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

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


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Edition No. 4 – O’Hara’s Leann Folláin 8.1% abv
Edition no. 4 in the series is our highly acclaimed O’Hara’s Leann Folláin, winner of the Concours M Biere Pierre Celis Platinum Medal at the Mondial de la Biére September 2014 in France and Gold Medal winner at the Irish Whiskey Awards October 2014. Each swing top bottle is individually numbered and is one of only 5500 bottles produced.

To craft this beer, luxurious full bodied Leann Folláin stout was matured for 90 days in Irish whiskey barrels and conditioned in bottle to provide a gentle carbonation. During this time the dark chocolate flavours and well balanced bitterness of the stout combine with the essence of whiskey residing in the oak barrels. The finish is a sophisticated stout, rich and dark with the mild warmth of smooth Irish whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rzymol (117) - - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle with Matbli. Pours with a beige, very homogenous and extremely stable head that gives a very enjoyable lacing. An appearance of this beer is gorgeous. The aroma is of vanilla scents, barrel wood and milked coffee with some fruity esters (quite unexpected). Taste is built of sweetness, light sourness and bitterness. Very light whiskey finish and whiskey dryness in the aftertaste. A very good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matbli (114) - Poznań, POLAND - MAY 8, 2015
Shared bottle 750ml, pours dark brown almost black with beautifull strong pillowy beige head, very long lasting. Aroma of vanilla, esters with pear notes, oak wood and some coffee. Good balanced taste with light coffee bitterness, delicate sourness and some sweetness. In taste some whisky notes are noticable. General a nice stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
peponi (655) - Krakow, POLAND - MAY 3, 2015
Aroma: some barrel notes, alcohol, aldehyde. Appearance: brown color, thin beige head. Taste: medium herbal bitterness, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, some weak barrel notes, alcohol. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, whiskey finish. Overall: Strange combination of a moonshiner and FES.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3535) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle, courtesy of my brother... in my dining room... just now.
Pours basically black with a good head and decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is chocolaty, fairly sweet, with a good bit of roastiness, & a little bit of whiskey. It’s rich smelling and inviting.

The flavor is defiantly sweet and whiskey forward with just enough bitterness to balance it out. The beer has a good bit of dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla. The booziness is a touch too hot for my tastes, but it’s a nice barrel aged stout on all accounts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (768) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Small sample at Rum River, spur of the moment. Aroma is light and decent with some roast, wood, and leather. Taste is subdued for an imperial stout, relatively mellow with more wood and leather. Sweet and dry overall with moderate toast. Not bad, not particularly noteworthy. If it was cheap I’d buy it, but I bet it’s not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (12083) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2015
KRS 111014. Dark brown colour with tan head. Aroma is whiskey, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, oak. Flavour is the same. Full body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2693) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
750ml, Edition No. 4, Bottle #498/5500. Dark, roasty malt aroma, plenty of dark chocolate to be found here, along with subtler notes of Irish Coffee, black bread, vanilla, earthiness, tobacco, licorice, molasses and some very faint whiskey and smoke in the background. Highly complex and indulgent. Utterly black in color with a lasting, fine, uneven, light tan head and very fine lacing to match. Flavor profile is rife with chocolate throughout, some dark sweetness and roasty malt mingling here and there, and finishes with suggestions of coffee and a lightly oaky, whiskey undertone that nearly fades entirely, perhaps some faint toasted coconut here as well. Smooth and silky on the palate with a moderately high level of effervescence, body is nicely full. The whiskey is extremely underplayed here, but what remains is a very rich and tasty, strong Irish-style Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hugi (463) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2015
Black with a tinge of red, small, tanned head. Aroma of vanilla, wood and malt - but very crisp. Roasty-malty taste, notes of coffee but quite neutral. Full and roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cunningham (5327) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2015
Walking around in Trondheim a cold January winter evening can be quite freezzzing. So what is better to do than stick your nose into a warm cousy pub. Café Dublin in Trondheim do also give you some football to make the time pass by. Any interesting beers? Hmm normally not to much. But this time something nice shined from the cooler. An Irish imperial stout. Ahhh that sounds nice. Even barrel aged in Irish whiskey barrels. I have good memories about The normal Leann Follain. So let’s go.
Looks quite inviting with a fine black body with a nice dense beige head on top. Good lacing also. Nice mellow aroma with some toffee, oak and mild peat. Solid body, but not as thick as expected. Quite creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation. Well balanced bitterness vs sweetness. Lovely smooth and mellow flavor with many dimensions. Toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla and mild peat. Not any in your face “big beer” imperial stout. Still a lovely nice evening sipper. The sad thing is that it is hopeless to find some bottles to keep in the basement. Would love to have some for good occasions. A pleasant #5000 rating.
[Bottle (No 5194 of 5500. 4th edition) at Café Dublin in Trondheim, Norway]

Rating #5000

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle shared with Gar. Black pour, tan head. Nice liqorice and woody, whiskey nose. Very gentle flavour, big dark chocolate and rounded irish whiskey. Big body, light carbonation, long satisfying complex finish. Very enjoyable.

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