Dry Irish Stout Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1100

Jet-black in the tradition of Ireland's most popular and well-known beers, this stout has a pronounced roasty, coffee-like flavor and aroma, imparted by a generous helping of roasted barley.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary ice packs with all liquid yeasts. It is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.

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Dry Irish Stout Extract Kit with Specialty Grains

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Arguably Ireland's most famous export, dry stout has a loyal following all over the world. Our kit has a pronounced roasty, coffee-like flavor and aroma, imparted by a generous helping of roasted barley. Hop bitterness enhances the dryness, and the medium body makes for a very drinkable dark beer. This is one of the most popular styles among home brewers; after a few pints, you'll understand why.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style British
Beer Style Irish and Scottish Ales, Stout/Porter
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1042
Total Time to Make 6 weeks

Customer Reviews

perfect beer Review by SethTheScientist
My name is Seth, and I love beer.
I made this stout with white labs Irish ale yeast, 3 weeks primary,3 weeks secondary. The kit makes perfect dry stout, and it is perhaps the easiest drinking beer I have ever had. I call it Break of Dawn Stout(TM) because I wake up thinking about.It's just that good. Hats off to NB. (Posted on 3/28/15)
Awesome stout made by a newbie Review by Patrick
First time brewer, simple instructions, well assembled, can't wait to make this with the .5 pound of dme suggested in other posts.

Followed instructions exactly and it is definitely stout, not Brown ale, a bit more bitter than Guinness, and nitrogen would be nice to charge it but definitely ordering again (Posted on 3/17/15)
Great beer Review by Nathan
Will brew again og hit the mark right on as it should taste great smooth on the pallet I would like to try it on nitro I think it would be awesome great beer easy try it! (Posted on 3/15/15)
Very Drinkable and Friendly Review by Dave
I brewed straight up per kit (no additions of fruit, dme, etc.) and found it to be true to a stout, but not so malted/coffee/etc. that a light-beer drinker wouldn't appreciate it. I'd call this a session stout or a light stout. I'll make it again next winter. (Posted on 2/16/15)
Very Dry, but Good! Review by Brandon
I didn't really understand how a beer could taste dry until I made this kit.

Don't know if it's the taste or the dryness, but as soon as I have one of these I find myself reaching for another! (Posted on 1/10/15)
I added raspberries Review by jon doe
I made this a few months ago and the recipe had an estimated abv slightly lower then i would have liked but i just threw four lb of raspberries in at flame out and and it turn in to a different beast all together. (Posted on 8/28/14)
One of my Go-to Brews Review by Wade
I've brewed this many times. I love stout, and this is my standard go-to stout recipe. I had an elderly friend from Australia taste it, and he commented that it was one of the best stout's he ever had - and I have to agree. I use filtered water, add a little gypsum, do a full-boil, and use a secondary fermentation, and keg it with standard CO2 (don't have nitrogen yet). It turns out perfect every time. Highly recommended. (Posted on 7/16/14)
Ale'ish Review by Geoff
I purchased this kit due to the quality and quantity of reviews. 4.5 stars at 126 reviews, indicated it would be a stout beer for sure. Irish stout, made me think it would be close to a Guiness. I enjoy Guiness and use it to compare all other stouts to.

Before purchasing I read through the reviews and noticed someone suggested adding 1/2 lb of a malted sugar to it (forgetting the name at the moment) to beef up the body. A recommendation by a master brewer at Northern Brewer.

The brew went just fine. I bottled using fizz drops, 2 per 750ml bottle. Upon first tasting it was nothing close to Guiness. Far more of a brown ale, which was my brew two batches ago. Slightly heavier than the Brown Ale, but definitely a brown ale. When I offer it to others, I tell them it's a brown ale.

I tried, I succeeded but it just wasn't what I felt it was advertised as. 3 stars here as I feel Northern is a great company, but may try to readjust the description a bit. (Posted on 7/13/14)
Great cold weather beer Review by Matt
I brewed this after a several month hiatus in early 2014. Was a solid, sessionable stout. Not as thick as many stouts, but definitely has the characteristic flavors (Posted on 7/3/14)
Very Guinness like! Review by Garth
Just drank the first bottle of this batch and I think it is as good, if not better than Guinness!! (Posted on 6/9/14)
Good beer for the price Review by David
The dry Irish stout was fun to make, it is a good beer, just not what I was looking for, if you are looking for a Guinness type beer try one of the other stouts, this was more like a dark brown ale to me, but still a very good beer for the price, don't think I would make this one again, some of my IPA buddies did like this one a lot!! (Posted on 5/11/14)
Pretty good Review by Rayhat
Just kegged it and was pissed that I dumped the last few pints on the yeast cake. It tasted the best I've brewed. Novice kegged. (Posted on 2/12/14)
Great Place to Start Review by John
This kit is exactly as described. A good, basic Dry Irish Stout recipe, that results in an easy to drink and close to style stout. If you're looking to brew your first (or one if many) stouts, this is a good place to start.
(Posted on 2/8/14)
I love this kit Review by Kyle
This is my second brew of this kit and both have turned out fantastic. I used the dry yeast option both times.

The first brew followed the directions exactly. the result was a surprising light, very drinkable and excellent tasting stout. I'm usually a 2-3 beer person on a night and I found myself drinking 4-5 with this, so I went through the batch quickly. The beer was light enough that I would characterize it as a beer fit for summer.

For the second batch, I wanted to give it a bit more body so I asked the NB brew master if he had a DME he would recommend adding to the kit. I ended up putting in a 1/2 lb of Briess Golden Light DME in addition to what the kit required. No additional hops. The result is exactly what I wanted. A higher ABV but also a heartier beer, perfect for winter and early spring. I would not recommend adding more than a 1/2 lb. Kudos to the recommendation, NB.

