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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Reviews: 122 | Ratings: 261
Photo of rickyleepotts
1/5  rDev -73.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What does that beer smell like… I can’t place it. It’s a dry, perhaps old burnt cigar smell. Yeah, that’s it! It smells like an old cigar. I hope it tastes better than that. We have already done one beer from the Porterhouse Brewing Company, but it was an oyster stout. No way this beer is as bad as that one. Plus, I love stouts and porters, and this one is 100% Irish. We all know how well the Irish make dark beers!

The beer comes onto the palate smooth, and somewhat sweet. Then when it hits the back of the palate you get that familiar Guinness flavor. That’s the “traditional stout” they are talking about. Then you wait for an aftertaste, and don’t really get one. Maybe I had my hopes set too high for this one, but it’s just okay. I don’t like Guinness, and this has about as much flavor as that one.

I hate to see a stout wasted on something like this. Plus, the bottle isn’t even 12 ounces! So not only do you not get a full bottle of beer, it’s also got a VERY low ABV for a beer this dark. I expected it to be 10-12% to be honest. When I saw 5%, I hoped for some more flavor.

This is the last beer from Porterhouse in the book. Good thing, because these beers are weak. I mean, oysters… in beer? Come on guys. Maybe it’s time to hang your hat and call it a day!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Served on-tap at the Porterhouse pub in Dublin. A half finger head is creamy and nice, but too thin.

Sm: Very, very light scent of coffee and roast. Nice, but subtle.

T: Cream gives in to understated roast flavour with a subtle finish. Not bold enough to be truly good. Amp up the flavours, and we'd have a good beer on our hands.

MF: Cream is nice, but the texture is off. There's a strange balance between wetness and dryness that doesn't work, especially for a stout.

Dr: Make the flavours stronger, and I'll drink it!

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Photo of foles
2.21/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a pint of this at the Porterhouse in Covent Garden, London. To be frankly honest, im not sure if what I experienced was the properly kept version of this stout - because I found it very difficult to drink. It had a really foul taste (tough to explain what it was, but fabric softener comes to mind). I tried to convince myself it was just the bitter quality, but im still not convinced.

I enjoyed the Porterhouse's other Stout offerings, but this one will be skipped next time around (unless someone can prove me wrong).

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Photo of stcules
2.49/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black colour, with typical creamy and compact foam.
The smell is light, with prevalence of toasted.
The smell is more assertive, with prevalence of bitter, chicory, without toasted, coffe or chocolate. Maybe some hazelnut.
Herbaceous bitter.
Medium body, quite strong for the style.
In the aftertaste: there is malty too, with hints of caramel, with prevalence of dry bitter.
It doesn't have the smooth and cremosisty of a bitter.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a khaki colored head.

S: The nose is somewhat roasty with a bit of toasted malt. Overall, the aroma is sort of mild and unimpressive.

T: A muddled and muted flavor profile with some hints of chocolate, coffee, and roast, and perhaps some sourness. Definitely lives up to the "dry" descriptor, however.

M: The body is medium (maybe a tad on the thin side) with a soft carbonation.

D: The beer is very dry and the sourness does not improve my feelings on this one. This one just wasn't for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a black opaque body with a creamy khaki-colored head.

Smell: Mild aroma of roasted malts, light caramel, and one tiny handful of nuts, all hedged by a definite sourness.

Taste: Roasted malt flavors of coffee and dark chocolate with, again, just a smattering of nuts. However, all the flavors are rather muted, except for that sourness. A decent amount of roastiness with just a bit of hops on the finish. Some alcohol peaks through now and again, which seemed surprising for a beer that's listed at 5%.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: I didn't care for this one at all.

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Photo of cbl2
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


This is my 3rd stout from Porterhouse (I got the sampler) and I'm noticing a trend in appearance: Pitch black with quarter inch tan head.


Difficult to discern (compared to the Porter and Oyster Stout that Porterhouse offers). Mildly hoppy with some malt characteristics.


The harshest of the beers I've sampled here. This has a chocolate/coffee characteristic to it in the beginning and finishes too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of granger10
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The worst of the stouts I tried at Porterhouse. I think something went wrong when they brewed this batch. Aroma is alright with the characteristic roasted chocolate and creaminess to it but the finish of the smell imparted this weird off flavor. Taste also began good but by the middle there seemed to be a metallic, band aid flavor. This had potential but the off flavors really threw me off and although I finish my pint, it took some effort.

