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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

440 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown color. The head is a finger high, and khaki in shade. It's definitely not the creamiest or best retaining in the style (no nitro-can hobnobbery, though), but it crowns the body decently. A thin ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: To me, this style should be roasty, coffee-like, and maybe faintly hoppy. Luckily, this fulfills those notes decently. I'm also picking up chocolate and graham cracker - at times, it expresses a mocha character well. Mild, but good.

T: Drier than the nose suggested. The primary flavor is roasted coffee beans. There are also touches of powdered chocolate and nuts, but it starts roasty and ends roasty. There isn't much else to this, so I can't give it a higher score.

M: I was a bit skeptical of how dry this would be, but this has a dry finish in spades. What I'm missing, though, is a creamy feel before it dries out completely; even still, it's quite substantial for the style (this is all relative). Very well carbonated. The more I drink, the more I realize it actually isn't super dry.

O: A fine example of the style. It's drinkable yet a bit more substantial than other dry stouts. After I veg on a whole bottle of it, my skepticism was confirmed: it's not THAT dry, and doesn't really have the bold flavor of a regular stout. Still, a decent beer that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 21:27:07 | More by ThisWangsChung
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from The Lazy Dog
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a decent sized bubbly tan head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Aromas of bitter coffee with a hint of chocolate and a touch of earth and dark fruit. The flavor is bitter roast and light chocolate with a hint of acrid earth. Light to medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a slick sharp mouthfeel. Nice dry stout, a little bit sweeter than the standard Guinness, but a nice easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 01:21:10 | More by johnnnniee
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle: Poured a dark color stout with a large brown foamy head with very limited retention. Aroma of light dry roasted malt is not as powerful as I had expected. Taste is reminiscent of dry roasted malt with light Coke notes. Body is thin and carbonation is way too strong for style and resemble more of a cola than a beer. Drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 00:30:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before Dec. 2014. Always excited to try a new beer from Brooklyn, one of my favourite 'big' American craft breweries. Served only slightly chilled.

This stout pours a fairly typical opaque blackish-brown colour, topped with just over one finger's worth of dense, creamy, tan-coloured head. Looks great, but that foam doesn't maintain cohesion for very long, as it soon dissipates into a thin cap and collar with some very slight lacing. The aroma offers up a mixture of roasted malts, baker's chocolate, coffee, and some earthy English hop notes. Straightforward, and about what I'd expect from the style.

A reasonably tasty stout, though it is not without its flaws. Roasted malt flavours are obviously the focus here, with cocoa and coffee bean notes coming through initially. A grainy malt sweetness comes through mid-sip, with some weak contributions from the roasted malts finishing it off. Dry finish, with a weak aftertaste that quickly vanishes from the palate. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with the carbonation being a little too heavy for my liking. Minor gripes aside, there's nothing objectionable about this beer at all so it is certainly a valid session option.

Final Grade: 3.58, a B grade. While it's not the most interesting stout I've ever tried, Brooklyn's Dry Irish Stout is still a solid example of this highly sessionable style. The flavour profile should be quite agreeable to most palates, although the thin body and weak aftertaste prevents this from being a truly outstanding stout. A good introduction to the style for anyone curious, and something that I would consider picking up again. It's certainly better than Guinness, although it's probably not as pretty.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 03:23:38 | More by thehyperduck
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Retroman40

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pitch black with a good lasting tan head.

S - Molasses with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T - Roasted malt with a chocolate/molasses finish.

M - Very rich with a good carbonation level.

O - This is how I remember stouts from my youth. Not particularly "dry" but certainly not "sweet" either. I was surprised at the low alcohol content considering the taste. This would be a good session beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 22:07:40 | More by Retroman40
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co (Glasgow) - £2.20:
Dark ruby to black, opaque with a 0.5cm, foamy head that is a medium brown before halfing in size & holding.

Roasted malts & barely, earthy notes and some chocolate too. There is some grain and mocha with a tiny amount of hops, although I struggled to detect this initially.

Roasted malts and some grain making an appearance along with some touches of spice and a little chocolate. Sadly the beer had some bland spots around the middle and seemed quite watery.

Light bodied and as I've mentioned it was a little bland and watery in areas, particularly for a stout. Carbonation was about medium and as the label implied, the beer is also overly dry.

