Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Pint glass
Drinking Establishment: Lucky 7’s, Jersey City
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companion: a friend who is aptly named Patrick
Sight: Opaque, pitch black. By the time it was served, there was about a 1/2-inch head that quickly receded. (Brooklyn Brewery says it should be served with “two fingers” of foam.)
Scent: Hardly any aroma. Perhaps some malts, but we’re reaching for anything here.
Flavor: On the bland side. Again, maybe a little bit of maltiness, and perhaps some hops, but if any flavor is pronounced, it’s that of seltzer.
Feel: It lives up to its name–very dry mouthfeel. Crisp, moderate-to-high carbonation.
It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Therefore, an Irish Stout review is in order. Unfortunately, the one that was consumed last night (the time was after midnight, so it was technically St. Patrick’s Day) wasn’t anything too exciting. Brooklyn’s take on the Dry Irish Stout is what my drinking partner Patrick referred to as “the ghost of a Stout”–it looked like a Stout, had the atmosphere of a Stout, but really, it lacked what a Stout should bring to the table, i.e. FLAVOR. It was drinkable, but Brooklyn claims it should have “an espresso-like bite” with notes of coffee and chocolate, and our experience uncovered the advertised dryness–and that was about it.
Concluding remarks: We were not not enjoying it, but it’s not what we’re looking for in a Stout.
Don’t worry, though; the night was not wasted. We did car bombs, too. Slainte!