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Photo of John_M
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Mahaffeys today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with a head that appears to have the consistency of whipped cream. The head is so thick, it gives the impression you could float a penny on it (maybe you could, but I didn't try). Head retention was exceptional and there was plenty of sticky lacing all around. Visually, this beer is a thing of beauty...

On the nose, I don't get a whole lot, just some light licorise, burnt toast and coffee... maybe a hint of dark chocolate. On the palate, this beer is exceptionally dry, with a boatload of licorise, more burnt toast and bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is very light and even a bit thin, with a slight creaminess. Drinkability is just not good in this beer. The beer has so much dry licorise and bitterness in the finish, that it was a chore getting it down.

Should have just stuck to looking this beer, as it really looks great. As for how it tastes.... mehhhh.

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Photo of mgbickel
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle (with a sweet pull-ring cap) into a Piraat Tulip. Two fingers of loosley packed bubbles formed on top of a blackish brown body. The head receded down to a thin film, leaving behind tons of lace.

The nose is not very pleasant and weak. Burned chocolate, roasted malts, ash and electrical tape.

The taste isn't a off putting as the nose...but not great either. The roasted flavors last throughout, but the ashy bitterness (electrical tape, again) really kills this...

Watery body with tons of carbonation. Dry finish.

Man...this started off looking great, but that was pretty much the pinnacle of this beer. Cool cap...but that's about it...

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Photo of Minkybut
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this brew into my tumbler at 45 degreees. The beer was black off course, kinda chocolate colored. The beer did pour a nice big head that was dark colored. Th beer was bitter on the after taste and left me with a dry mouth. I did not care for it. I will not buy again.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, I like Meantime, and Michael Jackson knew his stuff, so pretty high expecations on this one... Into the Two Bros Pint...

A - Nice looking, great sized head, very rocky and attractive. Body is dark with mahogany around the edges.

S - The Kent Goldings make a big impact on the aroma. Dry roasted malt undertones, with some mild cherry notes. Different aroma from what I'm used to from the style.

T - Starts out with a pale malt sweetness, and more fruitiness than I like in a dry stout. Finish is dry and coffee like, but does not balence out the initial sweetness. A lingering chocolate flavor tries (unsucessfully) to balence out a lingering fruit flavor.

M - Average for a stout, full enough to leave no complaints.

D - Can't say I am impressed by this. I wonder how much better the example Mr. Jackson was, because this was not an example of dry stout that I would ever seek out.

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pull tab bottle, first time I have had that. Pours promising, black with a little white head. Promising aromas of chocolate and lactose. The taste does not keep up, as very dry and plain. The looks turn into a light reddish colour. Even the aroma dissipitates. Not too drinkable.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a nice thick and creamy tan head.

Nose is light but pleasant milk chocolate and light creamed coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but well carbonated and "feels good," you want more.

Flavors are medium simple black coffee/espresso with a burnt coffee/espresso finish. Simple character and simple coffee/highly roasted grain flavor profile but appealing and very drinkable.

Simple but seemingly consumer friendly. A basic decent drink with a very nice bold simple black coffee - long lasting finish.

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Photo of beertunes
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in imperial pint. Poured black, with over a half inch of creamy tan head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma was the typical malt and roast of the style. The flavors were also malt and roast, but there was an odd sharpness on the tongue and as slightly metallic finish.

The body was decent, a little fuller than average for the style. The drinkability was good, but that sharpness and metallic taste hurt the score in this area. Overall, a decent beer, worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of Phelps
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into a snifter.

Inky black. No chance of light penetrating this. On top, a half-finger head the color of oak shelving fizzles away to a frothy ring.

In the nose: sweet cocoa and a bit of butterscotch, black strap molasses, tangy dark fruits and spicy hops. In the background is a bit of paper — it’s just a little oxidized.

The flavor begins with the same dark chocolate and dark fruit tang — and the same papery note — but after the swallow a heavy, dry roast note rolls in. A little butterscotch is in there as well, lingering along with spicy hop bitterness.

Creamy, soft medium body and very light, prickly carbonation.

