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

Gritty McDuff's Black Fly StoutGritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout
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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #19
Ranked #15,064
3.88 | pDev: 11.86%
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Gritty McDuff's Black Fly StoutGritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout
Notes: 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
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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 398
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of this over the weekend, and must say that I'm impressed. It's one of the better bottled stout's that I've had in a while. It's not Bells, by any means, but it's quite nice.

The dark black beer had a hint of red if the light caught it just right. Its head was a light brown. The aroma was of roasted malt, which was also the primary flavor. The flavor was incredibly rich with strong coffee notes and a hint of caramel. The only drawback was it's relative lack of complexity. It's still a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around above average stout...nice dark color with a "chunky" head and nice lacing. Smell was smoky, taste was well rounded with smoky undertones. Aftertaste was slightly bitter in a nice way. Mouthfeel was medium with a very drinkable quality. This brew is a good representation of the category. Recommend trying.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife actually drank this while there in Portland and I tasted a little o it and here is what I got from it.Pours a deep black with red highlights showing thru a deep almond colored light creamy head.I noticed somebitterness in the aroma with some dark roast coffee,flavor is of unsweetened chocolate and some earthiness with that bitterness I got in the aroma popping up in the finish.All in all seemed to be a pretty solid stout.

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Photo of aracauna
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body was black with ruby edges. I was getting smoke out the wazoo with this beer, but I don't see any mention of smoke elsewhere, but I swear it was there. A good bit of chocolate and a little roast support it. I'm not big on the smoke, but it wasn't quite too much for this beer.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a deep, opaque black, topped with a nitro creamy khaki head. Great lacing, forming dense rings of drink lines as you sip down your pint. A thick clump of head remains in the bottom of the pint, after the beer is finished.
Aroma is very roasty, with a touch of smokiness. Strong coffee and chocolate, with a hint of fig and currant. A little unusual, with the smokiness. Very nice, and particularly powerful smelling for a nitro pour.
The flavor starts with a rich roastiness, coupled with some dark roast coffee. Some chocolate comes through in the middle, with light fig and currant esteriness. A suggestion of prune. Great fruitiness, very strong. The chocolate lingers through the rest of the sip, with some very light hopping in the finish. Very dry, in the traditional irish stout way. No apparent smokiness in the taste. Light bodied, with a creamy smooth nitro carbonation. A little tinniness from the nitro, but mostly overwhelmed with the roastiness. A lingering roasted coffee flavor in the aftertaste.
A very nice stout. Probably one of my favorites for a nitro tap.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with superb lacing and stick. Sampled at Gritty's in Freeport (great place for a beer by the way!). I loved the nitro head with its luxuriously creamy head. Aromas included bitter and sweet, with chocolate and espresso dominating. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and oh so silky due to the nitro tapage package. The carbonation was subdued and done just right. The taste was the clincher in this one! Awesome flavors featuring again bittersweet chocolate, tang hop and a a sublime roasted malt character. This was an easy to enjoy stout and one not pass up if you find it!

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smooth, dark, bitter... all that razzmatazz that's associated with every single other stout in the world.

I'm a little surprised to see this one ranked above Gritty's others. The Best Bitter and Best Brown really rocked my socks off but this one seemed a little bland. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge fan of plain jane stouts, but c'mon, dude, seriously. Seriously. Gritty might have made a good stout for the stout lover, but not for the ambidextrous beer drinker.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle.

Jet black in the glass with an appealing 1/4 inch tan head with some evidence of lace. Smells creamy and sweet. Hints of burnt malt.

Hits the tongue with bitter roasted malt. Fades to smooth chocolately flavor. Medium-heavy body with that burnt malt lingering on the back of the tongue. Very drinkable and affordable. A solid local stout.

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Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with a tan head. Good roasty burnt style flavors with an underlying fruity stout feel. Nice mouthfeel and drinkability. Solid balance. This would be a real treat on creamy nitro, but still quite nice in the bottle. One of the better stouts available around the east coast.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a beautiful tan/espresso colored head. Great retention and lacing. Smells of dark malts, coffe, chocolate, all the good stuff. The taste just envelopes your palate. Dark malts, followed by slightly dry malt, no bitter finish, just wonderful. Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a stout, thick and hearty. Highly drinkable. The draught version is definitely superior to the bottle IMHO. A must drink brew when you can get some.

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Photo of far333
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's really black. Light doesn't get through at all. Big, fat, lumpy, brown, foamy head. Starts out an inch high and settles out a bit, but never really leaves. The inside of the glass is coated as the head slides down. Aroma is full of different smells - roasted malt, chocolate, bits of coffee and raisin, and some hops. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, moderate to low carbonation. Bitter chocolate and coffee flavor, roasted malt, and raisin. Bitter tingly aftertaste sits in the roof of my mouth. Flavor gets bigger and rounder with each sip. Great stuff.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A perfect ebony hue, and a head that looms, sizzles, bubbles, and is colored a roasted tan. Aroma is nutty, dry, and replete with rich espresso notes, very deep, very dark.
Marvelous mouthfeel: lush, soft, but a trifle bitter, and a touch flinty. Full-bodied, with a hearty, grainy texture, that left me feeling if it wasn't maybe an oatmeal stout. In the end I felt too much carbonation on the tongue, but despite that, the overall impression is a full roasty, toasty, satisfying sensation.
Thanks to paceyourself for wending it my way!

