Donnybrook Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tgbljb on 03-03-2007

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498
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3.75
pDev:
26.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 498
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 TheWorstGuyEver
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I actually had the bartender check to make sure there wasn't anything wrong with the tap or keg. He did and said "Can't notice anything wrong, just a bummer beer." His words, but I'll stand by them. This beer is nearly flavorless. Poured inky black with a healthy light-brown head that held all the flavor. Sipping through the head I got hints of a semblance of roasted, nutty malt. From there on it tastes like watered-down Guinness. This beer is thin, watery, boring and offensive for those reasons. Not sure what niche Victory was going for with this one. It's not enjoyable for Beer Geeks at Beer Bars, it's not familiar enough for the lawnmower crowd, and who on earth would buy a six pack of water-Guinness for a fireside or front porch session? Truly "a bummer beer." Drinks easy, though.

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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 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 rfgetz
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, dark brown letting just a touch of light through. Weak, thin stip of khaki colored head. Smell is of dark roasted malts, sweetened condensed milk and roasted nuts. Taste follows scent with a sweet creamy roasted grains and nuts charachter. Body is very chalky and dry and lacks carbonation, not very pleasent in the mouth. Decent flavor, but not a very pleasing body makes for a beer that could be much better then it is.

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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 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 TheFightfan1
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This has to be nitro-tap. Poured a opague black with a extremly creamy off white colored heading. Left amazing lacing throughout the tasting and all the way to the bottom with a thick creamy heading finish looked amazing.

Smell is very basic roasted malt with the slightest touch of dark bitter chocolate.

Taste is all the same as the aroma. Roasted malts with a slight chocolatey touch and finishes a little sweeter than I would have expected.

Mouth is medium to full bodied with an amazing creamy mouthfeel that settles on the palate very quickly.A little thin and watery.

Drink is excellent I would recommend if you are a stout lover and love to drink it in session. Then this is your beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown body with a one-finger offwhite head that died quickly and left minor lace. A good smell of roasted and chocolate malts, a little oakey or woody as well. A sweet, smooth, real creamy medium body that is a little chewey with a malty taste. Chocolate, roasted, a little coffee and even a hint of vanilla and caramel with a very minor dry finish. A very sessionable stout as the malts are very subdued although after a while it could get boring. Sure worth a try though.

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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 Bung
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Revolution Pizza. Almost black creamy pour. Excessively foamy pour due to the nitro, unless the intention was to present this like Guiness. After settling down it is a deep brown. Light roast malt, cocoa and peat aroma. Just a hint of lactose. Flavor was also mild roast, malt, some chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel, but light bodied. Not nearly as dry as say Guiness, clean finishing though. This goes down nearly like water and went great with the pizza. Not filling with drinkability through the roof.
I actually thought the nitro hurt this one, being so mild to begin with it would have been more flavorful on standard co2. An OUTSTANDING session beer, but not all that outstanding otherwise.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark (filtered) brown- almost opaque. No visible carbonation from the sides or top of the glass. Nice thin, flat, tan-colored head, which gave way to some wonderful proteinaceous lacing.

S- Prominently dry 'roasty' chocolate malt aromas. Further examination reveals some restrained coffee and cocoa aromas as well. No detectable hops on the nose.

T- Delicate 'roasty' chocolate malt is the dominant flavor, as anticipated. This is backed by some restrained flavors of dark chocolate and low-alpha hop bitterness. Overall, the flavors are MILD... I have has many dark milds are equal this beer in terms of strength of flavor... The finish is delicately bitter and roasty, but short-lived.

M- This is where this beer shines. You get a nice medium body with just 3.5% ABV. It is creamy with ultra-fine carbonation, and a bit oily at the end... it coats the mouth nicely as you would expect from a much bigger beer.

D- This beer is exceptionally drinkable, but its mild aromas and flavors could get bland and boring after a pint.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at the source itself in Downingtown, PA. On to the beer:

Opaque appearance with hues of red highlighted at the bottom of the pint glass it was served in. The head is a mix of bubbly and smooth in texture. Smells like....a little bit of chocolate malt, and a little bit of coffee. In the mouth, the beer's profile starts off with unsweetened chocolate at first. It slowly become sweeter. Faint hop flavors mix well with the beer, and a kick of ground coffee notes become noticable. Very light in the body, slightly creamy, and dry.

