O'Hanlons Original Port Stout
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Stout - English
Ranked #116
Ranked #43,712
3.54 | pDev: 12.15%
Hanlons Brewery
England, United Kingdom
O'Hanlons Original Port StoutO'Hanlons Original Port Stout
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EmperorBevis from England

3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Deep black color with tanned foaming head with great retention and leaving a lot of laces.
Smokey and nutty aroma with notes of licorice, mocha and a hint of port wine.
Big flavour with freshly ground coffee and prominent hops, spice, charred toast , dark fruits, a hidden mild citrusy and finishing with cocoa and non-sweet licorice. The added Port Wine is so harmonic that you have to dig deep to feel it isolated. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation that slightly expands after sipping. A bit sticky.
Very original, this is one of the best Stouts I had. Unexpectedly smokey with a new set of flavors for the style. That is a beer that is hard to interpret and that is why you see a higher range of rating deviation.

Apr 07, 2016
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charlatan from Scotland

3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On cask at 'spoons in Glasgow. Dark colour with slightly reddish hue and offwhite head. Nose is somewhere between smoky bacon and wood smoke. A full flavoured stout with seemingly a little saltiness. It is somewhat smoky with pleasant hops coming through in the finish. Despite being fond of this brew, I can't pick out the advertised port and chocolate flavours. I get just a hint of the coffee (just as well it was only a hint as far as I'm concerned).

Feb 08, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a four finger thick caramel head with great retention and leaving a lot of laces.
Smokey and nutty aroma with notes of licorice, mocha and a hint of port wine.
Delicious flavor with initial notes of umami, roasted coffee malt, English earthy hops, spices, charred oak, dark fruits, a hidden mild citrusy and finishing with cocoa and non-sweet licorice. The added Port Wine is so harmonic that you have to dig deep to feel it isolated. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with good carbonation that slightly expands after sipping. A bit sticky.
Very original, this is one of the best Stouts I had. Unexpectedly smokey with a new set of flavors for the style. That is a beer that is hard to interpret and that is why you see a higher range of rating deviation.

Nov 23, 2013
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soju6 from Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a virtual black color with a foamy head that lasts and good lacing.

S: Nice aroma of malt and dark fruits along with some chocolate and sweetness.

T: Taste o malt and mild fruitiness. There is a nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a nice texture.

O: Nice, but no real port character. Good change of pace, worth a try

Aug 04, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a hand pumped cask at tap and table in Emmaus a while ago. The beer came out as a deep brownish black color with a thin tan head on top. The head narrowed itself down to just a thin line over the beer. The smell of earth, and roasted barley were prominent. The taste was a little less intense that most stouts. It was dry and roasted... A little watery too. The mouthfeel was light and smooth. The cask killed most if not all the carbonation here. Overall the brew was decent. It's nothing I'd go a distance for to have again.

May 11, 2011
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Platinum Liquor in Bellevue Hill.

Pours with a mass and mess of frothy tan bubbles, that belie immense carbonation in the bottle. Foamy lacing as the sudsy foam settles atop a dark and opaque black-brown-burnt-orange body. Body is not particularly thick, but that's probably to be expected in a beer that only weighs in at around 4.8% ABV. Not a bad look, but I've seen much better.

Nose is sweet, slightly roasted, but buttery as well, giving a huge aroma of popcorn. Some lightly sweet notes of milk chocolate come through along with a whiff of carbonic acid from the boisterous carbonation. It's nice--some off characters, but it's nice.

Taste is darker, and the thinness in the body comes through a little too much here. Roasted, slightly bitter notes on the front, before a nutty finish with hints of the light chocolate sweetness round out the finish. I feel it needs more body, and the thinness really detracts from the palate. It would really benefit from a bit of extra smoothness.

Port is absent, despite the name, although who knows--perhaps some of those odd buttery characters are a result of the infusion.

Not the best English stout I've had; indeed far from the greats, but with just enough interest going for it to make it worthwhile.

Mar 19, 2011
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what to expect with this...
Pours black with a large lasting head.
Nose shows charred oak, roasted malt and sultanas. Not a strong aroma but whats there is quite distinctive.
Flavours or the other hand show big roasty characters with little of the port coming through. Surprisingly smoky. Wierd.
Carbonation is waaay too high!

Aug 16, 2010
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bark from Sweden

3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is black. The very high firm head is cold brown. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell is a bit sour. Bitter hints, and a touch of roasted malt.

The taste is malty and quite light with roasted flavours, mixed fruits and a touch of cheap candy. The aftertaste is light with dry-sweet notes of grilled meats.

The carbonation is light with light small bubbles. The liquid is a bit light.

Well, an average stout, this one. I had expected some more sweet port notes.

