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

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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.

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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 kylehay2004
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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 brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark espresso colo and a thick, tan head that takes forever to settle down; once it did, it was as beautiful as a Guiness and left sheets of lace along the sides of the glass

Smell: Very modest dark bread aroma with a sour tinge

Taste: Slightly roasted bready flavor up front that is joined, mid-palate, by some subtle sour flavors - very similar to a Guiness

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with low carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; a good example of a subtle, but flavorful, low ABV beer

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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 oberon
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow what a pour,pours a pitch black with a great creamy head that leaves some real nice lacing,smells very dry and earthy.The taste is dry and earthy with some unsweetened chocolate under tones.A real complex dry stout,very enjoyable,first time trying,wil be sure to get again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many a brewpub has tried to emulate the dry stouts of erin's isle, but this one has finally pulled it off! It's the perfect dry Irish stout served via nitrogen carbonation and dispense; and it rivals Beamish, Murphy's, and Guinness. There's not much in the nose (as to style!), but it's soft and creamy in the mouth due to the soft carbonation and densely creamy head due to the nitrogen breakout. It doesn't have the lightly sour tang of Guinness, but it does offers a touch more bittersweet chocolate than most which gives it a bit of a unique edge. It's roasty with a thin bit of malt underneath, and backed by a solid bitterness in the 40 to 50 IBU range. It's light body lends to its drinkability; and it finishes short and dry. An impressive rendition of the style, and an excellent 'end of the night' beer that offers alot of flavor with a limited alcohol - although it's equally at home as a session beer for the evening. Quite nice!

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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 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 Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the 2009 goat races at the brewpub in Phoenixville, PA. Served chilled in a willybecker.
A -Dark opaque brown, med brown at the base, thick 3/4 inch band of cream from nitrogen pour, thick lacing collects in rings

S - Roasted malt, fruity yeast scents. Light caramel notes w/ very mild hop aromas

M - A creamy textureat first followed by dark roasted almost bitter texture w/ intense roasted feel carrying through w/ a hop bitterness trailing.

T - A moderately bitter stout for the style. Taste-wise the malt is very roasted which gives the malt a bitter quality w/ a gentle caramel malt back. The nitrogen sharpens the black malt slightly w/ an increased bitterness in the taste. Very one dimensional flavor after the first pint. Not a bad tasting stout, just lacks a layered malt flavor and seems to bitter for the style.

D - I would be content w/ one since the roasted flavors and hops overpower the beer and nitrogen is not my favorite form of delivery. This is just ok in my book and compared to guiness it is a toss up personally. I think for the abv it has a lot going on.

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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 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 Gavage
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black in color with a thick tan head that stayed around for most of the drink. Thick lacing was left on the glass.

Smell: the aroma was of roasted malt.

Taste: the flavor was mostly roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, and very little bitterness. The roasted malt seemed a little overpowering, but not offensive.

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, but the body was thinner than other Irish stouts I have had. The roasted malt lasted on the tongue for a few seconds after swallowing.

Drinkability: very drinkable as the flavor is strong and it is lighter in body for a stout.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel.

This is exactly what an Irish dry stout should be. Just plain delicious. It's a very creamy body with a thick head and lacing. The flavor is a slightly milky, deep roasted flavor with an aroma to match. A great example of the style and oh so drinkable. Find this and get someone else to drive you home.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a dry black malt scent. It seems a bit heavy on roasted and patent malts. The taste is good. It is dominated with black patent and roasted malts. It finishes dry, but with good mouthfeel. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine stout. It has a good malt makeup and mouthfeel.

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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 plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with amber streaks and a one finger creamy tan head. There was very good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt grain with some traces of coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste was upfront burnt grain with a nice coffee and semisweet chocolate bitterness. Good use of black malt.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness and creamy.

Overall a very tasty dry stout. A nice fresh allternative to Guinness.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

20oz pour off a nitro-tap at Teresa's. 1st time trying this which is amazing since it's all over.

A- O'Reilly holds a deep roasted brown color that borders on black, it's very close. A cascading head eventually builds a solid creamy looking cap about a inch in height. Solid sheets of thick lace stuck on the glass.

S- A nice huge focus is on the roast. This has a huge roast that is str8 off the grill. Some scents of smoke and some chocolate and coffee, maybe some bacon as well. Some faint traces of caramel while a splash of cream/vanilla comes up. A lot of malts in this I see.

T- Well, this is quite a treat as im not very big on this type of stout. This beats guinness by a long shot and the nitro blast is a good addition. Again this is dominated by a slighty smoky roast with char but is offset by some creamy appeal. Some chocolate and coffee within as well but comes out more as time goes by.

M- Incredibly smooth off of the nitro tap, this stout is fairly thin bodied but has a better feel than most in the style. Even with all the roasty taste in this you would expect this to be more rough, but that is not the case. Has a dry finish plus silky.

D- I ordered this because it has a low ABV and I was driving, so it has that going for it. While good I don't see myself having another but will get it from time to time. Having it off the nitro tap, I don't see having it any other way would suffice.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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 beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a opaque black with a big, creamy tan head that had very good retention.

S: soft, with a very smooth and silky coffee aroma with some chocolate.

T: The flavor was very smooth with a soft roasted character that was light and clean. There was some slight hints of dry chocolate and vanilla as the beer finished with a light dryness of chocolate roast.

M: light, very smooth and silky from the nitro and slides off the tongue effortlessly.

D: Very good per style, incredibly clean and smooth going down.

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Photo of tigg924
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
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 ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(from notes)
Had on tap at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA

Arrived in front of me a big thick stout with a nice creamy off-white head. Nice sticky lacing and quality retention.

Smells of cocoa powder, roasted chocolate malts, and coffee.

Flavors of roasted malts that leads way to a dry sweetness.

Very creamy and dry. Drinkability is on par for the style.

This is a nice take on the style, not the best I have ever had, but a good alternative to some other irish stouts.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with ruby highlights, topped by a very dense tan head. This beer had superb retention and left thick sheets of lace on the glass. Gorgeous. Plenty of roasty dark grain in the nose, not quite to the point of coffee though. Some milk chocolate too. Mild hop bitterness, but this was supplemented a bit by the dark grains. Plenty of chocolate and roast flavour with a bit of hop character as well. Quite dry, but with a pleasant sweetness. There's some nuttiness as it warms as well. Light body with very low carbonation, some creaminess and some astringency. A fine Irish stout, an obvious session beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark orange, brownish tinge, very thick light tan head forms, drops a ton of lace on its way down, settles to a very thick layer, very creamy looking, bit light in colour for a stout though. Smell is alright, grainy and sweet, some caramel, light roast and chocolate, toasty bitterness, some raisins and dark fruit, not too bad. Taste is very dry and grainy at first, caramel sweetness, toast, light roast and chocolate, oats/cereal, very dry in the finish, light on flavour but nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Just a bit too light to be great, but a decent Irish stout.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
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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