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:
#10,092
Reviews:
501
Ratings:
979
pDev:
11.89%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled poured into tumbler

A- Black with a dark amber/burgundy highlight. Thick, foamy tan head that retains rather well. Small amount of lacing.

S- Dark coffee, dry roastiness, with a slight woody/campfire hint.

T- Roasted coffee mainly, nothing sticks out as magnificent, but a good solid dry stout.

M- full-bodied and smooth. Light carb and low ABV make it sessionable.

O- This is a good Irish dry stout. If it were more available, I'd take it over Guinness for taste.

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3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight coffee flavor on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but the nitro presentation isn't doing much to help it.

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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.

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

Have had this wonderful brew in Bottles in California AND on draft in Dublin and other towns in Ireland.
Rich but not thick with a medium brown head and soft coffee and earth notes. As much as I have enjoyed the best known Irish stout all of my young life, it is easy to see why O'Hara's is quickly becoming an award winning beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle.

Small tan head with minimal lacing. Pours a thick, dark brown. Almost mollasses black.

Smells of roasted barley, coffee, caramel, fuggle hops.

Taste follows the nose. Nothing amazing, would be better on nitro tap.

Mouthfeel is meh. Irish stouts need to be on nitro.

Overall though, far better than guinness when not on nitro.

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O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 979 ratings