Maxwell's Dry Stout | The Original Basil T's

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The Original Basil T's
New Jersey, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerluvr on 05-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by xnicknj:
Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

growler brought home straight from basil t's this evening

A - Pours a thick, dark almost black color with an almost two finger high tannish head, which slowly breaks down into spotty lacing and a nice film over the beer.

S - Plenty of toasted grain and malt, along with a slight hint of dark chocolate.

T - This is a pretty straightforward dry stout, beginning with roasted malts and grain plus a touch of breadiness. A bit of chocolate and toffee attempt to peek out before a larger dry finish.

M - The dryness is formidable but definitely not overwhelming, especially since the body isn't too clunky.

D - It goes down fairly smooth for a stout, although it's not quite something you'd really want to have more than one or two servings of.

Another decent beer from Basil T's which is probably better than some of their other offerings, but still not particularly overwhelming.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nitrogen dispense presents a black body with ruby-mahogany highlights and a thin cap of creamy, light tan foam that holds quite well. Mild notes of deeply roasted grain greet the nostrils. The body is thin (as expected for the style) with a very fine and mild carbonation that's quite smooth and a touch creamy in the mouth. The flavor displays a rich, toasted/roasty grain that's backed by a solid but unobtrusive bitterness. It's mildly coffee-ish with some caramel notes appearing in the finish alongside a drying bitterness. It's exceptionally well-balanced and surprisingly interesting for the style without stepping out of bounds. Clean. Very enjoyable. Quite drinkable. Well done, and worth seeking out (at the Redbank location for sure). (sorry, entered as bottle... should have been draught/on-tap).

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Photo of beerluvr
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived with a thick compact tan head. Super deep reddish brown liquid. Nose is roasted barley, with notes of freshly roasted coffee beans in there too. Taste is dry and roasty, with a good dash of strong coffee on the palate...but not overpowering. Finishes with more dryness, some fruitiness and a moderate amount of hop bitterness. Very quaffable, due to it's medium body & moderate alcohol content. A winner!

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Original Basil T's, Red Bank, NJ

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color - only faint traces of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin light beige head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of coffee beans and roasted malts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A little bit of dryness is present in the finish.
O: This beer is a very good representation of the style and would be good enough to be a standalone beer if you just came into the bar for a pint. I'm not sure if it would really go with the entrees here, but it paired perfectly well with the tiramisu.

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Photo of cde1218
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of andyo
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of a sampler tray in Red Bank.

Dark red, almost black. Smell was of smokey cocoa. Taste was bittersweet; a little roasty with some nice chocalate and caramel flavors coming through. Finish was quite dry.

I really enjoyed this beer, and ended up ordering a pint after I had my sampler. Perhaps my eyes were bigger than my belly, because after some pizza and some forgetable wings, I barely had room to finish!

I'll be getting this one again when I come back for a visit.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served almost black with a head that stuck around for a decent amount of time.

The aroma was of roasted malt with a touch of smokiness.

The taste was of sweet, roasted dark malt with a touch of smokiness. Earhy hops balanced it out. It was nice tasting, but a bit thin.

The feel was smooth, but again a bit thin. It had a hint of creaminess that was decent, but no more than that.

A drinkable stout that was pretty good. I don't know about "award winning", but a nice one nevertheless.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild 15th Annual Beer Festival, USS New Jersey, Camden, NJ

Poured opaque black with a small tannish head. Scents of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, smoke. The taste follows the aroma: roasted coffee malts, cocoa and dark chocolate, light smoke and ash, with a bitter hop finish. Notes of apple-like off flavors throughout. Medium body, and pretty easily drinkable for a basic stout, but nothing special overall.

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Photo of hopdog
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Basil T's Brew Pub.

Poured a dark black color with a off white head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, and roasted malts. Has a nice coffee bitter finish. Nice clean and dry finish. My 1st beer at the brew pub and it turned out to be the best by far.

Notes from 5/1/05

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Photo of njtmayhem
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and rich dark malt scent that boasts of chocolate and caramel malts. The taste is decent. It has a dry dark malt flavor that goes down easy, but finishes a bit too thin and watery. It abandons the malty character of the aroma for a more drinkable light beer feel. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation and a watery finish. This is a very drinkable beer, but it would be better with more body. I guess by the signs hanging in the pub, this is an award winner. It drinks well, but scores low in the taste and mouthfeel catagories.

