Killarney Stout | Granville Island Brewery

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Killarney StoutKillarney Stout

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Granville Island Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by canucklehead on 03-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sponberg
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle with a green "limited release" label. Pours a thinly opaque brown-black with a tan head that is a lot like my hometown - blink and you'll miss it. Aroma of roasty malt, whiffs of dry cocoa.

This tastes like the lite version of a really good stout. The flavor's there - roasted malt, coffee, biscuity toffee sweetness and an aftertaste of dry cocoa, no hops to speak of - but the mouthfeel is very thin, even for a dry stout. Has a body like Lara Flynn Boyle but not as smoky. While the lack of weight means I could drink it all day, and the flavor is almost where I'd want to (a shade on the porter side for a dry stout), the feeling that something's missing would bother me.

A bit more mouthfeel would turn a nice stout into an excellent one.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On a strictly personal note, it was nice to taste a straightforward, unadulterated stout that wasn't "coffee" this or "espresso" that. But that's just me....

It poured from a 650 mL bomber into my pint glass an opaque brown — the darkest shade imaginable without actually being black. A creamy tan head punctuated by some large bubbles had great staying power and left attractive rings on my pint glass.

I let it warm up from standard fridge temperature before going any further. That allowed time for roasted barley, malted milk, cocoa and molasses aromas to really come out.

The taste was consistent with the smell, starting big and malty. The roasted barley and the more pale malt combined for a grainy, slightly smoky flavour. There was a bit of coffee bitterness, but the taste was more like what you'd get from standard coffee grounds — not espresso or anything exceedingly bitter. There was a bit of a metallic taste, but not strong enough to be off-putting.

The roasted flavours coated my palate and made for a dry finish. The low carbonation seemed right, though I thought the body was just a tiny bit too thin. Just a passing quibble.

Although we BAs know dark beers aren't necessarily heavy, I found this one filled me up. I enjoyed it, but a bomber was enough for one session.

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought this back from BC, and have been saving to share with my wife for St. Patrick's Day (actually kind of forgot it was in the fridge). 650 ml brown bottle - Winter Limited Release.
"Limited Edition, Official Beer of CelticFest, Vancouver - The official beer of CelticFest Vancouver will ensure enough pleasure in every bottle to turn the Irish green with envy. This traditional irish stout is brewed with roasted barley, pale malt and pacific northwset hops, a favourite at the festival. Enjoy a little St. Patrick's Day 'Luck of the Irish'."
Black pour, hardly any light can seep through, tan foam. Big frothy head with good retention, nice looking lace.
Lots of rich coffee and chocolate smells. More of the same in the flavor, cocoa, chocolate, coffee beans, all melded together nicely. A little hop bitterness to finish it off. Creamy mouthfeel, but still a bit thinner than expected, also a bit sticky rather than a crisp dry finish.
This was a great Irish Dry Stout, give me this over Guinness any St. Paddy's Day!

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, a candidate for St. Patty's day. Looks promising - lovin' the label.

A: pours a perfectly opaque, jet-black with a delicious looking dark, tan-brown, frothy, rocky head that has good retention and leaves a formidable sticky brown lace.

S: mmmm delicious coffee and chocolate with a bit of nuttiness as well.

T: wow, so creamy. Chococoffee flavour abound with a nutty and slightly spicy finish that instantly demands another sip.

M:thick and very creamy, excellent carbonation and a nice dry, spicy finish.

D: This is a great Irish Dry Stout from GI, brewed right here in Vancouver. The flavours are so well-pronounced and the creaminess of the brew really makes it a nice treat. I'm definitely going to have to buy a few more of these before St. Patty's.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Granville Island Taphouse.

Appearance: Jet black, chocolate brown head.

Smell: Dark Chocolate and smokey tobacco

Taste: Earthy, maltiness, dark chocolate tang and a bit of smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk. Almost like a nitro-tap Guinness. Just a great, silky feel.

Drinkability: I had a pint of this and then a another taster in the 4-glass sampler spread offered at the taphouse. By far this was my favourite of the 4. If it wasn't so expensive for the bottled product(or if it was in 6-packs) I'd by a lot of this.

Overall: A great dry, Irish-Style stout. Something interesting to look forward to at St. Patrick's Day in Vancouver.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, these guys just keep on putting out quality beers from
their proto tap brewery on Granville Island. This stout is put
out to coincide with St. Patty's day and it a winner.

The head is huge and storm tossed upon a black sea of malty
goodness. A nice burnt flavour with a dry finish shows more
flavour than other more famous Irish stouts. I just wanted to
sip and consider the complexity of this brew. Try the Scottish
Ale as well as this beer if you can find it.

Nice to see that the 2008 edition is back to the high quality of the 2003 version. Solid stout with the finish longer than before

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Photo of BDTyre
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid black colour with a light tan head. Smells like a typical dry stout, somewhat like Marston's Oyster Stout.

Taste is dry, malty with a bit of chocolate and coffee, again somewhat similar to an Oyster Stout. Decent mouthfeel...a bit fizzy for a stout. Good St. Patrick's day drink; mild alcohol content makes this a repeater. Tried it with chocolate (Cadbury's mini eggs) but this seemed to make it blander.

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Photo of bigone4
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle I got from my sister as a present when she traveled to BC. This brew poured a jet black with a nice two finger tanish brown head. Very decent head retention and a nice cling of lace down the glass. There was no light getting through this pint even with a back light. Smell consists of roasted malt and a slight chocolate scent. Creamy tones with a subtle surprising hint of hop oil. Certainly has a nice malty sweetness mixed in the nose. The taste was of roasted malt mixed with a chocolate note. Slight bitterness on the tongue from the hops in the finish. Very clean and dry. This is a very easy drinking stout and extremely enjoyable. Nice mouth feel smooth and enjoyable to all aspects of my pallet. It starts out with the nice malt profile and ends up with a nice dry finish. I would certainly like to get my hands on this one again and maybe some of the other brews made at Granville Island Brewing.

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Killarney Stout from Granville Island Brewery
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