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

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Riley's StoutRiley's Stout

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 61
Photo of jslot38
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hard pour produces a nice cascading effect. Forms a heavy light toffee coloured head. The body is the shade of night. Lacing all over the place.

Smell: Rich unsweetened chocolate. A touch of that green smell wafts a bit in the nose, but is overpowered by the aroma of coffee, molases, and roasted grains.

Taste: All the lovely touches of the smell carry right over to the taste. Plenty of nice subtelties that meld together to form a nice taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, a touch of smokiness, nuts, and toffee round it out.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly, near perfection.

Drinkability: Will one day make a journey up to Holyoke for a growler or two of this stuff.

Notes: Top notch irish dry stout. Exceeds Guinness extra stout by far. A perfectly blended stout that prides itself on many characters, and drinkability. Well done.

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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 OldSock
2.69/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – 12 oz bottle from Luke's. The best before date is unreadable. Dark brown opaque beer with a thin tan head. Poor head retention but decent spotty lacing.

Smell – A bit of oxidation at first wiff, cardboard ick. The smell eventually turns to chocolate and biscuits. Similar to Mother's Milk, but with much less sweetness.

Taste – A touch of charcoal to start, fading into smooth chocolate. Well balanced beer, hops are slightly earthy with just enough bitterness to balance the malts. The stale flavor carries over from the smell, its not foul just not what you expect from a local brewery.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with nice low carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Hopefully I just got a bad bottle, maybe I can find a fresher sample.

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Photo of akahn
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown cola color. Disappointingly, very little head. I'll try a more vigorous pour next time.

Smells sweet, malty dark, vinous.

Tastes wet and it is to the point about roasted malt. Unfortunately, that's about all that's going on. Burnt flavors go along with some slight carbonation. Definitely some of the vinous & plum flavors in this brewery's Winter Palace Wee Heavy, but this beer isn't nearly as complex or fun as that beer.

Pretty thin, pretty simple, somewhat disappointing. But this would definitely be a quaff-able brew, which I think is the goal for "traditional irish stout".

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

Poured a very dark burnt-chocolate color with tinges dark mahogany. Minimal tan head leaves whisps of lace surrounding my Hennepin chalace.
Aroma of dark chocolate, malt and cappucino. Very malty. Me likes this already.
Nice burnt coffee and roasted malt taste with a sweet backbone. Malty with not much hoppy bitterness. Reminds me of a chilled espresso.
Creamy body and medium carbonation makes this one quite drinkable. Finishes dry and crisp. Very nice dry stout from Paper City. This could definately be a session beer for me.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a smallish head that quickly evaporates. No lace on my glass as it was going down. Smells of coffee, chocolate, malt, and a something sweet filled my nose. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and smoke. Left a dry taste in my mouth--Overall drinkability is good, sucked this guy down and could have a few more.

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

Appearance: Very dark but penetrable by light without too much trouble. Head is thick, mocha-colored and enduring. Leaves very nice, consistent lacing. Impressive.

Smell: Roasted/burnt malts very up front, alcohol is noticeable. Potent.

Taste: Those malts are still right there up front, along with the alcohol. Carbonation is mild at first but becomes more evident and sticks with you. Mid-sip it becomes more bitter, which endures until the end, mingling with the roasted coffee malts. Creamy near the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good, perhaps too much carbonation. Still, fairly smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Good! Overall pretty tasty and easygoing.

Still, I've had better Irish stouts. But this one was good for the money ($5.99 at Town & County in W. Springfield).

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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 cooter
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor head retention, uneven. Very dark brown, pretty much completely opaque, even up to a light, which seems unusual. Its pre-imbibation character is unimpressive, given the head and pungent odor of orange peel, bitter bitter BITTER bitters, and sourness. It's like an almost-rotting, overripe ...something. If that's phenols, which I can't determine, then something's wrong with 'em.

There's a very distinctive taste of overly sharp almost-citrus. It feels thin, somehow both over- and under-carbonated, without body. What IS likable in the taste? The bitters at the very front are pleasantly sharp for a moment, before something sinister happens to it. It's unique, I'll grant, but not for me. Tastes more like a poor porter than any irish stout I know.

