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

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 20.32%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  3.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2002

This Irish Style Stout is brewed with imported Pale and British Roasted Barley and hopped with Cascade and East Kent Goldings. Black in color, light in body, and roasty dry.
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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 158
Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While on a trip to Philly, I got this on draught at The Irish Pub. I purposely chose it because of its low ABV and needing to travel a couple of hours later that evening. I must say I really liked it. I compare it to Guinness (but better flavor). Very dark, brown/black in color with a nice creamy head. Fist off I got a smell of coffee and hops. The taste is very good, smooth and with a touch of bitterness. I like this beer too because of its session-ability.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, on nitrogen
$ 4.00/10 oz glass, $ 4.50/16 oz
Aroma weak malt and chocolate
Head removed by bartender, light brown, creamy
Lacing excellent – covers entire inside of glass
Body dark brown, opaque – many bubbles adhering to inside of glass
Flavor – dry, slightly bitter, chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of dacrza1
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Liberty Craft House in State College, celebrating St. Patrick's day and Jer's 40th birthday...jet black body with a pile of pillorous brown head that mushrooms atop the nonick; thick, resilient glass-clinging frothy tracing ...milky elements and earthy, peaty tones as well in the aroma....reasonably smooth with a palpable exit down the throat; leaves a noticeably dry, crunchy finish...speaking of crunchy, more hoppy than expected; lactic and sweet flavors dominate--pleasing to the palate...overall, a nuanced, balanced, swiftly emptying kind of stout....

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Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Gorgeous head. The kind that when someone else orders it makes you wish you got that instead. Lots of spicy rye on the nose. Follows through on the first sip. Very smooth, from nitro, but at the price of overall body. Decent stout, but not a particularly big one. Drinkable, and goes down very easily; traits enhanced by being dry as opposed to the cloying sweetness some big stouts can have and by the slight bitterness that makes you want to return to the glass frequently.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considerable amount of head sits on top and makes for a great color contrast. The dark black color of the beer with the light mocha head.
Aroma is pretty sutle but there is considerable amounts of roasted almost burnt malt smell.
Like in the nose lots of roasted nearly burnt malts some bitter cocoa and coffee are in there too.
Drinks smooth on the palate and drinks dry as well.
A very good stout.

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Photo of eddie_g
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first review ... hang with me.

Got this beer on tap, not nitro, which definitely hindered the appearance at first pour.

A: Dark-amber to black. Very thin cream head - less than two fingers, which disappointed a bit for a beer of this style. Again, perhaps the service style contributed to this?

S: Subtle, but nice. Slightly burnt yet sweet.

T: Rather watered-down for a stout. The smokey burnt flavor is there, but is very subtle. A surprising amount of bitterness lingers - the taste doesn't suggest such flavor hides within.

M: Again, a bit watery for the style. Thin.

O: An average brew.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Phoenixville brewpub. Classic look on nitro; hey black with a big tan head that hangs around forever and a sheets of creamy lacing clinging all over the sides of the glass. Spot on. Aroma is straightforward; roasty and charred, with notes of bittersweet chocolate and, to a lesser extent, black coffee.

The flavor reverses the nose; it's still quite roasty tasting, but the bitter black coffee note is much more prominent than the chocolate. It's also exceptionally dry, probably more so than any other example of the style I've had.

Medium thin bodied with lowish carbonation and a very smooth and creamy overall mouthfeel. Quite a good Irish stout that takes the "dry" designation seriously.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro -tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep black color with the off white carbonation/nitrogen bubbles streaming through the brew to form a thick off white head. While it is always a beautiful sight this beer was not quite as impressive as others I have seen as the color contrast between the nitrogen/carbonation bubbles and the brew was not as intense.

Smell – As with most dry stouts this one was rather subtle in the aroma department. Light roasted and burnt aromas of bread mixed with a very mellow coffee aroma are all that was really detected.

Taste – The taste was mostly of the roasted bread flavor with just a bit sweeter up front. The light sweetness, while present initially, faded fast to more roasted notes with some of the burnt bread and coffee flavors come to the tongue. The flavors level out in intensity overtime and leave a dry roasty taste on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel – Creamy like a nitrogen driven brew should be. I always love the smoothness of these brews. The creamy body is matched with a good level of effervescence creating a pleasant mouthfeel overall.