I'll continue to brew this as one of my main beers and adjusting the recipe based on the season. (Posted on 2/7/14)
Blowoff Hose Essential! Review by Anton
Take Note: within 24 hours of pitching yeast this beer was very active, a blowoff hose is essential when brewing this beer. I used the Safale S-04 Ale Yeast and it did the job wonderfully. (Posted on 1/24/14)
Nice Review by Randall
Second time brewing this one. Added some vanilla and roasted oats. Drank the first one too soon (just like all the other brews I've done). But with a little time on it, the flavor is excellant
(Posted on 1/22/14)
Easy to make Review by Matt
Easy to make dark beer! (Posted on 1/15/14)
Stout drinker - can't go wrong with this Review by Jeff
This was my first attempt at brewing a stout. My wife was after me since we had just returned from a trip to Dublin. She had developed a thirst for a very famous commercial stout. The timing just happened to coincide with the 14.92 columbus day promotion so I purchased two.

It is very easy to brew and the taste is very, very authentic. The color is off as is tends to be very dark and not the deep ruby of the almost mentioned stout. The only thing missing is the creamy head produced via the tap as I'm a bottler. I improvised a bit by using an aggressive glass pour to produce a little extra head.

For the price (normal price) you can't go wrong which makes the value of the $14.92 purchase incredible. (Posted on 1/11/14)
So far, so good Review by Joye
We brewed last week, so we are in primary fermentation. The SG was perfect, so we are looking forward to a great batch. (Posted on 1/10/14)
Dry Irish Stout is a definite 4.5 star - give it a try Review by Extract brewer
Definitely not a heavy stout, but has the definite smoky profile and dark color. A relatively easy brew with a partial mash. I found that adding an extra 1 lb of Light DME brought the O.G. near 1.060 to give yield a better final alcohol content. The Wyeast Smack pack was agressive with a 24 hr prep time and handled the higher gravitiy. For the price of this kit, you may or may not love this beer but you should not be disappointed, it does rival what you can buy in a Irish style 6 pack. I think giving this one an extra 2 weeks of aging may be a big benefit. Next time I plan on trying the dry yeast option to compare. (Posted on 1/9/14)
My Favorite Extract Brew Review by Ted
I've been brewing for nearly a decade now, and I mostly produce all-grain beers; however this is one kit that I make over and over again. It's an easy beer to make and produces a great session stout. 2-3 weeks in primary then kegged and carbed on beergas. Served on a nitro stout tap. This beer has a bit more bitterness and robust roasted barley flavor than Guinness, both of which I prefer. The head upon serving out of my nitro tap is darker than the creamy white Guinness head, but that is most likely due to how I have the tap system set up. (Posted on 1/9/14)
Solid, quaffable stout! Review by Jon
2/3 weeks in primary, then bottled for 3 weeks. Awesome! Just ordered the same kit, but plan on adding a lb. of Dark DME to "boost" it's body a bit. If your like me & drink "light" stouts year round, brew this kit asap. I shall never run out of this one.

