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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

438 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%


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

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dogfishandi on 02-17-2012)
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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 -2.5%
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 -0.3%
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 +5.3%
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 -4.2%
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 +11.4%
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 -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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -14.2%
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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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, stamp says BB Jun 2013. Oh well, it's just a couple months after that now. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. It tastes mostly like roasted malt and coffee, along with some bittersweet chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of cream. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. Picked this up as part of a mix 6-pack at Kroger earlier today, I think I might have to try this fresher when it comes out again next year. I liked it, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 23:02:51 | More by bluejacket74
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure how to judge this style but I took an educated guess. It looks dark and has some head, so that's good. It looks appetizing.

The aroma is slightly off, but not bad. Off of what, beats me. It has no major hops characteristic, more of a malt and a tiny bit of yeast.

The taste is mild. Perhaps it is to mild for the style, but I found it very drinkable, and the aftertaste similarly was very refreshing. You could have a bunch of these (alas I have but one).

Overall, a fine, very drinkable brew. Well made, as I would expect from this quality brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 00:18:25 | More by schoolboy
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FLima

Brazil

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with a thin caramel head with low retention.
Nice aroma of coffee and dark chocolates. Notes of roasted and some smoked malts.
Very assertive flavor of coffee, roasted malts and earthy hops. Aftertaste did not come out that dry as I was expecting.
Light to medium body with perfect carbonation.
Good stout, with great drinkability. Very fun to drink in winter and summertime.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 14:30:05 | More by FLima
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, coffee, some smokiness. Taste is smooth, coffee, lots of roasted malts, very sessionable and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 05:06:12 | More by tone77
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in color, when held to light some brown hues on the edges. Little to no, off khaki head, dies down immediately. No lacing. Looks rather bleak.

Sweet roast, bakers chocolate, cream, touch of caramel, and some shy fruit esters. No discernible hops.

Mild on the palate, with great nuances. Mild caramel and coffee roast up front lends way to a smooth chocolate and mineral character in the finish. Subtle, yet really smooth and meets the cut of complexity for the style.

Feel is good, carbonation is on point and finishes dry with a touch of creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 04:25:57 | More by hoptualBrew
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Excellent frothing, three fingers tall. A few shades away from black with ruby highlights. Soft roasty aroma, mild chocolate, chicory, caramel and woody hops in the nose as well. Very smooth, slightly slick, medium bodied. Kiss of roasted grain, mild charcoal, hint of coffee, light sweetness, balanced hoppiness, finishes with a lingering charred note and semi-dry.

Pretty good, I'd still order this over Guinness Draught as that beer has certainly not been up to par with me for a while.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:49:19 | More by Jason
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours black brown, half a finger head, little to no lacing.
S - Dark baking chocolate, toasted grains, a little smokey.
T - Dry, a little tart, nice touch of smokey, and some roasted malt.
M - On the thin side and a little watery.
O - Not bad, a decent take on a dry stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 18:34:25 | More by Omnium
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle of "Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout", 4.7% alcohol, served in a Belgian snifter.

A: The beer pours very dark mahogany brown, looking near black in the glass; a deep ruby color is visible at the edges of the glass under bright light. The moderate size, tan colored head soon died down to a thin partial top coat and a durable collar around the edge of the glass, with patchy lacing left on the sides.

Rather simple but attractive aroma of sweet and roasted malts. The taste reveals some subtle but spicy hops mixed with a stronger flavor of dark roasted malts. Sweet, with hints of chocolate up front, and some coffee in the mildly bitter finish.

M: Light+ bodied: about as expected. Some dryness; moderate carbonation.

O: No apparent flaws, but rather mild flavor and not very complex or interesting either.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 00:20:54 | More by chinchill
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB date of June 2013 - so just under the ropes.
Nice soft coffee aroma.
Very dark with tan head with a creamy look and ample lacing. Highlights of deep red.
Medium light mouthfeel lending an easy drinkability quality. Higher levels of carbonation. Even with the more watery feel and high bubbles still comes across as reasonably smooth.
Bitter, but not really. Still holding a light sweetness, a pinch of tartness, some coffee and roasty notes.
This is consistent with all the beers I've had from this brewery. Hitting classic styles in a even-handed and highly drinkable manner. It was consistent with my expectations and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:44:52 | More by garymuchow
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enemyisyou

New York

4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Noticed this one around for the first time today and thought I'd give it a try - found a single remaining six-pack at the local bodega.

Appearance: Dark, dark beer with a nice tan head that dissolves within minutes but leaves a bit of lace. Looks almost purple held up to the light.

Smell: Hard to get anything on the nose of this one, just some faint barley and chocolate. Not unpleasant at all.

