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

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Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.27%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 3/28/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and coffee beans. Taste is much the same with cookie dough and cocoa powder flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and super easy to drink.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color - traces of brownish red are visible near the edge of the glass when held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose along with faint hints of roasted coffee beans.
T: The taste is rather complex for the style and has flavors of chocolate and coffee beans along with faint hints of roasted malts. Ther is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, airy and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really easy to drink and is quite flavorful given its light-bodied nature.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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 kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on cask in the Salthouse, Galway, into an O'hara's pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head, tan, of fair cream, decent thickness, and fairly respectable retention. Black colour.

Sm: Caramel, chocolate, roasted barley. Light-medium scent.

T: Caramel, chocolate, slight toffee, and slight coffee bottle. A bit of cream undertone is dominated by the coffee. A bit bitter after the climax. Not as balanced as I'd like. Guinness is far better done.

Mf: Dry but not overly so. A bit too coarse. Too wet for the style.

Dr: Drinkable but not fantastic. Ignore this beer, even if you're a huge fan of the style like me. It's far too expensive for how mediocre it is.

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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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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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 oberon
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
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  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled mug

Procured by Jebus3513 on a recent trip to Ireland. Thanks buddy!

One of the darkest brown bodies known to beer. Once settled, it's nearly an ink black through its core. A tight, creamy khaki head rises a couple fingers and falls slowly.

Aroma is of deep roast, coffee, bitter chocolate and a touch of a metallic aroma, but not off-putting.

The flavor profile follows the nose. Bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, dark roast, caramel and cream. There is an underlying sweetness that I can only equate to cream. It tries to undercut the roasty goodness, but it gets beaten up pretty good.

Medium body with a dryness that isn't as hearty as others in the style.

Overall, this is a fine example of the style and one that I am pleased to have tried. Will have again.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar black with only the slightest ting of garnet and rocky, puffy beige head. Tar, wet ash and black currant on the nose.
Black strap molasses, a hint of char, a brown sugar hit and some sarsaparilla bark hops to end.
Cola finish and lingering bitterness. Medium only hinting at full, chewy, oily, round, no burn.

All about the roast. Malt sweetness does get through, and there is a hop presence, but the roasted barley takes the lead. Not as full as I expected, but good deep flavor at 1.5% lower than Guinness FES.

4.50 4.00 4.00 4.50 4.00 29/10/2010

On cask at the re-launch party at the Bull & Castle.
Pours opaque black with a surprisingly thick and lush off white head. Nose is sharp roast with some licorice underneath. Big dark chocolate and coffee bean notes with a touch of ash then a big Fuggles hit. Smooth, round, medium-full, and creamy.
Supposedly a different recipe from that previously bottled under the same name; this is closer to their Celebration, apparently.
Note: Second tasting had more coffee on the nose and a touch of red berries plus some roasty sourness. So smooth!
Well balanced and very drinkable for an export strength stout. I hope they can reproduce this in bottles, especially the hoppiness.

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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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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