McGrath's Irish Black | Clanconnel Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Clanconnel Brewing Company
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NATOuk on 03-11-2011

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 9
Reviews by NATOuk:
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3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black/Deep Ruby Red. A thin head which surges up slowly then dissipates leaving a white ring around the edge of the glass.

Dark Malts, a inviting chocolate smell with a beautiful sweetness.

Starts slow but develops a deep coffee taste which gives way to a lingering bitterness on the finish, slight tang of alcohol. Very smooth.

Light carbonation, medium body, not quite as heavy as you might expect from such a dark beer (but not necessarily a bad thing)

Exceptionally easy to drink, I will definitely pick up more of this as a regular tipple. Based on this particular beer, I am very much looking forward to trying the other two currently available from Clanconnel Brewing Company.

As a side note, It's also great to see another Microbrewery spring up in Northern Ireland. The country, despite the reputation is quite poor in terms of the availability of quality craft beers in pubs, but at least it's good to see more locally produced beers which can be enjoyed at home.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle. The beer was a solid, dark brown, and clear. It was very potent with chocolate, figs, and wood/oak. The taste was on par with the nose... coffee, chocolate, sweet-figs, smokey-oak. The beer was surprisingly light-bodied and had a nice, clean finish.

Would I buy it again? Definitely.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of mdagnew
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Garnet-tinged black with piles of creamy tan head. Smoke, soil, coffee and bark on the nose. Dark malts with raisin and molasses with earthy, mulchy English hops with some kola spice and definite roasted sourness. Brown sugar finish and slightly tarry bitter linger. Creamy, smooth, round, medium, chewy.

Dark notes for a Dry Irish. Roast and hops definitely lead. Easy drinker but plenty to keep the interest.

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Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%

From 08/28/14 notes. 16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle back back from Dublin, Ireland.

Pours a dark brown color with two inches of dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Light coffee, chocolate, cream, roasted malts, and sweet dark fruits. Smells is a bit one dimensional with chocolate. Thin, watery body and low carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, easy to drink but the body is too thin and the nose is a little weak. Taste is much better, one of the better stouts I've had from actual Ireland.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Rich black colouration with a generous two finger head of beige cream foam. The head has good retention and leaves average lace for a stout. (4)

Smell – The typical roasted barley aroma is evident from the outset with a musty coffee aroma like coffee filters mixed with dark chocolate with a light woody aroma.

Taste – The taste follows the nose pretty well. There is the roasted malts with the bitter sweet mix, coffee mixed with mild dark coco. The overall taste profile is fairly mild and maybe even a little watery.

Mouthfeel – Slightly thin and metallic the head disintegrates in the mouth so there is not the same creamy feel as with some Irish Stouts. This one also leaves a good linger common to the style and it is drying as you would expect.

Overall – This is a pretty decent craft brew from Craigavon, a town I didn't even know had a brewery. It is more than stand up as an Irish Dry but it is not amazing. The appearance and smell are wonderful but the taste is a little too mild and watery for it to be a real contender to Belfast Black or others. That said I would drink it order it and even recommend it to others as I feel it is enjoyable and still better than Guinness.

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McGrath's Irish Black from Clanconnel Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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