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Photo of jeffboo
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark blood black,like the blood seen through a black fly's belly. It's topped with a brown,rocky foam,nice and thick. It has a sweet coffee aroma with lots and lots of roast on the nose.It is a lighter,drinkable stout with a little dark fruit and malt sweet flavor and a roasty,dry finish.An enjoyable offering sent out by Bierman9.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown almost black in color, nice thick creamy head,dark roasty smokey coffee aroma, light body a little thin on the tongue, but has some nice chocolate-coffee flavor, nice roasty bitterness in the finish, a good solid stout, could drink another.

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Photo of purplehops
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout pours an opaque black with reddish-brown highlights. The head is light brown with small bubbles that leave a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet with smells of chocolate, coffee, fudge?, and hints of cherry. The taste starts rich and full with roasted barley and black malt flavors up front and then evolves into flavors of coffee and caramel. The finish is dry with slight carbonation playing on your tongue and flavors of malt and coffee intermixing. The aftertaste starts with a slightly sweet maltiness and then progresses into a nicely balanced bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium in that it doesn't feel you up yet it isn't thin either. It has a bit more carbonation to it then I would prefer.
Overall Black Fly Stout is a very drinkable stout that is good year round. I believe that it is smoother on tap and more drinkable than in the bottle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with limited ruby highlights at the base but some wider glints of dark mahogany at the rim. The full, dark tan head drops shortly but keeps a thin surface coating and leaves some spotty lace. The aroma offers rich dark chocolate and espresso. The body is light with a very fine, median carbonation that leaves it gently zesty in the mouth. The flavor starts dry with a distinct burnt currant fruitiness that mellows into more caramel, chocolate, and left-on-the-burner-too-long coffee notes before finishing with a splash of leafy hop flavor and a long lasting burnt malt character (similar to black malt - although probably from very dark British chocolate and roasted barley). Throughout the glass the combination of the lightly tart fruitiness followed by the acrid roastiness and long dull finish becomes quite endearing. Very unique. Probably a bit too much flavor to make it a good session brew, but definitely interesting and rich enough to make a pint last for alot longer than usual. I'd love to taste this cask-conditioned on handpump.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.33/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This black beer throws out a hefty and rocky light brown head. It has some nice staying power. Lacing ability is negligible. Roasted barley dominates on the nose. The mouthfeel is too gaseous. It doesn't render the beer undrinkable, but it is nowhere near being the creamy mouthfeel it should be. Too much CO2. I dock the drinkability due to the mouthfeel and the subpar taste. This is just not a good tasting stout to me. There are some very slight roasted and chocolate tones if you look hard enough. I am very close to detecting an off flavor in this beer, but it is not substantial enough to nail down. It will not be hard to finish this beer, but I would not recommend this. There are tons of better stouts out there.

I will thank pbrian for the sample nonethless. I will always be willing to try anything that I've never tried before and pbrian helped my cause by sending me this beer.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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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Photo of StevieW
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beauty in the glass. Deep dark midnight black. Great big fissy beige head. Fades fast but circles the glass nicely. Smells are balanced and not overwheming combinations of coffee, chocolate, and just enough bitter roasted finish. Taste is even and smooth, subltle coffess undertones, slighltly chocolate. Perfect crisp dry hop finish. No chalk like, slimy aftertaste. Very balanced and flavorful. One of my new all-time favorites. I carried a couple home from my summer trip, would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of Murph
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night with a good brown head that subsides to a nice film with a great lace. The brew has strong coffee aromas with solid roasted malt/chocolate characteristics. Great bittersweet chocolate characteristics mix well with the coffe and roasted flavors in this brew and make it very smooth and enjoyable. The bitterness of the coffee flavors and the roasted/burnt malt leaves a nice lingering finish behind. Definitely a very drinkable brew. I don't think they know hot to make bad beer in Maine. Thanks to the Bierman for this sample.

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Photo of proc
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this stout. Pours with little head, but as with all stouts, looks great in the glass. I liked the malt to hop balance in this one. The hops were there, but were not overpowering. A little lighter than Bell's K'zoo Stout, but a nice offering overall.

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Photo of pbrian
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great dry stout. Black with tan head. Chocolate/coffee aromas. Nice burnt malt flavors nicely balanced with a dose of hop bitterness. Finishes dry and light bodied, perfect for enticing you into another. Nice lacing down the glass. I wish I grabbed more than two.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 398 ratings