Wrasslers XXXX Stout | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Wrasslers XXXX StoutWrasslers XXXX Stout

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of drpimento
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I'll be a son of a gun. It's poifect. Poured with a huge, thick, foamy, frothy, light brown head that lasts and lasts and some lace. Color is basically an opaque black brown (basically because only at the very base of my beer glass where it's very narrow can I just barely see thru the clear garnet colored brew). The aroma is a very well balanced and pleasing blend of roasted barley, malt, coffee, cocoa, pipe tobacco, dark worn leather. Flavor's like the aroma plus there's a bit of sweetness against the dry bitterness of the other ingredients. Plus there's a bit of tang from the acid of the carbonation. Body is full, round, mouth filling and yet the carbonation is exactly where it should be to complement the other qualities. Finish is like flavor and slowly fades with no off characteristics at all. Session for sure. Love this beer!

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.85/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my DFH pint glass.

A - Black as can be with a tan head that rests on top. This head is not going away and looks like it will be along for the ride.

S - Nice roasted malt smell with a bit of smoke. Subtle hints of vanilla and citrusy hops lie in the background.

T - Now that is a good Irish Dry Stout. A nice kick of roasted malt and a bit of coffee and smoked malt as well. A hint of dried fruit mixed with alcohol is present as well.

M - medium to heavy body. Very very dry finish. Probably the driest beer I've ever had.

D - Honestly this pretty much hits the nail on the head for the style. If I was going to Ireland this is what I would hope to find everywhere in place of Guinness. Simply an amazing stout. If you can pick this up do it. I know I will in the future.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml crked and caged bottle. The back label says it was brewed for the Porterhouse Brewing co. by Meantime Brewing in London. Bottle says 7% abv.

Pours a Guinness like black with very muddy brown highlights. Eventually recedes to a thin foam, and then to nothingness. Very sparse lacing. Thick aroma of dry crea, coffee, oatmeal flakes, chcolate custard. An orgy for the nose to behold. The sip delivers toffee and heavily creamd dark chocolate coffee. The finish is a dry, dried oatmeal feel an flavor. Pretty compex beer. Very dry palate is just irresistable. I just want to drink more and more of this beer.

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Photo of murphysbleachers
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that I got through the Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club: I was immediately impressed by the pronounced roasty smell and richess of the liquid that could be seen in the pour. A seriously more substantial drink than any Irish stout I have had before. Rich and full of roasty, chocolatey and bitter flavor, yet sessionable as the style demands (definately wouldn't guess 7% abv). Perfect. I've been to Dublin several times, but never to the Porterhouse. I will make it a must stop on my next trip.

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Photo of velkyal
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once upon a time there was a bloke called Michael Collins, and he liked a tipple, and so the good people at the Porterhouse took his favourite tipple from his local brewery in Cork, though long closed down as a result of the predatory nature of the free market, and used it as inspiration for a beer they called Wrasslers XXXX. Wrasslers is a beautifully dark, dark, ruby red beer with a tan head that bob, bob, bobbed along on top of the beer.

"My, my, what a beautiful big chocolate smell you have Wrasslers"
"all the better to tempt you to taste me with"
"and is that a tang of sour milk in the background?"
"why, yes it is, just like the old days"

Sorry there, got carried away. So yes, chocolate is a big theme in Wrasslers, both on the nose and in the mouth - though I am not sure of the purpose of putting beer on one's nose, I will strive to discover it though. Despite the big, smooth chocolate flavours, there is a good dose of bitterness to counteract that, I am guessing the Galena hops are responsible there. Simply put, this is so much better than the beer I had on a nitro tap, and I am very glad I have a good stock in the cellar.

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Photo of jgurley
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tasting snifter. Beautiful thick, black color with a quickly dissipating tan foamy head. I really love the smell on this one. Dark, smoky and sweet, malty aroma. It just SCREAMS stout. Taste is on point. Slightly sweet on the front, silky and dry across the middle, with a really smoky bitterness on the back. Lacing down the glass is nice as I get further in. I LOVE the smokiness in the flavor. Mouthfeel is refreshing with the right amount of carbonation to be refreshing but still suitable for the style. Finish is bitter and satisfying with the smokiness hanging around just long enough. Once again, I can't overstate how much I enjoy the AROMA of this beer. I will buy this again for sure.

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Photo of javier
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a city ruled by Guinness, a better stout can be found in the porterhouse. Wrasslers is a real stout unlike the nitro'ed to hell Guinness on tap. While G. is smooth by virtue of carbonation and lack of flavor, Wrasslers have true beer flavor and feel. While you may never give up Guinness, Wrasslers is superior. If the Porterhouse wasn't a brewpub with limited reach, Guinness would be in trouble.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, black stout colour, with a creamy head. Heavy, roasted malt nose, with chocolate notes. Tastes creamy, nitrogenated, dry, heavy roasted malts, coffee notes, and long-lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to this brewery the world has its definitive benchmark Irish stout. And this is it. No argument. Just get to the Porter House to have on tap at source and you won't be disappointed.

