Hillsborough River Dry Stout (Patio Tools) - White Oak | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer did not exist prior to March 18th, 2011. All reviews prior should be listed under the regular Hillsborough River Dry Stout.

Added by cjgator3 on 03-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 21
Reviews by adkirkish:
Photo of adkirkish
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a milk chocolate brown, persistent creamy light tan head.

A: Toasted brown malts, light subdued bitter hop aroma, no diacetyl and no esthers.

F: Coffee grounds and tons of roasted malt flavor, bitter hops are light but make an appearance in the body. Finishes w/ a burnt toast smell and roasted malt.

M: Light bodied, w/ a slight creamyness, finishes dry.

O: If you like roasted malt flavor, this beer has tons of it. This beer is well crafted and brewed to style. I couldn't pull any defects. A well made beer.

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Photo of tugg407
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rmolledo
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Brown almost Black but Opaque. Small Head surrounding the parameter of the glass

S: Fruity Esters & Roasted Malts. No Hop Aroma

T: Apparent Roasted Malts. Small chocolate undertones. Slight Astringentcy but nothing that distracts from the full picture. Residual English Hop Flavor tasted on lips but more subtle in actual beer. Nice of malts to hops Balance.

MF: Moderate to High carbonation. Higher than most stouts on draught. This was served with C02 rather than Nitrogen. Nice Dry Finish.

D: I would Choose this over Guinnesse. This is a great session beer. Non offensive to BMC drinkers. This one was very popular at the bar that night. Although not as adventurous as most Cigar City Brews, this one is a great craft beer for the curious BMC consumer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts and hints of dark chocolate and hops. The taste like the aroma is very roasty similar to a strong dak coffee that hasn't been sweetened at all. A nice amount of bitterness in the dry finish as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, another solid beer from Cigar City. Recommended!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

impenetrable black abyss was formed. Huge tan head, maybe three inches high capped the top of it and only gradually settled down, leaving behind a thin veil across the top and loads of sticky brown lace. Very day, essentially black with no light shining through at all.

The aroma was loaded with roasted malts, though not as heavy as one would expect given the big look of it. Light hope notes were also noticed in here, with a small plum or raisin like note, almost like some dark Belgian yeast was used. As it warmed some light cocoa started to show as well. The flavor was more of the same. Started out with a nice bit of roasted malts, which then careened off into a slightly hoppy finish. Lots of cocoa and light licorice hints swirling around in the background, giving it some nice depth. Very nice feel, rich, full bodied, with good carbonation that led to never a dull moment, and something that would be best categorized as not very dry at all. Easy sipper, but at the same time with such a rich taste, and low ABV it was an easy drinking nightcap for sure.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I don't remember who shared this at Sean's 30th Birthday Extravaganza!, but thanks.

A - Blackish-brown beer, with a light head that didn't stick around for very long.

S - Roasted malts, some coffee, dry roast, a little toffee and caramel. Also, there is a lot of oak in this. I like Irish Dry Stouts usually, but the oak in this is kind of detracting.

T - A little ashy, with coffee, big (too much) oak, roasted malts, and toffee. I would have liked it more with less oak.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation, dry finish.

O - A decent attempt at changing this one up, but I would have preferred they not oak it, as it was too much.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours brown-black, opaque, with a little bit of light khaki froth.

S - The base of Patio Tools (CCB Dry Stout) is fairly apparent still, but this brew is lighter on the roast peat notes. The white oak really doesn't add any positives that I can see, aroma-wise, on the contrary, it seems to have muddied somewhat the sharpness of the individual elements of the base's nose. At any rate, the nose is quite mild.

T - The taste is pretty nice, but not nearly as good as the East India Dry Stout I am having side-by-side. Notes of roast peat and general woodiness meld with the apple- and fennel-like notes of the white oak; the result is not as good as it sounds, or should be. Still, this is a pretty good tasting beer, and better than the average.

M - Good weight, medium-light, but the carboantion could've been more supple.

O - This is a decent variant, but in terms of CCBs many treatments, this is on the lesser side of the success spectrum.

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Photo of Jefe73
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the Dunedin Brewery Stogies & Stouts night this past Saturday.

A - This one pours a deep black color with some ruby coloring at the edges and topped by a small, foamy, khaki colored head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is nice and roasty with bitter chocolate, roasted barley, and dark roasted coffee. There is also some earthy hops on the back end as well.

T - The flavor follows and shows more of the bitter, dark cocoa malts, roasted barley, and darkly roasted coffee. There is some milk chocolate sweetness to balance all the dry, roasty flavors. Some earthy hops add some nice bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium bodied with ample carbonation that leads to a roasty and dry finish.

