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Donnybrook Stout - Victory Brewing Company

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Donnybrook Stout
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83
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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-26-2012 16:05:49 | More by rolltide8425
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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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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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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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a nearly opaque reddish sable with a thick, fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is richly of roast coffee and has just a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is surprisingly spicy and has a strong hoppy component, rather different from other stouts I have tasted. It has firm coffee and smoke components as well, plus a tiny metallic tinge - but the last may come from this particular batch. Texture is tingly and sharp, and just a teeny bit thin.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2009 23:31:42 | More by Cyberkedi
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-07-2013 23:44:04 | More by WOLFGANG
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2008 04:50:58 | More by DefenCorps
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-04-2012 03:48:19 | More by chippo33
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gford217

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nitro at Leon's Full Service served in a Donnybrook pint glass.

Pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a massive creamy nitro head that lingers for the duration and leaves good lacing. It's like a lighter version of Guinness.

The aroma is very sedate on this one with some dark chocolate malts and little else.

The taste is a slight step up from the aroma with a more noticeable chocolate presence and more sweetness overall. The finish is dry and roasty.

The mouthfeel is thin and slightly watery with soft carbonation.

This is a decent dry stout but it's nothing to write home about.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-11-2009 03:28:53 | More by gford217
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vfgccp

New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

03-25-2012 03:24:31 | More by vfgccp
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18%

12-04-2011 22:46:40 | More by barnzy78
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

08-23-2013 03:30:52 | More by ROGUE16
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DmanGTR

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-31-2013 22:18:20 | More by DmanGTR
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whartontallboy

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-06-2012 00:31:41 | More by whartontallboy
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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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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-19-2013 23:12:44 | More by pathman
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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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Lare453

Florida

3/5  rDev -18%

03-22-2013 12:44:29 | More by Lare453
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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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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-24-2011 00:31:54 | More by jophish17
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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

09-17-2013 00:06:52 | More by Boone757
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-03-2008 06:13:43 | More by ColForbinBC
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured black with brown foam that persisted. The smell was of coffee grounds and roasted malt. The taste was roasted malt with a hint of sweet fruit, a touch of cocoa, and very light caramel and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel was dry with medium body, but a bit thinner than expected. The carbonation was smooth. This was a smooth, easy drinking dry stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 23:02:40 | More by UncleJimbo
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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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer at the 2007 Victory Chili Fest.
It was served as a black beer with creamy tannish head that easily escaped the confines of the glass.
Smell was notable for toasted malt.
Taste was also toasty, with strong notes of bitter coffee present.
Rich and creamy mouthfeel (from the notrogen)
Very drinkable. Was excellent to session on a long day of chili eating.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-03-2007 02:03:09 | More by tgbljb
Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.