Fairly disappointing and definitely the worst Brooklyn Brewery offering that I've tried to date. Started okay but went downhill from their with the taste in particular failing to impress. I felt this one was more of a gimmick from the brewery and not really up to the standard of the previous Brooklyn beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 09:56:39 | More by flyingpig
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delta490

Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep clear brown with about 1/2 finger of tan head. There is minimal retention but a smattering of lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malt with a nice hint of earthy hops. The taste follows closely with the aroma with the hops coming in on the finish. The mouthfeel is to style, with a thinner quality. Overall, this is a well-executed Irish stout.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2014 22:57:59 | More by delta490
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goochpunch

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown/ruby (almost black) body with a thin tan head. Smells very malty: toasty and roasty. Hops are a faint whisper of an aroma. Flavor is very light, with subtle malt sweetness and a roasted backbone. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel is light bodied. Carbonation could be a touch smoother. I always look forward to this release. A great session stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 01:16:41 | More by goochpunch
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rdilauro

Connecticut

2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer to celebrate St Patrick's day. This would poured someone lighter and easier than most Irish Stouts. I could not detect really anything in the nose. The first sip, all I felt was the large amount of carbonation.. That sort took away the taste itself.

This one is dry as advertised.. A very light impression of a Irish Stout.

Still thinking about all the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 15:22:23 | More by rdilauro
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz single poured into a Slyfox stout glass.

A-jet black pour, finger of tan head that quickly reseeds leaving a tan ring. no lacing-a few spots, but I wouldn't call it lacing.

S-like you would expect. cocoa powder/chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee

T-like the smell indicates. sweet and chocolaty. roasted/smoky caramel notes. a little bitterness in the finish.

M-medium bodied-not as thick as I was expecting, yet still creamy. slight carbonation. I detect little alcohol. dry finish...go figure.

O-well it tastes better than bottled Guinness does most of the time in the US (this coming from a Guinness fan, but lets be honest the quality has plummeted recently). Seems like a pretty standard Irish Dry Stout. Low ABV. Didn't feel like it weighed a ton, so even though I'm satisfied with one, a few could be had in a night.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 01:44:03 | More by Zetcha7x
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Best before May 2014. Date stamp of 3163 1221.

Appearance: Very dark brown with some ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Light tan died very quickly after pouring to leave a tiny ring at the edge. Small occasional strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Cocoa powder, roasted malt, barest hint of black coffee and something very faint that reminds me just a tad of curry powder on a deep inhale.

Taste: Nice roasted malt, burnt sugar, hints of chocolate and mocha. Good bitter finish from the roasted malts and English hops.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation (just below fizzy) with a dry finish. Some thickness under all that carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Not a "wow" stout, but very drinkable and tasty enough to reach for another without qualm. I think it is overcarbonated for style, but otherwise a good enough beer. Went well with corned beef and colcannon.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:37:14 | More by damndirtyape
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle may sport Ireland's official colours (green, white, orange) but what it contains is the more popular image that most people equate with the country: the sooty black and ruddy brown edges of a thick-looking stout (granted, this one lacks the foamy top and theatrical pour).

I've yet to travel to Ireland but I've come to just assume the whole country smells of lightly roasted grains and leafy greenness, the same as what I'm smelling in this glass. I know the country's not known as the "Emerald Island" for its brewers' use of hops, but the East Kent Goldings in this version lend a note of nectarous flowers amidst all the dark, ashy roast.

Brooklyn's Dry Irish Stout has a fairly mild flavour... unless all you've ever known is Guinness, in which case, your head might roll off. Using the proper amount of roasted barley yields a much bolder and more developed taste, one with strong coffee and dark chocolate notes. The finish has just a trace of sourness, something reminiscent of the tang found in a Hershey's Kiss.

Some stouts are thick enough to warrant use of a knife and fork but, typically speaking, Irish-style stouts are not often among them. Few people realize that these beers tend to actually be lighter in alcohol and lower in calories. The mouthfeel, coffee oils and bittersweet chocolate notes notwithstanding, actually has a very dry and neutral texture.

Indeed, I don't see how Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout has any less mainstream appeal than, say, their Lager or Summer Ale; it's every bit as approachable and mild-mannered. The dark appearance may intimidate some cowards out there, but those who muster the courage to get over their irrational fear will surely learned that there's nothing to be afraid of.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 19:05:47 | More by biegaman
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kojevergas

Texas

3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing but simple label and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local corner mart as part of a 6 pack and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style - which is one of me favourites - and the brewery. 4.7% ABV according to the label. "Best before May 2014."

Served chilled and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide khaki colour head. Okay creaminess and thickness. No lacing actually sticks to the sides of the glass. Head retention is bad - about 1 minute.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears a biteen undercarbonated.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance for an Irish stout, but lacks the strong head and unique dark ruby appearance of the best beers in the style.