Taste: I haven't been expecting much of Brooklyn recently - when you live here it's everywhere and it's hard not to develop a love-hate relationship with the brewery. I definitely had a 'wow' moment tasting this brew. The chocolate and coffee notes are right out there, with a bit of bitterness and creaminess. Astounding this beer is less than 5% too.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than I hoped. Like the stouts and bocks I favor, you could session-drink this one, but you'll want a lot more water than normal due to the stickiness of the mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable to drink, but, despite the low alcoholic content, hard to drink more than a few.

Overall, this is not the type of beer that I drink often, but it's a surprisingly delicious brew from a brewery that never quite gets it right (to me.) This will have to be added to my 'tasty, sub-6%- cheap' beer rotation along with Yuengling's Bock and Longtrail Ale. Too bad I don't see it around that often.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:43:01 | More by enemyisyou
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout has a khaki, medium-to-thick head and a very dark brown (almost black) appearance, with red highlights under direct sunlight. Some thin lacing is left behind. The aroma is of dark coffee and dark chocolate, brown bread crust, and sugar, and the flavor is of the same, with some cream and black cherries. There is also some acidic sourness associated with this and a bitterness hidden in the background. Mouthfeel is medium, and Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout finishes dry, refreshing, and very easy drinking. Overall, this is delicious, and think it's one to try.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 15:14:17 | More by RonaldTheriot
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WesWes

New York

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pitch black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a earthy, bitter, black malt scent along with a hint of roasted character and Irish stout yeast. It's quite dry, just the way it should be. The taste is good as well. It has a bone dry, black malt flavor that goes down quick and easy and finishes bitter and earthy. It's true to style and highly quaffable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty seasonal beer. It's so smooth and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 02:11:52 | More by WesWes
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown to black and leaves a pretty small light tan head and sparse lacing.

Aroma wise it's more like a brown ale to me, somewhat sweet and caramelly, with roasty and toasty notes.

Taste includes some brown sugar, roasty and toasty flavors, caramel, some coffee and chocolate. It's far sweeter than most dry stouts.

Body is pretty good, medium to thick, with a sweet, roasty aftertaste.

It's tasty but if I were doing the whole thing blind I would assume it was a brown ale. I'm still happy to drink it tho.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 20:34:37 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle purchased in New Haven, CT at the end of 1/13, unknown brewing/bottling date, served in a 12 oz. mug, drank 4/10/13 over one hour.

A: 4.25 - dark brown coloration, unable to see through, one finger tan head dissipating into solid glass lacing, minimal alcohol legs --> best aspect of this beer for sure

S: 3.5 - bleh, very little aroma coming off this beer; nothing unpleasant though

T: 3 - again, there is really very little going on here, slightly earthiness but not picking up on any coffee or chocolate notes as advertised, slight bitterness offered by EKG, some unpleasant bleach-y notes; I rate pretty high, so a 3 for me is certainly below average

M: 4 -smooth, creamy, probably would be even creamier if on nitro, no alcohol flavors (expected for the sessionable style)

O: 3.5 - below average for style; I drank it alongside with my dry Irish stout homebrew; I really like Brooklyn's stouts, especially their BCS (see my review for glorious praise) and Black Ops, but this one was really underwhelming due to the lack of dry coffee and chocolate notes as advertised; I wouldn't purchase this again, but, if offered, I certainly wouldn't turn it down either

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:54:10 | More by MNishCT77
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scootny

New York

4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A thick rich head with some staying power and a good amount of lace from a too cold bottle. Opaque dark brown with a tinge of red. Smell is well roasted barley with a healthy ale fruitiness.
It blossoms as it warms and gives a good bouquet with a coffee like profile. A bit of dough. Some sweet molasses notes flow in here and there. Taste is like the name. Dark roasted grain front with a lots of coffee and charred grains. Sweetness is of the burnt variety and fleeting at that. Finish is short and earthy with lots of dark grains and a touch of ale yeast. Very smooth drinking. Feel is crisp and light with well proportioned carbonation that lends itself to sessioning. A very good representation of the style that is an excellent session beer with a full flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 00:43:22 | More by scootny
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz glass @undergroundedm, during the kickoff of their Brooklyn tap takeover.

This beer appears a very dark, almost black brown, with pervasive reddish highlights, and one finger of dense, puffy beige head, which leaves some bubbling chauldron lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of dry roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa powder, day-old coffee, and muddled citrus, leafy hops. The taste is more of the same, in a goodly way, with the toasty, roasty, and lightly caramelized malt, milk chocolate, a separate lactic sweetness, subtle standing coffee, and very understated citrus and earthy hops.

The bubbles are predictably low-key and underpowered, the body medium-light in weight, mostly smooth (the char seems to interfere here), and a tad creamy overall. It finishes off-dry, the nutty chocolate pushing through the roast.

A tasty enough Irish dry stout, with a fair bit more sweetness than expected, but that doesn't really matter, as it all works together to produce a commendable alternative to you-know-who.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2013 01:38:26 | More by biboergosum
Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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