O'Reilly's Irish Stout | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-17-2002

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.09/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber, almost black in color with a creamy white head. In the aroma, a faint roasty malt. In the taste, grassy and a small dry roasty malt. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small bitter aftertaste. Quite thin, and lacking in flavor and aroma.

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Photo of 57md
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
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 dsa7783
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On-tap at Ginger Man in New York City...
Pours a murky, deep, dark-brown hue with slight carbonation and a minimal tannish head...
Faint aroma with slight hints of malts, barley, and light chocolate...
Taste strongly complemented the smell... My only complaint was that despite the very mellow ABV, this sample seemed watered-down and loose... Not much in the flavor department...
Definitely not Sly Fox's best...
Not highly recommended...

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Photo of DIM
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Very pretty nitro pour. Thick, cascading, creamy looking head atop a dark brown body.

s: Faint roast and a hint of dark fruit.

t: Hmmm... maybe a dirty tap line? Bitter, almost flavorless roast and a little something sour in the backround.

m: Nice, creamy nitro body.

d: I had high hopes for this, I'll definitely try it again elsewhere if I see it.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -20%

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 nasty15108
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased on tap / Growler at Skibbo's Beer & Soda, Bronx, NY and drank from a pint glass. I'm always interested to sample something that claims to have beaten Guinness and Murphy's in taste tests. Needless to say it didn't live up to it's claim, not by a longshot!

A - Good, typical black stout appearance. Poured a thin and slightly watery with a tiny tan foam head. More porter like in appearance than Irish Stout.

S - I'm not sure if the pint glass or growler weren't properly cleaned (which I don't think was that case), but the smell was pungent. Not easily describable and not extremely overpowering, but definatly not very pleasurable to the nose. I'm chalking this up to a possible bad batch and I'm willing to try it again and hope for the best.

T - Malty, slightly burt coffee taste. Finished dry and bitter.

MF&D - Thinly coated the mouth, but better than I had anticipated. Oddly enough, It seemed get better with the second pint. If you can get passed the weird aroma its acutally not bad. I would like to try it again, possibly from another location to see if I get that same smell I experienced with my first tasting.
As far as their claim of beating out Guinness or Murphy's in a taste test, well I'm not sure who was tested, but it certainly wasn't me.

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Photo of dherling
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice dark beer with an off-white head. Lots of toffee and coffeee in the nose. The taste seems watered down, everything you get in the nose, just less of it. Has a slight metalic taste to it too, possibly form the keg. Rather heavy mouthfeel. The finish is again watered down, but still bitter.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Sly Fox, Phoenixville, PA

Poured into a signature glass, pitch black with a finger of dense, creamy, tan head. Roasted malts in the aroma with just a hint of coffee. Taste of more roasted malts, a bit of coffee for bitterness, and really not much else. Pretty smooth, but not full-bodied enough for a stout. Nice and creamy on nitro though as long as the head lasts. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nitro tap is always awesome, the beer pours much like a Guinness Draught. The color is a deep brownish black with a really nice creamy brown head on it thats sticky and laces pretty well. The aromas are lightly roasted slight smooth creamy aromas too. The taste is very smooth kind of on the flat side but the nitro makes it that way. The mouthfeel is very light and easy to drink. This is a pretty good attempt at an Irish Stout.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/3/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours black with a small dark tan head. Very pretty! Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Aroma of roasted and sweet malt with a bitter hops finish. Quite dry. Watery, weak palate. Meh, not much to this one.
6/4/6/3/13 (3.2/5)

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Photo of Phatz
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of Irish Dry Stouts. I regularly have Guinness on hand at my house and I love O'hara's Irish Stout as well.

O'Reilly's Irish Stout was a little bit disappointing. It was a beautifully enticing appearance followed with very little to back it up IMHO. It was a dark brown maybe mahogany that looked black in the dim lighting. Huge thick foamy head that lasted long after I gave up on the beer. The creamy foam sitting atop this beer seemed as if it'd never fade. So far so good.

Smell: When I got to the smell it was good but nothing exceptional. A bit of the aroma like Murphy's but week and a bit hard to find. When I did locate the aroma there was the typical smell of roasted malts and subtle hints of coffee.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is decent at the beginning and the end but this beer seem to have no backbone in the mouth; texture or taste. It just went limp and watery through the center. The front end had a decent roasted malt and subtle coffee character. I was hoping for a bit more chocolate or more poignant flavor. Nonetheless it was good to start. then as the beer passes over the tongue it lost all complexity and depth; it was very watery and thin through the center. The finish was decently dry but overall I was a bit disappointed. I herd good things about this beer from others so maybe it is just this batch that is weaker than others. Still a good beer just straightforward and thin through the center.

Drinkability: This beer dinky like water. Very quaffable a sessionable! I would drink this with dinner as opposed to considering it a beer for deep contemplation.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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 ranger60
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ.

Appearance: Jet black and opaque; nice brown head with tight bubbles
Smell: a little too non-descript for a stout
Taste: A little bitter and chemical tasting...no coffee, chocolate, etc. But a surprisingly good aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin, compared to what I expected based on its appearance
Drinkability: easy drinking, but not necessarily worth it with other stouts around...

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Photo of eddie_g
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nitro tap at the Tap and Mallet,black, big creamy head, creamy mouthfeel, coffee grounds for taste, roast and one-dimensional, that of course is mediocre compared to the stout I want to drink. ALso not overally dry. Would like more stout flavour, maybe in a bottle?

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Photo of scompton159
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Stinkypuss
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

O'Reillys Irish Stout on Nitro tap. Pours a dark blackish brown with a solid fingers worth of tan foam. Wall of lace.

Smells of bready and roasted malts, but not a very strong smelling beer.

Starts out with a creamy feel, followed by an ever so faint roasted malt note. Lightly bitter, but not a lot going on.

Spritzy carbonation with a semi-smooth overall feel. Creamy.

Drinkability is decent. A nitro stout with nothing out of place, but not a whole lot stands out. A fair attempt at a Guinness imitation brand.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flowing on a nitro tap at Trivia Pub in Moon Township, pours a dark brown almost appears black especially in the lighting of this grundgy pub. Tan head forms thick and lasts awhile and forms lacing with each sip from the pint. Aroma is a bit muted with touches of dark chocolate and light coffee notes a bit of an herbal hop finish but really nothing stands out. Flavor profile is solid a clean well balanced dry Irish stout that goes down with ease and has some of that tartness lactic edge that Guinness has. Light dark chocolate and coffee presence finishes with a touch of herbal hops dead on to the style. Mouthfeel is light and airy in body with creamy nitrogenated carbonation. Drinkability is with ease and the abv being so low this one is definitely a sessionable brew.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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 vfgccp
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of Yetiman420
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a five beer sampler of 4 oz, Michelin Man style glasses, beers.

Held the same micro bubble head for about 30 minutes. Pronounced roasted aroma. Very nice.

This was my final beer. Aroma and appearance get things going very well but it's down hill from there.

Taste comes across as watery. Not nearly the flavor I was expecting based on the wonderful aroma. Easy to drink but need a little more uuuumph! One dimensional to the roasted side and continues to have a watery element to it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-jet black in color, no light comes through, a thick white head accompanies the deep black color

S-light roasted malt aroma with a hint of chocolate

T-very light in flavor, almost watered down and similar to a guiness, the taste is of light roasted malt and just a hint of coffee

M-very light body yet very smooth and low carbonation

D-it does bring some flavor and is very low in body, seeing the alcohol content just now i realize why it is so light. i guess i should give it a higher score b/c you could drink this all day and never get drunk; but personally i'd rather get drunk fast and drink something i enjoy.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
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 jscondon
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap pour, 20 oz.

My dry stout palette is not very matured, so this review is not very educated. The O'Reilly's pours very dark with a minuscule head (about 2mm). To me the aroma was undistinguished, but I had been in the restaurant a while and its subtlies were lost on me. I did detect roasted barley but not much else. The taste was predominantly earthy with a little bitterness. The mouth is ok on this one, as it is a mellow beer, but I found it to be a little too thin.

In fairness I need to give this beer another shot, if it were the first beer of an evening I am sure it's profile would have been different. As it stands right now I will have to say that this is not a bad beer, but it is undistinguished.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox O'Reilly's Irish Stout has a black body and a creamy, brown head that has the waterfall affect from the nitrogen.

The aroma is pretty tame: a little bit of roasted malts and some coffee flavors.

Just like the aroma, O'Relly's Irish Stout has a flavor that is subdued roasted malts and a dash of coffee. There is also a hint of hops in the form of a grapefruit flavor. This is a little bit underwhelming, but not bad.

The feel of the stout is a little bit thin despite the creaminess that the nitrogen adds.

Overall I don't love this stout, but it's not bad for a low ABV beer, but I don't love it either.

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