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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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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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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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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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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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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2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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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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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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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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