rickgordon (3844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black. Roasted malt and toffee up front. Richly grassy and bitter. Dry finish. Medium bodied.
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with tan head. Smokey but not as smokey as the Celtic Red from same brewery. Not very complex taste, a bit thin and not especially well balanced.
piscator34 (1974) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black in colour with minimal head. Smoke and light malts as far as the aroma is concerned. I found the flavor to be VERY smokey... I might have confused this with a smoked beer if I had been tasting it blind. The smoke sort of overwhelms the secondary malt and caramel flavors. A very thin body as well. Unbalanced and disappointing.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown body, thin light brown head. Aroma is rather mild, malty with tones of chocolate and licorice, rather simple I must say. Palate is rather low-bodied, chocolatey, pretty effervescent for a stout and a very honest roasty finish, moderately bitter and with a bit of coffee. Not worth hunting, but far from unpleasant.
Lubiere (10152) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark brown beer with a small off-white head. Sweet malts and chocolate aroma. Sweet chocolate, slightly smokey beer with peat moss character, slightly lactic. Very nice bodied stout.
dflip (27) - USA - APR 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good dry stout. Black in color, hint of burnt toast from the roast barley. I love Guinness and Murphy's,and though it does not have that creaminess of Gui. & Murph., it definitely has those dry undertones of coffee and chocolate and deserves remarkable respect.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown stout, lasting toffee coloured head. A mild but firm flavour of liquorice and hops. Toasted bread? A bit watery palate. Overall a light, well balanced dry stout.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep black with a decent brown head. Acceptable retention. Lovely nose of caramel, roast malt and chocolate. Very smooth medium mouthfeel. Sweet malt start with a bitter roast, dry almost smokey finish. Nice stuff actually :)
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
O'Hara's Celtic stout is an excellent interpretation of the Dry Stout style designation. It is light bodied with a rich roasted malt character. It is pretty much a perfect copy of the Guinness model, but carbonated rather than having a nitro-blend. As always, this style is best fresh, therefore I doubt that my Canada-bought bottle would hold up to the local quality.
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Bottle. Nice, pitch black pour, with frothy head. Slight smoky qualities and very dry tasting. Pleasing finish, although as little thin. A quality traditional irish stout - Guinness, please take note, you’re slipping badly in comparison.
RE-rate - part of the Fall 06 release - I still really like this beer, 1500 odd beers later - so roasty - thin, more of a porter - what a a lovely finish - it is so nice to have a good solid Irish micro brew, shame there isn’t more - keep it going O’hara’s...