O'Hara's Irish Stout
Carlow Brewing Company

O'Hara's Irish StoutO'Hara's Irish Stout
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Style:
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #13
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,855
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Reviews:
516
Ratings:
1,020
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Carlow Brewing Company
 
Ireland
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  80
Gots
  126
SCORE
87
Very Good
O'Hara's Irish StoutO'Hara's Irish Stout
Notes: The flagship of the O’Hara’s brand, this uniquely Irish stout brings one back to how Irish stouts used to taste. First brewed in 1999, it has since been awarded prestigious honours for its quality and authenticity.

O’Hara’s Irish Stout has a robust roast flavour complemented by a full-bodied and smooth mouth feel. The generous addition of Fuggle hops lends a tart bitterness to the dry espresso-like finish. This sessionable stout beer is filled with rich complex coffee aroma mingled with light liquorice notes. The combination of traditional stout hops with an extra pinch of roast barley allows us to stay true to Irish tradition, recreating a taste so often yearned for by stout drinkers.
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hogrider from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought a four pack of this stout at my favorite watering hole. The color is spot on develops a creamy white head when I pour it in my snifter. Smooth in the palate nice and bitter in the down draft...my only complaint, and probably not valid for this style of beer is the low alcohol....but then again my favorite stout is Old Rasputin packing over 9% ABV. Continue to drink beer and support your local brewery. HOG

May 24, 2020
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markkyronaylin from Ireland

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look: tá sé an-dhubh. bubbly fizzy off-white head which immediately dissipates.

smell: rich dark chocolate aromas, little bit of coffee, roasted malt.

taste: rich and smooth chocolate is the dominant flavour, malty, smoky, little metallic on the finish but quite pleasant indeed.

feel: medium bodied, quite reasonably carbonated, somewhat sticky

overall: not as good as leann folláin, but still a very good beer.

Apr 04, 2020
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Alexc11 from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, brown (almost blackish) color. Straight deep. Looks like cola. Thin, cream-coloured head with low retention.

Interesting aroma of malt, fig, prune and coffee. Taste of toasted malts and coffee. This is where the robust characteristic comes in. Medium carbonation. Subtle bitter finish accompanied by a light, smooth touch. Pretty smooth for the style. Packs a little more of a punch than, say, Guinness and Murphy's I reckon despite similar alcohol level. If you like coffee, definitely give this a try. I enjoyed it very much.

Mar 18, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, light espresso, and some caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and dark chocolate and then moves into some bitter espresso and earthy hops. Very light caramel. Finishes with lingering char and dark chocolate

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good Irish dry stout that is super easy to drink. Not super complex but definitely gets the job done

Mar 01, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(2 consecutive 16 oz nonic pours on nitro tap at McGillin's two nights ago)

Dark brown, virtually black liquid; tight, sculpted, off-white foam, with lovely broad bands of lace... subtle espresso roastiness on the nose, but little else considering the pour... immediate pop of a robust roasted barley grain, dry biscuity malt midsection, and subtly-burnt note of caramelized sweetness in the finish, lingering a few moments into the aftertaste; faint ashy roast essence left behind as it dries out... unsurprisingly smooth -textured, light-bodied but not thin, with perhaps a mild malt viscosity in the finish, but altogether light and dry... I've had this once or twice on draft before, but now I know where to find a regularly-flowing line in PHL - was enjoyable enough that I ordered another... certainly more rich than a Guinness draught; would love to do a comparison with Murphy's, both of which I seem to instantly prefer over the big G - State Line has some bottles of this, but I've yet to find it elsewhere locally (1592)

Oct 27, 2019
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Drinker-Diary from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

★★★½
Une stout irlandaise.
Enfin on peut mettre la main sur une stout irlandaise qui n'est pas de la Guinness. Malheureusement, cette bière sombre n'arrive pas à la cheville de la bière connue mondialement. Un bon produit sans plus. Il y a tellement de stout québécoise qui se démarque beaucoup plus que ce produit irlandais.

Sep 22, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in Dublin. Dark brown, almost black color with tan head. Roasted malt and coffee smell. Medium feel. Roasted malt and coffee flavors with a dry and bitter finish. Very nice!

Aug 11, 2019
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Trailboss76 from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

About the color of cola - probably a bit darker - with a head similar to that soda... only this one stays around for a very long time. The aroma is faint but has a nutty aspect to it. Good, solid, stout (no pun intended) flavor. Picking up kind of an old coffee taste - but that's not a bad thing. Some of the foamy head is still hanging around and I'm several sips in. This is just a nice solid Stout - will definitely pick this up again.

Apr 09, 2019
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LampertLand from Canada

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Carlow Brewing 'OHara's Irish Stout' @ 4.3% , served from a 500 ml bottle
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a spotty lace along the tulip
S-malted barley
T-watery no depth
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-dissapointing dry Irish stout
prost LampertLand

Feb 28, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 15B. Irish stout. Best before March 2019
Pours a light fizzy darker head that retains fairly well, almost completely black

Nose plenty of roasted malts, roasty coffee and a little bitter dark chocolate, toasted almost scorched char, no hop or ester profile

Taste plenty of roasted malts, toasted grain notes, very dark roasty black malt, grain bitterness and little earthy hop bitterness, roasty coffee and a little dark chocolate, very light caramel but not sweet, some nutty flavors as it warms, touch of creaminess. Dry bitter finish, moderate bitterness and dry roasty malts with chocolate and coffee lingering

Medium bodied, little creamy soft, medium to slightly lower carb, touch of roasty astringency but balanced

Overall not bad, hits the style well but maybe a bit too burnt roast, bitterness gets a little high but enjoyable

Feb 06, 2019
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NedFredHead from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting it to be as bitter as it was (not very bitter but still). However, I appreciated it not being syrupy sweet. Roasted notes come through nicely, and smooth mouthfeel. All around a pretty solid Irish stout.

