The Mo'Connor | Uncle Billy's Brew & Que

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Uncle Billy's Brew & Que
Texas, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by LXIXME on 12-07-2013

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smoked Irish stout. 4.70% ABV. 35 IBUs. On-draught into a pint glass @ Uncle Billy's. Reviewed from notes taken in 2014.

HEAD: 2 finger wide head. Nicely creamy and aptly thick. Soft looking. Nice complexion. Retention is good - ~6 minutes. Even lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Very dark amber in colour. Dark and nontransparent. I see no yeast/lees within. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's atyical of an Irish stout in terms of appearance, and is more in line with a rauchbier - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I've seen far creamier heads on Irish stouts, but I'm optimistic. Certainly a pretty good appearance overall.


AROMA: It has a pleasant understated smokey character, though no specific wood is evoked. It's also not harsh, meaty, or ashy like many rauchbiere. Smokiness seems well executed and integrated into the beer based on the aroma.

As for the Irish stout elements, I'm less impressed. There's a sore absence of roasted barley, which is disappointing given it's the heart of the style. I'm not finding any cream aromatics either. I pick up on amber malts, but I don't find any dark or chocolate malts.

To style, there is no yeast character, overt alcohol, or overt hop aromatics.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of mild strength. I'm looking forward to trying it. the subtle smoke is a highlight.

TASTE: Has an amber and possible Munich malt core with a dominant if understated smokey tone. The smoke is neutral; while no specific wood is evoked, no harshness or ashiness intrudes either.

I do get some creamy flavour and a kiss of roast, but any classic Irish stout characteristics are largely absent.

I find no overt yeast or hop flavours. There is no overt booze, nor are there any off-flavours/faults.

Outside of style conventions, this is pretty well-executed for what it is, though it does suffer from simplicity. That said, the subtle smoke is nice and it's well balanced.

Depth, duration, and intensity of flavour are all average.

A cohesive pleasant build, but it never quite feels like a gestalt harmonious whole of a beer.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet for the most part - which is a refreshing departure from the rauchbier paradigm. It does get a bit more coarse and dry in the late second act. Lacks the creaminess of a good Irish stout. Well-carbonated. Approachable, and even a bit refreshing. Slightly chewy.

Not oily, gushed, hot, parching, or astringent.

Overall, the texture fits neither a rauchbier nor an Irish stout, but it does nevertheless fit this beer's flavour profile.

OVERALL: Pretty drinkable. Between a rauchbier and a typical Irish stout, tending towards the rauchbier end even if the smoke isn't as prominent and evocative as would be ideal. I do like it, but I'm not pining for another and would be indifferent if friends asked if they should order it. An above average attempt at style hybridity from Uncle Billy's.


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The Mo'Connor from Uncle Billy's Brew & Que
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