With St. Patrick's Day fast approaching breweries are starting to pump out their versions of the Emerald Isle's long brewing history. Brooklyn Brewery's Dry Irish Stout. 4.7abv. is a welcome brew that pays homage to Ireland's love affair with rich dark ale. But don't confuse this beer with Guinness, this is not a cream stout. I love Guinness, one of the few foreign beers I drink, but this is another style of Irish stout not found too often these days. Hat's off to Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery's brew master.
This stout pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head. The palate is awash with espresso, dark cacao, roasted malt and floral hop notes. Those flavors follow onto the palate with dark chocolate leading to a crisp dry finish.
I would add this stout to a line up of stouts to celebrate St. Patrick, Ireland's Patron Saint who drove the snakes from the Emerald Isle.