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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
Brewed by:
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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 metter98
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color; a deep red color is visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger and a half high tan colored head that gradually died down and left a thick collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: There are light aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the roasted malt flavors are a bit stronger and there are also some hints of burnt malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels mostly light-bodied and a little thin and airy on the palate with a bit of dryness and a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have a very complex aroma or taste, but it's extremely sessionable. I would imagine that this would taste even better on a nitro-tap.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Somehow, this beer seems funnier after having just watched Gangs of New York... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises mild coffee, roasted malts, and a twinge of bitter dark chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, focusing on the coffee, darkening the roast of the malts, and adding a hint of cola in the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a surprisingly watery feel. Overall, a decent little Irish stout, but one that's way too thin for its own good and not creamy enough for mine.

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Photo of evanforbeer
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a single 12 oz bottle, mostly because the cool labeling (I want to like Brooklyn beers so bad but I just have a hard time doing it)

Poors a nice black, has a more carbonated texture almost like a coke. Tanish head that is not nearly as as fluffy and creamy as I hoped

Smell- nice, definitely some coffee, a little fruity

Taste- some earthy hops, dark malt, a little coffee and chocolate, brown sugar sweetness. Fairly mild on the palate. Aftertaste is really where it's at for me, get a really nice dry roasted barley with some coffee notes. The dry roasty, almost smoky tinge stains the palate, Very nice.

Mouthfeel- light, decent amount of carbonation, gets really watery towards the middle-end before the finish.

Overall- not too familiar with this style, but compared to Guinness it's very good, compared to American style stouts it's pretty weak and bland. But for 4.7 abv, this is a solid dark session beer (which seems to be the point of the Irish Dry Stout) with some good roasted flavors in there. Not a bad pick if in the mood for a lighter beer on the roasted/dark side of things

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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 tdm168
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - black with a large, dense, brown head that has good retention

S - roasted malts, faint burnt sugar, faint caramel

T - roasted malts, creamy, faint caramel, underlying burnt sugar, very faint coffee, a mild bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, flavorful dry stout. This has more flavor than a Guinness, though it may not be as traditional. This one has plenty of what I consider "Americanized" characteristics such as the faint coffee notes, caramel, and sugary aspects. Traditionally, (right or wrong, I'm not sure) I expect this style to be smoother with a more chocolaty, creamy, smooth, and roasty. Overall, though I liked this beer. It was highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts chocolate, some coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a roasted malt character followed by mild flavors of chocolate and coffee. The hops presence is very mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, high carbonation for the style, finish is chalky and dry.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style. It’s a decent beer to drink for a while but there are better choices in the style.

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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 oberon
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Guinness pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a half finger beige colored head that held pretty well.Aromas consisted mainly of coffee and earth with mild bitter chocolate.A fuller nice feel in the mouth,pretty smooth.Dry and roasted on the palate as it should be,dark roast coffee,unsweetened chocolate,and earthiness mainly stood out.A no frills but pretty true to form Irish stout,I would drink again.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, almost impenetrable black appearance, with ruby highlights. Rich and thick froth with fine off-white bubbles. Lace is minimal, and not too detailed.

Nose is roasty coffee and cocoa, and as my bottle had been warmed to near room temperature, the chocolate tones seem more prominent.

Taste is smooth and almost smoky, with more of the charred chocolate and roasted coffee at the finish. Pretty tasty and well-done, and more than sessionable at only 4.7% percent ABV!

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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 JohnFatAss
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have to give points for the packaging. A brown bottle with a green label with orange and white highlights reminiscent of the Irish flag.

The beer is almost black in color with a tan head. The head faded away fast and left no lacing.

Smell - Roasted Malts and Coffee

Taste - Roasted malts, coffee, cola with a dry finish.
Mouthfeel is light for a dark beer. Not watery, but not heavy.

Overall - A nice beer, but not outstanding.

This would be a fun beer to serve at a St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

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Photo of bsp77
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint. My wife says that if I point out that it is a Brooklyn glass, then I am a capital D dork, rather than just a regular dork.

Appearance: Ruby black with initial moderate head, but it mostly dissipates, so that it ultimately looks like coke.

Smell: Smells like dry roasted malts, with touches of char, smoke, coffee and molasses. Some light, floral hops as well.

Taste: Same as the aroma, with light roasted notes of smoke, coffee and burnt molasses. Finish has some light hoppy notes along with the roasted bite.

Feel: Light bodied (as expected) with moderate carbonation. Finish is very dry and crisp.

Overall: Very drinkable, everyday Irish Stout. Enjoyable but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

BB JUN 2013

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a foamy, sandy brown head that settles out at a steady pace.

Smell: Roasted malts with a light scent of coffee, a little chocolate, too, and oven-roasted nuts. The hops mingle with the maltiness in the aroma to give a slight touch of Captain Black tobacco.

Taste: Malts notes of cola flavors, bittersweet chocolate, charred nuts, some dark caramel, roasted malt. Medium-low sweetness. English hops provide a little herbal bite and sufficient bitterness. A little hint of smokiness and some fruitiness comes out upon warming. Drying, herbal, nutty, mildly roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Not bad! I'm actually happy have a readily available dry stout in bottles that isn't nitrogen infused.