The full caressing body is beautifully balanced with the tingle of tasty sourness complimenting a very long and very satisfying almost earthy dryness. Every element is there to be tasted yet they merge to make a delicious whole. Ravishing. Top notch. Grand. Feckin grand.

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Photo of tylerzander
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with a two finger pillowy darker tan head with good retention and a mix of small and larger bubbles to give it volume; quite dark, verging on blackness but shows some slight, dark ruby highlights when held to a light source

S - dark fruits in the nose, like a Belgian dubbel; also a sweet and sticky molasses aroma buttressing a hefty roastiness

T - a strong lingering bitterness follows the initial taste of the aroma: a rich licorice and molasses flavor; yet due to the low carbonation there is nothing pricky or astringent about the bitterness: it's about as smooth as a strong cup of cold brew coffee

M - low carbonation enhances a very full and smooth mouthfeel - this is a full and chewy beer and there's nothing wrong with that

D - a great beer to nurse and savor, especially in cooler weather; it would be hard to tip back multiple of these "full stouts," but you wouldn't want to, as you just want to sip and enjoy slowly

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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a black beer with a small tan head. The aroma is packed with chocolate malt and roasted nuts. The taste is a very nice smoky malt flavor.

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Photo of raninator84
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found @ Emporium Wines in Yellowsprings Ohio. 11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter. Love the pull tab bottle cap on this thing, very unique (not sure about the aging properties of it though)

A - Pours a rich dark red hue with a suitable head, looks like a traditional stout so far!

S - Chocolate nibs, caramel, strong vanilla coming out on this one.

T - Similar to smell with lots of vanilla slowly dwindling down through the caramel and chocolate flavors, the vanilla lingers on the tongue for a while. Great traditional Stout!

M - Carbonation is high, goes down very smooth.

O - Very good traditional stout, not sure $14.99 a four pack is necessary but I'm guessing it involves importing since I have not seen this many places. Solid adaptation of this style, would drink it all night long!

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Photo of box299
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved this Porter. Great flavor... my only regret upon leaving Ireland just yesterday is that I wasn't able to bring some home with me. This very dark in color and rich tasting beer was everything I hoped for. I highly recommend the food at the Brewery also.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at Porterhouse, Dublin, Ireland.

A- Poured from the tap with about 3/4" of khaki colored, mousse-like head, and fantastic sticky lacing. The body was a completely opaque dark brown. Looks lovely.

S- The nose involves some anticipated roasty malts, but also some crystal malts, and some faint hop aroma and fruity yeast esters. Some doughy nuances as well. Fascinating.

T- Wow. Pleasant surprise on the palate. You're getting crystal and roasted malt right up-front, along with a ton of yeast esters that are perceived as green apple and grape. Then midway, some substantial herbal hop bitterness kicks-in, taking over in the finish, which seems to echo forever. The finish is nice and dry (as an Irish stout should be).

M- A medium to heavy body. A ton of soft carbonation there. Almost a little grittiness as well.

D- Super-drinkable. Sessionable even. Hands-down the best drinking beer I had in Ireland!

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Porterhouse Central, Nassau St, Dublin.

Pours garnet-tinged black with a deep beige carpet of foam. Ashy roast and grainy sourness on the nose with some resiny leaf as it warms.
Sweet coffee and red currant malts, plenty of roast in the middle - both sour and char - then agressive wood and citrus oil hops with a bit of bark to end. Cream soda fiinish and an astringent, hoppy linger that gets more bitter for a full minute on the first sip.
Light to medium, round, soft and a bit tarry.

The hoppiest stout I've ever tasted - that includes Storm King - and probably the best Irish stout on tap.
There's Nugget in there, and I suspect it's late, because you get that same sticky resin as from Nugget Nectar to go with the EKG spice. It makes me weep for the recipes that were lost a century ago.
I see some other pretty down reviews, so I can only speculate that it does poorly out of the bottle.
One question: if PH is a brewer and craft beer bar, why serve this so cold?

(3.3; 4.00 3.00 3.50 3.50 3.00)
Pours oxblood-tinged black with a creamy cafe aut lait head that unfortunately fades fast. Sour wet ash nose with coffee grounds and raisin underneath - not appealing. Pumpernickel and bakers' chocolate malts, more roasty ash and tobacco leaf hops. Stale chocolate malt finish and dry sarsaparilla linger. Medium, chewy, slick.

What did they do to this to get it into the bottle? I understand now why it gets poor reviews here - a shadow of the tap version. Lines up better as a Foreign Export (and it is marked 5.7%) but even then not great. There are far better Irish stouts, both American and Irish.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer had an interesting pull tab to open. The thin broken tan film of head lasted a good bit and sat on a jet black body with some big bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The slightly tart leather note grew into a new sneaker aroma as the beer opened. That lead to a light flanders red hint that has hints of cherry pits and then the black roasted dark grain and charcoal aroma finish the smell.

