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O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company

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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
O’Hara’s Leann Folláin (”leann folláin” being the Gaelic/Irish phrase meaning wholesome ale or stout) is a full-bodied extra Irish stout launched in 2009 following the very positive feedback to our limited edition O’Hara’s Celebration Extra Stout which was brewed in 2008. We have now included “Leann Folláin” in our 500ml bottle core brand range. O’Hara’s Leann Folláin at 6.0% abv is laden with complex chocolate and coffee flavours balanced by a robust bitterness and delicate spicy aroma imparted from the generous portions of Northdown and Fuggle Hops.

(Beer added by: JohnfromDublin on 03-03-2009)
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased by my dad on a recent trip to Ireland. Thanks pop! Best before date of late October 2012, which suggests to me that this beer is pasteurized.

Pours an opaque jet black with a sliver of mocha froth and a few spots of lacing on the tulip. Head retains well.

Smell is black licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt, floral hops, table cream, slight earthy/mineral note, black currant, mild vinous aroma, leather, and smoke. Very good.

Taste mimics the nose with roasted malt, a vinous and tart wine-like flavour, subtle coffee and chocolate undertones, a balanced English hop bitterness (earthy, floral, grassy), and some ashtray on the cough. An assertive, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is silky, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, chalky parched finish.

Overall, Leann Folláin is one of the better Irish Dry Stouts that I've tried. Its bold flavours and layered aromas make it an unusually intricate example of the style. A great brew that I would recommend to any beer geek.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 05:08:32 | More by cratez
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O'Hara's takes it to the next level. with its version of extra stout. Watch out Guinness! On to the beer:

Black bodied beer and topped with a 1½ inch of tanned head. Retention is good and a few spot of lace stick to the glass. I was expecting something good, but I wasn't expecting it to be this good. The aroma of chocolate fudge along with smoked chocolate and coffee roast is succulent, and might make a great alternative for those scented candles that people put in their homes.

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O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
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