(Posted on 1/7/14)
Easy to make and a new favorite Review by Robert
This was my 7th experience brewing and this turned out great. One of my new favorites. Very happy with the results and intend to purchase again. (Posted on 1/3/14)
just what it says Review by Robert
this description in the recipe is just what is says.
you want a dry stout that is very easy to drink, try this no fault recipe. their specialty malt blend is key. (Posted on 12/23/13)
Easy to make. Inexpensive kit. Better than Guinness! Review by Tony
This was my first home brew after getting a starter kit as a gift. It was easy to make and I love the flavor. Dark and roasty, yet mild and smooth. I like it better than Guinness, although that's probably because I made it myself. And it's one of NB's least expensive extract kits. I'm hooked on home brewing and I will definitely be brewing this one again. (Posted on 12/18/13)
Still working! Review by Wayne
One week in Primary, 2 weeks 2nd then to the keg. After two weeks in the keg, it still isn't quite finished. The taste is very good. I can tell it is going to be a very good stout. (Posted on 12/16/13)
Still working! Review by Wayne
One week in Primary, 2 weeks 2nd then to the keg. After two weeks in the keg, it still isn't quite finished. The taste is very good. I can tell it is going to be a very good stout. (Posted on 12/16/13)
Very tasty with additions Review by Daniel
Added 4oz course ground espresso beans at flame out. Used NeoBritannia yeast. Big success! Will brew again. (Posted on 12/8/13)
perfect stout Review by christian
not really a stout drinker but this one is an exception, far better than what you would buy at a store. perfect stout for car bombs (Posted on 12/3/13)
This One Deserves an Encore Review by MikeT
Dry? Really?? Yes! Mild hops, balanced, complex and slightly smoky grain flavor. Easy to brew - excellent results with just a primary fermentation. This will be my staple cold-weather stout. (Posted on 12/1/13)
Brewing my second batch Review by Roy
I brewed a batch of this a year ago and I liked it, so I am doing it again. I'd say that it resembles Guinness, but is not the same. It was the second batch that I cooled with a chiller that I made out of copper tubing from Home Depot, which worked well. I used Wyeast 1084 and made a starter a few days ahead. It fermented vigorously. I primed with 5/8 cup (3.75 oz) of table sugar, which proved to give more carbonation than I wanted, so I will use less the next time. But I thought it tasted great. I hope (and expect) that my second batch will come out as well. (Posted on 11/23/13)
Super Good Stout Review by Matt
I have tried dry stout recipes before but this is the first time I have ordered this kit. talk about easy to make! I even kicked it up a bit by adding whiskey barrel chips to the secondary. I have about two more weeks on the secondary and then it is bottling time. This just goes to show you can modify to taste without blowing through your wallet. (Posted on 11/13/13)
Favorite with friends Review by AMPJ_Dad
This is one of the more popular beers I've made and shared. It's really a "can't miss" brew. Add some DME if you want it a bit stronger though the kit is well balanced and will produce an excellent stout. (Posted on 11/13/13)
Great Review by Aaron
Perfect Beer for the winter months! (Posted on 11/13/13)
Super easy Review by Mike
Easy and straight forward. Adding vanilla before kegging. (Posted on 11/12/13)
Good brew Review by Binh
My 3rd brew (all from NorhernBrewer) and it came out as a very drink-able brew. I like the flavor and it could be drank with any meal or by itself. However, mine had trouble carb-ing up even after 3 weeks in the bottle. (Posted on 11/12/13)
Not sure yet but have high expectations Review by Eric
Not yet brewed_ I ordered it a month ago but expect the normal stellar quality of Northern Brewer. (Posted on 11/12/13)
Easy Recipe -- Staple Beer Review by John
This is one of our favorite recipes and we keep it on hand all the time. It is simple to make and always a pleaser. I have always used the 1084 Irish Ale yeast and bottle conditioned this beer. I prefer to back off 20-30% on the priming sugar to lighten the carbonation. (Posted on 11/12/13)
I'll Brew This Many Times More! Review by Eric
This is a unique stout that holds its own. I have shared it with many people and they all offer rave reviews. Easy to brew. Bottles and kegs well. You can't go wrong! (Posted on 11/12/13)
Good Session Stout Review by Robert
One of the first beers I brewed. Good color and taste, decent carbonation, though a bit low in the ABV%. Worth brewing again and as a basis for experimentation. Going to add some more fermentables to boost alcohol content and tweak flavor. A good price for what you get out of it. (Posted on 11/12/13)
Exceeds my expectations Review by Dan
I brewed this kit three months ago for my son-in-law, who likes Guinness -- whereas my wife is not a Guinness fan. But she likes it as much as anyone. Followed the recipe exactly, transferred to secondary after 7 days and (due to a trip away from home) bottled after 40 days total fermentation, then 21 days bottle-conditioning. Happy to see it specially priced on Columbus Day, will brew this one again and again! (Posted on 11/12/13)
Easy to brew, easy to drink. Review by Doc
My son was interested in making beer, so this dry Irish stout kit was the perfect lesson for him. It even got him to read one of John Palmer's books! The primary fermentation was more active than I expected. The batch still needs a little more time to condition but the flavor is very smooth already. (Posted on 11/11/13)
Very good, easy brew Review by Sam
I brewed this a couple weeks ago, very simple. Moved it from the primary to secondary last week and I'm very pleased with it so far! Definitely going to buy this one again!. (Posted on 11/11/13)
Great first brew! Review by Steffen
This is was my first homebrewed beer. I just started drinking it and am happy to say I'm glad I ordered this kit! The instructions were easy to follow and everything was packaged nicely. (Posted on 11/8/13)
tasty brew Review by STEVE
one of the easiest stouts to brew,add some maltodextrin for a creamy head (Posted on 11/5/13)
Great beer Review by Gregory
This kit always gives me a great dry stout. It is easy to make and finishes quickly. Highly recommended. (Posted on 11/3/13)
I Second that "Better than Guinness" Review by Jeff
This is one of my "go to" kits. Easy to brew and consistently good. Tried some Guinness a few weeks ago and it was disappointing... nothing approaching the complexity of the D.I.S. homebrew. I have only followed the recipe so far, will be adding the Columbus hops that Jerry recommended above to my next batch. (Posted on 10/20/13)
great taste - weak carbonation so far Review by Christoph
The batch fermented like crazy - bottled after four days in primary and two and a half weeks in secondary. In bottles now for three weeks, but carbonation still pretty weak. Was I so excited about the great taste that I forgot the priming sugar? Unlikely but possible. Will definitely brew another batch. (Posted on 10/19/13)
Great beer. Review by Joseph
Love the roast! (Posted on 9/26/13)
Added columbus hops Review by Jerry
Brewed this batch twice, once last November and have a batch in the fermenter August '13. I added 1 oz. columbus hops @ 55 min before end of boil and really enjoyed the batch! Added columbus hops to the second batch also! (Posted on 8/25/13)
Good - a worthwhile beer. Review by Steven
Definitely a tasty beer, but I would shy away from the Guinness clone that it appears to be hinting at. Part of it is the overall body of the beer and since I'm bottle conditioning, I'm sure a nitro tap would bring this beer one step closer. Either way, a worthwhile beer - although I recommend waiting an extra week or two past the recommended 1 week of bottle conditioning. I went from mild disappointment to contentment after trying it before and after two weeks. (Posted on 7/17/13)
