Stormy Port
Galway Bay Brewery

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Galway Bay Brewery
English Porter
Ranked #87
Ranked #21,394
3.77 | pDev: 13.79%
Sep 12, 2022
Apr 26, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: This rich and complex beer boasts its roasted coffee notes and hides certain sweetness and chocolate flavours in the background.
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
440ml can from Centra, Enniskillen (€3.65):
Opaque black & opaque with a thick looking creamy head just under half a cm tall but holding well. The nose is quite dark with chocolate malts & a smoked aroma similar to a rauchbier with some ham/smoked sausage notes that I wasn't expecting or appreciative of. There was a some roasted notes & earthy malts too but I wasn't a fan. The taste is similar to the nose, not quite as smoky though but some of the ham flavours do come through - it dark & medium to full bodied with some earthy, roasted malts & hints of chocolate but it's closer to a rauchbier for me & not at all what I'd expected sadly.
Sep 12, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
look: giant tan coloured head with very good retention, beer is jet black, no light bleeding through.

smell: light but nice aroma, milk and dark chocolate, espresso, coffee beans, smokey, toffee, caramel, hint of some sweet dark fruits.

taste: really smokey and earthy, dark chocolate, meaty, cigar smoke, ash, oaky, nutty, only lightly sweet, lot of espresso, serious bitterness on the finish, smokey flavours linger.

feel: medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, quite smooth, lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

overall: a pretty interesting porter, this can has a good few months on it, would like to try it fresher, but not bad at all
Apr 15, 2021
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Rated by Truegent2004 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Solid Irish Porter all the way around. Galway Bay Brewery know what they're doing.
Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by deac83 from Texas

Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by nickfl from Florida

May 22, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Drknight from Virginia

Mar 28, 2017
Rated: 4 by Piglet_rulz_da_yard from California

Mar 24, 2017
Rated: 1.51 by shchoon from Poland

Feb 13, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Nov 09, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by kwjd from Canada (ON)

Jul 16, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by toscanoigor from Brazil

May 28, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by Tiernan from Texas

Feb 10, 2016
Rated: 4.27 by risenz from England

Dec 31, 2015
Rated: 4.42 by Chilly_E from Arizona

Dec 28, 2015
Rated: 3.4 by HopBroker from Washington

Nov 22, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by Dorbeck from Indiana

Oct 18, 2015
Rated: 4.59 by Pisshhead from Ireland

Sep 12, 2015
Rated: 3.72 by AlbertVogler from South Carolina

Jun 13, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by beermonster001 from Ireland

May 08, 2015
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Reviewed by beerinabottle from Ireland

4.86/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Roasted chocolate hit me early. 500 ml bottle picked up in midlands Ireland. Not for those who prefer a bitter porter. Would have liked a creamy head but not complaining. Nice drinkable porter.
May 02, 2015
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Reviewed by NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
Poured a dark-brown, clear colour.

Smelled of roasted malts, clean, with a little bit of chocolate.

Tasted toasty, faintly sweet with bits of coffee and chocolate. Clean and very mellow. Very drinkable porter.

Would I buy it again? Definitely.
Apr 24, 2015
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Rated by BogBoyJD from Ireland

3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A bit thin. Lacking bitterness that goes with the style. Drinkable but a bit off
Apr 15, 2015
Rated: 3.72 by Richie71 from Ireland

Apr 07, 2015
Rated: 3.46 by innominat from Ireland

Mar 29, 2015
Rated: 4.23 by IronTom from Illinois

Mar 16, 2015
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Reviewed by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4/5  rDev +6.1%
500ml bottle bought online from

Poured almost pitch black with just the slightest hint of red when held up to the light... Creamy mocha head poured tight, thick and meringue like then faded quickly to decent thickish covering.. some thick lines of lacing coat the glass for the duration...

Aroma - Quite strong dustiness, roasted chocolate maltiness, instant coffee granules, burnt toasted bread, some dark fruit hints (black cherries and blackcurrents), vanilla notes, faint treacle sweetness, some pepperiness..

Taste - Some roasted malt bitterness, lots of pepperiness, faint smoky notes, quite earthy, roasted nuts, dark coffee / espresso, no real sweetness - just the slightest hint of some dark muscovado sugar.. some light blackcurrent fruitiness, light milky traces... all the flavours seem a little watered down though...

Feel - Pretty sharp and very dry... light / medium bodied... Fairly quaffable at only 5.1%

Overall - A pretty good porter although i think the flavours could all do with being beefed up a bit.. certainly worth a try though...
Nov 22, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by lillitnn92 from Virginia

Nov 20, 2014
Rated: 3.88 by funkel81 from Colorado

Sep 14, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Eramen from Ireland

Jul 16, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Bandi from New York

Jun 29, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by metter98 from New York

Jun 23, 2014
Rated: 3.95 by dryndantheman from Ireland

Apr 21, 2014
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Reviewed by bareju from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On-tap at The Black Sheep in Dublin, Ireland.

A - Served in a pint glass. Dark chocolate brown with a hint of red, nice creamy white head.

S - Roasted coffee, hints of chocolate.

T - One of the best tasting porters I've had. Incredibly smooth transitions in the flavor profile, flowing effortlessly from coffee to smooth chocolate to a nicely bitter finish.

M - Fairly typical porter mouthfeel, a little bit light. Medium low carbonation. I'd definitely like a stronger mouthfeel on this one, but it's right on par as far as style goes.

O - An excellent Irish craft beer, one of the best porters I've had. Easy drinking, but tasty and refreshing, didn't want it to end. May have been influenced by the awesome pub I had it in as well.

* From notes
Nov 28, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by kscaldef from Oregon

Aug 28, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Eucrid from Ireland

Mar 10, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by ronanohall

Nov 21, 2012
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Against the Grain, Dublin.

Garnet-tinged black with a tight creamy tan head that sheets. Roasty smoke and Maltesers nose.
Earth, tea brack and demerara sugar, a bit of branch, then some English hops astringency.
Cola end and clingy linger. Med-thin, soft, some creaminess.

A bit too sweet and sour, and syrupy body. Doesn't go for either roastiness or hops. (And without any bitterness, can't really be called an Irish Stout.)
If you want this sort of thing, try Dark Arts.

*from notes
Apr 26, 2012
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