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O'Hara's Irish Stout - Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Irish StoutO'Hara's Irish Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

822 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 58
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 822 | Reviews: 467
Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 fl.oz bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

It is pretty dark in color. I held it to the light and nothing came through. It was topped with three inches of mocha head the leaves nice lacing as it retreats.

When I first poured this beer I got some rich chocolate aromas. As I consume it I get more of a peaty smell. I like both of the smells.

The taste is definitely more focused on the peat. I get some chocolate in the finish.

Full mouthfeel

This is a flavorful remnant of my Saint Patrick's Day beers. This is a great alternative to Guinness. It appeases the senses more than Guinness.

Photo of Rivoire
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DamienI
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color. Thick creamy and sparkly brown 2 finger head lasting around 6 minutes. Strong legs and no visible activity.

Aromas and flavors of nuts, toffee, cocoa and coffee with herbal spices. Strong earthy smell with a roasted bitter taste.

Creamy heavy body with prickly carbonation. Strong and long bitter finish ending with a thick smoky mouth coat and highly dry.

Overall : The craft and flavors are good but it's slightly slate missing some freshness. Too dry and bitter for my taste, preferring sweeter stouts.

Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" brown head that is gone in a minute. Super dark brown color

S- Lots of malt here. Oceany scent. Not fishy but the scent of the ocean.

T- Hint of oyster. Chocolate/coco flavor. Light flavor which dragged the score down a touch

M- Dry but watery.

O- Pretty good beer. Nice experience but will not seek it out

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer went well with....... Roasted chicken

Enjoy

Photo of MallyOMight
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tkelley
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bottle and a half into a tall glass with a Celtic knot on it.

A - dark brown body with caramel highlights. Light tan head that reduced from an inch to a solid thin layer after a minute or two.

N - Smell is dark roasted malts and coffee, a hint of dar chocolate. Earthy hops very barely.

T - Coffee. Dark malty sweetness and roasted character, with again a light earthy hop finish.

M - nice a dry. Smooth. No nitro here but the carbonation level is fine.

O - excellent.a very nice,e choice for st Patrick's day. Happy to see more of these products on shelf and in bars around here lately.

Slainte!

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDarcy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterPro125
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Deep Brown (almost black) colour topped with a beautiful tan 1 finger head that quickly dissipated to a thin skim. Fair amount of lacing

S- Roasty and smokey. Dark chocolate/espresso like aroma.

T- Lots of smokiness. Reminds of smoked gouda. I didn't really pick up anything else because the smokiness was quite overwhelming for me.

M- Low-Medium carbonation and a dry medium body

O- I'm not sure if I got a bad batch or what, but the smokiness on the taste was really overwhelming for me. It could be compared to the peaty smokiness of a Lagavulin Scotch. Not the creamy and subtle stout I was expecting. Besides the taste, everything else was A1. Definitely will try in the future to see if the extreme smoke flavours are a commonality.

Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerTruck
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bp4171
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pisshhead
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lianne_Weaver
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Neil_Pfeifer
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ssmack
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of altmer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of timmy2b
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of amasow
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.