O'Hara's Irish Stout | Carlow Brewing Company

BA SCORE
87
very good
950 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:
950
Reviews:
491
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
74
Gots:
107
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 950 |  Reviews: 491
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

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grogsky
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark ruby red, not as dark as guinness though. Nice caramel head that fades quicker than one would want. Great smell. Not as creamy as most stouts, more refreshing like a lager. Different body, but nice. Nice coffee notes, subtle on much else. Nice bitter pull behind the beer, however.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Jet black color, no head, no lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee.

T: Coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of ashtray taste.

F: Watery, very light bodied.

O: Nothing I ever want to drink again.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice beer I had from my brother in law

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Exeter
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crissxhou_96
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OompaMentor
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with one finger head; little to no carbonation. Barley, roasted malts and hint if chocolate greet the nose. Medium body for a stout. Malts linger on the palate. A really nice beer!

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Photo of MTKATL
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Schlitz74
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic Irish Stout, It smells good, Looks good and tastes great, it leaves nice lacing on the glass depending on which type of glass you use.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a cola brown, look almost pitch black in the glass, except for dark brown highlights at the bottom of the glass. Topped by a frothy brown head. Retention is low, but spotty lacing is left along the glass.

S: Roasted grains, mineral water, a bit of milk chocolate with dark roast coffee grounds. Some caramel, with a burnt barley overtone. Tinges of smoke as well.

T: Burnt bitterness up front. Black coffee and roasted barley with more smoke. Burnt toast. Faint caramel and milk chocolate sweetness in the middle, before going to a roasty coffee and bitter cocoa finish that lingers of ashy bitterness.

F: Very light, almost watery.

O: Just a very light stout, with no flavors that jump out at you, albeit the burnt flavor is a bit strong.

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

Photo of JonCorbett
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Stout black, with umber hues at the peripheries of the glass. Towering rocky beige head of medium and large bubbles, that dissipates like an old lady in a walker - that is not overly slow, still has its legs, but it is gradual and with purpose. Leaves behind and latticework of lace and good surface presence.

Aromatics: sweet bitter chocolates and mild roasted and caramelized toffee malts, the richness is more akin to fine roasted coffee than to date or plum notes that usually present themselves in the foreground on traditional Irish stouts like this.

Taste: There is a wonderful thin cleanliness, where you can taste crystal clear water before the gentle flavours of mild roast coffee bitters and

Feel: Incredibly thin for a stout. It’s smooth but too thin to be considered creamy… I am inclined to say it is actually a light bodied, it has grease and elegance on the palate unlike any other stout I have had.

Overall: Almost makes you wonder if maybe stouts have opposing characteristics within their own domain that are both valid. Whether rich and creamy and full bodied or thin but complex and still full flavoured. Hmm… I think I’m still much more of a “medium-heavy bodied and smooth and creamy” type person… I’ll take a stout that reminds me of Queen Latifah or Aretha Franklin over a Grace Jones or Jada Smith any day.

Pairing : Because it doesn’t have its own really body - You have to go with something adipose in nature. It needs the fatty texture as much as it needs the weight. Beer battered fish and chips would be a good bet, but if you are a bit more concerned about your diet - try a fresh bean salad with some olives, onion, and at least 8 to 10 styles of bean tossed in a light vinagrette with plenty of sweet and savoury spices. Fresh shallots and basil would be nice additions.

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O'Hara's Irish Stout from Carlow Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 950 ratings.
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