Back Hand Of God Stout | Crannóg Ales

Back Hand Of God StoutBack Hand Of God Stout
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Back Hand Of God StoutBack Hand Of God Stout

Brewed by:
Crannóg Ales
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lean in body and powerful in flavour, Back Hand of God Stout has won many consumers' choice awards. This dry stout is easy to drink, rich and inviting. It is extraordinarily smooth and mildly hopped with a distinct coffee/chocolate presence.

18 IBU

Added by canucklehead on 03-01-2004

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 20
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of souvenirs
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tmappin
3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Tap & Barrel, Vancouver.

Chocolate-amber with beige film that trails.
Tobacco, smoke, cherry and meat on the nose - more brown than stout.
Red berry, root beer, barky tang and chicory bite to end.
Cola finish and brown sugar linger.
Med, chewy, round.

Almost not a stout - lots of sugar, no roast, doesn't clean up after itself. Too sweet, no coffee, no chocolate and did I mention too sweet? Pinkie toe of God, maybe.

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Photo of LDuke
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to wordemupg for this rarity.

Poured from a growler and shared a little with my wife.

Appearance: Pours a real thick black body that unfortunately has no head though i can coax a tiny bit of foam.

Smell: Heady and strong with some charred wood and chocolate.

Taste: Nice mix of wood, chocolate and coffee. Very roasted and good.

Mouthfeel: Obviously the lack of carbonation hinders it a bit but it does have a slick smoothness, some moderate bitterness and very easy to drink.

Overall: Despite its lack of carbonation, a true testament to the brew's quality as the flavors and aroma still shine through.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of BCborn
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Doppelmax
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this stout at a wine bar/restaurant in Oliver, BC It was served way to cold. I had to wait 20 minutes and hold my hands around the glass to get it up to the proper temp.
It seemed a bit light for a stout, more like a dark porter. The head vanished very quickly with no trace of lace on the glass.
The aroma was pleasant with a strong roast malt nose as I expected.
I was pleasantly surprised that the flavor developed into a well balanced taste after my pint warmed up.
Decent body and the carbonation seemed right on.
I would have had another if I would have had enough time to let it warm up.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Christie's Carriage House. Arrived with no head, dark dark black pint.

Smell is light. Served WAY too cold! Warms to roasting malts, light hints of hops.

Taste is a nice mixture of roasting malts, espresso, slight hints of hops in the finish. Light body but I tell myself that this is the style. Very drinkable. Great taste for the light ABV - one of the few good all organic beers out there. Delicious.

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Photo of mfaulk
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong chocolate dominates smell and taste at first, but once acclimated some nuttiness and roast malt comes through. Chocolate seemed excessive during the first half of the pint. I didn't get much by way of coffee.

Smell is uneventful but reasonable: chocolate, with maybe some fruit. No hop aroma.

Great mouthfeel: Silky texture. Enough body to be satisfying without being too heavy. Carbonation seems to deliver the right amount of creaminess. Well-balanced dry finish.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crannog Ales 'Back Hand of God Stout' @ 5.2% , sampled on tap at GCBF'14 &'16 , and of course on tap at Christie's Carriage House
A-pour is a very dark brown from the tap to almost black in the glass with a quick dissapating tan head leaving a minimal spotty lacing along the stein
S-coffee & chocolate
T-rich and inviting , easy to drink
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-ok beer , good Irish dry stout
prost LampertLand

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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rogue in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" mocha coloured head over black liquid.

S: Coffee, toasted malt and chocolate malt.

T: Bitter toasted malt and dark chocolate up front which transitions to a finish that tastes like caramel malt and coffee.

M: Thin viscosity and medium carbonation.

O: A drinkable stout that could benefit most from a better mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kingfisher's in Maple Ridge.

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep brown with a half a finger of light tan head.

Smell. Light notes of sweet chocolate and roasty coffee.

Taste. Roasty coffee and toasty malt, a little chocolate. Not much for sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body with light carbonation.

Overall. A pleasant and lighter tasting stout. Tasted good but was left wanting a little more of that taste. An imperial version would probably be fantastic ...but that's neither here nor there.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Back Hand Of God Stout from Crannóg Ales
Beer rating: 89.2% out of 100 with 65 ratings
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