O'Hara's Irish Stout
Carlow Brewing Company

O'Hara's Irish StoutO'Hara's Irish Stout
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Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #13
Ranked #15,658
3.89 | pDev: 11.57%
Carlow Brewing Company
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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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Nov 22, 2013
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Dense bubbly tan lace, great retention. The color is a shade away from pitch black.

Smell: Aromatic roasted smell of coffee and burnt grain.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Velvety smooth with an amazing viscous carbonation with in a moderate body. Creamy malt with mild roasted notes that turn into a dusty charcoal flavor. Clean palate with a light hop bitterness, finish very dry with a lingering charcoal note.

Drinkability & Notes: Highly quaffable, this one gives Guinness Draft a run for its money IMO.

Feb 27, 2005
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nem2006 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at Maggie Miley's in Normal, IL. If you are ever in the area, check it out. A great Irish pub.

Dark color, almost black, creamy head that holds very well and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The nose is roasted. Nothing that really distinguishes itself.

The taste really is the thing that gets me. Even though it is hailed as a Dry stout I found it very creamy, almost milky and somewhat sweet. There are hints of coffee and a little caramel in there. The finish is smooth for this medium to full-bodied beer. Very tasty and I prefer this over Guinness. If I see this on tap anywhere, I will be sure to snag a pint.

May 08, 2009
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Thrasher from Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting... this doesn't taste like Guinness to me at all. My first Irish micro. Nearly black with big poufy head that subsides. Excellent roasted barley aroma. Very bitter, almost biting; a combination of sharp-tasting hops and the dark malts. A big hit of black coffee. At first sip I thought there were some unappealing off flavors - mostly the hops which are grassy and grating. However I grew accustomed to them and began to enjoy them. I think the lasting, persuasive finish has something to do with it. If you're looking for a replacement for Guinness, get some Beamish. If you want something different - a rawer, less creamy, more uncompromising beer - check this out. It could be the effects of their marketing, but I like to imagine this is what Irish stout tasted like in the days of yore.

Dec 03, 2002
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kexp from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great looking stout. A little lacking in what i consider traditional stout head, but it was out of a bottle after all.

S - Smelled like strong coffee, alerting me to the roasted taste to come

T - Very tasty. Not overly complex. A true Irish taste to it. Roasted flavor is quite forward

M - like a good stout, it stuck to the palate and didn't let go.

D - very drinkable in moderation. Not as sessionable as some other stouts, which means that this stout is a cut above many others, but not all others

This one is the state of the art for Irish stouts. Very honest about its origin, it is a great Irish Stout with an enhanced roasted profile. I would LOVE to taste this one out of the tap.

May 23, 2007
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k47k from New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 02, 2016
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StevieDarrier from Ireland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jun 13, 2013
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ADR from Pennsylvania

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

Deep black, just a touch of ruby where the light comes through at the bottom. Tan, puffy head -- a good 3/4 of an inch. Aroma muted and not pronounced. Somewhat astringent coffee tastes, roasted malts seem more subtle than some Dry Stouts. Not very burly in impact. Fades consistently. Noted a papery or wheat paste flavor in the aftertaste that was somewhat unpleasant. To me this was a decent, but not great, Irish Stout. May have been subject to aging.

Apr 29, 2002
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WJVII from Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful dark chocolate color with an off white head that leaves sticky lacing on the glass. Not a speck of light comes through when held to a light. The smell is of thick malt, some slight burnt caramel, and mild chocolate notes. The taste is a nice bold malt flavor, not much for sweetness, but hints of roasting and some mild balance of bitterness in the finish. The feel is relatively thick and had a nice finish in the mouth with just slight carbonation. Nice brew, worth a try!

Dec 18, 2008
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a single 12oz for a St. Patrick's Day recipe my wife was making and she saved me 3-4oz so I could sample it since I never tried this before. Look in nice a dark with good lacing. Smell is sweet and roasty. Taste is bitter and roasty and a dry finish (hence the dry stout). Not very sweet or malty at all. Feel is quite watery.

Glad I didn't get the whole bottle to try as the 3oz was sufficient for me to get a feel for this one. Won't really bother to try again.

Mar 17, 2016
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Pisshhead from Ireland

4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great example a lot better than d bould Guinness..

Feb 24, 2015
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rastaman from England

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent stout, dry and bitter, roasty and burnt, tastes very Irish. I fact, it tastes similar to the mainstream Irish Stouts, but with a touch more body, and less of that crappy creamyness, decent. A better alternative to Guinness, and it doesn't have the crappy nitro creamyness of Guinness.

Sep 26, 2003
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augustgarage from California

3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap @ Blue Palms Brewhouse - keg is probably 12 days old now (this is a hold over from St. Patrick's Day I think), so freshness may be playing a role in my impressions - served in a nonic.

