O'Hara's Leann Folláin
Carlow Brewing Company

O'Hara's Leann FolláinO'Hara's Leann Folláin
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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #7
Ranked #6,403
4.03 | pDev: 9.18%
Carlow Brewing Company
Very Good
O'Hara's Leann FolláinO'Hara's Leann Folláin
Notes: O’Hara’s Leann Folláin (”leann folláin” being the Gaelic/Irish phrase meaning wholesome ale or stout) is a full-bodied extra Irish stout launched in 2009 following the very positive feedback to our limited edition O’Hara’s Celebration Extra Stout which was brewed in 2008. We have now included “Leann Folláin” in our 500ml bottle core brand range. O’Hara’s Leann Folláin at 6.0% abv is laden with complex chocolate and coffee flavours balanced by a robust bitterness and delicate spicy aroma imparted from the generous portions of Northdown and Fuggle Hops.
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Photo of detgfrsh
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle best by 28.09.2020. Black color with a thin layer of brown head. Rich chocolate malty smell. Light feel. Earthy chocolate and vanilla flavors with a mildly bitter finish. The smell is better than the taste.

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

Bottle at the Old Storehouse pub in Temple Bar
Black in color with faint garnet at the edges and a huge rocky tan head that persists. Roasty earthy chocolate and dark dried fruits. Very nice.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 2. Fairly pleasant, with soft chocolate notes and a light yet not watery body. Drinks well but lacks something to be memorable. The nose is better than the mouse, with stronger chocolate notes

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. Bottle
BB: 28 JUN 2018

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a nice small thick/creamy 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, pretty tasty.

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Photo of MrOH
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely loved this brewery back when I first got into beer 20 years ago. Excited to try this out for St. Patrick's Day.
Looks like a stout- black with ruby highlights, tan head, good retention, some lace
Aroma of licorice, coffee, dark caramel, extra dark chocolate.
Dang, flavor is spot-on. Licorice and espresso, with a bit of burnt sugar. A little earthy and smokey. Really dig it.
Could stand for it to be a bit more full bodied.
I wish stouts that have this much flavor at this ABV were more common.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black. Minimal off white head.
The nose has got notes of coffee and whiskey barrels.
Taste - there is a barrel presence in this beer. I do get a slight bitterness on the backside. Some coffee.
Feel is lighter than I would expect. I have a watery hint to it.
Good overall. Pleasing to drink.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml. bottle with a best before 28 Feb 2018 date. Sampled on August 18, 2017.

The pour is an opaque near black with a lingering but modest, silky tan head. It looks exactly like a stout should so I'll give it a 5 out of 5.

The aroma is rich in roasted dark malt sweetness with sensations of coffee and cocoa mixed in. A low to no hop profile.

The body is well above medium and nearly full as well as smooth.

The chocolate or cocoa malt sweetness kicks in quickly in the flavor but it is otherwise sweet. A mild to moderate dry finale. Really a nice Irish Stout. I would easily drink this one again with passion.

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Photo of Fine-Ale-Countdown
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a beast. Incredible coffee smell. Thick and milkshakey on the way down. Hint of vanilla lot's of coffee juuuust enough heat to warm a body in the cold. Not quite sessionable but you can drink more than one. Love it.

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Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 10/28/2017. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of vanilla, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, nuttiness, pepper, yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of vanilla, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, nuttiness, pepper, yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, smoke, char, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent roast/hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an incredible dry stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very rich and complex roasted barley flavors; with complementing/balancing earthy hops and yeast in the background. A highly enjoyable offering, and best I’ve had in the style!

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

AKA O'Haras Extra Irish Stout. 330 ml bottle.

Pours very dark brown, essentially black but with mahogany edges in the light. Large, creamy beige head. Impressive.

Aroma (after the head dies down): Appealing. Bready and nutty

Rich malty flavor with plenty of dark roasted grain flavor and just a touch of smoke. Medium bitterness.

Medium+ body with medium-light carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: clearly above average for style. Markedly improved with warming.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - you can call beer 'wholesome', right on the front label, as long as you employ a different language? Ok, then.

This beer pours a very dark brown colour, with prominent auburn basal edges, and three chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some splendid cascading waterfall lace around the glass as it slowly but evenly subsides.

It smells of bittersweet cocoa powder, lightly roasted caramel malt, cafe-au-lait, vanilla beans, and some minor earthy, weedy, and floral noble hoppiness. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, a touch of free-range ashiness, cold coffee, a hint of vanilla ice cream, fading dark chocolate notes, and more understated leafy, spicy, and floral hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite light in its lilting frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess settling in shortly after the get-go. It finishes off-dry, the caramel, chocolate, and vanilla-laced coffee keeping it real.

Overall, this Leann Folláin is certainly wholesome-seeming, in a full, round, and palate-placating manner. Yeah, nothing wrong with this one, and even the extra point of alcohol is nowhere to be seen. Nice stuff, so on to the rest of this serving - Slainte!

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Photo of Shaneox
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favourite of the craft Irish stouts that I have tried. Pours nice and dark with a decent head. Complex taste with chocolate and coffee with a nice burnt finish. Feels great in the mouth and you can swish it about a bit to get all your taste buds firing. One of the best.

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Photo of hman43
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours black with a dark brown head.

Smell: It has aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, and roast.

Taste: There are flavors of roast, coffee, and a low dark chocolate element.

Feel: The finish is dry with moderate bitterness that is long lasting. It has a medium body with some creaminess and a very slight astringent element.

Overall, this is a fairly malt forward stout.

