Davidson Brothers Extra Irish Stout

Val is working late, so I’m stuck watching Jeopardy by myself. I’m obviously winning. Let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 9.1%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “How a couple of guys who’d never worked in a restaurant, never brewed beer, and never owned a business started a brewpub. It was in the fall of 1993, during a visit to Baltimore, that my brothers Paul, John and I wandered into our first brewpub, Bill Oliver’s Wharf Rat. The ales were terrific and with every pint we drank we became more convinced we should start our own brewpub. After returning home to Glens Falls, John and I (recalling how convinced those ales made us) began to look into brewpubs, the microbrewing revolution, and our market. We enjoyed two years of due diligence, researching the Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs markets and visiting many brewpubs and microbreweries. In February of 1996, John and I, with the moral support of a dozen close friends, took the chance of a lifetime and made the winning bid on the building at 184 Glen Street in Glens Falls. We were officially in the brewpub business and Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery opened to the public on October 14, 1996. I’d always thought that after everything it took to get the thing off the ground, I’d be overcome with emotion when that first dollar crossed the bar. But I was too busy. We used that first dollar to buy more barley.”

Random: It’s been a long time since I had a great Irish stout.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was jet black with no visible carbonation. The nose was like sticking my face in an ashtray. It had a lot of wood ash and smoke with some dark malt to counter the ash, but not enough. The taste was bitter with old espresso and the same amount of ash and smoke. It had an aggressive amount of booze warming at the end of the sip. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with ash. I have no idea how much this bomber was since it was a gift, but this beer didn’t do it for me. There was no balance to it.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Irish Stout

The game had finally hit the fourth quarter and I saw this brew on the draft list. I’d seen it a few times on tap in Philly bars, but never gotten around to trying it. So, hoping for a little luck from this Irish-style beer for my Eagles, I grabbed a pint.


ABV: 3.6%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An Irish-style Draft Stout poured with nitrogen for a rich creamy pint. Brewed with imported Pale and Roasted malts, along with Flaked Barley, and hopped with Cascade and Target hops. Black in color, light bodied and roasty dry.”

Random: Rachel Ray is making beer meatballs on her show right now. I’m not sure how that’s going to go. They look gross to me.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger tan head on top of a black body. Due to the color, I couldn’t guess how much carbonation was in this one. As to be expected from a nitro brew, the head was insanely slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The nose is roasty with chocolate malt and a touch of coffee. The taste was really flavorful with roasted malts, smoke and coffee bitterness. There was dark chocolate present as well. It had a thin body with generous carbonation, which made this one a really easy drinker. It had a long finish with dark chocolate and smoke. I really enjoyed this beer and made for a great drinker during the game. I would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Furthermore Three Feet Deep

I don’t have that much experience with Furthermore beers. They’re not distributed to New Jersey and the last one that I had was reviewed in 2011. Let’s see how this one fared.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our rendition of a Dry Irish Stout, circa 1890. Deep roasted malt is what makes a stout a stout, and years ago the fire of the kiln would have added its distinct smoky flavor during the roasting process. Three Feet Deep rekindles that lost flavor with a small addition of peat smoked malt. At 14.4° Plato, this is not a heavy beer, but you wouldn’t know it as the round and earthy quality of peat fills your senses. Our stout is a return to County Cork and the warmth of the Irish hearth.”

Random: I’m really enjoying “Game of Thrones.” I wish I started watching when it came out. It would make a lot more sense watching it now.

This brew poured with a really thick, tan head that almost resembled a nitro head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black colored body. There wasn’t any carbonation visible due to the color. The nose was really strong. I got bacon, smoke and dark chocolate roasted malts. There was some light coffee note as well. The taste was even more strong. The first part of the sip hit with lots of peat. Quickly after, smoke and bacon came through. There was some dark chocolate as well, but there wasn’t a lot of bitterness. The peat really took center stage on this. The body was on the thicker side, yet still velvety with higher than expected carbonation. The finish was long with earthy peat. I really liked this beer. The peat was reminiscent of a good scotch. Although this is yet another brew that isn’t distributed in New Jersey, it’s definitely worth a try, especially if you like peat.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bolero Snort Lucky Buck

After almost a week of being sick as a dog, I’m back. I probably should have spent most of the week home and getting better. Instead, I was at work, most likely infecting everyone else with the flu. Sharing is caring, right? When I came home every night, the other half took care of me because I was mostly exhausted and yucky feeling. Without that, I think I’d still feel awful. Anyways, let’s see how this Jersey beer is.


