Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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85
very good

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 467
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | 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: 144 | Hads: 467
Photo of MerkinMan
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Trappeze in Athens as part of a promotional event. Got a cool glass to take home too.

A: Jet black with creamy thick head. Remiscent of another Irish drought stout (in appearance).

S: Smoky scent with a small bit of hop aroma.

T: Smoky taste as well, along with a dry malty finish. A very nice dry stout that tastes like that other one would if it were a bit more fresh.

MF: A little thin, but not bad at all.

D: Very. A very sesisonal stout in a world of over-imperialization. (501 characters)

Photo of Nickls
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Jet black color, with a great creamy tan head

S - Very muted maltiness, and not the roasted characteristics that I was looking for

T - Pretty basic, but very good nonetheless. Well-rounded maltiness, some muted roastiness

M - Creamy MF, and very filling. This is one of the better dry stouts I've had in this category.

D - Solid on the drinkability side. Very well-balanced and just enough to be interesting. At such a low ABV, this would be superbly sessionable IMO.

Overall, this was a nice basic dry stout and hit the spot on a cold night. I would check this out again if for nothing else that the MF was superb on top of a pretty decent flavor. (673 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (1,567 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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." (1,117 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy black malt aroma. It's light and creamy; a nice Irish Stout. The taste is great. It has a very smooth black malt flavor with a dry earthy finish that's a bit thin and creamy. It's very easy drinking. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Irish stout. It's true to style and loaded with flavor; another winner from Victory. (516 characters)

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Victory Brewery.

Deep dark to black in color with a creamy dense foam head of light brown. Head retention seemed indefinite and left fantastic lacing all the way down to the end.

Aromas of chocolate & coffee. Nothing elaborate, just a straight forward heavily roasted barley nose.

A little bitterness in the beginning, but not from hops - it seemed to be that coffee bitterness. The intensity falls after a few moments and mellows to match the creamy texture with flavors of mocha. Fantastic mix of creamy texture and dry palate. Finish is nice and long with more of that coffee bittering that tends to linger for a while.

Creamy and easy to drink. Nice heavy full mouthfeel makes this brew incredibly satisfying. Very good. (751 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Maxs tonight. Listed at 5% ABV (someone?)

A: Black with dark brown highlights. Solid one-finger head with excellent retention (well, it lasted longer than my beer did) that leaves patchy foam and lace as I drink. Very pretty

S: Simple - heavily roasted barley, chocolate and coffee, each light and in balance, present at a level that's delicious, light and refreshing

T: Starts off with a moderate bitterness from the roasted barley before a mild chocolate flavor kicks in. Like Guinness, but only far superior

M: Excellent carbonation, light in body, long, bitter finish. Excellent, despite being a tad watery?

D: This lasted maybe 8 minutes in my glass (669 characters)

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro-Tap at Blind Tiger Ale House

Poured extremely dark with just a light reddish tone near the bottom of the glass also had a good three quarters inch cream colored head. This was a very drinkable smooth stout which had hints of bitter, smoke, and coffee at the finish.

A stout I really enjoyed mainly due to the drinkability. (333 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on nitro-tap at Deep Ellum back in early June. Nitro-taps are not usually my thing, but occasionally it will work really well with a stout. This stout is perfect for that treatment- light and very creamy, the nitro just accentuates what makes this beer so drinkable in the first place. Pours black with a creamy, thick head and great lacing. Smells creamy and a bit nutty. The taste is quite nutty with a rich creaminess and subdued cocoa notes. Delicious and so easy to drink you almost want to chug it- which I would never do, of course. One of the reasons I score this so high is that it is so sessionable. Such low alcohol beers are hard to find in the U.S. and this one sacrifices not a whit of flavor. (718 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the VBC.

Pours black (with some ruby highlights along with bottom) with a finger of rich, creamy off-white head. An excellent retention yields a huge cascade of creamy lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is roast, cocoa, coffee, and a bit of lactic sweetness.

The taste is tingling light roasted notes and coffee (that imparts some dryness), and chocolate notes to balance things out fairly well. None of the character is hugely assertive but it stills packs in enough to be heard. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a creamy and easygoing feel.

The its overall character may not be hugely pronounced or anything I still find it very impressive that you get as much as you do for a sub 4% beer. I was also happy to find that the body packed a bit more beef than a lot of other crappy Irish Stouts on the market. And with that easygoing feel, I could session this all night. Definitely a great lower ABV alternative form Victory. (954 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ontap at the Victory brewpub in Downingtown.

Appears black, with mahogony highlights when being held upto the light. Thin tan head.

Bitter roasted coffee beans in the aroma.

Roasty malt, bittering hops, tobacco at first, then rich flavors of coffee, cocoa, and earthy hops take over to finish it. Nice complexity, and certainly not one-dimensional like many recent stouts have been for me.

A super easy drinker, and if the BA listing is true and it's less than 4%, a fine session drinker is what we've got here! (517 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that shows a touch of ruby when held to light. Head is creme. The nose is fairly roasted. It's one-dimensional, but still fairly firm. Flavor carries pretty much the same. Roasted and that's really about it. It isn't over-done at all, as I've had a lot of ridiculously roasted brews. It's smooth with a bit of a bite. The carbonation is biting as well and the liquid is good. Overall it's a nice fairly easy drinking brew. Between the bite of carbonation and the roasted aspects it might turn some beer wimps off, but I think it's nice. (560 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A_Very dark brew that looks black but is shown to be brown through the light. A nice big foamy cap sits atop the liquid and makes it real appetizing to look at. Sheets of lace cling to the glass as it is consumed.

