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 Knapp85
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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 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 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 Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the 2009 goat races at the brewpub in Phoenixville, PA. Served chilled in a willybecker.
A -Dark opaque brown, med brown at the base, thick 3/4 inch band of cream from nitrogen pour, thick lacing collects in rings

S - Roasted malt, fruity yeast scents. Light caramel notes w/ very mild hop aromas

M - A creamy textureat first followed by dark roasted almost bitter texture w/ intense roasted feel carrying through w/ a hop bitterness trailing.

T - A moderately bitter stout for the style. Taste-wise the malt is very roasted which gives the malt a bitter quality w/ a gentle caramel malt back. The nitrogen sharpens the black malt slightly w/ an increased bitterness in the taste. Very one dimensional flavor after the first pint. Not a bad tasting stout, just lacks a layered malt flavor and seems to bitter for the style.

D - I would be content w/ one since the roasted flavors and hops overpower the beer and nitrogen is not my favorite form of delivery. This is just ok in my book and compared to guiness it is a toss up personally. I think for the abv it has a lot going on.

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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a dry black malt scent. It seems a bit heavy on roasted and patent malts. The taste is good. It is dominated with black patent and roasted malts. It finishes dry, but with good mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine stout. It has a good malt makeup and mouthfeel.

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20oz pour off a nitro-tap at Teresa's. 1st time trying this which is amazing since it's all over.

A- O'Reilly holds a deep roasted brown color that borders on black, it's very close. A cascading head eventually builds a solid creamy looking cap about a inch in height. Solid sheets of thick lace stuck on the glass.

S- A nice huge focus is on the roast. This has a huge roast that is str8 off the grill. Some scents of smoke and some chocolate and coffee, maybe some bacon as well. Some faint traces of caramel while a splash of cream/vanilla comes up. A lot of malts in this I see.

T- Well, this is quite a treat as im not very big on this type of stout. This beats guinness by a long shot and the nitro blast is a good addition. Again this is dominated by a slighty smoky roast with char but is offset by some creamy appeal. Some chocolate and coffee within as well but comes out more as time goes by.

M- Incredibly smooth off of the nitro tap, this stout is fairly thin bodied but has a better feel than most in the style. Even with all the roasty taste in this you would expect this to be more rough, but that is not the case. Has a dry finish plus silky.

D- I ordered this because it has a low ABV and I was driving, so it has that going for it. While good I don't see myself having another but will get it from time to time. Having it off the nitro tap, I don't see having it any other way would suffice.

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 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 tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Phoenixville brewpub. Classic look on nitro; hey black with a big tan head that hangs around forever and a sheets of creamy lacing clinging all over the sides of the glass. Spot on. Aroma is straightforward; roasty and charred, with notes of bittersweet chocolate and, to a lesser extent, black coffee.

The flavor reverses the nose; it's still quite roasty tasting, but the bitter black coffee note is much more prominent than the chocolate. It's also exceptionally dry, probably more so than any other example of the style I've had.

Medium thin bodied with lowish carbonation and a very smooth and creamy overall mouthfeel. Quite a good Irish stout that takes the "dry" designation seriously.

Photo of vfgccp
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- amazingly dense black color. Perfect pillow like nitro head with amazing cascade. Head is a deep tan color, with superb lacing.

S- light on smell, notes of raw black malt. Touch of really thin light coffee. Wish the smell was more robust.

T- light hint of smoke up front. Middle is predominately a dry char flavor. Slight bitter notes on the finish.

M- feel is very smooth and creamy. Finish is a bit light.

O- overall it does not have enough going on, flavors need to be more assertive to pull off the lack of acidity from going nitro. Easily drinkable, but the primary flavor is the char which isn't really satisfying. Overall it is a pleasant beer but nothing stands out as extraordinary.

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.

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 Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro -tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep black color with the off white carbonation/nitrogen bubbles streaming through the brew to form a thick off white head. While it is always a beautiful sight this beer was not quite as impressive as others I have seen as the color contrast between the nitrogen/carbonation bubbles and the brew was not as intense.

Smell – As with most dry stouts this one was rather subtle in the aroma department. Light roasted and burnt aromas of bread mixed with a very mellow coffee aroma are all that was really detected.

Taste – The taste was mostly of the roasted bread flavor with just a bit sweeter up front. The light sweetness, while present initially, faded fast to more roasted notes with some of the burnt bread and coffee flavors come to the tongue. The flavors level out in intensity overtime and leave a dry roasty taste on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel – Creamy like a nitrogen driven brew should be. I always love the smoothness of these brews. The creamy body is matched with a good level of effervescence creating a pleasant mouthfeel overall.

Overall - While it is a pretty tasty nitro-dry Irish stout it is nothing too spectacular. It’s worth a try, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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 whartontallboy
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice example of an Irish dry stout. Nitro pour with a cascade of a rich head of tiny bubbles. Dark black color, smell is hard to make out in the bar, but it smelled kind of roasty. For a 3.6 dry stout, this has quite a bit of flavor. Roasted malt wtih some chocolate and coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is typically nitro smooth. They have this and Guiness on tap at Grace. Why anyone would ever choose Guiness over this one, I have no idea. It's nice and drinkable with just enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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)

Photo of ffejherb
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at Sly Fox Phoenixville on 9/1/08.

A - Black body with garnet highlights around the edges and one finger's width of creamy tan head. Moderate amount of carbonatiton. Head retained quite well all the way down and left a thick wall of lacing at the top of the glass.

S - Coffee and cream aroma with some dry roasted malts. Hints of bitter chocolate and brown sugar.

T - Much like the aroma, this stout features a dry roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee, dark chocolate and cream, the latter providing just a hint of sweetness to complement the otherwise dry, bitter flavor.

M - Medium body that's a little thinner than I was anticipating, but quite smooth and silky nonetheless. Finish is moderately bitter and quite dry.

D - Pretty solid dry Irish stout. Not the best I've ever had, but still quite tasty overall.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"That's brown sugar... the wet kind, not the dry kind."

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as dark brown beer with massive frothy white head (as would be expected) Left a coating on the entire glass as it was consumed. Smell is of a light coffee, chocolate texture. Taste is dry, coffee, chocolate and very enjoyable. Finishes with a good creamy mouthfeel and a dry bitterness. Perfect session beer with perfect drinkability.

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 DIM
2.94/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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

Alto cincos

Super dark with a dense, creamy tan head. Incredible lacing and carbonation...nitronation...
Flecks of garnet in the light.

None. Served too cold. Very slight grain base.

Whoa, really tasty grain aftertaste. No alcohol taste (obviously) and pairs nicely with some jalapeño cornbread.

Really tasty and drinkable stout/session beer. Increasibly creamy with a distinctly different grain aftertaste. The body is a little thin/watery.

Great price, great taste and relatively locally brewer beer. Could use a tad more body, by I'm really diggin the aftertaste. Worth trying for sure.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox O'Reilly's Irish Stout has a black body and a creamy, brown head that has the waterfall affect from the nitrogen.

The aroma is pretty tame: a little bit of roasted malts and some coffee flavors.

Just like the aroma, O'Relly's Irish Stout has a flavor that is subdued roasted malts and a dash of coffee. There is also a hint of hops in the form of a grapefruit flavor. This is a little bit underwhelming, but not bad.

The feel of the stout is a little bit thin despite the creaminess that the nitrogen adds.

Overall I don't love this stout, but it's not bad for a low ABV beer, but I don't love it either.

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