The Dead Irish Poet is a high-quality Irish Dry Stout! Co-founded by Jacquie Berglund, Finnegan’s is the fifth largest beer brand in the state of Minnesota and is teaching others how to successfully scale social venture businesses.
Their mission statement is, “Turning beer into food” and inevitably, this brew is true to a stout; It has a masked booziness with a nice body and is enjoyably smooth going down. The appearance is just what you’d expect from the typical stout, pouring a generous deep brown color, with a thick tan colored head that dissipates quickly. There are massive aromas, bringing notes of dark roasted coffee, slight oatmeal, a bit of booze, and even hints of chocolate. When it comes to tasting, there is a drying presence, giving a slightly thin mouthfeel, with coffee taking center stage.
Bitter and nicely balanced with the sweetness of malts, this brew provides a reasonably sweet finish that’s sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. It is undoubtedly the perfect beverage for any winter event, due to its barely noticeable relatively high alcohol content and its simple character. Overall, Finnegan’s Brewing Co. does a stellar job at producing everything I look for in a solid dry stout that is true to the style, with a nice boozy roasty end. What makes this brewing company so badass is the fact that all proceeds are donated by Summit (contract brewer for Finnegan’s) to the Finnegans Community Fund, where one of the main focuses is to give healthy food to soup kitchens. That’s right, as an extra goodie, buying this decently priced brew means that you will be contributing to charity man! However, we should tell you that this is a limited release, so you better purchase before it returns to the grave!