Sm: Ah yes. Has that lovely roasted barley/dark malt build I love in beers of this style. Also, some chocolate malt, caramel, and touches of a very mild but balancing hop presence. Brief hints of vanilla and coffee too.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength, and fits the style very well. I can't wait for the first sip.

T: Very well balanced, if fairly simple. Dark malts, chocolate malts, hints of buried chocolate, vanilla, cream, and coffee. There's also a touch of faint licorice. Unfortunately, the roasted barley notes that are the heart of this style are barely perceptible here, which really holds the beer back.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not a real complex, intricate, or nuanced build for the style, but I do like it. Cohesive, but far from gestalt.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-flavours come through.

As much as I like it, it seems a bit uninspired. They don't really boldly go for anything unique or special here; it just feels like a "let's imitate an Irish stout" approach to brewing the style. They're not striving for anything new.

Mf: Creamy - but not quite enough. Mild thickness. Medium body. Should be more dry and more coarse. Filling. Has a nice presence on the palate overall, but this texture doesn't feel like an ideal companion to the taste. Overcarbonated. Feels a bit weak as well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Unrefreshing.

Dr: Very drinkable, as all good beers in the style are. But it's not on par with the best Irish-brewed examples of the style, and I say that as someone who lived in Ireland for a year - not some tourist who visited for a couple weeks. It's one of the better American brewed examples of the style I've had in a long time, and I'm glad I picked up a 6 pack. I'll be enjoying this very sessionable brew a lot while I have it, but so long as Guinness Foreign Extra is on the shelf, I'll have no need to buy this again. Another pretty good offering from Brooklyn.

B-

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 22:54:35 | More by kojevergas
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 11, 2014.

The color is very dark brown to nearly black with a quick lived mocha head that becomes a ring.

The aroma is not very extraordinary but it does bring out a sweet malt character, thin chocolate, and a feint earthy hop note.

The body is light to medium and on the creamy side.

The taste has a kind of cherry quality to it that I do not pick up on the nose along with the dark malts and a clean, dry finish like a dry stout should be.

Generally a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 22:04:47 | More by puboflyons
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, BB MAY 2014
L - dark brown with a creamy tan head that dissipates rather quickly
S - typical dry stout aroma with roasted barley, caramel, chocolate, earthy hop
T - roasted barley, chocolate, nut, earth, caramel, a bit toasty
F - thinner body, could use a bit more carbonation, but it does fizzle on the palate while finishing fairly dry
O - decent representation of the style, but there are better options available


Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 19:22:20 | More by barnzy78
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Deep cola brown pours a touch thick but with a weak fizzy head that dissipated all too quickly.

A touch weak in the nose but it is startlingly dry. A dry roasted coffee, char and a bit smoky.

The flavor is weak and even a bit watery but it its still rather tasty. Dry chocolate malt, light char, Irish creme, coffee, tinges of alcohol and maybe caramel can be found.

The feel is too thin for a stout, a bit bubbly and sprite.

This is a good beer to introduce to a stout newcomer as its soft and thin but still has enough flavor to introduce.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:11:44 | More by KYGunner
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. ----> Pint Glass

A: Dark brown almost black. One finger of mocha tan head which turns thin fast. No lacing. Actually looks really good for a stout.

S: Roasted aroma. Bitter chocolate. Coffee. Light hops pop in and out of the nose. Overall subdued and lacks character.

T/M: Smooth. Light carbonation. Plenty of grains. Roasted. Coffee. A hop bitterness can be detected, but small. Sweetness is light. The finish is semi-dry with a linger of roasted flavors. A metallic tang kind of brings the beer down.

O: Good not great Irish Stout. Still better than Guinness Draught.

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 23:13:11 | More by mnrider
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $2

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a small size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and faint coffee. There is also a graininess.

Overall - Reminds me a bit of the Guinness lager. A very drinkable stout that has some lager like qualities to it. Good but forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:48:36 | More by spinrsx
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Faint roasted, chocolate, and bready malts.

Taste: Pretty standard flavor. A little bitterness in the rear from earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium to high carbonation, finishes s little dry, a little bitterness in the rear, and easily drinkable.

Overall: An enjoyable and sessionable stout. Can be enjoyed amongst friends for hours.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 19:46:43 | More by Flounder57
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Stranger5582

New York

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: There are only so many ways to say black.

Smell: Sweet.

Taste: This tastes understated: sweet, chocolate, flavors mixed with burned flavors. On the tongue is slightly sweet bitterness. Off the tongue is reminiscent of coffee; dry and burned.

Mouthfeel: Heavy.

Overall: This is a nice stout. I'd certainly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 06:13:34 | More by Stranger5582
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Act25

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted vs Maryland's Flying Dog Pearl Necklace which was better.

