Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout - Brooklyn Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 490 | Reviews: 123 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by biegaman:
3.81/5 rDev +7%
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
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A very ordinary, not very stouty stout.
Moderate head immediately dissipates and doesn't leave even so much as a ring. Cola coloured brew.
Subdued nose, primarily malt and caramel. Taste is about the same, gentle malt and caramel, a touch of charcoal. Mouth feel is tart to begin, finishes slightly drying. Stout light is what this is I guess. Drinkable and inoffensive, but no real excitement in the glass.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 16:57:33 | More by TerryW
Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.