It’s not bad, but I’d bet this was on the shelf a bit too long. The paper, honey and butterscotch are a little distracting.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Black pour with a huge light tan head. Really light for such a dark body, good retention and lacing...Subtle but pleasant aroma, lots of roasted malts. Light chocolate and coffee, good... The taste is a let down as the subtlety goes out the window, harsh, alcohol, bitter coffee comes through, not enjoyable at all. Very one dimensional.

I've had this on nitro and its much better, stay away from the bottle version.

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Photo of bnes09
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark chocolate color with a creamy colored head. Good retention on the head and forms a creamy lacing.

Good roasted aroma with wheat bread in the mix.

Somewhat roasted character hinting at coffee and burnt toast. Mild maple sweetness which is short lived. Make way for the intense soapy hop bitterness which dominates the flavor thereafter. Tastes like soap and potting soil.

Medium bodied with descent carbonation.

Kind of a let down. Showed promise at first but that soapy hop aftertaste just won't leave and ruined the entire experience. You would think that would be a simple fix in the brewing process.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 5/15/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some chocolate and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts with a dry and mildly bitter dark chocolate flavor. Then there is some dark fruit in the background. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is very mild as it should be. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp but kind of watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is definitely not one of the better beers I’ve had in the style.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a dark brown head.

Smell: Mild roasty and bitter malts. Once again chocolate and coffee. Just like Oyster Stout.

Taste: Again just like Oyster Stout with the taste, just a little bit more bite to it. Mild and roasty coffee and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy beer.

Overall: Just like the Oyster Stout pretty much sums it up. Do you really need to make two Dry Irish Stout, especially if they are so close of a beer to each other? This beer got a better overall score, only because it just edges out Oyster Stout as a little bit better beer.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Presentation here starts with the bottle, with its unique pull top and gold wrapper - quite attractive. Pours thick syrupy coca-cola black with a couple fingers of brown bubbly head that stays around a while. Looks like a nice thick stout.

S: Musky coffee stout, Roasted nuts, chocolate, toasted malts.

T: Dark dark chocolate. Almost baking chocolate/roasted cocoa. Alcohol.

M: Slight burn, great carbonation. Not as syrupy as it looks, but definitely full bodied. Long bitter aftertaste.

O: A descent dark stout, especially if you're a fan of dark chocolate. The long lasting burning bitter aftertaste is a turn off for me, but some people get a kick out of that.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz "Grenade Top" bottle.

**Note** Bottle stated 5.7% ABV not 5.0%

A) Deep black, great color, with a thin 1/2" light tan head and leaves just a little lacing

S) Not much to smell here. Perhaps a little cold coffee smell, but nothing major.

T) Similar to that of Guinness without the creme flavor. Some slight burnt coffee and caramel flavors with alcohol essence.

M) It's far too flat in the mouth, which likely is the reason the flavors aren't more prominent.

O) An enjoyable stout, but not one I think I'll revisit as there isn't really anything that jumps out at me as "special" with this one.

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Photo of biglite351
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - a good bit of red around the edges. Tall creamy light tan head.

S - full roasted malts, mild smoke, chocolate and dried fruit.

T - smokey roasted malts. Dried fruit with a touch of coffee. A bitter hop turn in the after taste.

M - mild coating with strong tingle on sides of the tongue and back of throat.

D - one. The bitter hop taste ruins the.great start of the flavor.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a small cylindrical glass at the brewpub in Dublin.

A: Creamy tan head, about a finger. Very dark; opaque, with red glints in the light.

S: Quite nice. Roasted coffee and malts. Odd sour tinge.

T: Well, it starts and ends well, but the middletaste is subpar. The beginning is roasted and bitter; the ending is dry and roasted; but the middle is thing, sour, and brackish. As this is the bulk of the taste, I'm disappointed.

M: A lower grade for the reasons listed above -- to thing and ugh for too long.

D: Drinkable, but I'm tried of it by the end of this small glass. Only recommended if you really like stout.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fills a nonic with a dark velvet chocolate beer that is essentially black. An unimpressive, dark chestnut head forms above the viscous beer.

Big roasted malt with background burnt aromas. Caramelized sugar, chocolate and coffee grinds area also discernible.

Roasted bitterness dominates with some background chocolate and little else. Sweetness is controlled and there is a modest, long, bitter finish that settles in the throat.

A medium body with smooth texture and light carbonation. An acrid bite is pronounced in the dry finish.

This beer lacks excitement and the acrid bite hinders its ability to fill a session.

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