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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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Ratings: 398 |  Reviews: 197
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on a recent trip to New England.
Poured a deep, reddish-brown color with massive tannish head.
Smell is a nice combination of roasted malt, coffe, and chocolate.
Taste also presents with a nice coffee flavor, and is combined with some dark fruit.
A bit of dryness noted is noted at the finish.
A nice easy drinking beer. Sorry I only purchased one

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by January '08:

Pours pitch black with an overly huge tan head (despite a careful pour) that slowly descends, leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is of lightly roasted coffee - slightly burnt - hints of chocolate. Mild earthy undertone.

The taste follows the nose with a bit more cream. Lightly roasted coffee with a slight burnt tinge with hints of coffee. Earthy undertone with black currant fruitiness. Slight hints of butter add to creaminess. Bittersweet finish.

This would be full bodied beer is brought to medium by quite a bit of fizzy carbonation. Pretty smooth texture.

Easy drinking with a nice malty character. This would be even better if the carbonation were reigned in a bit. The taste and low abv make this a fine choice for a "session" stout. Perhaps I just got an overcarbonated batch - otherwise fine.

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Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted scent that boasts of patent and roasted malts. It is quite dry to the nose. The taste is average. It has a weak, black malt flavor that is bitter and earthy. It has some roasted malt taste, but not enough to round out the flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average dry stout. The malt bill is simplistic, so the taste lacks complexity. This is a very uninteresting beer.

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Photo of barknee
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep opaque espresso brown with a thin but well structured head. Aromatics of carob, dark chocolate, chicory and marshmallow rise from the glass. A somewhat lean stout based on weight and structure; fresh and delicious and easy to consume, this is a nice departure from the heavyweight super endowed stouts that are in fashion now. This is a great beer with or without food as the mouth coating malts make for a great side to a nice meal or just simply a meal in itself. Light sweetness, ample malting and a well-defined recipe make this a very satisfying stout to enjoy anyplace…-anytime. Well done!!

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Photo of williamherbert
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Note: Ironically, it took the summer time for me to give this beer a more favorable rating than last time. It took me throughout this past winter to get more into porters and stouts, so I think my appreciation has gone way up. Not that you care, but ....]

The look is a deep and thick dark-brown (nearly black). It's incredibly dark, with no light knifing through it. Murky. Full finger of cardboard brown head.

The smell is strong coffee with a secondary strong alcohol smell. It's a deep and dry roasted smell, not as nutty. The smell is okay but not that powerful.

The taste is very dry and bitter, much like a dark coffee. Really flavorful, actually. Bitter, but definitely not a tongue-buster. Sweeter as it warms up, but still nice and bitter as it should be.

The feel is dry and ashy. Smooths out as it warms up. Quite thick, actually; substantial. I really like this one this time around: thick, bitter, smooth but dry, all at once. It's black coffee.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five-fingered light tan rocky head that slowly fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Solid black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Burnt coffee nose. Flavor is burnt coffee/chocolate, slight dry finish. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3" tan rocky head. Very good retention. Thick lace. Somewhere between darkest brown and black.

S - Coffee, dry cocoa powder.

T - Bitter roasted malt. Cocoa / coffee carries through from the nose to the flavor. Decent bit of hops in the finish along with a somewhat astringent bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation.

D - Good drinkability -- has all the characteristics of an Irish Dry Stout.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
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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Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with decent carbonation. Aroma is strong with coffee notes. Taste is similar, except that the mouthfeel is somewhat thin. Roast coffee with just a tiny hint of sweet chocolate in the finish. Not too bad for a stout. It's definitely a stout for one thing and a good one.

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Photo of billybob
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours pitch black from the bottle with a brown two finger head that settles to just cover the beer with some spotty lacing. no light comes through the glass with this beer. aromas of roasted malt and coffee, taste is same with a slight bitterness at the back of the palate and a dry finish. mouthfeel light, nicely carbonated. drank three from the sampler pack and could have drank three more. very nice beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The deep darkness of this "black" stout is enticing but in the pour you immediately note the intense carbonation. Hard to keep it in my pint glass. The aroma of this lively concoction is solidly coffee to me, a nice mellow overtone of chocolatey sweetness. But even before it hits your mouth you sense the bubbling crispness of this stout. It explodes over the tongue, almost like a soda, surprisingly refreshing for a stout. It finally quiets into a pleasant reminder of the same flavors anticipated in the aroma. I was surprised by the soda-like quality and at first disappointed in comparison to my first taste on draught at the Portland pub. But ultimately I did like it and think it will be a great complement to the upcoming summer beer schedule!

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Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from cburian as part of Secret Bunny 07. Thanks Chris!

Holy crap! A gentle pour yielded a gigantic quantity of tan foam... I could only get half the bottle in a pint glass. The beer itself was pretty much black, but had chestnut edges. The foam settled quickly to a marshmallowy cap with some chunky lacing left behind. Aromas were mostly malty, plenty of character from roasted barley. Nuts, roast, and chocolate were all present. Mild bitterness, balanced towards sweetness. A little dry. Caramel, a bit of roast towards the end. The initial CO2 release left the body feeling a little flat. Otherwise it had a nice texture. Not bad, but I may have had an overcarbonated bottle. I'd give it another shot.

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Photo of velo343
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nearly opaque, jet black with a medium, coffee-colored head. Dissipates quite quickly, leaving some very light foam sitting on top of the beer.

Smell - Lots of roasted barley, the chocolate is super intense and mixes quite well with a full-bodied coffee smell, like a triple mocha without the milk--just espresso and dark chocolate. A whole lot of sweetness coming off this one. I'm also reminded of freshly baked raisin pie.

