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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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82
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pDev:
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Brooklyn Dry Irish StoutBrooklyn Dry Irish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dogfishandi on 02-17-2012

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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 640
Photo of Billolick
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, BB June 2013 etched onto the bottle.

Pours dark brown, dark tan head, stays a bit, and leaves some sheeting and strands and bits of lacing.

Milk chocolate nose, with some vanilla and dark malts.

More chocolate on the palate. Milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, vanilla, roasty malts

Dry finish as advertized...nice new offering from BKLYN

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Photo of WesWes
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Common Table.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a good bit of chocolate in it, as well as a hint of roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of dry cocoa notes in the flavor, as well as some roasted malt. The beer is very dry overall. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Top Hops in LES. Ah, a nicely balanced Irish stout. There's a pleasing bitter tang in the finish with smooth mocha grains up front. It's like a slightly bigger version of Beamish. The body isn't light, but it's on that side of medium, and creamy. I wouldn't mind having a few pints. Tasty stout, find it if you can.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Irish Dry Stout

LOOK: Dark brown with an off white foam topping and plenty of lacework on the 22oz glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, coffee and fresh dark bread.

TASTE: Chocolate and coffee from the hefty malt profile, mild citrusy hop for balancing. Mildly bitter, nice roast, semi dry finish. Medium bodies and well carbonated.

OVERALL: A nice little dry stout with some character. Perfect session brew.

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Photo of biegaman
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a tan film of cream on top

S- The mellow roasted black malt is nice but a bit soft

T- The roasted black malt is gentle with a slightly inky note and a slight tartness in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz finish that blends in with the tartness.

O- The tartness starts to overpower the mellow black malt flavor and the overall flavor is a bit light and one-dimensional. I was a bit underwhelmed considering the quality stuff Brooklyn does.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap. It has a roast nose - coffee and chocolate with some sweet notes. It pours dense black. It has the dry stout roast and burnt barley bitterness but it has traces of sweetness in the background that are separate from the roast. the body is medium full and the carbonation medium.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black, with a dense 2 finger cream head that lingers indefinitely.

Roast malt dominates the aroma, with a subtle hint of caramel sweetness and coffee grounds.

Flavor is burnt roast malt, tangy acrid coffee, with a floral, perfume hop finish. Odd range of tastes. The finish is a bit sweeter than expected. Chocolate makes a weak appearance as it warms, as well as tobacco and slight smoke. Dark cherries and cough syrup emerge.

Body is slightly light, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, more flavorful in malt and hop than a guinness. Good, to me, for the style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - I guess I poured it too hard since I got two inches of deep mocha head. As a light Irish stout I am also impressed how deeply opaque the beer is if not pitch black.
S - Has a touch of yeast and roast. Really mild if any chocolate. Smells kind of like a black lager.
T - Not too sweet or roasty but it does have a mild bit of dark chocolate tone to it. The finish is quite crisp giving me some balanced hops and a nice bit of dry yeast that flows into the next sip.
M - Medium bodied and quite creamy. An easy going Irish stout.
Overall damn I am not sure why I haven't found this around PA but this is a great session stout with just enough flavor to keep me interested. Really filled my craving for a stout.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Queen Vic in Houston.

A: Pours a dark coffee brown, almost black with a bit of ruby around the edges. A two finger khaki head forms with good retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Roasted and toasted malt. A bit of coffee and light cream. Dry, slightly bitter chocolate. Simple, but very nice.
T: Well balanced roasted malt and toasted bread/biscuit flavors. Some coffee and a bit of dry coco powder. Again, not a lot going on. Though everything works perfectly together.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A crisp, dry bite. Still smooth and creamy at the same time. So easy and enjoyable to drink. This pared perfectly with my fish n chips.

I am typically not a huge fan of Brooklyn, or the style for that matter. I guess when the style is crappy nitro abominations that is to be expected. Though this is excellent. Subtle, but with plenty of character to go around. I very much enjoyed this, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a black body with a light off white head. The head faded in moderate time to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell of roasted malt and a light amount of sweet caramel. There is a light aroma of roasted coffee and nut that mix with the malty base.

Taste – The taste started out a bit on the dark roasted breadier side with some light roasted coffee notes mixed within. The roasted coffee grew a bit stronger more midway through the taste and in turn gives the brew a more bitter taste. As the taste advances to its end it bitters even more as lighter hop flavors and some cocoa come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little bit on the lighter side with the carbonation level being slightly above average. The body could use a bit of the boost to accentuating the nice roasted flavors, with possibly a nitrogen pour enhancing the overall drinking experience.

Overall – It had some nice flavors due to the lighter hop and more cocoa at the end of the taste (which did it well), but the body was a little on the low side. Overall it was a just above average dry Irish.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a nearly opaque dark chocolate brown with a fairly thick light tan head - a good start. Strong aroma has semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and yeasty tones. Satisfying flavor is only subtly smoky, but has good coffee, chocolate and licorice notes plus hints of caramel and - is that horehound? Whatever. Texture seems a bit on the thin side for a stout, but is still decently fizzy. Overall, if not great, still worthy of a try.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a mostly black color with a thick cap of tan head. Moderate retention and good lacing.

Nose is lightly roasty with a nice balancing sweetness. Malts are chocolaty and what’s this?...there is some leafy hops in here too. Smells nice.

Taste is definitely drier than it smells, the roast is bigger too. Bitterness goes a long way on the finish. Body is thin...but not overly for the style. Pretty simple, not a whole lot of flavor, mostly just roasty malt with a slight sour twinge. I’d say this is a pretty mediocre offering in an already mediocre style category. Glad I bought a single instead of a whole sixer.

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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 FLima
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a one finger head, a little brown/red around the edges

S-Some malt, a little bit of caramel and some coffee as well.

T-Nice blend of roasted malt, tad bit of coffee and some caramel sneaks in as well.

M-Light, some carbonation, smooth, a little creamy the trypical Irish Stout mouthfeel.

O-One of the better Irish Stouts I've had, it is a style I'm not too fond of but Brooklyn seems to have made a good one.

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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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Photo of Gmann
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color with an airy tan head that settles into a light cap.

The aroma is of roasted barley with some charred wood. Some scorched caramel as well. Pretty much spot on for the style.

The taste is of a mild roast, slightly bitter with a metallic twang. Some caramel and milk sugar sweetness. Finishes with a woody flavor. Simple but flavorful, nice to see a quality irish stout.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Only slightly bitter on the palate so this is very easy to drink.

A nice simple dry stout. Good flavors, not grainy or watery. I dig that it is under 5%abv.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.