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Nutfield Black 47 Stout | Old Nutfield Brewing Company, Ltd.

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Nutfield Black 47 StoutNutfield Black 47 Stout

Brewed by:
Old Nutfield Brewing Company, Ltd.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours nice and thick and black. The head is way huge and quickly diminishes.
Smells like ringwood.
Huh. It doesn't taste so much like it. I dunno - a bit of the old chocolate. A wicked bitter middle. Maybe a bit thin and over carbonated - definitely at the finish.

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Photo of nohead02
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A beer-of-the-month selection. Black with very thin, bown head. Not much aroma but flavor is distinctive, dominated by highly roasted malt. Slightly bitter with not much complexity, but the flavor certainly lingers. Slightly fizzy mouth feel. OK stuff, but coupled wikth my tasting of the Old Man ale I don't think I am going to book a flight to the East Coast to visit the brewery.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist-off bottle. “Best Enjoyed Before” on the side of the label.

Appearance: Black as night with a semi-patchy tan lace that holds to a thin lace all the way down.

Smell: Quick twang of roasted malts with a light fluffy sweetness that comes off as an iced coffee.

Taste: Slick medium body, smooth from the minimal crispness. Soft on the roasted astringencies which show the roasted flavours are lost and a bit thin showing trouble of holding things together. Hops jump in to save the day with a more than ample bitterness and flavour throughout. Roasted grain struggles to show any form but still adds to the character in a way, some sweetness from the malt leaks into the finish where the husk flavours come forth from a touch of astringency.

Notes: Not a bad stab at the Irish Dry Stout, this beer has changed from what it used to be now that is it being brewed elsewhere. Not bad if you are looking for a change up in stouts but nothing I’d go back to frequently when you have Blue Fin from Shipyard and Black Fly to reckon with.

These are our notes of when we tried the beer back in 04-08-1998:

12 oz brown longneck bottle with the same tree scene on the label. No freshness date. Stout black with a light brown head that keeps well. Sweet malt aromas with hints of alcohol. Mildly sweet up-front, turning nice and bitter at the end from the roasted malts and hops. This stout turns out to be a smooth and drinkable beer when served at cellar temperature. Also seems to get better as you get to the end of the glass. Maybe its because you know you are going to miss it when it is all gone?

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Photo of beerluvr
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tan head over very dark brownish-red liquid. Chocolately and roasty malt nose. Some nice fruit and light chocolate flavors make up for a somewhat thinnish mouthfeel. Some nice flowery hoppiness in there too. Finishes dry, quite a drinkable session stout.

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Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering. Nice dark chocolate color witha decent head...some malty elements in the aroma. Taste had a somewhat fizzy quality, although it was quite mild. Not overly rounded. Mouthfeel surprisingly had a tad of a slick quality, despite the fizzy quality. Easy enought to drink, and probably not a bad session beer. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Franchise
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark black leaving a sudsy tan head that disappears slowly. The aroma of this brew is some what sweet with a "fluff"(marshmallow) like aroma. There is also a nice spicy sense of vanilla, cinnamon, allspice. The taste starts sour with a little bitter hop kick. There is a suttle coffee burnt feel on the palate and finishes watery in texture and body. Overall decent beer with some positive chocolate malt aromas.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head on this stout. A dry, bitter smell eminates from the glass, but as it sits, it appeats to mellow out a bit. This beer, as most stouts do, tasted far better after sitting out for 15 to 20 minutes. Dark chocolate and roasted maly flavors were quite nice. Bitterness never went away, and that's OK. I have smoother stouts, but this one is packs some flavor.

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Photo of Murph
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice light brown head that fades too quickly. Smell is all roasted/burnt malts with just the barest perception of slightly sweet malt. Smooth and creamy coffe tastes dominate but are mixed with some slight chocolate tastes and some decent roasted malt as well. The body of this brew is a little thin but it remains pretty drinkable. Not an overly complicated stout but still good. Thanks to the Bierman for the sample.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, fluffy head with tasty roasted aroma. Moderate body and nice mellow coffee character. If I was tasting this blind, I would have thought it a robust porter.

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Photo of Gusler
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well as far as this “seasoned” veteran of some 40 plus years of sampling beers, the archetypal Irish dry stout. Ebony in color, the head chocolate brown and meaningful in size, a creamy texture with the remnants being a fine sheet of clinging lace. The aroma of black patent malt, coffee, caramel, malt and a pleasing mixture for the nose. Front is burnt malt, the top middling, the finish minimal as far as the carbonation goes with a nice pleasing hop crispness, bitter chocolate dry after taste and a fine representative to the style.

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Photo of fostwal
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Black 47 stout is a really nice stout to drink. The appearance is very dark. Really, black. Light does not pass through it. Yet surprisingly, it doesn't have a really strong aroma. The taste is very balanced. It is not overpowered by the malt. Definitely roasted malt with very little to no hop bitterness. Just, not very strong and the finish is short. This is probably aided by the slight carbonation. A nice touch. I really like this brew and would definitely order one again.

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Photo of weeare138
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to beermaninpa for the trade...
Appears a black color with a lush two finger tan head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the goblet.
Smell is of creamy cocoa, vanilla, and coffee beans.
Taste is of bitter coffee, and I mean burnt, roasty bitter coffee that has been in the pot for way too long.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, with hints of roasted, burnt coffee sludge like the waitress felt too lazy to make a new pot, or even instant for that matter.
Drinkability...no thanks. Not a fan of this. I wanted to like it and I liked the way it looked and the smell was half decent but it died after that.

