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O'Reilly's Irish Stout - Sly Fox Brewing Company

O'Reilly's Irish Stout
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-09-2006)
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Photo of PhillyStyle


3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, nitro at Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA:

The beer appeared a nice, thick black color with a nice dark tan cascade and thick, dense, dark tan head, with excellent retention and some lacing. The beer gave off a very light, much lighter than expected roasted malt aroma with perhaps a slight hint of coffee. The beer had a nice malty taste that one would expect from a dry stout, with a slight bitterness to it. The beer had a good moderate feel to it, and it was smooth, creamy and very easy to drink. Overall a good beer, but my favorite is still Beamish.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-11-2013 02:01:48 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of kylehay2004


4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the tasting room in Pottstown, PA

A: single finger white head creating an amazingly nice contrast itch the dark brown/black body with some light getting through body. Amazing head retention and nice lacing.

S: roasted malts, earthy hops and light coffee notes.

T: clean for the style with a nice roasted coffee bean bitterness, roasted malt. Dark chocolate shows up in the middle but vanishes quickly. Earthy hops throughout. Also has an interesting tanginess to the finish.

M: very smooth, medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nicely flavorful Irish stout. The body is full for the style and this one is very flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 19:23:41 | More by kylehay2004
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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a two finger head of off white foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam sticks around indefinitely and leaves excellent lace.

S - Dark bread and light roast.

T - Light coffee, roasted malt, musty hops and some creamy chocolate in the finish.

M - A fairly thick body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nicely done and a better than average version of a be that few craft breweries attempt.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-27-2012 18:45:10 | More by nickfl
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4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap in Phoenixville--served into a pint glass

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/2 inch creamy head, clear, low carbonation, amazing lacing

Smell: sweet cream and charred malt

Taste: cream, not overpowering charred malt, light butterscotch at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate-low carbonation, sweet, light bodied for the style

Drinkability: Amazing beer. Nice, dry, and sweet. This is my new favorite in the style. Very true to the style, yet pleasantly complex. This one may be better than their pils.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 14:18:09 | More by tigg924
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap & Mallet. Poured very black still nitro cascading on the way to the table nice 1/4" nitro head doesn't fade.
Smell is dark roasted burnt malt a bit stronger aroma than the big 3.
Taste follows the nose and is much more prominent. Nice flavor comparing the Ireland's big 3 this is one notch up in the boldness
Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from a nitro napped stout smooth creamy and easy drinking.
Overall a nice easy going flavorful session brew.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-03-2011 20:44:22 | More by sliverX
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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last stop on our graduation journey. Poured into the O'reilly's stout glass.Poured opague black with an absolutely beautiful creamy brown heading. Leaves lacing rings all over the place.

Not alot going on in the nose. Some light barley notes with a nice coffee aroma.

Taste is nice. There are some big flavor's of coffee,chocolate,cream here for such a lower ABV.Finishes with a lingering coffee twang in the tastebuds.

Mouth is extremely smooth and creamy. Again for such a lower ABV this is very we balanced not very watery at all.

Big flavor,low ABV. What else is not to like about this?

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 15:21:24 | More by TheFightfan1
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New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ.

Appearance: Jet black and opaque; nice brown head with tight bubbles
Smell: a little too non-descript for a stout
Taste: A little bitter and chemical tasting...no coffee, chocolate, etc. But a surprisingly good aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin, compared to what I expected based on its appearance
Drinkability: easy drinking, but not necessarily worth it with other stouts around...

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-02-2011 17:42:46 | More by ranger60
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4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and frothy tan colored head that sticks around for a long time and laces pretty heavily when it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, nice sweet oatmeal and other malt aromas with hints of chocolate and coffee as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malt, more bitter darker malts, hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.
M: Super Smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation
D: Very drinkable, this was a great mix of flavor and feel, especially on the Nitro Tap so this is something I will be looking for again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-25-2011 11:32:02 | More by erosier
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a nitro-tap stout with a little bit of cascading bubbles and good lacing.

Smell is a bit muted but nice with dark roasted coffee.

Taste is predominantly dark roasted coffee. Hints of dark chocolate towards the back end with even some earthy hops in the finish.

M - Light body, delicate carbonation, finishes clean with even some lingering bitterness from dark roasted coffee and hops. Never feels watery.

