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Cavalry Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This dry Irish stout is smooth and flavorful with excellent malt and chocolate undertones.

50 IBU

Added by Durge on 07-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a very large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a dry and bitter-sweet dark chocolate flavor followed by a hearty roasted malt character. There are background flavors of coffee and dark fruit. The hops presence is mild as you would expect in the style and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a mediocre beer and there are several others that are better in the style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium tan foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves very nice lace on the glass.

S - Nutty malt with a hint of smoky coffee and caramel.

T - Dark, bready malt notes up front with a hint of smoke. Some spicy, chicory character comes out in the middle with more nutty caramel. It finishes with a lot of smoky chicory and light, spicy hop flavors. Moderate malt bitterness lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Pretty well done and unusually full flavored for the style. It has a sufficiently dry finish and appropriately low alcohol content, but quite a lot more character than the "G" word. The spicy, smoky character could turn some people off, but for me it adds a bit of welcome interest in what can otherwise be a boring beer style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint Glass.

Thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

Gotta love the random extras, right? This one pours a bleak black-brown topped by over a finger of light tan foam. The nose is mostly composed of roasted malts, though some mild dark chocolate powder and light grass also enter into the equation, though potentially as results of human error (those damn scientists and mathematicians never learn...). The taste is similarly situated, with the roast just coming in way over-the-top-like. It's not necessarily overly roasted, but it's just nothing but roast, a one-note song if ever there was one (and I listen to Mattias IA Eklundh, so I know a thing or two about one-note songs, baby). The body is a light medium, with a high moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, this stout just didn't do it for me, what with the overabundance of roast and the overcarbonation. Oh well...

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Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown in color, one inch head, opaque

Smell: faint roasted malt

Taste: roasted malt and some chocolate malt

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with a dry/bitter end, medium bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An average dry stout. Not bad, but nothing to go out of my way for either.

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Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.23/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to ManVersusBeer for this bottle.

A: Pours with a massive head! Is there beer under this bubbly tan cloud? Ohh yes. There it is. It's a nice silky black. It begins to come into it's own once the carbonation settles.

S: My first thought are hops, rust, and a touch of sweet malt. There is also a slight floral (almost rose like) smell to it. It's different. Not exactly what I was expecting from a stout.

T: The initial hit is sweet milk chocolate, but that gives way to a rusty taste, and then it finishes with big citric acid. The finish is very unpleasant.

M: Full bodied beer that starts off smooth, but then quickly turns dry. That drying make this beer have a sharpness that lingers for awhile and it finishes with a sting.

O: I'm not a fan of this beer at all. From the super carbonated pours, to the rusty smell, to the acidic finish... No thanks. I won't be seeking this beer out again.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another generous offering from the Cavalry Brewery open house tasting last month, this familiar stout on cask shows a solid brown-black color with a healthy tan head and modest lacing. The aroma is a deep and tasty swamp malt and some chocolaty charcoal, very nice. The flavor says sharp charcoal smoke and more terse malt base. It’s solidly medium bodied but sort of aqueous to allow good drinkability considering the fairly intense flavor. Carbonation for a cask is fine but very full and makes for a smooth, slightly chalky feel. This has great personality. There is a hint of lemon highlight. Right up there with the Marauder as the best of Cavalry for my tastes. However, as usual with Cavalry, I find the lack of hop punch to be a negative overall, and here again, a little more would push it up a notch in my mind.

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2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of woosterbill
2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On-tap at Mikro into a shaker pint.

A: Black body with an inch of frothy, pillowy light-brown foam on top. Great retention but mediocre lacing. Pretty nice.

S: Dry, roasty coffe and some raw chocolate malt. Great intensity, but damn rough and unintegrated.

T: Roasted malt and bitter coffee are all I'm getting here. Thin and harsh; again, I'm impressed with the intensity of flavor - it's just unfortunate that it's intensely bad.

M: Watery in body and sharp in carbonation. No thanks.

D: The astringency of the roast really takes over the aftertaste, and it's genuinely unpleasant to keep drinking. Horribly undrinkable for such a low-ABV beer.

Notes: I'm all for nigh-session stouts with lots of flavor, but I'm sorry to say that Cavalry really has a ways to go on making this one a success. This stout just goes way overboard on the roasted malt astringency, making it a chore to drink. The watery body doesn't help matters at all, as there were times when you could have convinced me that I was drinking a bad cup of cold coffee. I don't know if there's any way to up the body on such a low-strength beer, but they should really look into it. I'm not, of course, looking for sweetness from a dry stout, but just a bit of heft could give a platform for the malts. I wish Cavalry the best, and hope that their other offerings are superior to this one.


