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Carlow O’Hara’s Celebration Stout

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Formerly brewed at Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
10th anniversary limited edition
Reviving a tradition that had all but disappeared for over 150 years, the O’Hara family established a brewery in their home county of Carlow in south-east Ireland in 1996 producing beers of traditional Celtic and Irish origin, O’Hara’s Irish Stout was born in 1998, winning the Championship Trophy and two gold medals at the International Millennium Brewing Industry Awards in 2000. The O’Hara’s brand has now arrived at it’s 10th anniversary. To mark that occasion we present as a limited edition O’Hara’s Celebration Stout - rich in Irish malts balanced by a full bodied bitterness and delicate spicy aroma from Northdown and Fuggles hops with a luxurious chocolate finish. 10.6°


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
Large pop top lid bottle. Poured very dark coffee like brown with a foam tan head. Aroma of chocolate coco and malt bitters. Very creamy on the pallet, smooth roasted malt flavor. Nicely crafted and full bodied, very rich and well balanced finish. The Irish know there stouts, will need to have this again.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (5764) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2008
Lovely coffee aroma, beige head. Dry charcoal, lingering forest fire. Chocolate.Smooth, yet complex. This could be a beer for an all night session.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
Swingtop. Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is cocoa, smoke, nuts, and salt. Meaty and cheesy - really savory smelling. Smoke and dark chocolate flavor with a dry finish. Hops in the back, nice finish. A surprisingly nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2008
Huge yellowish lasting brown head. Opaque black body goes deep dark red at edges. Roasty burnt coffee and chocolate aroma. Clean and harmonic. Dry-sweet minty chocolatey coffee taste with roasty, burnt notes. Again harmonic and clean. Some light acidity. Soft mouthfeel. Dry, peppery, lingering coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Very nice indeed! (0.75l bottle from KnutAlbert.)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
freekyp (1462) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2008
This is a solid, but somewhat one dimensional stout. Pours a beautiful opaque deep dark brown and is capped with a rocky brown head. Nice sticky lacing. The aroma and flavor are dominated by bitter burnt bakers chocolate. The potent bitterness is less a hop bitterness and more from the roasted malts. This solid flavorful stout beat up on the chicken dish I ate it with, so make sure you try it a hardy red meat dish instead.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7462) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2008
(75 cl bottle at Bishops Arms, Järntorget, Göteborg) On April 20, 2008. Black color, brown head. Sweet chocolate scent, malty and salt as well. Salty, bitter, metallic, malty taste. Moussy mouthfeel. Medium bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
coldbrewky (1411) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of sloth (the three toed cretin (TTC). thanks bro! Swingtop consumed during the spingtime shed cleanout and re-organizational afternoon and add a shelf day. A medium bodied stout with a head that stains the floor (quite an accomplishment) Dark malts are creamy and balanced by the slight dry tartness on the cheeks. Legs are tiny and tight and fade quickly. Hail Bert!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10087) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle from Party Source. Poured a clear dark brown color with a large creamy cascading light brown head that was lasting with good lacing. Good roasted dark chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a dry texture. Good well balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet dry finish of moderate duration. Good above average stout.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2008
Pours a pitch black with a frothy enthusiastic light tan head. Aroma features resiny hops, smooth chocolate milk notes and a hint of roast barley. On the palate there is sweet malt, smooth mouth filling chocolate and a lightly roasty finish with a lingering hop resin character. Over all impression is of a smooth velvety beer but one that should be more complex than it is.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2008
I really like this stuff, so much so I picked up another bottle and drinking it right now. It pours beautifully; black color with some brown tints. The head is very nice, large and brown and turns to a surface covering lacing. Long story short, this is the perfect quaffable Irish Stout (a bit stronger than the traditional I guess). Aroma is lightly milky and prominent dry ashy roast. There is also a leafy/airy aspect, making this light and give it s bio-natural appeal. It’s not strong but pleasantly there. The taste is very nice as well with coffee and a long burnt/roast/espresso bean aftertaste, really lingers. And all the time its just so light and easy to drink with no off flavors at all. I think I am going to down this whole awesome bottle myself, at 6% why not?.
750mL flip top, standard Scotch glass.


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