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O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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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2.63/5  rDev -33.6%

Served on cask in the Salthouse, Galway, into an O'hara's pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head, tan, of fair cream, decent thickness, and fairly respectable retention. Black colour.

Sm: Caramel, chocolate, roasted barley. Light-medium scent.

T: Caramel, chocolate, slight toffee, and slight coffee bottle. A bit of cream undertone is dominated by the coffee. A bit bitter after the climax. Not as balanced as I'd like. Guinness is far better done.

Mf: Dry but not overly so. A bit too coarse. Too wet for the style.

Dr: Drinkable but not fantastic. Ignore this beer, even if you're a huge fan of the style like me. It's far too expensive for how mediocre it is.

05-12-2011 18:18:18 | More by kojevergas
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

08-27-2014 07:00:19 | More by kmanjohnson
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

09-18-2012 16:33:14 | More by innominat
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

10-28-2013 22:01:52 | More by MacarthurParker
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3.05/5  rDev -23%

Picked up on a recent trip to Dublin. Had trouble liking this one. Has good appearance and mouthfeel but that's where the goodness ends. It has an unexpectedly sharp bite, but it doesn't seem to be hoppy so I'm kind of confused where that bite comes from. It also tastes quite roasted/smokey ... sort of overpowers any other subtle flavors that might be hiding underneath.

10-23-2012 00:06:56 | More by Vierenner
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

04-13-2014 02:13:59 | More by akttr
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3.49/5  rDev -11.9%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color. Not perfectly opaque, mind you, but nearly. The head is a two finger heavy cream color with nice texturing, before it settles to one finger. Nice retention, too.

S: There are a ton of roasted malts and coffee. Some chocolate pops up, as well, perhaps even a hint of smoke. It also smells hoppy, even - maybe it IS generously hopped? I mean, that character of grapefruit peel prominent in Cascade hops is unmistakable here.

T: Again, there's a healthy flavor of grapefruity hops right there in the midtaste. It starts a bit chocolaty before the hops come in full (well, moderate) force. Finish is pure roasted barley. Generally, it's mild in flavor; while this keeps the competing flavors in check, it makes it a bit dull. Luckily it's not overly acidic as many well-hopped stouts/porters tend to be.

M: Hits the clean dryness typical of the style well, but the finish goes too far into being astringent. A bit insubstantial and undercarbonated in its feel; par for the course in many dry stouts. Great drinkability nonetheless.

O: And as I finish my glass, I notice the bottle cap somehow fell down in there. How the hell did that happen?! Oh well, this a fine offering. Not great, but fine.

01-15-2013 00:04:57 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-14-2013 00:20:38 | More by ROGUE16
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

05-30-2014 19:46:48 | More by Latarnik
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-15-2013 23:46:17 | More by funkel81
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

09-18-2012 18:28:17 | More by Kremlock
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Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-29-2013 16:40:42 | More by Vsarmatov
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

05-30-2012 23:27:32 | More by Polasiuss
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-22-2013 05:01:02 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-18-2014 01:29:55 | More by Smarty_Pints
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3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

Bottle poured into mug.

A: Mostly black, opaque but for some translucence around the edges with a dark ruby color. 2 finger tan, thick foam head with medium retention.

S: Smell of coffee and dark roasted malt, faint smell of bourbon.

T: Like the smell: smokey, dark malt, hint of bourbon, not much on the hops.

M: Medium light body, moderate carbonation with slight warmth from the alcohol.

O: Not a bad stout. Enjoyable and very drinkable. Wish it had more body.


This review is being updated in the smell department after another try. I think I must have had a stuffed nose cause the smell on this is really amazing. The notes are the same as above, but with a creamy, sweet smell that is really excellent.

08-11-2013 17:31:57 | More by khmel
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North Carolina

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
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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
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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
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-14-2013 03:02:18 | More by dharmabum1102
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de bières, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : dark brown color with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt, chocolate and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malt flavour with coffee and chocolate notes, moderate bitter with a average duration.
Drinkability : a good beer in the typical style Irish dry stout (but too expensive).

02-11-2012 20:28:07 | More by thierrynantes
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-28-2013 05:04:37 | More by kscaldef
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-17-2014 03:16:37 | More by akang
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-16-2014 13:59:00 | More by djrn2
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-13-2014 01:22:26 | More by einman
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O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.