Black Rock | Dungarvan Brewing Company

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Dungarvan Brewing Company

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnfromDublin on 05-18-2010

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

Massive gathering of bubbles reaches four fingers high, and the light brown lacing in its wake is an amazing sight on this black beer. Roasty nose ranges from French-roast coffee to cocoa powder to fresh, damp chimney soot with a hint of blackberry and musty yeast. Smooth, wet mouthfeel, light to medium body. Roasted grain flavor drops some notes of burnt sugar, wet charcoal and cocoa powder. Modest hopping lets the malt shine through. Yeasty tone, ripe fruit and some toasted bread drops in the middle. Mild roasty finish leans dry. Rustic, very drink- able and grew on us quick. Easily surpasses the benchmark for the style.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of fionn13
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle - what, no description of how 'Black Rock' pertains to the south of Eire?

This beer pours a solid black, with varied basal cola 'highlights' when pressed to the light, and three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent howling ghost lace around the glass as it gently bleeds away.

It smells of roasted, mildly gamey caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, rather bitter cocoa powder, faint salty black licorice, ethereal cold coffee, and plain earthy, weedy, and musty hops. The taste is bready, lightly toasted pale and caramel malt, pithy chocolate, mixed licorice and vanilla extract, weak day-old coffee, pithy nuts, and more generic earthy, dead leafy, and grassy noble hops.

The bubbles are fairly low-key, and mostly just supportive in their wan frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, a wee clamminess precluding any nascent creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the toasty malt, cocoa, coffee, anise, and nuttiness arranging themselves as such.

An interesting, if a bit too mealy of an Irish Dry Stout, overall - lots of flavour, just kind of disjointed in its rendering. Too bad, because I'm really starting to like these guys, bringing a new view to the Irish beer styles that have for too long been the purvey of the BBB (Boring Big Beer, for those not paying attention).

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of JohnIreland
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without doubt the best beer from DBC, I've had this on cask and in bottles.

On cask it's exceptional - possibly the best Irish made stout on the market at the moment.

Very complex, rich taste, with a very heavy body and almost like drinking stout-flavoured velvet.

Bottle was a disappointment in comparison, tasting almost unrelated, which leads me on to say I think DBC are also missing out by focussing on bottles with this, as the market really wants stout in draught form... the bottled market outside Waterford is virtually non-existent.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle into a Paulaner stein in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on December 12th, 2010. Pours a dark amber/black with a tanned, creamy head, three fingers thick, that retians well. Appealing, but possibly overcarbonated.

Sm: Moderate strength: cream, toffee, maybe a bit of chocolate. Kind of musty.

T: A powerful open, atypical of stouts. Tastes like it smells - and that includes the must. Balanced decently, but built strangely. Not bold, and not particularly good.

Mf: Very smooth but very dry.

Dr: Pricey but average.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this (the last of the three new brews from Dungarvan) on 18.05.2010 (Best by APR 2011).

It poured a murky black brew with a nice cream coffee coloured head. Aromas of burnt bitter chocolate and raisens soaked in rum.
It was warming and yet smooth; very easy drinking. Nice roasted malt quality with hints of coffee.

I'm not the biggest fan of stouts, but this is a mellow drop. It improves as it warms in the glass; the last drop tasting better than the first.

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Photo of LukeGude
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

At Skellig Experience cafe. Maybe had sitting in bottle too long? Sister loved it, I'd like to try on draft

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of StJamesGate
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a whipped cream stiff head of tan foam. Nose is seawater and smoke. Sour ashy roastiness, plus espresso grounds and brown sugar, with earthy minty hops. Sweet finish and a dry leave. Soft, creamy, round and light to medium.

A lean and sour take on the style. Sweetness is much muted. That and the body make it clean and easy-drinking.

Good to get a more traditional take on Irish stout.

My 500th review.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of spdyfire83
2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

290th Review
On draft at Against the Grain
Served in an unmarked pint glass

From notes.

A: Black. ½ (foamy mocha) fingernail head.

S: Graham cracker, chocolate, coffee, and a hint of raisin sweetness. Okay.

T: Follows nose exactly; however, very weak in taste. Quite boring if I must say actually.

M: Medium bodied with almost no carbonation.

O: Disappointing for sure. Maybe this beer is a bit more enjoyable from the bottle, but the cask verison was not pleasant. Just drink Guinness.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of flyingpig
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

£2.99 for a 500ml Bottle in O'Reilly's, Ireland (North):
Black with the odd red tinge and a giant, dome-shaped head that is about two inches tall and foamy with good retention. Lots of sediment and lacing too.

Strong, dark malts with a lot of chocolate and some spice that includes some aniseed-like flavours. There is some light coffee on the nose along with plenty of earthy tones.

Rich chocolate with some strong, earthly malts and further cocoa. I got some hints of sweetness and a coffee flavour that comes through strong around the middle then slowly fades.

Rough with a hard bitterness from the coffee coming through along with an abundance of spice and a lingering aftertaste that is also quite bitter. The beer had a medium body and carbonation was soft, although the balance was quite poor.

Not a beer that I enjoyed all that much sadly and one again another beer will go down as a poor Irish offering in my book. Lots of large of sediment in the glass despite my care when pouring and an overly bitter, earthy taste in my opinion.

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Black Rock from Dungarvan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 33 ratings