Nepenthe Ales The Shire Stout | Candia Road Brewing Company

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Nepenthe Ales The Shire StoutNepenthe Ales The Shire Stout

Brewed by:
Candia Road Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by johnnnniee on 01-14-2012

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Rick5150:
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Photo of chimaylvr
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no freshness date but that's not an issue.

App: nice chocolate brown to black with tan, roasty foam, but dissipated rather quickly

S: really hits the nose with dark fruits, plum, black cherry and hazelnut overtones; also semi-sweet cocoa

T: chocolate cake like but without the dominant sweetness of the real thing though not bitter, just enough for a milk stout sweetness; back of palate black cherry and semi-dry alcohol finish

M: malty but slick, not buttery or syrupy; full and smooth but not thick,

O: it may be because of my preference to dark rather than milk chocolate but unlike many stouts of the imperial, milk, oatmeal, coffee, etc. this is different. There's an appeal here, those that pair stouts with dessert will like this one; enjoyable and one I would buy here and there. If i have a complaint it needs more of what it has - a fuller, richer distinct flavor profile that says "wow", Nepenthe Shire Stout, gotta have it and tell 15 people about it. Anyone who overhypes this beer has not had many stouts; slams it, is unfair cause it is fair, very fair

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently bought some of this brewery's beers at The Village Market in Hampton Falls. I've enjoyed them all, and really like the artwork on the labels.

This beer was black in color with a thick cocoa-colored head. There was a little bit of lace.

Roasted malt aroma. Strong coffee. Dark chocolate. Maybe a little bit of licorice. Very pleasant.

Strong coffee/espresso taste. Dark chocolate. Kind of charcoal.

Full-bodied and dry. Very nice.

Looking forward to more from Candia Road.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on February 12, 2012. It pours a beautiful, coal black with a very large, long lasting silky, delicate, dark brown head. The aroma has plenty of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and an earth-like but crisp hop character. The body falls into the medium range and it is nowhere near as heavy as stouts can be. The taste has an acidic quality along with its dark malt flavor and hop bitterness. This is not a sweet stout. It is a likeable beer.

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Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ScaryEd
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Inglewood
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ColdOneKev
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of smanson56
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Photo of Bilco
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jarrgal
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of lou50rp
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades slowly and leaves traces of lace. Black color, no highlights, ton of yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is roasted/burnt coffee. Dry finish. 22oz bottle $6.99 from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a dense, small bubbled, foamy, light brown head that is a solid inch and a half with very decent retention. Aromas of heavy roast and rich mocha, with some smokey overtones. Flavors are a little sharp, with bitter coffee and roast in the backbone, and a kick of smoke once again. Smooth and rich on the tongue, with a smokey, roasted coffee aftertaste. Bitter, slightly dry finish. This is a solid beer, with good flavors and a great level of drinkability.

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Photo of pharris192
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kdivers
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risendragon
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought from good ol' Market Basket and poured from bomber bottle into a stout glass (Christmas present from both my mother-in-law and aunts-in-law).

L- Nearly pitch black with a tad bit of mahogany, a deep tan head that dissipates quickly. (4)

S- Dark fruit, cherry, slight booze influence. Roasted malts, dark chocolate thrown in as well. (4)

T- Roasted malts right off the bat (a welcome taste). There is a sweet note to it, dark chocolate, slight coffee hint. The fruity aroma does not come through as much in the taste, but this is a rather impressive stout. (4.5)

F- Here's where it clunks a little bit. The body is a bit thin for a stout, more on the porter side. I was expecting more of a smoother mouthfeel to it. (3.5)

O- Despite the off-putting mouth feel, this is a nice stout. It has the roasted flavors one comes to expect from a stout, it has a simple yet complex flavor profile that I like, and it is rather affordable for a local craft beer. (4.25)

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we have the first beer available from the convenience store that opened a homebrew shop next door then decided to become a brewery as well.
Pours a solid black color without much of a head, but a smattering of bubbles persist in a ring on top and leave spotty lace on the way down. Smell is roasty and chocolatey with some brown sugar and caramel thrown in as well as some balancing earthy hops. Taste follows the smell quite well. Lots of roast and chocolate with bits of caramel toffee and a hint of earthy hop flavor. Medium body with a bit of a dry finish, moderate to light carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Wow, I didn't expect to be so impressed with this one but damn this is one fine beer here. I think I'll have to pick up some more before the word gets out.

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Photo of dphillips
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of VALIS666
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DJG07008
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Nepenthe Ales The Shire Stout from Candia Road Brewing Company
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