Nitro Dry Irish Stout
Breckenridge Brewery

Nitro Dry Irish StoutNitro Dry Irish Stout
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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #95
Ranked #28,875
3.77 | pDev: 11.67%
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
Very Good
Nitro Dry Irish StoutNitro Dry Irish Stout
Notes: We partnered with Boundary Brewing Cooperative of Belfast, Northern Ireland, to create this traditional Dry Irish Stout with dark character and a classic, creamy body. Roasted barley, flaked barley, and Irish Stout Malt give this black beer flavors of coffee and hints of grain.
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Photo of MaximalC
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark chestnut with cola highlights, topped by a thin cap of nitrous froth that succeeded the pour proper. Mild aroma smells of roasted malts and toasted bread.

The taste features very mild, roasted malt and milk chocolate front to back. Modest bitterness is derived moreso from the astringent malt than appreciable hopping. Medium-light body and nitro-esque carbonation make for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer comes across as a startlingly adept imitation of a Guinness. Whether or not that is a worthy aspiration in the first place is up for debate.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(13.6 oz can, best enjoyed by 05/31/19; purchased cold single... poured into shaker glass)

L: dark, chestnut brown liquid; 3/4" tight tan foam, smear-smatter sheet of lace; cap holds

S: dark-baked molasses cookie, hint of leather and old wood; slight dried dark fruit under-currant... mellow smoky undertone... excellent relative intensity... bit of cocoa pops out halfway through

T: mild dark-roast coffee pop up front, dry, roasty finish; subtly-bitter, woody char aftertaste... 1/3 of the way through, the 'malty' part of the malt starts to linger on the aftertaste, a bit dark, bitter choco candy bar coating-like... like the smell, respectable intensity overall

F: milky, nectary; soft residual viscosity; greasy foamy touch... hardly makes its presence known

O: char-roast forward; could perhaps use a touch more multi-faceted sweet spectrum to balance it out... otherwise, it's dry, so they got that on point... 1.50 per can, not too bad (1502)

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Photo of jadpsu
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In Colorado.
LOOK: Pour quite black, no light passing through this glass. Pours a stingy tan, light brown head that nevertheless hangs around for a while and produces some pretty thick side glass lace.
AROMA: I get some roasted malts as well as some bakers chocolate and a tinge of coffee.
TASTE: Bitter sweet chocolate with some coffee aftertaste. Guiness like in both appearance and feel.
FEEL: Thin on the palate, somewhat watery.
It may be right in style, but a style that, for me, while not a style that I know I don't care for. is hit or miss.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

13.6oz can served in a shaker pint. Best by 06/21/19.

Pours black with a generous creamy head. It looks like a nitro stout. Smell is mild, roasty, and yeasty.

Taste is along the same lines -- mild, roasty, but less yeast. A hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is light but creamy. Overall, it's good -- give it to your friends who like Guinness, just so they know they can like a beer that's not Guinness.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pub glass

A: Pours cascading shades of brown, settling near black with a creamy khaki head that hangs around and leaves some thick lacing.

S: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, a hint of smoke, earthy, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, a touch of char, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate, earthy, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Somewhat light body, nitro leaves it with very mild carbonation level, slightly creamy.

O: Very respectable Irish dry stout.

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Photo of MercInc
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 60 degrees into a stout goblet. A nice rich color, very dark brown, with a long lasting, creamy, light tan head. Very smooth mouth feel. What I expected in a "Nitro". Nice malt notes, some sweetness there too. Very drinkable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can best by 6/19/19 poured into Boulevard Smokestack Snifter.

Deep coffee black with cascading falls of brown with a creamy head of 1 finger firm.

Aromas of dirty coffee and dark fruits, with slight caramel and more acidity.

Flavor is practically watery and non-existent but what is there is pleasant - roast coffee notes that start and linger throughout with some nice bite and acidity; slight fruit and burnt toast ends.

Drinks like water. Slight lingering roastiness.

