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O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company

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88
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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DoubleJ

California

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
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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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, dark chocolate, coffee, slightly smoky

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, slight char, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light to medium carbonation, dry

O-nice dry stout with good flavor, wish it had a little more body

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 22:19:26 | More by MDDMD
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dharmabum1102

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-14-2013 03:02:18 | More by dharmabum1102
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zenithberwyn

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-31-2013 02:32:57 | More by rderedin
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 02:22:22 | More by dbrauneis
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-28-2013 05:04:37 | More by kscaldef
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:01:59 | More by Slatetank
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shand

Florida

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leann Follain is an excellent example of an Irish Dry Stout. It's got a bit more flavor than most Irish Dry Stouts, with the very well balanced chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors mingling nicely. The flavor doesn't linger for long, leaving a nice, dry finish. Overall, a great Irish Dry Stout that's a bit stronger and more interesting than the pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 04:25:39 | More by shand
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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

Ukraine

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 17:31:57 | More by khmel
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 17:51:32 | More by metter98
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-10-2013 17:45:55 | More by smithj4
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funkel81

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

07-15-2013 23:46:17 | More by funkel81
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

06-29-2013 16:40:42 | More by Vsarmatov
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StevieDarrier

Ireland

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-25-2013 19:54:56 | More by gtermi
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bh123

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-22-2013 05:14:50 | More by bh123
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boesesfleisch

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-15-2013 20:54:19 | More by boesesfleisch
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-18-2013 03:15:10 | More by RedneckBeerz
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-14-2013 18:09:16 | More by JMBSH
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bconsidine

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

03-18-2013 09:25:58 | More by jewellrunner
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-17-2013 22:24:50 | More by TheFightfan1
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +24.2%
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
O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.