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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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Donnybrook Stout
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83
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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tgbljb on 03-03-2007

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Ratings: 458 | Reviews: 146
Reviews by AdamBear:
Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark brown with a creamy light tan tap.

S-smells like black coffee with some creamy chocolate. Great strong scent.

T-comes in with a really mellow taste of black coffee and some chocolate: it's a bit watery but it's an awesome taste. Somewhat faint though.

M-light carbonation. More watery than creamy.

O-a very nice easy drinking beer. Very watery. Sadly not better than Gunniess. Not bad though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Milltown in Carrboro.Poured from the nitro tap jet black with a cascading beige head that settled into a creamy froth after awhile.Some dark roast coffee,unsweetened chocolate,and metallic aromas,pretty much spot on for the style.Creamy as suspected from the pour,flavors seem a bit light with dark roast flavors dominating,a tinge of iron in the finish.An easy quaffing nitrogen dispensed dry stout,creamy and good.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Victory Brewery.

Deep dark to black in color with a creamy dense foam head of light brown. Head retention seemed indefinite and left fantastic lacing all the way down to the end.

Aromas of chocolate & coffee. Nothing elaborate, just a straight forward heavily roasted barley nose.

A little bitterness in the beginning, but not from hops - it seemed to be that coffee bitterness. The intensity falls after a few moments and mellows to match the creamy texture with flavors of mocha. Fantastic mix of creamy texture and dry palate. Finish is nice and long with more of that coffee bittering that tends to linger for a while.

Creamy and easy to drink. Nice heavy full mouthfeel makes this brew incredibly satisfying. Very good.

Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Xfinity Center in Philly.
Almost didn't order it based on unenthusiastic reviews on BA.
Sure glad I did. I guess I'll be the outlier.
Deep brown in appearance adequate foam after repouring into pint glass from plastic cup.
Malty, sweet, incredibly smooth. So smooth it could have been on nitro but I don't know that.
An excellent representative of the Irish Dry Stout style and I'm very glad I tried it when I had the chance.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap poure into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a nice big super fine and creamy light brown head. Nose is tame and mellow, the nitro subdues it.

Taste is very creamy and smooth, the mouthfeel is phenomenal. Very toasty and a bit grainy. No hoppiness but perfect for the style. Surprising good.

Photo of ehammond1
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black in color with a thin and creamy head after the cascading nitro pour. Decent lacing--I couldn't expect anything more from this beer.

Faint aroma. Some slight roasted malt and grain presence.

Not a lot of flavor going on either. Some slight malt, a touch of roasted malt, and a bit of sweetness. Goes away quickly.

Thin mouthfeel.

A simple, undefined, uninteresting dry stout.

Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap at Trappeze in Athens.

Dark with a creamy head from the nitro tap. Smells of light roasted barley, it's the smell of St. Patty's Day to me. Taste is wonderful, very light bodied and clean roastiness. Obviously similar to Guinness, but a much better beer, IMO. Very light and drinkable, and at 3.7% it won't get you shit faced any time soon.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served nitro tap in a pint glass at their brewery

A - Obsidian with 2 finger ecru foamy head with excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Coffee, spice, chocolate.

T - A more subtle stout characterized by many of the nitros with a smooth chocolate and coffee flavor at the front contrasted by a spicy tobacco smokey notes. Pretty subtle and some might say weak but this is an irish dry.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth, a bit watery.

O - I have yet to fall in love with this style and this beer is yet another setback. I feel like the nitro version of these stout just come off as a little too subtle with a rather watery mouthfeel as well. I'll keep trying, but I wouldn't get this one again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying Uncle Teddy's Bitter for the first time at Fathead's we wandered up E. Carson a couple blocks where we found Donnybrook Stout flowing at Smokin' Joe's. Appears a deep dark roasted coffee hue with ruby highlights around the edges, light cream cascading tan head leaves behind even rings of lacing with each sip. Aromatics full dark roasted malts bring dark chocolate and coffee roast bitterness with herbal hop backings and some creamy milk chocolate after tones to balance out the dryness. Flavors are cohesive and resilient despite the fact that I usually find nitro tap offerings to be way to clean and airy tasting. Dark roasted malts give me chocolate, strong coffee, and creamy sensations like some Irish coffee in many aspects. Mild hop bitterness with herbal tea leaf hop sensations are really welcomed to give the dry bitterness a little snap. Mouthfeel is creamy like a milkshake, get ready to clear your beer mustache with this one, somewhat airy but the creaminess is there and there's enough body to not come off thin I would say medium bodied range. Like I said nitro taps usually kill the beer for me but that wasn't the case one of the best representations of the style I've come across in quite awhile. Drinkability, find this on St Paddy's or any other festive drinking day and this would be by the pint however that night at Smokin' Joe's there were just too many other interesting offerings to keep coming back to this one, but next time I see it I will drink up, hopefully in number.

