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Carlow O’Hara’s Barrel Aged Series Leann Folláin (Irish Whiskey)

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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Imperial Stout
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Edition No. 2 - Bottled, limited edition special
Following the success of our first edition where we aged in American bourbon barrels, we decided to age our Leann Folláin in this second Edition for at least 90 days in Irish Whiskey barrels and conditioned in bottle to provide a gentle carbonation. During that time the dark chocolate flavours and well balanced bitterness of the stout combined with the essence of whiskey residing in the oak barrels. The finish is a sophisticated stout, rich and dark with the mild warmth of a smooth Irish whiskey.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gEUS (1166) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle shared at pre-BBF’14 tating at ABC Beers, Den Haag. Pours light black with a tiny head. Light body with loads of roast, a tad too much. Alcohol burn as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle. It pours a more or less black body under a dense, finger-thick beige head. Curtains. The aroma is a bit weak for a 8.1% Imp Stout, but nice. Cocoa, dark chocolate and some roasted malts. Not much impact from the whiskey. The flavor is pretty much the same, with a little bit more focus on the whiskey and dark chocolate. Salty licorice notes, some alcohol and a peaty touch. Full body and soft carbonation. Lasting finish. Not bad in any way this one, but I was expecting more. 141011

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7752) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee, oak and alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long chocolate, coffee and oak finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle.Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, some roasted notes, grains and malt.Flavor is sweet and malty with some roasted notes, slightly salty with some coffee, wood and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (3454) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle at pre-borefts tasting . Pours black , no real head . Smell is bitter , oaty . Some coffee . Taste is bitter , straight , thin burnt mouthfeel . High , but not too high carbo . OK

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (3464) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a tan ring. Aroma of musty chocolate, roast malt caramel sweetness. Full body, flavour as the aroma, slightly sour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5413) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle shared at the Pre-Borefts Tasting. Pours near black with a ring tan head. Aroma of caramel, roast, sweet malt, wood, light raisin, leather. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (5461) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
bottle shared @ Pre Borefts tasting Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely smooth brew. Very nice! Some whiskey notes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
didierlewallon (103) - ponferrada, SPAIN - SEP 25, 2014
Cerveza de color negro opaco con una espuma bronceado. Aroma a chocolate, malta tostada y roble. Sabor de chocolate, whisky, malta tostada y café, amargo y seco. Una cerveza negra compleja, profundo, pero bastante agradable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2123) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUL 2, 2014
Bottle @ EBBC14 [280614]
Pitch black, thin tan head, slight lacing
Aroma of dark toffee, smooth dark malts, chocolate, some whisky, woody, dab of soy
Taste as aroma, getting some red wine, soft chocolate, slightly soy, smooth malts, barrel aging is noticeable, not overdone
Palate - soft carb, medium body, quite sweet. Finish as main flavour, sweet dark malts.
Overall - I liked this, but prefer the standard Leann Follain (which I tried at the same time)


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