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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Dry Irish StoutBrooklyn Dry Irish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dogfishandi on 02-17-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
146
Ratings:
641
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn's version of the Irish Dry Stout has made it to 12 oz bottles, re-dubbed "Dry Irish Stout" and in a beauty of a green and orange bottle. Delighted to try this one, wanted it since I knew they made one. Presumably not quite as good in a bottle, but oh well.

Appearance: Black. Had a nice brown head, but it hardly lasted unfortunately.

Smell: Smells the part. The bottle actually sums the scent up well enough. Roasted grains produce coffee and chocolate. Nice and rich aromas.

Taste: Pretty flavorful. Lots of roasty flavor, obvious notes of chocolate and coffee. This is what it says it is, and I have no problem with that at all. A little two dimensional, but it's not bad by any standard. Nice hop notes on the end give it some more character. A very earthy drink.

Mouthfeel: Particularly carbonated, actually. Nice sessionable lighter body. Not my favorite feel on a stout, but not bad.

Gotta say, not quite how I expected it, but very good overall for a bottled "Irish" stout.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

would've expected this to be on nitro...

it's dark-dark, ruby highlights...good - head, coffee/tan, but spongy-foamy - laces fairly well

somewhat slightly hoppy aroma, but not nearly as much as I've experienced with other domestic interpretations, as well as the well-known, oft-encountered Irish examples - sort of that mineral, cold-clean, slick-roast thing - not bad, but weak considering straight tap...

fantastic blend/ratio of dark coffee, chocolate, and licorice flavor - leans mostly toward licorice, but it was great - faint hop bitterness, roast fell into the background, merely as a accentuating element to the dark malt collage

despite it having a noticeably more apparent viscosity in mouthfeel than is standard for the style, and subsequently seeming a little more fuller-bodied, it was a silky, stellar drink - in the end dry and immensely pleasing

all in all, this offering retains key qualities of the style, but adds some dimension to the product, giving it more depth and complexity, but arguably, expertly falling short of stepping out of bounds - hey, i like it!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Common Table.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma has a good bit of chocolate in it, as well as a hint of roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. There is a ton of dry cocoa notes in the flavor, as well as some roasted malt. The beer is very dry overall. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.12/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Arrives dark, nearly black, with a solid finger-width of tight foam resting on top. Retention is not so great as it dropped to a film in under 60 seconds. Good lacing though.
Smell is .... restrained. Weak. Coffee, cardboard and light malt notes are all I found.
Taste is weak, too. Weak coffee, toasted malt and cardboard notes are all that show up to the party and that's sad as Brooklyn is usually way better than this. The balance is good but so underwhelming.
To top off the Guinness recreation the body is light and watery with little aftertaste. Effervescence is appropriate and well done but that and lacing alone will not save this beer. If I wanted a pin of the most famous stout I would have ordered it instead. This needs to be redone. An ashy note does show up in the aftertaste. Slight warming as well.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap several mos. ago at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a shaker pint: Solid opaque brown body under 3 fingers of glistening mocha head. Looks like mousse. Never saw a beer that looked like this. Head stands well, interesting, stays put. Not sure what's going on here.

Smells of light roast malt, light cocoa, slight fruit. Hop aroma grows, nutty.

Tastes of light roast grain, a little coffee, dry bread, very dry & surprisingly hoppy. Bitterness is strong for the style. I think part of the opacity in the appearance is suspended hop matter, which comes through in the taste. This tastes like hop sediment, really spicy & tannic.

Medium-full-bodied, creamy but sharply bitter, very dry, kind of tannic & sucks the moisture right out.

Not bad, some interesting stuff going on, not all pleasant. Can't get around thinking it actually has some hop material suspended in it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a black body with a light off white head. The head faded in moderate time to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The smell of roasted malt and a light amount of sweet caramel. There is a light aroma of roasted coffee and nut that mix with the malty base.

Taste – The taste started out a bit on the dark roasted breadier side with some light roasted coffee notes mixed within. The roasted coffee grew a bit stronger more midway through the taste and in turn gives the brew a more bitter taste. As the taste advances to its end it bitters even more as lighter hop flavors and some cocoa come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little bit on the lighter side with the carbonation level being slightly above average. The body could use a bit of the boost to accentuating the nice roasted flavors, with possibly a nitrogen pour enhancing the overall drinking experience.

Overall – It had some nice flavors due to the lighter hop and more cocoa at the end of the taste (which did it well), but the body was a little on the low side. Overall it was a just above average dry Irish.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black, with a dense 2 finger cream head that lingers indefinitely.

Roast malt dominates the aroma, with a subtle hint of caramel sweetness and coffee grounds.