Photo of glid02
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours what looks to be black until it's held up to the light and it's actually a very dark ruby color. Head is one-finger of foam that's not quite as nice as Guinness, though this is not from a nitro-tap. Lacing is solid.

Smells lightly of roasted malts and nondescript sweet fruits. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors up front followed by some sweet fruit flavors as the beer warms. Nice bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is what really sets this apart from Guinness - it's got a lot more carbonation and it's a bit thicker. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good, especially at under 4%. I could drink a few of these on a rainy day.

Overall this is a good Irish Stout. I'm still not 100% sure if it was a normal tap or if nitrogen was used, but judging from the carbonation it seemed like a normal tap. This is worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Village Draft House.

Pours a dark black with a reddish hue when seen in the light. There is a thick, soft, off white head that sits atop the brew that has has great retention. The nose smells creamy and mildly roasty. The taste is very faint but has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and yeast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and smooth with little if any carbonation.

This is a nice Irish Dry Stout but overall it's underwhelming. If it were St. Patty's I could see me putting in work on this beer. Otherwise, I'll pass.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on tap at a fairly new bar called Slainte in Philly across the street from 30th street station. It was delivered to me in an odd looking, kind of small "Imperial" pint glass that I'm guessing was actually more of an American pint at around 16 ounces. Despite the small glass, it had a beautiful appearance, very much like Guinness but with a just slightly darker head and a tiny bit less lacing (which could have been from the glass itself). Other than that it was almost exactly like Guinness, which it's obviously what it's trying to be. Or at least that's what the bar keep told me, that it was brewed specially for the Irish pub because they don't serve Guinness. Side by side with Guinness I could tell the difference, but I didn't really prefer one over the other. Nicely done!

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Interesting, it tastes like Storm King-light. It's very drinkable, but not your average Irish dry stout. The flavor is smooth and sweet chocolate liquor without any alcohol. It's just a little sweet and smooth, flavorful for the abv, but like a I said, but expect a normal dry stout.

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the VBC.

Pours black (with some ruby highlights along with bottom) with a finger of rich, creamy off-white head. An excellent retention yields a huge cascade of creamy lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is roast, cocoa, coffee, and a bit of lactic sweetness.

The taste is tingling light roasted notes and coffee (that imparts some dryness), and chocolate notes to balance things out fairly well. None of the character is hugely assertive but it stills packs in enough to be heard. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a creamy and easygoing feel.

The its overall character may not be hugely pronounced or anything I still find it very impressive that you get as much as you do for a sub 4% beer. I was also happy to find that the body packed a bit more beef than a lot of other crappy Irish Stouts on the market. And with that easygoing feel, I could session this all night. Definitely a great lower ABV alternative form Victory.

Photo of thagr81us
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from nitro-tap into a standard pint. Pours an almost black with a one finger light tan head. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of earthy and nutty notes. The flavor is of light malt and nutty notes. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall I was not really a big fan of this one. It wasn't bad for a low ABV stout, but not good for being considered a stout. Basically everything needs to be a little more robust on this one and amplified.

Photo of Kolsch
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Jean Bonnett Tavern in Bedford, PA.

Appearance is very much like Guinness. Dark ruby highlights with cascading head. Though not as bubbly as Guinness.

Smell is lacking and devoid of anything in particular.

Taste is really thin and watery. For a Dry Stout, this was lacking any the depth of malt flavor or bitterness. I was not expecting a malt bomb given the low abv but was expecting something with a little more heft to it.

Overall, a disappointing Dry Stout. Ready to move on to something else.

Photo of maelgon
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My go-to session beer whenever I visit Victory - Donnybrook never disappoints. Low ABV doesn't mean no taste - it has a roasty flavor that doesn't cross over into smokiness. Decent mouthfeel and consistently good flavor. Sadly, needs nitro so I can't take home my growler filled with this.

