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O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company

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88
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Carlow Brewing Company visit their website
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 06:09:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Eucrid

Ireland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-10-2013 19:25:44 | More by Eucrid
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oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 22:40:05 | More by oberon
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cjac

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 00:04:57 | More by ThisWangsChung
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BILF

Israel

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-01-2013 00:22:19 | More by Thirstygoat
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ronanohall


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

France

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-19-2012 19:27:16 | More by jmtpi
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VernonKell

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2012 22:03:49 | More by VernonKell
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Vierenner

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 00:06:56 | More by Vierenner
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

09-18-2012 18:28:17 | More by Kremlock
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innominat

Ireland

3/5  rDev -24.4%

09-18-2012 16:33:14 | More by innominat
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Liquoric3

Germany

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-13-2012 05:27:15 | More by Liquoric3
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dspencer714


4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-05-2012 17:21:23 | More by dspencer714
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Wantedandlisted

Ukraine

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-19-2012 22:51:46 | More by Wantedandlisted
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fionn13

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-30-2012 23:27:32 | More by Polasiuss
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phaedrusovchaos

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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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smiler_durden


4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 17:46:48 | More by StJamesGate
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thierrynantes

France

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 20:28:07 | More by thierrynantes
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mnixon86

Ireland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-19-2011 18:57:44 | More by mnixon86
O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.