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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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Photo of rdilauro
2.62/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of Zetcha7x
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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 kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing but simple label and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local corner mart as part of a 6 pack and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style - which is one of me favourites - and the brewery. 4.7% ABV according to the label. "Best before May 2014."

Served chilled and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide khaki colour head. Okay creaminess and thickness. No lacing actually sticks to the sides of the glass. Head retention is bad - about 1 minute.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. No floating yeast particles are visible. Appears a biteen undercarbonated.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance for an Irish stout, but lacks the strong head and unique dark ruby appearance of the best beers in the style.

Sm: Ah yes. Has that lovely roasted barley/dark malt build I love in beers of this style. Also, some chocolate malt, caramel, and touches of a very mild but balancing hop presence. Brief hints of vanilla and coffee too.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of average strength, and fits the style very well. I can't wait for the first sip.

T: Very well balanced, if fairly simple. Dark malts, chocolate malts, hints of buried chocolate, vanilla, cream, and coffee. There's also a touch of faint licorice. Unfortunately, the roasted barley notes that are the heart of this style are barely perceptible here, which really holds the beer back.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not a real complex, intricate, or nuanced build for the style, but I do like it. Cohesive, but far from gestalt.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-flavours come through.

As much as I like it, it seems a bit uninspired. They don't really boldly go for anything unique or special here; it just feels like a "let's imitate an Irish stout" approach to brewing the style. They're not striving for anything new.

Mf: Creamy - but not quite enough. Mild thickness. Medium body. Should be more dry and more coarse. Filling. Has a nice presence on the palate overall, but this texture doesn't feel like an ideal companion to the taste. Overcarbonated. Feels a bit weak as well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh. Unrefreshing.

Dr: Very drinkable, as all good beers in the style are. But it's not on par with the best Irish-brewed examples of the style, and I say that as someone who lived in Ireland for a year - not some tourist who visited for a couple weeks. It's one of the better American brewed examples of the style I've had in a long time, and I'm glad I picked up a 6 pack. I'll be enjoying this very sessionable brew a lot while I have it, but so long as Guinness Foreign Extra is on the shelf, I'll have no need to buy this again. Another pretty good offering from Brooklyn.


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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 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 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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Photo of mnrider
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
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.


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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 Beerlover
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great example pf a dry irish stout, smells of roast malts and slight coffee and smoke, taste compliments the aroma almost spot on, body is medium light, very drinkable!!

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Stranger5582
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of Act25
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of byronic
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with very little head.

Smells of roasted malts with a touch of sweetness

Roasted malts followed by bitterness and hints of coffee. Nice flavour without being overpowering.

Very light feel, well carbonated making it dance on the tongue. Goes down very easy. Very little aftertaste.

It took me three bottles on different dates before writing this review. I wasn't very fond of dry Irish stouts but have now taken a liking to them after given this beer and others several chances. Great sessionable stout!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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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 schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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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 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 hoptualBrew
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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