Photo of Jettanbass9
4.9/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite stout! Local Philly brewers are making stouts a standard and i couldnt be happier. I got this fresh pint from the blue dog cafe in lansdale. Great roasty flavor, not sour or acidic, full bodied and jet black. Similar to O'hara's (non-nitro stout favorite) but with more body and a fuller consistancy. Eastern PA residents... try this stout, i promise you will love it.

Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Revolution Pizza. Almost black creamy pour. Excessively foamy pour due to the nitro, unless the intention was to present this like Guiness. After settling down it is a deep brown. Light roast malt, cocoa and peat aroma. Just a hint of lactose. Flavor was also mild roast, malt, some chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, but light bodied. Not nearly as dry as say Guiness, clean finishing though. This goes down nearly like water and went great with the pizza. Not filling with drinkability through the roof.
I actually thought the nitro hurt this one, being so mild to begin with it would have been more flavorful on standard co2. An OUTSTANDING session beer, but not all that outstanding otherwise.

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint glass served at Capone's.

A: The stout is a midnight black color with a starkly contrasting white head that is thick and billowy.

S: The nose is dry maltiness that is punctuated with a burnt toast scent.

T: The ale is distinctly dry, very much like a Guinness in that sense. The dryness does not hide the roasted malts, thick and chocolatey, that make up the body. Surprisingly, the thick head provides a sweetness that counters the dry malts in a nice manner.

M: An easy drink, this ale is not too big despite the pleasing roasted body.

D: Under 4%, are you kidding me. This is the kind of beer that you can belly up to all day long.

Photo of philbe311
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An absolute stunner of a pour... Cascading foam settles and provides a fingers worth of rich creamy light tan colored head... Excellent retention as this one never quite fades before finishing the glass... A deep dark brown that allows some light to leak in around the edges... An occasional carbonation streak can be seen climbing the sides of the glass...

S - Faint roasted malts... Subtle chocolate... Some distinct smoke notes...

T - Lightly roasted malts... Touches of chocolate... Caramel... Toffee... Butterscotch... A subtle nuttiness...

M - Light to medium bodied... Smooth... Sleek... Creamy... Goes down very easily... Very muted carbonation... Perhaps a tad thin...

D - This one is uber-sessionable as this one packs a lot of flavor into 3.7% ABV... Great appearance with nice flavor and aroma all while being able to drink several glasses... Another nice job by the folks at Victory... I'm shocked it took me so long to sample...

Photo of MmmIPA
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night body with a nice creamy,thick tan head.

Some fruity smells.I have a problem smelling nitro tapped stouts.

Roasted malt,expresso,coffee and chocolate with some fruity taste in there.

Mouthful is very creamy and light bodied.

Great beer to drink lots of.My girl thought I wouldnt like it because it was so light.I was in heaven,very creamy,seductive,light and down right tasty.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served via nitro at L&M Lanes in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, classic glossy dark Irish dry stout look. Tight looking one inch head, a lot of lacing down the glass. Poured very well.

Smells lightly roasty, with some smoke and chocolate.

The taste is similar. I'll never really love the effect that nitro has on beer, but this still tastes pretty good. Very dry taste, as expected. Some cocoa powder, and light roasted malt.

Light bodied, very typical dry stout on nitro mouthfeel- creamy and smooth.

Not bad, but a tiny bit bland.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this one up last night at Barleys. I had not had it before so what the hell right, a nice dry stout to go with an appetizer. Served in a small glass and consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was nice enough, very dark brown, basically black with no light shining through on this one at all. Rich looking head of tan on the top hung around for most of the session. The aroma was a bit light. Lots of roasted malts, with just a hint of cocoa underneath it. Really dry taste, but a little bland for me. Light cocoa and roasted malts, but it lacked alot of depth to put it over the top into another cateogory. Still though it was a decent little stout with a nice feel, and a 3.5 percent very drinkable. Not sure I would go here again though.

Photo of blackie
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Typical nitro head, high retention...khaki in color. The beer is a transparent black in color.

s: Lightly roasted malts, subtly hopped and quite dry.

m: Smooth, low carbonation with a light-medium body.

t: Smooth, dry and delicate roasts, light and a bit watery, make up the bulk of the flavor. A light roast astringency comes out in the finish. Lightly hopped.

d: an easy session for sure, which is respectable but reduces the aroma/flavor a bit

6 oz. taster glass at Rustico, Alexandria, VA

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Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.