Easy to pair with food and also makes a great base for a chili Review by Aaron
Although it is not Guiness it's slightly more pronounced roasty chocolate flavor is a good change of pace and is easy to pair with food and also makes a great base for a chili beer or other flavors. (Posted on 7/16/13)
Decent Review by jason
My second brew and decent at best. Didn't fully mature until 2 months in bottles (22 oz.). Nice dry coffee taste, pretty balanced, minimal body (dry stout) and no head retention. Good session beer. Flavors more pronounced at close to room temp. Nothing really grabbed my attention with this beer but the price is good. Quite surprised to see all the 5/5 ratings. (Posted on 6/3/13)
Love it Review by Brian
2 weeks primary & tasted great after 1 week in bottle.
Just ordered another kit - this stuff is gonna go real fast (Posted on 5/28/13)
Great Kit Review by TD
Easy to brew. Great product. Turned out delicious. (Posted on 3/24/13)
Better than Guinness in my opinion Review by Tom
2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, 2 weeks bottle. I added a lb of DME to this just to give it a little boost. I also tried it side by side with Guinness. Wow! More malty and a more robust flavor than Guinness! Very easy to brew. If you like this style of beer, brew it. Great kit! (Posted on 3/18/13)
What You-Know-What Used To Be Review by Dan
The last couple years I've been kinda disappointed by "you-know-who"'s Irish stout... I've consumed a lot of it (being a bagpiper on St. Paddy's Day, you drink a LOT of Guinness), but it's struck me as Not Quite What I Remember... a bit "thinner," a bit less substantial. This kit, which is about eight weeks old as of tonight (when a good friend and I put a few of 'em away) is the Irish stout I remember. Despite the lack of nitrogen carbonation (is that a non sequitur?), I got a nice frothy head, and more important, a good texture and a rich flavor. This one's going to be a standard... (Posted on 3/10/13)
It is that good Review by Matthew
Great beer kit!!!! If you like an Irish Stout you will like this kit. The only problem is I think it ate a hole in the bottom of my keg because it disappeared so fast. I will make this kit again. (Posted on 2/14/13)
Great pint Review by firstin
1st brew I have done, instructions very easy to follow every thing went without a problem, now enjoying a great pint or three :-) (Posted on 2/6/13)
Cluster Hops? Review by Chris
I brewed the recipe per instructions for an easy extract batch. I like the basic recipe, but the Cluster hops (2 ounces) were a surprise. They have a different taste, earthy and spicy, but I don't know if I want them in my stout again. It definitely does NOT taste traditional. It's good and I'll drink it, but it's not the taste I'm after when I think stout. (Posted on 1/28/13)
WOW Review by Philly Beer Guy
brewed this on 11/5/12. Followed recipe pretty much to the "T" and used the Safale 04 dry yeast. First time with the dry, and WOW, I reviewed the yeast already and gave it 5 stars. Fermentation in less than 12 hours and blew the blow off tube off... Only 5 days in primary and into secondary for another week or so. Kegged and primed with a little Kreamy X, tried on the 23rd of December and wasn't quite ready, but 3 days later great head and retention. Flavors good but I know they will mature. Just ordered the tap needed for Nitrogen mix and will be doing it soon. Most likely have this on tap all the time in some form. If your thinking about trying the dry yeast, DO IT. (Posted on 12/31/12)
worth the wait Review by Dan
1 week in primary, ferment was finished completely in 3 days ?? 2 weeks in secondary . Popped a cap after 1 week in bottle, was flat . 2 weeks in bottle, still flat . 3 weeks ,still flat. Finally after 4 weeks a wonderful stout and alongside of a Guiness not much of a difference. Will have to consider kegging stouts in the future, was a nerve racking wait. (Posted on 12/10/12)
4 weeks in the bottles Review by bill
Outstanding. Was good at 2 weeks, smoothed out greatly in the last 2 weeks. I am not a huge stout fan, but drink it when out from time to time, but this has converted me. This has turned into an outstanding brew. My wife even likes it and she is not a big beer drinker. This one will be in the rotation permanently (Posted on 11/8/12)
WOW. On beergas/stout faucet, JUST LIKE GUINNESS DRAUGHT! Review by Preston
After a month, all the flavors mellowed into a fantastically smooth a dry stout. Lightly carbonated it, put it on beergas (75% nitrogen/25% CO2), and ran it through stout faucet. Ran out within 3 weeks. Had a party the other night and simply asked "you like Guinness?" of everyone, and waited until everyone enjoyed their first before telling them it was homebrew. One guy ONLY drinks Guinness and didn't have a clue. So stoked about this kit, I JUST ordered 3 more. I have no intentions of ever running out again. I will always have a backup keg ready to tap. (Posted on 11/5/12)
Roasty and Dry Review by Robert
This is the best home brew kit I've ever used. The boil is simple and it makes a good session beer. New craft beer fans who want to get into brewing always start with an IPA and I think it's a mistake. Start with a session-able stout and you wont be disappointed. (Posted on 10/15/12)
good stuff Review by bill
Just drank my first 2 after being in the bottles for a bit mare than 2 weeks. I am guessing that after 3 to 4 weeks it will rock (Posted on 10/15/12)
Yes this is "Awesome"! Review by patrick
This dry irish stout is my first stout home brew. I was hoping for a something drinkable. But was supprised that it is the best batch of beer i have made. The coffee flavor it has is so perfect.
I had some friends think it was a top stout. I bottled them in Guiness bottles and had some think i was trying to trick them by changing the bottle cap on a real Guiness and saying it was a home brew.
Thanks NB this recipe rocks!!!!! My new favorite beer!!!! (Posted on 10/12/12)
Better than I imagined Review by Richard
I am a Irish Stout lover. I love Guiness but the only time I drink it is when I am out with my Bagpipe Band (the band usually drinks for free at gig's). I refuse to pay $9 a sixpack. Decided to give this a try and was very happy with it. Had a Guiness at the last gig with the the band and felt that this was very close. Took a couple of bottles with me and the guys also felt the same way. (Posted on 9/23/12)
Excellent Review by Terry
Brewed many kits and this is one of our most favorite. Modified to suit our taste more by doing 1 oz cascade @ 50 min and 1 @ 35 min... Plus added an extra 1.2 lbs of Munich malt. Still balanced, but with a maltier presence. (Posted on 9/4/12)
Easy stout and my first 5 gallon batch Review by Joe
This was my first attempt at a 5 gallon brew and it was an easy straight forward recipe. I didn't have a secondary so I did the Primary for 2 weeks then bottle conditioned for 2 weeks. I then popped a couple in the fridge for a day or two and WOW I was impressed. The longer it bottle conditions the better it gets! Nice and dry with a huge brownish head and a small hint of chocolate and coffee at the end. This will be a staple in my collection and I promise you will not be disappointed. (Posted on 8/26/12)
Great Beer Review by Mike
This beer is very straight forward. A staple dry Irish stout. Excellent kit at an excellent price! (Posted on 8/13/12)
Great stoutness! Review by Jeff H
This was my first brew I made in years, I brewed this extract kit to the recipe and bottle conditioned for 2 weeks. Did 1 week in primary, racked to second for 2 weeks in basement around 64 degrees. Cracked my first one after 2 weeks in bottle, tastes just like Guinness Extra Stout (slightly lighter) with a chocolate undertone to it. (Posted on 8/2/12)
Close but no cigar Review by Todd
As another reviewer put it, it's hard to believe all the 5 stars and praise this kit is getting - it has been underwhelming. It doesn't deserve one star, but definitely not a 5 star ratting.