Dec 18, 2018
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BEER88 from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Nice big toasty flavors for a small 4.3% beer! Look is dark with a sandy head and smelled like rich roast, coffe, and chocolate. Taste matched and a light feel kinda chalky like in the back! Overall I will definitely have this again! Best before date of July 28 2019 consumed today

Sep 29, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Perhaps the best irish dry stout I have had so far on this trip given the rich chocolate and coffee aromas in the smell, and the taste bringing in addition licorice, smoke, tobacco, and roasted malt, all while maintaining a classic mouthfeel and characteristics of the style.

Aug 30, 2018
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twosheds from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a thin white head.

Smell is very chocolatey with a roasted character.

Taste and mouthfeel is very smooth with a dry finish. There is a slight bitterness to balance it out. The main flavors are coffee and chocolate.

This is a great stout. It's a little unassuming, but it's nice to have another option for a stout that isn't super heavy.

May 19, 2018
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qrazvan from Romania

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really nice looking when pured into the glas, with a thick brown head and a dark brown, carbonated body.
Smells of coffee and roasted barley. The taste is similar, with some caramel also present.
Nice and refreshing, easy to drink (opposite to a Guinness for comparison).

Apr 04, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Bottle
BB: 28 FEB 2019

Pours a nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, nice touch of chocolate, roasty. The taste is malty, hoppy, with some chocolate, roasty. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely. Overall, surprised me, tasty.

Apr 04, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look- pours black with cola brown hints around the edges of the glass; 1/2 finger tan head, decent amount of lacing

Aroma- dark roasted coffee and bakers chocolate

Taste- follows the nose with chocolate and coffee, but there's also a firm bitterness that seems to be a combination of roast and hop bitterness

Feel- light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes bitter and very dry

Overall- nice dry Irish stout with a nice roasty flavors and decent bitterness

Mar 29, 2018
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice aroma of roasted malts with hints of dark fruit and coffee, fuller and richer than the other two. Dark ruby color with a moderate tan head, thick and creamy, but lacking the nitro gorgeousness of the canned Irish stouts with the widget. The head also recedes quickly to a thin cap with lacing creeping up the sides of the glass. Mouth feel is on the thin side without the boost from nitro. Roasty flavor with dark fruits and coffee. Richer flavor with more depth than either Guinness or Murphy's. Somewhat sweeter, also. Just enough bittering to balance the malts; not nearly as bitter as the Murphy's. Best of the three (Guinness Draught, Murphy's Irish Stout, and O'Hara's).

Mar 25, 2018
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Psilo from California

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with red brown highlights. Not much head and no lacing.

Smells roasty and chocolately. Taste adds a certain smokiness to that, enough to remind me of rauchbier.

Really easy drinking. Packs a lot of flavor into the 4.3% abv. Truly sessionable, the beer is gone too soon from my glass and I find myself wanting another. Would make a great low-alcohol beer to keep on hand for the times I want one of those.

Mar 25, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thinnish brown color - lighter around the edges. Thin tan head dissipates quickly leaving no residual head other than a ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has lots of dark fruits, cocoa, bakers chocolate and roasted malts. Very interesting nose and quite unique when compared to the readily available examples of the style.

Taste has strong notes of dark fruits, tobacco, roasted malt, some light cocoa and a bitter earthy hop finish.

Feel was thin, light with mild moderate carbonation.

While this is a good stout,the dark fruits give this a vey unique aroma and flavor profile and, in my opinion a deviation from the style.

Mar 25, 2018
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Dewsby from Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours a nice coffee color with a healthy off-white head.

S) Very crisp notes of roasted barley, slight coffee, and an incredibly slight toffee sweetness.

T) Very crisp and dry. The straight up coffee and roasted barley notes are there, nothing much more or less. Again, there is a slight sweetness coming from the malt, ever so slight, but it really is dry.

F) Has a medium-body and is quite crisp. Great carbonation.

O) Fine for the style. An easy 4 pack for St. Patrick's Day.

Mar 22, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque in the glass, with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt with a slight char, roast coffee and cocoa. Flavor follows, with slightly charry dark toasted malt, bitter coffee and a hint of milk chocolate. Dry, earthy and lightly charred malt and yesterday's coffee finish. Light to medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A very classic dry Irish stout profile with nicely toasted malt and good coffee and cocoa notes. Not the most robust of the style I've had, but very flavorful and great adjunct flavors for the ABV. Nicely done.

Mar 14, 2018
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OzmanBey from Massachusetts

2.62/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What I love about Irish stouts are the malty chocolate notes that make up the dominant taste with hints of bitter and earthy notes that form a really good taste but this one seemed to lack that traditional taste, it seemed to be a pale version of a stout that didn't satisfy my Irish hunger.

Sep 16, 2017
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid easy drinking stout. Black and clear with garnet highlights. Smallish but dense tan head that does settle down and out too quickly.
Smooth roast aroma with a coffee quality. Hints of sweetness with toffee.
There is a nice depth of flavor for such a small beer. Flavor holds same notes of smooth roast with coffee and hints of toffee.
It has a small feel, which would be consistent with the size. More than enough carbonation, which takes away a bit too.
This is a nice drink. Esp. at the price I got it, it will make a nice autumn beer.

Aug 31, 2017
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janubio from Spain

2.64/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Black colour, medium head, short retention, good lace.
Aroma is weak, with notes of coffee, licorice, chocolate.
Light, a bit watery, texture, good carbonation.
Taste of coffee, with notes of chocolate and licorice.
Too light and lacking of flavours.

Jun 23, 2017
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