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O'Hara's Irish Stout - Carlow Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

809 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 56
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2001

The flagship of the O’Hara’s brand, this uniquely Irish stout brings one back to how Irish stouts used to taste. First brewed in 1999, it has since been awarded prestigious honours for its quality and authenticity.

O’Hara’s Irish Stout has a robust roast flavour complemented by a full-bodied and smooth mouth feel. The generous addition of Fuggle hops lends a tart bitterness to the dry espresso-like finish. This sessionable stout beer is filled with rich complex coffee aroma mingled with light liquorice notes. The combination of traditional stout hops with an extra pinch of roast barley allows us to stay true to Irish tradition, recreating a taste so often yearned for by stout drinkers.
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Photo of Pisshhead
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great example a lot better than d bould Guinness..

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lianne_Weaver
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ssmack
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark dark brown with 1 inch head that quicky turned to a slick. Signs of carbonation bubbles at the surface. Good lacing and retention.

Roasty aroma. Roasted nuts and bitter chocolate. An element of creaminess comes in as it warms.

The taste follows from the aroma. Smooth and subtle .. not the big overwhelming stout taste. Mainly roasted nuts with an herby hop bitterness. Both the nuts and herbs continue through the aftertaste.

Medium feel which maybe be light for a stout. Definitely dry with a fizzly carbonation feel.

Very good. The hops are very well handled. The bitter and the burnt.

Photo of byronic
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of altmer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of timmy2b
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amasow
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

About as good as it gets. Delicious.

Photo of braindead
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark opaque coffee brown color with a 1/2F head in an imperial pint glass.

The aroma is one of the best I have experienced in an Irish stout: roasted malt, with a touch of sweetness, a hint of candy.

The mouth feel is moderately carbonated.

Taste: pronounced roasted malt with a dry finish- the way an Irish stout should.

This is the first time I have tasted this beer. It's distinctive in the style. The body is full as is the aroma/taste. It's only 4.5%ABV, but quite substantial. It's a low ABV go-to beer.
I will buy more in the near future.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShaneHarris
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of zfw
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.8/5  rDev +24%

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Roasty, chocolatey, with a touch of char at the finish. There's a touch of diacetyl, but a solid beer. Hints of coffee.

Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DavidKidd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of tux_alin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BartMcStout
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

O'Hara's Irish Stout looks just as good - nay, better - than Guinness and has a head every bit as thick and spongy which it accomplishes without the use of any cheap gimmicks, thank you very much! In fact, the mocha brown tint is more becoming for such a dark, opaque beer anyhow (even if this one does allow a glimpse of colour along its edges).

The aroma's dry, lightly burnt, bittersweet persona is reminiscent of both coffee and cocoa beans, though there's no mistaking the scent of roasted barley for espresso or dark chocolate. While there are hints of rich, strong flavours, this doesn't register as an especially powerful beer - it's far too easy-going and approachable.

The taste tells a similar story; traces of chocolate and coffee are readily appreciated but won't fill you up. Just like you'd hope for an Irish stout, O'Hara's has the flavour profile of a beer twice as potent but drinks its true strength (4.3%). The very definition of 'mellow', this one is pleasantly smooth and soft, entirely free from harshness.

Part of its appeal are the soft, almost ethereal fruity undertones and the gentle wisp of smoke that concludes each sip. The beer's nuances can appropriately be likened to an artisan coffee or single origin chocolate; this is obviously made from top-notch ingredients and with expertise. This is a casual, social, sessionable, easy-quaffing beer... for those with high standards.

If O'Hara's were as ubiquitous as Guinness we'd all have a better quality of life. This stout leaves no room for want - it's as well-crafted a textbook example as they come. Any pub that regularly offered this would have my patronship and full-fledged allegiance - it's the kind of beer I could drink with unconditional regularity and sorrowfully wish I could. Send more!

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O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.