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Donnybrook Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by tgbljb on 03-03-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
503
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
26.67%
 
 
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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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Photo of Biscuit033
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a nice one finger nitro creamy head with foam clinging and marking each sip.

S: Strong evident roasted malt aromas.

T: Roasted malts are very prominent without being sweet. Very dry and flavorful.

M: Smooth and creamy as you would expect from a nitro-tap. Fuller body than most from Ireland which held the beautiful roasted flavors very well.

D: This is a great representation of the style with great flavor, an ease of drinkablity and a nice low ABV. Very well done.

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Photo of Gavage
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: nice black color with a light tan colored head that lasts quite a while.

Smell: roasted malts and light bitter coffee aroma is pleasant.

Taste: roasted malts, bitter coffee, hints of bitter chocolate, and soft bitterness makes up a nice stout. Very dry too. Simple and straightforward, and the low alcohol levels make this a nice options to some of the higher alcohol beers at the brewpub.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp and dry from start to finish. Aftertaste is very brief.

Drinkability: as good as it gets for a sessionable beer. Not heavy, easy to quaff, and low alcohol make this a great beer to drink all day long.

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

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy black malt aroma. It's light and creamy; a nice Irish Stout. The taste is great. It has a very smooth black malt flavor with a dry earthy finish that's a bit thin and creamy. It's very easy drinking. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Irish stout. It's true to style and loaded with flavor; another winner from Victory.

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Photo of jimsimply
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arrived black as pitch with a full, creamy summit. Some solid lacing remained as the beer disappeared rather quickly.

Not a ton to smell here, definitely the roasted character of the malt.

Tastes like a dry stout should: full but dry. None of the chewiness you'd expect in the big stouts, but again, that's as it should be.

This is a solid session stout. Good enough to stand up on its own but easy to enjoy with anything.

I liked it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Maxs tonight. Listed at 5% ABV (someone?)

A: Black with dark brown highlights. Solid one-finger head with excellent retention (well, it lasted longer than my beer did) that leaves patchy foam and lace as I drink. Very pretty

S: Simple - heavily roasted barley, chocolate and coffee, each light and in balance, present at a level that's delicious, light and refreshing

T: Starts off with a moderate bitterness from the roasted barley before a mild chocolate flavor kicks in. Like Guinness, but only far superior

M: Excellent carbonation, light in body, long, bitter finish. Excellent, despite being a tad watery?

D: This lasted maybe 8 minutes in my glass

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Photo of sleazo
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A_Very dark brew that looks black but is shown to be brown through the light. A nice big foamy cap sits atop the liquid and makes it real appetizing to look at. Sheets of lace cling to the glass as it is consumed.

S_Nice rich roasted malt aroma with hiunts of coffee.

T_A nice mild stout that shows roasted malt and coffee throughout. The aftertaste reveals more coffee and a slight hop bitterness.

M_Smooth and not quite rich.

D_Easy drinking to say the least. A welcome chage of pace from the typical American stout. Probably the second best Dry Irish Stout I have had. A totally sessionable stout that does not overwhelm.

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Photo of MP72
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have this at home on tap

The appearance:is very dark almost pitch black with an offwhite head.

Smell: is of of burnt coffee and some chocolate

Taste: is bitter chocolate and coffee almost sierra nevada like.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin to me but this is supposed to be a nitro beer and I have it on Co2 which tastes fine by the way.

Drinkability: is through the roof , this is a fine tasting stout falling somwhere between Guinness and Sierra Nevada but has the luxury of a low ABV which send the drinkability soaring.

Great Job by Victory I would buy another barrell anytime.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured very dark brown, almost black, with two fingers of beige head, that laced very well. The smell was bitter yet mild, with hints of roasted malt and cocoa powder. The tasted was a little more intense than the aroma, with a nice dry finish. The medium-bodied mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy, with a pleasant dry bitter finish. Exceedingly sessionable.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - An opaque, black body that is topped by a one inch, creamy and everlasting head.

S - Some light chocolate, coffee, and little else.

T - Light, black coffee/roasted grain notes. Nutty toffee in the middle that finishes with a light acidity and watery roast notes.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a simple, balanced beer that one could easily drink all night. It is characterized by a flat, roasted note similar to that of cheap coffee, but this darkness is enhanced by a depth of chocolate and a light nuttiness that make it much more enjoyable than the more ubiquitous examples of the style.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on nitro tap at the brewery

Pours a hazed mocha brown with a huge creamy off-white, tanned head. Settles similar to an English pup stout, resulting in a shrouded appearance, retaining well with plenty of ringed lacing.

Lots of toasted malt and grain in the nose with hints of chocolate and sweetness in the nose.

Light coffee beans with roasted malt and barley up front. Hints of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Slight hop bitterness alongside tingly dry touches. Finishes with nuttiness, hops, and a bit of cream.

Ultra smooth feel with a much fuller body than you might expect, very pleasant on the tongue. Easy drinking and super low abv, making it extra sessionable. Instead of turning this into a watery, thin, boring beer, Victory preserved the body, feel, and flavor. Nice!

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Photo of beer2day
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intensely black in color. Big thick 2-finger deep cream-colored head. Nice retention mid-way through and good lacing.

Roast chocolate nose. Faint anise and light oats round out the profile.

Milder roast flavor than suggested by the aroma. Decent hop bite towards the back end.

Feel is nearly perfect for the style.

Easy, easy drinker. Didn't realize it was so light in ABV when I had it. Tastes a bit stronger than 4%.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Binny's in the South Loop. Nitro-tap into a tulip pint. About 40-45┬░ on serving, and warmed slightly (a very acceptable thing for this beer.)

