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

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
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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Reviews by pezoids:
Photo of pezoids
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had me one of these at the Standard Tap in Philly.
I have to say that this is one creamy and easy drinking stout. It poured your usual pitch black color, the head cascaded slightly and was a very creamy off white color.

I was getting nice hints of lemon and citrus from the hop aroma. It matched perfectly with the roasted malt flavors. There was hardly any aftertaste. Very clean. Much better than the draft Guinness I had earlier in the evening. This is one to seek out.

4/5/03:
sampled on tap @ The Sly Fox brew house.

Poured a smooth and creamy jet black. I love this nitro charged stout. It has a sharp roastiness and pleasant hop presence.
It’s yummy.

pezoids, Mar 17, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

oberon, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of StoutHearted
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

StoutHearted, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of jefftuck47
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

jefftuck47, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Soonami, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -18.9%

acurtis, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of fester71
4/5  rDev +8.1%

fester71, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +35.1%

troegaarden, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of beerluvr
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

beerluvr, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of Lanstrum
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Lanstrum, May 29, 2013
Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

apasternak, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of MCDub
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

MCDub, Jan 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

waddellc2, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Neffbeer, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of eddie_g
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

eddie_g, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +8.1%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

MarkJBurch, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

SixpointJMH, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of kingslotty
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

kingslotty, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

DrBier, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of LunaChick
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

LunaChick, Jun 09, 2008
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O'Reilly's Irish Stout from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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