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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3.75
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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 Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the VBC.

Pours black (with some ruby highlights along with bottom) with a finger of rich, creamy off-white head. An excellent retention yields a huge cascade of creamy lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is roast, cocoa, coffee, and a bit of lactic sweetness.

The taste is tingling light roasted notes and coffee (that imparts some dryness), and chocolate notes to balance things out fairly well. None of the character is hugely assertive but it stills packs in enough to be heard. The mouthfeel is a light medium with a creamy and easygoing feel.

The its overall character may not be hugely pronounced or anything I still find it very impressive that you get as much as you do for a sub 4% beer. I was also happy to find that the body packed a bit more beef than a lot of other crappy Irish Stouts on the market. And with that easygoing feel, I could session this all night. Definitely a great lower ABV alternative form Victory.

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

Ontap at the Victory brewpub in Downingtown.

Appears black, with mahogony highlights when being held upto the light. Thin tan head.

Bitter roasted coffee beans in the aroma.

Roasty malt, bittering hops, tobacco at first, then rich flavors of coffee, cocoa, and earthy hops take over to finish it. Nice complexity, and certainly not one-dimensional like many recent stouts have been for me.

A super easy drinker, and if the BA listing is true and it's less than 4%, a fine session drinker is what we've got here!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that shows a touch of ruby when held to light. Head is creme. The nose is fairly roasted. It's one-dimensional, but still fairly firm. Flavor carries pretty much the same. Roasted and that's really about it. It isn't over-done at all, as I've had a lot of ridiculously roasted brews. It's smooth with a bit of a bite. The carbonation is biting as well and the liquid is good. Overall it's a nice fairly easy drinking brew. Between the bite of carbonation and the roasted aspects it might turn some beer wimps off, but I think it's nice.

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

A: Brown/black body which is kind of transparent considering the coloration.. off white head which quick disappeared.

S: Standard roasted malt aroma.. caramel, coffee and chocolate

T: A solid balance of classic flavors... good chocolate bitterness and caramel sweetness... hints of coffee and breadyness

M: Medium bodied.. not as hearty as others in this style..

D: A good all around stout... i'd take it over a Guinness for a change in scenery...

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Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly black with lighter reddish edges and a thin light tan head. A lightly roasted malt nose with a small bit of coffee. Flavors of burnt malt, coffee notes with a little lactic tang similar to Guinness. The body was light to medium with a roasty/ grainy thin finish. I like the fact that they aimed for a low gravity stout in the classic fashion, but there needs to be some work on the body. Something a little more creamy. Or heck, put it through the nitro tap. I'm not the pro here.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on nitro-tap at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.
I have to admit, I was skeptical due to the low ABV and somewhat watery appreaance, but I'll be the first to admit I was wrong (no need to rub it in, Wayne)

As I said before, it poured a rather watery brown/black with very little head or noticeable carbonation.
The roasted malt, coffee and chocolate come out in the nose, especially as it warms and really doesn't lose any of the aroma of the big boys just because its a lower ABV. Impressive.
The taste was much of the same, with roasted malts, coffee and mild chocolate.
The feel was as I said, a bit watery and not much sweet to balance the somewaht bitter burnt-coffee taste, but not bad at all.
Overall I was very impressed and must give another hats off to victory for pushing the envelope (even if in the otehr direction...)

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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 cichief
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on nitro-tap at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours avery dark brown, nearly black, with a nice tan nitro head.

S- Scent of roasted barley and a little coffee.

T- Again roasted barley prevails, with a hint of coffee and licorice, nice clean dry finish.

M- Smooth, the beer was made for nitro, medium body, clean finish.

D- A low alcohol Irish stout that tastes better than the imports, a nice fresh stout, hard to beat.

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Photo of blackie
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Typical nitro head, high retention...khaki in color. The beer is a transparent black in color.

s: Lightly roasted malts, subtly hopped and quite dry.

m: Smooth, low carbonation with a light-medium body.

t: Smooth, dry and delicate roasts, light and a bit watery, make up the bulk of the flavor. A light roast astringency comes out in the finish. Lightly hopped.

d: an easy session for sure, which is respectable but reduces the aroma/flavor a bit

6 oz. taster glass at Rustico, Alexandria, VA

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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 ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery (from notes)

Arrived at my stool a thick, ink black, with a solid two finger head. Tinges of ruby red around the bottom of the glass.

