Thursday, February 12, 2015

Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1280) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2015
I’ve never really been impressed with the Irish dry-style stout. The style is inherently mild and mild is usually pretty boring. Of course, there’s a difference between boring and bad and given a choice I’d always take boring. Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout is indeed pretty boring, but I must admit that it conforms to style guidelines and there’s absolutely nothing about it that’s repulsive. Hmm… that’s the worst recommendation ever, eh?

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 11/21/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Black hue with blood red edges. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leave no lacing.

Smell: Faint nose of dark malt. Trace of fruit. Nothing off-putting, mostly mild.

Taste: Despite a recipe of five types of malts and four types of hops, the palette here is pretty direct. Dark maltiness with a hint of dark fruity flavor up front. On the finish there’s a lightly sweet oatmeal-like taste with minor roasted malt bitterness. That initial fruity flavor emerges right on the finish, which is nice, but would be better if it weren’t so mild. Otherwise, there isn’t much going on here. It’s drinker-friendly to be sure, but doesn’t go above and beyond mere satisfaction.

Drinkability: While the taste of Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout isn’t too exciting, I must admit that drinking it is a breeze. The mouthfeel is light, with a low amount of carbonation – yet it still has a crispy, clean finish. It’s extremely smooth and quite comfortable across the tongue. At only 4.7% ABV it’s not surprising it’s so light and non-robust; anyone could session this on St. Patrick’s Day. 
Grade: 6/10

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