O'Reilly's Irish Stout
Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Style:
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #151
ABV:
3.6%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,428
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 13.48%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
244
From:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  26
SCORE
84
Good
Notes: This Irish Style Stout is brewed with imported Pale and British Roasted Barley and hopped with Cascade and East Kent Goldings. Black in color, light in body, and roasty dry.
Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 244 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jzeilinger
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black pour with no lacing. Appearance is thin.

Aroma is light chocolate and smoke with very delicate char.

Taste is chocolate, light char and smoke with some lingering delicate chocolate and char.

Body is ultra thin.

A lot of flavor for a sub 4% stout but don't care for the mouthfeel, way too thin.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this on nitro at The Standard Tap in Philadelphia. It poured an opaque dark with thin tan head which dissipated over time and did not leave any lace. The scent had hints of earth and roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall its a decent beer.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let me just start by saying this was the best *looking* beer I've ever tasted. For me, dry stouts are hit and miss, and this was definitely a hit. This was a NITRO pour at E. W. Beck's in Sykesville (MD) and it hit the glass looking as black and opaque as any beer I've seen. The nitro pour left a perfect 1/2 inch tan line of foam above it. No bubbles visible in the darkness. Seriously black. The smell was a hint of malt and smoke, but in my opinion, the flavor was stupendous. Dry, not sweet--well, perhaps a hint of sweetness, but easily balanced by the bitterness, with a soft carbonation underneath to pull it all together. It left a perfect bitter dryness in the mouth and this flavor profile, coupled with the reasonable ABV numbers, made this beer very easy to drink. I would make a trip back to Beck's just to have another. It was that good.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with ruby undertones. Light colored head, fine lacing.
Aroma heavy on coffee/roast but sweet frangrance as well
Taste is more bitter roast than the aroma. Could use some toffee.
Mouthfeel is good, not a creamy oatmeal but traditional stout.
Overall very good, I'd like some caramel sweetness personally.

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Photo of delta490
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's deep brown with a light tan head, creamy in consistency from the nitro. The aroma is lightly grainy with just a little sweetness. This is the same for the taste. It has a lighter body and a nice smooth feel and finish.

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Photo of scompton159
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft nitro. Good look and feel, although slightly watery. A bit too dry and bitter for my taste; but that could change if paired with the right food.

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While on a trip to Philly, I got this on draught at The Irish Pub. I purposely chose it because of its low ABV and needing to travel a couple of hours later that evening. I must say I really liked it. I compare it to Guinness (but better flavor). Very dark, brown/black in color with a nice creamy head. Fist off I got a smell of coffee and hops. The taste is very good, smooth and with a touch of bitterness. I like this beer too because of its session-ability.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, on nitrogen
$ 4.00/10 oz glass, $ 4.50/16 oz
Aroma weak malt and chocolate
Head removed by bartender, light brown, creamy
Lacing excellent – covers entire inside of glass
Body dark brown, opaque – many bubbles adhering to inside of glass
Flavor – dry, slightly bitter, chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of dacrza1
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at Liberty Craft House in State College, celebrating St. Patrick's day and Jer's 40th birthday...jet black body with a pile of pillorous brown head that mushrooms atop the nonick; thick, resilient glass-clinging frothy tracing ...milky elements and earthy, peaty tones as well in the aroma....reasonably smooth with a palpable exit down the throat; leaves a noticeably dry, crunchy finish...speaking of crunchy, more hoppy than expected; lactic and sweet flavors dominate--pleasing to the palate...overall, a nuanced, balanced, swiftly emptying kind of stout....

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Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Gorgeous head. The kind that when someone else orders it makes you wish you got that instead. Lots of spicy rye on the nose. Follows through on the first sip. Very smooth, from nitro, but at the price of overall body. Decent stout, but not a particularly big one. Drinkable, and goes down very easily; traits enhanced by being dry as opposed to the cloying sweetness some big stouts can have and by the slight bitterness that makes you want to return to the glass frequently.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, nitro at Teresa's Next Door, Wayne, PA:

The beer appeared a nice, thick black color with a nice dark tan cascade and thick, dense, dark tan head, with excellent retention and some lacing. The beer gave off a very light, much lighter than expected roasted malt aroma with perhaps a slight hint of coffee. The beer had a nice malty taste that one would expect from a dry stout, with a slight bitterness to it. The beer had a good moderate feel to it, and it was smooth, creamy and very easy to drink. Overall a good beer, but my favorite is still Beamish.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considerable amount of head sits on top and makes for a great color contrast. The dark black color of the beer with the light mocha head.
Aroma is pretty sutle but there is considerable amounts of roasted almost burnt malt smell.
Like in the nose lots of roasted nearly burnt malts some bitter cocoa and coffee are in there too.
Drinks smooth on the palate and drinks dry as well.
A very good stout.

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Photo of eddie_g
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first review ... hang with me.

Got this beer on tap, not nitro, which definitely hindered the appearance at first pour.

A: Dark-amber to black. Very thin cream head - less than two fingers, which disappointed a bit for a beer of this style. Again, perhaps the service style contributed to this?

S: Subtle, but nice. Slightly burnt yet sweet.

T: Rather watered-down for a stout. The smokey burnt flavor is there, but is very subtle. A surprising amount of bitterness lingers - the taste doesn't suggest such flavor hides within.

M: Again, a bit watery for the style. Thin.

