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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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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Soonami
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of SPRichard
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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?

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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