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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 145
Hads: 632
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 25
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: dogfishandi on 02-17-2012

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.12/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Arrives dark, nearly black, with a solid finger-width of tight foam resting on top. Retention is not so great as it dropped to a film in under 60 seconds. Good lacing though.
Smell is .... restrained. Weak. Coffee, cardboard and light malt notes are all I found.
Taste is weak, too. Weak coffee, toasted malt and cardboard notes are all that show up to the party and that's sad as Brooklyn is usually way better than this. The balance is good but so underwhelming.
To top off the Guinness recreation the body is light and watery with little aftertaste. Effervescence is appropriate and well done but that and lacing alone will not save this beer. If I wanted a pin of the most famous stout I would have ordered it instead. This needs to be redone. An ashy note does show up in the aftertaste. Slight warming as well.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.4/5  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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an opaque black with a fizzy khaki mousse that disappears within seconds.

S: Very neutral on the nose-subtle scents of roasted grain, cream, coffee, and leather are barely noticeable even after the beer starts to warm.

T: Fleeting impressions of coffee, cocoa, vanilla bean, leather, caramel, heavy cream, and roasted grain are overpowered by a chalkiness that is very much out of place in a beer of this style. The finish is laden with a harsh minerality which renders the subtle notes of roasted grain and coffee barely perceptible.

M: Fairly full in body and typically dry. Carbonation is intense and prickly for the style. If it were toned down just a bit, this would be spot on in terms of texture.

O: I really hope this is a bad bottle because very little about this beer reminds me of some of the better Irish dry stouts on the market. I tend to be a fan of Brooklyn Brewery, but some of their recent products concern me. This one is a real bummer, doing little to assuage my fears that the quality of the brewery's output has been slipping over the past couple of years.

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Photo of mdanberg
2.54/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours dark with a slight head that dissipates soon after.

S- Strong chocolate, roasty notes

T - The carbonation took some of the taste away for me. Seems pretty bland compared to the smell, although I do get some slight chocolaty, roasty flavors coming through.

M - This feels like it has more carbonation than most dry stouts I've tried. Other than that, it has a typical light, airy feel and is easy to drink.

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Photo of rdilauro
2.62/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of freystout17
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thin, watery, and not a nice finish. This beer is probably the most disappointing of the Brooklyn beers I've ever tasted. This is not near as good as Guinness domestic (which itself is overrated).
If you want a good stout, look elsewhere. The Brooklyn dark chocolate stout is excellent. Albeit in a different category, there is no reason this brewer cannot make a really first class dry stout.

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Photo of khargro2
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle purchased at Liquor Barn Hamburg
Pours dark, but not too dark with light tan head that finishes off at about 3 inches.
Smell is thin for a stout by average for others of this style.
Taste is empty and thin. Yes - thin is the theme. I know that Irish Dry's are thinner than their American counterparts, but I would like more body. Best flavor is it the aftertaste with light coffee that is reminiscent of a frappe. Overall not a bad beer by any means and stays true to the style, but does not stand out enough to warrant a repeat purchase.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer looks black with a tan head - just like a stout. It has a roasted grain smell that weakly suggests coffee or chocolate, but more like roasted chicory root.

The taste is a big disappointment. So bland for a stout. so mild, so...Yeungling porter.

Light body and just nothing to chew on, nothing to warm my soul on a chilly rainy night.

It's so very Garret Oliver - big on fancy talk and small on flavor.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- It's a dry stout, not much to report. However, this beer lacked that classic, elegant white-cloud cap.

A - Some hints of roast.... like when you enter a coffee shop. Some malts.

T - Pedestrian. I'm not sure of the objective; either this was meant to be a session-worth Stout, or accessible to those who'd normally avoid the harshness of a Stout. If the former, I'd prefer a beer weaker than 6% ABV, but with more bite and complexity. If meant for the latter, they should've used more English light roast malts.
*I had had some IPA's earlier in the day, so if my palate was wrecked, mea culpa. The said, this was stunningly reminiscent of a Schwarzbier my friends and I had been drinking. Those who had avoided IPA's thought so, too.

M - I wanted to dock them some points. This beer is thin for a Stout, especially at 6%. That said, it's not a very sweet beer and it finishes dry. It squeaks by as mediocre, but you'll be disappointed if you expect the classic mouthfeel.

O - I feel that if Sam Adam's or Leinenkugel or some pseudo-microbrewery were to do an Irish Dry Stout this is what you'd get.

Brooklyn had an opportunity to really put themselves over the top here. They skimped on the Roasted malt and flaked grains, probably to generate mass appeal, causing their beer to fall short of fair expectation.

It goes without saying that O'Hara's and Yard's have MUCH better offerings in the Philly area. Honestly, I'd much prefer a Guinness Extra Stout, next time. Or even a Donnybrook or Sly Fox version of the Irish Stout, though they're half the strength.

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Photo of bum732
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

S: A very ashy dryness, faint dark chocolate.

L: Dark brown bordering on black. Light tan creamy head that dissipates to a dusting. Decent lacing.

T: Touch of coffee up front before a fairly toasty maltiness. Medium bitterness with some faint fruity esters. Medium high roasty dry finish.

M: Medium thin body, but fairly creamy. Medium low carbonation.