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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 hosehead83
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark brown/black in color, with a moderate cap of tan foam.
Aroma-Roasted malt
Taste-Dark roasted malt, coffee, subtle hop note leads to a dry finish. Good flavor and character throughout. A fine session stout.

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Photo of sfsean28
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looked great from the pour into a pint glass. Dark black color with a thin beige head. Strong smell of coffee. Taste the coffee as well but weak compared to smell. Mouthfeel is light bodied as well as carbonation. Its a good brew but not one that makes my top ten. I'll offer this to those that believe Guiness is too heavy.

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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 Jimmys
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. best before June 2013.

A: dark brown body. very dark. head is slightly off-white but definitely not brown. retention is reasonable, minor lacing.

S: roasty and very ashy. dark roast coffee for a fleeting moment. this one smells dry.

T: bitter acrid roastyness. all roast here. a lot of tobacco lingers long into the finish. otherwise dry.

M: slick. definitely light bodied. this thing would be awesome nitrogenated, that said carb is a little high.

D: certainly a good example, nitro would put it over the top. if looking for roast and a super dry stout, check this out.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a nonic pint glass.

L - black with a beige head that thinned out after a while.

S - roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.

T - roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate dominate the taste all the way through.

F - medium bodied with a slick feel, easy to drink.

O - a decent beer that I'll have again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker off white 1/2 finger slight creamy fizzy head that fades fairly quickly, no real lacing, almost pitch black color pretty much no light coming through.

Nose light roasty malts, light black malt, hint toasty biscuit like malt, caramel. Hops are light but interesting, light earthy grassy, but a hint of minty pine.

Taste starts with dark malts, little chalky and quite dry, black malts with a touch of acrid and slight char, maybe even burnt, that send to come with the powdered flavors. Fair bitterness from light earthy hops, faint hint of pine. Malts also bring light caramel and toasty biscuit. Finish is still quite dry, lingering bitterness with more earthy hops, little chewy hop, light black malt too.

Mouth is med bodied, nice carb, quite dry overall.

Overall not bad, decent malt profile but gets slightly burnt acrid, nice hop addition, etc.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black on the pour with ruby hues. Clarity looks to be good. The creamy tan head is very inviting. It eventually settles into a quarter inch cap, but retains well from there.

S: Dull charcoal and roasted malt scents. Chocolate cake. Faint acidic twang and some burnt malts. Nutty. Slight earthy hop presence. On point for the style.

T: Charcoal and chocolate cake. Steely acidic twang comes in shortly after. Stale, burnt coffee grounds. Nutty tastes mid-palate. Charcoal and smoke resurface. Very faint earthy hop presence. Very dry throughout. Powdery chocolate, dry brownies, and a touch of bitter dark chocolate on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Filling in the mouth, but it seems lighter than it is. Creamy, though a very active and aggressive carbonation rips through it a little too much and creates a foamy, overly seltzery impression.

O: It hits all the marks for the style, but it still comes across as a little bland. The foamy mouthfeel leaves a little something to be desired. The packaging and its gaudy green and orange coloring should help sell it when St Patrick's Day comes around, but there's better out there.

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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 hustlesworth
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- clear and black with mahogany highlights. Thin tan head disappears quickly and drops some spots of lace.

S- roasted with a grainy tartness. Tobacco and leather, damp wood and a touch of smoke.

T- mild coffee with a citrus orange hop edge. Dry flavor as the name would suggest. Not a sweet beer at all. Earthy and woodsy and slightly acidic. Finishes even drier with lingering grain flavor.

MF- lighter than it looks with assertive prickly carbonation. Coating and roasty on the cheeks.

D- a sessionable stout but rather monotone.

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Photo of Thads324
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black. Thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a fizzy outer ring. Looks a lot like cola without the inner bubbles.
Smells of sweet caramel and deep roasted grains. A faint earthy hop undertone. Slight hints of dark chocolate and mild smooth espresso beans.

Starts a bit light, with mild dark malt flavor. Musty earthy hops blend with mild coffee and unsweetened chocolate. While the aroma is sweet, the flavor isn't. The hop bitterness is very slight, but enough to balance the flavor nicely. Finishes dry

Well balanced on the lighter side of medium bodied. Dry finish.

A pretty good beer but not something i'd want more than one of. good balance, dry and solid hop bitterness. A great beer for st patty's day festivities

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn's version of the Irish Dry Stout has made it to 12 oz bottles, re-dubbed "Dry Irish Stout" and in a beauty of a green and orange bottle. Delighted to try this one, wanted it since I knew they made one. Presumably not quite as good in a bottle, but oh well.

Appearance: Black. Had a nice brown head, but it hardly lasted unfortunately.

Smell: Smells the part. The bottle actually sums the scent up well enough. Roasted grains produce coffee and chocolate. Nice and rich aromas.

Taste: Pretty flavorful. Lots of roasty flavor, obvious notes of chocolate and coffee. This is what it says it is, and I have no problem with that at all. A little two dimensional, but it's not bad by any standard. Nice hop notes on the end give it some more character. A very earthy drink.

Mouthfeel: Particularly carbonated, actually. Nice sessionable lighter body. Not my favorite feel on a stout, but not bad.

Gotta say, not quite how I expected it, but very good overall for a bottled "Irish" stout.

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