice finish.

The mouthfeel is ok but could be a bit off by the over carbonation seen in the pour. The body is good for the style.

The drinkability is great, really this is a great tasteing and easy to drink brew I would love to have more.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a dark reddish brown with very little foam and some lace. The smell of roasted malts was the really strong aroma in the nose. The taste was of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. The after taste was pleasant, not over bitter. The bottle says, "Black Hart" then on the bottom, "Irish Style Dry Stout".

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