Celtic Fury
DuClaw Brewing Company

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Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #40
Ranked #21,180
3.89 | pDev: 8.23%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Very Good
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, reddish brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is smoked malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Medium light bodied, roasty, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a good domestic example of the style. I would get this again. Nice sessionable sipper.

Dec 11, 2018
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Thin dark black body with medium bubbles. Tan head rising one finger's length.

Smell: Malts and hops, lacks potency or much substance. Feels like a lager.

Taste: Heavy malt but tasty bitterness.

Mouth: Medium to heavy carbonation with heavy malt finish. Little dry.

Overall: Descent brew, nice little pick up for a middle of the night drink. Salud!

May 22, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Guinness glass.

Look is black with dark red cola colored highlights and a thin coffee foam head.

Aroma is malty and roasty sweet.

Taste exactly matches aroma with a dry bitter roast finish.


Mar 15, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown, almost black with a modest head, soon diminishing to a thin ring. Lacing. Roast malt in the nose. Very light mouthfeel, roasted malt flavor.

Feb 26, 2018
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A simple stout without all the overtones, very refreshing in its purity. Certainly a lighter body, but that's OK. Very drinkable (we are drinking a growler) and the head is nice.

Jun 09, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Came in a standard pint glass jet black with a thinner deep beige colored head atop.A good amount of coffee roast and bitter chocolate in the nose,pretty appetizing.Mocha coffee flavors with a slight burnt note but everything really comes together well,a tad sweeter than many of the style.Just a little thin but this is one of the better dry stouts I have had,Iam not a huge fan of the style.

Mar 30, 2015
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ckollias from Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Duclaw Brewery in Bowie, MD out of a pint glass..

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin 1-finger whitish head that slowly dissipates into a solid lace.

S: Excellent roasted malt caramel aroma with dominant coffee notes.

T: Smooth malty flavor with a chocolate, caramel, and slight coffee flavors.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow – great Irish Stout.

Aug 19, 2012
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hdofu from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass of this brought to the table tonight with a Ultimate grilled cheese which was good but burned my tongue with the red peppers (more furry there). The color was dark cola with a thin chocolate moose head. The smell was sort of sweet with a chocolate and wood. The taste was bitter sweet like a dark chocolate with earthy notes. The feel was smooth to the tongue and sudsy. I could have drank another. Another good Duclaw interpretation.

Apr 14, 2008
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fell's Point location.

Pours black with some garnet highlights around the bottom and a thin (mostly from the way it was poured) burnt tan colored head. Retains well around the edges with a few wisps around the center. The aroma is a toasty dry roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and some backing sweetness.

The taste is more of the same. A pleasant but not overpowering dry roasted feel mixed with coffee notes and a chocolate sweetness in the backend to help balance out that roasted bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly light, even for a Irish Stout, and a little watery at times.

This wasn't bad for an Irish Stout, with a nice dry roasted feel but I wish that the body possessed just a little more oompth. Much like the rest of DuClaw beers though, this is still immensely drinkable. I could definitely see myself throwing a few of these back during a St. Patties Day pubcrawl around Fell's Point.

Mar 19, 2008
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claytri from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich black with a fine tan head and marbled beautifully. The aroma was of toasted malt and coffee. The taste was of sweet malt with a fine toastieness rounded out with a coffee bite to the finish. The feel was medium and wet. This was a very drinkable stout and one I could have spent an afternoon sipping.

Jun 06, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fells Point Location

Deep, dark mahogany in color. Large, light brown head. Looks a lot like their Bad Moon Porter.

Smell is mainly roast notes, with just a bit of sweet. Chocolate and coffee.

Taste is similar to aroma - roast notes and coffee. More bitter than sweet. Herbal and grassy at finish.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. A bit thin, but not overly so for style. Fairly dry.

Overall, not the best dry stout I've ever had, but fairly solid.

Apr 30, 2007
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mrasskicktastic from New Jersey

3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep garnet - nearly black - with a medium sized long lived head. Lots of lacing. A nice looking stout.

S - Strong coffee aroma, slightly sweet, but not much at all.

T - A dry dark coffee flavor - not really coffee nalt, just coffee. Fainter chocolate malt is present. Aftertaste is a lingering coffee bitterness with some slight sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, a tad harsh, not very refreshing.

D - Okay. I guess it is great for an Irish dry stout. I don't think I will have this again.

Apr 07, 2007
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westernfb from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I recently tried the 2007 vintage of this beer and was pleasantly surprised. I appreciate the roasted-coffee depth and bitterness of many stouts, but I often find myself wanting to wash them down with something a bit mellower. Celtic Fury seemed to cut the edge on the roasted bitterness just enough that I could see myself drinking several pints without wanting to clean out the ashes after every serving.

My pint was served cool. Color was dark chocolate. Head was minimal but creamy. Mouthfeel was soft but not puffed up like Guinness. Moderate bitterness was immediately tempered by a slight sweetness and a clean finish. Very nice, approachable stout for someone who likes their coffee with a hint of cream and sugar.

Mar 23, 2007
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented a deep brown, virtually black, beer with modest off-white head. Nice coating on the glass as the head slowly fell. Aromas of coffee and chocolate greet the nose and combine to form an irresistable mixture. Taste shows more coffeenotes and a pleasing bitterness at the finish. Very drinkable and utterly refreshing.

Jun 17, 2006
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2006 release of Celtic Fury, a dry Irish stout from DuClaw. The ale is served slightly chilled, as DuClaw doesn't like to serve their ales and lagers at room temperature.

Appearance: The ale pours a deep black color. There is minimal head and what head there is appears to have a mocha color to it.

Smell: The stout immediately gives off deep rich chocolate roasted notes.

Taste: The stout is very dry with no hints of sweetness (as it is a Dry Stout). There are deep roasted notes, reminiscent of coffee, as well of chocolate hints that are subtle and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: The dryness of the stout makes one instinctively go in for a second sip. The roasted chocolate notes sit on the tongue for a long time after the stout has been swallowed, allowing for a long mouthfeel, provided that the dryness does not force you to take another sip.

Drinkability: The ale is low in abv and has a pleasing taste and smell. Factor those in with the timing of the release to coincide with St. Patrick's Day and you have an excellent, locally-brewed alternative to Guinness Stout. Slainte!

Mar 17, 2006
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Hefe from Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at DuClaw @ Arundel Mills

Pours dark with garnet highlights and a medium tan head. The aroma is of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a tich of the ol' fuggles. The flavors are clean and roasty, nice dry finish. As usual a solid effort from the chaps at DuClaw.

Mar 21, 2005
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