4 Pines Dry Stout | 4 Pines Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
4 Pines Brewing Company
Australia
4pinesbeer.com.au

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by dgilks on 10-30-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
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2
Gots:
7
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rjimlad
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very deep black chocolate colour with deep tan head. Aroma is chocolate/cocoa. Flavour is the same but intense dark chocolate with a roast beef late palate. Bitterness is perfect and mouthfeel is lip-smacking without cloying. I would like it better with slightly finer, creamier carbonation but as it is it is a very good beer. Will certainly have again. And again.

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1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, I'm sure I've had this on-tap before (indeed Untappd tells me as much), but I'm not sure I've ever had it from the bottle. So here we go. This particular bottle is a 330ml number, emblazoned with the "Certified Space Beer" pap, purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Pours very pleasantly, a deep dark black-brown, with a smooth, slightly frothy head of pale chocolate. Carbonation is very fine, forming in sheets when the glass is tilted. Som speckled lacing, but not a great deal. Body is firm, but relatively lightweight. Looks pretty good all up.

Nose is very pleasant. Light dusty chocolate, with a slight roast kicker. Some smooth milky flavours as well. There's a hint of something perhaps a little savoury as well: some toasted, buttered dark bread perhaps. It all integrates nicely, making a very pleasant, very consistent whole.

Taste is also very nicely integrated and well balanced. Smooth entry, with some of those mild milk and chocolate characters, before a noticeable but tempered roast character gives some bite to the mid palate. Some lingering cacao overtones towards the back give a bittersweet finish. Feel is smooth throughout, really lingering on the back to give a stronger sensation of depth and breadth to the palate. It's really excellent in a beer only slightly over 5% ABV.

Really smooth and drinkable. Have I actually had this before? I don't remember it being so good. This is really nice, smooth, clean and balanced, with enough flavour to keep it exciting. I would love to drink this more regularly.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of MenInVen
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jason, 12oz into a tulip.

Black body with a tan head, leaving some whisps of retention. Nose has smoke, roast, sweet chocolate and a bunch of coffee. Taste is roasty again, gentle smoke, bitter chocolate. Medium body and some light roasty tartness. A nice flavourful dry stout, one of the best Austrailian beers I;ve come across.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

3.5 A: First pour yielded 90% head. After several additional pours, I got a full glass. Black color. Big foamy, light brown head. Retention is too good and lots of lacing is left.

3.5 S: I don't think this is a coffee stout, but it sure as hell smells like it is. Tons of coffee, dry roasitness afterward, and a bit of cocoa powder.

3.0 T: Coffee dominates the taste as well. Dry roastiness to follow. That's about all there is. It's not bad, but could use a bit of sweetness to balance.

3.5 M: Lighter body. A bit too much carbonation, but not that bad. Not too creamy, but not bad.

3.5 D: Decent beer, but I'd prefer a bit of sweetness.

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3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We have lift-off! 4 Pines, cheeky bastards they are, have created the worlds first space beer (aka an ale produced to be quaffed whilst sitting in a $100k seat on a Virgin Galactic space-plane in the outer stratosphere; duh!). "Worlds first space beer" withstanding it has some big boots to fill being a Stout ale amongst such (pardon the pun) stout competition the likes of which Cooper's, Guinness, Harviestoun's, Sheaf, et al, all stand so proud tall, black and delicious. Question is: is it as good as the rest or just another pale imitator [OK pun quota for this review has now been met].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint. My glass looks half full.

A: Not much fanfare here; it's a typical poured stout - obsidian body with a tan 1cm head. The head thins out to almost nothing.

S: It has a lighter-than-most-Stout's aroma of dark chocolate, chicory and wet coffee grounds. There is also a sweet toasted biscuit base in there as well. Overall quite a pleasing smell, not too pungent like some other Stout's, but likewise alarmingly light... let's hope the flavour isn't diminished.

T: Yep: boring Stout. There's not a great deal going on in the flavour department... maybe our taste-buds get excited and space and they're brewing to take this into account, otherwise the flavour is mundane at best. It has the usual Stout suspects; heavy toasted malt base with chicory and bitter dark chocolate and a dry none-too-bitter finish, but it's like a 5 in intensity when an 8 to 10 is what I'm looking for.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body.

