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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 473
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 26.26%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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: 473
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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 inlimbo77
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 DIM
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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 MirkoCroCough
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of garuda
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Stinkypuss
2.48/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 JunkYardJake
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of scottyshades
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +8.8%
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 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 deapokid
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 maelgon
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My go-to session beer whenever I visit Victory - Donnybrook never disappoints. Low ABV doesn't mean no taste - it has a roasty flavor that doesn't cross over into smokiness. Decent mouthfeel and consistently good flavor. Sadly, needs nitro so I can't take home my growler filled with this.

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Photo of TheWorstGuyEver
2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I actually had the bartender check to make sure there wasn't anything wrong with the tap or keg. He did and said "Can't notice anything wrong, just a bummer beer." His words, but I'll stand by them. This beer is nearly flavorless. Poured inky black with a healthy light-brown head that held all the flavor. Sipping through the head I got hints of a semblance of roasted, nutty malt. From there on it tastes like watered-down Guinness. This beer is thin, watery, boring and offensive for those reasons. Not sure what niche Victory was going for with this one. It's not enjoyable for Beer Geeks at Beer Bars, it's not familiar enough for the lawnmower crowd, and who on earth would buy a six pack of water-Guinness for a fireside or front porch session? Truly "a bummer beer." Drinks easy, though.

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

On nitro tap at Trappeze in Athens.

Dark with a creamy head from the nitro tap. Smells of light roasted barley, it's the smell of St. Patty's Day to me. Taste is wonderful, very light bodied and clean roastiness. Obviously similar to Guinness, but a much better beer, IMO. Very light and drinkable, and at 3.7% it won't get you shit faced any time soon.

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