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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 1009   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This stout has a robust flavour with a ful bodied and smooth mouth feel. The roast flavours lead to a dry espresso like finish. A generous addition of fuggles hops lead to a tart bitterness which mingles with the roast espresso flavours on the tongue.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2002
Dark, clear brown-black with medium lasting mid-beige head. Strong roasted malt and fainter yeasty farmyard aromas. Medium to big smooth creamy body, with nicely balanced stout falvours. Not quite as smooth or as big a body as Murphy’s or Guinness, Pleasant medium length stout type bitter finish. (Rated 10/5/02: Llangollen, Wales)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2002
A descent stout, but not the best Irish Stout I have had. Nice roasted nutty taste though. Also a very smoothe aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3609) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2002
Lots of chocolate and coffee, slightly metallic/sharp tasting with a sweet chalky finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chug18799 (36) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2002
With Irish Stouts I always find myself comparing relative to Guinness...and in this case, I’d give Guinness the nod. O’Hara presents more of a malty-sweet taste to it than Guinness, with perhaps less bitterness to it. Very visually similar to Guinness, I found this beer to be a bit less of a stand-out beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2002
Not bad but I would not pass up a Guinness or Murphy’s stout for one of these. Less carbonation would be an improvement.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2002
Not a bad stout. About the same overall quality as Guinness or maybe a tad bit better. Once again, Guinness is overrated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19374) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
Black with creamy white head. Dry & bitter. Very roasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2002
A smokey, roasted, nutty, slightly sweet Irish stout with a clear coffee and dark chocolate taste. A pleasant dry stout, though it suffers from a too thin mouthfeel. Yet much better than Guinness.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2002
Nice chocolate flavors with a black rich color. Not a great head to the one I had. Very dry. I would drink again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2001
Nice deep brown to black color with a huge head. Not a Guinness type head mind you - large bubbles in this puppy. Way too much carbonation. Roasted malt evident in flavor. Roasted character is complimented with smoke and some coffee notes. Finished fairly dry.


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