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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 472
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 26.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | 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: 143 | Hads: 472
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head with tons of circumferential lacing On a deep clear amber body.

S: roasted malt and dark chocolate.

T: roasted malt and very mild hops. Light chocolate note in the finish. Very good beer but not memorable for any one quality. Very drinkable and a good example of what I think an Irish dry stout should be.

M: full body and moderate carbonation. Relatively moist finish

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It is very dark black with a thin layer of mocha-colored head.
S: There's a faint smell of dark malts with hints of chocolate.
T: The taste follows the aroma but is much stronger with flavors of dark roasted malts and chocolate. There is a slight amount of sweetness in the overall taste.
M: It feels smooth and light-bodied on the palate and a bit thin. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze. It is a good beer to session if you are looking for a stout with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i dont know why people seem to like this less, as irish stouts go, this is a winner, especially on the nitro tap. seen a few handles pop up for saint patricks day this week. its gorgeous from the tap, lighter than guinness in color, but with a similar head on it. the nose is light, i smell the dank irish yeast before i smell anything else, wet and musty and old in a good way. like the weather there. the malt is really light for its color, almost no body at all to this, i remember it being fuller for whatever reason, but it seems really really thin this go around. its creamy from the nitro, but its almost watered down in feel, not palate coating at all. at such a light body and low abv, this is a beer you could just pound on all day, and i probably would if i was part of the downtowny kegs and eggsy crowd, but thats just not me. not much flavor to it, i mean, its like a hlaf a stout, its good, no off tastes, but it doesnt taste like much. like roast without substance, which actually is kind of confusing and pleasant. milky feeling and super dry, i think its made well in that regard, and offers a nice alternative to the obvious, when thats the kind of beer you want to drink. i have no issues with this at all, and apparently like it a lot better than others have. strange on the palate to have it be so light but so creamy and thick at the same time, its thick and thin, cant think of many other beers that do that...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out like a Guinness. The surge took a little while to finish. The head is creamy and thick, the color of the beer is a deep brown. The smell is light, not much on the nose just a slight roasted aroma. The taste is very smooth and has a nice light chocolatey flavor to it. The mouthfeel is light and slick, nitro makes this brew very smooth. Oveall it's a good Dry Stout, typical for the style, really nice.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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 nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - An opaque, black body that is topped by a one inch, creamy and everlasting head.

S - Some light chocolate, coffee, and little else.

T - Light, black coffee/roasted grain notes. Nutty toffee in the middle that finishes with a light acidity and watery roast notes.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a simple, balanced beer that one could easily drink all night. It is characterized by a flat, roasted note similar to that of cheap coffee, but this darkness is enhanced by a depth of chocolate and a light nuttiness that make it much more enjoyable than the more ubiquitous examples of the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap 6/26/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large dense beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very creamy with mildly sweet flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is very mild as it should be in this type of beer and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable stout to drink for a while.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

previous rating: 4 from taste at brewpub in Downingtown. I enjoyed this pint on nitro pour at What If cafe west in the Coliseum.

The color of tan cascades into black body with cola brown shade with translucent clarity and thick head with foamy look. The smell is lightly roasty with a hint of yeast aroma that is fruity with a mineral quality. The feel has a light sweetness up front with mildly carbonated and mostly dry light body with smooth finish.

The taste has some malt roastiness but fits the style with low sweetness in the flavor adding some depth with a light yeast quality with some mineral dryness into the finish. Overall I enjoyed this pretty decent dry stout, suitable for sessioning. I think this is more of a guinness alternative for brewpub patrons but fits the style well.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that shows a touch of ruby when held to light. Head is creme. The nose is fairly roasted. It's one-dimensional, but still fairly firm. Flavor carries pretty much the same. Roasted and that's really about it. It isn't over-done at all, as I've had a lot of ridiculously roasted brews. It's smooth with a bit of a bite. The carbonation is biting as well and the liquid is good. Overall it's a nice fairly easy drinking brew. Between the bite of carbonation and the roasted aspects it might turn some beer wimps off, but I think it's nice.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful upwardly cascading foamy head. I wish all beers used nitrogen. Long lasting off-white head. Very tight, minute bubbles. Dark brown liquid but light does shine through.

Creamy smell. No harsh burnt aromas. Very mild.

There's a bit of a berry taste to the deeply roasted malts. This would be a mellow dry stout for the Irish. It's good but certainly not bold flavor wise. Some cream. The body is neutral for the style and the "carbonation" is high for a nitro.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 09/14/10 notes. Had on nitro-tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one finger of cream colored head with great retention, and low carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and cream.

t - Tastes of light coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, and chocolate.

m - Medium body. Very smooth and creamy and insanely easy to drink. I know it's only 3.7% but it's one of the easiest to drink stouts I've ever had.

d - I enjoyed this irish dry stout a lot. I agree that it's a bit of a Guinness clone, though a little watered down version. Either way, I enjoy Guinness and I enjoyed this beer. Very easy to drink and I would definitely drink this again if I was looking for a session beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy black malt aroma. It's light and creamy; a nice Irish Stout. The taste is great. It has a very smooth black malt flavor with a dry earthy finish that's a bit thin and creamy. It's very easy drinking. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Irish stout. It's true to style and loaded with flavor; another winner from Victory.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

With Paul Pendyck of UK Brewing Supplies, Ltd. at the helm, the General Sutter Inn in Lititz, PA has become a once-monthly outlet for cask-conditioned beer. This was the first offering and I got the second glass, pulled by Paul himself.

It began with about a half-a-finger of deep tan head with decent retention above an utterly black liquid. The nose had a mildly smoky quality. The mouthfeel had a very pleasant silky quality and a chocolaty/charcoal-y flavor on the tongue. The finish had the return of the dry, smoky bitterness that I had noted on the nose. Good lacing throughout.

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Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.