Handsome Mick's Irish Stout | The Vermont Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Vermont Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of JamieDuncan
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtk21351
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fitzy84
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on a sample flight. Served in a 3 ounce glass. The beer had a nice, black appearance with a thin, brown ring around the rim of the glass. Aromas were rich in cocoa, coffee, and malts all wrapped together in roasted air. Taste, however, was very lacking compared to the smell. It had a sharp, bitter taste with a burnt nut coffee flavoring. Mouthfeel tended to not help the flavoring that well since the drink tried to balance a creaminess with medium carbonation. Overall, the aromas were great, but the drink was a bit average.

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Photo of KGilmour
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jlabs
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fastestmanalive
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patrick802
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Ewhite2121
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Aewachiw
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of petermethot
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Weischej
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of codon2004
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of tobelerone
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An opaque black beer with a decent tan head that falls quickly. Lacing is adequate. Aroma is mostly roasted malt, fairly mild. Coffee in the background. The taste is both roasted and slightly smoky, with very restrained hop bitterness. Slightly sweet, faint coffee and chocolate notes. Supersoft mouthfeel; creamy, with low carbonation. Too low, I think. Very thin bodied. Extremely easy drinking and decent tasting but certainly not anything outstanding or particularly memorable.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Pretty standard stuff here. Poured brown-black with a small tan head. Roasty aroma with coffee notes, and not much else to speak of. Roasty malts in the taste, dry, with some coffee bitterness. A little bit on the thin side for a stout, but still not too bad. Medium-bodied and fairly drinkable. An average dry stout.

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Photo of Brad007
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black color with a tan one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is strong and rich with coffee being the dominant aroma followed by a slight hint of cream.

Taste is dry and full of nicely roasted notes. Coffee once again is the dominant flavor with that hint of cream to follow.

Finishes dry with lingering roasted coffee and very light cream. Nice.

I swear that I've had this before. A nice reminder of how a stout can be highly drinkable without needing tons of hops or alcohol.

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Photo of mhatters
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a standard straight sided pint glass at the brewery

Pours jet bacl with a nice tan head. A beautiful stout

Lots of smoke in the nose, roasted notes and a good chocolate malt sense as well

Impressive, the smoke flavors are powerful, but balanced by a sweet creaminess and chocolate flavor.

Very creamy, the carbonation is just right, easy to drink

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a Caske (I've also had it on tap) and it's really cool how a caske can change the flavor. I think it's a decent Stout from the tap but it totally changes it to have it from the caske. It's got a woody/oaky taste to it. I personally think it's a bit smoother and heavier as well. It's still got a really nice head but a little less carbonation to it.

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Photo of shanem
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black, no light. Nice inch tall tan head, left some lacing down the glass

S:Smokey, like a campfire mixed with sweet malt

T: Follows the smell perfectly, also carries a bit of a sweet/chocolately flavor in there. Smoke flavor almost resemble oak

M: creamy and smooth, seems pretty thick

D: I could have plenty of these! Love it!

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black which reveals almost no hues even when held up to sunlight with a thick tan head. Laces beautifully and nice retention too. High marks in the appearance category. Aromas are rich, malty and clearly smoked, similar to the liquid smoke used by BBQ sauces. Flavors are deep and gratifying as one would hope from as stout, hint of chocolate, some toasted malts, oak, light hops. Weird flavor in the middle liked smoked bacon (?!) and an espresso like nip on the very end. Medium body and seems just a little bit light for the style when it warms up. This does lend itself to being sessionable for that reason however and worth doing so. It's won awards and I can see why.

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Photo of Deuane
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black with a rich and creamy tan head. Left copious amounts of lace.

S-Rich roasted malts with the unmistakable scent of liquid hickory-like smoke. Very nice.

T-Big roasted malts swirl with hints of dark chocolate and oak. The smokiness is outstanding with just the right amount to make a rauchbier lover such as myself giddy with delight!

M-Medium body and a bit light. Would like a bit more body to make this brew a true standout. Nice dryness in the finish.

D-Really nice, a very well done smoked beer. wanting a bit more body but...I would happily drink my fair share!

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Photo of scottg
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"brewers smoke the malt over apple, maple, & hickory." Poured into a pint glass.

Dark black color with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly with almost no lacing. Smoke and chocolate malt aromas. Those aromas are also the up front flavors with light hops and a bitter espresso finish. Medium bodied stout that starts out creamy then becomes a little watery. A little sweetness to match the smoke and bitterness at the end would make this a more drinkable beer.

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