Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 472
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: 472
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour reminds me of Guiness, thick and viscout looking. Pours a deep dark brown almost black color with a thick off white foam head. There is some moderate lacing.

S: There is a mild amount of dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and toffee. Nothing overlly potent.

T: Starts off with ample amount of roasted coffee. In the middle there is some roasted coffee along with milk chocolate. On the back end, more of the same, not ovely complex but still tasty.

M: Leaves a really dry,creamy taste on the palate. Nicely carbonated.

O: One of the better Dry Stouts I have had. Not an ovely complext beer, but a great session beer.

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Photo of OutFox
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Barcade Jersey City, NJ 9/15/2011. Reviewed from memory

A - Dark, almost black, with a seriously thick and creamy head. Reminded me of Guinness (it is a Irish Dry Stout after all). Good retention since it was poured on nitro and lacing.

S - Truly not a lot of nose to this but you can pick up small tones of coffee and malt. It even smells dry.

T - Rich, smooth sort of toasted malts. Very thick and enjoyable. Dryish, I wouldnt really define it as all that dry but its a good expression of the style.

M - Fantastic. Once again stouts on nitro never seem to dissapoint. Thick, rich, creamy, just all over the palate.

O - Cant complain. Good Irish dry stout. Honestly havent had many but Guinness but this one doesnt dissapoint. I enjoy it more than Guinness. Well done Victory.

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Photo of Agold
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with the characteristic cascading head of a nitro tap. It is a bit light around the edges though which is not too great. Aroma is mildly roasty with a nice little bit of coco. Pretty nice. Flavor is a bit on the light side, but the coco comes out s bit more with a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel was pretty on point for the style, maybe a bit more dryness, but is good nonetheless with the creaminess from the nitro. Pretty good enjoyable approachable stout.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.77/5  rDev -26.5%
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 Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out like a Guinness. The surge took a little while to finish. The head is creamy and thick, the color of the beer is a deep brown. The smell is light, not much on the nose just a slight roasted aroma. The taste is very smooth and has a nice light chocolatey flavor to it. The mouthfeel is light and slick, nitro makes this brew very smooth. Oveall it's a good Dry Stout, typical for the style, really nice.

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Photo of afksports
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Solid for an irish dry stout, Donnybrook is as easy as the answers to trivia at Amity Hall right now. Herbert Hoover ran the FBI.

Wait, J. Edgar? Crap! I suck at this.

The beer is better at trivia than I am. Not too much, but a roasty deep dark body that makes up for it, the smell is what really stands out. Lovely coffee and chocolate bitter notes. Surprising for such a low abv drinker.

Doesn't come through much in the taste though, sadly. Still, I'm happy to play it. Wait... Drink it.

And I will again when it's on tap and I need to have ten.

Back to trivia. Before they were stars. I suck at this. But I just won a free beer for knowing it's abv the fastest. Beeradvocacy proves good for something!

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Photo of Northsider
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at The Fountainhead Chicago. VERY drinkable stout here. I can hardly taste or feel the alcohol. Definitely my kind of drink!

A - Dark black, perfect head that lingers forever

S - I can't say the smell is all that great...that is there isn't much smell at all to me

T - Very creamy with little to no bite due to low alcohol content. Perfect for me who doesn't like high abv.

O - Great stout! I'm glad it's on tap 1/2 a block from my house. Very drinkable, very smooth...I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of philbe311
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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 jocosa
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of birderbeerer
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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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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