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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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Donnybrook Stout
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BA SCORE
83
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417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

avisong, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Drknight, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Dave_Treat, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Sludgeman, May 12, 2014
Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

kingcrowing, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

wvsabbath, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of bonkers
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bonkers, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of JohnParadee
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

JohnParadee, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GJ40, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Lehighace06
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Lehighace06, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

jpd7374, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Oxymoron
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Oxymoron, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of AltBock
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

AltBock, Dec 07, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of garuda
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

garuda, Nov 19, 2010
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3/5  rDev -18%

rderedin, Sep 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BeerOps, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

TheFightfan1, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of callmemickey
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

callmemickey, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(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....

Bouleboubier, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of AdamBear
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

AdamBear, Dec 27, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

mportnoy, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of beer2day
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%.

beer2day, Dec 29, 2009
Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.