Overall a shabby drinker but not bad for what it is. Needs more body and creaminess, but what little flavor is there is good. A stout for bud light drinkers.

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Photo of drhiii
1.29/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Dismal. As I remarked to my missus on trying this... it tasted like "can". Little to say about this other than it is an unremarkable beer. Hard pass..

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Photo of hof_1991
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More sessionable than most stouts. Less alcohol too. Enough flavor without being overpowering. I could drink this again, but I had it on tap and not in a can so ymmv.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great nitro look. Almost black with light brownish tan head. Light roast and toast with some earthy hops. Light and drinkable but falls short of Guinness.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

13.6oz can, best enjoyed by 05/31/19, poured into a pint glass shows cascading cream colored foam through a deep mahogany brown body and maintains a constant 1/4in head leaving falling sheets of lacing.

Aroma is roast malts.

Flavor I know I am pouring the beer into my gullet because 1) I enjoy the feel, 2) there is only one hole in the glass, and c) there is no puddle of beer at my feet. There is, if anything a roasted malt flavor, but that's it. Some Irish stouts have a chocolate note, or coffee, or vanilla, but not here. Oh, well.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, as expected with the nitro, and drying.

Overall this is just ok. Disappointing, really.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a clearance 4 pack of this early last fall, so I'm not sure about freshness. These were 13.6 ounce cans. It tastes like you'd expect -- mild and fairly smooth. The clearance price was the best part.

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Photo of odannyob
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Blackish. Dark Browninsh. Darkish. Lace clinging inside my pint glass.
Smell: Malt, burnished. Deep.
Taste: Leather. Roasted to a sharp mellowness. There are few tastes in this world as is a good Stout.
Feel: Slam that 1st one, me boy but sip slow the rest.
Overall: With Saint Paddy's day seldom too far away, either!
Appearently, now available year 'round, too.
The can it came in does not quench a pint glass, either so
drinker, aware!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew is served a deep brownish black color with a cascade of nitro bubbles running up through the brew creating a soft white head of foam sitting atop the beer. Over time the cascade ceases and leaves a rather persistent head of foam that very slowly fades over time.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a roasted malt and toast smell with some aromas of nuttiness mixed within. Along with these smells comes some notes of caramel, a bit of smoke, and some lighter dark fruit aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a dry roasty taste that has a decent showing of a nutty flavor. Upfront there are notes of sweetness, with them being predominantly of a dark fruit and molasses flavor. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors lessen all while some other tastes of smoke and char come to the tongue. In the end, with a little bit of cocoa and earth coming to the tongue, one is left with a dry and roasty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly more thick, and with the nitro pour, the body is creamy and smooth. For the mix of roastiness and toast, with the lighter abv. the feel is rather well done and makes this one a flavorful, but easy sipper overall.

Overall – A pretty nice irish style stout that fits the style well. Drier, roasty, a bit of nut, and easy drinking.

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Photo of Zopiac
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First Nitro I've tried. Very interesting texture, feels rather light on the tongue. Sadly, the flavour is light as well. Pours as dark as Guinness Extra Stout with a pale milk caramel head, smells of coffee and malt, but tastes annoyingly watery. Needs more fullness or hops to bolster it.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can with a BB date stamp of December 2018 poured into a pint glass on 11/11/2018.
Despite a quick and vigorous pour, the beer failed to produce the tall head expected. On the other hand, the short head permitted all 16 oz to be contained in the glass, and the head proved to be very durable and creamy. The body is light, semi-dry, and creamy smooth, with very soft carbonation. A good bit of aroma, despite the head, and of high quality. The flavor too, while not extraordinary, really left nothing to be desired for this style.

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Photo of superspak
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

13.6 ounce can into imperial pint glass, best before 6/3/2018. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and creamy light khaki head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick creamy lacing clings on the glass. Amazing appearance. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with light notes of smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with light notes of smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Light carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a great Irish dry stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/charred/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean and nicely rich malt complexity; with mild fruity yeast and earthy hops against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is black with some rich, dark mahogany colors on the edges, and a luxurious tan head. The nose is all roasted malts, with a subtle cocoa component (that may be wishful thinking on my part).

