In this beer blog, Brooklyn Brewery Dry Irish Stout is a new spring seasonal from this great traditional beer styles brewery. If you read my earlier beer blog, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not read that beer blog post, please, read the first part of that beer blog. Let us get into this new brew from Brooklyn Brewery.
This stout has a jet black color with a white head on the beer. The smell is a heavy chocolate with coffee to it. The taste is a dry chocolate with a dry chocolate burn aftertaste. It is kind of drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout is a very dark beer, but don’t let the color fool you. In Ireland, stouts were originally brewed to be “session beers” that were light enough to stick with a long evening, but flavorful enough to be fun to drink. We use large amounts of roasted grains to develop nice coffee and chocolate flavors and the famed East Kent Golding hop lends to the earthy aroma. It’s brisk enough to pair with oysters, but bold enough to handle a burger.
Here is a description from their website (www.brooklynbrewery.com):
The Irish Stout beer style was once produced by dozens of breweries in Ireland. These days it is only produced by three major breweries in Ireland, none of them Irish-owned, though several small breweries and brewpubs make stout as well. People are often surprised to hear that Irish stouts are among the lightest beers on draft, both in alcohol and in calories. These beers were originally designed as “session pints”, a term denoting beers that one can stick with for a long evening. These days, the major producers of Irish Stout dissolve nitrogen into the beer to produce the trademark head, a practice that started in 1960.
Brooklyn Irish Stout is brewed the old-fashioned way, without the nitrogen addition. A large portion of the grain is roasted like coffee beans, developing the typical color and flavor of this beer. Aside from British pale malts, the beer includes caramel malts, black patent malt, unmalted black barley and a proportion of flaked raw barley, which helps the beer develop a beautiful, thick natural head. The famous East Kent Golding hop lends to the earthy aroma. The beer is neither filtered, nor fined and has a light, brisk carbonation. The blend of grains gives the beer an espresso-like bite, followed by coffee and chocolate flavors. At 4.7% ABV, this is among the lightest beers we make, and one of our favorites. Be sure to serve it with “two fingers” of foam, and enjoy the flavor of Brooklyn Irish Stout. Slainte!
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing out, Brooklyn Brewery has hit a home run Jackie Robinson style with this new brew. It is everything you expect out of a stout. This brew is strong and bold but yet soft enough that the beer drinker can enjoy it during the St. Patty’s Day. It also comes with a ton of flavor and that is what the beer drinker wants from their craft beers. This beer also shows the future of the craft beer world. You are asking what am I talking about? It is pretty simple. The craft beer world is going back to more classic beer styles then the over hop that hints the errors of the brewmasters. I am not saying that those beers will not be made. They will be made. With new beer drinkers entering the craft beers, these classic beers will be selling like crazy and brewers and breweries will look at that to make their bottom line profitable. This is a great debate for the future. I highly recommend you trying this beer and please put down the Guinness because this is a pretty good beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser