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

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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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2/5  rDev -45.9%

bkbergen, Jan 15, 2012
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2.08/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 07, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Etan, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of 57md
2.7/5  rDev -27%
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.

57md, Feb 06, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

jefftuck47, Sep 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

KornWallace, Oct 26, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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...

dsa7783, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of DIM
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

DIM, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of dherling
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice dark beer with an off-white head. Lots of toffee and coffeee in the nose. The taste seems watered down, everything you get in the nose, just less of it. Has a slight metalic taste to it too, possibly form the keg. Rather heavy mouthfeel. The finish is again watered down, but still bitter.

dherling, Aug 30, 2006
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

acurtis, Mar 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

waddellc2, Feb 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

redliner8, Sep 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

audioserf, May 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

gafferjohn, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Rifugium, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Knapp85, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
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)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 26, 2008
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3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased on tap / Growler at Skibbo's Beer & Soda, Bronx, NY and drank from a pint glass. I'm always interested to sample something that claims to have beaten Guinness and Murphy's in taste tests. Needless to say it didn't live up to it's claim, not by a longshot!

A - Good, typical black stout appearance. Poured a thin and slightly watery with a tiny tan foam head. More porter like in appearance than Irish Stout.

S - I'm not sure if the pint glass or growler weren't properly cleaned (which I don't think was that case), but the smell was pungent. Not easily describable and not extremely overpowering, but definatly not very pleasurable to the nose. I'm chalking this up to a possible bad batch and I'm willing to try it again and hope for the best.

T - Malty, slightly burt coffee taste. Finished dry and bitter.

MF&D - Thinly coated the mouth, but better than I had anticipated. Oddly enough, It seemed get better with the second pint. If you can get passed the weird aroma its acutally not bad. I would like to try it again, possibly from another location to see if I get that same smell I experienced with my first tasting.
As far as their claim of beating out Guinness or Murphy's in a taste test, well I'm not sure who was tested, but it certainly wasn't me.

nasty15108, Mar 10, 2008
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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
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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
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Drknight, Apr 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Thirsty2383, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Yetiman420
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Yetiman420, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of chrishensley
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

chrishensley, Dec 03, 2012
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O'Reilly's Irish Stout from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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