Flavor is burnt roast malt, tangy acrid coffee, with a floral, perfume hop finish. Odd range of tastes. The finish is a bit sweeter than expected. Chocolate makes a weak appearance as it warms, as well as tobacco and slight smoke. Dark cherries and cough syrup emerge.

Body is slightly light, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, more flavorful in malt and hop than a guinness. Good, to me, for the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a jet black body with decent lacing. Aroma is mild with roasted malt, mild licorice and chocolate note. Flavor is fairy watery with mostly roasted malt and light earthy and chocolate notes. Light bodies and moderate carbonation. Not my favorite genre as most are usually pretty simple. This one is definitely highly drinkable

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent session ale found on tap at Mad Mex Robinson, pours a pitch black body with a light khaki tan airy head...fluffy texture forming everlasting head that has great retention. Aroma kicks up mild herbal earthy mint like hop edge, amongst the dark roasted malts, creamy textured hints of dark chocolate and mild coffee but remains pleasantly roasty with malt character. I noticed a non nitro tap which was a plus and actually brought out more character in this beer. Dark roasted malts bring ample bitterness a touch of tea like leafy earthiness going on as well, but a semi sweet multi-dimensional malt complexity comes forth with each sip...hints of creaminess, dark chocolate roasts in a light stout form. Mouthfeel was medium bodied easy to drink, nothing cloying or harsh on the palate very approachable beer to drink in number. Overall, I'm happy to see Brooklyn putting out a stout other than Black Ops, or their Chocolate Stout, this was pure brilliance.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with one finger of off white foam on a dark brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - a light aroma of dry, toasted grain and coffee.

T - dry grainy malt up front with some chicory. More roasty in the middle with bitter chocolate and light hops in the finish.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - quite drinkable and well made, not complex but enjoyable.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Top Hops in LES. Ah, a nicely balanced Irish stout. There's a pleasing bitter tang in the finish with smooth mocha grains up front. It's like a slightly bigger version of Beamish. The body isn't light, but it's on that side of medium, and creamy. I wouldn't mind having a few pints. Tasty stout, find it if you can.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach.

A – Poured out black with a nice solid finger of tan head. Not much retention and spotty light lacing.

S – Coffee and roasted malts but a light smeller.

T - Roasted malts come first on the palate. Has a campfire like flavor. Light chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit in the mix. Lingering hops finish the brew with just a trace bitterness.

M – Medium bodied. Average carbonation. Creamy to start and finishes off dry.

O – This was just an average brew to me. I just didn’t get a depth of flavor I was expecting. It is not by any means bad but I would not reach for another. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 03/24/12 notes. had on tap at RFD in DC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, light coffee, burnt malts, bready malts, light cream.

t - Tastes of coffee, cream, roasted malts, chocolate, burnt malts, and bready malts. Taste has some more coffe and is a little better then the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Smooth and creamy and very easy to drink. Best part of the beer.

o - Overall a decent beer from Brooklyn. Nose and taste have some light coffee and a lot ofroasted malts, nothing great really jumping out in either. Very nice body but otherwise a pretty standard irish dry. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Black with a one finger head, a little brown/red around the edges

S-Some malt, a little bit of caramel and some coffee as well.

T-Nice blend of roasted malt, tad bit of coffee and some caramel sneaks in as well.

M-Light, some carbonation, smooth, a little creamy the trypical Irish Stout mouthfeel.

O-One of the better Irish Stouts I've had, it is a style I'm not too fond of but Brooklyn seems to have made a good one.

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Photo of Tschnab
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a very deep brown that appears black, with a two inch mocha brown head and some lace.

S- a subtle roasted note with some black coffe and milk chocolate. A sweet malt as well.

T- just like the nose, but with more chocolate malt. This is a really really smooth stout, and the light roast notes are perfectly subtle based on the style.

O- had this one on st. Paddy's day, a perfect day for a beer like this. At 3.9%, this is a remarkably flavorful stout.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- It's a dry stout, not much to report. However, this beer lacked that classic, elegant white-cloud cap.

A - Some hints of roast.... like when you enter a coffee shop. Some malts.

T - Pedestrian. I'm not sure of the objective; either this was meant to be a session-worth Stout, or accessible to those who'd normally avoid the harshness of a Stout. If the former, I'd prefer a beer weaker than 6% ABV, but with more bite and complexity. If meant for the latter, they should've used more English light roast malts.
*I had had some IPA's earlier in the day, so if my palate was wrecked, mea culpa. The said, this was stunningly reminiscent of a Schwarzbier my friends and I had been drinking. Those who had avoided IPA's thought so, too.

