O'Hara's Leann Folláin | Carlow Brewing Company

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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

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#5,078
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
168
pDev:
9.2%
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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The perfect beer to review for St. Patricks Day. Best before date reads March 28, 2014. Poured into a balloon glass.

Leann Follain was originally O'Hara's Celebration Ale that they made for Easter years ago. It was well-received and they decided to make it a year round product.

It pours with a rich black body topped with a tan head that sits two fingers thick. The tan head recedes slowly into a craggy, rocky head that does a great job of sticking around. When held up to light, brown highlights shine through at the very edge of this beer. An otherwise very dark beer.

Initially served a bit too chilled, but first impression was that this beer had a HUGE roasted malt aroma, possessing a great smokey, ashy aroma. Not as intense as a rauchbier, but certainly present and perfect for a cold winters day. Notes of campfire, chicory, carob, and vintage leather all underlay a chocolate and dark fruit aroma. This beer has more complexity and depth than you would normally find in any Irish Stout. Simply amazing.

On the palate, it starts with a creamy full body. A tinge of hop bitterness up front, followed by flavors of roasted grains and smoke towards the finish. For something this full-bodied, it possesses a surprisingly dry finish. Lingering flavors of cigar, campfire, cocoa powder intermingle in the aftertaste, joined by a light earthiness from the hops. Well-balanced flavor that sits somewhere between hoppy and malty. The carbonation is just spot on as well.

This is just about the most perfect Irish Dry Stout I have ever had, from the bold, complex aroma, to the perfectly balanced body, to the fantastically dry finish, this beer has the style down in spades. Absolutely will be drinking this again...today, and in the future.

Pairs well with Irish Beef Stew!

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Photo of bsvi
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Svart
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of smiler_durden
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BILF
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of YvesB
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrOH
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
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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4.64/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of 303beer
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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 mickwin
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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 redleaves
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
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 JohnnyChicago
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a seidel at The Bull and Castle.

A: Pous a deep, dark brown with a gorgeous mocha head. This is what a stout should look like.

S: Smells strong and sweet. Deep roasted coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, smooth milky malts.

T: Coffee and chocolate rule the taste, with a bit of mild hop bitteness in the finish.

D: Easy to down and very complex. The mouthfeel is prickly but very smooth. It is very dynamic for the style and ABV.

Overall: This is what Irish stouts should taste like. The best in this style that I've had. It isn't a Foreign Export, because it lacks the sourness and heavy hops, and it isn't a true Irish dry because it's a bit heavier and much more robust. Take it for what it is: one of the best beers Ireland has to offer. Recommended!

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4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.52/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brianles
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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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Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 168 ratings