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Riley's Stout | Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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87
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51 Reviews
Riley's StoutRiley's Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by taez555 on 07-16-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
61
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last one to review from the Paper City mixed 12 pack.. so far this brewery has really let me down to be honest with the first 3 beers.

Pours a deep mahogany color with a tannish head and lots of lacing. Aroma is very roasty smelling.. nice touch to it. Taste it of roasted nuts, very malty but smooth. Nice mouthfeel and body to it and finishes dry. I haven't had much from this style but I find it smoother than Guinness. While it isn't spectacular, its by the best in their mixed 12 pack (other 3 are below average for sure) and was glad I saved this one for last. Give it a try if you're into Irish stouts.

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Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a lacing that drops rings on the glass most of the way down.

Very smooth with an underlying crispness that is hard to beat. Deep dark chocolate, mild coffee and charcoal aromas and flavours are dominant. Hop bitterness is there but under the roasted flavours.

I’d pick this over Guinness or other similar American brewed dry stouts. A pleasure running into this one in the Boston area.

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Photo of jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing a bottle back for me from New England!

Best by date faded, but year is '08 so it's within freshness date...

Pours black with dark brown hues along edges. A thin tan head becomes patchy, leaving some spotted lacing on the glass.

The smell is of dark roasted maltiness with chocolate and coffee - earthy/fruitiness hints in the back. Mild, but pleasant.

The taste is of dark roasted malt - chocolate and coffee. Dry finish.

Fairly creamy and smooth though there is a very slight (alcohol?) astringency.

Nice roasted maltiness - a good interpretation of a traditional Irish dry stout (with a touch more alcohol).
Thanks again, John - I liked this one!

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted malt scent as well as a coffee-like patent malt aroma. There is a bit of chocolate malt that adds just enough malt sweetness. The taste is good also. It has a very dry, roasted malt flavor. It's got an earthy black malt feel; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is probably the best beer I've ever had from these guys. It looks, smells, and tastes great; a fine stout.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Party Source in Syracuse. This is a good, rippingly dry Irish stout. It makes a touch in complexity, but the almost sour black roasted malts are big and bad (delicious). The appearance is pitch black with a tan head. I could drink more of these. Comes off very traditional - in the best way. A little heavier than the true Irish stout (Beamish, etc), but hardly less sessionable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin head that fades very quickly to a thin ring. Nicely balanced aromas of a medium roastiness, slightly sweet malt, and some creaminesss and some earthiness. Th flvor is similar, quite balanced between sweet cream and a dry roastinrss as well as a bitter earthiness and a hint of almond-like nuttiness. Very dry, and with a late, tight bitterness. Pretty enjoyable stuff from a brewery that is new to me.

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Photo of Brad007
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color into my glass with a one-finger head. Pretty standard for the style.

Sweet, roasted malt. A small hint of cream and coffee are also apparent.

Sweet, dry roasted malt with just a touch of cream on the palate. More coffee than cocoa/cream.

Dry mouthfeel with lots of roastiness still on the tongue.

A fine example of the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, opaque, high carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, earth, and baker's chocolate

Taste: roasted malt, earth, baker's chocolate, slight tobacco, and creaminess at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet with earthy bitterness

Overall: A pleasant above average Irish stout. If I were in the mood for an Irish stout I could see myself having a six of this. That said, I will not be in a rush to get it again any time soon.

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice deep black, or brown depending on your eyesight with a smallish in size head that is semi-creamy in texture and the color a light chocolate color and the lace left behind a thin curtain to drape the glass. Nice roasted grain and coffee nose, hints of caramel. Malt sweet at the front, top is thick-bodied, the finish has a meaningful hop spicy bite, the carbonation is leniently acidic, the aftertaste malt dry and long lasting, quite a good stout actually, one well worth the dry for stout lovers.

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Photo of cbutova
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into my pint glass with a three finger creamy light tan head, which ends up retaining at about one finger for a decent amount of time. Pretty thick lacing is left behind by this one. A good looking Irish Stout. Instantly as I smell this one I think of a Guinness. Lots of roasted malts, some chocolate, vanilla, a coffee like smell that could come from a grain of some sort. The smell dies down pretty quickly and I have a hard time picking it up again. Taste is also that of roasted malts, chocolate/mocha and some hops, earthy ones. Part way into the beer the roastyness I enjoyed seems to disappear and allow the hops and sweetness to come through a bit too much. I wish the initial taste stayed there. Mouthfeel is decent for an Irish Dry but still a bit watery to me personally. The carbonation feels appropriate for the body and taste. No warming whatsoever going on here. Drinkability is good, the taste is not bad, the price is good, there are no huge off flavors to take over the beer and ruin it totally, it was certainly worth trying as I enjoy stouts very much but I'm not sure if I will get this one again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Best if served by stamped with a date. Label boasts a cool looking coat of arms; two lions holding a red, bleeding hand.