Apr 05, 2010
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soulgrowl from England

3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick midnight black with an abundant crop of camel-colored foam, weak in the nose with only basic stout aromas of coffee, chickory, coffee, and roasted nuts. Not bad but not special; as for the flavor, it is also somewhat disappointing - I've had stouts not brewed with port that have more of a port flavor (not to mention barleywines). There is a trace of sweet port, but mostly this is an ordinary (but good) stout with a textbook taste of cocoa, coffee, burnt toast, and a bit of brown sugar. Properly full and soft feel, well matched to the flavor, and dry in the finish with a lingering burnt nut aftertaste. Not the wonderful digestif I'd hoped for, but still a perfectly good stout even if it is rather gimmicky.

Nov 25, 2009
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BlackHaddock from England

3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer in my 'dark night' review session. The brown 500ml bottle was slightly out of date when reviewed (one month and a week). The beer was bottle conditioned.

Poured into a pint glass, vase shaped. Obviously well carbonated, because it came out with a lovely healthy fizz, a deep dark ruby red body witha deep tanned head. It looked every inch like a good stout should. A full head stayed throughout the tasting, it did thin out, but it was still there at the end.

Expected more of a smell, even as the beer warmed it didn't want to give up any secrets, I am pleased to say some burnt malt and chocolate esters did emerge after a while. An earthy, peat bog sort of aroma also began to rise from the brew even later.

Dry at first and in the aftertaste, in the middle came dark chocolate and a little coffee. I tried my hardest to find any 'rich ruby port' as advertised on the label, but failed.

The beer however is smooth (again as advertised on the label) and has a rich texture and body.

A very good start to my evening, I hope the next two or three (depending on my mood and soberness) are as drinkable as this.

Oct 07, 2009
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ADZA from Australia

3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice dark,ruby,cola colour with decent carbonation that leaves a frothy,long staying two finger head with heaps of lacing very nice looking,the aroma is just above average with hints of blueberries,dark malty port and some weak coffee,it has an average mouthfeel with tastes of dark roasted malty coated hops which finishes very smooth with no taste of port at all in fact i think the port perfectly balances out this beer to give it a very smooth finish,quite a nice beer that would buy again.

Aug 29, 2009
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ernie from Russian Federation

3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great ruby-mahogany color. Small head with almost no lace. Low carbonation.
Outstanding aroma: rich, winey with notes of dark fruit and candy sugar.
Taste - not so great but quite pleasant. Good balance of malts and hops. Right amount of sugar, nice touch of sourness in the finish. Medium body.
Mouthfeel quite disappointing - not so creamy or velvety as could be expected.
Drinkable? Well, to a certain limit. I won't refuse to have another bottle but can't believe this stout could be sessioned.
Worth a try (and a second try).

Aug 15, 2009
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DerBayer from Germany

2.87/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark tar ish colour with a ruby tinge

Smells acidic of grapes and wine first then some chocolate and citrussy notes - interesting smell

Taste is the same but the other way round some dark chocolate and citrus notes maybe some bitter hops then wine like grape acidity

Mouthfeel is a bit flat but creamy not uncommon in stouts

Gets too acidic after a while and is too flat for more than a small glass

Aug 11, 2009
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mrandolph from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a large tan head, which holds retention well. Smells of roast and port, more notes of the latter, but no esters. Has a good roast taste with high bittering, which is a nice complement to the sweet, winey port. This has a medium full body but finishes dry due to the high hopping rates, which is a tad unexpected. Overall, an enjoyable and unique beer, but not astounding.

Jul 05, 2009
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BeerSox from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into nonic. Best before Jan 23rd 2010.

Very deep brown hue, almost black, with hints of ruby at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. The head is light tan, with a perfect frothy body that slowly settles to a pillowy cap. The head reminds me of something that sits on top of a latte.

A very light burnt aroma, along with a little bit of walnut. The slightest touch of dark fruit is in the background.

The grains are roasty, but very soft at the same time, giving a very smooth velvety feel. Full bodied. The roasty grains linger for a while.

I wish more of these would cross The Pond. A subtle stout, rich but also smooth at the same time. The malts give a good roasty flavor. Recommended.

Apr 04, 2009
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear black color stout with a good size foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt notes with some subtle notes of port. Taste is also an average mix between some dry roasted malt notes and some sweet port notes. Body is a bit too thin for the style in my opinion with some good carbonation. I guess this is OK but not something I would necessarily seek again.

