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Carlow O’Hara’s Celebration Stout

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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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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°


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Sampled during MN Gathering II and shared by either Faro99 or JK. From a 750 ml bottle pours an opaque dark brown brew with a decent beige head. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark pitted fruits, some chocolate and a hint of cherry. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of toasted dark malt, some chocolate a hint of toffee and some coffee. Finish is semi-dry with a toasted dark malt and no bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1173) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Sampled at Bob (Skyview) tasting. Pour is dark brown with a tan head. Toasty malts, heavy chocolate, and extremely full bodied for the dry stout style, which I’m usually bored by. THis is probably the best dry stout I’ve had. I would take this in a heartbeat over Guinness.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Funknmilla (677) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2009
750 ml bottle...on the pour a chocolate body with a caramel colored head fluffy, but i poured is rather vigorously....on the nose...a little chocolate and a hop whiff...metal in mouth and nose...a touch of toffee and dried fruit, like a fruitcake...thinner body than I would like for a stout...a little chocolate--a lotta metal

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Sample enjoyed at Skyview tasting. Dark black colored pour with aromas of chocolaty malts. Flavor was malts, smoke and a little musky. Very decent dry stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2009
750 pours black with a rather large tan head that clings to the glass in cobweb lace. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is malty, dry, chocolate, and slight peat. The palate is medium bodied and lively. Overall, very nice and one of the better Dry Stouts I’ve had for some time.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 31, 2008
I thought this was rather weak for a stout; but maybe I have just grown accustomed to the monsters like Stone and Old Rasputin, or even Rogue Shakespeare. Decent enough, I guess.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2008
750 ml bottle bought at College Liquors in Grand Junction, Co, I’m almost out of beers from that trip! Opens with a huge pop from the swingtop. Pours a dark black color with a huge and creamy brown head, and lots of lacing. A very nice aroma; loads of roasted malts, chocolates, some light coffee. The taste is just a great dry stout; lots of roasted malts, a dry fruity finish, some dry coffee and milk chocolates. I’ll always love this type of beer, and this is a great example of this style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Black with a large w off white head. Aroma had plenty og roasted mlalt, coffee and chocolate notes. Flavour was sweet with plenty wof roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes.finished with loads of roasted malt. Love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20742) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle, thanks to cellar. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma of coffee and chocolate with notes of peat. Roasted flavour of coffee and chocolate with notes of peat. Dry roasted finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2008
75 cL bottle, courtesy of cellar/KimJohansen. Pours dark brown to black with a huge, dense and light chocolate brown head. Dry roasted malty aroma, light smoked touch. Mild sweet at first with dry, spiced and hard roasted malt note following. Light acidic and hardroasted touch into a dry and bitter finish. Lasting hardroasted impression.


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