D: Verdict: hide some Duvel in your carry-on. Hell if you can afford a $100k space flight you can doubtless afford Duvel, which is an awesome brew... it's not a dark beer but if I was in space I think I would prefer a blonde beer anyway. Other than that I am a little disappointed in this 4 Pines brew, it doesn't even come close to great Stout's like Cooper's or Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil, and it's more pricey... remind me why I'm drinking this 4 Pines.

Food match: Classic Stout fare; rack of roasted meat (any dark meat), side of roasted vegetables and heavy gravy, or a nice warm stew. Dessert: dark chocolate. Follow with a glass of port.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of heygeebee
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of style.

Pours a black 'n' tan 1 finger coarse head. Head fades to lace.

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate. coffee.

Taste is as smell, however, the 'dry' certainly kicks in. Hop bitterness on back palate.

Mouthfeel lacks the creaminess factor than can make or break a a stout. Light.

I was really looking forward to this beer, but it hasn't lived up to expectations, due to dryness / due to style.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to bluebetty. Poured into an Amager tulip.

No light getting through this black coloured brew. Not even around the edges. Has a creamy and pillowy looking head of tan foam that poured to a couple of fingers, before settling above film. No real lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, creamy chocolate along with licorice. Smells quite nice and it lingers around which is nice.

Tastes of roasted malt early, then turns to chocolate. Plenty of chocolate as it opens up.

Mouthfeel is has a smooth base to it, some prickly carbonation on top and some bite in the finish is most welcome.

I prefer this to the tap version after this first bottle. 4 Pines seems to still serve beer a little too cold, but the chance to drink this at a temperature you choose, helps bring out the nice chocolate aroma in this. Quite a good sessionable stout and one for chocolate lovers. I'm not sure its a true Irish Dry Stout, lacking the consistent roastiness. Still it does what it does well.

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Photo of argon
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was sent a bottle direct from the brewery for sampling.

Very dark brown almost black with perceptible ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thin light brown head that laced the glass well.

Aroma of pale chocolate and light coffee. Not overly roasty, but some present at low levels. Some pleasant fruity esters of mild dark fruit.

Flavour same as aroma with coffee being more prominent than chocolate. No caramel. Hop bitterness and some roastiness bringing through some earthiness to offset a subtle chocolate sweetness as it warms. Enjoying the complexity in a beer that is only 5.1%

Medium to low carbonation leaving a medium body finish.

Most enjoyable beer of the night. Will be my go to stout from here out. In my opinion head and shoulders above the 1 dimensional and harsh Coopers Stout.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a fizzy brown head with no retention. Fleeting strands of lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, prunes, raisins, raspberry and other dark fruits.

T - Quite dusty and bitter, dark chocolate, bitter coffee and ash.

M - Very dry thin body with moderate level of carbonation.

O - Solid, fruity, dry stout.

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Photo of Raebies
2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark black appearance. Poured gently into a glass, didn't manage to create much of a head on this one and it's fairly low on fizz. Not much going on in the aroma. Fairly straight forward malty flavour with a slight touch of vanilla and caramel. Medium bodied, easy drinking and quite nice, but not great.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with beige, dense head. Settles slowly to a thin film of tiny bubbles, but some gorgeous lace. Pretty pale for a stout, but nice.

Smell is roasty and sweet. Plenty of rich espresso with a hint of licorice bite and some dark but sweet chocolate. Hint of raisin and port wine as well. Quite sweet, but a good roasty balance to it.

Taste is fairly sweet, with some vanilla and coconut-flesh notes early, mixing with roasty grain notes on the mid. Touch of spice with black pepper and cinnamon, then finishes sweet and dark with nice cocoa-rich chocolate and a dry, woody touch at the back. Very pleasant palate.

A bit thin on the body and empty, really. Goes down smooth but hard to notice while it's in the mouth.

Could be darker and I wouldn't be complaining, but it's been a while since I drank such a drinkable, tasty Irish-style stout.

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4 Pines Dry Stout from 4 Pines Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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