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

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
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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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of jhammel01
4.9/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

Photo of ajhod
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put this is one of the best pints of stout I've ever had. Bar none.

Its a deep rich dry stout totally accurate to the style, complex roast flavors balanced by the tiniest residual malt sugar. Hop levels are minimal, allowing the roast to take the fore.

Most bars serve this slightly too cold because of the demands of keeping several beers cold at the same time. The owner of the Mermaid inn in Chestnut Hill gave me sage advice: order two at the same time. Drink one slowly, appreciating it as it changes as it warms. During this time the second pour will sit there in front of you warming. Enjoy that second beer. It will be nearly the perfect temp and full of rich roast flavors. Coffee, black cherry, rich pipe tobacco.

This beer, more than anything else, makes me want to change my home draft system over to Nitro-blend.

I bid you peace!

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
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 pezoids
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed from the source on 02.14.08.

The two-horse local race between Victory's Donnybrook and Sly Fox's O'Reilly's continues... Dark in tint, almost black/ruby black in color with a thick creamy nitro head which left a fantastic lacing along the side of the pint glass. Aromas thick of roasted coffee, some subtle hop infusion and hints of great doughy goodness. Taste follows through with chocolate and overlying notes of freshly roasted coffee as well. Amazingly quaffable and smooth, an absolute gem in Lager Land, Pennsylvania.

While the style is not mine, at least by birth, this is a brew I will seek out every time I am home to visit.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my usual go-to beer at a few of my local watering holes in Philly. On nitro and usually my standard order, by the pitcher-ful, at McGillin's Old Ale House. And yes, this can be one in which the pitcher is for one. Low, low ABV...huge on deliciousness and drinkability.

Pours nearly black, not overly thick as that wouldn't fit the style but with a solid thick ivory head. Rich, malty and chocolatey aroma. Flavors run wild, which is rare for this often-copied style that often turns out bland and flavorless, especially when served on nitro. Coffee, chocolate, and big toasted almond and walnut flavors meld into an extremely mild hoppy bitter finish, complemented by a slight sugar sweetness. As smooth and creamy as they come. Forget everything you think you know about Irish Dry Stouts (ie Guinness, though I do love her) and try this. It's available in quite a few places and seems to be more available than any other Sly Fox offering. Drinkable by the bucketful.

Photo of dmarch
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the biggest surprise for me from sly fox. Dark black in color with a thick creamy nitro head. Aroma is of roasted coffee. Taste is chocolate with some coffee as well. Whenever I order a dry stout I never expect anything more than guinness, but this was fantastic.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro Tap at Grace. This is an absolutely amazing dry irish stout, probably the best one that I have sampled thus far in my beer tasting exploits. This is a beautiful looking beer. Opaque black in colour with a lovely tan/khaki head that lasts for ages. The aromas are awesome! Roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, a bit of vanilla, and more. Wow, this is like a Rogue Shakespeare stout stuffed into the frame of a 3.6%abv dry irish stout! The taste is roasty, with some lovely chocolate and coffee notes and the mouthfeel is thick creamy and awesome. Drinkability I hear you ask? Awesome as well! And at 3.6%ABV you can drink this all night and not worry about the next morning! My first beer from Sly Fox, and it has made a big impression!

Photo of Soonami
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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 oberon
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of jbsteiny
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All three pints I got of this beer poured beautifully: a pint of darkness with a finger of tan head that gets tired of leaving rings about halfway down and simply coated the bottom half of the glass entirely with foam. Remarkable retention (I'm remarking on it, ain't I?). Smelled primarily of roasted and sweet malts as well as dark grain and some floral and bitter hops Tasted great - creamy roasted malt and barley with a bit of bitterness and a great dry finish. The mouthfeel was fantastic; I could have stayed drinking this beer all night. It's got a nice body, very creamy going down, and then it all dries up. Textbook. Better than Guinness. Hooray!

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 Foxman
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dense, inky black, though one suspects, based on the ruby margins, that it's more likely a river-bottom dark brown. A finger or so of java tan head settles slowly. Mousse lacing slathers the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a roasted waft of malt goodness, with toffee, coffee, caramel, earthy nuts, and cocoa all playing off a mild sweetness, as well as a lightly floral hop bitterness that balances the scales aptly.

Upon sipping, the roasted grain bittersweetness is an instant mainstay, with dark coffee, burnt sugar, and bakers chocolate along for the ride. A very distant nutty sourness goes along with the crusty roasted malt. The hops express as bitter, complementing the grain's deep presence and giving up a hint of mellow floral spice. The finish is dry, bitter, and crisply clean. The only thing it could do more of is project the flavors more fully.

Light bodied, it coats capably, with a mildly slick malt feel, and a very clean, tingling end presence on the palate.

For my money, this is what many of the more ubiquitous Irish stouts strive to be. It's got the deep roasted grain character nicely balanced by a bitter-sweet edge and well-proportioned hops. The result is a relatively light, quick-flowing drinkable quaff. Keep that flavor on my palate for jkust a bit longer, and I'd drink this over all but a handful of beers. And that ABV, wee laddie that it is, means you're never going to want to one-and-done this brew. So, guys, maybe we'll want to bottle this one soon, hmmm?

Photo of incubusfriday
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap over at North 3rd in Philly.

Deep and dark black coloring. Tight and thin tan head that had very good retention.
Tough to make out the smell at the bar, but I could detect the roasty flavors and some sweetness of the dark malt typical of the style. The taste was sweeter than expected, with earthy, coffee chocolaty flavors. After the inital sweetness, it changed quickly to a deep roasty flavor. It finished with a slight hopiness, crisp and clean. Actually more refreshing and drinkable than a Guinness (using that as my method of comparison for the style.) Thin moutheel, very easy to drink.

Excellent stout.

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 Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on-tap (the nitro tap) at Lionheart in Albany.

A: Nice cascading effect as you'd expect from the nitro tap. Body is pitch black with a creamy, khaki-colored 1.5-finger head that sits and stays for awhile, ultimately leaving behind rings and rings of foam.

S: Not much in the nose at all. A hint of roasted malts is about it, and that's faint. Not completely unexpected for the style, however.

T: Roasted malt up front with some coffee or espresso as well. Some hints of bitter, unsweetened chocolate more towards the middle of the sip, becoming more noticeable as it warms a bit. Finishes with a very nice dry bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Good balance between the roasted malt and that dry bitterness from the hops.

M: Creamy, as you'd expect from a nitro pour, body is on the light side, also about what you'd expect for this style.

D: Over the top in drinkability -- relatively light but nice in feel and with good flavors. Easily quaffed. A good substitute for Guinness, though my friend who drinks Guinness almost exclusively found it a tad bit too dry for his liking. Me, I prefer that dryness. Worth checking out.

Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby highlights, topped by a very dense tan head. This beer had superb retention and left thick sheets of lace on the glass. Gorgeous. Plenty of roasty dark grain in the nose, not quite to the point of coffee though. Some milk chocolate too. Mild hop bitterness, but this was supplemented a bit by the dark grains. Plenty of chocolate and roast flavour with a bit of hop character as well. Quite dry, but with a pleasant sweetness. There's some nuttiness as it warms as well. Light body with very low carbonation, some creaminess and some astringency. A fine Irish stout, an obvious session beer.

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