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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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 biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev -6%
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 kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
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 olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Irish oddity brought back by my parents as a gift. Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is black with a tan head, low carbonation, nice retention, some lacing. Looks good.

Aroma is roasty and a little sweet.

Beer is medium in body, relatively roasty / bitter from the grains. Decent finish, sort of an odd imperial stout but I'd have it again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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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Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Viscous black with oxblood highlights and creamy chocolate brown head that pits, rims, and sheets.
Coffee, meat juices, roasty sweetness, prune and a surprising deep floral perfume.
Brown sugar, soy sauce, charcoal, blackberries, a roasty hit with wood and some real orange peel hops.
Chocolate and marzipan finish and bitter wood pulp linger.
Medium, a bit chewy, round, a touch of oil, very smooth.

Titles itself an "Imperial Irish Stout" and that actually is an appropriate label: creamy, lighter-bodied than you'd expect for the flavors, and no burn add up to a remarkably easy drinker. Hoppy ending makes a big difference - I'm guessing a big whack of EKG. Why do I feel like the US market is in mind with this one?

The closest thing to a session RIS you'll ever find, which is a bit of miracle in itself.

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Photo of shigg85
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a cervoise glass at the Brewpub in Dublin.

A: A nice finger-and-a-half of rich head, pitted with good retention. The body is pitch-black and opaque except for reddish edges. Good-looking stout.

S: Great! Rich, complex roasted mlats with heavy coffee and alcohol notes. Sweet toffee/caramel scents with hops fighting to be heard (they are). Layered and delicious. Nice chocolatiness.

T: Light in body, but not in flavour. Initially roasted and strong, it segues into a fruity, alcoholic (more so than its 7% would suggest) maintaste. The aftertaste is drying and lies somewhere between bitter coffee and overripe sweet fruit (with a sour edge to it...persimmons?). A solid imperial stout, roundly alcoholic and a good beer.

M: Carbonation is delicate and omnipresent. The body is very light and smooth, but the beer nonetheless feels substantial.

D: Heftier than its ABV implies -- truly an imperial stout. A good sipping beer. It's quite filling; I couldn't have many. Recommended -- one of Porterhouse's best.

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Photo of samEBC
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Nunya
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of JohnBender
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin about 3/4 years ago... Best before date of Christmas 2008

Poured almost completely black with just some brown hints when held up to the light. Creamy brown head poured quite thick and fizzy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, lots of rich chocolate, some blackcurrent/blackberry notes, leathery, woody, light liquorice, some vanilla traces, very earthy, some tar, spicy hops, treacle/burnt sugar, some alcohol traces...

Taste - Strong roasted malt bitterness followed by nice vanilla, some smokey notes, nutmeg, some black coffee, creamy dark chocolate, peppery hops, faint liquorice, some nutty sweetness, treacle, slight sourness coming through..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 7.00% as there is no real hint of the alcohol

Overall - An excellent porter and one i wish i'd bought more of to age.. reminded me a little of Brooklyn BCS which is no bad thing... recommended..

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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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