It has some characteristics I expect from a stout, but dosen't come all the way through.

The color seems to be off. It's more of a dark amber than a deep dark brown or black that I expect with a stout or porter.

It seems "thin" and not as full as expected with this type of beer.

The smell seems to be the best characteristic of this beer. The aroma is wonderful, with a very lush coffee scent.

The flavor is okay. You can tell that you have a stout in your hand. It seems crisp and clean, but the finish is not very strong.

Another thing that I think throws this off is the lack of the creamy head you expect from the commercially available stouts. Maybe this would improve slightly if were nitro tapped? (Posted on 7/12/12)
Simple - Great Brew Review by Otis & Eddie's Brewery - Potsdam NY (this is my house, don't come here please)
I have brewed the kit to instructions several times and find it to result in a very nice Guiness-like beer. The most recent, I added +1/2 Lb Belgium De-Bittered Black malt into the steep to 170F. This really bumped up the background of Espresso and Dark Chocolate - the head went from off-white on the dark beer to a nice brown. Very pleased once again with a NB kit, either to instruction or slightly tweaked. (Posted on 5/5/12)
Will definitely brew it again Review by snowman
This turned out better than I expected. I'm not a big fan of overly hopped brews. This one has just enough to suit my taste.It is easy to drink and has a great flavor. Everyone who has tried it, likes it.
It is lighter than most stouts,but very enjoyable. (Posted on 4/6/12)
Nice mouth feel, hints of dry roast coffee Review by IPC31
I would say the comparisons to guiness, in my case, are not applicable. I love the dry character, with an almost roasted coffee touch and very subtle bitterness that I find very attractive in this beer. I made it for St. P's day and it was better than I expected. Let it sit in bottle for at least 3-4 weeks. You will not be disappointed if you crack a few early as I did. However the flavor really came through at about 3. Cheers! (Posted on 4/6/12)
Love this Stout Review by ScottP
I started the brew process late, so I may have rushed it a bit to get it on tap by St Pat's. I do a mini mash for 1 hour with the specialty grains. Primary for a week, Secondary for a week. Directly into a Cornelius Keg. 2 days later I was enjoying it. It's lovely stuff! My main fear is it's about to run out! Must order another! (Posted on 4/5/12)
Tasty and a bargain Review by Brandon
I let it age for several months before drinking, quite good.
And a bargain at this price. (Posted on 3/29/12)
Solid stout kit Review by Tim
We've given a few bottles to friends and they rave about it, I always thought it was pretty good too.
So on St. Patty's day we did a side-by-side comparison of this beer vs bottled Guiness. This one had slightly more bitterness, and a MUCH fuller mouthfeel. The Guiness by contrast felt thin and watery. Win for NB! (Posted on 3/19/12)
Just bottled, following long secondary, interesting head Review by JJB
Call it Winter sloth, but I only bottled this today - eight weeks after it went to secondary. I got about 1.5 inches of beautiful head of foam in the vile when I sampled for FG (1.011). I am a nuby, but I have never seen carbonation like this before bottling. I cut my sugar starter by half - concerned about blowing caps.

Sample of product - dry and tangy, very much in line with other's notes. I'll give it a five, but we'll see how they condition and adjust scores accordingly. (Posted on 3/19/12)
Great Beer!! Review by MaTT
I have brewed this kit twice and it is an excellent dry Irish stout. I like this better than Guinness as it is bitter, but still has more of a sweet chocolate, roasted flavor (more like Murphy's). Both times I made this beer, I used the liquid yeast and also added 1 cup of oats and have not had problems with head retention or body as others have noted. 2-3 weeks in primary and then 1-2 weeks to condition in a keg before carbonating. Super easy to brew. Also much cheaper than buying a 30L keg of Murphy's for $100+ or a 50L keg of Guinness at $170+.

So I keg my beer and push this with nitrogen / beer gas through a nitrogen tap - it definitely makes the beer even better! Rich creamy head and the bubbles that "float down" really take it to the next level and increases the mouth feel and body. If you have the means and love Irish stouts, get a nitrogen kit! I'm planning on keeping this one on draft at all times along with a rotation of other beers such as IPAs or pale ales. It makes some killer black and tans. (Posted on 3/19/12)
Exactly the stout I was looking for Review by James
This is an excellent version of the kind of stout I was looking for. It's not sweet or bulky like the many different stouts that I'm not a fan of. I love it. I hope to make it again and again thought I am thinking about adding a bit of aroma hops at the end of the boil to see if I like it better. (Posted on 3/16/12)
Amay-za-zing Review by CapsLocke
So good, I decided to get another kit and do it all over again. You should to. (Posted on 3/15/12)
Great Stout Review by ND Brewer
This was my first stout and my first extract kit woth NB along with my first experience of kegging a homebrew, I was very impressed and must say this will be on tap every St. Pattie's season, very good Irish Stout (Posted on 2/29/12)
Tasty! Review by MusicMan
This is a great beer. It's probably not going to win any awards, but you and your friends will love it. (Posted on 2/4/12)
good but not what I expected Review by jeff
I followed the directions, and used the dry yeast. It tastes good but its not even close to a typical stout, IMHO. I will try this again and maybe play with it a bit, possibly adding oatmeal during the boil. I have a robust porter that's in my rotation that is more stout than this one. Still its cheap, easy and tasty so I'm not complaining, just joining those few who are saying wait a sec, whats with this Guinness comparison? (Posted on 1/8/12)
great "meal" beer Review by Kevin
Like the name Implies, this stout isn't as creamy as Guiness or a milk stout. It is somewhat lighter inconsistency, and is a great beer to accompany good hearty stews or cold weather dishes.

I've brewed this recipe a 2nd time this year, only because I was very pleased with it the first time.

