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

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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: 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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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a pour,pours a pitch black with a great creamy head that leaves some real nice lacing,smells very dry and earthy.The taste is dry and earthy with some unsweetened chocolate under tones.A real complex dry stout,very enjoyable,first time trying,wil be sure to get again.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured out dark with a thick, white head that remained almost to the last drop. The aroma was full of roastiness, but the first sip revealed bitter hops balanced by a coffee flavor. My favorite part was the mouthfeel: a delectable creaminess that had the texture of milk (but without the heavy lactose taste.) Drinkability was slow for me- by the time I drank the pint dry, my dinner partner was finished his second beer. This is a stout to savor and enjoy, not to pound.

Photo of Soonami
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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....

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many a brewpub has tried to emulate the dry stouts of erin's isle, but this one has finally pulled it off! It's the perfect dry Irish stout served via nitrogen carbonation and dispense; and it rivals Beamish, Murphy's, and Guinness. There's not much in the nose (as to style!), but it's soft and creamy in the mouth due to the soft carbonation and densely creamy head due to the nitrogen breakout. It doesn't have the lightly sour tang of Guinness, but it does offers a touch more bittersweet chocolate than most which gives it a bit of a unique edge. It's roasty with a thin bit of malt underneath, and backed by a solid bitterness in the 40 to 50 IBU range. It's light body lends to its drinkability; and it finishes short and dry. An impressive rendition of the style, and an excellent 'end of the night' beer that offers alot of flavor with a limited alcohol - although it's equally at home as a session beer for the evening. Quite nice!

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

A rich thick dark brown head over opaque black liquid. Roasty chocolatey nose, with flavors of roasted barley with little malt sweetness, light coffee, some hops. Very smooth going down and a pleasure to drink as it seemed very fresh. An unexpected treat to find it on tap.

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

A: Poured a opaque black with a big, creamy tan head that had very good retention.

S: soft, with a very smooth and silky coffee aroma with some chocolate.

T: The flavor was very smooth with a soft roasted character that was light and clean. There was some slight hints of dry chocolate and vanilla as the beer finished with a light dryness of chocolate roast.

M: light, very smooth and silky from the nitro and slides off the tongue effortlessly.

D: Very good per style, incredibly clean and smooth going down.

Photo of eddie_g
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.21/5  rDev -13%
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

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice near black colour with a creamy off-white head that has nice retention time and a good amount of stickiness to it.

The aroma is a decent if not somewhat faint roasted malt, chocolate/cocoa blend, with a touch of earthiness to it.

The flavour is more of the same, but perhaps beefed up a touch. It's simple and to the point, but good stuff overall. Roasted malt still leads the way but there's a nice dry sweetness here too. While a nice creamy mouthfeel is expected for a nitro poured beer, the fact that there is so much dryness here was a bit of an unexpected match, but it was good nonetheless.

This is a nice beer overall. I'd like to try it as a non-nitro pour. I bet it'd accentuate some aromas and flavours and bring a fuller overall experience to this one. Still, no complaints about how this one pours now. Recommended.

Photo of LunaChick
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noticed Recently that our usual spot isn't serving the beer nearly as chilled as we're accustomed to. Not sure if its intentional or not. So I've had this brew very cold and then only slightly chilled.
Very deep color, deep brown to black with a thick head that lasts to the bottem of the pint.
Smells slightly sweet with hints of bitter chocolate. Very rich brew, almost like drinking coffee with whipped cream. When chilled the taste starts sweet, hints of coffee and chocolate and ends very dry.
When slightly chilled the flavor was much more like chilled coffee. I could not detect any chocolate. Still it was very pleasing until the end. The last few sips were difficult--mostly I think due to the pubs lack of air conditioning.
Normally one of my favorites.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with amber streaks and a one finger creamy tan head. There was very good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt grain with some traces of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste was upfront burnt grain with a nice coffee and semisweet chocolate bitterness. Good use of black malt.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and creamy.

Overall a very tasty dry stout. A nice fresh allternative to Guinness.

Photo of frank4sail
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Standard Tap on 1-17-03.

Rich thick tan head. Dark opaque look. The lasting thick creamy head does impress. Not much nose to speak of.. just a whisp of roast in the back of the throat. Very roasty malty taste with hints of expresso on the back of the tongue. Dry toasty finish left on the tongue. A solid Dry Stout.. the only area it was lacking was in the nose.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer came a dark black with slight purple highlights and a creamy, earthy tan head that left some great lace behind.

Smelled dry, nutty and woody with a prune and honey sweetness.

Tasted dry and smoky with a sour dark malt base and a hint of chocolate. There's a nicely paired assertive hop that lends its dryness to round out the flavor. The milky creaminess is just about perfect in my book.

Mouth feel is light, clean and smooth but dense with a soft emergence of creamy bubbles.

The flavor is really clean and easy drinking. With the nitro and at 3.2%, I could easily drink this one all night long.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ginger Man in New York City...
Pours a murky, deep, dark-brown hue with slight carbonation and a minimal tannish head...
Faint aroma with slight hints of malts, barley, and light chocolate...
Taste strongly complemented the smell... My only complaint was that despite the very mellow ABV, this sample seemed watered-down and loose... Not much in the flavor department...
Definitely not Sly Fox's best...
Not highly recommended...

Photo of TheDeuce
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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

Photo of iceball585
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick black color, 2 finger thick white head

S- Roasted malt, smokey, dry smell w/ hints of cocoa

T- Very smokey start, hints of toffee and cocoa near the end

M- Thick full feel, very smooth w/ a dry finish

D- Typical dry stout

When they handed this pint to me I thought they poured me a Guinness. Has a very typical dry stout look and feel but has a very smokey flavor to it.

Photo of Rifugium
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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 57md
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a thick tan head that stayed around for most of the drink. Thick lacing was left on the glass.

Smell: the aroma was of roasted malt.

Taste: the flavor was mostly roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, and very little bitterness. The roasted malt seemed a little overpowering, but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, but the body was thinner than other Irish stouts I have had. The roasted malt lasted on the tongue for a few seconds after swallowing.

Drinkability: very drinkable as the flavor is strong and it is lighter in body for a stout.

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