Overall - While it is a pretty tasty nitro-dry Irish stout it is nothing too spectacular. It’s worth a try, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of 57md
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in appearance with a finger of head and some nice retention and lacing. Very mild nose. The taste is smooth, but very, very thin. There is a mild roasted bitterness on the finish, but not enough to pick this effort up out of the doldrums. Simply put: bland.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alto cincos

Super dark with a dense, creamy tan head. Incredible lacing and carbonation...nitronation...
Flecks of garnet in the light.

None. Served too cold. Very slight grain base.

Whoa, really tasty grain aftertaste. No alcohol taste (obviously) and pairs nicely with some jalapeño cornbread.

Really tasty and drinkable stout/session beer. Increasibly creamy with a distinctly different grain aftertaste. The body is a little thin/watery.

Great price, great taste and relatively locally brewer beer. Could use a tad more body, by I'm really diggin the aftertaste. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from nitro-tap at Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY.
Pours creamy black as night with thick white head. It looks really nice. Smells of a fresh roasted malt.
Taste is smooth...malt and ever so slight burnt coffee...and slightly bitter.
Its really lacking any wow factor, but its smooth.
The very low ABV almost makes it worthless to really drink though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

really showed a tremendous amount of promise. Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance to me

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Photo of tigg924
4.71/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- amazingly dense black color. Perfect pillow like nitro head with amazing cascade. Head is a deep tan color, with superb lacing.

S- light on smell, notes of raw black malt. Touch of really thin light coffee. Wish the smell was more robust.

T- light hint of smoke up front. Middle is predominately a dry char flavor. Slight bitter notes on the finish.

M- feel is very smooth and creamy. Finish is a bit light.

O- overall it does not have enough going on, flavors need to be more assertive to pull off the lack of acidity from going nitro. Easily drinkable, but the primary flavor is the char which isn't really satisfying. Overall it is a pleasant beer but nothing stands out as extraordinary.

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Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA

Poured into a signature glass, pitch black with a finger of dense, creamy, tan head. Roasted malts in the aroma with just a hint of coffee. Taste of more roasted malts, a bit of coffee for bitterness, and really not much else. Pretty smooth, but not full-bodied enough for a stout. Nice and creamy on nitro though as long as the head lasts. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of ranger60
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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...

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Photo of erosier
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nitro tap is always awesome, the beer pours much like a Guinness Draught. The color is a deep brownish black with a really nice creamy brown head on it thats sticky and laces pretty well. The aromas are lightly roasted slight smooth creamy aromas too. The taste is very smooth kind of on the flat side but the nitro makes it that way. The mouthfeel is very light and easy to drink. This is a pretty good attempt at an Irish Stout.

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Photo of thain709
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - You have to love nitro pours...the body starts black at the bottom with brown cascading the entire way...after it's all settled the body is pitch black with a two finger, creamy, mocha colored head...decent lacing

S - Nothing special for a stout...typical roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee mixed in...a splash of caramel sweetens things up

T - The roasted malt flavor follows suit and sticks around on the palate...there is a hint of smoke on the malts...they provide a nice dark chocolate flavor up front and through the middle...there is caramel in the middle and it stood out for me...coffee finishes bitter and dry

M - Medium bodied...nice carbonation (which keeps it from being full)...smooth and creamy

D - This was a good Irish stout and the mouthfeel keeps the body from being heavy so it's easier to have more than one of these...the lower ABV also adds to the drinkability

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Photo of philly224
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Nitro tap

Appearance: Very dark color with a nice creamy head on it

Smell: Smoky with a faint hint of coffee

Taste: Initially you get a pretty strong coffee flavor but the middle and end are fairly weak. I would like it better it if had a stronger flavor

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, liked the feel of this beer a lot

Drinkability: The drinkability is great, at only 3.6% abv you could easily finish several of these.

Overall I thought it was a good beer that is perfect for after a meal or with some desert.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

O'Reilly Irish Stout...on tap at the Sly Fox Phoenixsville Location....

Appearance-nice looking nitro pour, very carbonated, jet black color in the pint glass, the head settles very nicely.

Smell-dry toasted malt, light touch of coffee, mild alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, malt mixed with coffee, slight hops pull through but the malt buries it, exceptionally smooth and consistent. Finishes almost clean but with a touch of malt.

Drinkability-easiest drinking ever.

Overall-dynamite Irish Stout, great sessioner, obviously knocks the big boys out of the park. Excellent job

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