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O'Hara's Irish Stout - Carlow Brewing Company

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761 Ratings

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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 53
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company visit their website

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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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%

thelargeone, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

irongator, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

solidzac, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours an inky dark black, with a foamy one inch head, and ample lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smells like roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

This is one of the better Irish stouts I've had. Fairly bitter roastiness, along with some espresso beans, and bitter cocoa powder. Slightly musty flavor. The malt flavor on this one is practically a burnt charcoal feel, but it's not overpowering.

This one has a fairly light body, and is slightly watery, but I expect that with these stouts. There is luckily a medium amount of carbonation- I was worried it would be too high after seeing the visible carbonation.

This kicks the crap out of most Irish dry stouts. It'll never be my favorite style, but I'd get this one again.

GreesyFizeek, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Dr_James, Jul 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

MIchael_D_Larkin, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

parkwood, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

nodder, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
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.

A pretty good beer & definitely a nice alternative to Guinness. The beer was a little lighter than you might expect but it was full of flavours and very easy going down; definitely a beer worth getting your hands on.

flyingpig, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of illpass78
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

illpass78, Jul 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle that comes as a four pack (and on sale at my local liquor store...score!). Served in a US pint glass.

A - Nearly black with a lovely tan head with great retention...it looks very nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant and there is no question this is a serious stout...roasted malt, coffee, bit of chocolate aroma.

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!

Jayhawk, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

noperative, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Starman, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

KAF, Jul 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Chronark, Jul 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Nunya, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BrooklynPanch, Jun 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

harripat, Jun 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

hoppecatania, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

patre_tim, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ckollias, Jun 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

papajohn56, Jun 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

demosixt, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hohnbaum, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

mattreitz49, Jun 15, 2014
O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.