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

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RATINGS: 1079   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Bottle: Pours black, huge pillowy light beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Dry chalky aroma, slight roasted malt.   Weak watery roasted malt flavor, slightly dry and chalky.   Not very robust nor full bodied.   Flavor dies quickly, leaving you wondering if it is intentionally watered down.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, but on the thin side.   Finishes weak, lingering roasted malts, a bit dry, but moreso really boring.   Tiz okay, but VERY middle of the road.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sunevdj (3351) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2006
Pours black with a light brown head. Nice lacings. Light sourness, some bitterness. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and burnt malts. Light- to medium bodied. Toos sour - slightly compensated by a nice aroma and mellow bitterness.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
O’Hara’s Celtic Stout pours to a beautiful deep ebony color with a creamy off white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is just packed with aromas of dark malt and roast. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, and a back drop of hop aroma invite you in to take a sip. The palate is firm with outstanding flavors of dark malts, coffee, and roast. This beer finishes with more dark chocolate malt flavors up front, then ends with a bone dry, roasty and bitter finish. This is a truly exceptional version of Irish Stout, and it is without a doubt one of the most impressive beers I have ever tasted, in any style. This beer is world class, and I suspect this beer would make the most loyal Guinness drinker take a step back. I know I did. This is how Guinness use to taste, and O’Hara’s just might be the most impressive Irish stout being shipped from Ireland today, at least in bottles. I know I will be drinking a lot of this beer from now on. If more Irish pubs start to carry it here in the US, O’Hara’s just might become my Irish stout of choice from now on. This beer is Ireland. O’Hara’s is a natural with shell fish. Try this beer with oysters, little neck clams, mussels, crabs, or lobster. It would also work well with lamb or beef stew, or other hearty meat dishes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle from Slob Thanks!

Pours a rich black with a nice cream head. Aroma is a cross between Guinness and a fresh bag of coffee. Flavor is like a Guinness with a bit of roasted attitude. Much more malt definition than Guinness; a bit more gruff and less refined. Palate coats nicely. This is a very good Irish stout; a definite repeat.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2594) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Medium sized tan head, retention is good, lace is sticky and coating. A black brew. Nose of roasty malts and chocolate. Body is med/light. Dry malt flavors, roast, chocolatey lightly burnt malts, black patent? A touch chalky. Dry, roasty finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2450) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Pours with a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Deep mahogany color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts with a roasted coffee flavor and finishes dry with some hops in the background. Reasonable dry stout. $2.25 for 330ml bottle; found at Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (18587) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a long lasting beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and hints of chocolate. Flavor is roasted with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Dry finish, but a little thin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (22429) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle. Black coloured with a lasting beige head. Roasted aroma with notes of liquorice and coffee. Roasted flavour with notes of coffee. Dry roasted finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2006
50 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Black colour with a big beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Flavour of roasteness and hints of coffee. Ends up very bitter and dry. Nice but nothing speciel.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Aroma is weak and unconvincing-roasted malt. Strange oat smell that isn’t offensive, just seems odd. Color is nice and dark with tan foamy head that leaves some nice lacing. Flavor is watery and not as robust as expected. Pretty plain... nothing really noteworthy although it has a little more sour kick than I’m accustomed to with a stout.


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