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


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RATINGS: 1144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Dark Reddish-Brown, with a frothy head (not creamy) that dissipates quite quickly. Odor of roasted grains, peat, with a bitter coffee finish. Slight sweet flavor, however as it works it’s way back across the tongue, but still very harsh remainders in the mouth. Mild lacing in the glass, even when the head dissipates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Courtesy of Acertain. Thanks Andrew. <P> Aroma is fairly roasty with mild chocolate notes and weak coffee. Flat black in color with a mocha hued head that diminishes to thumb thickness. Fore is again fairly heavy with roasted malt flavors. Hints of coffee and burnt barley with mild chocolate and berry notes and a hint of nuttiness in the finish. The palate is thin as American dry stouts goe, but for an irish brew it’s pretty to style...compared to say Murphy’s or Guinness Draught without a widget. It has a lot more flavor than either of those beers...by far. I’d drink this on a regular basis if it were availible to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle 500ml. Appearance: Pours black with a brown head. Aroma: roasted coffee, chocolate and burn malts. Flavor: Dry malt, roast, chocolate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tenghave (403) - Taastrup, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2006
Købt i Netto for 10 kr. (50 cl. flaske). Øllen er mørkebrun med kun lidt kulsyre. Smagen er brændt og bitter, og eftersmagen er meget bitter. Virker ikke særlig tyk af en Stout - mere som tyske Schwarzbeer Øllen er dog ikke noget specielt, og vil formentlig være en af de mange, som hurtigt bliver glemt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2006
Very dark red color, almost so that you can’t see through it. Some iron in the smell, a faint acid taste but also a bit burnt in it. Not among the best stouts I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6600) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sunevdj (3542) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2688) - 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.

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