O'Hanlons Original Port Stout | Hanlons Brewery

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O'Hanlons Original Port StoutO'Hanlons Original Port Stout

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Hanlons Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rastaman on 03-25-2003

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Photo of btmo
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another import in the chiller at the local supermarket. I suspect they have a bit of a beer conno.. connus... conos.. beer specialist there.

This is a nice dark beer, but I am afraid I didn't care for the scent of it very much.

However, it pours well, tastes good, and goes down well.

Definitely one to try BUT at nearly 5 times the price of demo ... domist.. local beers, probably not one I will worry with again.

(ps - yes, I can actually spell domestic and connoisseur properly!!)

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Photo of rastaman
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown to black in colour, roasty malt nose, with a faint hint of port. Very charry ash tray like roasted malt flavour, almost a bit too charry. But in general pretty tasty and and quite a decent bitter finish, thickish and complex, not too bad in the end.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a little lighter in colour than I expected: cola-hued with some ruby highlights. A large, mushrooming head settled to a creamy cap that left nice rings on my pint glass.

The smell was subtle, but pleasant, consisting mainly of roasted barley and a vinous port aroma. Fruity flavours and grape from the port came in as expected, but I was pleasantly surprised by some earthy and slightly herbal hops in the middle — their presence certainly wasn't apparent in the smell. A mild roastiness built as I drank and some black licorice flavour added a bit of complexity.

The soft carbonation suited the style, but the body was just a tiny bit on the watery side.

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Photo of elricorico
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very nice, very dark, appears black in the glass, and a creamy mocha head sits on top with little sign of receding. A fair amount of lacing as the beer goes down.

The smell is a little odd, but grows on me. I can pick up the roasted malt, but it is quite faint. Then there is a vinuous aroma, but I don't find that it has the sweetness of port. As it warms, the aromas come together and form a red licorice smell.

Certainly I do pick up roasted malt, especially in the middle, but both ends give the impression of a watered down wine flavour. Things start to mesh better as it warms, but it still doesn't impress much.

The body is reasonable for the style, though it could be fuller. The carbonation is also a bit more prickly than I'd like for a stout.

I think my hopes were a little too high for this one. It isn't bad, but I had hoped for better.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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!

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Photo of Jredner
2.23/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don’t get much aroma here. Some very mild roasted barley malt is all. Deep black with a VERY lively tan head. Mildly roasty, but the intensity is very low. Almost no flavor here just a sweetish malt mash and even that isn't very stout like. Very dissapointed with this. I bought this and a stout called Kinmount Willie at the same time. I figured this would shine and the Willie would be mediocre, but it was the exact opposite.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.31/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of ToneControl
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells chocolatey. I made sure I decanted it without disturbing the sediment, after chilling at about 11-12C for a week or so.
Head thins quickly.
Quite smooth and good balance of flavours: leaves a chocolate aftertaste for me. Certainly one of the best examples of this style

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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...

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Photo of GreenCard
3.49/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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

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Photo of ernie
3.37/5  rDev -4%
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).

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Photo of champ103
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Derek
2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Black, slight ruby tinge. Off-white, slightly tan head. Not much retention, but it leaves a nice lace.

S: Fruit, with a little licorous and roastyness.

T: Some British fruityness (from the yeast). A slight roastyness (it really is between a typical porter and stout). I suspect a good portion of the colour comes from black patent malt. A little licorous and molases.

M: Light to moderate body, chalky, with a dry aftertaste. A little over-carbonated, and I think it could use more body.

D: I left the second half in the fridge for a day, but still couldn't finish it!

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initial aroma is sweet and fruity. That dissipates quickly and then I get a light roast malt aroma. No hop aroma which is O.K. for a stout.

Held up to the light it's very deep red colored which is surprising for a stout. Nice half inch layer of solid tan head.

Flavor is interesting. Good roast malt and hop bitterness of a stout. But the addition of port adds a sweetness and depth. I don't really get any port flavors though, just a little sweetness and maybe a little more fruit but the flavor is still largely roast malt.

Nice medium full body but I find the carbonation a little high and rough feeling.

A good flavorful sipper that I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of bark
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of steverx8
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveUK
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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