Nitro Dry Irish Stout
Breckenridge Brewery

Nitro Dry Irish StoutNitro Dry Irish Stout
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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #75
Ranked #24,705
3.7 | pDev: 11.89%
Tuesday at 03:47 PM
Feb 18, 2017
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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4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Tuesday at 03:47 PM
2.75 by Bigmoist from West Virginia on May 19, 2022
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3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Solid dark appearance with a long lasting tan head that left good lacing, Roasted malt aroma with a chocolate edge. Dry, roasty flavors, some sweetness, and a light touch of coffee. Velvety smooth, medium bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel.

May 06, 2022
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3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by schoolboy from Ohio

I had an expectation for what this ale should be like and what I got was nothing like that.

It did not develop anywhere near the nitro head one would expect. It did have a smallish head and some bubbles throughout. The aroma is reserved, but some nice malts come through. The taste is what I like about the style - a little bit of bittering goes a long way when there isn't a lot of alcoholic sugars sweetening things up. I like that. The mouthfeel and finish are thin.

Not recommended. Not one of the better examples of this style.

May 02, 2022
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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by Scotchboy from Idaho

Nitro-can; perfect nitro stout appearance complete with the creamy tan head. Muted aromas of roasted malt with impressions of coffee and cocoa. Creamy body and smooth but muted flavors. I'm sure its a good stout and it is better than Guinness for sure, but the nitro treatment does not benefit these brews.

Apr 04, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by izraelc from New York

Pours dark. Creamy foam. Dry aroma. Very dry body. No flavors of any kind. Extremely dry. Like drinking the Sahara desert. Did i mention it was extremely dry? Dry finish. I need to hydrate after this one.

Apr 02, 2022
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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by puck1225 from Texas

I had this beer straight from the can after two hockey games. The beer looked fine and the can design was okay so I will give it the benefit of the doubt. The smell was of dark roasted malt and coffee. The overall taste followed the smell. It had a good roasted malt flavor. It was a bit too watery but overall not bad.

Mar 19, 2022
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3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Giganano

I couldn't get this one at all, and it's even possible that the four-pack I got was temperature-damaged, because it tasted a bit funky (the bad kind of funk). It wasn't offensive, but just bland and without much mouthfeel, surprising for a nitro stout. Not for me, maybe others can appreciate it more than I did- which wasn't much.

Mar 17, 2022
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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a dark, nearly jet black color with a strong and very smooth light tan head. Billowing body as the head turns into the body. SRM of 23. (4.50)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of milk chocolate, dry cocoa, roasted black malt with a slightly roasted, smooth but dry chocolate finish.

Flavor: Moderate flavors of smooth milk chocolate, cocoa, some roasted black malt, but a smooth chocolate finish.

Feel: Medium-bodied, nitro-carbonated and a smooth, slightly sweet finish.

Compared to Guinness Draught 3/17/22: Pours a similar color, slightly smoother head. Stronger aromas. More smooth milk chocolate. Less dry cocoa, black malt, and bittersweet cocoa. Smoother and sweeter.

Overall: A nice nitro dry stout. Nice milk chocolate flavors. Authentically smooth and sweet. I found it to have a smoother, sweeter, and more robust flavor profile than Guinness, although less complexity. One of the best, and authentically made for the Irish tradition. (Final Rating: 3.98)

Mar 17, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by TheMatts

Jet black look like Guinness with a beige creamy and velvety head. Malty smell, with small notes of almonds and tree nuts, maybe even a roasty toasty bit too. Overall, not a whole lot of aroma, but that’s consistent with Irish Drys.
Immediately this is the creamiest beer I’ve ever had. Super smooth feel and head that you just cut through the get to the beer itself. The flavor is not too far from a good pint of Guinness. It has some more complexities though. There is a lighter but more present smooth espresso taste with maybe even a tad bit of frothed milk that comes from the smoothness. There is even a small flavor of dark chocolate and that is what the aftertaste feels like to me. The malt flavor goes to back of your tongue and there is a very very low bitterness there too. There is even maybe a little bit of an oatmeal flavor in this too. This beer is fantastic.

Mar 02, 2022
3.74 by Zylod from West Virginia on Feb 19, 2022
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3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best by 5/19/22"; drank 2/16/22 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque light brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small, tan nitro head; minimal lace.

Light roast coffee bean, mild cream & faint mint notes in the nose.

Creamy, thin mouthfeel.

Faint cream & oat flavors.

Smelled OK, and I know a nitro dry stout isn't supposed to be Old Rasputin, but this was almost flavorless. Full pass moving forward.

