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 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 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 Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with a nice 1" head that lasts.

Smell: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, some coffee tones, dark bitter chocolate, and a moderate bitterness make up a decent stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a decent drinking stout and also fits the bill for a good session beer.

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

finally dragged this one up from the cellar - no best by date visible.

From the bottle - Be warned , this is a truly traditional stout -

A: Poured pitch black with half finger tan head that descended into a thin frothy lacing , decent carbonation.

S: Roasted malts and barley , slight char with wifts of hops and chocolate.

T: Slight bourbon flavor although I know this sin't barrel aged
*( or is it ?) some bitter hops with a decent roasted malt and barley backing that evens out the hops, slight burnt char flavor that leaves a sweet and bitter aftertaste.

O: I would have this again , It was nice to be able to try an authentic style of an Irish Stout that is made in Dublin Ireland.

Worth a try.

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

Bottle says 5.7% abv

A - Pours a beautiful pitch black with one and a half fingers of light brown head. Head has decent retention, doesn't leave much lacing.

S --- Roasted and chocolate malts, along with a nutty aroma. Relatively simple but nice.

T --- More intense roasted malts than suggested by the smell. Also coffee and bitter chocolate and a decent hop bite as well. Nice.

M - medium mouthfeel, somewhat creamy, with a dry earthy finish.

O - This is an enjoyable stout with a nice roasty bitterness.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast, and a small sweet oatmeal. In the taste, pine hops and a coffee roast. A nice hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Quite hoppy for a Irish stout. Interesting bottle cap too.

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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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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque. 1 inch tan foamy head with good retention and some lace circles

Smell: At first I am reminded of roasted nuts then that is followed up by some coffee notes a some dark chocolate

Taste: First thing that pops into my head is yeah this is a dry stout it has that lovely ashtray taste right away and it kind of lingers a bit the flavors that are a bit of an after thought is the coffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with a good amount of carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Pretty good dry stout cant say I have had many beeter than this one at the moment. Worth a try for sure

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wrasslers Stout

Bottle claims 5.8% abv. Pours a dark brownish black with a decent off white bubbly foam. Roasted malt in the aroma, with a hint of coffee. In the flavor, more roasted malts, char, coffee and a mild but defined bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, alittle watery. Overall, a decent irish stout with alittle more flavor than the popular brands.

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

This beer pours black and completely opaque with a half inch light tan frothy head sitting on top. There is decent head retention.

The aroma is decent. The dark grain produces loads of chocolate and a touch of molases.

The taste ok. Over-roasted grain produces a burnt malt taste kind of like bitter coffee grounds. There is a touch of dark chocolate as well.

The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Overall it's a decent beer. I picked it up because I liked the bottle cap. I don't know that I would go out of my way to get it again, but I'd drink it if someone gave me one.

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