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 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)

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of treehugger02010
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Downingtown, PA.
Appearance: The body is a deep black color. The head is milky, tan, a finger or so tall, great retention and thin lacing.
Smell: The aromas are coffee and chocolate.
Taste: The flavors are chocolate and coffee, shots of expresso and a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: This mouthfeel is silky smooth.
Drinkability: This is a very good beer.
Don't drink and review. (429 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Victory Brewing Co. on 2/19/11. Poured into a Victory bubble pint glass.

A: Dark, black color. No light gets through. Nice tan, creamy head. Tight tiny bubbles. The head sticks around a while. Nice lacing.

S: The smells aren't that aggressive. I smell rich malts. Roasted and toasted, but mild and don't overpower the beer.

T: I taste the mild roasted malts. Really weak, as the ABV would suggest. Sort of tastes like a cream stout? Hard to place what is similar.

M: This is not a mouth coater. Kind of watery stout like a Guiness draft.

D: This is an easy drinking brew. Especially with that low 3.7 ABV. I drank this while walking the tour. I could have this for breakfast on a Monday :)

Overall, good but not great. Victory Storm (obviously a different brew) is much better to me. Solid, easy drinkng stout. Entry level if you will. (859 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark brown letting just a touch of light through. Weak, thin stip of khaki colored head. Smell is of dark roasted malts, sweetened condensed milk and roasted nuts. Taste follows scent with a sweet creamy roasted grains and nuts charachter. Body is very chalky and dry and lacks carbonation, not very pleasent in the mouth. Decent flavor, but not a very pleasing body makes for a beer that could be much better then it is. (435 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on nitro-tap at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with some very light notes of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall dense foamy mocha head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted dark malts with some light notes of chocolate.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted dark malts that are followed by some light to moderate notes of semi-sweet chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness that fades quickly. Overall I would describe the flavor of the beer as lightly sweet.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: An easy drinking session stout, especially on nitro tap as that makes the body lighter and creamier. Nice complexity of flavors without a heavy amount of alcohol. (1,086 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears black with dark brown highlights and a large, light tan head of fluff that never goes away. Scattered chunks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is very light and has notes of mild caramel, cocoa, and some roasted grain/coffee aromas behind some sweet, fruity aromas. It actually reminds me a bit of Guinness in many ways.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas, along with some vanilla notes. The same nod to Guinness though not quite as sweet as the Irish bretheren brew.
Mouthfeel is thin, slightly chalky, and herbally, bitter and dry.
Easy drinking as it's under 4% abv. (588 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at Beverly Hills Tavern in Wyomissing.
Served to me with a big fluffy tan head and the cascading effect from the nitro was on full display. Color was black and beautiful. Smell was very heavy on the roasted side. Charred wood and subtle notes of coffee, hazelnut and chocolate. Alot of dry and bitter tannins are quickly evident on the tongue. Roasted coffee and woody flavors. Not very complex, but an enjoyable palate overall. Mouthfeel isn't as creamy as I expected and finishes very thin. Drinkability is hampered a little by the lack of complexity in the flavors, which actually got a bit tiresome. Not a terrible attempt at a dry session stout, but not a great one either. (691 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a nearly opaque reddish sable with a thick, fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is richly of roast coffee and has just a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is surprisingly spicy and has a strong hoppy component, rather different from other stouts I have tasted. It has firm coffee and smoke components as well, plus a tiny metallic tinge - but the last may come from this particular batch. Texture is tingly and sharp, and just a teeny bit thin. (454 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour reminds me of Guiness, thick and viscout looking. Pours a deep dark brown almost black color with a thick off white foam head. There is some moderate lacing.

S: There is a mild amount of dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and toffee. Nothing overlly potent.

T: Starts off with ample amount of roasted coffee. In the middle there is some roasted coffee along with milk chocolate. On the back end, more of the same, not ovely complex but still tasty.

M: Leaves a really dry,creamy taste on the palate. Nicely carbonated.

O: One of the better Dry Stouts I have had. Not an ovely complext beer, but a great session beer. (636 characters)

Photo of OutFox
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Barcade Jersey City, NJ 9/15/2011. Reviewed from memory

A - Dark, almost black, with a seriously thick and creamy head. Reminded me of Guinness (it is a Irish Dry Stout after all). Good retention since it was poured on nitro and lacing.

S - Truly not a lot of nose to this but you can pick up small tones of coffee and malt. It even smells dry.

T - Rich, smooth sort of toasted malts. Very thick and enjoyable. Dryish, I wouldnt really define it as all that dry but its a good expression of the style.

M - Fantastic. Once again stouts on nitro never seem to dissapoint. Thick, rich, creamy, just all over the palate.

O - Cant complain. Good Irish dry stout. Honestly havent had many but Guinness but this one doesnt dissapoint. I enjoy it more than Guinness. Well done Victory. (794 characters)

Photo of GreenJetta912
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance resembles the legendary Guiness. billowing milky carbonation bubbles liven up this beer. upon settling it is blacker that guiness. A finger of perfect tightly bubbled ivory head refuses to go away. perfect retention. not much carbonation left after the pour (accurate to the style).

smell is roasted malt, caremel, and some subtle coffee notes.

taste is smooth. like a guiness but way better (in my opinion). More flavor than guiness. This is the only beer Victory didn't hop the shit out of, which would ruin this style.

Great smooth carmely, roasty finish. Good drinkability that one would not guess from the sheer blackness (which is not pitch black but the darkest of dark brown) (697 characters)

Photo of HoppyInfidel
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rustico, in Alexandria, VA. Poured into a pint glass. Opaque and black, with an inch of creamy tan head. A fair bit of lacing remained through the course of the pint. Didn't get much in the way of aromas, but the taste was pleasant enough - dry and roasty. Reminiscent of Guinness, but a tad drier. I'd drink it again. (332 characters)

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