O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +23.9%
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
3.94/5 rDev -1%
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
3.65/5 rDev -8.3%
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
3.49/5 rDev -12.3%
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
3.05/5 rDev -23.4%
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
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
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
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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
O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.