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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: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Very dark head showing that semi truck loads of malt were used in the brewing process.Flippy .75 ltr bottle.A mixture of coffee and chocolate made in heaven:) This is now my benchmark for dry,Irish stouts.Very well balanced,under-rated and under-priced.Guinness is 40 oz. quality compaired to this,a masterpiece dry stout from this brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Very black with a big brown head and heavy lacing. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt, mild coffee and chocolate. Very good and drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leixlip (16) - IRELAND - MAY 1, 2011
Now this is a stout done right. Got a 750ml bottle. Roasted, coffee aroma, with dark chocolate earthy hop .. Solid brown-black color with a slight creamy head. Tons of flavor and body . Can’t wait to get my hands on this again if they produce it again .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 20, 2008
THOUGHTS: Way better than Guinness. Opened with a huge pop as the cork was pulled, but had a little too much carbonation. It would have been nearly perfect with a little less carbonation. I’d love to try this one cask conditioned. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with red highlights and an average-sized, foamy, light tan head that kept a nice sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy toasted, roasted, burnt and mild coffee malt. The initial flavor was lightly sweet; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with an average duration. There was lots of roasted, burnt and coffee malt then all coffee and burnt bitterness. Nice balance though. The medium to full body was creamy and slightly oily with very fizzy carbonation and a light to moderate astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrGGen (331) - ITALY - NOV 10, 2010
Versa nero come la pece con schiuma alta tre dita spumosa e color caffè,persistenza eccellente.Aroma ricco di malto tostato con note di cioccolato, caffè,nocciola, caramello e luppolo. Gusto con di caffè tostato, caramella mou,nocciola, caramello e luppolo,corpo medio.Finale dolce e secco di luppolo.Ottima.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 20, 2008
swing top bottle (750ml). -at Tolkien’s Pub, Zagreb, shared with Doggythedog.
Black coloured, medium to big tan head, chocolate malty nose. Roasted malt and dark chocolate taste with few fruity hints. Strong bitter chocolate finish and lingering bitter aftertaste. Very nice brew, like light imperial stout.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12079) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle @ Beer Exposed, September 2008.
Pours an impressive translucent black with a small, creamy, beige head. Elegantly roasted aroma, chocolate and just the right amount of smoke. Great mouthfeel, dry and creamy. Flavour is roasted, some smoke and chocolate. Extremely well-balanced beer - with an incredible amount of flavours for only 6 % ABV. Truly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2009
Bottle from Pauly’s in Lowell. Pours a viscous black color with a reddish-brown head. Smells and tastes of toasted malts, toffee, milk cocoa, and irish cream. Much more aggressive and dense than i was anticipating, which was a pleasant suprise. Good stuff.

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