Wrasslers XXXX Stout | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company
Ireland
porterhousebrewco.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
261
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.02%
 
 
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4
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18
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Ratings: 261 |  Reviews: 122
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some nice cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is of super dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and cocoa powder. There is a somewhat assertive roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a huge roasty flavor.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out looking rich, thick and black in color. The head was a light brown color with a creamy look to it. The smell of this brew is simple, there is a decent amount of roasted aromas on the nose and some minimal sweetness. The taste of the beer has a pretty good roasted flavor to it, kind of creamy but also dry. The mouthfeel of this one wasn't too heavy, I found it to be drinkable. Overall, I enjoyed this one more than the Oyster Stout they make. All around this one is pretty tasty.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured jet black with a thin tan head that left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark roasted malts in the nose, which also smells viney (likely from the aging).
T: There is a strong flavor of roasted malts in the overall taste with notes of roasted coffee and a little bit of sweetness; some hints of alcohol are perceptible. There is a moderate to high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth. There is a lot of dryness in the taste and finish.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but the amount of bitterness and dryness lends it better to sipping.

Note: obtained in 2007 (aged three years)

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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 emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If Michael Jackson likes it, there must be something about it...

Pours a deep black with tan chocolatey foam. Irregular bits of lace form, it's head is fairly constant.

Light citrus spice in the aroma that reminded me of a candle scent for some reason. Underlying sweetness and roast as well, although it's somewhat muted overall.

Coffee flavors in the first sip, getting into more nutty, chocolate, tobacco, and waxy carob tastes later on. Full enough with a malty base that is balanced and easy drinking. Light for a stout, it shared some characteristics with robust Porter. A 750 was shared, but this is something I could return to easily.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, coffee, molasses, light herbal, and roast/bready earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light molasses, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of sharp roasted/earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light molasses, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of roasted/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming presence after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dry stout style. All around great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam that rests on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A bready aroma of lightly toasted malt as well as a dry, coffee like roasted note and a hint of smoke.

S - Thick, dry caramel up front with a very dry, somewhat astringent, black coffee flavor from the roasted grain. The acidic roast character continues through the middle, but is tempered slightly by the dry caramel. It finishes with more acidic roasted character and strong malt bitterness that is just barely balanced by the caramel and bread notes in the background.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - In some ways, this is a one dimensional beer. The strong, acrid roast character is the dominant, and at times only, flavor in the beer. This may prevent the beer from achieving a great level of complexity, but it is pretty much standard for the style and what the roast character lacks in depth, it makes up for in intensity. The roasted, charred, acrid bitterness of this beer is much more powerful than that of other "classic" examples of this style and that allows for a more enjoyable drinking experience as the beer pulls a surprising level of nuance out of this monolithic flavor profile. There are some hints of bread, caramel, and even smoke, but these are largely relegated to a supporting role where they are only called in at crucial moments to balance the acid roast character when it threatens to overwhelm the palate. Overall, an enjoyable example of the style with a sharp acidic roast character and an intense dryness to the finish that whet the appetite and make it a nice aperitif.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see some Porterhouse stuff in my area.Poured into a Bass pint glass a deep near opaque black except for just a hint of deep ruby when held to the light,a creamy-like one finger mocha colored head atop.Deep roast in the nose,along with some faint smoke,and a tinge of vanilla.Flavors are roasty and dry with that smoke coming in a bit,a touch of vanilla imparted sweetness comes in as you drink more.A nice dry stout,more robust than its other Dublin counterpart,pretty good.

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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 dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: 2007 vintage

A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with a lesser amount of freshly ground coffee.

T: Upfront there are strong flavors of roasted malts with a light amount of sweetness. There are light notes of coffee and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth with moderate to heavy amounts of dryness.

O: Great example of the style and a beer I could easily drink through an entire session - smooth and easy to drink with low ABV.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of dcmchew
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wrasslers 4x Stout, 330 ml, 5.6%.
Totally black in colour, two finger rich light brown head, great retention, lasting > half finger cap.
Really smells 4x, very rich malts: nice clear dark chocolate, big roast, coffee, burnt sugar, pinch of salt, faint dry prunes (with a faint bit of smoke) and dark spices.
Sweeter than the nose led me to believe, but just for a bit, in the start, with milky chocolate, caramel and molasses. Roasted malts follow immediately and dominate the rest of the brew. Strong roasted, burnt even, malts, strong espresso, very rough, with a lingering charcoal bitterness that you get from your first sip and sticks till the last drop of this beer. A bit of enriching saltiness, faint figs and some lemon zest way in the back. Very low hop presence.
Medium body and carbonation, somewhat dark-lagerish, which is weird. Dry ashy malts all the way.
This was an extreme stout, wouldn't really call it tasty, but definitely rich and rugged. A nice exercise, but wouldn't drink two of these in a row.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black almost ruby highlighted body with dark tan khaki head froming thick...Aromatics offerup layers of smoke malts from the peat. Creamy milk chocolate with herbal hops plays through as well. Harsh earthiness amongst layers of dark chocolate/strong coffee require somewhat of an honest character. Dark milk chocolate meets herbal dry stout, with character to create a mecca of flavor known to no other man to this date. Mellow carbonation fuller bodied resectable from every angle these pop top brewers are challenging my senses. I hope to continue the challenges found within this beer.

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Wrasslers XXXX Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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