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O'Hara's Irish Stout - Carlow Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

750 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 52
Gots: 23 | 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:
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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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Todd, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Dense bubbly tan lace, great retention. The color is a shade away from pitch black.

Smell: Aromatic roasted smell of coffee and burnt grain.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Velvety smooth with an amazing viscous carbonation with in a moderate body. Creamy malt with mild roasted notes that turn into a dusty charcoal flavor. Clean palate with a light hop bitterness, finish very dry with a lingering charcoal note.

Drinkability & Notes: Highly quaffable, this one gives Guinness Draft a run for its money IMO.

Jason, Feb 27, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black color with huge pillowey head took a while for it to come down.Smell was of bitter chocolate and pretty sweet.I thought the taste was real smokey and burnt and somewhat dry and oily.Like the firm body of this not thin and watery by any stretch.Good to find another fine example of a dry Irish stout.

oberon, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This beer is almost black in color with a nice, lightly-tanned white head.

Smell – The roasty malts and dark coffee are subdued but prominent in the bouquet. I didn’t find a lot of sweetness here, which is good.

Taste – The flavor is really bold. It is truly a dry stout. The malts are roasted and bitter and the coffee is thick like a Turkish or Lebanese blend. There is some light chocolate here but mostly this is a dry, roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel – This beer is very light though a tad bigger than light-bodied. It is bitter but not brutally so. The carbonation is light out of the bottle. It is velvety smooth and definitely has strong sessiony characteristics.

Drinkability – I can just imagine this on-tap at a pub in Ireland. It is light enough to session yet fun enough to keep you ordering more.

RoyalT, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +3.4%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Tiernan, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +3.4%

tbryan5, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've found this and their Irish Red in stores around here. This is a very nice stout. It's a very dark brown, almost black, color with a small tan head. Coffee and roasted malt aroma. Nice bitter espresso taste. Dry on the palate. Good beer to drink, will look for it again.

lordofthewiens, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of smbarz
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black with dark brown/copper light peering through the sides of the glass. The off-white head is a thick and creamy crown that remains and leaves dense lacing down the glass.
The bouquet gives anise, very dark chocolate, roasted grain, and slight dark cherry aromas.
The flavor brings out more of the dark chocolate and light anise.
The mouthfeel is velvety and roles across the tongue with ease, finishing clean. The carbonation is low. This is a very easy drinking stout that would be great by a fire or with roasted duck or oysters.

smbarz, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
4/5  rDev +3.4%

bishopdc0, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

SmellsofMahagony, May 20, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served at cellar temperature into a dimpled pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown, but clear, on the pour. Appears opaque in the glass, but is ruby mahogany when held to light. Creamy, beige head is two fingers tall. Good retention, with attractive patches of lace sheeting the glass.

Aroma: Very subtle bouquet for a stout, with mild roasty notes of carob and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Light medium body, slightly creamy, with medium carbonation.

Taste: Smooth and creamy, with tingly carbonation. Mild carob notes with softly bitter, roasted dark malts. A reserved hops presence adds a nice floral/herbal taste. Finish and aftertaste have a mild coffee bitterness.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability for any style of stout. Modest alcohol content and relatively light body will allow you to enjoy more than a couple of these at a sitting, if you choose.

merlin48, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of nem2006
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at Maggie Miley's in Normal, IL. If you are ever in the area, check it out. A great Irish pub.

Dark color, almost black, creamy head that holds very well and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The nose is roasted. Nothing that really distinguishes itself.

The taste really is the thing that gets me. Even though it is hailed as a Dry stout I found it very creamy, almost milky and somewhat sweet. There are hints of coffee and a little caramel in there. The finish is smooth for this medium to full-bodied beer. Very tasty and I prefer this over Guinness. If I see this on tap anywhere, I will be sure to snag a pint.

nem2006, May 08, 2009
Photo of StevieDarrier
4/5  rDev +3.4%

StevieDarrier, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a khaki head. The aroma is a sweet, slightly roastey malt. The flavor is more of the same with some earthy hops in there as well. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Decent, but nothing special.

Mora2000, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +3.4%

sm0key, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Inky black on the pour with a very nice bed of creamy lace that rings nicely.

Smell: Roasted coffee, malts, chocolate. Nothing too overbearing.

Taste: Like the smell, there is noticeable roasting of the flavors involved: chocolate, coffee, and a toasted malt sweetness. Behind all of this, though, is a fairly strong bittering effect and this really shows up at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Not as thick and syrupy coating of the mouth as I expected, but very smooth.

Drinkability: Above average. Just a slight bit of toasty bitterness on aftertaste, though I felt as though this beer is a little on the thin side.

Notes: I think this would be a good introduction for someone wanting to try a stout and isn't ready to dance with an Imperial stout.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of Happy_Camper
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Happy_Camper, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

innominat, May 04, 2014
Photo of wattoclone
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

IrishGermanAmerican, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of KOP_Beer_OUtlet
4/5  rDev +3.4%

KOP_Beer_OUtlet, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Thrasher
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting... this doesn't taste like Guinness to me at all. My first Irish micro. Nearly black with big poufy head that subsides. Excellent roasted barley aroma. Very bitter, almost biting; a combination of sharp-tasting hops and the dark malts. A big hit of black coffee. At first sip I thought there were some unappealing off flavors - mostly the hops which are grassy and grating. However I grew accustomed to them and began to enjoy them. I think the lasting, persuasive finish has something to do with it. If you're looking for a replacement for Guinness, get some Beamish. If you want something different - a rawer, less creamy, more uncompromising beer - check this out. It could be the effects of their marketing, but I like to imagine this is what Irish stout tasted like in the days of yore.

Thrasher, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow-what a great beer. This reminds me of what Guinness tastes like in Ireland. The thick, foamy, beige head stays with the pour (I think I can float a quarter on it), and there is nice lacing down the glass as you drink. The beer is dark brown, nearly black. Taste is weak on the front of the tongue, but rolls across the middle and down the sides toward the back with a smooth mouthfeel and a smokey, highly roasted malt flavor, with hints of bitter chocolate and coffee. I could drink this all night. Really nice Irish stout.

far333, Apr 25, 2003
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O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.