Nope - cocoa on the taste, along with the roasted malt flavors. Dare I say it, I like this better than Guinness Draught - but this owes a thank you to that beer for leading the way nearly 260 years ago.

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Photo of Raime
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

First craft brew in awhile. Bought a mix a six from Kroger for $9.99. Sometimes their stuff is a bit dated but i managed to find six fresh brews I'd never had before so lets see what we get.

Look - Deep black as expected with a pretty dense off white head that sticks around and bubbles. Lacing upon a finished glass is rather unremarkable for it being a nitro beer.

Smell - Very cream like on the nose with the typical coffee notes. Somewhat muted as expected due to the nitro nature of the beer.

Taste - Creamy as the nose had implied. Really sets the driving force behind this brew. Touches of cold brew dark coffee and a bit watery as expected out of a nitro.

Feel - Despite the well retained head, the body is rather watery with a mostly flat carbonation. Swallows easy and inoffensive and the taste doesn't stick around for very long.

Overall - Almost a solid four across the board but the feel let it down a bit. This is a pretty solid nitro irish dry that's many times better than its more popular counterparts in my opinion.

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Photo of SB2017
2.62/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

An impressive looking beer, no doubt. Almost jet black, with a thin, foamy, off-white head lingering for ages. Essentially opaque. Very heavy on the nose, and reminiscent of coffee ice cream. Sweet, creamy, and roasty with mild wheaty notes. About as good as they come. In flavor, however, what an incredible disappointment. Compared to the look and smell, there's just nothing there. What this beer lacks in flavor it also lacks in a satisfying texture. It's too smooth by far, feeling as though no carbonation were ever present. Very odd. I'm suffering through this 4 pack...

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Photo of lastmango
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pitch black with a tan one finger nitro head. Heavy lacing present. As another said, this looks like a Guinness. Aroma is faint vanilla malt. Taste is more pronounced roasted malt with as light milk chocolate taste and very slight hop bitterness. The body is full but watery with light carbonation. Overall, the beer is drinkable, but there are other stouts available that are so much tastier.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the tall boy can in a snifter via a friend from work===Cheers Randy!
This stout pours a rich blackish brown with a fantastic head of creamy khaki foam
that lingers long to a thick layer and shows the nice lacing known in nitro brews.
Nose of roasted nuts, moderate chocolate notes, and hints of cream and char.
Flavors follow the nose with nutty malts and chocolate with a hint of coffee and
subtle char. Excellent mouth feel as would be expected for a nitro---creamy, smooth,
roasty, medium full body, and a moderately dry finish.

Overall a solid brew from a great brewery.


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Photo of buschbeer
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

13.6 FL. OZ. can
Served in a nonic pint glass

This beer pours black and is topped with a creamy, tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is chocolate, roasty, and nutty.

The taste is much like the smell. I get some chocolate at first. There is a roasted malt and nutty flavor that mingles nicely with the chocolate.

Full, creamy mouthfeel

It is a solid, macro produced Irish stout. I especially like how they try and make you think you're getting pint cans. Those geniuses at ABI figured a way to deliver perceived value by deception. Good for them!

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Photo of Parmesan
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L: Poured hard which led to a nice cascade of brown, grey and black. Pours a pitch black with a very creamy tan head that slowly dissipates to about a half inch remaining on top.

S: Not much of an aroma, some roasted and toasted grain, a little bit of chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, some chocolate, tastes very watery, a strange astringent bitterness that overwhelms at the end.

F; Creamy and smooth, but the nitro makes this beer taste very watery.

O: Not impressed with this beer, watery with no aroma and a muddy taste.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this off the single shelf at the Kroger near my house. It poured an opaque black with creamy off white head is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of roast and peat. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with roast base. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's decent.

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