T- The dark earthy black roasted malt has a robust dry flavor with a soft smoke quality to it and a nice roasted black flavor that lingers a bit. There is a bitter flavor of charcoal that sticks to the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and just a touch of fizz in the dry finish.

O- The big robust very dark malt flavors are earthy and charred but very fresh and just a bit inky in the finish. This is a nice yet unique stout.

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Photo of drmeto
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a big,frothy,sand-coloured head
-Follows the nose with dried fruits and a toasty finish
-high espresso-like bitterniss
-dry finish
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium,creamy body
Fantastic single Stout.

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Photo of JamesS
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep brown, just about black, color with excellent head and good lacing throughout. Deep roasted grain scent, a nice heady darkness to the aroma. Very good flavor; a wonderful tasting stout with excellent roasted grains and just a hint of hops at the end; mostly just a great dark malt flavor. Went down very smooth.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, opaque black into the glass. Massive tan head explodes from the beer as it is poured and lingers around for sometime. A little lacing is evident on the sides of the glass.

Smells of roasted malts, dark and burnt. Slight chocolate with a little bit of bready malts. A very light earthy English-type hop aroma is easier to detect as the beer warms.

Taste is excellent. A big wallop of black roasted malts and a nice acrid, burnt-like flavor in the finish. Hop bitterness is firm and accentuated by the dark malts which makes the finish clean and dry - as it should be for this style. Slight bready/toasty malt flavors are detectable but they hide well behind everything else going on.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. At 5.0% abv there is only a very little warming sensation in the belly after the first few sips are enjoyed. No detectable astringency in the finish which is very nice for these really dark beers.

Drinkability is quite high. I could definitely have a few of these in one sitting. Easy to put down and with everything going on in this beer, it is still just simply enjoyable. Clean and great tasting.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. "pull-top" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color,with a nice two-inch tan head of foam.
Aroma-Big whiff of dark roasted malt
Taste-Dark roasted malt, black coffee, dark chocolate notes, nice lingering hop bite.
Very drinkable and session-worty if not for the rather steep price of 3.99 a bottle. Still, very tasty and a good match for grilled meats or a pot roast.

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Photo of Lunruj
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm not very experienced with stouts but this is my favorite so far. Great aroma involving chocolate and some coffee tones without being over-roasted. Nice, smooth beer with dry finish.

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Photo of AEK
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin branded pint pot.

A. A heavy brown, almost black beer with a smooth, creamy latte coloured head.

S. Roasted malt, oaky, hints of prunes and a whiff of milky coffee. Maybe some cough candy/herbal notes.

T. Oaky, chocolate, burnt malt, chicory and a nice hoppy finish.

M. Medium and carbonated.

D. A nice, well balanced stout. Worth trying if you have not had it as yet to see how it compares to Guinness. I quite like this, my favourite beer from Porterhouse to date.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.
The beer looks like a good stout should look: A full fresh black beer with a magically floating compact white puck on top. No carbonation, no sediment. This is poured from a cooled installation.
There’s not a real sent noticeable, just a slight chocolate tad.
The taste is very strong in comparison to the bland Guinness. A spicy, burned bitterness evokes an explosion of taste. It swirls around the tongue and takes it hostage for an undetermined time. It’s a simple but respectable and enjoyable taste. The fact that it has more flavour, did make me drink slower. There’s just more to enjoy.
The mouthfeel is light and milky.

One of the only beers from Eire I will miss at home.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour wise. Nice deep black color. Small tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malts and dark cocoa. A somewhat metallic tinge. Great roasted flavor dominates. Nice malty graininess flavor. Distinct bite between the hops and dark malts. Nice mouthfeel-very dry finish wise. A great irish stout-tons of flavor in a low abv. The dryness might get a bit old after while but still a killer beer all in.

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Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this beer by half-pint recently at the Covent Garden branch of Porterhouse pub.
A: pours a pitch-black hue, with some caramel hint reflected from the bottom of the glass when seen against the light; the head is just like their other dark ales, tight and frothy and creamy, light browish hued. Flawless--for a nitro-tap poured beer.
S: a flow of floral scent and soft, delicate fruity note of hops sits on top of otherwise thick, coffeeish roasted maltiness. Overall very refreshing and balanced for a dry stout.
T: a mouthful of dark malts and roasted barley, introducing smoothly rich bitterness which is profound but not aggressive; some hint of pale malts is there, too, while the dark maltiness sits in between coffee and dark bitter chocolates (w/o the acidic edge). Satisfyingly smooth finish and lingering dryish bitterness, though it's not so complex as I'd hoped for.
M&D: consistently silky smooth on the mouthfeel; almost full-flavoured against a medium body, this is a very easy-drinking and flavoursome stout much more satisfying than Guiness IMO. Just like other dark ales by Porterhouse, I think it should be served warmer than cold in order to let a thicker texture to be released. But it's a solid brew all the same. Recommended!!

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