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

very good
61 Ratings
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:
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Added by taez555 on 07-16-2001

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of Nordicsk8er
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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 iohann
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bearsxco
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Poured brown/black in color with a half finger tan head that lingers in glass. Nice amount of carbonation. Oak, slight coffee, almost a hop smell to it. Can' t really put words to the smell. Smooth up front with a little carbonation. Very nice. Not very complex, simple and just good.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 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 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 nickdago
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the brewery's Friday night open tastings.

When poured into a pint glass the midnight black liquid immediately begins to cascade and form a delectable frothy head of about and inch 1/2.

Chocolate and coffee is present in the aroma, but not over powering. (not a huge coffee stout fan) (blasphemous I know)

The greatest thing about this beer is the smooth creamy texture that is present while drinking. Coffee and chocolate hints are detectable.

As far as stouts go, this one is a very easy drinker and enjoyable as well.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Instantly formed a massive 3-4 finger dark cream head that you could watch dissipate. Lots of lacing. Very dark body with tiny hints of amber at the edges.

Nose has sweet and roated malts, bakers chocolate and toasted coffee beans. There is something earthy in the background...

Semi-sweet chocolate and a light-roast coffee dominate the palate. The maltiness hits in the middle and has a slightly bitter finish. The backbone is sugary, cola-like.

Mouth feel is light and very creamy.

Drinkable, but not very complex. This can serve as an excellent gateway between Guinness and other stouts.

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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 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 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 natasharai
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a large tan creamy and fizzy head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. The beer is black but lets a little bit of light through around the edges.

Smell: Strong roasted and toasty malt, chocolate and coffee notes, sweet smokey smell.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, dark toasted malt, very light smokey flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body, a lot of carbonation, dry, and leaves mouth with a light dry and slight sweet film.

Overall: Good drinkability, a little too much carbonation. Really good roasted flavors with sweet chocolate to balance it out.

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Photo of schroederm
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a pint glass:

One finger of sudsy head which is off white in color. Ruby/brown body with good lacing and retention. Nose has soy and roasty aromas. Kindof salty. Overall somewhat muted. Taste isn't very malty, with hints of coffee and a touch sour. -Finishes very dry and roasty. Good body and very good carbonation level. Very drinkable, in line with the style. Helped by a subtle bitter and lightness.

Overall: Good brew, but its just not very exciting. I would buy it again.

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Photo of gfreed
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite dark; not much of a head; what was there was airy and bubbly. Lightly roasted aroma with some vanilla and apricots, and even a little bubble gum. More roastiness in the taste, but it was swept aside by the hops which came on a bit stronger than I expected. Rather thin in the body, but that's what made this pleasant to drink on a nearly-spring day in New England: not too thick but still heavy enough for a chilly afternoon winter. Pleasant enough when you're seeking a lighter stout.

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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 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 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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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 fitzy84
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great appearance. Dark black look with some nice, thin lacing. The smell is pretty sharp and rich. Good amounts of malt, chocolate, coffee all of which is nicely roasted. The taste has some of those sharp flavors, but there is a good, dry sense of hops included as well. Crisp mouthfeel allows for a full bodied drink that definitely fills you up for St. Patrick's Day. Overall, one of Massachusetts' finest.

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Photo of currysage1
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Stoney's Pub South Hadley,Ma.

Upon first smell I got typical Stout coffee, and chocolate. Also I got a slight barn (hay and horses) sort of smell, definately a good one though.

The first sip proved to be huge in the coffee section, with a little chocolate mixed in. Some nice acidity in this brew as well.

Overall a sessionable brew with good attributes.

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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 mountdew1
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass. A nice very dark brown, but not quick black, opaque color. Head was about 1 finger, reddish brown, that disappeared quickly after pouring and before drinking. Aroma was slightly sweet, not sickeningly so, but had touches of coffee, and maybe caramel? Tasted the same. Not at all bitter, very easy to drink. Tasted slightly better warm than cooled. A nice solid stout.

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Riley's Stout from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
3.89 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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