Not bad, definitely a dry stout. I could drink a lot of this, but i prefer my own homebrewed version.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -16.9%

03/27/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

First impression is a lack of body. Maybe I'm spoiled w/nitro laced stouts but methinks they are prevalent in the field for a reason.

Coffee flavors border on espresso strength. Very slight head w/delicate/wispy lacing. Virtually no aftertaste.

Bottom line: this is a perfect example of how flavor is not all it takes for a brew these days. There is a substantial flavor but it's seems one dimensional especially without a robust texture to match.

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Photo of flyingpig
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of Bills453
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - very dark brown to black but the cocoa-white head dissipates far too quickly. I like drinking my stout with a good head.

Smell - small hints of chocolate and roastiness...nothing too strong tho.

Taste - again like the smell you get hints of small flavor but nothing bold like I like my brews.

Mouthfeel - is quite nice.

Overall - just not one of my favorite stouts, I think I prefer Guinness.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach.

A – Poured out black with a nice solid finger of tan head. Not much retention and spotty light lacing.

S – Coffee and roasted malts but a light smeller.

T - Roasted malts come first on the palate. Has a campfire like flavor. Light chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit in the mix. Lingering hops finish the brew with just a trace bitterness.

M – Medium bodied. Average carbonation. Creamy to start and finishes off dry.

O – This was just an average brew to me. I just didn’t get a depth of flavor I was expecting. It is not by any means bad but I would not reach for another. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Dark, dark brown (almost black) with some light penetration. Short tan head dissipates quickly.

Caramel, coffee and cocoa.

Caramel, Cola and medium roast coffee. Touches of roasted cocoa bean.

Light-medium bodied, crisp and clean.

Pretty thin on flavor and rather watery. Easy drinking and sessionable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I dunno.
Maybe I'm being influenced by the "Stout" on the title.
Poured looking nice-- not exceptional but nice. Welled up with a nice looking head.
Flavor-- eh. Once again maybe it's the specific style that's throwing me but this beer seemed "small"-- flavor, mouthfeel, etc. Thing is I didn't think it was even a good thirst quencher as it has stout like elements but also "lite beer" elements as well. Does have a "dry" notes in the flavor but in all needs "more" and maybe "more of everything".
I'll stick with the Black Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO served at 8deg C in a tulip glass

A- Very good. Opens well and pours dark

S- Pretty good. Malty that's for sure. Caramel

T- Not so good. Dry yes flavor no. Sorry but this one is a dud

M- Not so good. Dry and tart. Not stout material at all

O- Not so good. This rating is higher than I should give.

Food Pairing

This unusual beer would go well with... grilled cheese sandwiches


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Photo of ThirstyBehr
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- dark black body with thick mocha head

S- all malt coffee and chocolate

T- coffee malt dominant, slight earthy hop, dry finish

M- thin and dry just like the style suggests, light carbonation

O- a nice dry Irish stout, a good session beer with good balance

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Photo of rangerred
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a one finger dark tan head. Good hear retention and average lacing.

Aroma of cocoa powder, roasted malt, and some metal. Some light cappaccino too.

The flavor has more milk chocolate with some very lightly roasted coffee and dark toasted bread. Unfortunately there is a little bit of a metallic note that is carried over from the aroma along with some cardboard. Some tartness and tannic bitterness that kind of throws the flavors out of balance. Mouthfeel is on the watery side ending with some moderate stickyness.

Overall, I'm not terribly impressed with this beer. The mouthfeel is watery and the off flavors get to be a little much. With Guinness and Murphy's readily available along with O'haras, I can't see any reason to pick this up again. It doesn't really stack up to the Irish offerings.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a bottle of this in Totowa, since this was the first Brooklyn 12 oz. beer in years that I hadn't had before. Even though Saint Patrick's Day is over a month away, I figured that this had to be released for it given that the bottle had the colors of the Irish flag on it. Indeed, this was a good session beer but this reminded me of flat soda in so many ways. Yes, a Stout that can double as a session beer is not a bad thing but it has to stand out a bit more than this did!

Dark pour to this with just a wee hint of garnet around the edges. Not a lot of an aroma to this except for a smoky malt aroma that just needed a bit more peat in it to remind me of a Scotch Ale. The carbonation was light in mouthfeel but present and there wasn't any lacing to be seen either. Not a lot of coffee and hardly any chocolate to be felt here. Just an subtle burnt mouthfeel from start to finish but not dry enough to require a glass of water to wash everything down. Just a bit sticky too, which almost made me think that I had some fermented Coke to go along with this.

Had I bought the rest of the 6-pack, I could have downed them all tonight. Yes, this was that light and this didn't remind me of beer at all. While not a bad example of the style, I wish that there was more of a creamy and toffee-like tone to this, just to make it stand out a bit more. The East Kent Golding Hops may have lent just a bit of grassy bite to this but it's not enough and this needed a signature flavor to make it stand out just a bit above the level of ordinary.

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Photo of TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint tulip hybrid glass, best by June 2013. This pours a mostly black color with brown edges and a mid sized tan head. The smells are of dark roasted malts, a little milk sugar. The feel is medium, perhaps a little light. The taste is okay, light roasted malts but something seems missing, not my favorite from them.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.32/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.