type: Irish stout
origin: Brooklyn, NY
price: ~$1.50/12oz at Binny’s in Chiwalkie Town
We don’t get much from Brooklyn Brewery around these parts. Given that their brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, wrote the most awesome book about beer I’ve ever seen (The Oxford Companion), I usually try and pick up their beers if I find them.
So their Dry Irish Stout made it back with me from Chicago. It’s dry… and an Irish stout! A shocker, I know, but it shouldn’t be because the style is not supposed to be hefty, like an imperial stout for example; it’s meant to be sessionable. And, yes, this could definitely be sessionable because while it has strong notes of roasted malt/dark chocolate and coffee accents, it also has very low body and is quite dry. It’s well crafted and nothing is wrong with it; but, it doesn’t offer anything you can’t find in a bottle of Guinness. I would definitely drink this on nitro, although that’s even harder to imagine finding around here.