Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

628 Ratings
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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 21
Gots: 78 | 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 falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of DaveBar
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of ThirstyBehr
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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

Photo of rangerred
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black with a one finger dark tan head. Good hear retention and average lacing.

Aroma of cocoa powder, roasted malt, and some metal. Some light cappaccino too.

The flavor has more milk chocolate with some very lightly roasted coffee and dark toasted bread. Unfortunately there is a little bit of a metallic note that is carried over from the aroma along with some cardboard. Some tartness and tannic bitterness that kind of throws the flavors out of balance. Mouthfeel is on the watery side ending with some moderate stickyness.

Overall, I'm not terribly impressed with this beer. The mouthfeel is watery and the off flavors get to be a little much. With Guinness and Murphy's readily available along with O'haras, I can't see any reason to pick this up again. It doesn't really stack up to the Irish offerings.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.25/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of tradershmulie
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not enough alcohol - looks like it wants to be a good beer, but just feels empty!

Photo of DavidST
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint tulip hybrid glass, best by June 2013. This pours a mostly black color with brown edges and a mid sized tan head. The smells are of dark roasted malts, a little milk sugar. The feel is medium, perhaps a little light. The taste is okay, light roasted malts but something seems missing, not my favorite from them.

Photo of SudReyCzar
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Wish It Had A Little More Body. Good!

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.32/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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.

B-

Photo of thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First time having Brooklyn Irish Dry Stout. Picked out a fresh pint glass for the occasion.

Pours dark brown with almost two-fingers of a light tan cap. I forgot I bought this from a stand at room temperature, so I'm enjoying it at nearly the same.

Smells roasty and fairly dry. Some charred grain and light coffee notes mixing in and out of the nose. There is a slight hop earthiness pulling through as well. Very mild, even at this warmth.

Coffee and cocoa are both somewhat here, with coffee the front-runner. More char from the roasted malts apparent. Exquisite dryness in a stout, indicative of style. Not overly minerally or phenolically peaty. Hints of all of that, sure. A brighter nickel note surfaces in the finality as the finish dries up. Earthy English hops carry through with some added bitterness and vegetal notes.

Has a round mouthfeel, despite the beer being thinner than expected. Carbonation is a little bit too amped up. Polishes off nicely, even well above serving temperature. A few flaws exposed here in taste and in feel. Easily sessionable.

The feel is a letdown, and I'm not saying the beer has to have that creamy nitro Guinness thing going on. This one's still just a little too coarse, doesn't offer much else in flavor other than dry roast and coffee and earthy tones, and is just too faulty with attenuation and blandness. It's definitely not standing up to the Blue Chevre I'm eating. Let's hope it cools down and pairs well with a dinner of mushroom-swiss burgers and onion rings.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served on tap into a standard pint glass at Mammoser's Tavern in Hamburg, NY.

nearly black body with about one finger's worth of light tan colored head, faded to nothing after 5 minutes or so.

not too much going on in the aroma, pretty much typical of the style. lightly roasted malts with some slightly sweet toasted malts. only slightly fruity.

very similar to the aroma. sweet toasted malts and some fruity like esters with some light roasted malt.

slightly heavier side of light bodied. carbonation is just a touch on the high side. finishes with a light dry bitter feel.

overall this was pretty average for the style. i feel like a nitro tap would improve this beer overall so much. id gladly take this over guiness, slightly more flavor and body, but really not something i would buy again.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle purchased in New Haven, CT at the end of 1/13, unknown brewing/bottling date, served in a 12 oz. mug, drank 4/10/13 over one hour.

A: 4.25 - dark brown coloration, unable to see through, one finger tan head dissipating into solid glass lacing, minimal alcohol legs --> best aspect of this beer for sure

S: 3.5 - bleh, very little aroma coming off this beer; nothing unpleasant though

T: 3 - again, there is really very little going on here, slightly earthiness but not picking up on any coffee or chocolate notes as advertised, slight bitterness offered by EKG, some unpleasant bleach-y notes; I rate pretty high, so a 3 for me is certainly below average

M: 4 -smooth, creamy, probably would be even creamier if on nitro, no alcohol flavors (expected for the sessionable style)

O: 3.5 - below average for style; I drank it alongside with my dry Irish stout homebrew; I really like Brooklyn's stouts, especially their BCS (see my review for glorious praise) and Black Ops, but this one was really underwhelming due to the lack of dry coffee and chocolate notes as advertised; I wouldn't purchase this again, but, if offered, I certainly wouldn't turn it down either

Photo of hustlesworth
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Act25
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Photo of mnrider
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Cheers!!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown to black and leaves a pretty small light tan head and sparse lacing.

Aroma wise it's more like a brown ale to me, somewhat sweet and caramelly, with roasty and toasty notes.

Taste includes some brown sugar, roasty and toasty flavors, caramel, some coffee and chocolate. It's far sweeter than most dry stouts.

Body is pretty good, medium to thick, with a sweet, roasty aftertaste.

It's tasty but if I were doing the whole thing blind I would assume it was a brown ale. I'm still happy to drink it tho.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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