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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
750m bottle Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only the slight hint of dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy tan/coffee colored head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic splotches of lacing left behind. Depp, rich roasted malty aroma with hints of chocolate, coffee bean, toffee, oatmeal, hazelnut, caramel and subtle hops. Slightly viscous medium body with a lot of roasted malt up front followed by a smooth, creamy lactic presence along with some sweet milk chocolate notes. Hints of roasted coffee bean, toffee, oatmeal, hazelnut, caramel and subtle earthy hops. Sweet with a very dry hoppy finish. Extremely quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2010
Bottle from Payless of 96th/69. Pours pitch black with slight brown edge and huge cakie tan head. Nose is creamy chocolate and slight dry roast malt. Flavor is relatively dry and earthy with a solid roasted malt backing, some chocolate notes and a minimal amount of lactose. Not bad, a little too dry for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2010
750 mL swing-top bottle. Pours nearly black with two-finger tan head. Aroma is heavy with cocoa, some coffee notes, and a spiciness that is hard to describe (kinda like chili pepper). There’s also a tiny bit of piney hops hiding in the background. Right off the bat I notice the full body and smooth mouthfeel. Flavors are similar to the aroma with just a slight hint of alcohol in the finish. A nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (36929) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet and roasted malt as well as chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of chocolate, sweet and roasted malt, leading to a dry roasted finish. Thanks KimJohansen for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CH47 (27) - Kansas, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Appearance is black molasses, head shows dark brown sugar. Coffee smoke and chocolate dominate the nose. Cocoa chocolate, coffee and mild oak show up on the palate. Finish is proper but concise.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopphead88 (33) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Pours opaque black with ruby highlights and a big rocky grey head that quickly diminishes. Aromas of milk chocolate, leather and dark fruit. Medium- light in body with a sliky mouthfeel. Flavors of milk chocolate, dark fruit, carmel, light smoke and a bit of chalk. There is a nice spicyness to the finish. Not bad....................

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9954) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2009
BA trade. Pours dark brown, with mocha like head. aroma, roasted malts, chocolate. flavor, lots of good roast, chocolate malts, some coffee, medium carbonation, light mouthfeel, hints of dark fruits and coffee toward the finish. Light, tasty, filled with flavors. As it warmed pup, the chocolate gained a little more presence and a smooth nice roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24790) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2009
Bottled at Bishop’s Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm. Transparently black, huge firm head. Aroma of coffe and chocolate. Mid-dry, feels light and airated despite a core of dense oily molasses. Grass caramel and chocolate comes along. A bitterness, which has resiny undertones, keeps growing. Feels rich,flavourful and potent, yet drinkable and fairly slim.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2009
750 ml bottle. Black with reddish hues. Very tall beige coarse head that clings to the glass. Sharp rubbery burnt licorice nose. Sharp licorice flavours. Bitter metallic finish. Full-bodied and rich. Rounde maltiness with lots of dark malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a large dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Similar flavor with a slightly dry, bitter finish and a lingering saltiness. Interesting stuff.

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