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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3.87/5
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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
Ranking:
#10,319
Reviews:
502
Ratings:
982
pDev:
11.89%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Photo of Chilmer
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 LJWalker
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefz1
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 jrc1093
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Djoneil
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught pint @The Brass Tap on St. Patrick's Day. Prefer to Guinness - more of a roast note on both the nose & tongue☘

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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 baklo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cknoch
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scootercrabb
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dextr24
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I would say It gets better In months because I did not like It fresh.

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Photo of DrunkMuffin
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacStinson
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fallenshadow
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 982 ratings