O'Hara's Leann Folláin | Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Leann FolláinO'Hara's Leann Folláin
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Brewed by:
Carlow Brewing Company
Ireland
carlowbrewing.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by JohnfromDublin on 03-03-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
145
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.57%
 
 
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 145
Reviews by cratez:
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased by my dad on a recent trip to Ireland. Thanks pop! Best before date of late October 2012, which suggests to me that this beer is pasteurized.

Pours an opaque jet black with a sliver of mocha froth and a few spots of lacing on the tulip. Head retains well.

Smell is black licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malt, floral hops, table cream, slight earthy/mineral note, black currant, mild vinous aroma, leather, and smoke. Very good.

Taste mimics the nose with roasted malt, a vinous and tart wine-like flavour, subtle coffee and chocolate undertones, a balanced English hop bitterness (earthy, floral, grassy), and some ashtray on the cough. An assertive, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is silky, medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, chalky parched finish.

Overall, Leann Folláin is one of the better Irish Dry Stouts that I've tried. Its bold flavours and layered aromas make it an unusually intricate example of the style. A great brew that I would recommend to any beer geek.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new brew (Feb/March 2009) from Carlow Brewery. I picked up a couple of bottles from Superquinn, Dublin at €2.39 for a 35.5cl bottle. Very nice presentation; brown glass with cream label with celtic design. At the top of the label, it reads "full-bodied extra Irish Stout". I reckon this is brewed mainly for export.

It pours a very dark brown brew with a dark tan head that subsides, smelled of some bitter coffee grinds with spiciness.
The taste was not what I was expecting; mainly chocolate in the flavour with maybe just a touch of coffee coming through. It came across as a sweet stout/milk stout, but without the sweetness. There would be very little similarity here with, say Youngs double chocolate stout.
Mouthfeel was very very smooth!

This is a very interesting brew and certainly worth a try.

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3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep dark chocolate brown with some mahogany highlights when held to the light,a frothy one finger tan colored head atop.Ton of coffee roast with some woody smokiness,pretty much like a mocha coffee.A little sharper than expected in the mouth,I would like more of a smooth creamy feel.Dry heavy roast on the palate with some bitter chocolate underneath,it has a little more "oomph" to it compared to others of the style.Not bad but the feel takes away from a pretty good beer.

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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4.52/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.64/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of lawlerj
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had off the cask at the Bull and Castle in Dublin.

A - pours a deep black w/ a solid head, leaves moderate lacing. Looks like what a good stout should look like.

S - strong on sweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans. There is also a bit of alcohol on it, but not too much.

T - rich chocolate & coffee w/ some hop bitterness. Creamy and delicious - the taste, as it should be, is where this beer really shines. I couldn't get enough of it.

M - Again, rich and creamy, medium to heavy.

D - it took me a long while to drink this beer - as it was already almost at room temperature off the cask, that wasn't a problem. Not a beer I would want to have more than a pint of at a time. Definitely for savoring. The best Irish beer I had on my trip to Ireland.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Ruaidhri
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Sheil's off Licence on Dorset Street, Dublin for about E2.40 per bottle. Pours almost pitch black in colour with a dark brown hue on closer inspection. Head is latte in colour - settles after pouring to about a fingernail's height in the glass and is retained well. Aroma is quite complex - cocoa, coffee and malt with some burnt/roasted notes. Taste is slightly bitter with strong coffee, smoke, and dark chocolate flavours. Mouthfeel is quite dry and cleansing on the palate - goes down nicely. Very drinkable dry stout that doesn't fill you up too quickly and the 6% volume isn't too taxing. All in all, it's an excellent stout and well worth a go.

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