Black Pearl | Milestone Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Milestone Brewing Company
England, United Kingdom

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 06-12-2006

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by kmacphail:
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2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled a 500ml bottle from a variety case purchased from the brewery.

The stout pours (as expected) a very dark brown colour with a huge dark cream head. The head was not creamy like Guinness, rather quite bubbly, this made it very difficult to pour.

The nose was initially dominated by roasted by roasted barley and a meatish smell along with a scent that can only be described as baked beans (honest I am not joking).

The taste was dominated initially by roasted malts a bitter-sweet aftertaste, hoppy with spices and herbs, this left a dry and rather unusual feeling in the mouth. The beer was entirely too light bodied for a stout, this really was one of the most disappointing elements of the beer.

Overall a very unusual tasting Irish style stout, the bitter sweet combo in the aftertaste is rather odd and maybe an acquired taste, however the severe lack of body does not make me wish to spend time with this beer adjusting my palate.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hand-pulled pint in Boston (Lincolnshire) at a Wetherspoons on 29 Mar 2013.

Black looking brew with a tan coloured head of rich foam sat on top, the head staying around and giving some heavy lacing.

Burnt and roasted malts fill the nose and carry on into the taste: dry and semi-bitter chocolate flavours along with some ground coffee take centre stage with a burntness that dominates the whole beer.

OK: and certainly better than any of the bottled beers I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of wl0307
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ninth beer tasted by half-pint at the Catford Beerfest., 08/06/06. The website says this stout is brewed to an authentic recipe in the heart of Southern Ireland. Gravity-dispensed.

A: very dark brown to ebony hue; no beer head detected; very low carbonation--just what it should look like as a gravity-dispensed stout.
S: profound roasty aroma from aromatic, roasted malts and roasted barleys, while the bitterness on the aroma comes a bit like roasted walnuts and the unsweet edge of black sugar; overall, the nose goes deep and very soothing for a stout, albeit not quite complex.
T: a lovely bitter edge of roasted barleys manifests itself in no time, bringing a "tongue-shattering" bitter impact (a bit like the aftertone of Sichuan peppers), with lots of char-coals and coffee-ish tone to follow... leading towards a finish almost exactly like ground dried herbs. Nice, lingering bitterness in the end results in an interestingly clean palate, while my tongue just craves for another sip right away~~
M&D: very smooth on the mouthfeel throughout the drink, yet the texture turns extremely dry and even slightly tangy (like tannic zestiness), esp. b/w the teeth and on the deep end of the tongue. A well-crafted bitter stout, delicious and dry enough for quaffing!

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Black Pearl from Milestone Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 4 ratings