Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 467
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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: 467
Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.07/5  rDev -19%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of julian89
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Octane coffee in Atlanta

Appearance: Black, thick and creamy body with a head of 1 inch. Very good retention and nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Roasted grains and sweet brown sugar smell. Some residual chocolate as well.

Taste: Its a roasted malt and nutty taste with a slight smokey flavor on the back end. Seems like it would be a great cigar bar stout.

Mouthfeel: It's quite watery and weak-bodied for a creamy stout as is. Not a lot of points here.

Drinkability: It's decent for such a simple stout, but not something I'd return to on a regular basis. (570 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro-tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a very impressive reverse-cascading mocha head and good retention. The nose carries some very light roast and a touch of chocolate. Nothing too complex, but I wasn't expecting too much. Flavor falls a bit flat after the nose, with just a bit of roast and not much else. Medium body with a nice nitro feel. Pretty good, though below Victory standards for me. (449 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Sampled at Tap and Handles in Fort Collins CO. Pours a chug achuga chuga chuga midnight black color with nitro legs. Good rocky head with great retention and legging around the glass.

The nose is soft due to the nitro. Some minor malt notes. Maybe a touch of roast and chocolate.

The taste is more expressive. Soft malt undertones with the velvet like texture from the nitro. The roast comes out nicely with a good chocolate presence. Minor biscuit and a touch of rose peddles (sensitive). Some earthy hop notes a bit much for style.

The body is on par for nitro. Finishes dry and helps that roasty black malt note that comes out. Silky feel. Overall not a big fan of nitro but this is pretty really good overall. Malt comes out despite the nitro. Would like a bit cleaner and more body/depth. (796 characters)

Photo of Stimack
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew came in a standard Nonic glass. Poured to a deep black color with a frothy Guinness like head that broke down slowly and did leave a nice sheen on lacing down the side of the glass, nice looking brew to say the least. The aromas seemed to be more on the burnt side than toasted, some coffee like scents and a slight hop. The taste seemed to resemble the aromas quite closely. The malt seemed to have a slight astringent flavoring but to me this brew tasted like it was missing something, not overly robust. Slight hop finish was good but just think that I have had better dry stouts. The feel was very creamy and again to its style had a dry finish. All in All, I was let down by this brew, but again I am viewing a single persons view. Let me just finish by saying that my expectations where high and was a little let down and this is probably why I have been as harsh, it is a fair brew. (899 characters)

Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro-tap at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours avery dark brown, nearly black, with a nice tan nitro head.

S- Scent of roasted barley and a little coffee.

T- Again roasted barley prevails, with a hint of coffee and licorice, nice clean dry finish.

M- Smooth, the beer was made for nitro, medium body, clean finish.

D- A low alcohol Irish stout that tastes better than the imports, a nice fresh stout, hard to beat. (434 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was on nitro tap at Teresa's Next Door on 12/6/2008. They served it to me in a standard Victory Hop Devil pint glass.

Teresa's little info sheet said that it poured a pitch black color, but if you hold this beer into the light, it was actually more of a really dark crimson red color. Since it was a nitro tap, the head of foam on this beer was very creamy, at least 1 1/2 inches in height, and tan in color. This creamy head had nice retention that left behind a string of foamy tan rings and a tan film around the glass. Great appearance!

The aroma was mildly roasted with dark roasted malts, a hint of roasted nuts, a quick splash of sweet caramel, and a hint of roasted coffee beans at the end. It had almost everything that I look for in a Irish Dry Stout, but it was a bit on the mild side.

The taste was dry and roasted like it should be, but it was also lightly sour too. I should probably chalk that up to all the dark roasted malts in here. Behind the dark roasted malts was a hint of roasted coffee beans, a subtle touch of sweet caramel, and some roasted nuts here and there.

This was clearly a dry roasted light bodied beer with a dry roasted aftertaste of dark roasted malts, and roasted coffee beans. I couldn't get any of the sweetness in the aftertaste. It could have helped out a little bit. This dry roasted aftertaste will stick around for a few seconds.

In the end, it was another nice light, dry, and roasted Irish Dry stout. It wasn't too dry or too roasted. It was just good. If I saw this again on nitro tap, I might order it again. (1,567 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tap at prezo

Big creamy nitro looking head 1.5 fingers fades slowly plenty of lacing, semi clear molasses reddish brown colored beer, more like brown ale or even darker reddish ale than stout.

Nose has a bit of nitro gas aroma, then toffee, caramel, toasty brown malts slight aged like, light nutty syrupy aroma, hint of cocoa, but pretty light and most of the nice aromas live in the shadow of the nitro.

Taste again starts with creamy nitro, then moves to light stout, very light, hint of brown malts, light caramel and toffee, light syrupy malt flavor, touch of nutty brown malts, slightest hint of chocolate, light bitterness from slight earthy hops and from light char. Finish is a bit more bitter, not dry but also sticky syrupy, hint of malt and nitro left.

Mouth is thinner, light nitro creaminess and light carb with little nitro bubbles.

Overall not great, way too light, very little malt or stout flavors at all, thin and watery, and what there is for flavor is overpowered by the nitro. at least I can drink this like chocolate milk and pound it. (1,063 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark (filtered) brown- almost opaque. No visible carbonation from the sides or top of the glass. Nice thin, flat, tan-colored head, which gave way to some wonderful proteinaceous lacing.

S- Prominently dry 'roasty' chocolate malt aromas. Further examination reveals some restrained coffee and cocoa aromas as well. No detectable hops on the nose.

T- Delicate 'roasty' chocolate malt is the dominant flavor, as anticipated. This is backed by some restrained flavors of dark chocolate and low-alpha hop bitterness. Overall, the flavors are MILD... I have has many dark milds are equal this beer in terms of strength of flavor... The finish is delicately bitter and roasty, but short-lived.

