benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a real Stout. Super dark in color. Big bold spices and maltiness. Very nice
Strykzone (6180) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a delicious looking beer. It is dark as old motor oil with a nice tan head. The flavor really jumps up and grabs. It begins full of zest. Flavors are coffee, nutty roastiness, and unsweetened chocolate. The zing mellowed somewhat but this is a stout that is full of life. A very smooth one, too.
Marko (4648) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5l draught (nitro I believe) at Tolkien’s in Zagreb
Black colour, perfect brownish little to medium sized nitro head that lasted until the end. Pleasant sweetish caramelly nose, reminiscent of a Twix bar with hints of dust. Typical nitro smooth taste. Underlying weak caramel and cappuccino taste meets some hoppy (I guess) bitterness and acidity (that seems to be common in nitro brews from my experience). Looooong acidic/roasty aftertaste. A decent nitro stout that, while having most if not all the flaws imparted by that way of serving, still retains some of its former complexity. I’ll rerate it when I get a bottle.
Enjoyit (3733) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black of color with a nice brown head. Weak notes of plums and coffee. A flavor of coffee, smoke and notes of plums.
doublebock (546) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich black color with hints of auburn, can immediately smell the mocha coffee notes. , minimal carbonation. The taste is smoky and coffee.
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown-black with a smallish brown head with torn lacing. Nose is apple, roasted malt, coffee, and olive. Rather bright roasted malt notes in the flavor, more coffee, nice bitterness towards the finish. Quite dry. Smooth, easily downed, creamy on the palate. Pretty good dry stout.
bu11zeye (12568) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt with some sweetness. Flavor of roasted malt with a soft, smooth mouthfeel and a sweet finish.
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice creamy head and good color. The flavour has notes of caramel, licorice and a nice bitterness. It’s uncomplicated and easy to drink, but it could have more power and complexity.
cheap (5090) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz brown bottle but mine says O’Hara’s Irish Stout, I think this is the same stuff. Pours extremely dark and is opaque for the most part. Has a delicious rootbeer roasty aroma. At first I was alarmed because it made me reminisce about a terrible foreign stout I had once. However, once I got over that, It felt pretty chocolaty good on the olfactory. The taste is less sweet than the aroma, definitely some roastiness in the flavors. There is some chocolate in there but it is dry unsweetened chocolate, not semi-sweet, more like baking chocolate. Very nice medium low carbonation tingle. A bitterness builds on the back of the throat as you consume more. Not as good as Tröegs Oatmeal Stout. Much better than Mendicino and Guinness Draught. On par with Hereford & Hops Cashel Bay Stout and Sly Fox OReillys Stout. Overall a pretty decent entry for the non offensive dark beer market.
GarrettB (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 My younger self looked at Irish beer as the paramount of beer culture; it was developed, proudly enjoyed by the poor and rich, and apparently a joyfully welcome social lubricant. Everything about beer seemed perfectly aligned to Ireland’s cultural extrovert and exuberant nature. Somehow, despite bitter cold and gray-scale days, the Irish had forever remained, as Chesterton put it, the dreamers and defenders of faerie land, of the fantasy and the imagination. Now, Belgium occupies a special place in my heart for being the prime producer of premium beer, but Ireland remains the paramount example of nation that not only crafts beer, but has mastered its crafting into culture. So, for St. Patrick’s day it was a simple choice of which iconic beer to have, and seeing how everyone was scraping the last cans of Canadian-brewed Guinness off the shelves (not that I wanted it anyway) I opted for an comparatively priced stout from the real, genuine Ireland. The box had a very cool quasi-nuveaux-Irish look to it; that and the promise of a stout at least a shade better than the hegemonic Guinness guaranteed the sell. The body of the beer is very much like Guinness – oppressively dark, almost like a bottomless chasm in an assuredly bottomed glass. It makes for a strange effect. The head is somewhat lighter and browner, mottled and pocked with bubbles. Very much in line with my mistaken stereotypes of your average Irish drinking establishment, the aroma carried with it the pure scents of urban Ireland drinking life without the human element: cobwebs, stale water, coffee, malts and a fresh carbonated puff coming from the billowing, black morass. For a stout of this opaqueness the mouth feel is unexpectedly flimsy, wavering like water, though the flavor is full and bold. Peat and roasted coffee run rampant on the tongue for awhile before yielding to flavors of wet granite and roasted malts. Then it clears to a nice finishing aftertaste of spring water which, while it might sound nice, was actually very disappointing. The whole of the taste is hearty and almost meaty, playing a solid complement to a good traditional Irish stew and heavy starches. While not the most elegant beer, the O’Hara’s is still distinctly and loyally Irish in character – well meaning and distinguished, charismatic and enjoyable. It always makes for good company, especially on St. Patrick’s Day.