Back Hand Of God Stout | Crannóg Ales

Back Hand Of God StoutBack Hand Of God Stout
BA SCORE
4.14/5
65 Ratings
Back Hand Of God StoutBack Hand Of God Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crannóg Ales
British Columbia, Canada
crannogales.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,079
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
65
pDev:
8.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alibi Room with Tigglmtl, and so a surprisingly good stout that is underated. Great roast coffee aroma. Creamy medium mouthfeel taste, very fresh (and the all the difference) and roasty coffee. Lacey on black. Above average carbonation.Oh, and hopped up.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 13 Monks in Westbank after visiting a few area wineries...

This beer arrives in a nice tall pint glass, from which I had to pick off some flecks of ice around the rim, the glass obviously having been recently removed from the freezer. I wasn't really in a hurry, so 10 minutes later, when the waitress asked why I hadn't tried my beer yet, I mentioned the preferred serving method, and she apologized, also adding that she could 'microwave it for me'... I think she was joking...

This pint appears black, with some cola highlights at the base, and one finger of thin creamy beige head, which eventually leaves a spider web of lace around the glass. It smells of roasted malt, creamy grain, and earthy hops. The taste is soft roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, cream (upon saying this to my gf, she tried it, and said "hell yeah, that's creamy!), an echo of coffee, and earthy hops. The carbonation is quite mild, the body full, smooth, silky, and creamy, and it finishes off-dry, some caramel cream and dry chocolate persisting.

A stellar dry stout, smooth and creamy, nicely balanced and drinkable - definitely the best I've tried from Canada.

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Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Having had this fresh a number of times over the years, I'm updating my review.

Certainly among the best dry stouts.

Original review:

I had this at Christies Carriage House in Victoria, BC. It paired nicely with their breaded oysters.

A 2.5: Black, slight ruby tinge, NO HEAD!

S 3: Fruity with a bit of roast malt.

T 4: Fruity, pleasantly roasty (like a darker roasted coffee, but MUCH more balanced). It's a nicely balanced dry stout. Not a lot of depth to the flavour, but certainly a better flavour than most.

M 3.5: Light to moderate body, Light carbonation, dry finish.

D 4.5: Very drinkable. This could be a session stout for the masses.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint at Checkers in Vernon 25/1/12

A dark cola with a dark thin film that had no room due to a top filled pint, some polka dot lacing where the head had a chance

EDIT went back for a jug and when I poured it myself I got a thick mocha head and could see 6 distinct rings after each sip and still had foam at the bottom

S soft caramel and chocolate milk with a little dark roast coffee and nutty chocolate, smells a little faint however but what's there I like
EDIT second time around we ordered a jug half an hour before drinking it and much stronger smell after it warmed

T quite an improvement over the smell with some char, espresso and darker chocolate, flavours much more bold then the nose but still has all I smell just a darker roast and much stronger

M medium bodied and quite silky, just enough bubbles and a coffee after taste lingers faintly for a while

O solid beer for sure with great flavours for a lighter stout, I had a couple pints and was far from being board

I didn't expect to see this on tap at Checkers of all places but I jumped on it for sure. This was on my BC trip list but I didn't think it would be so easy too find. I was going to go to the brewery to get a growler of this and... now that I think of it I still might so I can try it at a higher temp as I don't think the ice cold serving did it any justice. a re-rate perhaps?

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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 Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alibi Room. Finally! Been trying to get this one for years but its never been on when I'm in Vancouver.

Pours an opaque dark reddish black, just the faintest of red in the edges but otherwise can't be seen through, medium sized light tan head forms and settles to a chunky ring around the glass, some solid lacing forms.

Smell is nice, all you need in a stout, dry roast, some chocolate, lightly nutty, a touch of fruity, oats, lots of biscuit, light espresso notes, well put together.

Taste is similar, very dry and roasty up front, chocolate wafer, some caramel sweetness, oats, a bit of fruit, very biscuity, more roast, a touch of nuttiness, dry roast finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth. Not the best dry stout I've had, but definitely up there with the style. Spot on stuff.

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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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Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of canucklehead
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best stout made in B.C.. It is jet black and full of
flavours suggesting chocolate, malt and burnt cake. It is not easy to find on tap and not available in bottle but you have to taste this beer if you visit B.C.. These guys also make a great
brown ale.

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Photo of ZachT
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chickenm
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with no head. Nice roasted malt aroma. This is very tasty, with flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Nice mouthfeel, medium-light body with a dry finish. Very drinkable, this would make a great session stout.

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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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Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
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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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 KStark
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ritzkiss
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 Exeter
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FadetoBock
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: 4.14 out of 5 with 65 ratings
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