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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerManDan on 02-21-2003

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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 Jredner
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighty roasty aroma with some mild brown ale nuttiness and very faint coffee suggestions. The body is dark brown to flat black and holds a creamy tan head that is about a thumb thick and lasting, but slightly bubbly on the sides. The first sip is slightly thin then a lot of roasted malt profile comes through with some cream notes and faint coffee. Tastes pretty good and has a nice burnt/roast bitterness in the finish. A mite thin, but tasty and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout had to be poured aggressively, slow head forth-coming. Finger thick head when done. Mocha in color. Fell to thick lace quickly. Body is dark brown in color.

The smell is not very impressive, getting large alcohol esters. Acetone almost in a sense. Light espresso, and coffee beans. Along a caramel malt base.

Taste is better than the smell. Nice caramely chewy malt upfront. Citrusy hop bitter soon follows. Coffee bitterness presents itself as well. Crisp and clean Stout from North Coast Brewing. California is truly a magical place, Texas isn't too bad either though. =) Light to medium body, and you can definitely drink a few of these.

A solid American Stout. Thank you for your unending generosity Ken. I appreciate it.

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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 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 IceAce
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle with no freshness dating visible

Pours inky black with a few mahogany flashes around the base of the glass. Rocky medium tan collar of foam is raised with an aggressive pour into a beer-clean Grand Cru flute. Lacing is approximately 15%.

The nose is dominated by roasted expresso beans with underlying hints of chocolate and toffee brittle.

Entry is supported by very little carbonation (just right for the style) and boasts a medium mouthfeel with some 'chewyness' detected. The midtaste is where this beer shines; deeply roasted malt gives way to coffee, hints of chocolate, and a tongue coating dose of malty sweetness.

The finish features a clean and quick hop bite followed up with coffee and roasted malt ping-ponging back and forth down the throat.

All in all a nice dessert brew which would pair nicely with vanilla bean ice cream.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark brown with a surprisingly fluffy tan-light brown head. Not nearly as gorgeous as some incredible stouts, but not unpleasant either.

Aroma is roasty malts. Not sweet, but not overly strong and bitter either. Nothing else really jumps out.

Flavor is dryness and moderately strong hoppiness for the style. Doesn't seem well balanced. Having said that, the malt profile is not bad. I can drink this, but am not excited by it.

Decent mouthfeel and drinkability- nothing to write home about, pleasant enough.

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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 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 DFN
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this on sale at Trader Joe's, where they're pushing "Irish" food and drink this month 'cause of St. Paddy's day. This is an intersting beer, definitely not run of the mill. About the color of Coca-Cola, it pours out thick, with a tall, creamy tan head. Smells a bit sour; tastes "earthy" and somewhat on the bitter side. Not a session beer, however. More the kind you'd drink one at a time. Should go well with rich and heavy foods. Overall, I'd give this about 3.5 points on a five-point scale, and maybe I'll buy it again next March ... but I wouldn't drink it on a day-in, day-out basis.

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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 winomark
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark brown, close to black. Good frothy, slightly sticky brown head.

Lots of dark roasted malts. Some rich coffee present. Slight alcohol sweetness noticable.

Quite dry, but with strong coffee and roasted malts. Dry, slightly bitter finish.

Light, but extremely flavorful. Tannic dryness throughout. Somewhat fleeting finish.

A nice beer. I prefer a sweeter stout, but I enjoyed this dry style. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At $.83 for a single at Trader Joe's, I figured, "why the hell not?" On the bottle it mentions "dry" - no kidding. Black Hart pours black with a ruby toned edge. Has a nice thick and creamy mocha colored head with good retention. Left spotty lace.
Smell was an acrid mix of stale coffee and cocoa.
Taste was a, well, dry blend of old, sour coffee, bittersweet baking chocolate, and grainy malt. Had a hint of smokiness in the finish.
Feel was full and dry, almost too dry.
This brew was a real strange one for me. "Dry" almost doesn't begin to describe the mouth-imploding desert-like character to this beer. I had to stop halfway through to get some water as my tongue was turning into sandpaper. Not one I'd hurry back to, even at the bargain price of 83 cents

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Photo of Mustard
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; purchased as a stray single from Trader Joe's for $0.83; tracheotomized deer head atop a winged castle turret on the label.

Appearance: Pours a ruby-tinged, dark brown; big, mocha-hued head; c-cup's worth of lace; good head retention.

Aroma: Faintly of chocolate with a slight hint of stale coffee.

Taste: Lightly sweet chocolate flavor upfront; watery, grainy middle; mild hop bitterness; acrid, sour finish; medium bodied; oily, milky mouthfeel.

Notes: Thin, watery and sour; even at $0.83 a bottle I feel shortchanged.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

A good offering but it does not compare to North Coasts other stouts. This stout gets carried away with the dry.

An awesome black with magenta hues when held up to the light. A big fat foamy off-white bubbly head with great retention and superb lacing. The lacing is like cave drawings from some ancient civilization. The scent is unfortunately weak. Very dry and not stout like at all. It smells like flour. There is some cream and mild espresso. Not much else.

The dryness of this stout can get to you. It has a nice cream flavor. Very mild coffee and brownie flavors. Some burnt bread and a crisp dry finish. A minor hop bite. No sweetness to the finish of this stout.

The mouthfeel has a slight oily quality. It is not bad but not what I want. There is a nice full bodied feel to this stout. Its drinkability is fine but this one is so dry that a person might need some water to go with it.

All in all a very fine but different stout.

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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 jcalabre
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I originally sampled this beer on 4 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This wins the "bang for the buck" award in my book. At 84 cents per bottle at Trader Joe's, you can't go wrong. Very dark brown w/ a 2 finger tan head. Lots of cocoa flavor w/ some hop zingers. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black black.
little collar, no head.
Dry roasted coffee nose.
mouthfeel, dry and puckering.
drinkability, average.
Pair this drink with a dark desert.
give it some sweetness to
counteract the dryness.
tastes better as it warms up
I am liking it more and more.

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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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Black Hart from North Coast Brewing Co.
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