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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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144 Reviews
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Reviews: 144
Hads: 474
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 26.06%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | 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: 144 | Hads: 474
Photo of blackie
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Typical nitro head, high retention...khaki in color. The beer is a transparent black in color.

s: Lightly roasted malts, subtly hopped and quite dry.

m: Smooth, low carbonation with a light-medium body.

t: Smooth, dry and delicate roasts, light and a bit watery, make up the bulk of the flavor. A light roast astringency comes out in the finish. Lightly hopped.

d: an easy session for sure, which is respectable but reduces the aroma/flavor a bit

6 oz. taster glass at Rustico, Alexandria, VA

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Photo of deapokid
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the nitro-tap at Chris' Jazz Cafe:

Packs a firm brown head with amazing retention and deep black body. Noticeably calmer carbonation than expected. The cascading is a bit more subtle than Guinness' or its kindred spirits. This really doesn't detract from the visage and, overall, it's quite appealing.

Scents range from sweet chocolate and coffee beans to leather and mild fruity notes. Although it is a unique aroma, some of the pronounced notes you'd expect from this style seem to be a bit muted.

Flavor is extremely smooth and balanced, showing off a nuttiness at the forefront with a slight dried fruit character showing up at the back of the tongue. It's exceptionally smooth and the faint prune and plum notes are a nice touch.

I really like the fact that Victory took on the traditional Irish Dry Stout and puts its own twist on the formula. The dryness is still there, as is the drinkability, yet, a new hint of sweetness is a nice addition to the style.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured black with brown foam that persisted. The smell was of coffee grounds and roasted malt. The taste was roasted malt with a hint of sweet fruit, a touch of cocoa, and very light caramel and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel was dry with medium body, but a bit thinner than expected. The carbonation was smooth. This was a smooth, easy drinking dry stout.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Victory on 10/13/08.

A - Extremely dark chestnut color, bordering black, with burgundy highlights around the edges. The thin tan, sandy-looking head retained quite well and left some nice foamy lacing around the glass.

S - Dry roasted malt with hints of mild coffee and chocolate as well as a touch of vanilla and some nuttiness to the aroma. Faint earthy hops creep out, but are way in the back.

T - Much like the aroma, the dry roasted malt comes out in the flavor with hints of very mild coffee and some chocolate notes. Also, a tinge of earthy bitterness emerges in the finish.

M - Very thin body for a nitro pour, resulting in a watery texture with soft carbonation. Finish is on the dry side with only a touch of bitterness. Body is a bit lacking, unfortunately.

D - This easy drinking, low ABV Irish stout is pretty tasty, but falls a little short in the mouthfeel department. I like my stouts a little more full-bodied and robust. Still, this is a solid Irish-style stout, no doubt about it.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"It smells like suede... tastes like if you licked my purse."

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Photo of Boto
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Victory: This one pours a very dark brown with a dense tan head. There was some cascading of the head: very Guinness-like. It leaves some lacing down the glass. The aroma was very mild. There were some roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. The taste is much better than the aroma and ABV would imply. Lighter body, but a good bit of chocolate and a hint of roasted malt. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer at the 2007 Victory Chili Fest.
It was served as a black beer with creamy tannish head that easily escaped the confines of the glass.
Smell was notable for toasted malt.
Taste was also toasty, with strong notes of bitter coffee present.
Rich and creamy mouthfeel (from the notrogen)
Very drinkable. Was excellent to session on a long day of chili eating.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a firkin at the Zeno's Real Ale Festival

A - Black....with the slightest hint of ruby tint at the edges. Now head...but it was from a firkin, not expected.

S - Nice full roasty malt scent.

T - Chocolate malt and more chocolate malt. This is a very nicely flavored Irish Dry Stout....not your fathers stout!

M - Nice and light without giving up body; Slight bitterness in the aftertaste and a lovely chocolate malt backbone.

D - A wonderful beer from Victory. Fantastic that it is only 3.7% ABV! This makes Donnybrook a wonderful session beer, the anti Storm King in ABV but not in flavor. Well done in making an Irish Dry Stout with flavor and not just another lame attempt at duplicating Guinness, which isnt that great to begin with!

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Photo of ehammond1
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black in color with a thin and creamy head after the cascading nitro pour. Decent lacing--I couldn't expect anything more from this beer.

Faint aroma. Some slight roasted malt and grain presence.

Not a lot of flavor going on either. Some slight malt, a touch of roasted malt, and a bit of sweetness. Goes away quickly.

Thin mouthfeel.

A simple, undefined, uninteresting dry stout.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came to me quite striking in it's black beauty and fairly tall beige head.
Since it's on nitro aromatics were quite light but i definitly could smell roasted malts and anise. taste was bold and smooth with a good creamy texture. A desent malt backbone greets you with a gentle puckering in the aftertaste. I've been jones for this brew quite a while and was worthy of the wait.

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Photo of DIM
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Pretty close to black with a thick, sticky, typically nitro head.

s: Fairly mild overall, I found some faintly bitter roast and little else.

t: This is a very satisfying small stout. My experience with these is limited, but this might be my favorite. Dry roast that is somewhat chocolatey and some fairly strong bitterness at the end.

m: Creamy and delicious.

d: Very drinkable and quite flavorful.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An absolute stunner of a pour... Cascading foam settles and provides a fingers worth of rich creamy light tan colored head... Excellent retention as this one never quite fades before finishing the glass... A deep dark brown that allows some light to leak in around the edges... An occasional carbonation streak can be seen climbing the sides of the glass...

