Irish Dry Stout | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Classic Irish stout. Black in color, toasty malt flavor and a pronounced dry bitterness. Served on nitrogen for a creamy mouthfeel.

20 IBU

Added by DIM on 03-17-2008

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 9
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Photo of drcarver
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very accurate for the style.

A - looks very much like an Irish Dry stout. Dark body with a creamy head sitting on top.

S - Roasted malts with no hop floral coming through

T - Creamy and plenty of roasted malts coming through. Bitterness finished off the beer.

M - Creamy and smooth full bodied.

D - Very much so. Smooth and creamy goes down easy. With many breweries pushing high alcohol beers its nice to find a session beer on tap.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a flat dark, chocolate brown with deep ruby highlights around the glass edges along with a rolling brass turbidity compliments of the nitro that slowly made its way up the glass. Sitting atop was a dirty white, milky whipped layering, about 1 finger high that seemed to remain so for the entire course of the drink never giving an inch. What really made the appearance stand out to me was the thick, lustrious sheet coating (lacing) that covered the entire inner walls of the glass even after the drink was consumed that garnished this extra style points.

S: The nose had a soft touch of roasted grains with a sense of liquid creamer. A light touch of dry chocolate also comes through.

T: The flavor started off with some milky creamer notes against a soft roasted palate which came off very smooth with a light chalkiness to it. Things finished up with a soft lingering fresh coffee roastediness and a gentle coating of dried creamer detected on the tongue.

M: Extremely silky and light on the tongue with some added creaminess in every mouthful compliments of the everlasting head.

D: A very easy drinking dry stout, well suited per style. The low 3.8%abv ensures easy multiples but does not hinder the flavor giving favorable results.

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Photo of philbe311
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Sleek black appearance... A tad bit of light leaks in on the surface level around the edge of the glass... Little or no head, but a solid lacing that lasts for quite a while... Minimal carbonation...

S - The aroma are quite suppressed... Barley... Weak coffee... Notes of slightly bitter chocolate... Warm cream...

T - Ever so subtle roasted barley and very weak faint hints of coffee and chocolate... The tastes are rather subdued, but spot on for the style...

M - The one real negative for this Iron Hill offering was the mouthfeel... Medium bodied, but exceedingly thin and watery... Still fairly smooth, with minimal carbonation, but lacked a lot of creaminess and chalky dry finish that I expect for the style...

D - Solid offering whose drinkability is aided greatly by it's 3.8% ABV... Not overly complex or bursting with flavor, but there's enough going on to make this an enjoyable session brew on an easy going night...

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Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kernalklink
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured beautifully out of the nitro, looks like a perfect Guinness- black murkiness, creamy tan head, great lacing. Huge roasted malt aromas, mocha chocolate. Cool and clean- the bitterness was much stronger than expected with the roasted malts playing secondary. Big thick body, with a prolonged tobacco aftertaste to compliment the extreme dryness of the brew. Tongue tingling but somehow still silky. Very refreshing and interesting take on the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The bartender told me that "Big" Bob Barrar had just put this one on as a seasonal to commemorate their Annual Craft Brewfest. It had a massive, thick, mocha-colored head with excellent retention throughout. Color was a deep, dark-brown with zero light penetration. Nose had a light smoky, chocolaty sweetness. The mouthfeel was thin, especially for an N2 pour, but the smoky, chocolaty taste on the tongue more than made up for it. Finish was dry, as advertised, with a lingering cocoa powder taste.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of tgbljb
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presented as a deep brown, almost black, colored beer with impressive thick creamy tannish head. Smell is of roasted malt and bitter coffee. Taste is mainly roasted malt combined with a nice hop dryness to give a good interpretaion of the style. Finishes dry and bitter and very enjoyable. A nice beer with low enough alcohol to allow you to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of tpacek
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Black brown with one-finger, tan, creamy head that diminished to a film and lasted a while. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Very mild. Some chocolate maybe.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Chocolate and roasted coffee. Subtle roasted quality overall. Nice.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Ridiculously creamy and smooth.

O: This beer has 3.8% ABV and is super creamy and chocolaty tasting. I like it.

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Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This one was a muddy, murky dark brown color. It was served to me with a lovely, cascading, creamy off-white head.

s: This was too cold upon it's arrival, but as it warmed some roasty malt aromas of cocoa and faint coffee emerged.

t: This was a very tasty and quaffable little stout. The roasty flavors of dark chocolate were there as expected. The aftertaste of coffee lasted quite a while.

m: I loved how creamy this was! The carbonation was lush and long lasting.

d: I had two of these and would have happily had more. The server indicated that this will only be available around St. Patricks day, but if you get the chance this is certainly a worthy offering.

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Photo of BeerThursdays
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty pour. Comes out of the tap looking brown and alive. As the head forms, a huge mocha head forms and on a second pour, overflowed the glass about 10 seconds after the pour. Absolutely perfect lacing. Each sip leave a perfect ring. So much so that I took a picture. One of the best looking beers I've ever had the pleasure of admiring.

S - And then the smell. Which was nothing. Possibly I couldn't smell anything due to the size of the head, but even after finishing half of the beer, I still couldn't get much. Maybe some candy, but I might be reaching.

T - Coffee, Dark Chocolate, and Toffee. Not a lot there either, but I wouldn't expect too much for a dry stout. Remember that this less than 5% makes the taste even better.

M - This is one of the best aspects of the beer after the appearance. The head, which stays throughout the glass gives the beer a much heavier feel than it really has. Body of the beer itself is very thin, but it goes down so smooth, it doesn't bother you at all. Very nice feel.

Overall, this is a great session stout for St Pats day. I enjoyed a few of these, and still felt like I could walk around with out any issues. Decent beer overall, and I would definitely have it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Irish Dry Stout from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 18 ratings