Blarney Sisters Dry Irish Stout | Third Street Aleworks

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Brewed by:
Third Street Aleworks
California, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by watermelonman on 10-28-2004

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Reviews by cptierney:
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4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lordy-loo I love this beer. I do believe they fire these off on a nitro tap sometimes, but I've only had it via cask.

The keyword here is balance. I used to have Dry Irish Stouts that met different tasting criteria, with preferential treatment being doled out depending on whether I wanted a sweeter or more bitter brew.

Blarney Sisters out of the cask pours with minimal head and leaves little lacing behind, but it is black as night and smells wonderful. Lovely notes of toasted malts are prevalent and a subtle smoky aroma tickles the nostrils.

The mouthfeel of this beer is superb, the limited carbonation really allows for a better tasting experience, and the smoothness with which this beer disappears is remarkable.

The balance of tastes is what sets this stout apart. Subtle chocolate and coffee-like notes play out against a traditional toasted malt background. There is a minimal bitter bite that alludes to the beer's nature as a dry stout, and really rounds out the whole drinking experience.

I adore this beer, and recommend it highly to anyone passing through Santa Rosa that wants to try a delicious beer not made by Russian River or Moonlight.

After having another go at this beer, I find its body to be significantly weaker than remembered. As this brew was one of my first reviews I am setting the mouthfeel score to a more humble 4.0.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is almost pitch dark right out of the tap, but it doesn’t seem heavy at all. The head was a nice, light brown in color.

Smell – The nose has a nice, mild, roasty, milky malt aroma with some bitterness throughout.

Taste – The malts from the nose make their way rightly to the taste. There are some good coffee ground notes here as well that play nicely with the milky malts.

Mouthfeel – The body here is a bit lighter than medium, but boy oh boy that nitrous makes this super creamy and smooth in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is a great session stout, especially on nitrous-tap.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour, head was pretty thin, beige in color, didn't really do all that in terms of lacing or retention. Aroma was mild, almost nonexistant. You could search for roasted malt, oats etc. . . but really, you just got the impression or hint of such a thing, not actual verification. Trust, but verify.

Taste, plenty smooth, a tad watery, like made in the Guinness vein, but imparted enough flavor and unlike Guinness, kept it plenty dry mouthfeel wise, like it should be. Mild enough to qualify as an irish stout as well. I wish more of the chocolate and caramel came out.

Somehow it walked the line between silky, smooth and dry. At the same time, I like a little more of my chocolate malt pronounced if there isn't going to be actual chocolate additions, so while the beer is to style, it was more hitting there than it was my preferences.

I'd say this is definitely a good beer, but nowhere near as good as something like FFF's Black Sun Irish dry stout to earn the type of accolades those before me have rated.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of watermelonman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived as a dark brown and black, with a minimal head. The lacing is minor but notable.

The smell is a little plain, with nothing but roasted malts coming up from the head. There's nothing really wrong with it, though. The taste is very nice, with hops hitting on all the right notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and helps complete this very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at the brewpub. Bitter sweet chocolate, dry though not too dry. Roasty with burnt toast in aroma. Coffee coexists with the chocolate. Hop presence is felt. Not bad for a nitro, but still a nitro stout. Could have been creamier mouthfeel for the serving style. Not bad.

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Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mediocre brew at best verry smooth but not verry complex

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Photo of mc4z
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ElVampiro
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of xhcadamx
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - semi translucent black with lots of ruby highlights when brought to the light. Thin head as expected from cask. Stuck around a lot longer than expected.

S - hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and some mild fruit aromas.

T - very subtle flavors just like the smell. very tasty

M - classic cask smoothness. stouts are one of my favorite beers available on cask

D - insanely high - love seeing this beer on cask.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of coleary
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of banger7
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark black and brown pour, average tan head. Aroma was minimally roasty.

Taste was kind at thin, smooth, needed more chocolate notes, coming across run of the mill here, not chewy and dry enough for style.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Pub.

I am not traditionally a fan of Dry Irish Stouts. I tend to find them too light and lacking complexity. This is one of the few exceptions. It has a wonderful roasty chocolate flavor that surprised me. Good head and great body. This is perhaps the best Dry Irish Stout I've ever had.

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Photo of davegray
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot dang. What a nice irish dry stout. Much more complex than I would have expected. Nice chocolate roasted tones on the flavor profile. Hearty and consistent. A bit thicker than I would think for the style, but damn, this is a nice beer. I don't want to comment on it too much; just want to drink it.

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Blarney Sisters Dry Irish Stout from Third Street Aleworks
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