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Carlow O’Hara’s Celebration Stout

Formerly brewed at Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland


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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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°

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, husks, chocolate milk), with a light note of minerals. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bot moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Crude aroma, unfulfilling in the mouth. Borderline unpleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2008
Thanks to wickedpete for sharing a bottle. Soft, quiet, smooth and lacking any harshness, it’s dry, roast-heavy and chocolately, but also comes up a little short both on body and in depth. There’s some milky flavor (not lactic acidity, just milky), some pasty white chocolate and some faint caramel. It’s good for what it is, and I know it’s kind of hard to make a really rich and complex dry stout, but I feel like something is missing. Still, few complaints here, it’s tasty enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11972) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 23, 2008
(750ml bottle, thanks wickedpete) Medium tan head that leaves nice lacing, atop black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast/smoke, light chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, roast/smoke, some earthy. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of wickedpete. Thanks, Pete! Pours a dark chocolate color; fizzy medium-tan head with solid retention and medium-bubbled lacing. Cocoa, dark chocolate, and roasted malts in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: lots of chocolate, roasted malts, mineral and citrus bitterness throughout; pleasant, bitter, well-roasted stout. Medium finish: roasted malts, toasty, and a touch of vanilla and breadiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Courtesy of wickedpete. Clear dark brown with a small tan head, fading. The nose is cola, brown sugar and milk chocolate. The flavor is lightly sweet with dusty milk chocolate, brown sugar, caramel and raisins. Medium body is a touch thin with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwbye (1) - Carneys Point, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2008 does not count
Pours fantastic with a rich creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, with coffee undertones. A dry finish leaving a pleasant chocolate after note. A very drinkable stout at 6.0 ABV. Think Guiness without the syrupy, velveteen coat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8397) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2008
750 ml swing top bottle. Pours deep black with ruby edges and a huge, 4-finger khaki head and great lacing. Nose of roasty malt, chocoff, mild hops. Tastes malty, slightly rauchy, with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and bittering hops. Palate stays extremely dry in this, while maintaining a nice roasty flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
crisp and dry. Full roasted flavor. Much better than the regular version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2008
Pours black with a large beige rocky head. Sweet roasted aroma that is unfortunatly a little subdued. Big roasted flavours on the palate intitially, especially chocolate, a strong smokey flavour and a gentle fruitiness provide some decent complexity, the finish is long and dry. Soft body and gentle carbonation. Certainly the nicest beer in the Carlow range. Complex, gentle and elegent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Black body producing a two inch tall brown head that recedes leaving plenty of nice lacing on the glass. Malty aroma of chocolate and roasted notes. Flavor is roasted in the front, almost ashy, but that gives way to a pleasant creamy malt backbone in a moderate body. Finishes dry. This is a nice departure from the multitude of imperial stouts that I’ve found of late.

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