Looking at others' reviews, I could recognize vanilla, lime seltzer, scent of chocolate, a lot of the trademark dryness, and I think I can see ginger--plus the fairly excellent drinkability.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/black with tinges of amber.

The smell was malty sweet with a little flowery scent.

The taste was solid stout. Chocolate, coffee and burnt roast flavors are all present and accounted for, little noticeable hops. Nice malty sweetness.

There was a little bit of a spoiled fruit off-flavor to this. More prevalent in the smell than the taste. It may have been due to the two-days of travel in a brown bag in the back of the minivan. It was noticeable but didn't ruin the flavor.

Mouthfeel was smooth with solid carbonation and a slightly tart aftertaste.

Nice drinkability. A good example of the style, but not too strong.

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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 BeefyMee
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Such a promising beer. It looks fantastic with it's thick brown head atop a body of pure black. The deep chocolate aroma is even better, and there's a slight whiff of alcohol. Something goes awry between this point and the taste. It maintains a certain level of chocolate character with a little vanilla flavor as well, but a tartness follows in the aftertaste that is unpleasing. There is also a watery consistency, which is probably the first thing that I would change about this beer.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark black with a rather active espresso colored head. Head settles down to form a nice fluffy covering with excellent lacing.

Smells a little gingery and quite malty. Very pleasent.

The taste is a little underwhelming. Very thin with a weak malt presence. Slightly sweet and then dry. Flavors are non-descript.

Mouthfeel is very soda like. Lots of fizz and very little bang.

Sorry to be the party wrecker but this is not my bag.

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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 gueuzeonhigh
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Named after the first settling family of Holyoke.
I think this stout is a “wanna be’-- in that it doesn’t quite make it as a notable stout. It has a start that queued my expectations given the beer’s dark chocolate color and luscious creamy head,
but didn’t deliver as I expected. It’s flavor was light and fleeting, finish was fast, mouthfeel was pleasant, but flavor diminished with a watery note, which left me wondering where the rest of the stout was.

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

I'm not a real fan of stouts, but with more like this offering, I could be won over. This is a local beer for me and believe it or not, I got a six for under 5 bucks...what a great deal. Beautiful almost black color with a creamy head with various size bubbles. Nice hop aroma. Taste a nice subtle coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel was smooth, with a slight hoppy aftertaste that was excellent. Very easy to drink...it's verrrry smooth. Highly recommend.

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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 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 bewareOFpenguin
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent stout. Poured a nice dark color, with great choco bubbles. Had a great roasted coffee taste. Creamy, which is a quality I look for in a stout. Smooth tasting, I took large gulps, drinking this beer like water. Six pack next time, a single bottle is just a tease.

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Photo of Samdaddy
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer tasted more along the lines of a porter than a real hearty stout. This beer had practically no head, which sort of bothered me, but the taste was awesome. One of the smoothest beers I have ever drank. Even people who don't normally like stouts will enjoy this beer. Goes great with dinner, and what a great name for a beer, Hell yea Holyoke

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coal black beer with a full rich head of light brown foam that sticks around in the glass and leaves rings stuck on the glass, very nice looking beer.
Big rich smells of roasted malts, a bit of a burnt coffee aroma and just a bit of earthy hops. Poured at room temperature I can smell this beers fragrance almost a foot away.
Full flavored and full bodied with lots of dark roasted barley flavor and notes of coffee and chocolate. Drying bitterness that seems to come from the dark grains as much as it does from a nice dose of hops.
Creamy smooth mouthfeel that quickly becomes dry and almost puckery, begs for another sip.
A very nice dry stout, one of the best I've had, and like so many U.S. micro brewed Irish dry stouts, this stuff puts Guinness to shame. I'd love to taste this from a nitro tap.

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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 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 MTMugs
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"M" had been raving about this since she had it on-tap a few weeks back. Got a bottle at lunch the other day and shared it - good chocolate tastes. But the same taste just didn't carry over to the bottle. Stick with the draught if you can get it - far superior.

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