O'Hara's Irish Stout - Carlow Brewing Company
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4.72/5 rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
On-tap (may have been nitro, not sure) at Franklin Park in Brooklyn. Poured into American shaker pint.
A--Nice slow waterfall of sedimentary rising as the head forms and the pint settles--deep coffee colored foam turns hot chocolate and finally creme colored at the top, as it mellows to about a finger of dense, dense cream. Body is nearly pitch black except for the bottom, which is ruby.
S--Roasted and toffee notes, with some smoke and charcoal back there. Smells rich, with a faint coffee bitterness bubbling into the nose, too.
T--Holy cow--pitch perfect for the style. Complex but still in the vein of a straightforward session stout. Smoky again, with definite dark roasted coffee flavors in there. Almost a liquid smoke molasses thing going on, which just sort of nips in at the middle, followed by a charcoal nudge and a final pronounced bitter finish. You taste this one after you're done tasting it, for sure--my mouth was happily puckered with the roastiness and, I think, actual hops (some UK or Irish variety? can't tell but the taste is definitely in the finish, in the form of more bitter and a lovely wet earthiness, which is outta sight for an IDS).
M--Super creamy and rich without being milky or full. Furthest thing from watery draft stout (ahem, cough, Guiness, cough cough) you can get.
D--Really a winner--this beer seems almost made for happy hour, although a night at the pub with some fine music and food would be twice as nice. Kicks the arse off other stouts from the Emerald Isle, Seems fresh despite the plane ride. Dunno what the bottle tastes like, but if you're feeling like a stout when you're out and this is on tap, give it a whirl. At 4.3 you could actually take a few rides without head injury or blood.
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2009 03:03:58 | More by TheycallmeTim
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