O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company
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Reviews by LukeK1231:
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
Overall a very good Irish Extra Stout, although I would choose Guiness Foreign Extra over this. I had it from a bottle while in Ireland.
A- Very dark appearance with a "dirty cream" looking loose head.
S- The smell was very caramelly with a little chocate aroma also.
T- Although it smelled very caramelly the taste was more chocolate-like and not creamy.
M- It had a good mouthfeel, nice and strong and flavorful.
D- Overall the drinkability was a little hard, i would probably only have 1 and only once in awhile. I would have it again when I'm looking for a change in pace in Irish Stouts.
02-25-2011 15:34:18 | More by LukeK1231
More User Reviews:
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with some mahogany highlights when held to the light,a frothy one finger tan colored head atop.Ton of coffee roast with some woody smokiness,pretty much like a mocha coffee.A little sharper than expected in the mouth,I would like more of a smooth creamy feel.Dry heavy roast on the palate with some bitter chocolate underneath,it has a little more "oomph" to it compared to others of the style.Not bad but the feel takes away from a pretty good beer.
03-01-2013 22:40:05 | More by oberon
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
Had off the cask at the Bull and Castle in Dublin.
A - pours a deep black w/ a solid head, leaves moderate lacing. Looks like what a good stout should look like.
S - strong on sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. There is also a bit of alcohol on it, but not too much.
T - rich chocolate & coffee w/ some hop bitterness. Creamy and delicious - the taste, as it should be, is where this beer really shines. I couldn't get enough of it.
M - Again, rich and creamy, medium to heavy.
D - it took me a long while to drink this beer - as it was already almost at room temperature off the cask, that wasn't a problem. Not a beer I would want to have more than a pint of at a time. Definitely for savoring. The best Irish beer I had on my trip to Ireland.
03-27-2011 15:54:40 | More by lawlerj
4.15/5 rDev +4.8%
Picked this up in Sheil's off Licence on Dorset Street, Dublin for about E2.40 per bottle. Pours almost pitch black in colour with a dark brown hue on closer inspection. Head is latte in colour - settles after pouring to about a fingernail's height in the glass and is retained well. Aroma is quite complex - cocoa, coffee and malt with some burnt/roasted notes. Taste is slightly bitter with strong coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate flavours. Mouthfeel is quite dry and cleansing on the palate - goes down nicely. Very drinkable dry stout that doesn't fill you up too quickly and the 6% volume isn't too taxing. All in all, it's an excellent stout and well worth a go.
09-24-2009 14:13:47 | More by Ruaidhri
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
A: The beer is essentially jet black in color - traces of brownish red are visible near the edge of the glass when held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose along with faint hints of roasted coffee beans.
T: The taste is rather complex for the style and has flavors of chocolate and coffee beans along with faint hints of roasted malts. Ther is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, airy and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really easy to drink and is quite flavorful given its light-bodied nature.
08-10-2013 17:51:32 | More by metter98
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
500 mL bottle brought back from Ireland by a buddy's dad, thanks Alex! Pours black with a creamy tan head. Spotty lacing and decent retention.
Nose is rich and fruity with even a hint of smoke. Roast is not too heavy and has a nice, mild sweetness.
Taste is excellent! After having the regular dry stout, this one is much better. Roast is exceptionally smoother than most dry stouts, an amazing feat that fades seamlessly into dark chocolate. Fruit is prevalent, but never goes overboard. Body is full without being sweet, another impressive aspect. The bitterness throws in a nice curveball too. Best 'o the O'hara bunch me thinks!
11-12-2011 01:37:55 | More by twiggamortis420
4.55/5 rDev +14.9%
Poured from a 355ml bottle into a seidel at The Bull and Castle.
A: Pous a deep, dark brown with a gorgeous mocha head. This is what a stout should look like.
S: Smells strong and sweet. Deep roasted coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, smooth milky malts.
T: Coffee and chocolate rule the taste, with a bit of mild hop bitteness in the finish.
D: Easy to down and very complex. The mouthfeel is prickly but very smooth. It is very dynamic for the style and ABV.
Overall: This is what Irish stouts should taste like. The best in this style that I've had. It isn't a Foreign Export, because it lacks the sourness and heavy hops, and it isn't a true Irish dry because it's a bit heavier and much more robust. Take it for what it is: one of the best beers Ireland has to offer. Recommended!
03-25-2011 19:17:23 | More by JohnnyChicago
3.96/5 rDev 0%
Leann Follain is an excellent example of an Irish Dry Stout. It's got a bit more flavor than most Irish Dry Stouts, with the very well balanced chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors mingling nicely. The flavor doesn't linger for long, leaving a nice, dry finish. Overall, a great Irish Dry Stout that's a bit stronger and more interesting than the pack.
08-24-2013 04:25:39 | More by shand
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a rich black supporting a thin but persistent fine cocoa-colored head. Roasted barley aroma immediately apparent, some grassy malt in the background, hops not putting in an appearance. Flavor takes a step back from the roast barley and delivers more chocolatey notes, with a slight treacley sweetness offset by bitterness of both the roasted grain and the hops which finally show up.
Despite a relatively tam ABV, this is definitely a sipping beer, with lots of malts and roasted flavors that work toward an effective balance. All that flavor make this brew a bit tiring on the palate, but the sort of satisfying tiredness that comes after a good workout, not from boredom.
04-12-2009 14:54:04 | More by MillRat
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
Tried to get this brew for St Patrick' s day. But wasn't back in stock till April. Like the look of the bottle, small Carlow brewery.
Poured beautiful black viscous liquid head turns from fizz into a dark dense cream topping. Like froth from a malt milkshake. Really want to drink this!
Taste is of treacle, whole cream, an burnt sugar. Maybe sligh tobacco. Similar to Guinness FES. Really like this one. Blows a brew like Bad King John away!
Mouthfeel is syrupy, creamy. Very pleasant.
This was very much like a chocolate stout. Wasn't t expecting it. Tried the pale ale from this brewery and wasn't t near as nice a brew as this one. A dessert beer, no doubt. Enjoyed, will get another one for ageing.
04-14-2012 12:44:53 | More by BogBoyJD
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.73/5 rDev -5.8%
355ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin...
Poured pitch black with no hint of colour even when held up to the light. Rich mocha head poured big thick and foamy then faded to half finger covering with thick edging... some decent random lacing...
Aroma - Sweet treacle and toffee up front, burnt / brown sugar, lightly roasted malts, toasted malt loaf, some leatheriness, light soy sourness, chocolate, prunes and blackcurrents, hint of strawberry, quite peppery, grassy notes, faint creosote, anise, sea salt, metallic notes...
Taste - Quite a lot of roasted malts and tons of liquorice to the fore, definite sourness coming through, slight hint of oakiness, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, blackcurrent and slight black cherry fruitiness, vanilla, some sweetness comes through towards the end, earthy...
Feel - Sharp and dry... medium bodied... pretty drinkable but maybe a bit too much liquorice flavours to have me coming back for another...
Overall - A very good and slightly unusual example of a Irish Dry Stout... definitely worth a try...
06-23-2009 07:20:30 | More by mdagnew
O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
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