Devil's Night
Circle Brewing Company

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Irish Dry Stout
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3.76 | pDev: 6.65%
Circle Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Devil's NightDevil's Night
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 7
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3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I dig Circle's Nightlight Irish Stout and when I saw they'd done an Irish stout in whiskey barrels and brought it in at under 5% ABV, my curiosity was piqued. A 4 pack ran me $1.99 USD plus tax in Austin, TX.

Pours a khaki head atop an opaque black body. Pretty typical appearance for an Irish Dry Stout.

Aroma yields roasted barley, specialty chocolate malt, dark malt sweetness, enticing vanilla/barrel vanillin, and obvious oak. No peat or warmth from the whiskey barrel is present aromatically speaking. Suggests a creamy balanced Irish dry stout with a pleasant taste, though it doesn't seem horribly intricate. Aromatic intensity is average.

Texture is creamy and soft without needing to lean on nitro dispense as a crutch. Smooth, wet, and not unrefreshing. Well carbonated. Maybe a bit light in body for what it is, and more thickness wouldn't hurt, but overall it's well-executed though it fails to accentuate specific flavours or tie the beer together as a cohesive gestalt whole.

Taste fulfills the promises of the aroma, layering vanilla/barrel vanillin, oak, roast, very faint charred wood, and a scintilla of coffee atop a serviceable base of black malt, roasted barley, chocolate malt, and (I assume) 2-row. Balanced albeit simplistic. Depth of flavour could be improved, but it's well built overall and damn is it drinkable for a whiskey barrel aged stout.

Sometimes you don't want to tackle a monstrous imperial stout with loud flavours and a massive ABV. Devil's Night marries whiskey barrel character (though I'd peg it for bourbon in a blind tasting, to be honest) with a classic Irish dry stout base beer to good effect, delivering a brew I'll enjoy polishing off my 4 pack many whiskey barrel aged stouts can you say you could down 4 of in one sitting comfortably?

It's not without room for improvement...longer time in barrels, better barrels, more complexity, more depth of flavour, and more roastiness would all help bring this to the next level. I don't know that I'll buy a 4 pack of this all that regularly, but if Circle kept the price the same and tried sixers instead I'd revisit this a few times a year. Interesting and inspired work from an underrated brewery, and for my money one of the best Irish stouts currently brewed in Austin.

B- (3.46) / WORTHY

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3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$ 2.70 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.225/oz) at Spec’s on DeZavala Road, SATX
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter; allowed to warm to 45 degrees
Aroma – roasted malt, molasses – lasts entire glass
Head average (Maximum three cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy and dense, diminishing to a five mm ring and thin monolayer of tiny bubbles
Lacing poor – a few tiny islands of tinier bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor – begins with a sweetness of molasses and just a hint of roasted malt then the whiskey enters and leaves a slight burn. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, creamy, lively carbonation

No, aging beer in whiskey barrels doesn’t always improve it.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 4, Overall 3

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Devil's Night from Circle Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 7 ratings