A simple and easy recipe. (Posted on 1/1/12)
just ok Review by ben
This stout was my worst beer i've brewed to date. Very bitter, very dry and almost doesn't fit the profile. It's not undrinkable and it could improve i guess with age. I dont want to completely blame the kit. I had tons of dried chunks of krausen? on the surface and even some in the secondary. I've never really seen this in my brews but I've read it is very bitter. Also, I played with the grain steeping time and temp so that could also factor into the final product too. (Posted on 11/29/11)
Turned out great and I love it. Review by William
Getting ready to make another batch. Can't wait to make this when I get a nitro kit to put on it. (Posted on 11/12/11)
Great beer, super easy kit Review by Tim
Very nice, light stout that is not as bitter as many others. The kit is super easy to make, this would be a great starter kit for someone. This was my 8th brew in 2011 and am very happy with it. Wife loves it.

I'm not getting a ton of head on this but it may be down to my equipment and technique. Off to the forums to see if I can get some pointers! (Posted on 11/11/11)
My new go-to Stout Review by D Nicholas
I brewed this with the hope that it would be similar to Guinness as advertised. After just tasting a young bottle (2 weeks bottled), I can confirm that I am pleasantly surprised how much they nailed it. Will definitely keep this stout in the rotation. Cheap, easy to make and tastes just like Guinness. I used the Wyeast and added a bit of heading agent.

(Posted on 9/17/11)
loved it Review by aaron
This was my first attempt at brewing. The kit was simple and came out great. i made a mistake while bottling it. If not for my mistake it would have turned out great. Drank it warm and flat and still loved it. (Posted on 9/16/11)
On Tap N' Loving it Review by Shane Dog
Great roasted Malt flavor, coffee comes through in the taste as well.. Very Pleased

Thanks Northern Brewer!! (Posted on 8/29/11)
Very drinkable Review by John
Second time brewing this. First time it was a little thin. This time added 3 ounces of crushed Sumatra coffee beans after 1 week in secondary.. Couldn't wait to try it after 1 week in bottle. It's already great. Good mouth feel too. Will let the rest condition for another couple weeks. ABV 3.2%. (Posted on 8/11/11)
nice and dry, but ramp up the ABV Review by MOIPABrewer
First time doing the recipe, I didn't want to "just do the kit", so using Beersmith, I added another 1 lb of dark dry extract to bring the ABV to 5.22%. Results? Same great taste raved about by others, but with a little more alcohol as I have a hard time drinking more than two stouts at a time, and at roughly 4%, a buzz I would not catch. Just a tip for anyone who feels the same as me!

Friends said it reminded them of Guinness, and maybe it would moreso if it were pushed with nitrogen. (Posted on 7/10/11)
Pleasant Surprise Review by bernbrew
I am not a big fan of Guinness, but I do drink it on occasion. I had not seriously considered brewing this extract kit. Then on 12/25/10, I received the kit as a gift. I followed the standard recipe, no changes. After 6 wks in the bottle, it tastes great.
This stout has more body and more malt flavor to go with the flavor from the roasted barley.than does Guinness. My friends agree that it beats Guinness. I have suddenly developed a new taste for stout. (Posted on 6/26/11)
Very Nice Review by AGRAY
A NB Kit that really hits the mark. Kegged with a touch of CO2. Not as creamy as real draft Guinness (due to thier high pressure Nitrogen/CO2 and puor nozzle), but very good. (Posted on 6/12/11)
good taste Review by Joe clark
this is my 4th kit from NB.. I did 2 weeks in prmary, 2weeks 2ndary and 2 weeks in bottle using the standard dextrose sugar.. and the beer tastes great, and has a nice smooth guiness draft taste... but the carbonation is weird... its like a Dr Pepper. near none head retension, and tons of effervecant carbonation.. It could be my brewing that made it that way.. but I was really hoping for a dense creamy head like guiness.. that left rings in the glass...

but the taste is good..
not sure what I did wrong.. dishwasher'd the bottles, no soap, no weird oxidizing.. but the head retension is Nil. (Posted on 6/6/11)
Can't believe all the 5 star reviews Review by undahhh
I brewed this kit about 3 months ago, and was/am completely underwhelmed. I love stouts, porters, usually anything bold and dark (not too picky). I found this stout to be very "thin" in taste, none of that luscious stout mouthfeel, and it had a really strong "edge" to the flavor and aftertaste. I don't think it tastes or feels ANYTHING like guiness (I wish it did because I love guiness), and honestly can't believe all the 5 star reviews this is receiving. It's not a bad beer, but if you are looking for something truly substantial in feel and flavor go with one of the other kits. (Posted on 5/23/11)
Almost didn't make it in the bottle Review by Benjamin
I did 2 weeks primary and 4 weeks secondary. On bottling day, I poured out my customary taster in a small glass before my first bottle. Wow! Even with zero carbonation and warm it was amazing! Coffee, chocolate, roasty, smooth and perfect bitterness. I immediately went and filled a pint. The only thing that stopped me from filling the third pint was the thought that I might want more on another day.