M- This is where this beer shines. You get a nice medium body with just 3.5% ABV. It is creamy with ultra-fine carbonation, and a bit oily at the end... it coats the mouth nicely as you would expect from a much bigger beer.

D- This beer is exceptionally drinkable, but its mild aromas and flavors could get bland and boring after a pint. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Agold
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with the characteristic cascading head of a nitro tap. It is a bit light around the edges though which is not too great. Aroma is mildly roasty with a nice little bit of coco. Pretty nice. Flavor is a bit on the light side, but the coco comes out s bit more with a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was pretty on point for the style, maybe a bit more dryness, but is good nonetheless with the creaminess from the nitro. Pretty good enjoyable approachable stout. (470 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nitro pour at the Warwick. Big bonus points to this establishment for serving this in a matching Donnybrook nonic. The brew pours dark brown with a khaki, silky finger of topping. Some ruby coloring is seen around the edges. The typical nitro look here with a head that lasts until the last sip and produces a webby pattern of lace all over the glass.

The aromatics are quite phenolic almost like burning plastic at first. As it settles, pete smoked malts emerge along with a faint roasty aspect. Some suggestions of coffee and plenty of earthy tones fill out the void. Overall, despite having that pete quality, it is a mild smelling brew.

The flavor has a minor smoked aspect like pete mixed with a mineral element almost like chlorine. A little bit of herbal hops character and hardly any roasted maltiness to be found which is a bit of a let down. However, overall it fits the style in that it is very mild flavored.

This is a super light bodied brew with a modest amount of that silky smooth nitro feel. But this is very watery in the feel even by irish stout standards. It is lacking quite a bit in body and character but was a pleasant unique offering that I would probably have again. (1,195 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This one didn't do much for me. Poured from the tap to a dark brown with medium tan head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Nose and taste were botrh a faint chocolate malt and the mouthfeel was fairly flat and watery. At only 3.7% abv, there was no noticeable alcohol, and the finish was short and non-descript. (320 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nitro at Leon's Full Service served in a Donnybrook pint glass.

Pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a massive creamy nitro head that lingers for the duration and leaves good lacing. It's like a lighter version of Guinness.

The aroma is very sedate on this one with some dark chocolate malts and little else.

The taste is a slight step up from the aroma with a more noticeable chocolate presence and more sweetness overall. The finish is dry and roasty.

The mouthfeel is thin and slightly watery with soft carbonation.

This is a decent dry stout but it's nothing to write home about. (589 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?
I'm sure I've had this before, but this review is from a recent tasting on nitro at Victory, Downingtown, PA.

A little disappointing right from the start. Poured into an imperial pint, a weak little tan head that lacked the creaminess and cascading beauty of a typical nitro pour. Bad line? Otherwise, typical dark opaque brown-blackitude of an average stout. Aroma of dark malts, notes of coffee and a dab of solvent. Similar taste, roasty, dark malts, touches of coffee and chocolate. Mild and a bit thin in body. A decent stout, but nothing to write a review about. ... D'oh! (592 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Closed for Business...

A: Dark brown with mahogany highlights; velvety, one-finger, khaki head; good retention.

S: Roasted malts; charred vegetation; oatmeal.

T: “coffee-water;” has some oatmeal characteristics; a little thin on the taste, but it is 3.7%.

M: Thin; low (nitro) carbonation; not much.

O: A good session stout, but really not much else.

*from notes (5-25-12) (392 characters)

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at D's Six Pax & Dogz, Pittsburgh, PA.
Dark brown color with a thick layer of creamy and rich darkish tan head on top. Smells strongly of roasted malts, with some subtler notes of sugars and dark fruitiness. Taste was a little paler and subdued than I expected given the appearance and smell. Had a slightly metallic and watery aftertaste that sort of ruined the initial taste which was a great mix of malts and sugars with some underlying bitter bite. Felt good in my mouth, round and filling but not too heavy; quite creamy. If the taste was vamped up a bit to maintain the initial level, I could easily have a couple of these, but as it was, I moved on to something else. (682 characters)

Photo of birderbeerer
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory's version of a Guinness. Pitch black, but the head is light. Just barely off-white. Creamy.

Aroma is faint. General beer. Light barley malt.

Very light taste. Drinks easy. Some chocolate and nuts, light toast. Creamy/milky. Like an unsalted top (rye) saltine. (269 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly black with lighter reddish edges and a thin light tan head. A lightly roasted malt nose with a small bit of coffee. Flavors of burnt malt, coffee notes with a little lactic tang similar to Guinness. The body was light to medium with a roasty/ grainy thin finish. I like the fact that they aimed for a low gravity stout in the classic fashion, but there needs to be some work on the body. Something a little more creamy. Or heck, put it through the nitro tap. I'm not the pro here. (487 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Beachwood BBQ, good to try another true session beer,

A: Pours black with a medium off-white to tan head, good lace and head retention. Has the great nitro look.

S: Roasted malt with a hint of smoke, intriguing.

T: Some roasted malt and coffee, dark chocolate, but a very light flavour overall. Tastes good but nothing to grab your attention.

M: Medium-bodied, still has a decent carbonation in the nitro serving type, frothy.

O: In the old drinkability category this would get a solid 4.5. Overall it's a good beer, I think the serving style is hampering the impact of the flavours, give me this on cask or even regular draft and allow the flavours to come out more. That being said it's still a very easy drinking pint, but there's not a lot to differentiate it from Guinness at this point. (813 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very light in body. I wish there was a touch more roasted bitterness in the taste although I got a lot of cashew flavor which was very appealing. Could be a bit more balanced. (175 characters)

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