O: An average brew.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Phoenixville brewpub. Classic look on nitro; hey black with a big tan head that hangs around forever and a sheets of creamy lacing clinging all over the sides of the glass. Spot on. Aroma is straightforward; roasty and charred, with notes of bittersweet chocolate and, to a lesser extent, black coffee.

The flavor reverses the nose; it's still quite roasty tasting, but the bitter black coffee note is much more prominent than the chocolate. It's also exceptionally dry, probably more so than any other example of the style I've had.

Medium thin bodied with lowish carbonation and a very smooth and creamy overall mouthfeel. Quite a good Irish stout that takes the "dry" designation seriously.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the tasting room in Pottstown, PA

A: single finger white head creating an amazingly nice contrast itch the dark brown/black body with some light getting through body. Amazing head retention and nice lacing.

S: roasted malts, earthy hops and light coffee notes.

T: clean for the style with a nice roasted coffee bean bitterness, roasted malt. Dark chocolate shows up in the middle but vanishes quickly. Earthy hops throughout. Also has an interesting tanginess to the finish.

M: very smooth, medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is a very nicely flavorful Irish stout. The body is full for the style and this one is very flavorful.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a two finger head of off white foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam sticks around indefinitely and leaves excellent lace.

S - Dark bread and light roast.

T - Light coffee, roasted malt, musty hops and some creamy chocolate in the finish.

M - A fairly thick body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Nicely done and a better than average version of a be that few craft breweries attempt.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro -tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a deep black color with the off white carbonation/nitrogen bubbles streaming through the brew to form a thick off white head. While it is always a beautiful sight this beer was not quite as impressive as others I have seen as the color contrast between the nitrogen/carbonation bubbles and the brew was not as intense.

Smell – As with most dry stouts this one was rather subtle in the aroma department. Light roasted and burnt aromas of bread mixed with a very mellow coffee aroma are all that was really detected.

Taste – The taste was mostly of the roasted bread flavor with just a bit sweeter up front. The light sweetness, while present initially, faded fast to more roasted notes with some of the burnt bread and coffee flavors come to the tongue. The flavors level out in intensity overtime and leave a dry roasty taste on the tongue in the end.

Mouthfeel – Creamy like a nitrogen driven brew should be. I always love the smoothness of these brews. The creamy body is matched with a good level of effervescence creating a pleasant mouthfeel overall.

Overall - While it is a pretty tasty nitro-dry Irish stout it is nothing too spectacular. It’s worth a try, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of drtth
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is served in a standard shaker pint glass and is a dark coffee color with a 1/4" light tan head that persists fairly long and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the as it recedes. Sipping creates patches and swaths of lacing.

The aromas include some toasted dark bread with just a light touch of dark chocolate.

The flavors include the dark bread and chocolate, some light sweetness. There's some noticable, almost roasted bitterness in the ending.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth.

On the whole this is a very drinkable dry stout that one could have several glasses of during an evening out with friends. I certainly will be having this one again.

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Photo of 57md
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in appearance with a finger of head and some nice retention and lacing. Very mild nose. The taste is smooth, but very, very thin. There is a mild roasted bitterness on the finish, but not enough to pick this effort up out of the doldrums. Simply put: bland.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alto cincos

Appearance:
Super dark with a dense, creamy tan head. Incredible lacing and carbonation...nitronation...
Flecks of garnet in the light.

Smell:
None. Served too cold. Very slight grain base.

Taste:
Whoa, really tasty grain aftertaste. No alcohol taste (obviously) and pairs nicely with some jalapeño cornbread.

Mouthfeel:
Really tasty and drinkable stout/session beer. Increasibly creamy with a distinctly different grain aftertaste. The body is a little thin/watery.

Overall:
Great price, great taste and relatively locally brewer beer. Could use a tad more body, by I'm really diggin the aftertaste. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from nitro-tap at Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY.
Pours creamy black as night with thick white head. It looks really nice. Smells of a fresh roasted malt.
Taste is smooth...malt and ever so slight burnt coffee...and slightly bitter.
Its really lacking any wow factor, but its smooth.
The very low ABV almost makes it worthless to really drink though.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in shaker pint glass

Black in color, thick tan head. Nice roasty aroma, mild coffee and chocolate. Similar flavor, we'll balanced, not too dry. Nice feel. Overall spot on for the style

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

really showed a tremendous amount of promise. Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance to me

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Photo of tigg924
4.71/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap in Phoenixville--served into a pint glass

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/2 inch creamy head, clear, low carbonation, amazing lacing

Smell: sweet cream and charred malt

Taste: cream, not overpowering charred malt, light butterscotch at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate-low carbonation, sweet, light bodied for the style

Drinkability: Amazing beer. Nice, dry, and sweet. This is my new favorite in the style. Very true to the style, yet pleasantly complex. This one may be better than their pils.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- amazingly dense black color. Perfect pillow like nitro head with amazing cascade. Head is a deep tan color, with superb lacing.

S- light on smell, notes of raw black malt. Touch of really thin light coffee. Wish the smell was more robust.

T- light hint of smoke up front. Middle is predominately a dry char flavor. Slight bitter notes on the finish.

M- feel is very smooth and creamy. Finish is a bit light.

O- overall it does not have enough going on, flavors need to be more assertive to pull off the lack of acidity from going nitro. Easily drinkable, but the primary flavor is the char which isn't really satisfying. Overall it is a pleasant beer but nothing stands out as extraordinary.

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