The Pugilist | Societe Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Societe Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RaulMondesi on 04-22-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 105
Photo of KevT
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer at Societe on a recent trip to San Diego. The ABV was listed as 5.2% on the board. The beer was very dark brown to black in color with a thin white-ish head. Aroma was loaded with roasted malt and chocolate. Black patent malt and roasted flavors from beginning to end with a nice dry finish. I also drank Guinness at the brewery when I was in Dublin and would say The Pugulist is a better example of an irish dry stout.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at THG.

A: Pours like black coffee with a thin cap of tan foam that faded into a thin collar. Spotty lace.
S: Roasted nose with hints of char and smoke. Meaty smoke smelling.
T: Roasted flavors, light hints of char and smoke, but roasted overall, with a light hint of caramel and faint tootsie roll. Ambiguous roast throughout, smoky aftertaste.
M: Light body, clean and smooth light mouthfeel, light flavor, light carbonation.
O: Smooth and flavorful, light and quaffable. I could drink this often.

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Photo of Sumo_Steve
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at an Irish-ish pub, seemed appropriate. I am not one to seek out a dry Irish stout, but I can appreciate a beer on its merits and will do so here.
This beer pours a dark brown color with thin off white head. The aroma was subdued as is typical of the style, but absolutely delicious. The first sip was very mild, the beer was served too cold but it was right next to the Coors light tap so what are you going to do. About halfway down the beer reached a nice temp and opened up nicely. Light bodied, it had a nice roasty flavor with chocolatey notes and just a hint of coffee. It was dry, but not as dry as other Irish stouts I have tried. For the style I felt it was very flavorful, and a very well done example of the style. Well worth a taste if you enjoy the dry Irish stout.

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Photo of corby112
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black and opaque without even the faintest trace of lighter color when held to a light source. Two finger foam head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.

Robust roasted dark malt aroma countered by subtle earthy hops and silky sweeter dessert-like malt notes. Slightly smokey with gourmet espresso, ash, toast, oatmeal and bittersweet dark chocolate countered by tootsie roll, sweeter chocolate. Just a touch of piney, grassy hops in there for balance. Smells really nice. The roast is excellent but not overpowering wih a nutty presence that reminds me of gourmet Ethiopian coffee.

Medium body with a nice balance of bitter roasted dark malt, robust coffee bean and sweeter dessert-like dark malt flavors. Pretty dry and bitter up front with burnt toast, coffee grinds, oatmeal, smoke and bittersweet dark chocolate countered by piney hop and lighter malt sweetness. Hints of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts and flourless chocolate cake. Decently balanced but not as well as in the nose. A bit too bitter and heavy on the roast for my preference but still a solid beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a very good stout, although less distinct in its taste than some of the other beers i have had from these guys. its not quite black, but shocking in its density of color, medium luster, nitro looking head, pale in color, and carbonated pretty darn well. only loosely an irish stout i think, maybe the yeast is there for that, and definitely the dryness, but its so much more than that. i get oats in nose and taste, its too rich and thick to not have oats in it, plus its sweet, and creamy, it yells oats. it also has some bitterness to it, just enough though. one thing about it, is that its got a lot of body, a lot more than its low abv would suggest most of the time, its heavy even though it isnt sweet, uncommon and nice for winter, but hard to drink more than an english pint of this, its filling and tiring in some way, more than i need in the style for just one. i prefer the hoppy stuff i have had from societe, but i like this one a lot, i think it stands out an awful lot.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: Draft
Glass: 10-oz. skinny glass
From: West Coast Barbeque & Brew in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.25
Purchased: March 27, 2015
Consumed: March 27, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark brown, almost black color with 1-to-2 fingers of tan head when I got it. Layered, circular spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass.Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled chocolate, caramel, toffee, nutty, light espresso and chocolate milk. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted similar to the nose. Got caramel, nutty malts, chocolate, toffee, espresso and chocolate milk. Almost like a milk stout. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Linger finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Just an OK stout. I probably overrated it a tad, but I won’t have it again. (Overall - 3.75)

3.65 | 83 | B

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hops and Pie as part of CBC, very cool to see Societe on tap. Dark black, good head. Smells like mild roasted malts, a bit of cocoa powder. Flavor is cocoa powder, dry, roasted malts, pretty much what you would expect given the style. No complaints here but since its not my favorite style I'm not sure I'd order this again.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Raul could sip on this thang. Irish dry stout like good - not like the lil floozy that I met in Dublin "good," but hey, when in Europe...

Pretty good. I don't think that this style could be heavenly, but it's aite like organic Cheddar Bunnies. (Read the labels, my children.)

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Photo of ehammond1
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout. Thin, light brown head. Standard. Pretty.

Roasted malt and a bit of coffee in the aroma. Not very expressive, but expected for the style.

Earthy and roasted malt, just a bit of coffee and sweetness, and a little chocolate. Very dry. Moderate bitterness.

Thinner in body with moderate carbonation.

Good example of a fairly boring style.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Societe Brewing Co., in San Diego, CA.

A- Medium-dark brown body, one finger offwhite head with fair retention time; drops into a medium collar with nice rings of lacing.

S- Not much of an aroma; a bit of roasted malt and chocolate. Mild earthiness. Disappointingly boring even for an Irish Dry.

F- Mild nuttiness, roast malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate. Even for the style, this isn't particularly flavourful or complex.

M- Thinner bodied, but expected for the style. Good carbonation, not flat. Smooth. Good drinkability, but lacks depth.

O- Pretty boring dry stout; not a lot of flavour or complexity or depth to this beer. To be honest, I may even bet that Guinness has a bit more drinkability and more flavour than this. This is one I would have to try again, but won't be rushing back to do so.

Final score: 3.35

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Photo of bfred805
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Pours a dark brown, from draft. Expected more from this beer. Roasted aroma with hints of cocoa. Taste and mouthfeel are empty to me. Sharp bite and then it's gone. Not for me, but I'm sure someone who wants to get into stouts and doesn't want the full heavy body at first would love this

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The Pugilist from Societe Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 105 ratings.
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