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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 474
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 26.06%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | 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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Reviews: 144 | Hads: 474
Photo of bonesTdog
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy char and dirty ash tray with a bit of a bite. The body was a bit thin which didn't mesh with the flavor for me. Interesting but not my favorite.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, creamy-looking body with an off-white and equally creamy-looking head. Leaves a wall of lacing along the glass on the way down.

Smell: Meek aroma of washed out roasted grains with ultra minor hints of chocolate.

Taste: Dry, mildly flavored roasted malt taste with an almost imperceptible dark caramel and chocolate sweetness. Faint roasty bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Smooth carbonation. The nitro tap offers a boost in creaminess, but, man, it's still very, very thin.

Drinkability: The drinkability is fine from a low ABV, session-type standpoint, but being so devoid of flavor, I doubt it'd hold my interest beyond the one pint.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As close to dark as you can get without actually being black. The creamiest head I've ever seen, bar none. The dark tan lacing is a solid sheet from the rim down to the very thick film.
Smell is weak (a la Guinness) with just some toasted malts and some cardboard.
Taste is toasted, almost burnt malts, light hops, cardboard, coffee.
Light body, watery really, perky effervescence. A pretty solid copy of Guinness for what that is worth.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On nitro at Beachwood BBQ

A: Dark brown, almost black, in color with the anticipated creamy tan head to go with it.

S: Smells pretty off-putting at first--a lot of vegetal aromas. Once you get past those, there is some coffee and chicory with a good enough roasted malt character.

T: The flavor is disappointing as well in that it's highly watery. Coffee and coffee grounds, along with a touch of roast and dark chocolate, but a lot of water in there, too.

M: Thin and watery with a the usual low but smooth nitro carbonation.

O: Overall a real let down. The watery nature of it just ruined the beer for me.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at The House of Brews in Jensen Beach. Nitro.

A – Nice chocolate milk brown color with huge two fingers of creamy brown head courtesy of the nitro tap.

S – Light smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Faint coffee and vanilla.

T – Follows the nose with again a very faint roasted malt, chocolate and coffee flavor. Nothing stands out in this brew. Its just there. It’s not bad but no flavor makes it memorable. Just a light bit of sweetness to finish it off.

M – Creamy with a thin mouthfeel. Flavors slide on and off your palate quickly.

O – This is an average brew to me. It is very drinkable for sure but there is nothing in the taste that grabs me and wants me to drink more. Not bad but not memorable.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -20.2%

06/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This time I'm getting an ashen/smokiness & less chocolate, but still nothing special.

03/13 On tap (nitro) at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Just OK. Got a tad bitter at the end. Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It had a very thick and foamy head. I did not enjoy this beer. It has a toasty/roasted aroma. There was some minor roast in the flavor. There was also a "sea watery" flavor character as well. I was pretty disappointed because I typically like most of Victory's beers.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of TheWorstGuyEver
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I actually had the bartender check to make sure there wasn't anything wrong with the tap or keg. He did and said "Can't notice anything wrong, just a bummer beer." His words, but I'll stand by them. This beer is nearly flavorless. Poured inky black with a healthy light-brown head that held all the flavor. Sipping through the head I got hints of a semblance of roasted, nutty malt. From there on it tastes like watered-down Guinness. This beer is thin, watery, boring and offensive for those reasons. Not sure what niche Victory was going for with this one. It's not enjoyable for Beer Geeks at Beer Bars, it's not familiar enough for the lawnmower crowd, and who on earth would buy a six pack of water-Guinness for a fireside or front porch session? Truly "a bummer beer." Drinks easy, though.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.74/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro-tap in a shaker pint. Near black with a thick cap of beige foam, Creamy sheets of lacing are left behind, but they mostly slide back in, leaving just scattered streaks.

Typical of nitro pours, the nose is somewhat blunted, but it's a pleasant mix of roasted and toasted malts nonetheless. Lacks the nice dry feel and robust roastiness of a top notch Irish stout, but it's still pretty decent. More tangy and slightly sweet than dry and roasted; kind of reminds me of a more flavorful and fuller bodied Guinness draft, actually. A quick nip of bitterness in the otherwise clean finish.

Overall impression: I love Irish stouts, but this one doesn't quite hit the spot.

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Photo of marcpal
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub and was looking forward to having due to its exclusivity. Overall, unimpressed.

A: Pitch black with nice formed head and appropriate lacing.

S: Maltiness but not much coffiness but the balance seemed to be there.

T: Falls short, went down easy but seemed like a watered down stout. It may be partially due to enjoying the hell of a storm king prior to this- almost an unfair comparison.

M: Very thin, weakest attribute to the beer. No substance for what I would consider a 'stout'

D: Seemed to be unsuccessfuly tribute to Guiness but a bit too thinned out. The nice thing is the low abv but in comparison to something like the Chicory, this falls far short.

One of Victory's very few low performers.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.48/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

DonnyBrook pours a cascading dark brown with a creamy head, Guinnesseque. Lacing, sure. Looks good.

Smell: Bready, and something smells slightly off.

Taste: Bland, thin watery beer with little in the way of roast, coffee or chocolate. Bitter and a bit dirty and not in a good way. Still nothing as bad as the smell would indicate, but Donnybrook is nothing but a Guinness imitator.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lightly creamy.

Drinkability: I like stouts, I like Irish Dry Stouts, but this one falls flat for me. Victory can brew much better beer.

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Photo of gtlaw
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guiness is the first thing that comes to mind.. It may be a good representation of the style, but its a style that is a waste of time IMHO. I was dissapointed, and chugged this one down very quickly so I could move on to beers that have 3 times the flavor, and alcohol

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Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.