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Donnybrook Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 500
Reviews by IronCitySteve:
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour reminds me of Guiness, thick and viscout looking. Pours a deep dark brown almost black color with a thick off white foam head. There is some moderate lacing.

S: There is a mild amount of dark chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and toffee. Nothing overlly potent.

T: Starts off with ample amount of roasted coffee. In the middle there is some roasted coffee along with milk chocolate. On the back end, more of the same, not ovely complex but still tasty.

M: Leaves a really dry,creamy taste on the palate. Nicely carbonated.

O: One of the better Dry Stouts I have had. Not an ovely complext beer, but a great session beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i dont know why people seem to like this less, as irish stouts go, this is a winner, especially on the nitro tap. seen a few handles pop up for saint patricks day this week. its gorgeous from the tap, lighter than guinness in color, but with a similar head on it. the nose is light, i smell the dank irish yeast before i smell anything else, wet and musty and old in a good way. like the weather there. the malt is really light for its color, almost no body at all to this, i remember it being fuller for whatever reason, but it seems really really thin this go around. its creamy from the nitro, but its almost watered down in feel, not palate coating at all. at such a light body and low abv, this is a beer you could just pound on all day, and i probably would if i was part of the downtowny kegs and eggsy crowd, but thats just not me. not much flavor to it, i mean, its like a hlaf a stout, its good, no off tastes, but it doesnt taste like much. like roast without substance, which actually is kind of confusing and pleasant. milky feeling and super dry, i think its made well in that regard, and offers a nice alternative to the obvious, when thats the kind of beer you want to drink. i have no issues with this at all, and apparently like it a lot better than others have. strange on the palate to have it be so light but so creamy and thick at the same time, its thick and thin, cant think of many other beers that do that...

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Milltown in Carrboro.Poured from the nitro tap jet black with a cascading beige head that settled into a creamy froth after awhile.Some dark roast coffee,unsweetened chocolate,and metallic aromas,pretty much spot on for the style.Creamy as suspected from the pour,flavors seem a bit light with dark roast flavors dominating,a tinge of iron in the finish.An easy quaffing nitrogen dispensed dry stout,creamy and good.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sicilian
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Victory Brewery.

Deep dark to black in color with a creamy dense foam head of light brown. Head retention seemed indefinite and left fantastic lacing all the way down to the end.

Aromas of chocolate & coffee. Nothing elaborate, just a straight forward heavily roasted barley nose.

A little bitterness in the beginning, but not from hops - it seemed to be that coffee bitterness. The intensity falls after a few moments and mellows to match the creamy texture with flavors of mocha. Fantastic mix of creamy texture and dry palate. Finish is nice and long with more of that coffee bittering that tends to linger for a while.

Creamy and easy to drink. Nice heavy full mouthfeel makes this brew incredibly satisfying. Very good.

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Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at Xfinity Center in Philly.
Almost didn't order it based on unenthusiastic reviews on BA.
Sure glad I did. I guess I'll be the outlier.
Deep brown in appearance adequate foam after repouring into pint glass from plastic cup.
Malty, sweet, incredibly smooth. So smooth it could have been on nitro but I don't know that.
An excellent representative of the Irish Dry Stout style and I'm very glad I tried it when I had the chance.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro tap poure into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a nice big super fine and creamy light brown head. Nose is tame and mellow, the nitro subdues it.

Taste is very creamy and smooth, the mouthfeel is phenomenal. Very toasty and a bit grainy. No hoppiness but perfect for the style. Surprising good.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On Tap (Nitro)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black in color with a thin and creamy head after the cascading nitro pour. Decent lacing--I couldn't expect anything more from this beer.

Faint aroma. Some slight roasted malt and grain presence.

Not a lot of flavor going on either. Some slight malt, a touch of roasted malt, and a bit of sweetness. Goes away quickly.

Thin mouthfeel.

A simple, undefined, uninteresting dry stout.

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Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mondegreen
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap at Trappeze in Athens.

Dark with a creamy head from the nitro tap. Smells of light roasted barley, it's the smell of St. Patty's Day to me. Taste is wonderful, very light bodied and clean roastiness. Obviously similar to Guinness, but a much better beer, IMO. Very light and drinkable, and at 3.7% it won't get you shit faced any time soon.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served nitro tap in a pint glass at their brewery

A - Obsidian with 2 finger ecru foamy head with excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Coffee, spice, chocolate.

T - A more subtle stout characterized by many of the nitros with a smooth chocolate and coffee flavor at the front contrasted by a spicy tobacco smokey notes. Pretty subtle and some might say weak but this is an irish dry.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth, a bit watery.

O - I have yet to fall in love with this style and this beer is yet another setback. I feel like the nitro version of these stout just come off as a little too subtle with a rather watery mouthfeel as well. I'll keep trying, but I wouldn't get this one again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After trying Uncle Teddy's Bitter for the first time at Fathead's we wandered up E. Carson a couple blocks where we found Donnybrook Stout flowing at Smokin' Joe's. Appears a deep dark roasted coffee hue with ruby highlights around the edges, light cream cascading tan head leaves behind even rings of lacing with each sip. Aromatics full dark roasted malts bring dark chocolate and coffee roast bitterness with herbal hop backings and some creamy milk chocolate after tones to balance out the dryness. Flavors are cohesive and resilient despite the fact that I usually find nitro tap offerings to be way to clean and airy tasting. Dark roasted malts give me chocolate, strong coffee, and creamy sensations like some Irish coffee in many aspects. Mild hop bitterness with herbal tea leaf hop sensations are really welcomed to give the dry bitterness a little snap. Mouthfeel is creamy like a milkshake, get ready to clear your beer mustache with this one, somewhat airy but the creaminess is there and there's enough body to not come off thin I would say medium bodied range. Like I said nitro taps usually kill the beer for me but that wasn't the case one of the best representations of the style I've come across in quite awhile. Drinkability, find this on St Paddy's or any other festive drinking day and this would be by the pint however that night at Smokin' Joe's there were just too many other interesting offerings to keep coming back to this one, but next time I see it I will drink up, hopefully in number.

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Photo of glid02
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours what looks to be black until it's held up to the light and it's actually a very dark ruby color. Head is one-finger of foam that's not quite as nice as Guinness, though this is not from a nitro-tap. Lacing is solid.

Smells lightly of roasted malts and nondescript sweet fruits. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mild roasted malt flavors up front followed by some sweet fruit flavors as the beer warms. Nice bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is what really sets this apart from Guinness - it's got a lot more carbonation and it's a bit thicker. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good, especially at under 4%. I could drink a few of these on a rainy day.

Overall this is a good Irish Stout. I'm still not 100% sure if it was a normal tap or if nitrogen was used, but judging from the carbonation it seemed like a normal tap. This is worth a shot if you see it around.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of MJP77
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ksiazewski
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of brother_rebus
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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