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Photo of Phatz
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SwillBilly for this beer. Your gifts were very generous. As a long time fan of Irish Dry Stouts I was really looking forward to this beer and a time to sit and enjoy it. I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a big chocolaty brown head. The lacing is impressive as well.

Smell: This beer has an exceptional aroma of toffee leather tobacco cocoa, burnt caramel and coffee.

Taste: The flavors seem to be dominated by a dry astringency. After adjusting to the dry burntness, the flavors of cocoa, toffee, burnt malts, and a bit caramel, milky cream, and roasted grain, come into play and please the palate. This is everything I expect in an Irish Dry Stout. The aftertaste has a nice tobacco earthy hops flavor that lasts and last for quite a while.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium full with a slick center and crisp around the edges.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty Irish Dry Stout and at 4% it is quite sessionable if you like them dry.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of marc77
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Virtually jet black hue... when held to a bright light hints of clear crimson are discernible. The initially thick dark tan head settles steadily into a thin layer that leaves isolated ovoid bubble islands. Dark coffeeish roasted barley and lightly tart fruity esters in aroma. Mild diacetyl surfaces as the beer warms. Subdued floral Goldings hop nose is present as well. Sharp roasted barley bitterness hit the palate at first then yield to a light residual sweetness and mellow chocolate notes. Moderate hop bitterness emerges late, offsetting malt sweetness and accentuates the dryish overall character. Lightly bodied, like any non nitro dry stout. Finishes clean, expectedly dry, w/ trace mineral notes. Black 47 is quite a quaffable and tasty dry stout. Soft on the palate and enjoyable all around.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious cocoa and roasted malt smell. Pours to an opaque black with a tan head that quickly dissipates. Taste is unsweetened chocolate and very roasted malt that finishes sweet and slightly bitter almost like a scotch ale. For a stout the taste is amazingly light and dry, not heavy and thick like usual. Carbonation might seem high but appears to compliment the different flavor of this stout. This is a very flavorful and smooth beer. Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black color with thick dark head and decent lacing.

Smells a sweet and roasty, a little like burnt toast.

Taste is roasty, which I like, with a little coffee and chocolate in the background. Very little hops to speak of, but the malts are obviously the focus here.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a crisp dryness.

A very tasty beer - the roasty malt is delicious and I would definitely add to my rotation if I could get this locally.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.63/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pure black with a nice full creamy brown head. Roasty malt aroma with subtle dark chocolate underneath. Strong roasty malt flavors; robust for an Irish Dry Stout ... Thank God for American versions !! Medium bodied and lightly creamy (considering the low ABV) with a very dry roasty bitter finish.

Per ONBC website: OG 1.043 & 4.0 ABV.

Per BOM club notes:
40 IBU & 4.8% ABV
Malts: Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black, Wheat.
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Tettnang, East Kent Goldings.

Best Before: July 06 (notched on label)
Tasted: 09/23/05

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Photo of xXTequila
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black with a thick coffee colored head that didn't last to long. Good body, roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
A good desert stout.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thich brown head but diminishes quickly. A lot of roastiness in the flavor. A dry stout but definitely sweeter, less body than a Guinness. The finish is a quiet mix of malt and hops.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First rating from the Beer o' the Month club. W00T.

Pours dark, dark brown, very opaque. Has a short creamy brown head that has moderate retention. Moderate lacing, as well. Nose consists of some nice toasty malts, chocolates, caramel, hops, and alcohol. Taste follows, rather strong toasted malt flavor, very mildly sweet cocoa, more bitter than anything else. Good moderately heavy stout, not too thick, but not too thin either. Pretty decent brew.

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Photo of acarroll413
2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A- uh..i poured it into my glass and as soon as the beer hit the bottom, it foamed up and almost spilt over the side. there was barely any beer in there, and the head was already 3-4 inches long! the damn head didnt disapate at all! i got bored after a few minutes, so i had to drink it from there. it was a carmel brown color, which looked fine but it was the size of the entire glass. i like big heads but this was too big, ridiculously big. the beer itself was BLACK, and that was awesome, but i deducted points from this beer for the size of the head.

S- it smelt like a hardware store. i know that's strange but that's really what i thought of smelling this beer.

T- eeh. not roasted, not malty, just like drinking rum or something like that. not carbonated at all, ew.

M- superthin! at the least, i would have expected a beer this dense to be thick, but not at all. as i noted before there was no carbonation here either. like drinking motor oil.

D- no thanks!

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Photo of changeup45
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thick black color topped with a fairly thick tan head. Some staying power for spotty lacing. The aroma is a pretty strong coffee scent which I enjoyed. The flavor is pretty good with a lot of coffee with some chocolate and slight bitter hops mixed in.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, virtually black color with moderate tannish head.
Smell demonstrates a nice roasty malt character with the presence of coffee and bitter chocolate also noted.
Taste combines the roasted malt with the coffee and chocolate nicely. A firm dry bitterness presents itself at the finish.
A very drinkable stout. The alcohol content would make it nice to session.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, small tan foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied stout. Deeply roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Nice balance. Tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and rather dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of mschofield
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pure black, topped with a two finger frothy khaki head, leaves webs of lacing.
Coffee, earthy aroma, "dirt", dark roasted malt.
Rich malty taste, "darkly floral", acrid, coffee grinds, some dark fruit and apple.
Medium-full bodied, an ok stout but nothing to write home about.

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Nutfield Black 47 Stout from Old Nutfield Brewing Company, Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 43 ratings