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

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
235
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 104
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -20%

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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dmorgan310
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 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 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 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 smithj4
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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 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 Gkruszewski
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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