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Photo of stirgy
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as part of a sampler tray at their brewpub In Tom’s River, NJ. This was a very dark mahogany brown color that borderlined black. The aroma gave off some buttery caramel notes and some roasted grains. The taste was smooth and was flavored nicely. More on the caramel and sweet side, instead of the roasted dryness that I expected, but decent overall. Like a Werthers caramel candy, with some butterscotch notes. I saw this more as a compliment than a flaw and matched well with the beer on the whole. Light in body, but nicely blended. I don’t think this was a typical dry stout. It was too sweet with caramel and chocolate grains and lacked that roastiness. Fine anyways. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black (is that navy blue tint?) body with good thick off white head. Looks good.
Smells of roasted malt, burnt hops and some coffee and molases.
Tastes a bit like a porter, some sweetness to it. But the roasted malts seep through. The hops dry this out very well. A bit thin, but that translates to very drinkable.

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Photo of John
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lighter bodied and less complex than their porter. Emphasis is on bitterness here, as it should be for a dry stout. Burnt espresso and dark roasted malt flavors pair with a slight graininess on the palette. Subdued hops poke through in the finish. Not Basils best brew but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Basil T's 9/13/13.

Arrived at the table in a standard pint glass. Appearnace was jet black with about 2 fingers of head. Head diminished but reatianed, had some good lacing.

Roasted malt aroma, with some coffee.

Taste was all about the roasted malt. Roasted to the very edge of burned. If you like that kind of stout, you're gonna like this. I prefer a smoother stout, but that's just me.

Mouth was extremely thin for a stout.

Overall, nothing particularly recommends this stout, unless as said above, you are a real diehard roasted, roasted, malt fiend.

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Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of zymurgy4all
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a typical stout, not Nitro, but nice creamy head. Smells of roasted coffee.

This beer is one of the dryest Dry Stouts I have ever had. It tastes roasty, well balanced, and a hint of coffee. I would say this is one of the best commercial dry stouts I've had. It doesn't have any American hop flavor, in fact it has no detectable flavor hops.

They had a few GABF medals on their stout, and I belive it is because it is so dry, yet so yummy. This beer is by far their best on tap.

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Photo of thetachibro
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a solid black with about a 1in tan foamy head...nice roasted malt characteristics along with some espresso... somewhat sweet and very smooth...slight bitterness..a nice balance...medium bodied..good drinkability...i enjoyed it very much and will be back to enjoy it again

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a creamy head that left ample lacing behind, with a light coffee smell. Dark chocolatey (like that dry, semi-sweet 85% cocoa stuff,) roasted bitter coffee taste with a milky mouthfeel. A bit fizzy in the mouth for a stout (could have been the tap though) but the smooth finish made it quite drinkable. Good stuff.

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Photo of AltBock
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on-tap at The Original Basil T's in Red Bank on 4/19/2008. It was served to me in a standard pint glass.

This Basil T's brew poured a beatuiful coffee black color that featured a 1 inch head of tan colored foam. It had great retention that left behind a small tan colored film and streaks of tan lace around the glass. The aroma was rich and dark with roasted coffee beans, dark roasted malts, a plash of dark chcoclate, and ended with some subtle sweet caramel and olives. While the aroma was mostly roasted coffee, the taste was mostly roasted malts with bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, sweet caramel, and then it finsihed up with a pinch of roasted bitter hops. The mouthfeel was full bodied with a full flavored aftertaste of roasted coffee, roasted malts, and a dab of roasted bitter hops. This dark aftertaste will linger on your tongue for a minute or two. I can honestly see why this one won awards. It was full bodied and fully flavored with rich dark flavors. No questions asked, this is a must try at the Red Bank Basil T's. This is how their beer should taste like!

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Photo of Citadel82
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good solid dry stout. It pours an inky black with a pesistent and creamy tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was sweet caramel, toffee and roasted coffee. Taste was fruity yeast and vinous hops and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth yet surprisingly light. Overall this is a very drinkable stout and it is a small wonder that this remains a staple on the menu at Basil T's.

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Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Brushkanna
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of ummswimmin
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to this restaurant to celebrate my in-laws babysitting for the weekend. This is an italian restaurant that is known for their in-house brewing. The weird thing is that none of the beers on the list pair at all with the italian food.

I picked the porter first, which was decent, but nobody listed it on BA. And, it was a middling porter anyway.

This stout is good. But they miss quite a bit from a great stout. The head was white and kind of thin versus a proper, thick and tan head. The body was pretty thin (like a Guinness).

The flavor was pretty stock. You have the oatmeal flavor. There was coffee and malt presence. The ABV was also kind of light.

I suggested that they brew a pilsner or italian lager for the food in the future. I guess I can act like a beer nerd too often.

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Maxwell's Dry Stout from The Original Basil T's
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 24 ratings