Irish Dry Stout
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House

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Irish Dry Stout
3.76 | pDev: 14.63%
John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Todd:
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4.76/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all-time favourite brews, and it beats the foam out of Beamish, Guinness or Murphy's. Malt sweetness, roasted and hops are all in harmony with each other, and covered in a nitro blanket of love. So smooth, so easy to drink, so "where'd my beer go?" it's that good.

I agree with the bro ... order by the pitcher.

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Photo of Jason
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Stout black with a true Irish Stout style head ... leaves rings after each sip.

Smell: Soft and creamy aroma of mild roasted malts.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy with a medium body. Light sweetness is quickly cut by a mild acidic roasted barley twang that has some light charcoal and dark roasted coffee flavours. Hop bitterness is very well balanced.

Notes: Purely God Water, on of the best stouts in the Boston area. Very true to style and a classic among the regulars. Drink and learn what a real stout should be like.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

John Harvard's Cambridge. If I hadn't been told I would have thought it was a Guiness. Thick creamy, long lasting head, nearly black color. Strong, dry, distinct flavor. The ABV is 3%.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was as black as night, with a little bit of that reddish/brown hue you can find when held to the light.

Very nice pour, beautiful thick head, a ton of lace left throughout the glass. Smell wasn't distinct, just had an air of freshness.

Very creamy mouthfeel, light bodied, slightly astringent. Slight roasted note in the finish. Would recommend for others. Not a big bold beer, but satisfying mouthfeel, and a nicely balanced mild beer.

Another nice beer from the folks at JHs. pat

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer on tap today at the Harvard Square location. Poured out jet black in color with a half inch creamy white head that left a nice lace. The smell was chocolate but mostly malty notes coming through. The taste was not what I expected at all. Solid malt backbone with hops and also something smoky coming through. True to the name, it was dry but well balanced. The body did seem a bit thin but actually made it more drinkable. I really liked it and would order again.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Harvard Sq. brewpub. 3.9% abv, 40 IBU.

This stout poured a very nice black color with light brown foam that left a creamy coating on the glass. The smell was modest, but some dark roasted malt aroma could be detected (though modest aromas are pretty characteristic of dry Irish stouts). The taste was rich and malty: a bit of caramel, coffee and chocolate flavors were in the mix. The mouthfeel was dry, smooth, and crisp, with moderate carbonation feel, and with medium body. The drinkability was very good. A very nice stout.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John Harvard's Pittsburgh locale,

Appearas dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light, a tan full head excellent retention nice thick lacing forms down my pint. Aromatics lay on teh chocolate moccha slightly harsh tones sweeter than most dry Irish stouts but definitely kicks the shit out of Guiness, Murphy's, or Beamish in my opinion. Taste is a creamy flavor with an awesome dry finish coating the palate the milk chocolate is amazing with mild coffee tones this beer expresses why it's one of the best dry Irish stouts I've tasted to date. Mouthfeel: Medium to light body very creamy and extraordinarily drinkable so good. Try some mixtures with this one hell do an IPA and Dry Irish, or any of the beers on tap at John Harvard's you'll be surprised how well they mix.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask conditioned and one of the better brews available at the Jh's in Springfield, PA. This one was a nearly opaque black colour with red edges and a tiny head of dark tan foam. The aromas are all roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of leafy green hops. The taste follows. Surely, this is one dimensional, but it still kicks Guinness' ass. Mouthfeel is watery, even for a cask brew, but the drinkability remains quite good. Solid, but nothing more than that.

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Photo of BierReise
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was sent to my table on the house by the manager which was a nice surprise. Since I was already in the midst of a pint of Nutbrown ale I had to let this sit and wait for awhile. And sat it did, deep mahogany with a creamy thick head. The head on this beer didn't even budge the entire time it sat through the time I finished it. Aroma was a mild one of roasted malt and a bit of espresso. Body was on the thin side, much to my dissapointment and flavor was a bit weak as well. Some chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Quite a dry stout and reminding me of Guinness. A lighter stout that you could drink a few of and not get too full of.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful black with a creamy off-white head that leaves rings after each sip. Gorgeous. Smell is of roasted oats with a malty coffee aroma in there as well. Silky smooth taste deftly balanced hops, roasted malts and rich roasted coffee. Goes down easier than any dry stout I've ever had. Superior to Guinness and all the other ubiquitous Irish stouts in every way.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent cream-white head with traditionally expected sticky lace. The brew is jet black.

Strong black patent malt smells with just a touch of hop. The taste is similar: chicory coffee-like malt bitterness--a "dark" flavor with a slight hop bite. It's thin bodied, especially as a stout.

This is a very drinkable beer and quite different from the Irish lot. Drier and less creamy, this is a special beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a murky black hue with a one and a half finger creamy tan head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell was essentially non existent.

The taste consisted of a slight black malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent at best example of the style.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - has a dark strong coffee appearance, with a dark tan head that was 2 full fingers when it arrived

S - has a roasted aroma of quality malts, with a slight coffee hint

T - taste like a weak coffee (the beer isnt weak, just resmebles weak coffee), the beer is very fresh and quenching, rich hoppy and slight chocolate hint

M - smooth and refreshing, not strong bodied, but damn good

D - highly drinkable and easy to put down and order another before you know it

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Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nitro tap at the brewhouse in Framingham.

Pours a great looking creamy darker 2 Finger head bulging over the top, very dark black hints of super dark light sneaking through at the edges.

Nose nice dark malts, little roasty with dark choc, powdered cocoa, dried lactose creamy aroma, very dry aroma, little caramel.

Taste stars creamy with a slight metallic flavor, little burnt roast, slight acrid coffee, char. Dry lactose, hint of powdered cocoa, little creamy oatmeal like, faint caramel. The nitrous flavor seems to come in and down out the choc creamy flavours but not the acrid roast which is why that seems to overpower a bit. Creamy sticky finish but dry, bit more dried lactose, powdered cocoa, and light metallic flavor finish.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, small bubble creamy carb.

Overall not bad, would be better without nitro, the acrid roast flavours come through a bit too much.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/28/08. On tap at JH. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and slight coffee notes. Flavor of nice roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a touch of smoke. Quite dry and a little chalky. Pretty tasty though!
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SkunkWorks
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the John Harvard's in Smithhaven Plaza. Served in a pint glass.

Look: black body with brown edges, two finger mocha colored head with decent retention. Actually left layers of lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can't really smell anything here.

Taste: follows the nose. Not a whole lot going on in this one. Hints of roasted malt, a bit of sourness, but that's all. Tastes almost like a watered down Guinness. Try as I might, I am not getting any of my favorite stout flavors.

Feel: medium tending towards thin bodied, moderate carbonation, some sourness.

Drink: fairly drinkable. Wait, this is a 3.9% alcohol by volume beer? Considering how light this is, its hard to justify giving it a good drinkability score considering that its less drinkable than many 6% alcohol by volume beers.

Overall, not impressed. Not a very good stout by any measure. Lacks flavor, lacks body and seems like a weaker version of Guinness. At 3.9% ABV, I have to wonder if they added any malt at all to this. Avoid.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Shy5
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.56/5  rDev -31.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Irish Dry Stout from John Harvard's Brewery & Ale House
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 24 ratings