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
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
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.