A: tan head settled too fast into the body, and leaves some dotty lacing. 3.75

S: Not much here. Guinness out guns this in both appearance, smell, and body. Must let it warm, but I get smoke, wet fall leaves, some pretzelly malt. More wood smoke and sweet malt as it warms. Better 2nd time around. 3.5

T: Good tingly, bitter finish. A bit confusing vanilla, caramel, and smoke flavors upfront that resolve in a hop/bitter finish with a bit of prune. Feels mass produced, watery, when cold. Fuller, smokier, and more stout like as it warms 3.5

MF: Thin feel, thin, watery experience. 3.25

O: Another beer that made me want pretzels because it lacked enough flavor or bite. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:58:10 | More by Act25
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Deep brown color but with relatively good clarity. Tan tinged half finger of head. Nose consists of lots of coffee, roasted barley, some espresso, touches of asphalt.

A really nice session stout actually. Pretty bold on the roasty flavor on the back end but pretty brisk as well. Some sweeter grains up front followed by a huge explosion of roasted grains, coffee flavor, bitter black chocolate. The beer delivers with a nice super dry yet balanced finish and a lingering roastiness. Not bitter, but balanced very nicely. Medium bodied, burnt toast ends and toasted hearty breads. Great flavor and amazing drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:58:24 | More by jtierney89
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very, very dark black color, almost pitch black, with a half of a finger of caramel colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds of foam that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malty aromas highlighted with smoke, chocolate, vanilla and coffee.

Taste: The stout is front-loaded with flavor, but has practically no finish. Flavors of chocolate-covered coffee beans, sweetened slightly with vanilla and caramel. There’s just a touch of bitterness at the finish, but I don’t know if that’s due to hops or the roasting process. The finish quickly falls away to nothing.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy, with some slight carbonation, enough to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of only 4.5% there is no alcohol presence on the palate.

Overall: This is a good example of an Irish Dry Stout, but maybe a little pedestrian compared to other stouts that I’ve had. I enjoyed it, and if offered, will enjoy it again, but I probably won’t go out of my way to look for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:32:39 | More by Jeffreysan
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thoroughly average beer in appearance, this beer pours a deep brown with almost no head. The smell is what one would expect from a stout. It is molasses and sweet. The taste and mouth feel are thin and watery with no great excitement.

Overall this beer just did not do it for me, I didn't find it lived up to what I expected from Brooklyn and perhaps I had too high expectations. I am hoping that my next Brooklyn beer is redeeming.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:24:06 | More by polloenfuego
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck Beverage, Savoy, IL
Date: Bottled June 2013 stamped on bottle
Glass: Standard US pint glass

I was looking forward to trying this, as Brooklyn's imperial stout is one of my wintertime favorites. Their more sessionable Irish Dry Stout, though, is curiously amiss, bland, particularly in its closing moments. The malts are a bit too ash-like and not chocolate or coffee-like enough, either, the carbonation is too low, and the mouthfeel is too light. I understand what Brooklyn was going for with this beer, and sessionable stouts are great, but compared to Fuller's Black Cab, this beer packs little flavor and appeal, despite having largely the same ethanol content.

Pours a 1cm tall head of beige-grey foam, bubbles small in size, fading within one minute to a thin ring around the glass and a wispy, spotty haze of residual beige-grey foam lingering atop the body of the beer. Lacing is fairly minor, a few small spots cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a very dark brown, but not quite black, light bringing out reddish-brown (amber) hues to the beer. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of ashy roasted malts, slight coffee with cream, carob chips, and cocoa.

Flavor is fairly mild, and at times a bit underwhelming in its presence (from late mid-palate to just before aftertaste). After each swallow, and before the aftertaste fully develops, the flavors are heavily muted, leading me to wonder what happened in the brewing process, and if an increased percentage of roasted malt selections would help fill in the gap here. Front of palate picks up an ashen sweetness and mild herbal flavors. The mid-palate experiences roasted, ashen malt, associated acridity/bitterness, hints of caramel, vanilla and watered-down coffee with cocoa powder. Back of palate is quite bland, actually, and this is where the beer suffers most: mild, watery, ashy malt with a hint of dark caramel-like sweetness. Aftertaste is of mild, but noticeable, acrid bitterness from the roasted malt, with burnt toast flavor and just a hint of carob-like character and associated sweetness.

Beer is light in body, with carbonation of low to medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is light, though not fizzy, but rather watery, not quite right for the style. Closes fairly dry, with little stickiness remaining on the palate and/or lips.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 05:11:16 | More by falloutsnow
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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.