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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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Donnybrook Stout
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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  3.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tgbljb on 03-03-2007)
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

03-19-2013 21:08:13 | More by PatGreer
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

04-07-2011 00:27:22 | More by kingcrowing
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6%

I had this on nitro at the brew pub today. The pour is jet black with a full fluffy, tan head. The aroma had some chocolate and roasted notes. The flavor is roasted malts and has a light dry finish. The body is medium/light and well carbonated. Very easy drinking, I had no idea it was so low in ABV. I prefer other Irish stouts, but this is not bad.

11-25-2010 01:36:41 | More by bonkers
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-06-2012 02:40:01 | More by wvsabbath
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-12-2014 22:39:07 | More by Sludgeman
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-01-2012 19:01:55 | More by jpd7374
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

09-20-2013 16:14:23 | More by Dave_Treat
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Drknight

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-22-2014 01:58:14 | More by Drknight
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

Sampled on tap at the Caribou Cafe in Philly.

A - A deep black color with cascading bubbles. The large tan head lessens but lingers for quite some time. Great lacing as the glass empties.

S - Subtle notes of cocoa and oatmeal.

T - Very smooth and somewhat mild with little bitterness or roasted flavors. There's a hint of sweetness and a nutty flavor.

M - Very light and airy.

D - This is a very easy beer to drink. It's mild but still enjoyable and very refreshing.

09-28-2010 19:46:32 | More by GJ40
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

03-22-2013 02:40:28 | More by Oxymoron
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AltBock

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

12-07-2008 18:42:51 | More by AltBock
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-23-2013 16:14:47 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

A - Mostly black with ruby highlights, a tightly packed white head that has great retention and good lacing down the glass.

S/T - Nice combination of the typical roasted malt with touches of chocolate and coffee found in the style, with even some nuttiness to it.

M - Light body, nitro carbonation giving it a good creamy mouthfeel. Even though its light, it feels a bit more substantial to some of its counterparts, and never feels watery. Clean, dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable. A true session beer that I wish was more commonly found in area bars.

11-19-2010 20:40:04 | More by garuda
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-27-2013 04:07:54 | More by BeerOps
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-18-2014 23:19:43 | More by Lehighace06
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

This has to be nitro-tap. Poured a opague black with a extremly creamy off white colored heading. Left amazing lacing throughout the tasting and all the way to the bottom with a thick creamy heading finish looked amazing.

Smell is very basic roasted malt with the slightest touch of dark bitter chocolate.

Taste is all the same as the aroma. Roasted malts with a slight chocolatey touch and finishes a little sweeter than I would have expected.

Mouth is medium to full bodied with an amazing creamy mouthfeel that settles on the palate very quickly.A little thin and watery.

Drink is excellent I would recommend if you are a stout lover and love to drink it in session. Then this is your beer.

11-15-2009 18:30:03 | More by TheFightfan1
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Brown/black body which is kind of transparent considering the coloration.. off white head which quick disappeared.

S: Standard roasted malt aroma.. caramel, coffee and chocolate

T: A solid balance of classic flavors... good chocolate bitterness and caramel sweetness... hints of coffee and breadyness

M: Medium bodied.. not as hearty as others in this style..

D: A good all around stout... i'd take it over a Guinness for a change in scenery...

03-23-2008 02:43:22 | More by callmemickey
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

12-27-2012 16:56:22 | More by AdamBear
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

Intensely black in color. Big thick 2-finger deep cream-colored head. Nice retention mid-way through and good lacing.

Roast chocolate nose. Faint anise and light oats round out the profile.

Milder roast flavor than suggested by the aroma. Decent hop bite towards the back end.

Feel is nearly perfect for the style.

Easy, easy drinker. Didn't realize it was so light in ABV when I had it. Tastes a bit stronger than 4%.

12-29-2009 15:46:23 | More by beer2day
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23%

08-05-2013 22:23:47 | More by mpalestino
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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev -18%

09-22-2012 21:53:39 | More by rderedin
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%

(on nitro-tap at Devil's Alley, PHL)

A: dark, with requisite creamy nitro-head....cap stayed till the end - no lacing

S: roasty / burnt-toasty grain.... background/support from lemony, potent hops... pretty bold smell from a nitro pour

T: (somewhat) surprising level of hop-forwardness.... combo of naked roasted barley flavor and aggressively-bitter hopping makes for a punchy taste for a low alc. stout.... some hints of biscuity malt, but predominantly a showcase of rigid bitterness

M: suggestively medium intake, light and dry finish.... dry and faintly powdery altogether.... nice, though it could use a touch more viscosity, creaminess

O: pretty decent overall... once again, a surprising level of bright bitterness... not much malt in support, however....

02-04-2014 17:25:37 | More by Bouleboubier
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sirsteve42

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-11-2013 03:39:43 | More by sirsteve42
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

08-12-2013 00:51:44 | More by mportnoy
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-07-2012 17:57:01 | More by Eriktheipaman
Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.