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O'Hara's Leann Folláin - Carlow Brewing Company

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88
very good

91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

StJamesGate, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of thierrynantes
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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).

thierrynantes, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mnixon86
4/5  rDev +1%

mnixon86, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

twiggamortis420, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of cratez
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased by my dad on a recent trip to Ireland. Thanks pop! Best before date of late October 2012, which suggests to me that this beer is pasteurized.

Pours an opaque jet black with a sliver of mocha froth and a few spots of lacing on the tulip. Head retains well.

Smell is black licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt, floral hops, table cream, slight earthy/mineral note, black currant, mild vinous aroma, leather, and smoke. Very good.

Taste mimics the nose with roasted malt, a vinous and tart wine-like flavour, subtle coffee and chocolate undertones, a balanced English hop bitterness (earthy, floral, grassy), and some ashtray on the cough. An assertive, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is silky, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, chalky parched finish.

Overall, Leann Folláin is one of the better Irish Dry Stouts that I've tried. Its bold flavours and layered aromas make it an unusually intricate example of the style. A great brew that I would recommend to any beer geek.

cratez, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ColForbinBC, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

kojevergas, May 12, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had off the cask at the Bull and Castle in Dublin.

A - pours a deep black w/ a solid head, leaves moderate lacing. Looks like what a good stout should look like.

S - strong on sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. There is also a bit of alcohol on it, but not too much.

T - rich chocolate & coffee w/ some hop bitterness. Creamy and delicious - the taste, as it should be, is where this beer really shines. I couldn't get enough of it.

M - Again, rich and creamy, medium to heavy.

D - it took me a long while to drink this beer - as it was already almost at room temperature off the cask, that wasn't a problem. Not a beer I would want to have more than a pint of at a time. Definitely for savoring. The best Irish beer I had on my trip to Ireland.

lawlerj, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a seidel at The Bull and Castle.

A: Pous a deep, dark brown with a gorgeous mocha head. This is what a stout should look like.

S: Smells strong and sweet. Deep roasted coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, smooth milky malts.

T: Coffee and chocolate rule the taste, with a bit of mild hop bitteness in the finish.

D: Easy to down and very complex. The mouthfeel is prickly but very smooth. It is very dynamic for the style and ABV.

Overall: This is what Irish stouts should taste like. The best in this style that I've had. It isn't a Foreign Export, because it lacks the sourness and heavy hops, and it isn't a true Irish dry because it's a bit heavier and much more robust. Take it for what it is: one of the best beers Ireland has to offer. Recommended!

JohnnyChicago, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of LukeK1231
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a very good Irish Extra Stout, although I would choose Guiness Foreign Extra over this. I had it from a bottle while in Ireland.

A- Very dark appearance with a "dirty cream" looking loose head.

S- The smell was very caramelly with a little chocate aroma also.

T- Although it smelled very caramelly the taste was more chocolate-like and not creamy.

M- It had a good mouthfeel, nice and strong and flavorful.

D- Overall the drinkability was a little hard, i would probably only have 1 and only once in awhile. I would have it again when I'm looking for a change in pace in Irish Stouts.

LukeK1231, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

AgentMunky, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Onslow
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, what an aroma! coffee and chocolate- easily in the top ten of any beer i have ever had! the nose is wonderful .. . tastes of coffee, chocolate, light tar, minerals, and earth..lots of minerals actually, very unique! - very tasty, this is great stuff! .. . delicious and quite unique, nothing really like it .. carlows best and an exciting beer that would love to have again, thanks ma! .. . .

What's the matter, Craig?

What does it say on this jar?

"Craig."

Well I'm glad someone around here can read. The jar holds fourteen pickles. I had three yesterday, two for lunch today, and one and a half for snack. And now there are six and a half pickles in this jar. Simple math indicates...

Are you counting the one in your hand?

Ok, false alarm.

Onslow, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Ruaidhri
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Sheil's off Licence on Dorset Street, Dublin for about E2.40 per bottle. Pours almost pitch black in colour with a dark brown hue on closer inspection. Head is latte in colour - settles after pouring to about a fingernail's height in the glass and is retained well. Aroma is quite complex - cocoa, coffee and malt with some burnt/roasted notes. Taste is slightly bitter with strong coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate flavours. Mouthfeel is quite dry and cleansing on the palate - goes down nicely. Very drinkable dry stout that doesn't fill you up too quickly and the 6% volume isn't too taxing. All in all, it's an excellent stout and well worth a go.

Ruaidhri, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

mdagnew, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of MillRat
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

MillRat, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new brew (Feb/March 2009) from Carlow Brewery. I picked up a couple of bottles from Superquinn, Dublin at €2.39 for a 35.5cl bottle. Very nice presentation; brown glass with cream label with celtic design. At the top of the label, it reads "full-bodied extra Irish Stout". I reckon this is brewed mainly for export.

It pours a very dark brown brew with a dark tan head that subsides, smelled of some bitter coffee grinds with spiciness.
The taste was not what I was expecting; mainly chocolate in the flavour with maybe just a touch of coffee coming through. It came across as a sweet stout/milk stout, but without the sweetness. There would be very little similarity here with, say Youngs double chocolate stout.
Mouthfeel was very very smooth!

This is a very interesting brew and certainly worth a try.

JohnfromDublin, Mar 03, 2009
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O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
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