D - I would definitely get this again. Packs a nice punch of taste and bitterness in the finish which keeps it interesting.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-05-2010 22:43:51 | More by garuda
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4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this this several times now - each time on nitro - and each time it's a dependably decent brew. Love the nitro and it's ultra-creamy pour - cascade action! - leaves an inch thick compact velvety khaki-colored head atop of the pitch blackness below. The scum left behind is immaculate. Being served via nitro, the aroma can range from quite muted to a soft roasted bitter - not a wide spectrum - but, for what style it is, it suggests something weightier, or more substantial, in density and concentration of flavor and feel than say Guinness Draught (which essentially is dirty water). Lovely smooth, more bitter than roasty, taste. Real creamy. Actually hangs on the palate nicely. I've had it with a more relaxed degree of nitro and the flavors really blossom. Hints of industrial coffee and some vague nuttiness. They really nailed the style as I sometimes confuse it for Murphy's (though it's still better).

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-29-2010 02:48:45 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On the nitro tap at the Old Eagle Tavern on 11/10. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a chocolate milk brown with a fizzy, off-white head. Gets darker in color as the cascade fades, leaving behind a creamy lacing that sticks around for a bit.

Aroma packs in melted chocolate, medium roast coffee, licorice and toffee. It's a nice mix of sugary and bitter and it got me excited for my first sip.

Stout itself is creamy as hell with a nice coffee bean bite in the finish and mild smoke notes lingering in the back. Milk chocolate takes center stage here and one could say that this is reminiscent of a drier and subtler Young's Double Chocolate. Very tasty!

The smoothness on display is profound and this ale manages to nicely balance its two elements (roasted notes and sweet notes). Consistency is similar to a cold glass of milk, but without that annoying coating on the back of your throat.

This is definitely my favorite American-made Irish Dry Stout and the flavor profile and low ABV are perfect for an all-day session.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-25-2010 19:47:01 | More by deapokid
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2.08/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber, almost black in color with a creamy white head. In the aroma, a faint roasty malt. In the taste, grassy and a small dry roasty malt. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small bitter aftertaste. Quite thin, and lacking in flavor and aroma.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-17-2010 01:42:12 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

O'Reillys Irish Stout on Nitro tap. Pours a dark blackish brown with a solid fingers worth of tan foam. Wall of lace.

Smells of bready and roasted malts, but not a very strong smelling beer.

Starts out with a creamy feel, followed by an ever so faint roasted malt note. Lightly bitter, but not a lot going on.

Spritzy carbonation with a semi-smooth overall feel. Creamy.

Drinkability is decent. A nitro stout with nothing out of place, but not a whole lot stands out. A fair attempt at a Guinness imitation brand.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-31-2010 17:41:12 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Sly Fox Brewery (in Royersford) into a standard pint glass. Poured a with a creamy one-finger head which settled to creamy off-white coating. Lacing was abundant and lasting. Nose was some chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Taste was dry and moderately bitter, heavy roasted malts, grain some chocolate, and burnt coffee. Mouthfeel was light, very creamy and well-carbonated. I can't remember the last time I had a beer that was 3.6% ABV but clearly you could down a few of these without damage. A decent offering but nothing I would go out of my way to have again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-16-2010 01:05:59 | More by regspeir
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn off the tap.
A- It has a nice dark color to it, basically black. It has a big head that leaves a fair amount of lace.
S- Slight tartness to it.
T- This beer has a nice smooth vegetable (celery)) flavor to it. For a stout, it has a bit of tart chocolate taste, but very smooth once down.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2010 21:14:42 | More by Amalak
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, viscous liquid with a creamy tan head that leaves a bunch of lacing. A good looking stout.

S: Malty and mildly smoky. Otherwise, nothing too extravagant here.

T: Malty and chalky with an abrupt and dry finish. If I didn't know what I had ordered, I would have thought this was a Guinness.

M: Really thick brew with a creamy mouthfeel. The funny thing is, as thick and rich as this one is, it isn't overly filling.

