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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
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3506) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (725) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (11862) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2686) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hugi (437) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cunningham (5228) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (1091) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2014

Bottle 750ml. w. swing top @ [ Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Gathering ] @ ABCBeers, Korte Koediefstraat 5, The Hague, Netherlands 2511CE.

[ As Carlow O’Hara’s Barrel Aged Series Leann Folláin (Irish Whiskey) ].
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, candy, sweet malt, light dark chocolte. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, roasted, alcohol - whisky. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140925]

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gEUS (1338) - 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 (14762) - 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


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