Irish Blessing | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Irish BlessingIrish Blessing
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3.81/5
Very Good
54 Ratings
Irish BlessingIrish Blessing
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
boulderbeer.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Irish Blessing is a dark Stout brewed with an abundance of black and chocolate malts for a bittersweet chocolate finish. We collaborated with our friends and local roasters at OZO Coffee in Boulder to determine the perfect roast to complement our stout, choosing their OZO Blend to use in the brew adding earthy, roasted coffee flavors to the beer. We then age Irish Blessing on Jameson Irish Whiskey soaked in oak, imparting the finishing touches of whiskey and wood. Slainte!

Added by jaydoc on 02-23-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,175
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
54
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Beaver13
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, enjoy by 5/16/18. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet vanilla roast and coffee with some whiskey and dark fruit.

The flavor is sweet creamy vanilla and lactose with some acidic roast coffee and a slight burnt finish with a little whiskey. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting stout. A little too sweet and acidic for me.

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Photo of sparx1100
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBeast
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 5/24/2018. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, whiskey, and dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, smoke, char, dark fruit, pepper, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malts, whiskey/oak, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, whiskey, and dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, smoke, char, dark fruit, pepper, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char/herbal bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, whiskey, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malts, whiskey/oak, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness and whiskey/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 6.2%. Overall this is a delicious oak aged dry stout style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malts, whiskey/oak, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Not a ton of whiskey presence, but solid. Good overall oak presence. Rich malts and balancing earthy hops. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example. Bit of an imperial version of the style.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is equal parts coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee, light chocolate, roasted malts, hints of whiskey. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of antman27
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slanté indeed. This packs the flavor of a much bigger stout.
a) Brown-black body with a tan, creamy 1 finger head that doesnt lace or last as much as I'd like.
s) Aromas of wood, charcoal, coffee, steamed milk, coffee grounds, earth, and roasted malt.
t) Follows smell but Bigger. Pepper, oak, whiskey, wood, vanilla, and all the above. If you like wood shop, you'll like this.
f) Too thin, porter like, dry, roasted, toasted finish.
o) Mineral, chalky, woody.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging and a light tan, half finger width head that fizzes away rather quickly, leaving a mostly barren surface with a thin, broken ring of suds encircling the edge of the glass. A small handful of tiny spots make up the lace.

Smell - Coffee, chocolate and caramel with just a hint of whiskey character laying beneath.

Taste - Chocolatey upfront before a fair amount of coffee roast kicks in. The roast doesn't hang around long as underlying caramel and vanilla brings back some sweetness. Touches of oak emerge by mid-taste. Nicely balanced finish with a faint hint of whiskey in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with bitey carbonation. A hint of creaminess with a crisp, dry finish. Hmm. Not quite right for a stout.

Overall - Good flavor, but there's some weaknesses here. Despite the flaws, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – One and a half finger head on a clear dark brown body.

Aroma – Iced coffee and roasted barley. No booziness or woodiness.

Taste – Strong roasted coffee and roasted malt, oak tannins and a little vanilla in the aftertaste, no whiskey noticeable.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy, like drinking a good coffee.

Overall – Nothing hugely spectacular or unexpected but for what it is, it’s pretty good.

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Photo of tourdot
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lagunitas large mouth glass (basically a ball canning glass).

Look: The beer is the color of dark cola with typical ruby hues showing through the light on the edges of the beer. A thick khaki head sits on top and seemingly never recedes. Lacing is thick and foamy — sheets of it.

Aroma: At first I got a strange sweet marshmallow note that I couldn’t figure out, but as the beer settles and warms, a very pure dark roasted coffee aroma comes out strong with a very complimentary whiskey oak barrel note that isn’t too strong — just right.

Taste: Exactly like the aroma with a really roasted dark coffee base, hints of bitter dark chocolate, and coated with a sweet whiskey flavor brought on by the Irish whiskey soaked oak chips it was brewed with. The beer leaves a bitter, coffee grind aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: I am very impressed, I’m not usually a big fan of Boulder Beer, but I simply couldn’t find many faults with this, it is as advertised. You will find that other reviewers either love or hate this offering.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hof_1991
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap st my local on St Patrick’s day so we had to try. Smooth enough for my wife. Sessionable and good with our fish fry. Would chose again if it’s still on tap.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregBlatz
2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

To me it tastes like ginger. I looked it up and no mention of them adding it.
This flavor really seemed out of style. Maybe it comes from the Irish whiskey barrels but not sure.
It is the most dominant flavor and unfortunately really turned me off to this stout.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, drink by date of 5/16/18. Pours brownish black with a medium sized light khaki head. Smells like a Black Ale with over-roasted malt, musty coffee, earthy hops, oats, and whiskey. The taste follows exactly with a roasted malt, coffee, hops, oats, and whiskey. Lower smell and flavor intensity. Light bitterness and dryness. Somewhat astringent. Thin body and higher carbonation for the style. Overall, this reminded me a lot of Guinness but with CO2 and some coffee/whiskey flavors. It's different and definitely drinkable, but I'm glad I only have a single can.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of meatyard
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sellen
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Irish Blessing from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 54 ratings