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 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 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 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 jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Black color, no highlights. Nose is baked chocolate and flavor is roasted-burnt chocolate with a dry bitter finish. $4.85 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA. Label has the ABV at 5.7%.

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Photo of drowninginhops
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in standard pint glass.
A: Black, white head not a lot of lacing.

S: Not a lot of smell other then a standard stout. Malt and chocolate.

T: Imagine a stronger Guinness. Slightly spicy, and bitter.

M: Par for a stout. Smooth, creamy and well carbonated.

D: Good beer.

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

330ml bottle with ring-pull cap purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. I can't quite say what drew me to this with everything to choose from in the store, maybe just because it's different from my usual fare of US IPAs.

Pours a dark and opaque black-brown, with a filmy head of beige on the top. Body looks very light and fluid, not trapping carbonation, or sitting particularly heavily in the glass. Lacing is perfunctory.

Nose is pleasantly roasty, but leavened and broadened by a nice and unexpected malty sweetness, giving characters of vanilla and pale cocoa. Milder than some, but nicely rounded and complex.

Taste is far drier and more bitter with genuine roasted stoutiness. Start is dry husky grain, and it finishes with a powerful ashy blackness. Perfectly suited to style, even though my heart wishes for a touch more sweetness to deepen it. Nicely done.

Plenty of character for a relatively low and light-bodied brew. A very robust stout.

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Photo of farrago
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A strong pour gets you over two fingers of whipped up and semi-delicate larger bubbles, very dark tan to lighter brown in hue, leaves an intricate web of thin lacing behind around the entire glass sides. Pure black liquid throughout, up against the glass you can see tiny bubbles rising swiftly. The nose not quite roasty but heavy on the malts with coffee, dark chocolate and mocha components, supplemented by caramel, leesy yeast, sour milk and a bit of peat and earth, some undistinguished black fruits, not much lift but what is there lasts pretty well. Medium-bodied with a hard steel posture, stays rigid for no apparent reason. Dry with a creamy mouthfeel from the carbonation until the “bitter end.” Burnt cocoa, powdered dark chocolate lead with a slight sweetening effect from the honey, toffee and prune, plum to cherry fruit. Momentary glance of sour grapefruit to orange citrus. Hay, straw, grass make an appearance. Relentlessly dry and bitter, keeps kicking long after you’re down and stopped fighting back. Even if exaggerated, stays true to the category but hard to imagine putting yourself through more than one in a sitting. The Ireland Irish must be gluttons for punishment if they can drink this in meaningful quantities.

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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 puboflyons
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle cap is a strange one almost like the old Spam cans where you roll the metal strip off. From a 330 ml. bottle and sampled on APril 11, 2011. Jet black pour with a delicate tan head that floats around up top for most of the session. The aroma is alive with roasted malts and grain and a moderate coffee scent. The body feels fuller than some Irish Dry Stouts I have had. The rich bitter flavor merges with the coffee and the dry hops to bring out a desirable traditional stout.

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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 DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now we're talking, a full Irish stout. The success of its stablemate Oyster Stout has my expectations at a high level. From a 330 ml bottle with a "pull-off" cap, on to the beer:

A few splashes of lace cling to the glass from this nearly ink black colored beer. The head forms low, with a thin layer retaining atop. There's something about the nose...mild in intensity, but it has me thinking. There's licorice, lactose, burnt malt, and creamer.

Wow that's astringent. And sweet. And oddly, I like it. It's burnt and that flavor tastes almost salty...and it sticks to your tongue like peanut butter. The sweet side provides a pleasant lactose aspect and hints of dark chocolate. Medium sized mouthfeel, paired with low-medium carbonation, keeps the ball....errr, beer rolling along.

I felt like I went back in time with this beer. "A truly traditional stout", the label tells. I wouldn't literally go back in time for this, though it's a pleasant surprise to see a throwback beer in today's quick changing beer market.

