O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company
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3.94/5 rDev -0.5%
Best by 3/28/14.
Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee beans. Taste is much the same with cookie dough and cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and super easy to drink.
03-16-2013 06:09:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
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
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
I enjoyed this chilled in a tulip shaped glass -bottle purchased from half-time
The color is an opaque black shade with full on medium brown cream of 2 fingers like mocha with very fine bead and streams of lace cling. The smell is excellent with strong dark malt with coffee-like odors and subtle smoky scent with a light sweet nose and mild yeast aroma which has a mineral essence and light toastiness with some cocoa accents. The feel is good with some mild burnt malt tinges with moderate sweetness in the middle with some slight yeast textures with mild mineral elements and woody roasty textures adding a dry effect to the finish with moderate carbonation throughout.
The flavor is very coffee and biscuit from the malt up front with a slight caramel tinge in the mid palate and herbal hops add complexity in the flavor with the light mineral yeast accent and subtle smoke in the taste from the highly kilned malt delivers a nice amount of layered flavor with some light cocoa notes and wood notes with earthy elements in the background. Overall this is a very tasty stout...I didn't expect so much malt complexity but this is a topnotch example of the style. I would recommend this to any stout fan
08-27-2013 23:01:59 | More by Slatetank
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
3.95/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the sides of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, coffee beans, and semi-sweet chocolate.
T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is followed by light to moderate flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a while.
M: Light to medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Light and airy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.
O: A lot more complexity than I expected with such a light and airy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Quite flavorful.
08-31-2013 02:22:22 | More by dbrauneis
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
4.22/5 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
3.85/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured into a dimpled mug
Procured by Jebus3513 on a recent trip to Ireland. Thanks buddy!
One of the darkest brown bodies known to beer. Once settled, it's nearly an ink black through its core. A tight, creamy khaki head rises a couple fingers and falls slowly.
Aroma is of deep roast, coffee, bitter chocolate and a touch of a metallic aroma, but not off-putting.
The flavor profile follows the nose. Bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, dark roast, caramel and cream. There is an underlying sweetness that I can only equate to cream. It tries to undercut the roasty goodness, but it gets beaten up pretty good.
Medium body with a dryness that isn't as hearty as others in the style.
Overall, this is a fine example of the style and one that I am pleased to have tried. Will have again.
08-25-2011 20:53:04 | More by ColForbinBC
3.8/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a half-litre bottle into a pint glass.
A: Big, brown creamy head atop an entirely impenetrable body of the darkest brown. I look forward to this one.
S: Creamy, hoppy, bitter-dry. Not overwhelming, but very nice.
T: Like the smell, creamy-sweet malts and dry hops. This combine for a well-balanced brew. A bit too sweet for me; it's very milk chocolatey. The aftertaste is more dry (but not much more so). A spiciness lingers at the edges of my perception, and I can't quite pin down what or where it is. Nice stout.
M: Smooth thickness and pleasant carbonation.
D: All told, I prefer O'Hara's standard Irish stout. This is more akin to chocolate milk than I care for. Nice enough, but not recommended.
02-01-2011 12:11:37 | More by AgentMunky
4/5 rDev +1%
Tar black with only the slightest ting of garnet and rocky, puffy beige head. Tar, wet ash and black currant on the nose.
Black strap molasses, a hint of char, a brown sugar hit and some sarsaparilla bark hops to end.
Cola finish and lingering bitterness. Medium only hinting at full, chewy, oily, round, no burn.
All about the roast. Malt sweetness does get through, and there is a hop presence, but the roasted barley takes the lead. Not as full as I expected, but good deep flavor at 1.5% lower than Guinness FES.
4.50 4.00 4.00 4.50 4.00 29/10/2010
On cask at the re-launch party at the Bull & Castle.
Pours opaque black with a surprisingly thick and lush off white head. Nose is sharp roast with some licorice underneath. Big dark chocolate and coffee bean notes with a touch of ash then a big Fuggles hit. Smooth, round, medium-full, and creamy.
Supposedly a different recipe from that previously bottled under the same name; this is closer to their Celebration, apparently.
Note: Second tasting had more coffee on the nose and a touch of red berries plus some roasty sourness. So smooth!
Well balanced and very drinkable for an export strength stout. I hope they can reproduce this in bottles, especially the hoppiness.
03-04-2012 17:46:48 | More by StJamesGate
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
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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