I had this pint of Stag Stout from 9 White Deer during my tour round the best bars in Dublin. The brewery are based in Cork which isn't that far from the Irish capital. The brewery have been around since 2014 so they're relatively new to the scene but they seem to be making a decent impression. I had the nitro version of the Stag Stout and just for those who struggle with gluten I can tell you at the time of drinking this is a gluten free beer. Also at the time of writing this is the only gluten free nitro Irish stout on the market so that's exciting. As ever when you have an Irish stout you do find yourself comparing it to Guinness, but hopefully this will be able to go toe to toe with the classic.
Stag Stout clocks in at 4.2% and pours only slightly off black with a healthy white head which lasts really well. As with all nitro beers it's pretty thick and creamy, but not too full bodied, so that's certainly a good start. There's a nice roasted, smoky malts aroma, which is always pleasant in a beer. There really is a lot to like about Stag Stout, including the taste. There's a nice level of roasted malts mixed with dark chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla all coming through nicely. In all honesty Stag Stout is an excellent pint, and the fact that it's something a bit new makes it even better. I'm more than happy to give Stag Stout from 9 White Deer Brewery 9.5 out of 10. It's a great beer.