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Matty O’Connors Irish Stout | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by BuffaloBill91:
Photo of BuffaloBill91
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad I was also able to find this list to review--- Beer store had it listed as odd notion Irish stout-

A-Nice black color- no light gets past it- cocoa colored 2 fingered head that stays nicely.

S- Dark malts and smoky woods

T- Dark chocolate, espresso roasted coffee with vanilla nice hops balance with the roast

M- Very light and dry- made we want to drink more

D- Very good drinkability for the style- slightly stronger/deeper/darker overall brew compared to the common irish stouts

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one is hard to figure out it goes under the name as Odd Notion at the Consumers growler station in OP wich it is not and goes by the name as Matty Ocohens as well wich I think this beer really is and not Matty Oconners Irish Stout or maybe it goes by different names ala Rogue...Anyways this poured into a standard pint glass a deep but not opaque black with athinner dark mocha colored head that was gone quickly atop.Deeply roasted malts and a bit of iron in the nose along with lingering dark coffee,somewhat thin near watery in the mouth now I know its supposed to be lighter bodied but I think this goes a bit far.Very roasted flavors even more so than some of the more well known of the style,very dry with notes of dark coffee and a hint of bitter chocolate.Eh not bad but it lacks a little but it was an easy drinker for the super bowl.

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Photo of plaid75
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a very faint roasted barley.

The taste was biiter and contained trace amounts of burnt grain at best.

The mouthfeel was thin with a bitter finish.

Not a good stout at all

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Photo of xXTequila
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I Love Stouts and this one is no exception. Nice black with not much of a head. Roasted coffee and creamy texture, it is similiar in taste to Murphy's Irish Stout.
Very drinkable. I wish I had more time to drink more of this since it's only on tap at their Brewery.

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Photo of scottum
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at NERAX

Dark brown with a nice tan head. Looks good, tastes good. Awesome on cask. Much much better on cask actually. Big mouthfeel. Nice and toasty. Quite possibly the best Irish stout I've sampled. I doubt I'll see this again in cask form as Magic Hat only brews it once a year for saint pat's.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro at the brewery.

Creamy, coffee colored head with good retention. Condensed lacing that lasts. Semi-opaque, dark-caramel in color.

A moderate roasted malt punch with bits of espresso and a touch of hazlenut. Overall, some pretty mild aromatics.

A nice balance between coffee, milk chocolate, and almonds. A somewhat tart quality is present as well that makes for an interesting combination with the chocolate/coffee burnt sweetness; nothing bad but just a little odd. Finishes dry with an aftertaste of bitter chocolate.

Rather light bodied for the style. On nitro, this stout was very mellow and unobtrusive on the palate.

Very drinkable considering the abv and a pretty good version of the style. Maybe not one I'd go back to, especially if you're not a fan of the style, but definitely worth your time to sample if you're at the brewery.

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Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black color with a very thick brown head that fades to a one-finger head and some lacing. Aroma is very malty and creamy with coffee hints. Taste is smooth and roasty with a dry, coffee-like finish and some creaminess. Aftertaste is roasty and nice. It is a bit too dry though and feels unbalanced.

Still a decent stout that isn't produced often.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this jet-black brew at NERAX. As a dry stout, this is an excellent and fairly traditional - for a Magic Hat Brew. the Nerax program suggests that the beer is brewed with a 5% acidified mash process. It certainly bittered the beer, adding sour notes on top of the roasted and burnt malts. It certainly has a lot of flavor coming from a small amount of ingredients. At only 3.2% abv, this stout was made for session drinking.

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Photo of Squacher
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at NERAX. Matty O'Cohen's Stout. 38 IBU, 3.2% ABV.

This stout poured a black color with light brown foam. The smell was roasted malt. The taste was a syrupy, roasted malt flavor with a slightly sweet tanginess. A nice roasty flavor overall. The mouthfeel was dry and tangy with a medium light body (a bit thin) with low carbonation and a tangy, malty aftertaste. Overall a pleasant, Irish style stout.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewery for St. Patrick'sDay. Poured out of the tap a deep, dark not-quite-black brown. Tan head displayed good lacing and great retention. The aromas were robust, smoke, coffee, dark chocolate and some oak. The taste was semi-sweet, lots of roasted malt, liquid smoke, and some coffee. Full bodied and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Very dry finish is almost too much. Still, a great example of the style and easily one of the best dark beers this brewer releases.

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Matty O’Connors Irish Stout from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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