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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Donnybrook Stout
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BA SCORE
83
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386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%


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:
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(Beer added by: tgbljb on 03-03-2007)
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DoubleJ

California

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at the source itself in Downingtown, PA. On to the beer:

Opaque appearance with hues of red highlighted at the bottom of the pint glass it was served in. The head is a mix of bubbly and smooth in texture. Smells like....a little bit of chocolate malt, and a little bit of coffee. In the mouth, the beer's profile starts off with unsweetened chocolate at first. It slowly become sweeter. Faint hop flavors mix well with the beer, and a kick of ground coffee notes become noticable. Very light in the body, slightly creamy, and dry.

This was the lightest beer offered at Victry Brewing on 8/7/09. An enjoyable one to say the least.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-11-2009 01:05:43 | More by DoubleJ
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OutFox

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-16-2011 03:59:03 | More by OutFox
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Not very dark for a stout. Color is a dark ruby amber with a 1/4 inch of opaque colored head.

S - Smell is of mild roasts, tingle of coffee, sugary chocolates, and mild smoke.

T - Well it's fairly balanced, kind of watery, but not bad. Flavors are a mix between chocolates and sweet coffee flavors and a touch of smoke. Like a better bodied Guinness.

M - Light to medium yet creamy.

Overall even though this was not on nitro I believe it was still quite a good session stout. Worth the 3 bucks.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 00:41:53 | More by DrDemento456
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Pjev11

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Liberty Bar on West 35th street in Manhattan. It was the tale of 2 beers. Initially, I had thought that I got a poor pour, as the brew had barely settled by the time it was presented to me and had a huge head, about 1/4 of the glass. In retrospect, the pour was the best part. Not only did it look fantastic, with the light brown head contrasted with the dark (very dark) brown body, but the head was the best tasting part as well. I always enjoy a nice thick head, especially when it comes to stouts. This did not dissapoint in that area. It was thick and creamy and extremely tasty head, with dark notes of chocolate/coffee sweetness coming through. It was particularly nice once I broke through the head to get to the actual brew, which when paired with the head in a single sip was a very pleasant experience. Unfortunately, that's where it ended. Once the head was gone and I was left with only body, it turned itself into a thin and average tasting stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 16:22:34 | More by Pjev11
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blackie

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-11-2008 07:29:26 | More by blackie
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-04-2010 17:54:46 | More by deapokid
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-25-2012 21:52:05 | More by ummswimmin
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful upwardly cascading foamy head. I wish all beers used nitrogen. Long lasting off-white head. Very tight, minute bubbles. Dark brown liquid but light does shine through.

Creamy smell. No harsh burnt aromas. Very mild.

There's a bit of a berry taste to the deeply roasted malts. This would be a mellow dry stout for the Irish. It's good but certainly not bold flavor wise. Some cream. The body is neutral for the style and the "carbonation" is high for a nitro.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-23-2013 18:14:25 | More by smcolw
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Boto

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-03-2007 18:28:01 | More by Boto
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-22-2009 16:31:35 | More by atsprings
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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...

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-06-2011 02:13:03 | More by philbe311
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at the brewery. Pours a lovely deep and dark brown with a big cream colored head that has excellent retention. Lacing clings to the glass in sticky sheets. Great nitro appearance! Aroma is quite roasty, with bittersweet chocolate and a hint of smoke. Faint earthy and floral hops underneath.

Tastes of dark chocolate and bitter, earthy hops with a light roastiness. Charred malt and a surprisingly smoky flavor approaching a Rauch style; what was merely hinted at in the nose emerges prominently in the tasting. Finishes quite dryly. Moderately thin bodied with smooth carbonation. Very creamy, goes down extremely easily. Quite a good take on an Irish Dry Stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-13-2012 19:11:48 | More by tobelerone
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(on nitro-tap at Devil's Alley, PHL)

A: dark, with requisite creamy nitro-head....cap stayed till the end - no lacing

S: roasty / burnt-toasty grain.... background/support from lemony, potent hops... pretty bold smell from a nitro pour

T: (somewhat) surprising level of hop-forwardness.... combo of naked roasted barley flavor and aggressively-bitter hopping makes for a punchy taste for a low alc. stout.... some hints of biscuity malt, but predominantly a showcase of rigid bitterness

M: suggestively medium intake, light and dry finish.... dry and faintly powdery altogether.... nice, though it could use a touch more viscosity, creaminess

O: pretty decent overall... once again, a surprising level of bright bitterness... not much malt in support, however....

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-04-2014 17:25:37 | More by Bouleboubier
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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."

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-14-2008 17:04:53 | More by ffejherb
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-15-2009 18:30:03 | More by TheFightfan1
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Bung

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Revolution Pizza. Almost black creamy pour. Excessively foamy pour due to the nitro, unless the intention was to present this like Guiness. After settling down it is a deep brown. Light roast malt, cocoa and peat aroma. Just a hint of lactose. Flavor was also mild roast, malt, some chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, but light bodied. Not nearly as dry as say Guiness, clean finishing though. This goes down nearly like water and went great with the pizza. Not filling with drinkability through the roof.
I actually thought the nitro hurt this one, being so mild to begin with it would have been more flavorful on standard co2. An OUTSTANDING session beer, but not all that outstanding otherwise.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-20-2009 18:32:52 | More by Bung
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2008 23:55:13 | More by SurlyDuff
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-30-2008 21:49:21 | More by Kegatron
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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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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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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 21:57:08 | More by metter98
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-12-2011 03:55:32 | More by Knapp85
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sinistrsam

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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...)

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 16:27:22 | More by sinistrsam
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-19-2009 21:27:06 | More by CrellMoset
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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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