A // Nice, bright frothy head that emerges over the cascading nitrogenated beer. A dark body with highlights of garnet at the edges, but overall looks dark enough brown-to-black where you won't see much of that

S // Mostly roasty, some malt sugar sweetness seems to be in the nose

M // Mostly dry roasted barley on the palate with those roasty notes reminiscent of coffee or, well, roasted grain, but has some balancing sweetness. British style hops (EKG a likely suspect) also hit the tongue (however lightly) and help to dry the finish.

M // Light, and very light at that. I find this acceptable for the style, but feel the body could be slightly more full. Slightly.

Drinkability & c. // I'd love to have a keg of this in my own home on nitro, I really would. Have two with lunch and three with dinner. I really wanted more after the first one. And this light alcohol, nice flavored beer brings to the table what so few American brewers ever manage to make. I hope to see plenty of session ales* follow the example it sets here.

*note for nitpickers, this is indeed less than 4% and I do mean I'd like to see more <4%abv beers like this.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pitch black with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: roasted malt, coffee/chocolate

taste: a solid stout. dry and on par with Guinness extra.

mouthfeel: medium bodied and on the light side for a stout. a few nothces above guinness

drinkability: probably the best irish stout I have had.

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Photo of Phatz
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Served a gorgeous jet black color with a creamy light chocolate head and thick curtains of sticky lace paste over every inch of my glass. The head never receded. Magnificent!

Smell: Light roasted malt, dry stout aroma. It has hints of chocolate milky malt and coffee in the aroma. In the defense of the beer, the bar serves it too damn cold.

Taste: Irish Dry Stouts tend to be simple in nature simply by the style of the beer. As a Guinness fan in the past I reserve a special appreciation for a good sessionable stout. This one is apropos to style. Pleasant levels of roastedness and chocolaty malts with a delightfully long lingering burnt coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Again my only complaint was that it was served *WAY* too cold. This affect the nose and mouth of what could have been even better. Also no growler fill means no chance to try it in a more controlled environment. If hadn't been in a hurry on my way to a tasting I would have waited for it to warm. Still it was creamy as creamy can be with all that nitro, and quite smooth with a pleasant residual dryness on the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is the epitome of a session beer. Easy approachable and each sip left me wanting more. I used to pound sixers of Guinness, I could easily do the same with this 3.7% treat, once I can get it in growler form that is ;-)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

With Paul Pendyck of UK Brewing Supplies, Ltd. at the helm, the General Sutter Inn in Lititz, PA has become a once-monthly outlet for cask-conditioned beer. This was the first offering and I got the second glass, pulled by Paul himself.

It began with about a half-a-finger of deep tan head with decent retention above an utterly black liquid. The nose had a mildly smoky quality. The mouthfeel had a very pleasant silky quality and a chocolaty/charcoal-y flavor on the tongue. The finish had the return of the dry, smoky bitterness that I had noted on the nose. Good lacing throughout.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Caribou Cafe in Philly.

A - A deep black color with cascading bubbles. The large tan head lessens but lingers for quite some time. Great lacing as the glass empties.

S - Subtle notes of cocoa and oatmeal.

T - Very smooth and somewhat mild with little bitterness or roasted flavors. There's a hint of sweetness and a nutty flavor.

M - Very light and airy.

D - This is a very easy beer to drink. It's mild but still enjoyable and very refreshing.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint on tap at d.b.a. in Manhattan. It was pitch black color with a thin beige head, and smelled surprisingly rich (to me) for the style. There was some chocolate and coffee (!) which I don't normally get out of dry stouts. The flavor was nice, roasted malts and coffee, not really any bitterness except maybe a hint in the after-taste. It went down easily, and at the low alcohol level you can drink it for a long time. Recommended.

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Photo of Northsider
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at The Fountainhead Chicago. VERY drinkable stout here. I can hardly taste or feel the alcohol. Definitely my kind of drink!

A - Dark black, perfect head that lingers forever

S - I can't say the smell is all that great...that is there isn't much smell at all to me

T - Very creamy with little to no bite due to low alcohol content. Perfect for me who doesn't like high abv.

O - Great stout! I'm glad it's on tap 1/2 a block from my house. Very drinkable, very smooth...I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint glass served at Capone's.

A: The stout is a midnight black color with a starkly contrasting white head that is thick and billowy.

S: The nose is dry maltiness that is punctuated with a burnt toast scent.

T: The ale is distinctly dry, very much like a Guinness in that sense. The dryness does not hide the roasted malts, thick and chocolatey, that make up the body. Surprisingly, the thick head provides a sweetness that counters the dry malts in a nice manner.

M: An easy drink, this ale is not too big despite the pleasing roasted body.

D: Under 4%, are you kidding me. This is the kind of beer that you can belly up to all day long.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came to me quite striking in it's black beauty and fairly tall beige head.
Since it's on nitro aromatics were quite light but i definitly could smell roasted malts and anise. taste was bold and smooth with a good creamy texture. A desent malt backbone greets you with a gentle puckering in the aftertaste. I've been jones for this brew quite a while and was worthy of the wait.

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Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Novare Res 4/25
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a thick, deep, opaque black with a ridiculously rich, creamy khaki colored head. Head retains and fades to a 1/4 inch head that lingers the remainder of the beer and leaves big sticky lacing.

S: Nose is of nice roasted malts, smokiness, and cream/milk.

T: Taste starts with a hint of nuttiness and toasted malt flavoring. Milk chocolate and creaminess fill out the middle with hints of burnt malts. Finish is a nice smokiness mingled with bitter dark chocolate.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, nice creamy body to this.

D: Goes down very easy, quite tasty, nice representation of style - damn tasty and with the ABV on this one, I could drink it all night.

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Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.75 out of 5 based on 503 ratings.
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