cheap (5209) - 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 (1409) - 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.
garthicus (2890) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 23, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hmm, another beer I really wanted to rave about, but sadly can’t, looks like a 5 day old Guinness, tastes like a cup of coffee mixed with stout, not a bad thing, but wont make me drink another, nice but lacks the X factor
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[249-20070331] 500mL. Smells like liquid steak, a little plastic and some coffee malt. Dark brown black body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head, light lacing. Rich coffee malt flavour has a bitter coffee steak finish. Full body. Tastes better than it smells.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught Black body with big frothy head that stayed. Faint aroma - malty. Smooth taste - chocolate, some dried fruits also being present. Smooth taste but a little lite at times and somewhat sugary.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep mahogany black in color but still translucent, with galaxy swirls and bubbly tan edges in the glass. Prunes and chocolate laden black currant lay in with licorice, markers and burnt rubber au lait. Tempting aromatic tune. Flavor proceeds with a light chocolate load and smooth, iced mochas - with both milk and ice cubes letting their presences be known. Cocoa nibs fornicate with prunes and baked nuts for a sandy, rustic and lactic undertone. Hint of mineral traits couple with charred caramels to linger with the buzzing carbonation all the way through to the dry, bitter finish.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 bottle from O’Neills. Blackish brown w. rocky tan head. Lovely full nose of nuts, granary bread, malts and caramel with a mettalic tinge. Taste to match, but it quickly turns to a sharp, bitter finish with some berry hints. Smooth thick body. Just ok.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz Bottle-Pours black w/almost no head. Wanted to have one of these on St. Paddys Day but I was a week late. Crisp clean flavor of licorice & roasted malt, not as much coffee & chocolate as some. Has a definite dry flavor like a smoked, w/just a touch of carbonation. A little different than some Stouts, but quite good.
drpimento (3000) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maybe should of given it a better rating seeing as how it’s a true Irish beer. Anyway, having this one on draft at Bodega Brew Pub, downtown La Crosse, Wis. Nice head, some lace, very dark, rich, nice body, Good beer in any case.
vyvvy (5525) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost black with a rich tan head. The aroma has toasted malts, licorice and coffee - quite dry. Medium body with a lot of spritzy carbonation - a bit excessive for a stout. The taste starts out with well toasted malt and coffee - quite crisp for a stout as well. The finish has some spice and then bitterness that stays around for a bit. Not bad, but a bit light and overpriced.