Wharf Rat Blackfriar Stout
- Product Reviewed:Wharf Rat Blackfriar Stout
- Brewed By:Wharf Rat Camden Yards; Baltimore, Maryland
- Review By: David Brockington
- Original Posted to Usenet: July 11, 1996
The Wharf Rat Camden Yards
206 W Pratt Street
This is a beer that I sampled many months ago, only now
to translate my notes into a review. When I visited the Wharf Rat
brewpub across the street from Camden Yards, I was inspired by their
wonderful selection of cask conditioned ales. I took full notes on
the Special Bitter,
the review of which I posted to rec.food.drink.beer
last July. This review finally completes my consideration of the
Wharf Rat beers, although there is an outside chance that I will
be briefly visiting Baltimore again next month.
For those unfamiliar with the Wharf Rat, it is an English-
style pub located across the street from the beautiful Camden Yards
ballpark. Wharf Rat appropriately concentrates on English ales,
and they do a splendid job. Many brewpubs and microbreweries on the
east coast have a proclivity for the Ringwood yeast, and for lesser
brewers this can create an egregious amount of diacetyl in the
finished beer. Wharf Rat has a reputation for not only taming
Ringwood, but for creating some fine ales with it. The Special Bitter
did have noticeable amounts of diacetyl in the flavor and aroma, but
it did not prevent the Bitter from being a very good beer.
The Blackfriar Stout was poured under an appropriate
CO2/Nitrogen blend. The resulting pint was black opaque, with a full
head that seemed to linger forever.
The bouquet of the stout featured strong coffee and roasted
barley notes. The nose was quite impressive on this beer, which some
malty undertones supporting the coffee and roast.
The first flavor encountered was a solid roasty note. The middle
was somewhat thin, unexpectedly, but this soon enough slid into a
coffeeish and bitter hoppy finish. Neither flavor nor aroma hops were
detected, and the pint finished dry.
A good stout, and certainly a beer that I would order again
given the opportunity. Overall, the Wharf Rat is a fine brewpub
making some very nice, subtle British and Irish ales. As I have said
before, Baltimore is a lucky beer town with both the Wharf Rat and
Baltimore Brewing Company. Furthermore, with Victory Brewing Company
now just up the street (by west coast standards) the beer situation
only gets stronger.
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Copyright 1996 by David Brockington, all rights reserved;
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