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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 632
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 23
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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. (296 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a dark almost-black brown, with ruddy hints of light glowing sullenly at the bottom edge of the glass. Forms almost no head, and what does form vanishes quickly, save for a very thin pale ring.

Smell: Dark black roasted grains in a field of pollen and flowers, like a farmer's crop had been burned away and nature were just beginning to reclaim the land. There's something vaguely acrid as well, and some ghosts of something wooden.

Taste: Blackened malt grain stars, with hints popping up here and there of floral notes, earthiness, ashes, chocolate, light coffee, and very vague fruitiness. Nothing is ever fully prominent save the roasted malt, with the other flavors rolling over and into one another in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light and close to watery without ever verging on actual water, this is pretty close to what an Irish stout should drink like.

Overall: Not a bad go at an Irish stout. A little more identity to the flavor profile, rather than being everything and nothing at the same time, and this could be fantastic. As it stands, it's solid. (1,143 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout - Brooklyn Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, this has got a huge four finger thick, spongelike tan head, solid lacing, and a very dark brown body. Quite an eye-pleaser.

I smell toasty malt along with full bodied malts. Not much hops are hitting the nose, but I wasn't really expecting that.

Tastes also like toasty malts, also with a small touch of chocolate and coffee mentioned on the label. Pretty easy on the palate.

This brew's mouthfeel is smooth and clean.


I'll give Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout - Brooklyn Brewery a 4.25 This is an easy-going stout that you can knock back a couple of and not feel sleepy. Nicely done by these guys. (719 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep brown in color; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain; perhaps a hint of bittersweet chocolate and coffee;

T: not a lot of flavor; what's there is roasted grain; a little sharpness up front; a bit of tartness at mid-palate; light bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; creamy carbonation; medium dry finish

O: OK, but not very interesting; (410 characters)

Photo of Antc2382
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as creamy as Guinness, and does not have as strong of the roasted barley taste. A bit more watery. Light for a stout. Definitely decent but not the ultimate (160 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark caramel brown. Persistent tan head that leaves a ring and wet slippery lace. Pours with a thickness. Nose is roasty grain. Smooth sweetness from caramel under that. Earthy, coffee and a malty sweetness. Taste is good. Sharp and full of flavor. Roasty gran with a slight hop bitterness to give it edge. Drinks dry and very crisp. Lightly sweet. A smooth and quick drink that finishes dry and with plenty of maltiness to linger. Textbook dry stout with a rich and full mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy too. (525 characters)

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

Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB MAY 2015 3294 12:39"

Once you get past the question of why you'd want an Irish-style stout brewed in the US, you can then ask the question of how good it is.

It's not nitrogenated, although that didn't occur until 1964 with draught Guinness so it's not historic and doesn't really matter here. And it does have a little bit of a sour tang to it, which would be historically accurate, although neither this nor the current Guinness are even nearly as sour as the stouts of yesteryear would have been. I think the twang here is really just from a low pH, and not due to any soured beer added back in as Guinness does.

If you think along the lines of a Guinness Foreign Extra stout with a much lower starting gravity and adjusted bitterness you'll have a pretty good idea of what this beer is about. It's roast and chocolatey, and slightly caramelish. It's about the malt, and there's really just a little bit of hop in the flavor, which is probably not even equal to the fruitiness of the yeast, which is also limited.

It's a difficult beer to formulate in some ways because the style, really, is a bit disjointed. It's got spikes of roastiness, bitterness, and acidity; and there's some of that here but it seems that Brooklyn wanted to try to round it out at least a little bit to make it more drinkable, which it is.

