Celebration Stout | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

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Celebration StoutCelebration Stout

Brewed by:
The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally 10.0% ABV but brought back at 7.0%.

Added by Morris729 on 11-20-2006

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Photo of beerinabottle
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle recently acquired from a Dublin off licence. BBD of Dec 2016. With abv of 7.5 and last reviews in 2013 this may be a new reincarnation. One of most enjoyable imperial stouts I have tasted.

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Photo of mnixon86
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Onslow
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Pours a struck match black .-.

has some delicious and flavourful complexities , some magic for sure: too many to list! .-.

the head is quite low for an imp stout but lacing is decent .-.

the alcohol is absolutely masked! .-.

For a Imperial stout, this stuff is amazingly smooth and just way to easy to drink! .-.

one of the greatest pleasures was to drink this beer. Slainte Ireland!!!

--A BIG thank you goes out to Garthicus for helping me obtain a couple of bottles!! and thanks to my uncle for driving and getting it!! and thanks to my mum for bringing it all the way to america!!!--"

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Photo of wl0307
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle was purchased at the Covent Garden branch of Porterhouse around three years ago, during a pub trail with fellow BAs Rick, Rob Beer, Simon, etc. in central London. BB "Xmas 2008", served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: coming in a pitch-black hue, topped with a semi-creamy tan froth with good retention, settling slowing to a thin cap to last throughout the drink. Despite being a bottle-conditioned beer, I can't find any trace of yeas sediments in the empty bottle, by the way...
S: ringing a bell of an American take on the RIS, as the aroma is deeply, oily malty but underlined by a pronounced touch of flowery hops... In the malty department, a dense and rich flow of dark chocolates, treacle-ish walnuts, coffee-flavoured toffee, and syrupy dried golden prunes is laced with a subdued black prune-ish and winey sourness (not dissimilar to a semi-stale traditional example of English RIS), together rendering a balanced structure. On the side of fruitiness and hops, my limited experience of US RIS tells me the vanilla-ish sweet notes and juicy flowery hops have certainly found their way into this brew. Overall, to me the aroma is... "breezy" even; only after a good swirl is the underlying alc. elevated a bit. Complex, extremely nice, and highly approachable as all's well balanced.
T: heavenly... the superbly-textured, juicy, semi-sweet flowery hop-malt mixture takes the lead, showing just about everything one'd dream of for a marvellous RIS - the roast/black malts expand with vanilla notes of bitter chocolates, deeply-scented tobacco-ish smoky malts, dry/burned walnuts, old-woody but rough tannins (ringing a bell of mixed Chinese herb medicine!), a mildly sour-sweet input of black prune tea and sour raisins, plus a tongue-plucking-ly dry effect as of late-hopping that elevates the overall weight skilfully in the long finish. I might have been misguided (on the nose) for thinking US hops are used as it's not so apparent on the flavour characters, but, on the balance, hops do play a crucial role to round off the sharper stale edge as much as the syrupy maltiness, prolonging the aftertaste with the 3D bitterness, considerably!
M&D: if I could, I would've given the mouthfeel 5.5 out of 5, as (an opinion also shared by several fellow reviewers here) it's simply heavenly on the palate - silky/velvety smooth, with very little (if not none) trace of alc., full-bodied yet feeling deceptively light... I feel highly-rewarded for my dogged patience in the last three years actually, although I haven't tried a slightly "younger" bottle anyway. At the price of 5 quid (if I remember it correctly), it's a bit (too) expensive but I'd say I'd pay the same for it again for this level of satisfaction. A truly top-notch ale from an excellent brewpub company of Dublin - this beer should've been made a regular, I say!

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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. Playing Magic 2015. Low ABV but still full of taste and aroma. Great balance between roastyness, sweetness and bitterness with some spicyness too. At the end of the glass yeast seem to concentrate spoiling the last 2 sips though

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Photo of gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of nico_freespirit
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Naerhu
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - jet black body with small, tiny (almost no) tan head.
S - lovely fresh expresso and roasted malt.
T - Slightly sweet, and extremely deep roasted malt and long lasting flavor. Mildly bitter and amazingly integrated.
M - Super silky, with very little carbonation. I cant believe its 10% abv, being so well integrated.
D - This was simply amazing. I loved every drop of it.

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Photo of capuozzo84
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of risenz
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of migleskun
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of innominat
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with a soft latte head and good lacing.

S: Nose is full of deep roasted malts and booziness. It smells much bigger than the ABV implies.

T: Taste just knocks you down with crisp, dry malts and bitter hops. There is a black coffee taste and a bit of booze, but in a good way.

D: This is hefty, but the alcohol is well hidden and compliments the other flavours. A very complex and original brew.

Overall: This is, as the Porterhouse claims, not an RIS, but an Imperial Dry Stout. It has the hop kick you find in an RIS, but there is the undeniable roasted dryness that is key in an Irish stout. Extremely tasty and flavourful brew, one of Porterhouse's best.

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Photo of Morris729
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Porterhouse Beers are normally only available on draught, but in July 2006, to celebrate their tenth anniversary, they produced Celebration Stout. Pours a cross between very dark brown and black ruby in color. Nose is rich coffee and a fruity earthiness. Taste is spot on with the aroma with flavors of espresso and dark chocolate as well as a fruity smokiness. Velvety in texture. A wonderful beer all-around. For some reason, the bottle reads, “Drank by Mouth.”

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Photo of allengarvin
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Richard who brought this back from Ireland. Poured into a pint glass, this is jet black beer with a thin film of foam across the top. The nose features appetizing notes of roasted coffee, sweet caramel, and fruitiness. The flavor mirrors the aroma, but with the addition of a pleasant smokiness and a lightly acidic tartness. The finish lingers with a smoky roast malt note. The body is a full but carbonation is a bit light, leaving a watery texture.

Very nice, interesting beer.

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Photo of kcbaby
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a snifter, best before April 2011. Has a unique label, with "Right-handed beer from Ireland" with a thumb print on it. Got this one at the Porterhouse in Dublin and the bartender was particularly proud of it, so I was excited.

It poured a nice tan head, but it didn't last long. It's nearly black in color, but the deep brown appearance it has looks good. It both tastes and smells like chocolate and malt roastiness, with some sweet fruits in the back. Lacing is good, trailing all the way down the glass. Mouthfeel is excellent, very smooth with little trace of alcohol. I'd like to try the 10% version to compare, but I will be more than happy with this one for now.

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Photo of richmof
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle (also from Redmonds)...finally got taste: it has been out of stock the last few times I was at the Porterhouse.

Poured a midnight black into a Porterhouse tulip. Gray bubbly-slightly creamy head with not much retention.

On the nose I get bitter chocolate, earthy spice, some alcohol, dark fruits...
The palate is very good. Intense flavours: espresso, liquorice, treacle, dark fruits, smokey malt. I get a bit of an alcohol kick at the end but not offputting.

Not too dry and not too sweet: this is exactly how I would want an imperial stout to be. At 7%, not sure I would have more than two or three but I am delighted to find this. The best Irish porter or stout I have ever tasted.

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Photo of GBallHead
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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