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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Stout
Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Laden with complex chocolate and coffee flavours, balnced by a robust bitterness and delicate spicy aroma, O’haras Leann Follain is a full bodied extra Irish stout.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/15/2013. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color. Not perfectly opaque, mind you, but nearly. The head is a two finger heavy cream color with nice texturing, before it settles to one finger. Nice retention, too. S: There are a ton of roasted malts and coffee. Some chocolate pops up, as well, perhaps even a hint of smoke. It also smells hoppy, even - maybe it IS generously hopped? I mean, that character of grapefruit peel prominent in Cascade hops is unmistakable here. T: Again, there’s a healthy flavor of grapefruity hops right there in the midtaste. It starts a bit chocolaty before the hops come in full (well, moderate) force. Finish is pure roasted barley. Generally, it’s mild in flavor; while this keeps the competing flavors in check, it makes it a bit dull. Luckily it’s not overly acidic as many well-hopped stouts/porters tend to be. M: Hits the clean dryness typical of the style well, but the finish goes too far into being astringent. A bit insubstantial and undercarbonated in its feel; par for the course in many dry stouts. Great drinkability nonetheless. O: And as I finish my glass, I notice the bottle cap somehow fell down in there. How the hell did that happen?! Oh well, this a fine offering. Not great, but fine.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (6746) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2014
Draught at Frederiksberg Ølbar. Medium high lasting creamy light brown head. Pitch black body. Nuts roasted malt cocoa coffee aroma. Mild creamy roasted malt nuts coffee flavor with a suitable amount of hops bitterness. Low carbonation. Long finish. Alcohol level seems just right.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DroolYeast (210) - Odder, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2014
Chocolate aroma, vanilla, some coffee. Very dark brown, small light brown. Small lasting head. Moderate sweetness, light bitterness. Bittersweet finish. Body is rich. Light carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutlout2 (5) - Sligo, IRELAND - JUL 10, 2014 does not count
Warning!. incredibly inconsistent beer. A good bottle - great chocolate/vanilla aroma with a full bodied Irish stout flavour with again a slight hint of chocolate , with lovely smooth palate and dry coffee finish.... A bad bottle - don’t even feckin talk to me. This rating is judged on a good batch.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vorty (26) - münster, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2014
great stout. a little too muc bof all. taste is great like vanilla and lots of chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lele (84) - ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Interessantissima stout. Come tutte quelle dello stesso stile, presenta buone note di tostato, di cioccolato e del caramello, ma in questa si nota un deciso affumicato niente male. Purtroppo, più la si beve, più l’affumicato si sente di meno

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lux_edwards (94) - - JUN 19, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste of bitter chocolate and vanilla. Palate is smooth and full bodied. Overall an excellent stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (178) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with stable, beige head. In aroma chocolate, coffee, dark malts, roastiness. Coffee, dark and roasted malts, chocolate in taste. Medium body, very smooth and velvet on palate. Low carbonation. Very good stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (1980) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2014
Flaska från SB. Julöl 2013. Kolsvart, högt beige skum. Stora rostade aromer och smaker. Kraftig, söt snarare än kärv men ok balans och funkar till mat med kaffe, choklad, karamell, mörkt bröd och lätt kryddigt. Bra djup i smakerna, lätt beska. Trevlig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Liamrua (24) - Waterford, IRELAND - JUN 7, 2014
500ml bottle. 6% abv. Pours dark tar like. Beautiful aroma, chocolate coffee malt. Light carbonation beautiful smooth velvet taste with coffee and chocolate lingering taste. A great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kauge (52) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle from Tallinna Kaubamaja food department (€ 2,15) in May 2014. Black with a hint of chestnut brown; consistent darkish beige head. The distinctly vinuous aroma is bursting with strong coffee and sweetness, kind of like a vanilla and chocolate ice cream cocktail mixed with 2 shots of espresso, a handful of dark smoked fruits and some plum liqueur. It’s also a bit earthy, dirty, smoky, more as it warms. Tase is sweet chocolate, well roasted coffee and bitter hops; finish is on the bitter side, dry and ’grainy’. Body’s surprisingly timid, goes well with the rather sharp and sparkly carbonation. Mouthfeel is soft and a bit oily. Overall it’s somewhat more exciting (and way more sweeter) than Celtic but they’re both good after a hard day’s work or dinner. Celtic maybe with dessert, this here instead of one.


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