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

O'Reilly's Irish Stout
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.56%

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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2002)
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Photo of micromaniac129


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-09-2013 11:04:02 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of eddie_g


3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 22:02:53 | More by eddie_g
Photo of tobelerone


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-29-2012 16:31:07 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.6/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-28-2012 23:01:31 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of 57md


2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 06:01:22 | More by 57md
Photo of ThePorterSorter


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-11-2012 20:18:04 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-03-2012 01:09:06 | More by DrinkSlurm
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South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 02:45:42 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-08-2011 01:50:08 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Rifugium


3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-20-2011 17:29:05 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Knapp85


3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-18-2011 02:31:33 | More by Knapp85
Photo of thain709


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-23-2011 14:55:55 | More by thain709
Photo of philly224


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-09-2011 00:49:02 | More by philly224
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-30-2011 00:35:10 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of DIM


2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Very pretty nitro pour. Thick, cascading, creamy looking head atop a dark brown body.

s: Faint roast and a hint of dark fruit.

t: Hmmm... maybe a dirty tap line? Bitter, almost flavorless roast and a little something sour in the backround.

m: Nice, creamy nitro body.

d: I had high hopes for this, I'll definitely try it again elsewhere if I see it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-18-2010 17:02:10 | More by DIM
Photo of Soonami


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O'Reilly's Irish Stout by Sly Fox is pretty much all one would ask for in a dry Irish Dry Stout. This beer, served on nitrogen, carefully poured at Local 44, is pitch black with a fluffy, 2.5 inches of beige meringue foam. The beer has just a faint wisp of chalky roasted grain. This beer tastes almost perfect. It is plenty dry with flavorful espresso and dark chocolate roasted flavors. The hop bitterness strong and a bit surprising considering the mellow hop flavors in Guiness, but it works well with the creamy, silky mouthfeel, accentuating the dryness of the beer. This is a pleasure to drink and at 3.6%, it is very easy to keep going with it all night long. The only thing was that the roasted grain and bitterness from hops made this just a bit too astringent, but overall, fantastic.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-13-2010 04:07:07 | More by Soonami
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sly Fox O'Reilly's Irish Stout

on tap from McGillin's in Philadelphia, PA

Appearance: Dark brown, medium head, and lots of lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, and slight smoke.

Taste: Smoke, coffee, and slight dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Roasted smokiness with some chocolaty coffee. Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 05:38:19 | More by megahurts4
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.08/5  rDev -43.9%
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

08-07-2010 15:05:46 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox O'Reilly's Irish Stout has a black body and a creamy, brown head that has the waterfall affect from the nitrogen.

The aroma is pretty tame: a little bit of roasted malts and some coffee flavors.

Just like the aroma, O'Relly's Irish Stout has a flavor that is subdued roasted malts and a dash of coffee. There is also a hint of hops in the form of a grapefruit flavor. This is a little bit underwhelming, but not bad.

The feel of the stout is a little bit thin despite the creaminess that the nitrogen adds.

Overall I don't love this stout, but it's not bad for a low ABV beer, but I don't love it either.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-06-2010 04:10:12 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap @ the Fire in philly seeing my friends band, Action park, play....

Pours pitch black with an off white, cream colored head. Very creamy! mmm...

Its smells like the usual Irish stout. roasted malt dominating with chocolate aroma pull through in the end.

Taste is medium bodied and very creamy. Roasted malt with chocolate coffee notes.

A very solid stout! I've been in the mood for a good creamy stout and now I'm very satisfied.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 02:38:36 | More by jhammel01
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opague black with some liveliness going on in the glass as tiny little bubbles struggle to get to the surface. They finally settle and makes about an inch coffee colored heading that looks oh so creamy and TASTY!!!

Smell is very light in roasted malt a bit more of a coffee and chocolate aroma pull through in the end.

Taste and Mouth is very thin but ridiculously creamy.The menu says light bodied but I will go with medium. A nice roasted maltiness kicks you in the mouth then is taken over by some chocolate notes. Carbonation is awesome the best I've had for a stout.

Drinkability maybe a bit heavier for the summer days but definetly on a nice cool and cold day. Very easy to put a few down.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-18-2009 03:08:51 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of BARFLYB


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20oz pour off a nitro-tap at Teresa's. 1st time trying this which is amazing since it's all over.

A- O'Reilly holds a deep roasted brown color that borders on black, it's very close. A cascading head eventually builds a solid creamy looking cap about a inch in height. Solid sheets of thick lace stuck on the glass.

S- A nice huge focus is on the roast. This has a huge roast that is str8 off the grill. Some scents of smoke and some chocolate and coffee, maybe some bacon as well. Some faint traces of caramel while a splash of cream/vanilla comes up. A lot of malts in this I see.

T- Well, this is quite a treat as im not very big on this type of stout. This beats guinness by a long shot and the nitro blast is a good addition. Again this is dominated by a slighty smoky roast with char but is offset by some creamy appeal. Some chocolate and coffee within as well but comes out more as time goes by.

M- Incredibly smooth off of the nitro tap, this stout is fairly thin bodied but has a better feel than most in the style. Even with all the roasty taste in this you would expect this to be more rough, but that is not the case. Has a dry finish plus silky.

D- I ordered this because it has a low ABV and I was driving, so it has that going for it. While good I don't see myself having another but will get it from time to time. Having it off the nitro tap, I don't see having it any other way would suffice.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-19-2009 04:44:18 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Slatetank


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the 2009 goat races at the brewpub in Phoenixville, PA. Served chilled in a willybecker.
A -Dark opaque brown, med brown at the base, thick 3/4 inch band of cream from nitrogen pour, thick lacing collects in rings

S - Roasted malt, fruity yeast scents. Light caramel notes w/ very mild hop aromas

M - A creamy textureat first followed by dark roasted almost bitter texture w/ intense roasted feel carrying through w/ a hop bitterness trailing.

T - A moderately bitter stout for the style. Taste-wise the malt is very roasted which gives the malt a bitter quality w/ a gentle caramel malt back. The nitrogen sharpens the black malt slightly w/ an increased bitterness in the taste. Very one dimensional flavor after the first pint. Not a bad tasting stout, just lacks a layered malt flavor and seems to bitter for the style.

D - I would be content w/ one since the roasted flavors and hops overpower the beer and nitrogen is not my favorite form of delivery. This is just ok in my book and compared to guiness it is a toss up personally. I think for the abv it has a lot going on.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-12-2009 18:57:23 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Yetiman420


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a five beer sampler of 4 oz, Michelin Man style glasses, beers.

Held the same micro bubble head for about 30 minutes. Pronounced roasted aroma. Very nice.

This was my final beer. Aroma and appearance get things going very well but it's down hill from there.

Taste comes across as watery. Not nearly the flavor I was expecting based on the wonderful aroma. Easy to drink but need a little more uuuumph! One dimensional to the roasted side and continues to have a watery element to it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2009 14:06:01 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/3/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours black with a small dark tan head. Very pretty! Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Aroma of roasted and sweet malt with a bitter hops finish. Quite dry. Watery, weak palate. Meh, not much to this one.
6/4/6/3/13 (3.2/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2008 16:49:20 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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