M - I wanted to dock them some points. This beer is thin for a Stout, especially at 6%. That said, it's not a very sweet beer and it finishes dry. It squeaks by as mediocre, but you'll be disappointed if you expect the classic mouthfeel.

O - I feel that if Sam Adam's or Leinenkugel or some pseudo-microbrewery were to do an Irish Dry Stout this is what you'd get.

Brooklyn had an opportunity to really put themselves over the top here. They skimped on the Roasted malt and flaked grains, probably to generate mass appeal, causing their beer to fall short of fair expectation.

It goes without saying that O'Hara's and Yard's have MUCH better offerings in the Philly area. Honestly, I'd much prefer a Guinness Extra Stout, next time. Or even a Donnybrook or Sly Fox version of the Irish Stout, though they're half the strength.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul. Served in a standard shaker pint glass. This comes in at 3.9 ABV according to the bar beer menu.

Appearance: Dark black with a little bit of a brownish color on the edges of the glass. Moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of light tan head with decent retention and lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet aroma of dark roasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Nice biscuit like smell with some sugar. Light hint of earthy hops in the background.

Taste: A roasty and yeasty taste of dark biscuity malts. Some notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, sugar, and a little bit of nuts. Light earthy noble hop presence towards the finish. Pretty nice for such a small beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Starts somewhat sweet and has a drying finish.

Overall: A very good take on an Irish Dry Stout. Very impressive taste for an ABV lower than the typical mass produced light beer.

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Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the growler into a Sam Smith's nonic on Saint Patrick's Day, 2012 - and wondering whether that's a fax pas given the Irish/British history. . . . Anyway, on the pour it appears brown, but once it settles into the glass it looks to be black with brownish-mahogany edges. Small khaki-colored head on top.

S: Roasty, with earthy and leafy hops.

T: Nice - a lot of flavor for a low-alcohol beer. Roasty is the word that keeps coming to mind. It's almost porter-like in flavor at times, with a hint of chocolate malt, roasted barley, charcoal and a very dry finish.

M: Light to medium in heft, carbonation is modest. Overall feel is good.

O: Nicely done. Full-flavored, dry. Meets the style guidelines just about perfectly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a tribute to one day of the year when we are all Irish, Brooklyn's Irish Dry Stout lives up to the name's sake with a highly roasty ale and surprisingly light finish.

The Stout pours with a very dark brown, maybe black appearance and with a glossy onyx-like sheen. A creamy whiter-than-expected white head caps the beer perfectly and offers rings of lace with each sip. A very masculine-looking beer!

Mild aromas of burnt toast, coffeeish roast, light caramel and cocoa. There's a malty scent than reminds me of nouget candies. Virtually no hop presence except for the lightest wood note, the beer has a simplified and clean aromatic set.

Flavors come about in the same fashion as aromas and quickly remind me of Guinness Draught. But the creamy flavors allow for greater penetration of roast, toast, and burnt embers. A most timid malt flavor and sweetness is similar to malted candies and caramel but are burried deep underneath the roasty focus. Mild hop bitterness weaves into the roasty coffee character as to not know when the roasty bitterness stops and the hoppy bitterness takes over. This is a very clean and easy drinking Stout.

Foregoing the predictable creaminess of nitrogen-infused Dry Stouts, Brooklyn allows the normal carbonation to develop a creamy malt texture that fades nicely into dry-roast texture in finish. With mild alcohol warmth and the powdery feel of roasted barley, the beer is surprisingly clean and refreshing in finish.

Brooklyn's Irish Dry Stout is a great and characterful ale to drink while clinging mugs with pub goers on the greenest holiday without worry of accessive drunkenness or palate fatigue. But for the staunch Stout lover, the beer is going to seem timid and lackluster.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a nearly opaque dark chocolate brown with a fairly thick light tan head - a good start. Strong aroma has semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and yeasty tones. Satisfying flavor is only subtly smoky, but has good coffee, chocolate and licorice notes plus hints of caramel and - is that horehound? Whatever. Texture seems a bit on the thin side for a stout, but is still decently fizzy. Overall, if not great, still worthy of a try.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served on tap into a standard pint glass at Mammoser's Tavern in Hamburg, NY.

nearly black body with about one finger's worth of light tan colored head, faded to nothing after 5 minutes or so.

not too much going on in the aroma, pretty much typical of the style. lightly roasted malts with some slightly sweet toasted malts. only slightly fruity.

very similar to the aroma. sweet toasted malts and some fruity like esters with some light roasted malt.

slightly heavier side of light bodied. carbonation is just a touch on the high side. finishes with a light dry bitter feel.

overall this was pretty average for the style. i feel like a nitro tap would improve this beer overall so much. id gladly take this over guiness, slightly more flavor and body, but really not something i would buy again.

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Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.
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