Feb 17, 2022
3.62 by h4ger from Connecticut on Jan 10, 2022
3.46 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2021
3.8 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Jun 08, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

On nitro draught at a shitty bar in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Creamy, toasty, chocolatey.

Better than I expected.


May 31, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

13.6oz can lashed into an English pint glass.
L: Pours a deep dark brown/light black with ruby hues. Has a firm 1/2" tan head. Good head retention with some lacing. The nitro widget completes the cascading/rising effect nicely that comes with a traditional Irish stout although it isn't as long lasting as a tapped Irish stout.
S: Nose is fairly strong chocolate and toasted, roasty malt.
T: Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, light sweetness, light cream and a little bitterness to round things out. Simple, well balanced and earthy.
F: It's mouth feel is solid, balanced, smooth and creamy with a med-heavy body and a nice med-length finish. It has a quick sharpness but then goes to lightly sweet and creamy. A dry roasted flavor lingers.

This is a very good example for this style and has been highly underrated. Poured properly in the correct glass and set aside for roughly 5 min, this beer tastes exactly like a traditional Irish dry stout served in Ireland or the UK. It is very reminiscent of the brand Beamish and it's components yet not quite as sweet. A very authentic, easy drinking and a great tasting stout.

May 18, 2021
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3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by whynot44 from Missouri

Dark opaque brew, almost black with a modest tan head that persists fairly well.

The aroma is slight, roasted malts, coffee,maybe a hint of chocolate.

The taste is sweet roasted malts, a bit of coffee and dark chocolate.

The body is a bit thin for a stout but it is fairly smooth and drinkable.

Altogether, a decent stout but not everything you could expect.

May 06, 2021
3.7 by 22Blue from Kansas on May 01, 2021
3.57 by Budlum from Maryland on Apr 21, 2021
3.37 by dakota_kranz from Ohio on Apr 03, 2021
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2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours from the can near black with some slight ruby notes at the edges; not a lot of head development, maybe a quarter inch at most that looks tan and creamy; certainly suffers from not having a widget. Nose is very slight - some toasted bread, a bit of hop, some drier, mineral notes - but just a faint whiff. In terms of flavor, lots of dark dry, chocolatey, and tannic malts, a slight bit of floral hop, and a long mineral aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth - no real carbonation - but a little thin. Overall, I'd prefer a Guinness or other widget can if opting for the style, as those are better able to hit the right mouthfeel.

Mar 21, 2021
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3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by KT3418 from Colorado

This still wasn't the best to me at all but after trying more nitros I've decided my old review was ignorant. The taste widdled away but all nitros kinda feel like this where as I just prefer the thickness of a regular or imperial stout more.

Mar 18, 2021
3.77 by craigbelly from Iowa on Mar 17, 2021
3.69 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Mar 14, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by dcscientist from Colorado

This is a decent stout, but it's kind of a tweener - it's not as dry as Guinness and not as sweet as a milk stout, even though it's advertised as a dry stout. I would have expected a little less malt and a little more bitterness had that been the case. Nitro makes everything better, so maybe that explains some of it, but I didn't think it quite reached the mark for what they were trying to do.

Mar 11, 2021
3.71 by cdub70085 from Connecticut on Mar 09, 2021
4 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 07, 2021
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4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RaulMondesi from California

You know what? This beer “Is what it is” - but so was Tina Turner in the 80’s. No, really, this one bangs for what it is. All Irish like James Joyce. And dry, umm, like, James Joyce? (Raul is gonna be real - he’s never read the fool). Either way, it’s a fine beer to chill hard on. And guess what? That’s what Raul is going to do.

Feb 25, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 13.6 oz. nitro can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is roasted malts, hints of smoke and coffee. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and decent beer.

Feb 17, 2021
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2.02/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75
by keith_katt from Kentucky

When I poured this from the can I had high hopes. It poured nice and dark the way I like it. The head was a little lacking but the smell was ok. But the first sip and I was wondering what was lacking. And then another and nothing. This beer had no flavor. Not bad, not offensive, just nothing. I'm glad I only bought one and I didn't finish that one. I quickly moved on to something that was actually stout.

Feb 16, 2021
3.25 by thisita from Maryland on Feb 13, 2021
3 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Feb 09, 2021
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Oct 01, 2020
3.98 by Archfiend from Illinois on Sep 25, 2020
3.5 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia on Aug 26, 2020
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a 4 pack 13.6 oz. cans $9.98 Times Supermarket
54 days before best by date
Smell of roasted coffee
Dark black color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Low carbonation after initial pour settles
Taste of coffee, thin tasting
Overall nothing special. Tastes is weak. Wouldn't buy again.

Aug 21, 2020
4 by trek7000 from Illinois on Jul 24, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sellen from Connecticut


Jun 29, 2020
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