This is an excellent and easy kit. If you like Guinness or stouts at all; or if you just want to try a good one, get this kit. and BTW it blows Guinness out of the water. (Posted on 5/18/11)
Very Delicous Review by Snotty
This was my first kit I had ever made and I did make a big mistake. I didn't know you needed the grains crushed before you steeped them. Even with this huge mistake the beer turned out great. Can't wait for the fall so I can make it correctly this time. (Posted on 5/17/11)
Turned my Sons Review by Cbruce
Brewing is a family affair in our house. This was our first stout and I would say my two sons were very skeptical. They are accustomed to the Bud's, Coors, and our brown and pale ales. This was a reach for them (I've been a Stout regular since high school).
The steeping and brewing was easy, alas younger son dropped the fermenting carboy with a crash. When he came back from the hospital we used our extra 5 gallon carboy and threw the liquid yeast. I expected the head to blast out vigorously, and put in the hose. It kicked on schedule but finished quietly in a day. Too fast, too gentle. I called NB to see if this was normal, they had no opinion.
After 2 weeks in the primary we moved to secondary and tasted. WOW! It was so good that I carried samples to all family members. Three weeks in secondary improved even more, and we bottled.
Can't keep them away from it, my sons are total converts to stout and keep giving bottles to their friends. This is a flavorful medium body beer with a great roasted coffee like flavor and a perfect bitter finish and a complex aroma. (Posted on 5/11/11)
tastes great even with stuck fermentation Review by ADAM
I brewed this beer with 1 stage fermentation and it tastes awesome. It came out with a low ABV so I will probably do it again with a yeast starter for sure. Even my 'light beer' loving friends were coming back for more and more!! Brew this beer right away! (Posted on 5/10/11)
Positive Review by Chaz
Wow what a brew. Better than most commercial brands.I would most compare it to a STONE Smoked Porter! Truly a go to brew! (Posted on 4/2/11)
Great Kit Review by WAORGANY
This was the third kit I made from NB and it was the best!!! I have been brewing since 1993...done kits, partial and full grain and this kit was fun and made a great beer, easy to follow directions simple kit and makes a killer beer that everyone who likes a good beer will love!!! Highly recommend this kit, Caribou Slobber Brown is a close second!!! Will buy and make again, thanks NB! (Posted on 3/25/11)
Solid Stout Brew...with Coffee Addition Review by Jordan
I cold brewed 1/3 lb Dunkin Donuts regular coffee for a day and added before bottling. It gave a very strong coffee flavor, not too great after a week of condiditoning. Has gotten better since. I recommend this kit, but there are more respectable stouts to choose from in the batch. Give it a shot if you are Guinness drinker or want something that is smooth (Posted on 3/20/11)
Another Good Review Review by WoodNeck
Brewed this true to recipe. It spent four weeks in primary then bottled using Kreamex.

It has been in the bottle for four weeks now and tastes excellent.
I hid a few 22oz bottles because I want to taste it after another four weeks.

I'm not good at tasting notes, but I'll say this is what I wish Guinness tasted like.

5 pints up! (Posted on 3/11/11)
This beer gets better and better Review by Shane
This was the second beer I had ever brewed. When it was first brewed, I wasn't that fond of it. At the time it seemed extremely bitter with a slight piney taste. The beer is now about a year old and it is phenomenal. The flavors seem to have mellowed a little bit and overall this is a great beer. Too bad it is almost gone.

I have to be very careful when pouring this beer, as it creates an extremely thick head that grows like crazy if it is disturbed when poured. The head stays forever. (Posted on 3/7/11)
Love it! Review by X
This kit was my second batch ever brewed and I'm very happy with the results. Like the others have said... it tastes like Guinness, only better.

I tried this beer after 4-weeks and it was very good. Then I let it sit in the keg for another month and tried it again (8-weeks total since brewing) and it is AWESOME. Definitely let this one age for at least 2-months if you can stand to wait that long. You'll be happy you did. (Posted on 3/2/11)
Deceptively simple; delicious. Review by some guy from New Jersey
This was the first stout I'd ever brewed and I didn't have high expectations -- the kit was too cheap, and the brewing process too easy for it to have possibly turned out well -- or so I thought. I was wrong. This is a delicious beer (particularly in the wintertime) and is easily the equal of Guinness Extra Stout -- or at least the bottles of it that my liquor store has been selling me. (Posted on 2/13/11)
Very Good Product Review by NorCal Brewer
I will start by saying that I just began home brewing 10/10. Since then, I have brewed a total of three batches, this Irish Stout being the third. The first two batches were kits from my local home brewery shop. The first batch was ok and drinkable, but still needed some improvement somewhere, and the second batch has a funky taste that makes it difficult to drink.

