Carlow O’Hara’s Celebration Stout

Formerly brewed at Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
10th anniversary limited edition
Reviving a tradition that had all but disappeared for over 150 years, the O’Hara family established a brewery in their home county of Carlow in south-east Ireland in 1996 producing beers of traditional Celtic and Irish origin, O’Hara’s Irish Stout was born in 1998, winning the Championship Trophy and two gold medals at the International Millennium Brewing Industry Awards in 2000. The O’Hara’s brand has now arrived at it’s 10th anniversary. To mark that occasion we present as a limited edition O’Hara’s Celebration Stout - rich in Irish malts balanced by a full bodied bitterness and delicate spicy aroma from Northdown and Fuggles hops with a luxurious chocolate finish. 10.6°

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Black body producing a two inch tall brown head that recedes leaving plenty of nice lacing on the glass. Malty aroma of chocolate and roasted notes. Flavor is roasted in the front, almost ashy, but that gives way to a pleasant creamy malt backbone in a moderate body. Finishes dry. This is a nice departure from the multitude of imperial stouts that I’ve found of late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
heavy (2808) - Split, CROATIA - MAR 4, 2008
02/03 Thanks a lot to ogivlado for sharing his 0.75 l bottle @ Tolkiens pub, Zagreb! Poured dark brown, almost black body with medium brownish head. Malty aroma, with chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and hint of lemon or oranges. Very nice and pretty complex. Flavor is also good, far much simpler though, bittersweet, chocolate and dark fruits spiced with some herbs. Full bodied, with fantastic finish, bittersweet fruitiness and spices, relatively dry but not so as it would be with a dry stout. Very tasty and delicious beer, well, it’s been almost 3 months since I had a beer deserving a 4. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (7706) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 20, 2008
swing top bottle (750ml). -at Tolkien’s Pub, Zagreb, shared with Doggythedog.
Black coloured, medium to big tan head, chocolate malty nose. Roasted malt and dark chocolate taste with few fruity hints. Strong bitter chocolate finish and lingering bitter aftertaste. Very nice brew, like light imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (5553) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 0.75 fliptop Tolkien’s Pub, Zagreb, shared with ogivlado
Now this was a first... a new Irish beer and I’m the first to add it. Cool.
Poured a nice opaque black (very dark red) body with a medium to big sized thick tan head that went away slowly (cascade effect I reckon). A strong roasty malty nose, some orange dipped in dark chocolate, and a light hopiness to round it up. The taste is somewhat light and not terribly complex but it’s very nice anyway. A bitter earthy roastiness, chicory, dark chocolate & orange again, more pronounced, close to a good imperial stout in taste, but with a lighter body (obviously) and much more drinkable than most. Nicely balanced. I quite liked this one. So much better than their regular stout (not to mention red). I’d buy this more often if I had it readily available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2008
Cask (gravity dispense), St Albans Beer Festival, September 2007. Doesn’t taste that strong and certainly not too stout. There are some roast malt notes but the overall impression is a bit thin and ashy. Would never have picked this as 6%. Felt more like a stong(ish) mild. I know micros have a hard time in Ireland but they will have to do better than this to challenge the Guinness monopoly. That said, its not unpleasant and perfectly drinkable. But it lacks the impact and presence that I’d expect from a strong stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2007
Cask @ St. Albans BF. Dark brown with an off white head. Chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma. Again chocolate and malt in the taste with some toffee, yeast and a bitter hop finish. Reading back, I’ve made it sound much better than it actually was...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (18230) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
Cask gravity at St Albans BF 2007. Black no head. Thickish cos of the alcohol. Bit of ashtray. A little hot from alcohol. Little disappointing.

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