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O'Hara's Irish Stout - Carlow Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

726 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 21 | 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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zachrotc

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-26-2014 00:52:19 | More by zachrotc
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sebaastionb

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-24-2014 18:08:43 | More by sebaastionb
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KevMo84

California

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-23-2014 21:31:52 | More by KevMo84
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DreamDeath

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-18-2014 06:05:50 | More by DreamDeath
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -16%

05-17-2014 00:30:35 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Bieniek30

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

05-15-2014 01:43:21 | More by Bieniek30
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-04-2014 22:42:28 | More by EmperorBevis
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innominat

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-04-2014 15:27:52 | More by innominat
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Bluerabbitbell

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.5%

05-01-2014 23:55:06 | More by Bluerabbitbell
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mmilyko

Nevada

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-30-2014 02:10:20 | More by mmilyko
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-29-2014 19:15:08 | More by atrocity
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burnerfinger

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A super dark - like cola - absolutely opaque - even if held to a light.
thick, nearly chewy caramel style full finger of head that settles to a thin ring of surface foam with miminal lacing

S AHH sweetest nose I can ever recall from a brew. chocolate more than any thing else...this is going VERY well - now for the first taste:

T better than expected. SMOOTH with just a bit of a bitter bite - smooth is what I see most here.
just a bit of a carbonation burn on the back of the tongue

M a bit thick, in line with the silky smoothness

D VERY good to savor, not to be guzzled IMHO

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2014 04:40:44 | More by burnerfinger
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Acotzintli

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My opinion:

smooth, creamy and excellent aftertaste beer that reminds me of melted chocolat because of it's thickness when you hold it in your mouth :) It's special aroma, color and smell are alluring you to try and drink it with every kind of meal and really you can do it without being dissapointed.

I recommend it allways

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 15:56:15 | More by Acotzintli
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 1/31/2015. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and moderate hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, roast, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with fairly creamy, smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is an excellent dry stout. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of roast/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 04:18:37 | More by superspak
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Beerlover

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-23-2014 04:43:06 | More by Beerlover
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Hayley_86

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-21-2014 16:00:17 | More by Hayley_86
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dryndantheman

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-21-2014 15:02:07 | More by dryndantheman
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sansho

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-20-2014 01:17:17 | More by sansho
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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

04-17-2014 14:44:39 | More by Shandycan
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-15-2014 02:37:59 | More by bigbeerfan
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DaveOB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-07-2014 20:54:30 | More by DaveOB
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-06-2014 14:27:16 | More by DaveMiller
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-06-2014 04:08:13 | More by linnymtu
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bpascale

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-05-2014 16:51:02 | More by bpascale
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midnitesun11

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-05-2014 04:09:20 | More by midnitesun11
O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.