O'Hara's Irish Stout | Carlow Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
949 Ratings
O'Hara's Irish StoutO'Hara's Irish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company
Ireland
carlowbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
949
Reviews:
491
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
106
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of janubio
2.64/5  rDev -32%
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 +11.3%
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 jaketaz
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VictoriaTyagunova
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmeraldMist
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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 +4.6%
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 mishi_d
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of MidloRapid
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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 MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcubz
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guppy314
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
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 -12.1%
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%
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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Photo of SSGCujo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of prisdefer
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of lastmango
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark chocolate/black with a ruby tint at the bottom of the glass. Two finger tan fizzy head with low retention. Heavy lacing. Light aroma of dark chocolate, malt and coffee. Taste is the same as the aroma but heavier and with a hint of black licorice on the end. Medium light body unlike other stouts that are heavy and sometimes oily. Mild carbonation. Crisp and dry at the end. Overall, an outstanding Irish Dry Stout!

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Photo of kevintaraross
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brocktune
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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