Appearance: An absolutely opaque liquid of jet black. Pours a mean tan foam of various bubble sizes, patchy, creamy and sticky. Drops to a nice amount of head that can be roused with a gentle swirl. Make sure you have a big pint glass to pour hard to see the cascading effect.

Smell: Huge aromatics of sweet and roasted malts, sweet carob soya milk, charcol and a faint hop bite in the nose. Very rich smelling.

Taste: Upfront, the initial taste is that of a silky smooth mouthfeel that brings with it strong roasted notes with a moderate astringency to it. Body is full, robust and rich. The palate dries up, a lot, followed by a mild fruitiness and soft salty-rind bitterness, accompanied by its quick hop sting. Coffee, chocolate and faint smoke flavours come to mind as the beer warms. And the beer is warming in itself. The overall astrigency/bitterness balances extremely well with the sweetness of this brew and the beer finishes on a dry note with some faint diacetyl butteriness in the back and upper palate.

Notes: Yah! Talk about roasted! This is probably one of the best Dry Irish Stouts that we have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Impressive and highly recommended. Up there with Gritty's Black Fly and Shipyard's Bluefin.

Riley's Stout is named after the first settling family in Holyoke, MA.

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Photo of alexgash
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar black body with a huge (three fingers) of dense, light cocoa brown head. Nice lacing. Smells of baking chocolate, rich, sweetish malts, with plenty of bitter roastedness. Taste starts off with a dry, sharp, roasted bitterness. Almost has a metallic edge to it. Lightly sweet, dark chocolate malt finds its way in mid-palate. Bitterness remains and takes us into a rich, chocolatey, bittersweeet finish. Not bad. Medium bodied plus, with a dry, creamy feel. Not my favorite style, but a good representative of it.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck, capped, with Best Before date stamped on the label.

This stout poured an opaque black color with creamy, light brown foam that adhered to the sides of the glass. The smell contained some yeast, oatmeal, sweet malt, and hints of hops initially, but as the beer warmed a bit, notes of coffee and chocolate also came through. The taste had dark, roasted malt flavors, notes of chocolate and coffee, and some sweetness (oatmeal?), though this was not a "sweet" stout. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a touch of astringency in the finish. The body was medium. This was a nicely drinkable stout.

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Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with about a finger of tan head. The nose has some roast in it, but it is not super strong. This offering is a classic example of an Irish dry stout with hints of roasted malts present throughout and mild bitterness on the finish.

I love big, amped-up stouts with coffee and chocolate notes, but occasionally I just want a straight forward "black beer" (as John Wayne calls it in the Quiet Man). The folks at Paper City have managed to produce a perfect example of a simple, yet elegant stout.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black with reddish hues. Thin off-white head has little staying power. A few meager patches of lace slide loosely down the glass.

S: Sweet sugary chocolate, like a chocolate-frosted cake. Fudge, cocoa powder. Freshly brewed coffee. Earthy yeast smells and a bit of herbal hops. Great nose.

T: Chocolatey roasted malts are quickly overtaken by a bit of cola-like sweetness, which in turn is supplanted by a bit of acidity and burnt malts. Chocolate cake moves to the forefront sporadically. Light earthy hop tastes provide balance, and earthy yeast is the anchor. Finish is dry with a medley of roasted malt tastes: chocolate cake, a touch of smoke, and roasted coffee.

M: Medium bodied, full, creamy, and very smooth. High carbonation.

O: A great example of the style, and very drinkable.

Notes: One of the best tasting Irish Dry Stouts I've ever had. I'm glad I live only a few minutes from the brewery and have easy access to this gem.

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Photo of far333
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is great. Dark, dark brown color with a light brown thick lumpy head that sinks quickly, but leaves big sheets and fingers of oily lace around the top of the glass. Smell is malty and smokey, with some fig and cocoa. Flavor is round and smooth, a bit chalky, with a roasted malt and cocoa flavor. Very creamy, with a bitter coffee finish, some raisin, and hops burps. A tiny bit of a tannic and citrusy pucker and a bitter mocha flavor in the lingering aftertaste. Really good beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a

A: Black with reddish brown highlights and a massive, three-finger head of creamy tan foam. Nice carbonation levels leave a clingy lace and well-retaining head.

S: Dark roasted coffee and black malts with an herbal, mineral and bittersweet cocoa essence melded in.

T: Sweet, roasted, bitter and dry up front. A thin, slightly fruity, weak coffee and salty mineral flavor prevails with a hint of a nutty, cocoa-like taste. Hops are light, dry and herbal, but the taste stays slick and somewhat sweet nonetheless. The finish is roasty, with a hint of licorice and smoke left on the palate.

M: Sweet, slick and somewhat viscous, it wasn't the thin, yet creamy, herbal and dry mouthfeel I was kinda hoping for.

O: A fairly good American stout, but it doesn't match my perception of a dry Irish. The herbal fruitiness and slicker mouthfeel combined with the 5.5% ABV made me feel more like I was drinking a thinner U.S. version of a standard stout. It's not bad, and the bottle may be past-prime (can't make out markings) but I couldn't see what all the fuss was about.