ABV: 4%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This traditional Irish brew is roast and flavorful with a hint of chocolate that yields a remarkably smooth finish. Lucky Buck is an all day sipper that pairs well with a heaping portion of corned beef and cabbage. Slainte!”

Random: As dorky as it is, I’m really starting to get into “The Voice.” I never watched it before the other half, but I think it’s much better than the other singing shows on television.

This brew poured with a two finger thick, light brown head. It was insanely slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a really dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was really chocolatey with dark bakers chocolate and a touch of cream. The taste was similar to nose. It also had a lot of chocolate and cocoa powder and a touch of creaminess. But, the body was just a touch too thin and the carbonation was a little too low for me. It wasn’t bad by any means, just way too thin, even for a style that tends to be on the thinner side. The finish was medium length with chocolate. This was a decent beer, but nothing mind-blowing. I am happy I got to try this beer and I can’t wait to try more brews from them.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

Sometimes Kate decides to cook with beer. On one of these days, I requested a German meal. For some reason, I absolutely love German food, but Kate never cooked it before. She ended up making bratwurst, soaked in Guinness with a bunch of other German sides. Needless to say, the meal was amazing. I took one of the leftover Guinness bottles to review.

ABV: 6%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is it, the one that started it all. Crafted to perfection for over 200 years, GUINNESS® EXTRA STOUT is descended from the definitive West India Porter known as Extra Superior Porter. Crack it open, and the first sip tastes as fresh as ever. The unmistakeable deep-dark color, the crisp hint of roasted barley, the fresh breeze of hops, and the refreshing bite all make for the bittersweet reward. Pure beauty. Pure GUINNESS®.”

Random: I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Guinness.

This poured with a three finger, thick, tan-colored head that took forever to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was black and impossible to see the carbonation due to the color. The nose had a sweet, almost lactose quality to it. It also had roasted malt and light chocolate. The taste had a mineral quality that wasn’t present in the draft version. I also got coffee and milk chocolate. The end of the sip goes towards a slightly abrupt bitter taste. The body was watery with high carbonation. The finish was long with roasted malts. Although this brew is okay, the nitro versions of Guinness draft that I’ve had blow it out of the water.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

The Porterhouse Oyster Stout

The second brew of the night. I’m watching Chopped on the Food Network. I’ve never seen an episode where they use the same protein in the first two courses (in this case, they’re using duck). I love duck, but in both the appetizer and the entree? It may be a little too much…but who am I to criticize? So, this is my first brew from The Porterhouse Brewing Company in Dublin, Ireland. I love the bottle cap on this brew. It has a cute little ring attached to it. I haven’t had an oyster stout in awhile, so maybe I’ll enjoy this one more…

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Rapidly becoming our best selling stout. A superbly balanced brew, smooth and rounded without being bland. More sweetness derived from fresh oysters shucked into the conditioning tank, what a way to go! But of course not suitable for vegetarians.”

Random: I have never tried an oyster, but I can’t get past the consistency.

This brew poured with a thick, tan-colored head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had roasted malts, coffee and a bit of brine, which I assume was from the oysters. The taste was almost exactly the same as the nose, except that the brine was a bit more pronounced. There was also some earthiness. I really enjoyed how the roasted malts took center stage and the brine wasn’t as intense as other oyster stouts that I had. The finish was long with the same roasted malts in the taste. I’m shocked to say this, but I actually enjoyed this stout a lot. I would definitely have this again. If you see this one, definitely pick it up.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Avery Out Of Bounds Stout

What a crazy day at work! It’s only Wednesday and it was pretty much insanity. Usually the general insanity waits for Friday. Needless to say, I’m exhausted. My plan for the rest of the night? Sit my ass on the couch and have a beer. This is one that’s been on the list for awhile to try.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This big, roasty stout takes flavor to the extreme. We aren’t afraid to use plenty of rich roasted barley and a mountain of hops to give this full-bodied stout that little extra something you’ve been looking for in a beer.”

Random: I’m really having a hard time finding something on tv to watch without baseball. I guess that UFC will have to do.

This brew poured with a barely there tan head that hung around for the duration of the drinking, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep and dark brown. Due to the color, there was no visible carbonation on the brew. The nose was glorious. It had lots of coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, which is exactly what I expect from a stout. The taste was very much of the same that was apparent in the nose. I got a lot of coffee and roasted malts, not as much chocolate, with a creamy mouthfeel. The brew had very low carbonation and the finish lasted awhile with the roasted malts. It also had medium thickness. This was definitely a great brew and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to try it. I will definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0