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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

819 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 58
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 819 | Reviews: 466
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4.8/5  rDev +24%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Roasty, chocolatey, with a touch of char at the finish. There's a touch of diacetyl, but a solid beer. Hints of coffee.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

O'Hara's Irish Stout looks just as good - nay, better - than Guinness and has a head every bit as thick and spongy which it accomplishes without the use of any cheap gimmicks, thank you very much! In fact, the mocha brown tint is more becoming for such a dark, opaque beer anyhow (even if this one does allow a glimpse of colour along its edges).

The aroma's dry, lightly burnt, bittersweet persona is reminiscent of both coffee and cocoa beans, though there's no mistaking the scent of roasted barley for espresso or dark chocolate. While there are hints of rich, strong flavours, this doesn't register as an especially powerful beer - it's far too easy-going and approachable.

The taste tells a similar story; traces of chocolate and coffee are readily appreciated but won't fill you up. Just like you'd hope for an Irish stout, O'Hara's has the flavour profile of a beer twice as potent but drinks its true strength (4.3%). The very definition of 'mellow', this one is pleasantly smooth and soft, entirely free from harshness.

Part of its appeal are the soft, almost ethereal fruity undertones and the gentle wisp of smoke that concludes each sip. The beer's nuances can appropriately be likened to an artisan coffee or single origin chocolate; this is obviously made from top-notch ingredients and with expertise. This is a casual, social, sessionable, easy-quaffing beer... for those with high standards.

If O'Hara's were as ubiquitous as Guinness we'd all have a better quality of life. This stout leaves no room for want - it's as well-crafted a textbook example as they come. Any pub that regularly offered this would have my patronship and full-fledged allegiance - it's the kind of beer I could drink with unconditional regularity and sorrowfully wish I could. Send more!

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4.68/5  rDev +20.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into nonic pint, poured on november 24, 2014. "BB 28 09 15".

a: a very dark, soy sauce-esque hue, with dark brown tinges at the edges. three fingers of quickly-fading light brown head

s: chocolate, roast, smoke, slight dark fruit, and an odd salty soy sauce note

t: getting that salty, earthy soy sauce here, but there are also notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and mild raisin. closes out with a nice coffee-infused smoky dryness

m: light but not watery. medium, somewhat prickly carbonation

o: the stout flavours are present and tasty, but are marred by the salty taste

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2.72/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black color with a thin caramel head with medium retention.
Bold roasted malty aroma with notes of coffee and mild licorice.
Likewise, intense roasted and even char notes with hints of coffee, earthy hops, some cocoa and tobacco. Quite dry aftertaste with a long lasting roasted and burnt notes.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Original Irish Stout reference for the style, not sweet and very assertive on roasted flavors. This is how an Irish Stout should be. High drinkability and sure better than Guinness.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Purchased for $3.75 CDN from LCBO.

Appearance - midnight black beer is poured, topped by a finger and a bit of tan foam with moderate retention.

Smell - tobacco, leather and peat.

Taste - just like the nose, tobacco leather and tons of peat, giving it a very earthy flavor that is also dry. Some coffee rounds things out on the finish.

Mouthfeel - smooth and full bided yet thin while in the mouth making this very drinkable. Carbonation is present but melds nicely with the silky feel.

Overall - a rich and roasty stout with more dank and earthy flavours than many in the style, however very enjoyable as so often this style goes the coffee route of things. A very good stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Sept 28 2015. I believe this may technically be the first actual authentic Irish beer I've ever had, because the Guinness products sold in this country are also brewed here, rather than in Ireland. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a very dark brown colour - easily mistaken for black - and topped at first with one finger of creamy, light beige-coloured froth. It wilts slowly over the next few minutes, with only a thin cap and collar surviving the ordeal. The aroma is enticing, consisting mostly of roasted barley, dark-roasted coffee, milk chocolate and some earthy, herbal undertones. Very nice so far.

Considering the low abv, this is a very full-flavoured, satisfying dry stout. Roasted malts dominate from start to finish, providing a mixture of milk chocolate, cocoa and espresso that is sure to delight dark ale fans. A slight hint of Medjool date sweetness comes through mid-sip, with the tail end of the profile becoming increasingly roasty. There is a hint of earthy bitterness, anise and dark chocolate toward the end, but these all fade rapidly, leaving nothing but dryness behind on the palate. Light-medium in body, with relatively low carbonation levels that provide a slightly prickly feel in the mouth, and a smooth mouthfeel overall.

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. O'Hara's Irish Stout is a fantastic example of a quintessential Irish session stout, and one of the finest examples of this style that I have ever had the pleasure of trying. They did not skimp on the roasted malts, as this light stout provides far more roasty chocolate and espresso goodness than 'the leading Irish brand' could ever hope to muster. This is a skilfully-brewed beer, and a serious crowd-pleaser - you don't need to be a beer geek to appreciate this one. Session stout fans should consider O'Hara's a must-try.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
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