D: Fairly drinkable, and not as thick and one might perceive. Still, nothing overwhelming, either good or bad. Stout's aren't my favorite style, but I've tried several and have begun to appreciate them.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 01:59:44 | More by irishking1977
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4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with huge dense undulating head that takes several minutes to settle down. Aroma is roasted, like bitter chocolate or smoke, and evident at a distance. Flavor is sharp and coffeelike, bitter roasted like an excellent campfire. Deep caramel, round nutty bitterness. Mouthfeel powerful thick and creamy. Insanely creamy.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-17-2010 01:00:33 | More by Seanibus
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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-jet black in color, no light comes through, a thick white head accompanies the deep black color

S-light roasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate

T-very light in flavor, almost watered down and similar to a guiness, the taste is of light roasted malt and just a hint of coffee

M-very light body yet very smooth and low carbonation

D-it does bring some flavor and is very low in body, seeing the alcohol content just now i realize why it is so light. i guess i should give it a higher score b/c you could drink this all day and never get drunk; but personally i'd rather get drunk fast and drink something i enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 21:45:46 | More by cpetrone84
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap as a special offering from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark brown - almost jet black - body with a silky, one finger tan head with very good retention and lacing.

S: A slightly bitter, dry smell with some roasted barley undertones.

T: A fairly subtle, roasted taste that finished fairly dry. Nothing overbearing or overly amazing. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste did well in contributing to the dry finish.

M: A little light, like a nice stout and very smooth on the palette. Very nice for the style.

D: A pretty good mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer very drinkable. While the mouthfeel seemed to be almost spot on for what I was expecting, the taste could have used a little bit more robustness with the roasted notes. Overall, still a nice beer overall and worth a shot if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 21:04:09 | More by maddogruss
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on nitro-tap at McGillin's poured into a nonic glass

deep black body....creamy off white/tan head....superb lacing

toasty malt....with touches of coffee and caramel

subtle sweetness yet still dry with some toasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate flavor...light and creamy

light creamy mouthfeel...light in alcohol

this is an all nighter for me....this is hard to come by where i'm from in NJ so when i find it when i 'm out i stick with it for most of the night...the limited availability (for me at least) along with the super low ABV help in it's drinkability

excellent Irish stout....actually prefer this over that other "well known" Irish stout

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-06-2009 02:50:05 | More by SPRichard
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Jean Bonnett Tavern, Bedford PA. St Patty's Day.

Appearance: Ruby dark red & black. Nice head retention as you would expect with Nitro. Lacing left all the way down the glass

Smell: Roasted maltballs

Taste: Extremely smooth, velvety texture with coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Coffee bitter taste is not as pronounced as Guinness and I find this a touch sweeter than Guinness.

Overall: Exceptional drinker! I could see myself having many of these over a course of an evening. Prefer this over Guinness and Victory Donnybrook.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-20-2009 00:08:07 | More by Kolsch
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this numerous times on tap at the Tap and Mallet.
It's an easy pour and very silky in your mouth. Feel the head could be a bit less pronounced on this, but is still decent.

This is one of my favorite stouts. It pairs exceptionally well with food and is not obtrusive with other flavors. The lacing is great. In my opinion has overtones of coffee and nut.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-17-2009 15:23:46 | More by KimR
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark orange, brownish tinge, very thick light tan head forms, drops a ton of lace on its way down, settles to a very thick layer, very creamy looking, bit light in colour for a stout though. Smell is alright, grainy and sweet, some caramel, light roast and chocolate, toasty bitterness, some raisins and dark fruit, not too bad. Taste is very dry and grainy at first, caramel sweetness, toast, light roast and chocolate, oats/cereal, very dry in the finish, light on flavour but nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Just a bit too light to be great, but a decent Irish stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-06-2009 19:03:04 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nitro tap at the Tap and Mallet,black, big creamy head, creamy mouthfeel, coffee grounds for taste, roast and one-dimensional, that of course is mediocre compared to the stout I want to drink. ALso not overally dry. Would like more stout flavour, maybe in a bottle?

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-20-2008 02:42:46 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(from notes)
Had on tap at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA

Arrived in front of me a big thick stout with a nice creamy off-white head. Nice sticky lacing and quality retention.

Smells of cocoa powder, roasted chocolate malts, and coffee.

Flavors of roasted malts that leads way to a dry sweetness.

Very creamy and dry. Drinkability is on par for the style.

This is a nice take on the style, not the best I have ever had, but a good alternative to some other irish stouts.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-04-2008 04:58:02 | More by ColForbinBC
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O'Reilly's Irish Stout from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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