Celebration Stout | The Porterhouse Brewing Company

Celebration StoutCelebration Stout
86 Ratings
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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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of qrazvan
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nine_Tails
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

With pronunced bitterness and strong taste

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Photo of Allegue04
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into An Brainblasta goblet in the porterhouse Dublin. Reviewed from notes.

A: 2.5 finger tan head with lovely cream and thickness, somwhat remarkable for the high ABV. Black colour.

Sm: Chocolate, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. Nice but not overbearing, and exciting for its implied complexity.

T: Caramel and toffee are pronounced. Some cream in the finish. Some chocolate on the climax. Nicely balanced yet complex. Suits the style. Built very well, and with the demands and norms of the style in mind. Thank YHWH this isn't like O'hara's.

Mf: Too coarse and wet. Dry enough anyways.

Dr: Hides its 7% very well, but suffers from a 5.10 euro price.


2nd impressions from a bottle with a pull-tab cap purchased in Tallinn, Estonia and reviewed live on 08.03.15. Label is gorgeous, with a classy ornate design.

7.5% ABV. Imperial stout. Best before 29.09.15.

A: Gorgeous creamy soft head of khaki colour. Sticky and full, with an ideal even fluffy consistency and a great complexion. Retention is stellar - ~9 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque ruby-black with cola-like hues about the bottom of the glass.

Sm: Chocolate, dark fruit (plum, date, maybe fig), chocolate malts, faint roast, crystal malt, caramel, and hints of burnt sugars.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T & Mf: Chalky and dry, with evident harsh burnt characteristics (almost to the point that it's acrid). Has a coarse rough presence the palate; dragging. Hints of reticent dark fruit blend oddly with the dominant chocolate malt to awkward effect; this build lacks cohesion. Not a gestalt flavour profile, but elements of it are enjoyable.

I remembered liking this a lot more, but now I find it shallow compared to other beers in the style.

O: Drinkability is on par with its high ABV. The oddly coarse unrefreshing texture coupled with the sweet taste makes this a pretty hum-ho middle of the road imperial stout, and I'd like both richer chocolate notes and more of a roasted barley backbone. It's not unbalanced, though, and it'll probably scratch one's imperial stout itch. Not a unique or special imperial stout, but I'm glad this is available in the Irish market.


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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Big whiskey, charred oak and vanilla notes dominate the nose with lighter chocolate and roast notes in the background.

T - The barrel qualities are dominant with charred oak, whiskey and vanilla coming through in the forefront. Chocolate, roast and a hint of smoke are present as well. The finish is dry and biter.

M 0 Medium body with very heavy carbonation for the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of torriman
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, right-handed as ever was, boyo (not to mention, that lawsuit-ready splitting metal cap top), and with some nicely appropriate cross-cultural tunes courtesy of Flogging Molly providing ample background ambiance.

This beer pours a veritably solid black, with attractively restrained cherry cola highlights, and three fingers of densely foamy, rather bubbly, and eventually chunky burnt tan head, which leaves some sudsy expansive tree limb lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of mixed orchard fruit - drupe and red alike, mild rainy-day ash, bready caramel malt, some saucy umami, soft bittersweet coffee grounds, and leafy, perfumed hops. The taste is more mildly astringent apple, pear, cherry, and plum fruitiness, chalky cocoa, dry caramel candy, an almond cookie nuttiness (mom's X-mas cookies represent!), a weird echo of grainy wood treatment, which may be better explained by the lingering leafy, boozy, and perfumed hops, perchance.

The bubbles are softly integrated, and little more, the body a tame medium weight, mostly smooth, and creamy like all Irish stouts, no stereotyping intended. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, coffee, toffee, and perceived alcohol all large and in charge, while the astringent fruit and converse booze edginess fade accordingly.

A tasty enough RIS, in the traditional sense, so cheers, slainte, and na zdrovye to these sassy underdogs in the Irish brew scene. Unfortunately, to my American-dulled palate, this is a wee bit too underwhelming, more than a tad too weak (strangely), due to westward expansion, or something. Anyways, drinkable, enjoyable for what it is, and commendable all the same.

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Photo of VictoriaTyagunova
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. A 7% ABV russian imperial stout? Hmm interesting. Pours a jet black color with a nice tan head, very appealing look. Medium to full bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel. Not overpowering by any means, tastes almost like a hopper up, thicker Guinness. Pretty solid beer, especially for one I have never really heard of. Turned out to be one of the best of the night with a well balanced great taste and delicious finish.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml received in trade from mtbdonn... Big props goes out to Donn for an epic 2nd trade! Shared this one with the brother tonight.. the Lion's share goes into a HotD goblet. Spotty lacing.

Light brown head... the brew is inky black.. nice retention and cap.

The nose is roasty and a bit sweet.. a little bit of soy sauce makes me think this is higher ABV than 7%.. but I will trust the label. Not getting much in the way of hops except some possibly imaginary grassy notes. Nice rounded stout flavors as the glass approaches room temp.

Pretty good flavors across the board.. dark malt and some minor char... dark fruity elements are of the raisin and dark cherry element... cocoa (almost milk chocolate) shows with warmth..

Very surprising body for a 7% brew... medium and decent carbonation..


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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Celebration Stout from The Porterhouse Brewing Company
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