Shandon Stout | Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

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Franciscan Well Micro Brewery

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A creamy Cork-style dry stout with all the roasted malt character that defines this classic style.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2005

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by aorloski:
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Photo of innominat
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oh! Game on

Close to almost black liquid

Carmel head, mild lace and good retention.

Aroma is of Patton malt, nutty, chocolate, and mocha.

The taste is really much betterr then the standard. This beer has a complexity not found in most. Nuts, chocolate, and medium roasted coffee.

Over all aust try and a would contender of this session style.

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Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap at The Norseman, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of dark malts. No dryness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This stout isn't that flavorful compared to some of the other beers in the style but is very easy to drink.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerucee
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth with strong coffee taste. At brewery in cork.

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Photo of LynnHomeBrewer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of speedvagen
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atis
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in Franciscan Well pub in March 09.

The beer is dark brown/black with tan head till the edge of the glass and remains in half finger thickness till the end of the glass, dense downsliding lacing. Aroma is mild roasted malt.

Taste is light roasted malt, some dark fruit, rather dry finish with lingering burnt and bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy medium-full.

Overall, a good Stout, just sometimes seemed to be too sweet.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught in the Franciscan Well, Cork into a generic real stout (i.e. non-tapered) pint glass. Note that the barstaff here can sometimes be exceptionally rude to foreigners. I got along grand because me accent is Galwegian, but I saw American tourists met with a hostility that is very rare for Ireland. If you order here and you're a Yank, be sure to ask as politely as possible, and don't ask for a pint of "the Shandon." Ask for a pint of "the stout". (They also serve a Shandon Cider).

A: One finger head of lovely cream, thickness, and retention. Quite nice indeed. Nice tanned cream colour, appropriate for a stout. The beer itself is a typical luscious black colour. Very appealing to a stout lover like meself. A bad upward bubble show, almost trying to emulate Guinness, but failing.

Sm: Light coffee, chocolate, and maybe toffee. Medium roast. Pleasant.

T: Proper roasted (and probably unmalted) barley, but a bit flat. Nice notes of coffee, caramel, and hints of chocolate on the climax. Nicely balanced, coming together as the climax approaches. Well built for a stout taste-wise.

Mf: Far too wet for a proper stout, especially after the climax. A stout ought to be dry on the finish to encourage the next sip, but this one isn't. Coarseness is displaced to the climax instead of being present on (and from) the first half. Undercarbonated.

Dr: At four quid, it's one of the better deals in the Franciscan Well. By Irish standards, it's a well priced microbrew stout, but it's still rather expensive overall. It's easily downable during sessions, but Guinness is far better and far cheaper. Fix the unwelcome wetness and carbonation problems, and it'll easily be a B. Elsewise, consumers ought to stick to Beamish and Guinness.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Franciscan Well brewpub in November 06.
Overall, this is more Beamish than Guinness or Murphy's but with more flavour. Coffee, roast malts etc. It is also much drier than the aforementioned macro stouts. In other words, it actually fits ths classification as an Irish Dry Stout much more easily than the others. Quite a tasty brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of cypressbob
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the 2005 Belfast Beer Festival

Pours with a rich dark body, patchy tan head with fair retenion. Some lacing

Smell, typically roasted malt character, little hint of charred bread, some chalky flouriness also

Taste, fairly smooth roast malt bitterness, underlying chalkiness to the palette, some lasting bitterness

A solid stout, although a little disappointing

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with hint of garnet and a taupe nitro head that leaves creamy sheets.
Sour roast, ash wood shavings and cocoa powder on the nose - layered.
Sweet black currant, root beer and camp coffee up front, a slightly roasty bite, and twiggy hops.
Slight dried orange rind finish and bitter linger. Light to medium, some cling, round, creamy but thin.

A light, sweet take on the style. Less traditional, more drinkable but ultimately inferior to other modern Irish versions of dry stout like Porterhouse Plain. Interesting to taste another one from left field, from the People's Republic.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of kwjd
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spdyfire83
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

289th Review
On draft at Against the Grain
Served in an unmarked pint glass

From notes.

A: Deep chocolate. Soft ¾ (mocha) fingernail head.

S: Roasted dark malt (nearly burnt) and chocolate dominate here. Hint of coffee.

T: Very roasty from the start. Coffee. Chocolate. Hint of toffee sweetness. Quite bitter though. Nearly taste a smidge like cardboard which is never a good thing.

M: Full bodied with smooth, soft, creamy carbonation.

O: An okay stout at best. The bitterness is a bit distracting and I think this keg might have been sitting around a bit too long.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of flyingpig
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint (Keg) from Kelvingrove Café, Glasgow (£5.50):
While not exactly a bad tasting beer, this one was very bland & weak at times which made it extremely difficult to detect much of anything in the early going sadly. There was some basic roasted malts & a nutty flavours coming through on top of quite a smooth, creamy body but this wasn't enough to make it a good beer & I can't imagine it'd be one that I'd rush back to again.

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Photo of ManUtdSooner
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had in a flight of three with Murphy's Stout and Guinness Stout. I was surprised at how beautiful it tasted. It's my new favorite Stout.
Rich creamy head that you can write your name in. Fantastic mouth feel. Black as night. Yum

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Photo of ZachT
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shandon Stout from Franciscan Well Micro Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 25 ratings