S - Faint roasted malts... Subtle chocolate... Some distinct smoke notes...

T - Lightly roasted malts... Touches of chocolate... Caramel... Toffee... Butterscotch... A subtle nuttiness...

M - Light to medium bodied... Smooth... Sleek... Creamy... Goes down very easily... Very muted carbonation... Perhaps a tad thin...

D - This one is uber-sessionable as this one packs a lot of flavor into 3.7% ABV... Great appearance with nice flavor and aroma all while being able to drink several glasses... Another nice job by the folks at Victory... I'm shocked it took me so long to sample...

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I got to try this hard to find beer at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ. I like nitro beers, and I like Victory... so this should work out pretty well (surprise ending, it does. I'm doing the review from notes earlier in the day.).

You gotta love the cascading foam on the glass as the nitro settle. The good looking irish stout, where it is surprisingly dark for the low ABV.

I like this example of an irish stout. It is incredibly easy to drink. I like the complex flavors, but the drinkability is very easy. The texture is kind of velvety on the tongue.

This is far and away the best irish stout I have ever had. Much props to the great brewers at Victory.

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Photo of atsprings
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Keep the glass night at Flying Saucer, served a typical jet-black with the usual foamy nitro head. Because it was keep the glass night, mine and many others had been poured in advance, so I was not able to enjoy the waterfall effect. As the head slowly diminished, only spotty lacing was left on the glass. Aroma was the usual roasted malts, just not quite as abundant as I hoped for. Taste was pretty much textbook for the style, as was the mouthfeel; crisp carbonation and a smooth dryness. This is what it is, a good American made alternative to Guinness.

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Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on nitro-tap at La Jolla Public House in La Jolla, CA, and it is an excellent, characterful stout that packs in a lot of character for the low alcohol, making it a great session and food beer.

Black, it had a creamy, medium-big tan head slowly shrinking and leaving some nice lace.

Aroma was mild but nice, very toasty and lightly fruity with faint hint of dark chocolate.

Taste was great, a light roasted barley and charcoal with hint of dry dark chocolate, light woody bitterness to balance a very light sweetness. It had nice well-rounded body, and a great, solid feel, esp. for such low abv, etc.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro tap into a nonic

A- pours jet black with a two finger light tan head. Sticks around for awhile, great lacing

S- faint aroma of roasted malts, but not much going on here as you'd expect from the style

T- tastes a little bit watery, but I'm getting some roast here.

M- really creamy. A little thick, but good god do I love that creaminess you can only get from this style

D- really drinkable. Not a lot of alcohol at all, and just the right amount of flavor too.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: roasted malt, coffee/chocolate

taste: a solid stout. dry and on par with Guinness extra.

mouthfeel: medium bodied and on the light side for a stout. a few nothces above guinness

drinkability: probably the best irish stout I have had.

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Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Novare Res 4/25
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a thick, deep, opaque black with a ridiculously rich, creamy khaki colored head. Head retains and fades to a 1/4 inch head that lingers the remainder of the beer and leaves big sticky lacing.

S: Nose is of nice roasted malts, smokiness, and cream/milk.

T: Taste starts with a hint of nuttiness and toasted malt flavoring. Milk chocolate and creaminess fill out the middle with hints of burnt malts. Finish is a nice smokiness mingled with bitter dark chocolate.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, nice creamy body to this.

D: Goes down very easy, quite tasty, nice representation of style - damn tasty and with the ABV on this one, I could drink it all night.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Donnybrook Stout, on tap at Rustico, Alexandria, VA. Served in a 6 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Served on nitro tap, best I could tell, and arrives a dark brown-bodied beer with ruby peripherals, complete with a two-finger, creamy, tan-colored head with impressive retention and nice lacing. Very nice lacing, in fact ... though I have to assume it's nitro-influenced.

Aroma: A little faint and mild, but what really comes through is the sweet, milky cocoa, backed up by other toasty malts. There are also, in true American fashion, a few hints of something hoppy, lightly spicy and grassy.

Taste: Similar to the nose, milky, sweet chocolate is the dominant notes here. It's surprisingly flavorful for the style but still mild and well blended. Hints of coffee and toast make themselves known, as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and even, though thin-to-medium bodied with faint carbonation.

Drinkability: Beats the pants off Guinness, low in abv%, and unusually flavorful for the style, a style I normally don't care too much for. This one's pretty dark sessionable though, mild and tasty. Not quite as "dry" as most IDSs, but that's alright with me - gives it character, I say.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of garuda
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Served a gorgeous jet black color with a creamy light chocolate head and thick curtains of sticky lace paste over every inch of my glass. The head never receded. Magnificent!

Smell: Light roasted malt, dry stout aroma. It has hints of chocolate milky malt and coffee in the aroma. In the defense of the beer, the bar serves it too damn cold.

Taste: Irish Dry Stouts tend to be simple in nature simply by the style of the beer. As a Guinness fan in the past I reserve a special appreciation for a good sessionable stout. This one is apropos to style. Pleasant levels of roastedness and chocolaty malts with a delightfully long lingering burnt coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Again my only complaint was that it was served *WAY* too cold. This affect the nose and mouth of what could have been even better. Also no growler fill means no chance to try it in a more controlled environment. If hadn't been in a hurry on my way to a tasting I would have waited for it to warm. Still it was creamy as creamy can be with all that nitro, and quite smooth with a pleasant residual dryness on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is the epitome of a session beer. Easy approachable and each sip left me wanting more. I used to pound sixers of Guinness, I could easily do the same with this 3.7% treat, once I can get it in growler form that is ;-)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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