I love The Porterhouse and I especially love Wrasslers XXXX which is a full stout. It is the stout your grandfather used to drink, Michael Collins drank it in the 1900's or at least that is the spiel. Well I have always loved it on tap, even if it was nitro kegged and have been waiting patiently for it to be in the line up of bottle conditioned beers that The Porterhouse has been releasing.
Following on from The Beer Nuts twitter reports that it is a different beer than the normal Wrasslers I had to rush out and buy some.
The first thing you will notice in the difference is ABV and the bottle weighs in at a hefty 5.7% as opposed to the normal 5%. Also the body seems a little thinner than on tap but that is to be expected due to the normal stuff being served using nitrogen like Guinness. In fact this seems closer to what I would expect from a cask version. I hope they release a cask version soon, I had their plain porter on cask the other day and it was lovely.
Anyway back to Bottled Wrasslers. I have to say I loved this. It is a different beer to the tap but without trying them side by side I would have trouble picking out the real differences so I can only go with the impression I got from this bottle.
The Aroma here starts off with strong chocolate, a little woody and some sweet caramel.
The taste is pure burnt coffee, dark chocolate and pure "yum".
There is one thing I noticed, I "think" it was a little overcarbonated. Certainly on first opening it was a little fizzy but it died down as the beer warmed up.
One other thing I noticed is that the bottle I have was labeled for the USA. It had all the state by state refunds I am used to (Michigan .10c refund). I wonder was this exported to the US and the imported back to Ireland? If so that makes the carbon footprint of this bottle of beer crazy.
After the Wrasslers I popped open a bottle of Plain Porter to compare and it does not hold a candle to the Wrasslers to my taste.
I have their bottled BrainBlasta, Red, Oyster Stout and Hop Head to talk about next time.