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Photo of albern
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice dry stout that comes in the Paper City variety pack. It pours a very dark brown, impenetrable to light color, with a creamy off white head that doesn't retain all that well, no lacing. The nose is on the subtle side, there is cocoa powder, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grains.

The taste pretty well follows the aroma. There are deep roasted dark grains, chocolate, and mocha coffee. The beer is very creamy, very smooth, there isn't any bite or charred flavors, the beer is a touch sweet, but has nice drying qualities. The beer is medium bodied, maybe a touch watery. There is some drying notes in the finish, and there is a distinct coffee mocha flavor in the aftertaste. There maybe a slightly nutty quality to the beer, but the coffee flavors are the most striking. I'm not a big coffee guy, but this beer is good, so that is saying something right there. The chocolate notes are a touch powdery, bittering, not sweet at all, and really just deep dark cocoa. This is a nice creamy beer that has a lot going for it. L'Chaim.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black, with a vigorous tan head. Good lacing, leaving some clumpy head sticking to the glass.
Aroma is clean and roasty, with a bit of coffee. Sort of weak aroma, without much complexity. Slight hoppiness, with a vague english quality.
Flavor is powerful, which is a nice change. Heavy roastiness, with bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors. A touch of estery currant esters. Body feels a bit more than your average stout. My only complaint is that the carbonation was too much and I feel like it killed some of the beer's subtleties. Solid dry finish, with a perceptable hoppiness. Altogether, I was really impressed. Great stuff. One of Paper City's better brews.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tasting glass from the tap.

The appearance is a black with a deep brown color when held to the light.

The smell is of roasted malt. A bit of a smokey character.

The taste has a chocolate taste to it with a malty flavor, and little charcoal flavoring as well.

This is a crisp brew, quite creamy and is easy drinking. One of the better local brews as well as one of the best Irish stouts I've had. Worth a try.

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Photo of taez555
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a black body with a thick tan head.

Nose has a rich milky chocolate and roasted malt/coffee smell. Very rich smelling and extremely inviting.

Taste is very smooth and very rich at first. A silky smooth medium body. Almost like drinking a silky chocolate milk. It has a strong hump half way through of hop bitterness and roasted malt that fades nicely in the end. Dark malt, coffee, espresso, milk chocolate, soy milk, milk, and roasted barley. There's a fireplace brick, charred smoke sort of flavor that balances against a slight leafy earth taste.

Wow, what a damn nice stout. Silky smooth with a load of classic stout flavors. I really wasn't expecting anything this nice from Paper City.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one drinkable Irish Stout! Pitch black with a foamy/frothy lasting head. Trails of sliding and some sticky lace. Smoke, floral hop and malty aroma. The full rich body is reminiscent of an oatmeal stout, but this is a bit dryer. Sweet molasses and burnt caramel hints of crème brulee. Fairly high in citrus and tea-like bitterness and somewhat noticeable alcohol and ever so slightly astringent.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An afternoon beer to watch the ncaa lax tourney on a rainy sunday. Lil irish dry stout action from paper city

A- pours an opque look with a head that quickly resides. A strong stout look

S- a strong robust malty scent with major dark chocolate flavor arising from the brew. Maybe a little cocoa powder theme as well

T- a dry and bitter roasted malt taste with hints of chocolate. This is very tasty with the dry and bitter flavors crossing over well.

M- good hearty flavors with the necessary carbonation to make an impact

D- great drinkability with the tasty flavor you want with a stout. These can be drank very smoothly

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Photo of mattcrill
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ppoitras and BIF 11 for another fine brew

Appearance: Pours black as night with a brown head that's gone as quickly as a soda. Lost points on the appearance for me because the head disappeared so quickly.

Smell: pretty sweet...like dried fruit (maybe raisins). Some hop bitterness in the background.

Taste: Smoky, crisp, and dry. No hints of alcohol and it wasn't necessarily bitter just very dry. It was almost too dry and as a result, tasted a little on the thin side to me.

Mouthfeel: very light. Medium carbonation, dry, and smooth.

Drinkability: I have in my notes, "I could drink a lot of these". It wasn't a big stout but a very drinkable one. Not very complex but a very good representation of the style. Definitely worth it to sample once.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one right here in Syracuse at Party Source.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Best If Served By: 06 30 09.

Pours a dark cola brown with a two finger light tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. A decent amount of lacing holds strong to the sides of the glass. Smell consists of dark roasted malts, toasted grains, and coffee grinds. Light cocoa powder, a bit of caramel malt, and some earth in the nose as well. Taste begins with some ashy wood, chocolate malt, and roasted nuts. Midway a vanilla flavor emerges with a dirty hop flavor. Aftertaste is pretty dry with smoke and caramel on the tongue. Medium body with a slick and creamy feel, very fitting for the style. The fairly low abv and smooth feel make this an easy drinking brew for sure. I like this one over their Mother's Milk, very solid Irish Dry Stout.

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