Donnybrook Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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85
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513 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tgbljb on 03-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
513
Reviews:
146
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
14.4%
 
 
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11
Gots:
42
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Photo of coffeeworm
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft while in the great city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Lovely city and state if I may say so, now to the beer....

Three finger white coffee colored head that left lacing all over the glass. This looks delicious.

Malty, burnt, whiff of hops. Good!

Like the smell, dark chocolately malts, burnt offerings....Smooth as can be. Like velvet.

This is BEER! It would be great to be able to drink this all day everyday. Perfect for what it is. Way to go Victory.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black as night in colour. Tan, creamy head firmly atop this brew. Unquestionable lacing along the sides of the glass. Surprisingly rich aromas of roasted malty goodness with subtle undertones of bittersweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Balance on the palate - the subtle hints of hops play well with the smoothness of the brew on the tongue and the roasted malt backbone. What a brew. As good as I have had from this style - EVER. Very, very well done. I never would have expected the aromas and flavors from a brew of this quaffability. An incredible brew and one I would make the drive to Victory for any day of the week.

Diatribe... In this day and age of big beers, it is refreshing, both literally and figuratively, to have such a wonderfully memorable brew like this...

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Photo of jantonius
4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amazing Deep Black Irish Stout with a Thick White Head

S: Slight Malt Smell, burnt malt smell

T: Slightly sweet, with a dry finish

M: Amzing Full Body, Fills every space in your mouth

D: Easy Drinking, low alcohol

My vote for the best Irish Stout, even better than the original from Ireland!!

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Photo of BierStein711
4.64/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brilliant beer! Beats most of the craft stouts out there in my book!

Appearance: Jet black with a light tan head

Smell: Roasted barley, coffee, charcoal

Taste: Roast barley malt, coffee, hint of cocoa, and a mild hop bite at the end

Mouthfeel: Perfect

Overall, this is a delightful beer. I would highly recommend it to any lovers of stout!

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Photo of maelgon
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My go-to session beer whenever I visit Victory - Donnybrook never disappoints. Low ABV doesn't mean no taste - it has a roasty flavor that doesn't cross over into smokiness. Decent mouthfeel and consistently good flavor. Sadly, needs nitro so I can't take home my growler filled with this.

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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 jocosa
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro-tap at Taco Mac - Newnan, GA.

This is a session stout all the way. Nice to have such from Victory with out the usual extra hop profile. Dark, beautiful pour - settled into a classic creamy nitro head. Great aroma of roast grains, hint of coffee and cocoa. Taste of the same, slight sweetness, and all at 3.7%. Nice to have a stout with lunch and not feel wiped out afterwards. Very drinkable, wish I could find this more often.

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Photo of ksiazewski
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of mpalestino
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of rolive
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of rm9679
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of mbs11
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of dbnrhino
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap this beer put on a beautiful display like it's most popular Irish cousin.
A: After all the settling this beer was a jet black color letting through no light. Thick smooth light brown head with good retention and good lacing most of the way down the glass.

S: Bitter, burnt grains, light chocolate, cream, ashy smoke. Hops may add some bitterness.

T: Some bitter chocolate and burnt grains with a somewhat ashy roasted smoke flavor. A bit of sourness blends well with the semi-sweet malts.

M: Velvety smooth medium body.

D: High on taste and low on alcohol this beer gets it done better than guiness I feel. Thumbs up to Victory again for this delicious beer!

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Photo of Hoffma79
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of qsblues
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on nitro-tap at Deep Ellum back in early June. Nitro-taps are not usually my thing, but occasionally it will work really well with a stout. This stout is perfect for that treatment- light and very creamy, the nitro just accentuates what makes this beer so drinkable in the first place. Pours black with a creamy, thick head and great lacing. Smells creamy and a bit nutty. The taste is quite nutty with a rich creaminess and subdued cocoa notes. Delicious and so easy to drink you almost want to chug it- which I would never do, of course. One of the reasons I score this so high is that it is so sessionable. Such low alcohol beers are hard to find in the U.S. and this one sacrifices not a whit of flavor.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer at the 2007 Victory Chili Fest.
It was served as a black beer with creamy tannish head that easily escaped the confines of the glass.
Smell was notable for toasted malt.
Taste was also toasty, with strong notes of bitter coffee present.
Rich and creamy mouthfeel (from the notrogen)
Very drinkable. Was excellent to session on a long day of chili eating.

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Photo of pershan
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a deep ruby-black with a thick, tan head (nitro-gas) into a pint glass. A nice chocolate/roasted malt aroma. A beautiful smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with a luscious chocoloate and roasted/toasted malt flavor and a slightly bitter finish - an excellent stout. A smoother version of Guinness, in my opinion. Great carbonation and lacing too.

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Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.75 out of 5 based on 513 ratings.
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