Dublin Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #86
Ranked #27,423
3.82 | pDev: 9.69%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: Coal black color, Irish oats aroma, roasty malt flavor, soft body.
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On nitro at Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a pint glass.

Typical nitro appearance; dark black body with roiling brown bubbles feeding a thick, condensed offwhite head with great retention time, no lacing. Smells mild, a bit of roasted malt and earth, not much else as expected from a nitro beer. Flavour is primarily oats, roasted malt, earth, a bit of chocolate and even a little bit of lactose. Mouthfeel is typical nitro, medium bodied and very creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Zero heat. Overall, a very sessionable Irish Dry Stout that works well on nitro.

Apr 26, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Served on nitro-draught at Goose Island Clybourn on March 16th. 4.3% ABV confirmed. Served inot a half pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger creamy khaki colour head. Great cream, good thickness, and good (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Solid for the style.

Sm: Evocative roast, rich coffee, oats, chocolate, and well handled dark malts. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A moderate strength aroma. Excellent for an Irish stout.

T: Nice oats. Decent roast. Light chocolate. A bit too bitter. Nice dark malts form the foundation. The balance is off for the style. Tasty though. Lacks complexity and subtlety.

Mf: Way too smooth and wet for the style, which demands coarseness and dryness mitigated by luscious cream. This gets the texture wrong. Lump and unappealing. Really problematic. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well. Pretty good carbonation, though. Not creamy enough.

Dr: Drinkable. A good try at the style, but it isn't quite up to par. Current leading beers in the style are far far better. Oats may have been a mistake here. I wouldn't get this again.

High C

Apr 29, 2013
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birchstick from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a nice taupe head. Nose is milk chcoloates rounded out with some coffee and dry dark chocolates. Mouth is similar - starts with sweet chocolates, which moves onto a really rich dark chocolates mixed with coffee. Pretty solid.

Apr 27, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.

Keep the stouts flowin'! This one pours a very dark black-brown topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild cocoa, light coffee, and a very small touch of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, but everything comes across sharply, bitterly, acidic-ly. The astringence (it's a word now, kids!) is a bit much, but nothing that tears everything else down. The body is a straight medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice Irish stout, though nothing to necessarily write home from Dublin about.

Apr 02, 2012
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours coal black with a wonderfully creamy, tan head. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasing, and the flavor is almost entirely of astringent roasted malt. There is also a defined smoke flavor on the back end that adds some complexity. Little carbonation manifests itself, but that's par for the course for this style. Dublin Stout could easily be summed up as a more refined Guinness, and that's quite clearly what the goal was here. Nothing to write home about, but a solid, drinkable brew that represents its style ably.

Mar 31, 2012
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Goose Island's Clybourne pub.

A - Deep brown, opaque appearance with three fingers of creamy tan head, looks absolutely delicious.

S - Smells pretty good, burnt malts are the biggest, can pick up some chocolate and sweet caramel in the background, nothing surprising.

T - Again the most prominent flavor is the burnt malt, bitter chocolate and sweet raisins and caramel. There's something sort of earthy in the background that reminds me of tobacco. As it finishes the burnt malts are what stays with you; its really amazing, like the beer is actually a bit charred, very tasty.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, very dry finish.

O - A really solid, enjoyable stout, picked up a growler after trying my first glass. In a perfect world Goose Island would be bottling this stuff.

Apr 06, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at GI Wrigleyville on St. Patrick's Day.

A - A very dark brown beer, almost black, with a tiny, off-white head that faded to a thin ring and left some chunks on the sides.

S - Smells roasted, a little smokey, with some burnt malts and a little bit of caramel

T - Really big flavor for something that has this ABV (4.5% according to the drink list). Lots of very roasted/almost burnt malts with a little bit of caramel on the back. Possibly a little peat as well. Very flavorful.

M - Creamy, not quite full bodied, lower carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - Actually a pretty solid beer packed with flavor that I enjoyed. Would drink again if the mood struck.

