O'Hara's Leann Folláin | Carlow Brewing Company

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O'Hara's Leann FolláinO'Hara's Leann Folláin
BEER INFO

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
Ratings:
154
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
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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4.9/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of YvesB
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.64/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of 303beer
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
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 +15.8%
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 +15.5%
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 +14.5%
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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4.52/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of lawlerj
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of poskok
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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