This was the lightest beer offered at Victry Brewing on 8/7/09. An enjoyable one to say the least.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stout poured black with brown foam that persisted. The smell was of coffee grounds and roasted malt. The taste was roasted malt with a hint of sweet fruit, a touch of cocoa, and very light caramel and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel was dry with medium body, but a bit thinner than expected. The carbonation was smooth. This was a smooth, easy drinking dry stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this one up last night at Barleys. I had not had it before so what the hell right, a nice dry stout to go with an appetizer. Served in a small glass and consumed on 04/03/2009.

The pour was nice enough, very dark brown, basically black with no light shining through on this one at all. Rich looking head of tan on the top hung around for most of the session. The aroma was a bit light. Lots of roasted malts, with just a hint of cocoa underneath it. Really dry taste, but a little bland for me. Light cocoa and roasted malts, but it lacked alot of depth to put it over the top into another cateogory. Still though it was a decent little stout with a nice feel, and a 3.5 percent very drinkable. Not sure I would go here again though.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Downingtown, PA.
Appearance: The body is a deep black color. The head is milky, tan, a finger or so tall, great retention and thin lacing.
Smell: The aromas are coffee and chocolate.
Taste: The flavors are chocolate and coffee, shots of expresso and a bit watery.
Mouthfeel: This mouthfeel is silky smooth.
Drinkability: This is a very good beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This one didn't do much for me. Poured from the tap to a dark brown with medium tan head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Nose and taste were botrh a faint chocolate malt and the mouthfeel was fairly flat and watery. At only 3.7% abv, there was no noticeable alcohol, and the finish was short and non-descript.

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Photo of HoppyInfidel
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rustico, in Alexandria, VA. Poured into a pint glass. Opaque and black, with an inch of creamy tan head. A fair bit of lacing remained through the course of the pint. Didn't get much in the way of aromas, but the taste was pleasant enough - dry and roasty. Reminiscent of Guinness, but a tad drier. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of gford217
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nitro at Leon's Full Service served in a Donnybrook pint glass.

Pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a massive creamy nitro head that lingers for the duration and leaves good lacing. It's like a lighter version of Guinness.

The aroma is very sedate on this one with some dark chocolate malts and little else.

The taste is a slight step up from the aroma with a more noticeable chocolate presence and more sweetness overall. The finish is dry and roasty.

The mouthfeel is thin and slightly watery with soft carbonation.

This is a decent dry stout but it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of gtlaw
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guiness is the first thing that comes to mind.. It may be a good representation of the style, but its a style that is a waste of time IMHO. I was dissapointed, and chugged this one down very quickly so I could move on to beers that have 3 times the flavor, and alcohol

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a nearly opaque reddish sable with a thick, fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is richly of roast coffee and has just a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is surprisingly spicy and has a strong hoppy component, rather different from other stouts I have tasted. It has firm coffee and smoke components as well, plus a tiny metallic tinge - but the last may come from this particular batch. Texture is tingly and sharp, and just a teeny bit thin.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, creamy-looking body with an off-white and equally creamy-looking head. Leaves a wall of lacing along the glass on the way down.

Smell: Meek aroma of washed out roasted grains with ultra minor hints of chocolate.

Taste: Dry, mildly flavored roasted malt taste with an almost imperceptible dark caramel and chocolate sweetness. Faint roasty bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Smooth carbonation. The nitro tap offers a boost in creaminess, but, man, it's still very, very thin.

Drinkability: The drinkability is fine from a low ABV, session-type standpoint, but being so devoid of flavor, I doubt it'd hold my interest beyond the one pint.

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

Just had this one at Tyler's Taproom in Durham, NC on a rainy, blustery night. It was the featured beer at Pint Night, so I got to keep the glass. It was pre-poured because of the high demand, so I didn't get to see it settle out.

Appearance: A thick, one finger head that had the appearance of light brown neoprene sat on top of the inky black liquid. The bubbles in the head were so fine that I'm thinking it was poured from a nitrogen tap. There wasn't enough light for me to see any carbonation.

Smell: Very faint roasted coffee aroma to my nose, with maybe a little cocoa thrown in.

Taste: I was expecting something more like Guinness, but it was milder than most of the stouts I've had. I think this is truer to this particular style. It was not bitter, which allowed the subtle roasted malt character to shine through. Not even a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat chewy, with a little bit of carbonation, and oh-so-smooth as it rolls across the tongue.

Drinkability: With the low alcohol and the low bitterness, this could definitely be a session beer, especially on a rainy, blustery evening!

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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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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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