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Photo of mickwin
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look:charcoal with thich forthy head
Smell: chocolate and coffee with fiant flowery notes
Taste:chocolate with a mixture of sweet and sour, lingering complex flavours
Feel: quite exceptional, perfeclty balanced
Overall: Really nice stout, lots of chocolate but not overly sweet

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of brown colored foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a roasted malt smell mixed with hints of vanilla and a moderate coffee smell. Along with these aromas comes notes of a bit of a burnt aroma as well as some dark chocolate smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice drier roasted taste mixed with a decent showing of coffee. Quickly after the initial taste there is a light chocolate sweetness that comes to the tongue along with a tiny bit of vanilla. The chocolate loses sweetness as the taste moves on taking on a slightly more bitter taste. This is joined by some burnt flavors and char more toward the end, leaving one with a rather dark and toasty taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly thicker to average for a stout of 6 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A little bit less carbonation would have been better for the nice roasty tastes of the brew, but with the decently thick body, the feel was still nice overall.

Overall – I rather enjoyed this dry Irish stout. Roasty and toasty with some nice burnt flavors and aromas. Overall a pretty good stout.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle from Reilly's, Lisnaskea (£2.29):a
An okay stout that has a enough flavour with some dark malts & touches of sweetness helping things down, there was the odd hint of smoke coming through & it was definitely strong enough but I didn't seem quite as good as the brewery's flagship Irish Stout & as such it's probably not one that I'd pick up again; drinkable but far from the brewery's best effort.

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Photo of 303beer
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one gives some head. Very dark in color. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Wow I can drink that. Best I've had from the brewery. Chocolate and roast. Delicious nice mouth feel. Creamy. Wow I wish this came in a six pack.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pitch black with tan head of foam.

I smell roasted malt that comes across as very dry and somewhat bitter. There is chocolate too and that adds sweet notes.

Tastes like it smells. Roasty, sweet chocolate, dry bitterness from coffee. Very tasty.

Smooth mouthfeel.

I had not even heard of this brew. What a pleasant surprise!

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Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown, nearly black body; creamy, light tan head. Heavy roasted grain aroma that gives way to heady anise, cocoa, and vanilla scents. Bold dark malt flavors; a twinge of sourness; dry hoppiness. Heavy body; smooth and velvety mouthfeel.

An excellent dry stout with very fine charred bread crust and malted milk ball flavors. It leaves a nice dry, slightly astringent aftertaste as the smooth malt sweetness fades away on your tongue. A great find for stout lovers.

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Photo of redleaves
4.61/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black beer with a creamy white head. Nose is the malt character of an RIS, but a full cocoa roundness. Hints of coffee, and the lightest minty pine from the English hops. Taste is smooth, like a nitro but not. chocolate, coffee, caramel and a full malt bill with light roast to balance out, maybe a touch of nutiness. Very dry but a round slickness that gives a sweet impression. Lightest hop at the end that lingers with the chocolate. It sticks in the nose as well. Wow, this beer far surpasses the other O'hara's I've had. What a treat and a hella price over at Tully's in wells. $2.50 a 330 bottle or something.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

O'Hara's takes it to the next level. with its version of extra stout. Watch out Guinness! On to the beer:

Black bodied beer and topped with a 1½ inch of tanned head. Retention is good and a few spot of lace stick to the glass. I was expecting something good, but I wasn't expecting it to be this good. The aroma of chocolate fudge along with smoked chocolate and coffee roast is succulent, and might make a great alternative for those scented candles that people put in their homes.

Lots of flavor in Leann Folláin. The fudge is the first thing to notice, and quickly bittersweet chocolate keep a sense of balance in this beer. There's also a roastiness aspect which compliments perfectly, and it also seems to bring a vague spice with it. The mouthfeel score was properly entered; it really is that good. It's as rich and full as many imperial stouts, but it doesn't weight you down and is very smooth.

So many surprise beers in so little time. Leann Folláin has the characteristics of a dry stout, yet has the flavor of an imperial stout. Excellent, excellent beer which needs to be sought out.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and some lacing

S-dark malt, dark chocolate, coffee, slightly smoky

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, slight char, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light to medium carbonation, dry

O-nice dry stout with good flavor, wish it had a little more body

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque jet black in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the sides of the glass and some faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts, coffee beans, and semi-sweet chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is followed by light to moderate flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a while.

M: Light to medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Light and airy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: A lot more complexity than I expected with such a light and airy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Quite flavorful.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this chilled in a tulip shaped glass -bottle purchased from half-time

The color is an opaque black shade with full on medium brown cream of 2 fingers like mocha with very fine bead and streams of lace cling. The smell is excellent with strong dark malt with coffee-like odors and subtle smoky scent with a light sweet nose and mild yeast aroma which has a mineral essence and light toastiness with some cocoa accents. The feel is good with some mild burnt malt tinges with moderate sweetness in the middle with some slight yeast textures with mild mineral elements and woody roasty textures adding a dry effect to the finish with moderate carbonation throughout.

The flavor is very coffee and biscuit from the malt up front with a slight caramel tinge in the mid palate and herbal hops add complexity in the flavor with the light mineral yeast accent and subtle smoke in the taste from the highly kilned malt delivers a nice amount of layered flavor with some light cocoa notes and wood notes with earthy elements in the background. Overall this is a very tasty stout...I didn't expect so much malt complexity but this is a topnotch example of the style. I would recommend this to any stout fan

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Photo of shand
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leann Follain is an excellent example of an Irish Dry Stout. It's got a bit more flavor than most Irish Dry Stouts, with the very well balanced chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors mingling nicely. The flavor doesn't linger for long, leaving a nice, dry finish. Overall, a great Irish Dry Stout that's a bit stronger and more interesting than the pack.

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O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 174 ratings