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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 movingtrain
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Interesting cap with a pull pin. I have never seen anything quite like this out of a bottle cap. Bottle claims to be "Ireland's Largest Genuine Irish Brewery." Interesting.

Sampled from a small snifter.

Pours a dark black with a thin, but steady reddish-brown head.

Notes of burnt wood and sweet chocolate in the nose. Hints of vanilla, brown sugar, heavy cream, vanilla, raisins, wood, and warm oats.

The taste is quite dry. There are hints of burnt wood, dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, walnut, and coffee. The flavor here is quite desirable, perfect for the style it is going for here. Quite dry, resiny, and delicious.

The mouthfeel is quite dry...but the light sweetness in the beer, accompanied by the fine roasted notes make this beer very drinkable.

Overall, a really good stout. And, at only 5%, one that can be sipped on through the evening.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at the Porterhouse Temple Bar; poured into a tulip pint.

A: Perfect nitro pour with a near-black body and creamy off-white head.

S: Not to much to smell; a bit of chocolate and roast.

T: Chocolate theme really shines here. A bit of coffee 'n' cream and some mild hop bitterness.

D: Feel is nice and smooth and the flavours really combine well in this. Alcohol is hidden and this one is pretty sessionable.

Overall: A really solid brew from Porterhouse. This is a nice alternative to the macro stuff and a nice and hefty take on the style.

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

A: pours black with a light brown finger or so thick head. the head leaves a small amount of lacing.
S: dry roasted malt, some light coffee and chocolate.
T: malt has a nice dark roasted coffee and chocolate as well as a toasted nutty flavor.
M: has a fizzy smoothness, and is light on the palate.
D/O: tasty stout to replace other more well known dry stouts that used to be favorites.

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Photo of Brianjames16
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours opaque pitch black like motor oil. Nice finger with tan head. Nice thick lacing on my snifter.

S- Nice big roasted malts up front. I also get a hint of some fig or raisin in there also.

T- Good balanced roasted malt characteristics with a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Pleasing stout flavors.

M- Full bodied stout that coats the mouth and tongue. Decent carbonation for this style.

D- Very drinkable full bodied stout. St. Patrick's day is coming and this may be my choice for the night. A little pricey at $4 a 11.2 oz bottle but a very pleasing experience. Cheers !

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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 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 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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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into an imperial pint glass. The color is an opaque black; no light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Two fingers of bubbly, but thick, tan head developed and slowly dissipated to leave a billowy lacing.

Smell: Major roasted chocolate bitterness that is balanced by sweet milk chocolate. It has that nitro aroma similar to the Big Three, despite the fact it is bottled conditioned and unpasteurized. It reminds me of milk for some reason. There are also aromas of caramel and toffee. Overall, it is very inviting.

Taste: The "major" roasted chocolate from the aroma also plays a major role in the taste, which I love. The roasted chocolate is also complimented in bitterness by roasted coffee, which did not announce itself in the smell. This puppy has tons of tone and flavor compared to its nitro boosted brethren, and it is also a touch smoky. As the pint warms, the bitterness subsides slightly and lets a little lacto creaminess smooth it out. There are also flavors of sweet caramel and toffee. Each sip leaves a nice bitter, hoppy, smoky aftertaste tingling the back of the tongue and mouth.

Drinkability: At $4 a bottle, it gave me my money's worth. Compared to the Big Three it is noticeable and exceptional. Very decent stuff.

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

Poured from a 333 ml bottle with a pull-tab top into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a bubbly tan head. Nice retention as the beer is swirled and sipped.

Has a thin, malty smell, with a slight roasted coffee and toffee aroma.

Taste is full-on stout, plenty of malt, nice bitter coffee, and dry hops. The hops become tangier and more bitter as you drink this one down.

Medium mouthfeel, with a tangy, chalky bitter that dries out the tongue.

A much better example of an Irish Stout than Guiness, the biggest knock on this fine tasting beer is it's cost. Still, glad to have learned of this brewer and to have tasted this stout. I'll keep tis in mind for St Patty's day.

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