Smells very well-balanced. Roasted chocolate malts and slight caramel. Slightly more pungent than the typical dry stout smell.

Very smooth an drinkable. Tastes of chocolate malt and sweetness.

Finish is very dry and palatable. Light but creamy on the tongue and leaves a faint chewy malt aftertaste.

A very well done irish dry stout, almost like guinness done right.

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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 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 NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on tap at a fairly new bar called Slainte in Philly across the street from 30th street station. It was delivered to me in an odd looking, kind of small "Imperial" pint glass that I'm guessing was actually more of an American pint at around 16 ounces. Despite the small glass, it had a beautiful appearance, very much like Guinness but with a just slightly darker head and a tiny bit less lacing (which could have been from the glass itself). Other than that it was almost exactly like Guinness, which it's obviously what it's trying to be. Or at least that's what the bar keep told me, that it was brewed specially for the Irish pub because they don't serve Guinness. Side by side with Guinness I could tell the difference, but I didn't really prefer one over the other. Nicely done!

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Photo of marcpal
2.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub and was looking forward to having due to its exclusivity. Overall, unimpressed.

A: Pitch black with nice formed head and appropriate lacing.

S: Maltiness but not much coffiness but the balance seemed to be there.

T: Falls short, went down easy but seemed like a watered down stout. It may be partially due to enjoying the hell of a storm king prior to this- almost an unfair comparison.

M: Very thin, weakest attribute to the beer. No substance for what I would consider a 'stout'

D: Seemed to be unsuccessfuly tribute to Guiness but a bit too thinned out. The nice thing is the low abv but in comparison to something like the Chicory, this falls far short.

One of Victory's very few low performers.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Victory Brewery in Downingtown, PA.

Jet black body with a creamy smooth khaki head. Amazing lace. Head retention is excellent, almost lasting the duration.

Aroma is muted as one would expect from the style. Bit of roasted grain.

Flavor of toasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some very faint coffee. Very smooth.

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a firkin at the Zeno's Real Ale Festival

A - Black....with the slightest hint of ruby tint at the edges. Now head...but it was from a firkin, not expected.

S - Nice full roasty malt scent.

T - Chocolate malt and more chocolate malt. This is a very nicely flavored Irish Dry Stout....not your fathers stout!

M - Nice and light without giving up body; Slight bitterness in the aftertaste and a lovely chocolate malt backbone.

D - A wonderful beer from Victory. Fantastic that it is only 3.7% ABV! This makes Donnybrook a wonderful session beer, the anti Storm King in ABV but not in flavor. Well done in making an Irish Dry Stout with flavor and not just another lame attempt at duplicating Guinness, which isnt that great to begin with!

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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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Interesting, it tastes like Storm King-light. It's very drinkable, but not your average Irish dry stout. The flavor is smooth and sweet chocolate liquor without any alcohol. It's just a little sweet and smooth, flavorful for the abv, but like a I said, but expect a normal dry stout.

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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 Stimack
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew came in a standard Nonic glass. Poured to a deep black color with a frothy Guinness like head that broke down slowly and did leave a nice sheen on lacing down the side of the glass, nice looking brew to say the least. The aromas seemed to be more on the burnt side than toasted, some coffee like scents and a slight hop. The taste seemed to resemble the aromas quite closely. The malt seemed to have a slight astringent flavoring but to me this brew tasted like it was missing something, not overly robust. Slight hop finish was good but just think that I have had better dry stouts. The feel was very creamy and again to its style had a dry finish. All in All, I was let down by this brew, but again I am viewing a single persons view. Let me just finish by saying that my expectations where high and was a little let down and this is probably why I have been as harsh, it is a fair brew.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger off white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt grain with some coffee elements.

The taste featured a light burnt grain with a suprising citrus hop presence.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style.

Overall a nice dry stout. Good drinkability.

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Donnybrook Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.
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