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O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company

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88
very good

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Ireland

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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The perfect beer to review for St. Patricks Day. Best before date reads March 28, 2014. Poured into a balloon glass.

Leann Follain was originally O'Hara's Celebration Ale that they made for Easter years ago. It was well-received and they decided to make it a year round product.

It pours with a rich black body topped with a tan head that sits two fingers thick. The tan head recedes slowly into a craggy, rocky head that does a great job of sticking around. When held up to light, brown highlights shine through at the very edge of this beer. An otherwise very dark beer.

Initially served a bit too chilled, but first impression was that this beer had a HUGE roasted malt aroma, possessing a great smokey, ashy aroma. Not as intense as a rauchbier, but certainly present and perfect for a cold winters day. Notes of campfire, chicory, carob, and vintage leather all underlay a chocolate and dark fruit aroma. This beer has more complexity and depth than you would normally find in any Irish Stout. Simply amazing.

On the palate, it starts with a creamy full body. A tinge of hop bitterness up front, followed by flavors of roasted grains and smoke towards the finish. For something this full-bodied, it possesses a surprisingly dry finish. Lingering flavors of cigar, campfire, cocoa powder intermingle in the aftertaste, joined by a light earthiness from the hops. Well-balanced flavor that sits somewhere between hoppy and malty. The carbonation is just spot on as well.

This is just about the most perfect Irish Dry Stout I have ever had, from the bold, complex aroma, to the perfectly balanced body, to the fantastically dry finish, this beer has the style down in spades. Absolutely will be drinking this again...today, and in the future.

Pairs well with Irish Beef Stew!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 17:27:50 | More by MusicaleMike
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Svart

Chile

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-13-2014 02:31:01 | More by Svart
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smiler_durden


4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-08-2012 23:58:09 | More by smiler_durden
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BILF

Israel

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

01-14-2013 16:57:07 | More by BILF
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redleaves

Maine

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black beer with a creamy white head. Nose is the malt character of an RIS, but a full cocoa roundness. Hints of coffee, and the lightest minty pine from the English hops. Taste is smooth, like a nitro but not. chocolate, coffee, caramel and a full malt bill with light roast to balance out, maybe a touch of nutiness. Very dry but a round slickness that gives a sweet impression. Lightest hop at the end that lingers with the chocolate. It sticks in the nose as well. Wow, this beer far surpasses the other O'hara's I've had. What a treat and a hella price over at Tully's in wells. $2.50 a 330 bottle or something.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:42:26 | More by redleaves
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 19:17:23 | More by JohnnyChicago
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DoubleJ

California

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Lots of flavor in Leann Folláin. The fudge is the first thing to notice, and quickly bittersweet chocolate keep a sense of balance in this beer. There's also a roastiness aspect which compliments perfectly, and it also seems to bring a vague spice with it. The mouthfeel score was properly entered; it really is that good. It's as rich and full as many imperial stouts, but it doesn't weight you down and is very smooth.

So many surprise beers in so little time. Leann Folláin has the characteristics of a dry stout, yet has the flavor of an imperial stout. Excellent, excellent beer which needs to be sought out.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 16:52:16 | More by DoubleJ
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StevieDarrier

Ireland

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

06-13-2013 20:56:33 | More by StevieDarrier
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lawlerj

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

03-27-2011 15:54:40 | More by lawlerj
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zenithberwyn

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

09-10-2013 06:35:15 | More by zenithberwyn
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fionn13

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-03-2012 23:48:20 | More by fionn13
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KarlMcGowan

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-26-2013 00:47:04 | More by KarlMcGowan
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bconsidine

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-18-2013 15:57:48 | More by bconsidine
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gtermi

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-25-2013 19:54:56 | More by gtermi
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BogBoyJD

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 12:44:53 | More by BogBoyJD
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phaedrusovchaos

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-28-2012 11:48:32 | More by phaedrusovchaos
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ronanohall


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-21-2012 23:18:49 | More by ronanohall
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-18-2013 09:25:58 | More by jewellrunner
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mfl620ks

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-20-2014 23:57:16 | More by mfl620ks
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cjac

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-17-2013 02:11:19 | More by cjac
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-10-2013 17:45:55 | More by smithj4
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 01:37:55 | More by twiggamortis420
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Ruaidhri

Ireland

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 14:13:47 | More by Ruaidhri
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Onslow

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, what an aroma! coffee and chocolate- easily in the top ten of any beer i have ever had! the nose is wonderful .. . tastes of coffee, chocolate, light tar, minerals, and earth..lots of minerals actually, very unique! - very tasty, this is great stuff! .. . delicious and quite unique, nothing really like it .. carlows best and an exciting beer that would love to have again, thanks ma! .. . .

What's the matter, Craig?

What does it say on this jar?

"Craig."

Well I'm glad someone around here can read. The jar holds fourteen pickles. I had three yesterday, two for lunch today, and one and a half for snack. And now there are six and a half pickles in this jar. Simple math indicates...

Are you counting the one in your hand?

Ok, false alarm.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:08:46 | More by Onslow
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LukeK1231

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 15:34:18 | More by LukeK1231
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O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.