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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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732 Ratings

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 450
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight coffee flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but the nitro presentation isn't doing much to help it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-10-2013 09:08:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pint on-tap at The Ha'Penny Bridge Inn, Dublin (€6.00):
Dark & opaque, almost black with red tinges & topped with a creamy, beige, 2cm head with excellent retention and a layer of creamy lacing on the sides.

Medium roasted malts initially, some darker notes & hints of chocolate with some sweetness. I got the odd creamy, almost milk chocolate like smells & there was and earthy bitterness towards the end as well.

Light malts & roasted with earthy flavours & some coffee. I got some sweetness and chocolate with touches of bitterness & creamy flavours. It was lighter than expected but it went down well and was quite enjoyable.

Silky smooth, it went down incredibly easily. Medium body which was lighter than I would have expected and the carbonation levels were soft before a dry & light bitterness rounded things off.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown - just about black. Initially presents a big, foamy tan head that I wasn't expecting. Lacing is minimal. Carbonation isn't really visible because it's so dark.

Smell: This stout has a big, bold nose, full of black coffee and dark chocolate and espresso beans.

Taste: Mighty tasty stout, this. The black coffee and black chocolate are up front, with just a tiny hint of dark fruit (dates, maybe) in the background.

Mouthfeel: Velvet smooth. This beer is a pleasure to drink. I like the low alcohol, too. It doesn't have super heft to it, but it doesn't need it.

Overall: A terrific representation of a classic style. It's one of the better stouts I've had. The wine of the country!

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T - Tastes just like it smells. Not sweet, hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Puts other more famous stouts to shame. This is what stout should taste like.

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy...yet without the use of nitro. Goes down easy, and at only 4.3% alcohol this is a very dangerously sessionable beer!

Wow...best stout I've had in years. Simply superb!

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O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
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