Belfast Black
Whitewater Brewing Co

Belfast BlackBelfast Black
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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #193
Ranked #36,224
3.61 | pDev: 15.79%
Whitewater Brewing Co
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the cafe at the titanic Museum and my first from the North of Ireland.
Dark brown in color with a huge off white head. Light roast and chocolate with bits of toffee and bready malts. Light earthy hop to counter. Best beer at the Titanic Museum.

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Photo of beer-fan-1
1.76/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Weak. No real discernable flavor or aftertaste with no head. Very dark brown color. Slight coffee smell. 4.3%. I had it in Belfast and in fairness I did get from a bottle. Would like to try from a tap.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

Appearance – Good black stout colour with a baby finger beige head that leaves some mild lacing.

Smell – Good barley and roasted malt smell. Earthy hops with chocolate and espresso coffee smell.

Taste – Really good roasted flavours from the barley and malts and these are well balanced by the smoothness imparted by the oats. It has a nice bitter edge but it is not over powering. The coffee flavours are really very mild in this one but there is strong dark chocolate flavour.

Mouthfeel – Metalic and a little thin but it has good linger and is towards the dry end of the scale.

Overall – A good solid stout with balanced flavour. This beer is not overly strong on any front but it is confident and well balanced. It does lack the creaminess of Guinness Draught and the bold flavour of Guinness Extra but it has great chocolate notes and is quite like Brains Original Stout.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This ale was opaque brown in colour and predominantly smelled like chocolate malts. I could also taste the chocolate malts, along with some roasted grains and nicely balanced hops. The ale was smooth overall and light bodied.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled and ordered with my groceries with ocado
pours a jet black body with decent tan head
good coffee aroma
and thats there in the flavour with good body

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

500ml Bottle: BBD end of Aug 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 22nd Oct 13. Thanks to my son-in-law for bringing this back from Belfast for me.

Very black (I wonder how they chose the beers name?), with a good and lasting tanned head.

Bitter chocolate nose and taste, with treacle hints adding some sweetness in the mouth. I found this both interesting and tasty.

Good body depth, if a little too bitter at times as ground coffee beans added their slant onto the already bitter chocolate flavours I'd already en-counted.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.77/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

500ml from Asda:
Black with a huge, three fingers tall head that is quite foamy looking and a light brown colour. There is some lacing on the glass and retention is good but the head was just far too big, even with a delicate pour.

Roasted malts with some lighter coffee notes and some mild chocolate too. There isn't too much other than that.

Roasted malts taste with lots of coffee and a slightly milky flavour. I could also detect some chocolate with a touch of spice.

Very strong carbonation and very dry too with a bittersweet feel and a medium body.

Pretty ordinary and unexciting with just the usual stout like flavours and nothing extra thrown in. The carbonation was also too high which didn't help matters and it wasn't a beer that I particularly enjoyed.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB Oct. 2013, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: pours a deeply dark brown colour, topped with a well-lasting frothy tan head, carbonation level unknown.
S: rich and semi-oily roasted malts with obvious sweet cocoa/coffee notes, a swirl brings out the toffee-ish aroma, toasted nuts and lesser black dates. An intriguing touch of rust also wakes up to each swirl. Overall, richer in aroma than I had imagined for this beer style.
T: dry and bitter from the beginning, besides the full flavour and rounded aroma of roasted barley and black malts, charred nuts and even crushed coffee beans, there goes a subtle dark-fruits like acidity and a flow of earthy/herbal/nutty bitterness to caress the wings of the tongue, leaving behind a long, aromatic, lightly chewy-spicy bitter aftertaste, as a vivid reminder of both the depth of roasted malts and the hop elements.
M&D: clean on the palate, although in the long finish a chewy feel doesn’t go unnoticed, this moderately-carbonated, medium-bodied, smooth dry stout lives up to the standard and expectation, that it’s dry, sufficiently bitter, at the same time retaining a solid body without tasting thin like many other stouts. I’d really love to try its cask-conditioned version, which I think would be just sublime and definitely a favourite session stout!

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.), purchased in Cave de l'inatendu, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : black color, with tan creamy head.
Smell : roasty coffee aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : chocolate mall and roasty flavours, with a short bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Iriah dry stout.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, consumed Jun 2011, BBE Jul 2011.

A - Black body with dark ruby highlights in the light. Tightly-bubbled tan head that hangs around forever, with a lot of cling.

S - Roasted malts take the lead, with some bitter, coffee notes and a little dark chocolate.

T - Similar to the aromas, roasty malts open with a touch of sweetness, which quickly gives away to an espresso-like bitterness that finishes with that lingering hop bitterness. As it warms, the bitterness backs off a bit, leaving a more rounded and balanced experience of sweet and bitter.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, smooth with a lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall, a very nice example of an Irish stout, and nice to have a couple of as a session beer, or to sit and enjoy on its own.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Served on-tap in the John Hewitt pub, Belfast, into a Whitewater pint glass (which my companion later stole...err...borrowed).

A: Pours a dark black with a two finger head of nice cream, a bit tan, with brilliant retention.

Sm: Roast, coffee, malt, toffee. Beautiful.

T: Roast, coffee, toffee, cream on the finish. Balanced but light for the style.

Mf: Too silky and smooth for the style, which demands coarseness and dryness. The flavours would be stronger if they lingered.

Dr: At 3.30 pound, better brews can be had. Fans of the style will enjoy it, but be warned: it an't Guinness.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from GapWines...

Poured almost pitch black with just the slightest hint of red when held up to the light... Creamy mocha head poured tight, thick and meringue like then faded quickly to decent thickish covering.. some thick lines of lacing coat the glass for the duration...

Aroma - Quite strong dustiness, roasted chocolate maltiness, instant coffee granules, burnt toasted bread, some dark fruit hints (black cherries and blackcurrents), vanilla notes, faint treacle sweetness, some pepperiness..

Taste - Some roasted malt bitterness, lots of pepperiness, faint smoky notes, quite earthy, roasted nuts, dark coffee / espresso, no real sweetness - just the slightest hint of some dark muscovado sugar.. some light blackcurrent fruitiness, light milky traces... all the flavours seem a little watered down though...

Feel - Pretty sharp and very dry... light / medium bodied... Very quaffable at only 4.2%

Overall - A pretty good stout although i think the flavours could all do with being beefed up a bit.. certainly worth a try though...

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Belfast Black from Whitewater Brewing Co
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 23 ratings