Taste - A very robust dark roasted barley taste. It sort of lingers for a while and then hits with a sharp whack. A bit of that raisin-like flavor subdues the crisp roastiness just a hair. On the lighter side of medium bodied, with a tight carbonation.

Drinkability - Oh yeah. Very refreshing and easy to drink, not at all overpowered by chocolate and coffee flavors. Just a healthy smattering of roasted barley, nearly perfect for an Irish Stout. Thank you sir, may I have another?

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Photo of Stimack
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours to a pitch black color with a medium sized darker tan head that falls away pretty quickly but does leave some nice lacing. Has a nice smell of roasted/slightly burnt malts that give off some chocolate and coffee aromas, very inviting. The taste is very good; burnt flavors come out and mix in real nice with chocolate, coffee, maybe some caramel and a break at the tail end of hops which wrap things up well. Possesses a dry feel with some good carbonation that tingles the tongue. This is a very nice offering from Gritty’s, I am glad to have finally given it a try and will look for it in the future.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured an excessively mammouth tan head that I basically had to pour out of the glass as it wouldn't settle. Aroma of sweet malt and a somewhat acidic coffee scent.

Tastes is somewhat lacking. Malt & mild coffee up front with a somewhat bittering hop finish. A thin & watery mouthfull with decent carbonation.

Kinda meh, about this one. Nothing really stood out to me although I could see this being quite sessionable for some people.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into pint glass; best before April 07

Pours pure black with two fingers of fizzy, fuzzy tan head. No lace.

Scent of earthy cold coffee, bitter dark chocolate.

Taste is dark bitter chocolate, cold espresso, roasted malts with some tart fruits and a lasting bitter burnt finish. It does remind me a little of an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel is a prickly mouthcoating medium with a long astringent finish.

Drinkability is very high.

I distinctly remember the first draught pint of Black Fly I had years ago. It was at the brewpub in Portland and it was served at cellar temp on a warm summer day. It was the most delicious beer I had ever tasted. This bottle doesn't quite have that magic but it stands up to the memory well enough. Gritty's still makes a hell of a good stout and at 4.10% abv its a session beer to boot. Still one of my favorites.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with a soft brown color head; some chunks some soap bubbles. Looks like a chocolate milk-shake (the head).
Smells of slightly roasted coffee, toffee and molasses.
Taste doesn't jump right out and grab me, a slight stringent taste, some coffee and anise. Dry hops at the end, finishes really well.
I thought this was an American stout until I looked on here to see it's a Irish stout. Changes things a bit. I gave it better marks is light of this.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a finger and a half pillowy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a deep and robust burnt grain, with undertones of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste was equally robust with a very good burnt grain and smoky character. The coffee flavors were present as well.

The mouthfeel was full with a clean, dry finish.

Overall a very nice dry stout. A very drinkable treat on St. Patrick's Day. I will buy again.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black with a large head when poured. Pour slow, it was almost all head.

Smell - Coffee, and roasted malts here.

Taste - Roasted and smoky flavor. Dark coffee hints too.

Mouthfeel - Watery, thin body.

Drinkability - Roasted, hints of chocolate. Dark coffee.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Beest by March 2007 notched on label. Upon opening after removing from fridge, beer started foaming. Produced excessive amounts of foram. Poured a solid black color with a dark brown head. Aroma was malty with a hint of coffee and sweetness. The flavor was also slightly sweet. If the beer lingered in the mouth, it would leave a slighty bitter aftertaste, otherwise decent flavorings. Was not impressed with the mouthfeel, seemed to be too much carbonation.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Fly pours an extremely dark brow color with about an inch of craggy light brown head. Nice chunky lace rings remain.

The smell is of roasted malts mainly, but when I inhale deeply I pick up some rotten egg. So don't try so hard to smell it.

The taste blends dark roasted malt, light coffee, dark fruits and just a hint of bittering hops.

Creamy and smooth with active carbonation. Easy drinking and at only 4.1%, absolutely a good session beer.

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Photo of Atron67
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- took awhile to pour cuz the head was so large nice dark color with a huge brown head,
S- generally dark malt smell with a little roasted scent thrown in, not bad but pretty standard
T- pretty good, roasted taste characterizes it pretty much, doesnt seem to complex but is enjoyable, pretty smooth for a 'roasted' flavor too
M- really light for a stout,
D- its a good beer, pretty light for a stout, but smooth and repeatably drinkable
its not a heavy stout that you drink one and are done

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Photo of jslot38
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh... the ol' black fly. One of my favorites of Maine over the past few years and certainly the best beer from the Gritty's line up.

Appearance: Took forever for the head to settle on this one. Once it did a lovely black body was topped with a snow cap of tan coloured foam. No lacing, suprisingly, but the pillowy head stayed throughout.

Smell: Roasted nuts, barley, and grain. Not much to it, very basic and very well rounded.

Taste: Hits upfront with traditional stout malts, no presence of alcohol or hops. Ends with the classic maine buttery lingerings, a touch of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: A bit creamy with a solid level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A session stout. I've drank a few of these in a night, and at 4 percent, you can drink many.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gritty McDuff's- BlackFly Stout

Appearance- Thick black with a huge creamy head. Big messy lacing.
Smell- Not much, Light and sweet regular coffee. Lighty roasted coffee beans, mild caramel malt.
Taste- Smokey roasted coffee with cream and sugar. Light touch of a caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Very very smooth! Feels like it foams up in your mouth.

Overall- A good looking and good feeling beer that produces a nice tasting Stout. This is too easy to drink!!

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Photo of riversider76
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black. Massive tan head, with good retention, and lacing. Smell is not strong. Roasted malts, and hops mostly. Body is thin,and carbonated. Taste is hopped up front, with a dry roasted malt finish. This is not my favorite style of beer, but you may like this one if It's yours.

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Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 398 ratings
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