OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, clear brown-black with medium lasting mid-beige head. Strong roasted malt and fainter yeasty farmyard aromas. Medium to big smooth creamy body, with nicely balanced stout falvours. Not quite as smooth or as big a body as Murphy’s or Guinness, Pleasant medium length stout type bitter finish.
(Rated 10/5/02: Llangollen, Wales)
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A descent stout, but not the best Irish Stout I have had. Nice roasted nutty taste though. Also a very smoothe aftertaste.
rauchbier (3499) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of chocolate and coffee, slightly metallic/sharp tasting with a sweet chalky finish.
chug18799 (36) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
With Irish Stouts I always find myself comparing relative to Guinness...and in this case, I’d give Guinness the nod. O’Hara presents more of a malty-sweet taste to it than Guinness, with perhaps less bitterness to it. Very visually similar to Guinness, I found this beer to be a bit less of a stand-out beer.
TheBeerCollector (631) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad but I would not pass up a Guinness or Murphy’s stout for one of these. Less carbonation would be an improvement.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not a bad stout. About the same overall quality as Guinness or maybe a tad bit better. Once again, Guinness is overrated.
omhper (18348) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with creamy white head. Dry & bitter. Very roasty.
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A smokey, roasted, nutty, slightly sweet Irish stout with a clear coffee and dark chocolate taste. A pleasant dry stout, though it suffers from a too thin mouthfeel. Yet much better than Guinness.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice chocolate flavors with a black rich color.
Not a great head to the one I had. Very dry. I would drink again.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice deep brown to black color with a huge head. Not a Guinness type head mind you - large bubbles in this puppy. Way too much carbonation. Roasted malt evident in flavor. Roasted character is complimented with smoke and some coffee notes. Finished fairly dry.