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 TheDeuce
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

O'Reilly Irish Stout...on tap at the Sly Fox Phoenixsville Location....

Appearance-nice looking nitro pour, very carbonated, jet black color in the pint glass, the head settles very nicely.

Smell-dry toasted malt, light touch of coffee, mild alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light mouthfeel, malt mixed with coffee, slight hops pull through but the malt buries it, exceptionally smooth and consistent. Finishes almost clean but with a touch of malt.

Drinkability-easiest drinking ever.

Overall-dynamite Irish Stout, great sessioner, obviously knocks the big boys out of the park. Excellent job

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Photo of incubusfriday
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
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 SPRichard
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on nitro-tap at McGillin's poured into a nonic glass

deep black body....creamy off white/tan head....superb lacing

toasty malt....with touches of coffee and caramel

subtle sweetness yet still dry with some toasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate flavor...light and creamy

light creamy mouthfeel...light in alcohol

this is an all nighter for me....this is hard to come by where i'm from in NJ so when i find it when i 'm out i stick with it for most of the night...the limited availability (for me at least) along with the super low ABV help in it's drinkability

excellent Irish stout....actually prefer this over that other "well known" Irish stout

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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 beerluvr
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich thick dark brown head over opaque black liquid. Roasty chocolatey nose, with flavors of roasted barley with little malt sweetness, light coffee, some hops. Very smooth going down and a pleasure to drink as it seemed very fresh. An unexpected treat to find it on tap.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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 MKrauss
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap over at North 3rd in Philly.

Deep and dark black coloring. Tight and thin tan head that had very good retention.
Tough to make out the smell at the bar, but I could detect the roasty flavors and some sweetness of the dark malt typical of the style. The taste was sweeter than expected, with earthy, coffee chocolaty flavors. After the inital sweetness, it changed quickly to a deep roasty flavor. It finished with a slight hopiness, crisp and clean. Actually more refreshing and drinkable than a Guinness (using that as my method of comparison for the style.) Thin moutheel, very easy to drink.

Excellent stout.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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 garuda
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a nitro-tap stout with a little bit of cascading bubbles and good lacing.

Smell is a bit muted but nice with dark roasted coffee.

Taste is predominantly dark roasted coffee. Hints of dark chocolate towards the back end with even some earthy hops in the finish.

M - Light body, delicate carbonation, finishes clean with even some lingering bitterness from dark roasted coffee and hops. Never feels watery.

D - I would definitely get this again. Packs a nice punch of taste and bitterness in the finish which keeps it interesting.

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Photo of jreitman
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with some light mahogany hues. Head is quite creamy and looks very much like a Guinness. I was very pleased to find the beer to have a much more complex flavor profile than ye 'old Guin. Flavors ranged from a bittersweet chocolate to coffee to a nice underlying roastiness. Mouthfeel was creamy and on the light side, but was still very pleasing.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this this several times now - each time on nitro - and each time it's a dependably decent brew. Love the nitro and it's ultra-creamy pour - cascade action! - leaves an inch thick compact velvety khaki-colored head atop of the pitch blackness below. The scum left behind is immaculate. Being served via nitro, the aroma can range from quite muted to a soft roasted bitter - not a wide spectrum - but, for what style it is, it suggests something weightier, or more substantial, in density and concentration of flavor and feel than say Guinness Draught (which essentially is dirty water). Lovely smooth, more bitter than roasty, taste. Real creamy. Actually hangs on the palate nicely. I've had it with a more relaxed degree of nitro and the flavors really blossom. Hints of industrial coffee and some vague nuttiness. They really nailed the style as I sometimes confuse it for Murphy's (though it's still better).

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
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 tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as dark brown beer with massive frothy white head (as would be expected) Left a coating on the entire glass as it was consumed. Smell is of a light coffee, chocolate texture. Taste is dry, coffee, chocolate and very enjoyable. Finishes with a good creamy mouthfeel and a dry bitterness. Perfect session beer with perfect drinkability.

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Photo of Kendo
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on-tap (the nitro tap) at Lionheart in Albany.

A: Nice cascading effect as you'd expect from the nitro tap. Body is pitch black with a creamy, khaki-colored 1.5-finger head that sits and stays for awhile, ultimately leaving behind rings and rings of foam.

S: Not much in the nose at all. A hint of roasted malts is about it, and that's faint. Not completely unexpected for the style, however.

T: Roasted malt up front with some coffee or espresso as well. Some hints of bitter, unsweetened chocolate more towards the middle of the sip, becoming more noticeable as it warms a bit. Finishes with a very nice dry bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Good balance between the roasted malt and that dry bitterness from the hops.

M: Creamy, as you'd expect from a nitro pour, body is on the light side, also about what you'd expect for this style.

D: Over the top in drinkability -- relatively light but nice in feel and with good flavors. Easily quaffed. A good substitute for Guinness, though my friend who drinks Guinness almost exclusively found it a tad bit too dry for his liking. Me, I prefer that dryness. Worth checking out.

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Photo of StoutHearted
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It poured out dark with a thick, white head that remained almost to the last drop. The aroma was full of roastiness, but the first sip revealed bitter hops balanced by a coffee flavor. My favorite part was the mouthfeel: a delectable creaminess that had the texture of milk (but without the heavy lactose taste.) Drinkability was slow for me- by the time I drank the pint dry, my dinner partner was finished his second beer. This is a stout to savor and enjoy, not to pound.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with huge dense undulating head that takes several minutes to settle down. Aroma is roasted, like bitter chocolate or smoke, and evident at a distance. Flavor is sharp and coffeelike, bitter roasted like an excellent campfire. Deep caramel, round nutty bitterness. Mouthfeel powerful thick and creamy. Insanely creamy.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
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 plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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 erosier
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and frothy tan colored head that sticks around for a long time and laces pretty heavily when it fades.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, nice sweet oatmeal and other malt aromas with hints of chocolate and coffee as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malt, more bitter darker malts, hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel.
M: Super Smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation
D: Very drinkable, this was a great mix of flavor and feel, especially on the Nitro Tap so this is something I will be looking for again.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

O'Reilly's Irish Stout from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 239 ratings