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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

Donnybrook Stout
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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:
No notes at this time.

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

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 19:38:07 | More by Jayli
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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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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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nickfl

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 07:57:46 | More by nickfl
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maelgon

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-19-2010 15:13:54 | More by maelgon
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TheWorstGuyEver

New York

2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 07:09:27 | More by TheWorstGuyEver
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-06-2010 20:01:44 | More by mondegreen
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beer2day

North Carolina

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

Intensely black in color. Big thick 2-finger deep cream-colored head. Nice retention mid-way through and good lacing.

Roast chocolate nose. Faint anise and light oats round out the profile.

Milder roast flavor than suggested by the aroma. Decent hop bite towards the back end.

Feel is nearly perfect for the style.

Easy, easy drinker. Didn't realize it was so light in ABV when I had it. Tastes a bit stronger than 4%.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 15:46:23 | More by beer2day
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark brown letting just a touch of light through. Weak, thin stip of khaki colored head. Smell is of dark roasted malts, sweetened condensed milk and roasted nuts. Taste follows scent with a sweet creamy roasted grains and nuts charachter. Body is very chalky and dry and lacks carbonation, not very pleasent in the mouth. Decent flavor, but not a very pleasing body makes for a beer that could be much better then it is.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 14:20:01 | More by rfgetz
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap this beer put on a beautiful display like it's most popular Irish cousin.
A: After all the settling this beer was a jet black color letting through no light. Thick smooth light brown head with good retention and good lacing most of the way down the glass.

S: Bitter, burnt grains, light chocolate, cream, ashy smoke. Hops may add some bitterness.

T: Some bitter chocolate and burnt grains with a somewhat ashy roasted smoke flavor. A bit of sourness blends well with the semi-sweet malts.

M: Velvety smooth medium body.

D: High on taste and low on alcohol this beer gets it done better than guiness I feel. Thumbs up to Victory again for this delicious beer!

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-20-2009 18:30:27 | More by scottbrew4u
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jantonius

California

4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amazing Deep Black Irish Stout with a Thick White Head

S: Slight Malt Smell, burnt malt smell

T: Slightly sweet, with a dry finish

M: Amzing Full Body, Fills every space in your mouth

D: Easy Drinking, low alcohol

My vote for the best Irish Stout, even better than the original from Ireland!!

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-26-2009 01:23:55 | More by jantonius
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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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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Poured a dark brown body with a one-finger offwhite head that died quickly and left minor lace. A good smell of roasted and chocolate malts, a little oakey or woody as well. A sweet, smooth, real creamy medium body that is a little chewey with a malty taste. Chocolate, roasted, a little coffee and even a hint of vanilla and caramel with a very minor dry finish. A very sessionable stout as the malts are very subdued although after a while it could get boring. Sure worth a try though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 11:13:11 | More by clayrock81
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of beige head, that laced very well. The smell was bitter yet mild, with hints of roasted malt and cocoa powder. The tasted was a little more intense than the aroma, with a nice dry finish. The medium-bodied mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy, with a pleasant dry bitter finish. Exceedingly sessionable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-13-2009 18:39:35 | More by donniecuffs
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