Jan 23, 2009
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cgarviereg from Scotland

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at home ...a deep black colour ... with a small tan head ... slightly sweet rum malt nose ... sweet fruity roast malts with a little alcohol ...sweet berry fruits ... low carbonation ... medium body ... its just not got the depth i look for in a stout

Nov 22, 2008
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mrmanning from Canada (ON)

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Chaucer's Pub in London, Ontario- A deep brown pour that lets in some light, is topped with a frothy mocha cap with nice retention and lacing. The aromas here are dark chocolate, black coffee, some dark fruits, cherry, a smidge of hops, but no port to speak of. Tastes strongly of black coffee mixed with dark chocolate, a bit lactic, some slightly fruity components which may be from the port. Bitter towards the end, but a bit thin in terms of a stout. Pretty good.

Nov 21, 2008
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champ103 from Texas

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a black/brownish color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A large tan head forms and gently recedes. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Not very aromatic, but what is there is very stout like. Dark roasted malt and dried fruit. Raisins, plumbs, ect.
T: Sweet roasted and toasted malt again with a touch of dried fruit. Somewhat metallic. Not that complex, but very enjoyable.
M/D: A bit dry and light to medium body. A smooth stout that I have no problem sessioning.

I am not sure what to make of this beer. As it is, it is a nice English stout. I don't detect much port character here, and so I don't really understand what the brewer is trying to accomplish by making this "enriched with ruby port." Something I would try again if I saw it though.

Aug 23, 2008
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MAB from Canada (AB)

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good idea- Porter and stout together.
Wait a minute? Port- like the fortified wine- and stout?

Kinda different. Kinda fruity, even. Damp earth and even some nuts in there. Don't know what I'm tasting but it isn't what I expected.

Interesting. But enough to buy more, or to recommend it to others? Hmmm... I don't think so.

Have an O'Hanlon's Goodwill Bitter instead.

May 01, 2008
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JohnfromDublin from Ireland

3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very disappointed in this offering. It looked good: a typical black stout letting precious little light through with a pale cream coloured head that remained well.
The smell was pretty much of nothing, and unfortunately the taste was an almost bland brew, no roastiness and no evidence of any Port theirin.
I would not bother with this one again.

Apr 29, 2008
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DaveUK from England

2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Opaque black, very little light able to pass through. A small initial head that quickly fades to lacing, which persists all the way to the bottom. Good old bottle conditioning.

Aroma - Mild roasted and burnt malts, dark dried fruits and a lsight metallic tweak at times.

Taste - Heavy burnt malt, bitter chocolate with a wine-like sourness along with more bitter cocoa in the fairly long finish.

Mouthfeel - This is one smooth beer! A silky, smooth and slightly chewy texture allows the medium to heavy liquid to slip down effortlessly!

Overall - A mild but subtle nose and taste coupled with a soft, smooth feel give this beer a very specific context. Certainly a good beer to drink with a weak stomach and dry mouth! This feels very "moist" for a stout too, unusual... The only evidence I found of the port addition was a sourness in the finish, although the dried dark fruits in the nose may have also been influenced by the port.

A unusual and smooth stout and probably a very good hangover cure, but tbh an unremarkable example of the beer style in terms of taste.

Feb 18, 2008
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys...

Poured a deep dark red / black colour... Creamy tan head poured quite thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer... decent amount of sticky lacing..

Aroma - Pretty strong dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, quite nutty, light smokiness, decent vinous fruitiness (black grapes, dates, black currents), woody / earthy, roasted malts, some peppery hops, vanilla...

Taste – Again dark chocolate mixed with dark fruits (plums, dates), some fresh vanilla, some coffee bitterness, roasted malts, light liquorice, light grassy traces...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... light / medium bodied... Pretty drinkable at only 4.8%...

Overall - An OK stout - nothing special but reasonably drinkable.. worth a try...

Jan 15, 2008
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my CAMRA Beer Club shipment...

Appearance: dark brown-to-black, good clarity, thick layer of spongey tan foam, great head retention, lace

Aroma: faint wisps of unsweetened cocoa powder, pumpernickel bread, caramel

Flavor: dry malt backbone with a scrunchy immediate roast bitterness; slight acidity; smoke and burnt sugar; finishes as dry as it starts with a lingering roast bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: This is a very dry stout so it's definitely best with some pretzels or something to take the edge of the roast. Not my favorite.

Jan 07, 2008
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brendan13 from Australia

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours into pint glass a midnight black. A good solid inch of light tan head that doesn't want to go away.
S - Roasty malts and dark fruit notes, inevitably from the port.
T - Again roast malt with some slightly bittersweet chocolate notes and the dark fruit presence.
M - Full bodied smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.
D - A nice beer! The port never dominates but rather adds an extra fruity complexity. The only thing that stops it rating higher in drinkability is the price (AUS $8.99).

Sep 12, 2007
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