O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +24.5%
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!
03-17-2013 17:27:50 | More by MusicaleMike
4.6/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
10-16-2013 00:42:26 | More by redleaves
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
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
09-29-2013 16:52:16 | More by DoubleJ
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
4.25/5 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
O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
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