O'Hara's Irish Stout - Carlow Brewing Company
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Reviews by mrpivo:
4.55/5 rDev +17.6%
I've been noticing this brewers products for some time now. I'm impressed by the simple elegance of their labels. At times less is more impressive. The label in no way reflected the wonderful beer inside the bottle.
The appearance was typical of other stouts. Extremely black with a rich tan colored dense head. Some of the head lingered through the entire glass, creating a delicate lace as it was drank.
The aroma and taste was that of roasted coffee and chocolate which I found very enjoyable. Not overly bitter. Quite tasty. The body was also typical of other bottled Irish stouts. I'd have to call it medium. Alcohol was normal (4.5%), allowing me to enjoy more than one. Carbonation was slightly higher than say Guinness, but not completely out of style. It actually added to the overall impression of the beer.
I would definitely recommend this stout. and I plan on purchasing more n the future.
11-17-2003 16:31:46 | More by mrpivo
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev -1%
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.
03-24-2003 18:12:51 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
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 didnt 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.
08-27-2005 02:39:04 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
04-01-2009 18:45:08 | More by lordofthewiens
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-30-2010 05:33:20 | More by smbarz
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
02-27-2005 21:27:53 | More by Jason
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
04-29-2005 00:22:11 | More by merlin48
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
05-08-2009 15:13:26 | More by nem2006
3.05/5 rDev -21.2%
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.
02-02-2010 19:51:36 | More by Mora2000
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
04-19-2003 18:26:31 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-03-2002 21:09:54 | More by Thrasher
O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.