Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout | Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly StoutGritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout

Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
There's beer and then there's stout, and Gritty McDuff 's Black Fly Stout is the real deal. Black Fly is a dry, all-malt stout packed with roasted flavor. We use six different grains in the brewing of this dark masterpiece and balance the full palate with Oregon Willamette and Yakima Clusters hops. Like the legendary Irish stouts that inspired it, Black Fly Stout is rich, robust and a touch mysterious. The finest stout west of Galway Bay!

16 IBU

Added by Todd on 11-10-2001

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with a nice brown head that shrank to a ring which left some lace on the glass. Coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Creamy, rich mouthfeel with a rather full body and complex flavor.
Malt sweetness on the outset gives way to a burnt, almost smoky coffee-like bitter. Fades out to sharp,dry hop finish. The flavors only got stronger and more complex towards the end of the glass ( I overchilled it a bit, 50 to 55 degrees Farenheit is best for this stuff).
A great stout and considering my location I really need to remember to pick this fine beer up more often. If you can ever get it on a nitro tap it is head and shoulders above Guinness.

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4.7/5  rDev +21.8%

Best stout ever! Brewed in a traditional Irish style, this all-malt stout is well balanced, and packed with roasted flavor. If in Maine, you need to look for this one. Sold in bottles and on tap at their Freeport, ME restaurant and pub.

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4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at the Great Lost Bear in Portland.

A- jet black with a coffee head and tons of lacing the coats the glass with every pull.

S- roasted malts through the nose , very nice

T- roasted malts with some charred hops with a slightly bitter finish

M- creamy and balanced with just the right amount of carbination

D- the best irish dry stout I have tasted to date and one I will have again and again

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4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had avoided this beer since i am on a porter kick and historically haven't loved most stouts.

When i poured this beer i almost fell out of my chair. Nice BLACK color with a sweet looking tan almost brown head. It almost reminded me of a chocolate stout in color.

When i sniffed the brew i found a faint smell of carmel, chocolate and a strong malty, bitter coffee smell.

As i sipped the brew, i instantly tasted the coffee but it washed away with a smooth aftertaste of a porter with strong chocolate afterbite. A bit bitter but not so that it clenched your jaws.

A lot thinner tasting than it looks, i liked that. I expected a meal and got a dessert. Bra-vo. One of my new favorite porter/stout beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist bottle with a “best enjoyed before” freshness date clearly notched.

Appearance: Opaque black coloured brew with a big towering head after a hard pouring then very slowly settling into a thin tiny bubbled light brown lace, this is one of those heads that leaves rings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Brownies and fudge come to mind off the first whiff, underlying black currant fruitiness with a laid back alcohol. Smooth and clean to the nose.

Taste: Creamy smooth mouth feel, moderate carbonation and a medium to full malt body. First is a rush of mild roasted malt and subdued black currant fruitiness, then the roasted kicks things up a notch by unleashing an even burnt charcoal bitterness. Malt sweetness holds this brew together in the beginning then the dryness sets in to make the mouth beg for more. Hops are a tad bitter and pungent with a quick snappy hop oil twang in the back ground. Touch of acrid to the roasted character to pleasantly pucker the palate for a brief moment, lingering suggestions of espresso and vague chocolate flavour make up the end.

Notes: One of the top stouts brewed in the US, very well balanced and is even more heavenly on nitro-tap. Certainly a stout lovers stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice full bodied stout with a thick head when poured. It has a dark color with a nice balance of malt and hops. The taste is rich and full, rich taste with a hint of sweetness and cocoa. I could make this a regular in my refrigerator. A very nice stout.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: dark brown almost black colored body with a lumpy tan four finger head. The head begins to fade after a minute or two. The lacing is spotty lacing throughout.

S: coffee, with a hint of smoky chocolate. There is some light cinnamon and pepper.

T: bitter through the coffee and becomes balanced with some light milk chocolate.

M: medium, very smooth, no aftertaste, dry finish, some carbonation is felt on the tongue

O: this is an excellent choice for an Irish Dry Stout, probably one of the better beers by Gritty's.

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