So why would I want an Irish style stout brewed in the US? To celebrate Saint Patricks Day, of course! Although Guinness is seen as quintessentially Irish, it's actually an English company that persecuted the Irish. Arthur was a committed unionist and opponent of Irish nationalism; and his decedents financially supported the Ulster Volunteer Force and allegedly lent men and equipment to the British Army during the Easter Rising of 1916. So this year I'll have a Murphy's, a Beamish, or a Brooklyn... but I won't support Guinness. (1,914 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pitch brownish-black with a moderate amount of tan head that settles out quickly into a thin topcoat. Aroma is rather subdued but pleasant, milk chocolate is the main vibe I am getting along with coffee and hints of caramel and charcoal. Slight earthy Goldings hop. Palate flips the script and is predominantly coffee, more earthy and dry than the nose suggests. Hints of red berry. Drinkable (read: thin bodied), rather fizzy, and slightly citric. The sour note is likely an attempt to emulate the vaunted Guinness soured flavor and frankly manages to trump the original, although this is perhaps better described as an alkaline "soda" effect here. Not bad but finishes strangely empty and I think the intended target was overshot with regards to sessionability. Looking for the flavors to pop more. (841 characters)

Photo of Solo007
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle into a tulip glass.

You can never go wrong with a brew from The Brooklyn Brewery. Nose is a nice roast hops with an airy scent of coffee. Pours a rich dark brown almost black, like liquid dark chocolate. Head has small bubbles, rich in appearance that hugs the inner glass. Second nose now detects the chocolate, but barely. First taste is light: More coffee than chocolate, although it's there (can't really call it mocha: For the two are distinct on their own). I don't think they roasted the hops as long as one might usually to produce a porter, doppelbock or especially, a stout. Surprisingly crisp at the finish. One disappointment of the Dry Irish Stout is that with all these interactions, I found it somewhat one dimensional. The flavours and the ingredients didn't seem to be layered together as well I thought it ought to be. Still, this is a very good, yet disarmingly easy-going brew. (937 characters)

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. (491 characters)

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

An excellent stout in a bottle. Smooth and sweet. A great sipping beer on a cool evening

I would recommend this to anyone who likes stouts and wants an alternative to Guinness or any other more popular stouts.

Not too bitter and a good overall feel to it (256 characters)

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. (409 characters)

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

Enjoy (412 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark pour but with a very light head. The smell was mostly of sweet malt and a little bit of floral notes on the end. The taste was a lot of heavy caramel flavor with the floral hops cutting the end for a clean refreshing finish. The biggest problem I had with the beer is that it was very thin for a stout. Overall I thought it was an interesting take on stouts and thought it was worth the try. (401 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: This pours a dark brown, with little foam.

Smell: Maybe a slightly roasted aroma, but nothing much to speak of.

Taste: Roasty, nutty, bitter. More full flavored than a typical Irish stout. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Very light, medium-high carbonation. Goes down easy as expected.

Overall: I am a big fan of Irish stouts. This is a great American, non-nitro take on the style. Relatively straightforward but still very rewarding. (486 characters)

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. (1,091 characters)

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. (1,380 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (484 characters)

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. (335 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (1,761 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (454 characters)

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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up out of the singles bin from the LCBO for $2.00 CDN. Excited to try this dry Irish stout as the colors of Ireland are well represented on the label. Served fairly cold into into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown, nearly black, with 1.5 fingers of dense tan head. The sticks around for a good long while and leaves some soapy lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Nice roasty chocolate and coffee blend. Not a lot else there, but this has particularly good interplay between the two.

Taste - Nice soft coffee and dark chocolate flavor, yet light bodied and sessionable, but with full flavor. It's not extraordinary, but it's really well done.

Mouthfeel - Wow. Smooth light bodied and very sessionable, but retains the flavor profiles within the style. Well carbonated makes this like silk in the mouth. While I find most beers in this style are very smooth, Brooklyn's just seemed to have a lot of little things add up to make it and exceptionally smooth brew.

Overall - Very tasty brew with a great feel, thirst-quenching and flavorful yet light enough that I wouldn't be restricted to one or two of these, which usually i am on darker beers. (1,168 characters)

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (365 characters)

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