S_Nice rich roasted malt aroma with hiunts of coffee.

T_A nice mild stout that shows roasted malt and coffee throughout. The aftertaste reveals more coffee and a slight hop bitterness.

M_Smooth and not quite rich.

D_Easy drinking to say the least. A welcome chage of pace from the typical American stout. Probably the second best Dry Irish Stout I have had. A totally sessionable stout that does not overwhelm. (629 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: nice black color with a light tan colored head that lasts quite a while.

Smell: roasted malts and light bitter coffee aroma is pleasant.

Taste: roasted malts, bitter coffee, hints of bitter chocolate, and soft bitterness makes up a nice stout. Very dry too. Simple and straightforward, and the low alcohol levels make this a nice options to some of the higher alcohol beers at the brewpub.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp and dry from start to finish. Aftertaste is very brief.

Drinkability: as good as it gets for a sessionable beer. Not heavy, easy to quaff, and low alcohol make this a great beer to drink all day long. (644 characters)

Photo of callmemickey
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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... (452 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly black with lighter reddish edges and a thin light tan head. A lightly roasted malt nose with a small bit of coffee. Flavors of burnt malt, coffee notes with a little lactic tang similar to Guinness. The body was light to medium with a roasty/ grainy thin finish. I like the fact that they aimed for a low gravity stout in the classic fashion, but there needs to be some work on the body. Something a little more creamy. Or heck, put it through the nitro tap. I'm not the pro here. (487 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on nitro-tap at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.
I have to admit, I was skeptical due to the low ABV and somewhat watery appreaance, but I'll be the first to admit I was wrong (no need to rub it in, Wayne)

As I said before, it poured a rather watery brown/black with very little head or noticeable carbonation.
The roasted malt, coffee and chocolate come out in the nose, especially as it warms and really doesn't lose any of the aroma of the big boys just because its a lower ABV. Impressive.
The taste was much of the same, with roasted malts, coffee and mild chocolate.
The feel was as I said, a bit watery and not much sweet to balance the somewaht bitter burnt-coffee taste, but not bad at all.
Overall I was very impressed and must give another hats off to victory for pushing the envelope (even if in the otehr direction...) (837 characters)

Photo of pershan
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a deep ruby-black with a thick, tan head (nitro-gas) into a pint glass. A nice chocolate/roasted malt aroma. A beautiful smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with a luscious chocoloate and roasted/toasted malt flavor and a slightly bitter finish - an excellent stout. A smoother version of Guinness, in my opinion. Great carbonation and lacing too. (404 characters)

Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro-tap at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours avery dark brown, nearly black, with a nice tan nitro head.

S- Scent of roasted barley and a little coffee.

T- Again roasted barley prevails, with a hint of coffee and licorice, nice clean dry finish.

M- Smooth, the beer was made for nitro, medium body, clean finish.

D- A low alcohol Irish stout that tastes better than the imports, a nice fresh stout, hard to beat. (434 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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 (501 characters)

Photo of MP72
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have this at home on tap

The appearance:is very dark almost pitch black with an offwhite head.

Smell: is of of burnt coffee and some chocolate

Taste: is bitter chocolate and coffee almost sierra nevada like.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin to me but this is supposed to be a nitro beer and I have it on Co2 which tastes fine by the way.

Drinkability: is through the roof , this is a fine tasting stout falling somwhere between Guinness and Sierra Nevada but has the luxury of a low ABV which send the drinkability soaring.

Great Job by Victory I would buy another barrell anytime. (581 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery (from notes)

Arrived at my stool a thick, ink black, with a solid two finger head. Tinges of ruby red around the bottom of the glass.

Smells very well-balanced. Roasted chocolate malts and slight caramel. Slightly more pungent than the typical dry stout smell.

Very smooth an drinkable. Tastes of chocolate malt and sweetness.

Finish is very dry and palatable. Light but creamy on the tongue and leaves a faint chewy malt aftertaste.

A very well done irish dry stout, almost like guinness done right. (527 characters)

Photo of Biscuit033
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a nice one finger nitro creamy head with foam clinging and marking each sip.

S: Strong evident roasted malt aromas.

T: Roasted malts are very prominent without being sweet. Very dry and flavorful.

M: Smooth and creamy as you would expect from a nitro-tap. Fuller body than most from Ireland which held the beautiful roasted flavors very well.

D: This is a great representation of the style with great flavor, an ease of drinkablity and a nice low ABV. Very well done. (485 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

With Paul Pendyck of UK Brewing Supplies, Ltd. at the helm, the General Sutter Inn in Lititz, PA has become a once-monthly outlet for cask-conditioned beer. This was the first offering and I got the second glass, pulled by Paul himself.

It began with about a half-a-finger of deep tan head with decent retention above an utterly black liquid. The nose had a mildly smoky quality. The mouthfeel had a very pleasant silky quality and a chocolaty/charcoal-y flavor on the tongue. The finish had the return of the dry, smoky bitterness that I had noted on the nose. Good lacing throughout. (587 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on tap at a fairly new bar called Slainte in Philly across the street from 30th street station. It was delivered to me in an odd looking, kind of small "Imperial" pint glass that I'm guessing was actually more of an American pint at around 16 ounces. Despite the small glass, it had a beautiful appearance, very much like Guinness but with a just slightly darker head and a tiny bit less lacing (which could have been from the glass itself). Other than that it was almost exactly like Guinness, which it's obviously what it's trying to be. Or at least that's what the bar keep told me, that it was brewed specially for the Irish pub because they don't serve Guinness. Side by side with Guinness I could tell the difference, but I didn't really prefer one over the other. Nicely done! (796 characters)

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85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.