Boston Irish Stout | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
harpoonbrewery.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Boston Irish Stout is a traditional dry Irish stout. Full-bodied but sessionable with a creamy texture (derived from the nitro pour), it combines the roasted character of six malts with delicate Willamette hops.

30 IBUs

Added by Todd on 03-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,336
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
162
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of DonBowman
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, cream colored foam, very foamy feel in the mouth, heavily roasted taste, for me too much so!

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Photo of Justinprintz
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brutalist
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLK7299
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bdiiorio
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crenegar
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is NOT even remotely dry. Not bad but a bit thin and viscous when it shouldn't be. Victory's Donnybrook is a much better example and even lower in alcohol.

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Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Boston brewery

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Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jjmj51
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kcrumle18
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbertsch
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

Too thin and crisp for a dry stout. Also lacking in aroma and flavor that should still be there for the style regardless of low abv.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was layered as expected - black at the bottom fulfilling the tan to brown three finger-ed middle indicating the nitro pour to flow through as it should and then a soft finger and a half of a level eggshell white color for a head. Glistening lovely stringy yet sliding lace. The aroma had a luscious sweet to roasty blend of milk chocolate, roasted malts, sweet cream and a touch of vanilla at the end. The flavor blended the previously mentioned flavors to boot and had it wrap into the aftertaste and slide into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body. Sorry, Harpoon, I don’t find this to be full bodied. Makes for a great session. ABV felt spot on as the brewer suggests. Overall, practically perfect as an Irish dry stout

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Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro pour at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark black sheen, classic nitro look, with the cascading bubbles and all that. There's a tight white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells pretty nice- smokey, roasted malt, slight dark fruitiness, and dark espresso.

I don't usually love nitro stouts, as they tend to dull and water down the flavors. I can tell that's going on here, to a certain extent. However the flavors that survived the nitro-ing are nice. There's some lightly smoke and heavily roasted malt, and a great creamy lactose flavors, and a very light raisiny sweetness.

This has the classic nitro feel, fluffy and creamy, but ultimately thin.

This is a really solid version of the style. It's much, much better than Guinness and the like.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerMe8
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DJoe
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2ellas
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of I3eer
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goodshiz
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Boston Irish Stout from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 162 ratings