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

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 04-09-2006

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by PhillyStyle:
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.71/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flowing on a nitro tap at Trivia Pub in Moon Township, pours a dark brown almost appears black especially in the lighting of this grundgy pub. Tan head forms thick and lasts awhile and forms lacing with each sip from the pint. Aroma is a bit muted with touches of dark chocolate and light coffee notes a bit of an herbal hop finish but really nothing stands out. Flavor profile is solid a clean well balanced dry Irish stout that goes down with ease and has some of that tartness lactic edge that Guinness has. Light dark chocolate and coffee presence finishes with a touch of herbal hops dead on to the style. Mouthfeel is light and airy in body with creamy nitrogenated carbonation. Drinkability is with ease and the abv being so low this one is definitely a sessionable brew.

Photo of SPRichard
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox- O'Reilly's Stout

Appearance- Reddish black with a creamy soft head.
Smell- Light roasted chocolate coffe with cream and sugar.
Taste- Smooth and creamy. Sweet chocolate with a mild roasted coffee bean.
Mouthfeel- Velvety soft and smooth. Slight dry finish.

Overall- An easy Stout to drink. Not the boldest of flavors but solid and a good beer to finish the day with.

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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?

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel.

This is exactly what an Irish dry stout should be. Just plain delicious. It's a very creamy body with a thick head and lacing. The flavor is a slightly milky, deep roasted flavor with an aroma to match. A great example of the style and oh so drinkable. Find this and get someone else to drive you home.

Photo of Kolsch
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of erosier
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Phatz
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of Irish Dry Stouts. I regularly have Guinness on hand at my house and I love O'hara's Irish Stout as well.

O'Reilly's Irish Stout was a little bit disappointing. It was a beautifully enticing appearance followed with very little to back it up IMHO. It was a dark brown maybe mahogany that looked black in the dim lighting. Huge thick foamy head that lasted long after I gave up on the beer. The creamy foam sitting atop this beer seemed as if it'd never fade. So far so good.

Smell: When I got to the smell it was good but nothing exceptional. A bit of the aroma like Murphy's but week and a bit hard to find. When I did locate the aroma there was the typical smell of roasted malts and subtle hints of coffee.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is decent at the beginning and the end but this beer seem to have no backbone in the mouth; texture or taste. It just went limp and watery through the center. The front end had a decent roasted malt and subtle coffee character. I was hoping for a bit more chocolate or more poignant flavor. Nonetheless it was good to start. then as the beer passes over the tongue it lost all complexity and depth; it was very watery and thin through the center. The finish was decently dry but overall I was a bit disappointed. I herd good things about this beer from others so maybe it is just this batch that is weaker than others. Still a good beer just straightforward and thin through the center.

Drinkability: This beer dinky like water. Very quaffable a sessionable! I would drink this with dinner as opposed to considering it a beer for deep contemplation.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.91/5  rDev +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?

Photo of soupyman10
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is a solid stout appearance, dark brown (nearly black) with a surprisingly light finger of nice off-white head that leaves impressive lacing as the beer goes down. Nose is fairly mild, pretty dry roasted malt smell. A touch sour. I guess this is what gives the beer a little more character. Sourness comes through throughout the beer, very limited sweetness. Roasted malt as well. Feel is creamy and full bodied, solid. Overall, I could have a few of these, but the sourness might be a little limiting. I prefer my stouts a little sweeter, although that might not be this style.

Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.09/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
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).

Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark espresso colo and a thick, tan head that takes forever to settle down; once it did, it was as beautiful as a Guiness and left sheets of lace along the sides of the glass

Smell: Very modest dark bread aroma with a sour tinge

Taste: Slightly roasted bready flavor up front that is joined, mid-palate, by some subtle sour flavors - very similar to a Guiness

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; a good example of a subtle, but flavorful, low ABV beer

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of regspeir
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Kadonny
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial stout glass from the nitro tap at the brewery.

A: A deep black color with an off white creamy head. It was served at a table so the head had time to calm down. Lacing was nice.

S: Toasted malt with a bit of coffee and caramel. I could swear I picked up a hint of nuttyness too.

T: Sweet but dry toasted malts with some coffee and dark chocolate flavors and some fruit flavors. Not bitter, but very light and creamy. Not overly complex, but just enjoyable.

M: Light mouthfeel with a very creamy character to it. Nice light alcohol so there is no real taste of it in the mouth.

D: Very high. A very easy drinking lighter creamy stout that you can easily drink all night long.

Overall a nice Irish style lighter stout that can't rival the serious stouts, but Sly Fox made it that way. This beer was made to enjoy as a light offering that one could drink anytime. I really enjoyed it, but it is not something I would pick again if I was heading to Sly Fox since so many of their other beers are kick ass. Don't get me wrong, I would drink one anytime, but there are beers I enjoy more from them.

Photo of ranger60
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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...

Photo of deapokid
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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