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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

519 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 519
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

leprechaunandfatman, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Bdel34, Mar 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

RollCast, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

johnnnniee, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

thehyperduck, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Mikecap, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Retroman40
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Retroman40, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

tmbgnicu, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
2.96/5  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.

flyingpig, Mar 25, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

DenisKolkin, Mar 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Lukebell15, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

caseyrobertson, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

delta490, Mar 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Genx, Mar 22, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

goochpunch, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

MichaelProcton, Mar 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

cjgator3, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

monkeybeerbelly, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of rdilauro
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

rdilauro, Mar 18, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz single poured into a Slyfox stout glass.

A-jet black pour, finger of tan head that quickly reseeds leaving a tan ring. no lacing-a few spots, but I wouldn't call it lacing.

S-like you would expect. cocoa powder/chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee

T-like the smell indicates. sweet and chocolaty. roasted/smoky caramel notes. a little bitterness in the finish.

M-medium bodied-not as thick as I was expecting, yet still creamy. slight carbonation. I detect little alcohol. dry finish...go figure.

O-well it tastes better than bottled Guinness does most of the time in the US (this coming from a Guinness fan, but lets be honest the quality has plummeted recently). Seems like a pretty standard Irish Dry Stout. Low ABV. Didn't feel like it weighed a ton, so even though I'm satisfied with one, a few could be had in a night.

Zetcha7x, Mar 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

ZachKelly, Mar 18, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Best before May 2014. Date stamp of 3163 1221.

Appearance: Very dark brown with some ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Light tan died very quickly after pouring to leave a tiny ring at the edge. Small occasional strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Cocoa powder, roasted malt, barest hint of black coffee and something very faint that reminds me just a tad of curry powder on a deep inhale.

Taste: Nice roasted malt, burnt sugar, hints of chocolate and mocha. Good bitter finish from the roasted malts and English hops.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation (just below fizzy) with a dry finish. Some thickness under all that carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Not a "wow" stout, but very drinkable and tasty enough to reach for another without qualm. I think it is overcarbonated for style, but otherwise a good enough beer. Went well with corned beef and colcannon.

damndirtyape, Mar 17, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev +7%
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.

biegaman, Mar 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ConradKenney, Mar 17, 2014
Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.