D - This is a really nice session stout with good flavor.

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Photo of urwithdave
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Sean9689
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the tasting room.

A - Pours black, tan-colored head, thick ring around the side of the glass.

S - Roast, coffee, dark chocolate, nice malt notes.

T - Coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted oak, sweet malts, bitter chocolate finish.

M - Medium, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy dry finish.

D - A solid irish stout that I would go back to again.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-deep dark brown, almost black with no head whatsoever

S-Coffee beans and smokiness

T-alot like it smells. get some hop biterness in the finish

M-medium body and smooth. nice coffee aftertaste

O-Decent beer, but nothing really to write home about

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: A mix of chocolate and vanilla competing together

taste: nice dry and chocolately flavor.

mouthfeel: medium full bodied stout

drinkability: Love the craft beer improvement on a Irish classic.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the tasting room.

A: Pretty much black with a small tannish head. Like most dry stouts, this one leaves nice rings of sticky lace.

A: I get the distinct coconut and woody aroma white oak is known for. And the underlying base stout is prevelant. But as the beer warms I get a very distinct scotch scent, almost like a glenfiddich or something.

T: Again, starts off nice, with notes of vanilla, coconut, and base roasted malts. Then as it warms the scotch flavors start to make themselves known. I was a touch put off by it, hoping the beer would stay with the up front flavors. Finishes dry and surprisingly hot from a 5% brew.

M: Medium body, good carbonation, nothing bad here.

O: I am on the fence with this one. I like the coconut and vanilla flavors and aromas up front, but towards the finish it falls apart for me. Glad I got to try it, but wouldn't seek it out. Skal.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I understand there were some dumpings of the Patio Tools stout in to the White Oak stout reviews, but this is absolutely for the White Oak stout which I Had this on tap at the Cigar City/Bruery Takeover! at Redlight Redlight in Orlando

A-black with a thin dark tan head, no lacing

S-creamy rich chocolate and i can smell a little bit hops in there as well. medium strength

T-comes in with a great and bold taste of dark ground coffee. it ends with a creaminess that even seem carry some hops with it. the ground coffee seems to formulate a long lasting after-taste. as far as low ABV stouts go, this is about as full bodied and tasty as the get. there definitely is a cigar tint to it as well.

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a dry finish

D-i seem to like this more as i drink it. its a really flavorful beer that CCB needs to bottle. this fullfills all stout needs at a low ABV. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Someone shared this at Sean's birthday party - I can't remember whom. Served in a plastic cup.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin ring and leaves behind spotty lace. Black body that reveals some brown color at the fringes.

S - Chocolate, vanilla, oak, and espresso. Not as dry as I'd expect from an Irish stout - I think the white oak added some sweetness, as I remember the base beer being more roasty. There's some nuttiness, earth, and char in the periphery.

T - Taste is pretty charry and ashy, with some earth and peat in the finish. Much less sweet than the aroma - perhaps too much so.

M - Pretty dry, medium-light body, some carbonation tingle, and a dry roast finish.

D - The oak imparts some added sweetness and wood character to the aroma, but it seems to dry out the flavor and feel. Still, it's an above average take on the style and was fairly enjoyable as a diversion from all the heavier beers we consumed.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich datk brown with a good sized dark tan head. Slow to dissipate, it leave good lace behind.
Smell is roasted malt, dark chocolate, hops.
Taste is malty with balance provided by hops and bittersweet chocolate.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence. A dry finish. Very much like the Maduro, its really very close in flavor and seemingly a little lighter in body. Slight warming in the throat. Overall, pretty good but not quite up to the standards I've come to expect.

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Photo of godfathermg57
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

Pours dark dark brown with a tan head that lingers around for awhile, but I had a thin glass to drink out of. The smell is caramel and roasted malts, which is pretty expected. Taste was ok, malts, cocoa, caramel, etc but the flavor wasn't smooth enough and it felt a bit watery. As for mouthfeel, similar issues it was too light for my palate, especially since I like my stouts (even session stouts) a bit thicker in the mouth. Drinkability was still pretty good, and this would be a reasonable pint drinker at a bar.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the CCB, 5oz tasting glass... Pours a dark black, really looks good. A medium tan head rises, nice ring, lacing could be better... The aroma has tons of roast and dark chocolate not bad, but a surprising and unpleasant amount of alcohol... The taste is why to dry and bitter, not a enjoyable taste or mouthfeel. It does show off some really nice chocolate notes, but I'd rather not be drinking a liquid version of newly crushed coffee beans, same texture too.

This isn't bad, not something I would come back to though.

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Hillsborough River Dry Stout (Patio Tools) - White Oak from Cigar City Brewing
3.84 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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