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O'Hara's Leann Folláin | Carlow Brewing Company

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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

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Reviews:
42
Ratings:
159
pDev:
9.23%
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Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +0.7%
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 igl
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Barleycorn
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PittSlovak
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nolster
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Lewnanny
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Super nice Stout

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3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +2%
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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4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lmaduells
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Traveling to Ireland trying to prove than the typical beer Guinness. This is a good option. Although I like most Belgian beer

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scratch69
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
3.69/5  rDev -8%
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 Jcarriglio
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TonyTwins
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mickwin
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
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 drunkenmess
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of steverx8
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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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O'Hara's Leann Folláin from Carlow Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 159 ratings
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