Next, found NB online, ordered the Irish Stout, brewed as directed, but left in the Primary for 4 weeks. Bottled and after 7 days, took one out after slight chilling and took a deep breath.....YES!! Unbelievable taste from start to finish. It tastes exactly what it is supposed to...no off or unexpected flavors...it tastes like a very very good stout that you just picked up from the store. Try it...you will not be disappointed. Good quality ingredients are important for making a good product such as this...good luck! (Posted on 2/3/11)
Chocolate Guinness Review by Ron
Definitely one of my favorite beers I've ever brewed! Nice and smooth just like Guinness, with a fantastic dark chocolate finish. My wife who usually only drinks #9, loves this beer and makes sure there is always ample amounts in the fridge. Definitely will become one of my staple winter time brews. (Posted on 1/29/11)
Big Flavor Review by Book'em Dano
Can't go wrong with this kit if your a beginner and priced right. I just followed the recipe and added heading powder at priming. Creamy right out of the bottle after 10 days. (Posted on 1/9/11)
Great...also even better with oats Review by Richard
I've improved this one by adding a pound of oats to the mash. Even smoother! (Posted on 11/15/10)
1st Stout Review by BC
Brewed per instructions, 1 week primary, 2 weeks secondary. 1 week in Keg @ 13psi. Very pleased with this one. Will buy again and again and maybe then one more time. (Posted on 11/14/10)
My best brew to date Review by Rock the Brew
I based my recipe on this kit. Added 1 lb dark dried malt extract, and used Kent Goldings instead of Cluster. Everyone loved it. This one will be the standard by which I judge all my future brews. (Posted on 11/10/10)
From start to finish Review by Michelle in Parkton
This beer tasted great from start to finish. Stout haters liked it. My best friend kept taking bottles to give to her friends. (Posted on 9/28/10)
Very easy, and pretty tasty Review by Brett
I really enjoy dry stouts so I gave this one a shot. I got kind of lazy on this brew. I kept it in the primary for three weeks and transfered it to my Tap A Draft bottles to carbonate for a one month. Used Kreamyx carb sugar. Used one C02 and one N20 with the TAD system which made this beer great on tap. This also turned out pretty good when bottled. Give it a shot. It won't long. (Posted on 8/17/10)
Very Good Review by Cody1021
This was my first home brew ever. I found this stout to be so close to guiness extra stout that I was very pleased. Friends who have tried it agree and like it as well. (Posted on 8/6/10)
Very Nice Review by Jeremy
This was the first time I brewed this style and it turned out great. My wife and I have grown to really enjoy this style. Like a lot of other posts I'm goign to add Muntons Kreamy next batch. Overall, excellent beer! Enjoy! (Posted on 7/18/10)
Awesome Review by jpbikerfreak
Better than guiness! I made it with the expensive Wyeast the first time around and it was incredible. Of course darker, thicker brews take a bit more persuasion to carbonate, but even after 2 days at 35 psi in the keg it was a bit more lively than Guiness. Another day or two at 10 and it was perfect. I'm now trying it with the cheap munton's (2 days left before that batch is ready) so we'll see what a difference that makes. (Posted on 7/2/10)
This is horrible! Review by Slainte23
I am going to go broke buying this kit non-stop. This is in my top two favorites. It's like Guinness without the creaminess. Love it. (Posted on 6/19/10)
Amazing Review by Michael
I brewed this beer a couple months ago and I love it. I fermented 2 weeks in the primary and 2 weeks in the secondary then transfered to a keg where it sat on 30 psi for 2 days. At first it was a little under carbed, so I let it sit on 10 psi for about a week or so and it turned out great. At first the hop presence was pretty strong, way more than what I expected, but after a month or so it died down. Now the beer is pretty good. I'd say I over carbed it a bit, but it was good. Too bad now that it's good theres not much left haha. Not as creamy as I'd like, but maybe the Chocolate Stout would be better? Either way I will brew this again. (Posted on 6/11/10)
A nice change. Review by Two guys and a brew
This beer starts with a very robust and full body. It finishes very well with the coffee-like flavor of a 1554, yet, without the hint of chocolate. In addition, this is a refreshing version of a Stout where it is not overly creamy, chocolaty and has a pleasant dry finish. I would definitely recommend this brew for a beginner as it was easy to brew. I would like to see how this beer brews with the liquid yeast as I used the dry yeast. Cheers!! (Posted on 6/9/10)
Niiiiice ! Review by JOEY FUMES
only my 4th beer brewed. just a week in the bottle & maybe my fave so far. very tasty & only rave reviews from everyone who's tried it. I'm getting another kit soon ! (Posted on 6/4/10)
Good beer to learn on Review by Deeboe
I like a good stout on occasion, so this was a nice one to try out. It's a pretty simple brew, so it is good for those that are just learning. The taste is good, but give it some time of the carbonation. I had one about a month after completion and the carbonation was much better and made for a nice thick head. (Posted on 6/2/10)
Great Stout Almighty! Review by jamesjensen
This is my 4th kit, 1st one from NB. All I have to say is "If you are on the fence about buying this kit, just do it!" Everyone who has tried it loves it. This is by far my best brew yet. Thanks Northern Brewer!
(Posted on 5/19/10)
Fricken Awesome! Review by Brewing Goat
This Recipe is dyno-mite, i threw in a pound of coffee beans in the secondary just for the hell of it, and its superb! (Posted on 5/17/10)
Very smooth stout! Review by MikO
I have to recommend this one since I will be ordering it again! This was my 5th batch since I got back into brewing and it was bottled on 4/22. As with all my brews, I just have to try one at 7 days. This one knocked me over as to how good it was at only 1 week in the bottle. I restrained myself and now at just over 3 weeks it is a keeper! It does have decent head retention and the nice fine head like Guinnes. I hope I have some left at 2 months after bottling just to see what the full potential is. (Posted on 5/16/10)
Great Stout. Easy to brew! Review by JUSTIN CREDIBLE
Excellent taste, easy to brew. Has nice chocolate hints and notes of smoke. I added 2oz of heading powder and Munton's KreamyX Priming Agent when it came time to bottle. I read the other posts that stated this kit did not give much head. I think with the additions of heading powder and Munton's Kreamy it made it a little more "Toothsome".
Cheers (Posted on 5/5/10)
I had to experiment Review by Grimster
So I made the brew according to the directions, but when I put it into secondary, I added 4 ounces of melted (heated till it melted) organic raspberry preserves.

At first when the beer was only a week in the bottle it was not good, the raspberry was too strong, but 2 more weeks made a HUGE difference and I ended up with a refreshing and awesome brew with just a hint of raspberry in the scent and aftertaste, exactly as I wanted it to.

I can't resist experiments, it's nice when they work out, not so when it doesn't! (Posted on 4/26/10)
a very tasty stout Review by vbbrewer
This is a great, fool-proof stout kit. 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, and began drinking/gifting a few days after bottling. It's tasting great now, 2+ months after the brew date, and I'm going to save a few for long-term conditioning to see how the flavors balance. Yes it's true that you won't get a Guiness head from the bottle, but to me that doesn't matter a bit. It tastes better after you let this beer "flatten" out a while, i.e. after the pour head mostly dissipates. If you're not kegging, don't be upset about the lack of head retention. It's not going to affect the flavor, only the mouth-feel, which will be a bit thinner, but not enough to put you off of this beer.
You will not regret buying this kit. (Posted on 4/10/10)
Good brew Review by zk
I decided to brew my own beer, since the cost of a good beer keeps going up. This was my first kit. It turned out really great, and it did not last long at all. 1 week in primary at 68 degrees, 1 week in secondary at 57 degrees. Bottled, and basically began drinking immediately. Of course there was no carb at first, but by 2 weeks in the bottle, this beer had a decent head, and tasted great. I will purchase this kit again FOR SHO! (Posted on 4/6/10)
The Best Sout on Earth Review by Gabriel
Ok that might be a little much. But this is one smooth beer. I love the taste and will be ordering this every order. (Posted on 3/20/10)

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