Lovely cascading coffee-ice-cream-colored foam, eventually builds/settles to a fat lasting finger of heavy cream. Dark brown, though rufous highlights reveal an unlikely clarity. Big layers of dense sticky lacing.

Faintly nutty aromatics, but otherwise very restrained, even as it warms.

Nutty, toasy, barley-laden palate entry. There is a tartness that fades away into the finish which has hints of caramel and diacetyl and is both bready and relatively dry.

Creamy, rich, and velvety mouthfeel - the nitro is working it's magic here.

Flavorful, yet flawed; it improves a bit when it warms, but while it's sessionable, I didn't really care for another pint.

Mar 29, 2011
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rjplumer from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tan two finger head. Roasted malt notes. Dry chocolate flavor with a hint of sourness in the middle. Very carbonated for the style. Smooth yet does have a mild roast bite. Also a faint hint of some sweet hops. Respectable and I would have again no problem.

Feb 05, 2012
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Jeysun23 from California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Jul 18, 2013
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cokes from Wisconsin

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

The closest ruby can possibly get to jet black. All underneath a supple, buttery tan froth.
Quiet roasty aroma.
Big flame-roasted barley smoky kick intially. Charcoal transitions to creamy mocha-ness. Interjections of liquorice and cola-sweetness in the later half, before a swooping hop bite gobbles them up. Touches of lingering roastedness.
Standard just-shy-of-medium Irish Stout body. Kudos for the lack of nitro gadgetry.
Pretty decent stuff.

Mar 17, 2003
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Durge from Connecticut

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

Found at My Place in Newtown, CT this stout shows a pretty much opaque black color with a crew cut firm tan head full of soap suds sized bubbles and healthy, caked on lacing. The aroma offers classic charcoal malt, rlatively mild and unspectacular. The flavor comes on with smooth charcoal and mild vanilla malt with a touch of tropical fruit. Very nice and such an unusually creamy feel in a medium-plus bodied brew. There is a mild milk chocolate idea here, highly drinkable stuff. The most notable aspect is the slightly aqueous, creamy texture but plenty tasty as Irish stouts go. An easy choice though nothing too out of the ballpark.

Apr 13, 2012
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CaptDavyJones from New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown to pitch black color from a 11.2 oz bottle, with a clearly marked best by date.
One finger tan head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is a very nice blend of roasted coffee, dark cocoa with some malt and hints of smoke.
Dry as dry can get with the perfect amount of bitterness to hit the palate. Surprisingly silky and rich mouthfeel.
I am not a big fan of dry stouts, but this one is probably one of the best I have had.
Very good lacing all along the glass as I sipped through this stout.
Good drinkability and mouthfeel.
A must try for ever stout lover, highly recommended.

Jun 06, 2011
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Lucnifter from California

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 08, 2015
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Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Obsidian black,, impenetrable to light, with a small tan head, which soon collapses, ultra-fine beaded lace, a slight dusting of foam.

Aroma: Dark fruit, coffee, cocoa, and a little burnt barley.

Taste: Opens with coffee, and roasted barley, the latter dominates the taste throughout, a bit of sourness later in the taste. There is a lingering, very mild bitterness at the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, pleasant, with a dry finish.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant, drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass Euro-style longneck bottle with a pry-off brown, served in a Chimay chalice.

Sep 16, 2012
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.5%

Nov 27, 2011
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on nitro-tap and served in a mug, the beer is a brown to black coloring, opaque, with a creamy, foamy, dense, off-white head that clings to everything. The nose is roasted coffee and bitter, blended well, with some chocolate highlights. Flavors of mild cream, roasted coffee, and a dash of cocoa. Smooth, creamy, and light bodied. Mocha aftertaste, with a smooth, slightly roasted lingering finish. Tasty, easy drinking dry stout.

Feb 01, 2013
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Sweffin from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 10, 2016
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Sigmund from Norway

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark). Colour is black (= very dark brown), very good and creamy tan head, leaves a nice lacing. Lovely roasted coffee-like aroma with notes of unrefined cane sugar. Flavour is all roast barley with coffee notes, not particularly complex but still very good. Dry aftertaste. An excellent alternative to GBM (Guinness/Beamish/Murphy’s).

Aug 24, 2004
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iceviper22 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a deep black color with gleaming hints of dark reds shining through the light at the glass edges. It pours with a big fluffy cream/tan colored head that dwindles to a nice foamy layer after a few minutes.

It smells mostly of dark chocolates and coffee with scents of raisins or plums mixed in. The heavy and dark burnt malty smell is very welcoming.

The taste is very smooth and balanced nicely. A lot of dark chocolate taste to it, with a nice coffee ending and a touch of bitterness to round it out. It isn't overly bitter and dry like some other stouts. This one is very drinkable and tasty. The mouthfeel might be a wee bit thin, but I feel it's pretty close to perfect the way it is.

Feb 09, 2008
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