Mar 18, 2011
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at the Wrigleyville Pub. The bartender did the two-part pour as it was on nitro. The beer is dark brown with red highlights. It has very good lacing.

The aroma is of roasted malts with hints of coffee and brown sugar.

The taste closely tracks the smell with dark roasted malts, brown sugar with a bit of added husky grains. Beer turns slightly sour late with woodnotes, which was unexpected but not bad.

The nitro makes the mouth creamy but it thins a bit in the end.

I thought it was a pretty good session stout.

Apr 17, 2009
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a small creamy white head.

Scent of chocolate and some roasted malts. A simple and effective Irish Dry Stout scent.

Taste of chocolate malts, raisins, and a hint of coffee. Finishes with an oat flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Feb 28, 2009
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avaulteriam from Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very little aroma from the glass, but looks darn purdy! Dry finish, very light flavors of roasted coffee beans, some malt, little hops, though quite dry. Rather thin for a stout, went well with my Stilton Burger. A nice enough example of a Dry Stout.

May 29, 2008
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pvllbum from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it in a imperial pint at the Clybourne Goose Island today. Wanted a growler but they don't fill growlers of it anymore because its on a nitro tap...a bit disappointed with that. but here goes. Black color with a tan head that was a little lighter than I expected with the darkness of the beer. Smelled of roasted malts and hops with a little hint of coffee. Taste was pretty good a chocolate and coffee taste which i enjoyed with dry creamy mouth feel which I enjoyed. Very drinkable...wish I could have taken some home but I had to go with the RIS instead. Overall a good beer. A quick side note I see some people had it on cask when i was there the bartender told me it was on a nitro tap and thats why I couldnt get it in a growler...not sure if i heard him wrong it was a bit noisy and i tuned him out after he said i couldnt get it.

Mar 10, 2008
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20oz imperial pint at Goose Island-Clybourn 2/20/07.

A: Black with hints of russet towards the sides and bottom of the glass. Very creamy cask pour head that's a light tan in color.

S: Simple and clean aroma of roasted malt and hops.

T: Same as above with hint of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.

M: This one is bitter and dry and creamy, all at the same time. Very satisfying mouthfeel.

D: Being on cask injects an element of smoothness to this stout that somewhat tempers the bitterness that is common with this style.An extremely sessionable stout.

Feb 26, 2007
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, this incarnation was 4.0% ABV. Pours black, quite opaque but some red at the edges, thick tan head forms, very nice, lacing galore. Smell is sweet, acidic, roasty, some coffee/chocolate. Taste is roasty up front, lactic acidity, coffee and chocolate, quite mild in the flavour, some iron. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, a good stout.

Oct 15, 2006
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has an opaque black body with a dark tan head on top that is thin but last and last. No sign of carbonation.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt is dry with a faint green hop note in the finish. As it warms there is a nice graham cracker, brown malt note that is fresh but not sweet.

T- The dark malt has lots of layers with some nutty notes and a faint licorice flavor. There is a very faint black toasted malt but it is very soft. As it warms the graham cracker note comes through in the taste just like the smell. The hops are a soft green fresh flavor that has a nice spice to it the more it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture

D- This beer had lots of great layers and it was a wonderful porter. I wish it would have more of the black malt and grain qualities that really make a good dry stout. The hops were nice and very soft really allowing the grain to be the main flavor.

Mar 10, 2006
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AudioGilz from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Irish-style dry stout is a beautiful opaque with a very thick tan head that has wonderful staying ability and lacing ability. The aroma is very roasty....kind of similar to the oatmeal stout. Smooth on the palate, pleasant roastiness dominates this medium-bodied brew. The finish is one of the dryest I've ever experienced, very very crisp and bitter as well. The bitterness was harsh at times, knocking the taste down. Quite an enjoyable brew nonetheless. I love the roasty quality and crisp dryness. I could go with a little less bitterness though.

Apr 18, 2003
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