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 (2926) - 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...
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 Rich full stout. Leeds your tastebuds in the direction of liqourice. Very enjoyable stout
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Delicate roasty aroma. Good looking pour - black with a decent brown coloured thick head. Malty - almost raisiny flavour with plenty of (peat?) smoke apparent. Roastiness is short lived. Body is a bit thin. Bottle.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Black with a medium-large fluffy tan head. Dry ash like aroma. Certainly a dry flavour, toasted malt flavour but lack the follow through on the palate and has very little length or depth in flavour.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, dark black brown. Light brown head. Covers beer in a thin whisp almost has smoked qualities to it. Burnt malt aroma. Light burnt flavour slightly malty. Carbonated body light not to heavy slight hop bitter.
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted, sweet black grapes over quite dry, hoppy flakes...Persistence of dryness and a fruitiness sometimes on the verge of aniseed...Sunday brunch in a glass...
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A near-black stout with mahogany highlights. Pours with a thick, creamy head that leaves full lacing. Bread and light roasted malt aroma. The taste is moderately roasty, with a touch of smoke, and a nutty dryness that lingers on the palate. It might not grab you, but it is still a well-made, flavourful, and traditional dry stout that is miles ahead of Guinness.