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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2001

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5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If only this was on tap and as available as Guiness....

Poured into a stout style glass... pours like an ordinary stout. And then you take the first taste.... Velvety smooth with robust coffee and chocolate malt flavors cutting through the texture. If i could compare it to anything it would be close to a Murphy's Irish Stout with more roasted malts and barley. Truely a great beer. Drinkability... all night long baby ;) three cheers for O'hara's Irish Stout!

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5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle that comes as a four pack (and on sale at my local liquor store...score!). Served in a US pint glass.

A - Nearly black with a lovely tan head with great retention...it looks very nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant and there is no question this is a serious stout...roasted malt, coffee, bit of chocolate aroma.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Not sweet, hints of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Puts other more famous stouts to shame. This is what stout should taste like.

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy...yet without the use of nitro. Goes down easy, and at only 4.3% alcohol this is a very dangerously sessionable beer!

Wow...best stout I've had in years. Simply superb!

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this is my type of beer. Weighing in at 4.3% ABV, it's one of those that you can drink all night long and not get stupid. This was poured from the bottle to my tasting glass so I could put it through the paces.

A: Dark, tan-ish head that laces as it fades. Light cannot penetrate the darkness (this is a good thing in my book).

S: Rich aromas - roasty, chocolate, bread-like.

T: Just as rich as the smell. Not over whelming.

M: Good body, smooth and creamy, light carbonation.

D: This is beautiful. I was only able to find them in 4-packs and got one for a test. This will be a regular purchase!!

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4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The color is a beautiful dark brown, almost black. It pours with a thick head that thins down to about 1/8" for the rest of the sitting. It smells of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is bold, not terribly hoppy, with hints of the coffee and chocolate. It feels smooth, and not nearly as overwhelmingly heavy as Guinness. This is the best stout I've ever had, more drinkable than most imperial stouts and smoother than most oatmeals that I've sampled. I understand that they are different breeds, with different characteristics, but ultimately for most beer drinkers I know, it's hard enough to get them to differentiate between a stout and a black lager, so explaining the difference between an Irish dry, imperial and oatmeal stout is far too much to expect. A perfect choice, in my mind, for St. Patrick's Day.

3/22 - I've had it again, this time warm. I like it even better now, and I can detect a burned flavor in there, though discerning it is difficult.

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4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a rich espresso black with a hue of brown, if any through the light. A thick, soapy dark cream colored head sits on top that slowly dissipates to a film. Loads of sticky lacing. The beer smells dry and sweet somewhat, but mostly of bitter chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is exceptional: roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a faint milky sweetness in there. The mouthfeel is dry.

Overall, this is an exceptional stout, and it's about as close to perfect as can be for an Irish Dry Stout. Also, the low ABV is a delight. I could drink this for hours.

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4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has been referred to as the "Guinness-Killer" recently, & I could'nt agree more! This simply is my favorite stout out there (thank you Publick House!) & I can imagine Diageo plotting to curb it's distribution in order to prevent it from harming their mega-sales. It seems that you used to be able to get a Beamish or Murphy's more regularly around town, and I loved that...especially when you had the choice (after all, place serve several brands of IPAs &c...why not stouts?). Nevertheless, this stout came with a beautiful, rich black-brown body & dense, firm tan head of 1& 1/2 fingers. Nice lace held throughout and retained the flavor & body well. The aroma is spot-on stout, all roasted malts & bready-nut goodness. Hints of coffee & chocolate round out the flavor with good roasted grain & malt with full bitter mixed with creamy sweet & a rich, dry finish. Full but wholly drinkable...must get more....& so should you

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4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours black with a large dark tan head that settles to a frothy half inch and holds very well and nice sticky lace. aromas of roasted malt and burnt coffee. smooth roasted malt turning to that bitter burnt coffee leaving a lingering burnt bitter after taste. light mouthfeel and carbonation. well balanced great tasting stout will buy again.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with light ruby notes around the edges with a frothy light-tan.

S - Sweet maltiness, with a little bit of dark chocolate.

T - The taste follows through from the smell, with a strong malt sweetness. There's also a pleasant roasted bite with almost no bitterness.

M - Light-bodied, but not so much as Guinness or most other Irish stouts. Just a bit of carbonated tingle on the throat.

D - A fantastic Irish Dry Stout, my favorite of this particular style, in fact; Pick it up if you can.

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