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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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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jocosa

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap at Taco Mac - Newnan, GA.

This is a session stout all the way. Nice to have such from Victory with out the usual extra hop profile. Dark, beautiful pour - settled into a classic creamy nitro head. Great aroma of roast grains, hint of coffee and cocoa. Taste of the same, slight sweetness, and all at 3.7%. Nice to have a stout with lunch and not feel wiped out afterwards. Very drinkable, wish I could find this more often.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-15-2011 18:38:28 | More by jocosa
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philosobeer

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Binny's in the South Loop. Nitro-tap into a tulip pint. About 40-45° on serving, and warmed slightly (a very acceptable thing for this beer.)

A // Nice, bright frothy head that emerges over the cascading nitrogenated beer. A dark body with highlights of garnet at the edges, but overall looks dark enough brown-to-black where you won't see much of that

S // Mostly roasty, some malt sugar sweetness seems to be in the nose

M // Mostly dry roasted barley on the palate with those roasty notes reminiscent of coffee or, well, roasted grain, but has some balancing sweetness. British style hops (EKG a likely suspect) also hit the tongue (however lightly) and help to dry the finish.

M // Light, and very light at that. I find this acceptable for the style, but feel the body could be slightly more full. Slightly.

Drinkability & c. // I'd love to have a keg of this in my own home on nitro, I really would. Have two with lunch and three with dinner. I really wanted more after the first one. And this light alcohol, nice flavored beer brings to the table what so few American brewers ever manage to make. I hope to see plenty of session ales* follow the example it sets here.

*note for nitpickers, this is indeed less than 4% and I do mean I'd like to see more <4%abv beers like this.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-09-2011 03:35:05 | More by philosobeer
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kingcrowing

Vermont

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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

California

3/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-27-2011 05:17:33 | More by womencantsail
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Halcyondays

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-25-2011 00:12:35 | More by Halcyondays
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birderbeerer

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 01:46:36 | More by birderbeerer
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-06-2011 01:18:23 | More by oberon
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-27-2011 21:00:19 | More by bigfnjoe
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 15:19:54 | More by inlimbo77
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-14-2011 11:44:53 | More by DIM
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MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft while in the great city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lovely city and state if I may say so, now to the beer....

Three finger white coffee colored head that left lacing all over the glass. This looks delicious.

Malty, burnt, whiff of hops. Good!

Like the smell, dark chocolately malts, burnt offerings....Smooth as can be. Like velvet.

This is BEER! It would be great to be able to drink this all day everyday. Perfect for what it is. Way to go Victory.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 23:55:03 | More by MirkoCroCough
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with chestnut edges. Nose is bitter chocolate dust, bakers chocolate, lightly bitter, light hop bitterness. Perhaps a touch of pepper? Flavor is light, smooth, all about the half bitter bakers chocolate dust and light malts, lightly bittering finish. Well balanced, low carb, creamy in the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 03:10:15 | More by JAXSON
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro-tap in a shaker pint. Near black with a thick cap of beige foam, Creamy sheets of lacing are left behind, but they mostly slide back in, leaving just scattered streaks.

Typical of nitro pours, the nose is somewhat blunted, but it's a pleasant mix of roasted and toasted malts nonetheless. Lacks the nice dry feel and robust roastiness of a top notch Irish stout, but it's still pretty decent. More tangy and slightly sweet than dry and roasted; kind of reminds me of a more flavorful and fuller bodied Guinness draft, actually. A quick nip of bitterness in the otherwise clean finish.

Overall impression: I love Irish stouts, but this one doesn't quite hit the spot.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-17-2010 15:38:56 | More by PDXHops
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bonkers

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on nitro tap at the brewery

Pours a hazed mocha brown with a huge creamy off-white, tanned head. Settles similar to an English pup stout, resulting in a shrouded appearance, retaining well with plenty of ringed lacing.

Lots of toasted malt and grain in the nose with hints of chocolate and sweetness in the nose.

Light coffee beans with roasted malt and barley up front. Hints of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Slight hop bitterness alongside tingly dry touches. Finishes with nuttiness, hops, and a bit of cream.

Ultra smooth feel with a much fuller body than you might expect, very pleasant on the tongue. Easy drinking and super low abv, making it extra sessionable. Instead of turning this into a watery, thin, boring beer, Victory preserved the body, feel, and flavor. Nice!

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-24-2010 23:33:40 | More by xnicknj
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garuda

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

DonnyBrook pours a cascading dark brown with a creamy head, Guinnesseque. Lacing, sure. Looks good.

Smell: Bready, and something smells slightly off.

Taste: Bland, thin watery beer with little in the way of roast, coffee or chocolate. Bitter and a bit dirty and not in a good way. Still nothing as bad as the smell would indicate, but Donnybrook is nothing but a Guinness imitator.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lightly creamy.

Drinkability: I like stouts, I like Irish Dry Stouts, but this one falls flat for me. Victory can brew much better beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-28-2010 18:11:09 | More by Stinkypuss
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GJ40

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-28-2010 19:46:32 | More by GJ40
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mdfb79

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-18-2010 15:08:08 | More by mdfb79
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JunkYardJake

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-14-2010 00:52:15 | More by JunkYardJake
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark chocolate brown, almost black with a light tan head.

S: Chocolate, cream, and roasted malt smell. Some caramel and coffee as well.

T&M: Very creamy. It tastes dry and roasted just like it should. Dark coffee beans and a subtle touch of sweet caramel. Light to medium bodied but watery, if that is even possible. Creamy, but thin.

Much better than I had expected as I am not a typical stout drinker. This one's good.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-25-2010 12:25:03 | More by cdizinno
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thagr81us

South Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from nitro-tap into a standard pint. Pours an almost black with a one finger light tan head. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of earthy and nutty notes. The flavor is of light malt and nutty notes. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall I was not really a big fan of this one. It wasn't bad for a low ABV stout, but not good for being considered a stout. Basically everything needs to be a little more robust on this one and amplified.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-22-2010 23:46:33 | More by thagr81us
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scottyshades

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at Barley's Taproom for $4

A: Pours a pitch black color with that typical creamy-looking, dense nitro head.

S/T: Pretty much a Guinness clone...not my favorite style by any means, but enjoyable. Very light flavors, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, but no acidity.

MF/D: Creamy, smooth, carbonation was a tiny bit prickly, but otherwise enjoyable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-07-2010 20:18:25 | More by scottyshades
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Brad007

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a two-finger head.

Aroma is full of roasted coffee that isn't too overpowering. Seems to be the only flavor I can tell apart.

Taste is full of light roasted coffee and finishes dry. Very sleek. Chewy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering roasted coffee notes. Dry. To the style.

I like it. If it came in bottles around here, I'd buy it over Guinness. I'd prefer a good local example but it's certainly worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 03:56:58 | More by Brad007
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2010 02:56:47 | More by CampusCrew
Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.