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Photo of sulldaddy
4.14/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle opens with a fizzy pop and pours dark cola brown into my glass.
A huge creamy tan head foams up even with the gentlest of pours, fills my glass after 3 oz is poured from the bottle. The head recedes very slowly, creating craters in the center and leaving some tight lattice on the sides of my glass.
Aroma is fairly mild but dominated by roasted malt notes and a little bit of baker's chocolate. Maybe a bit of roasted peanut too?
First sip reveals a very smooth textured beer with a fairly light body, which fits the style.
Very easy drinking with no hint of ABV, which is low, and only the faintest bitterness on the finish. This bite is all roasted grain and not from hops.
A nice drinking, easily sessionable beer. Another winner from Cavalry!
I gotta take a little off due to the overfoaming on the initial pour.

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Photo of agreenman19
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
1.42/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Look: As soon as the beer hits the glass it fills the glass with nothing but foam and about 1/4 inch of beer at the bottom. When the foam finally subsides the beer is black and totally opaque and leaves behind some lacing

Smell: Light roast some coffee and slightly metallic

Taste: Upfront is a bit of coffee and off putting acidity. It finishes with a bunch of roasted malt which creates a ash flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a carbonation mess

Overall: Avoid avoid avoid. This beer is more than like infected and if it is not then it is just pure shit in a glass

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Photo of KevMo84
4/5  rDev +27%

Photo of Burkbom23
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.77/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass:

A: Jet black body with cola-like highlighted edges and a very thin head of slightly creamy brown foam which had decent retention and left a thin ring of lace.

S: Roasted barley, carob, cocoa, a bit of coal and wood ashes dominate the aroma. A clear, herbal hop resin is noted as well.

T: Bittersweet roasted malt flavor which gives off flavors of bittersweet chocolate, black malts, a little licorice and anise flavoring to add to the roasted barley finish. The 50 IBUs are notable for giving the brew an earthy, herbal, bitter and slightly sticky finish. Lots of malt flavor given the low ABV.

M: Light-medium bodied with a little bit a watery, non-carbonated malt flavor, yet sticky, resinous hop bitterness. A little bit creamy, but not the best balance here.

D: There's no shortage of flavor given the low 4.5% ABV, but not the balance of creaminess, roasted malts and dry bitterness I look for in Irish stouts. Sort of an off-the-mark brew, but worthy of a try. Not exactly what I think of when having a dry Irish stout, but not too far off from it's Americanized brethren (i.e. Shipyard Blue Fin Stout).

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Photo of HopStoopid120
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of h4ger
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of chrispoint
1/5  rDev -68.3%

Photo of Urbancaver
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a bit of off-white head. Very dark. Smells sweet and roasty. Lots of sweetness more than anything else on the nose. Tastes a bit thin. Lots of roast but not much malt backbone to back it up. Being an english dry stout I guess that is to be expected. Very dry. Sweet and dry in a good combination. Overall a bit thin but decent mouthfeel and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.36/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first brew from this relatively new local brewery.

A - a stout is a stout. and this one is no exception in the color department. It's as black as it should be.It does well up more head than I expected, 3/4 the glass. The head is foamy and light brown.

S - a musty malty smell hits first. An earthy, basementy mustiness. The malts are roasted and a but chocolatey.

T - the bitter mustiness persists to the flavor. as it warms the mustiness relents a little into a malty hoppy bitterness. Not a fan. I like my stouts balanced with some malty sweetness, or simply just flavor. No coffee or chocolate elements I like in my stout.

M&D - not the same body I'd expect from an IDS, nor the flavor. THe mustiness was off putting and I couldnt make it through the rest of the glass. Not a great stout, but I will try this brwery again.

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Photo of taez555
2.21/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This beer, when poured as slowly into a glass as possible after being careful moved from a fridge where it had sitting for days, poured an offwhite tan head. A minute later a dark beer began to appear under the foam.

Nose has a decent dark malt, sweet and little hoppy smell.

Taste is over the top carbonation with when let sit for it go away has a dull muted coffee and roasted malt flavor. Very bitter with an old coffee sort of bitter flavor. Its really hard to make out any strong fresh flavors because the carbonation needs to die before you can drink it and that point you're drinking dead foam more than beer.

I'm sorry. I bought a full mixed case of Cavalry beers while in CT and every single bottle was overcarbonated, this style being the worst. One bottle exploded and sprayed my ceiling and two were drain pours after giving up on the carbonation. I'm sure its a decent beer, but its just sooo overcarbonated(and again, this was all 24 beers I drank). I will not being trying these beers again any time soon.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium bodied and hshort off white colored head that leaves a little lacing down the glass as it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, deeper more burnt malts, oats, a bit of chocolate and a trace of hops at the end.
T: Tastes like the aroma with sweet roasted malts, more bitterly roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a hint of light earthy hops at the end of the beer.
M: Very crisp, fresh, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, this was a very sessionable stout. Nice flavors, mild abv, really well done.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmitchell for the bottle!

A-black with no head whatsoever.
S-very odd. Sweet, but can't quite put much else on it.
T-alot like it smells. Very sweet and malty. Dry coffee aftertaste.
M-medium bodied and smooth with a nice coffee after taste.
D-very drinkable. Im very happy to try this!

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Nomad Stout from Cavalry Brewing
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