O'Hara's Irish Stout | Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Irish StoutO'Hara's Irish Stout

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Carlow Brewing Company

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 509 | Ratings: 1,004
Photo of Trailboss76
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of NedFredHead
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of BEER88
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of REVZEB
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of twosheds
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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).

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Photo of Wasatch
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of bret717
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of MNAle
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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).

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Photo of Psilo
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of OzmanBey
2.62/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of janubio
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of moodenba
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft Carlow O'Hara Irish Stout on draft at Long Island, NY, gastropub in June, 2017. This is a stout with moderate alcohol (just above 4%), but an intense, lasting roasted barley/malt flavor. It's comparable to Guinness, but better.

(I read the review by one of the brothers before writing this. He said this gives Guinness a run for the money. I think O'Hara is preferable for the depth of flavor.)

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look - Pours a thin black color with lighter highlights, a finger of tan head, whispy lacing.
Aroma - Charred grains, mild coffee, slightly tangy.
Taste - Dry and tannic up front, sweet but light toffee, burnt malts, slightly ashy, a little earthy. Finishes pretty quick with notes of burnt grains.
Feel - Light-Medium bodied, has a grit to it, aggressive carbonation.

Overall - Easy drinking stout. A little thin on taste and feel but enjoyable enough.

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Photo of Yoann
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint
A - Black with brown reflections and no head
S - Roasty malts smelling of toffee and coffee
T - Bitter
M - Low carbonation but pretty fluid
O - A very good stout!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown with a nice fluffy head. Scent is roasted malts. Taste is similar, well balanced roasted flavor with a nice finish. Yum!

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Photo of Guppy314
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On Tap at the Bier Baron Tavern in Washington DC, pours opaque black with a khaki one-finger tan head. Aroma is of sweet malts. Taste is fully malt-forward with a smooth body. But flavors disappear quickly to give a watery finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I often bag on Irish Stout as being the lamest stout style, but in reality, I think I enjoy it more than a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts out there.

Anyways, a black pour, some brown in it, brown head, 3/5" deep. Aroma of small roasted barley, nothing adjunct going on.

Taste, good and dry burnt malts and really not much else, as style intends. Mild charred coffee notes. Very minimal. Relatively smooth, not overly bitter, acrid or ashy. Carbonation good for style. Even just the slightest hint at smoke in the mouth feel. I definitely think this is one of if not the best examples of style here from outside the US. Some might say the body is thin but that is because it is made to style, this isn't Dark Lord bruh.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Chocolate leads and then more grain comes forward finishing with coffee and mild roast in the background.

L: It pours bright dark brown to black under a 1" light cream colored foam cap that leaves good lace.

T: The flavors start with black coffee moderated by chocolate and finishes smooth with a nice drying, lingering roast. Reminds me a little of Guinness before they went nitro. The roast is not harsh, burnt or over powering but it comes through nicely. There is a hint of initial malt sweetness that leads to a dry finish with a faint hint of fruit. there is a slight tart tang in the background. Chocolate and coffee flavors linger.

F: O'Hara's is creamy with a medium to medium full body, medium carbonation.

O: This is a surprisingly good, full flavored, satiating dry stout.

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