Irish Coffee Stout
Flying Dog Brewery

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American Stout
Ranked #200
Ranked #16,767
4.08 | pDev: 10.29%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Very Good
Notes: When Steve Olintz pitched us the idea of an Irish coffee stout, he also taught us an old Irish blessing: "May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. Coffee is for closers. Let's go eat tacos." Indeed, Steve. Let's go eat tacos.
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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

This poured a medium roast coffee-like brown. It was pretty clear against the light and had a brownish cream colored head, unfortunately there was little no retention to it and left about a thin head lace around my cup.

The aroma was super satisfying and definitely smelled of Irish cream coffee. Getting Irish cream and cold brew upfront, I was really glad that this beer smells of what it's actually advertising! If you really nose the glass you can definitely smell some of the individual components that make up Irish cream such as cream, sugar, some vanilla, and a bit of almond nuttiness. There was also a sweet and chocolaty aroma which reminded me a lot of a Hershey's milk chocolate bar.

Unfortunately, this didn't really taste as good as it smelled. Upfront, you get notes of sweetness coming from the roasted barley and a bitterness from the coffee--which then evolves to a watered down Irish cream taste. The finish leaves you with a bit of a bitter coffee taste which isn't too overwhelming on the palate or lingering. I wish this was more robust in its flavor profiles but it ended up just being a slightly watery Irish cream cold brew-like beer.

This was light-medium bodied and had about a medium carbonation, and although there was nothing wrong with this, I wish it was a little thicker--maybe med-full bodied. Simply because if I'm led to believe that I'm drinking an Irish cream coffee-like beer, I want to have the sensation that I'm drinking something velvety, smooth, and creamy. Despite these, I found this to be very quaff-able and definitely enjoyable to drink for the most part.

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just1cho from California, May 20, 2020
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark brown with a slight mahogany tone and a frothy khaki head that quickly settles to a thin layer before disappearing and leaves just a little spotty lacing.

S: Gourmet flavored coffee, roasty, nutty, chocolate, and a touch of char, toasty bready malt, and a little sweet cream.

T: Roasty, nice hit of coffee, some milk chocolate, nutty, a bit earthy with a touch of char, a hint of spice, toasty bready malt, and some sweet cream.

M: A little on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: A little on the sweet side, but not a bad coffee stout.

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RyanK252 from California, Mar 29, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Pour had a quickly fizzling foam head with almost dark brown, dark red, garnet coloration that is just opaque enough to see a light through. The scent is great: the perfect roasted coffee with a nice bout of sweetness from the Irish cream. Taste is a bit stronger on the sweetness, but blends together really, really well. Notes of coffee are strongest up front while the cream and a bit of alcohol comes strongest on the backside. Feel is a bit on the lighter side with some carbonation and a very friendly aftertaste. This is a very enjoyable respite from the days stuck inside and fondly reminds me of some other sweet coffee milk stouts that no longer exist.

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akaizer from Virginia, Mar 18, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 7/2/20. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with mahogany/auburn hues; small light khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas have a nice amount of coffee leading the way. Hints of vanilla, caramel and cocoa. Malts are there. Smells really nice. The flavors basically follow the nose. More coffee leading the way. Some roasted characteristics. Irish cream comes through. More caramel and cocoa along with some toffee. Some coconut in the mix. Low bitterness. Subtle sweetness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, slightly sharp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice coffee stout. Really nice coffee aromas and flavors. The Irish cream comes through taking it to the next level. They deliver exactly what you would expect. Well done. I really like it.

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BB1313 from Ohio, Mar 16, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light carbonation with a just above average body
Aroma is black coffee cream, car, roasted malt.
Mildly sweet yet just a bit dry as well. Nice blend of coffee and cream
This delivers everything advertised in an overall very pleasing dessert beer

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Mar 15, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured moderately hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a couple fingers of frothy off-white head that slowly faded to a ring of lacing. Near black color. Smells of coffee and Irish cream. Taste is a nice balance of Irish cream and coffee. A little sweet, and no coffee bitterness. Background is definitely a milk stout. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I enjoy Irish cream, so I definitely enjoyed this. Might need to find more.

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EnderFett11 from Virginia, Mar 11, 2020
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2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint.

Chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Excellent clarity. Lively carbonation. Tan head.

Coffee, Irish cream, caramel, and toffee.

Medium roast coffee with sugar and Irish cream. Toffee, caramel, and a touch of prune. Very subtle earthy roastiness.

Light bodied, smooth, oily, and lightly sweet.

A fairly sweet and light Stout featuring the Irish cream prominently.

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Feb 27, 2020
Irish Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 14 ratings