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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6059) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2008
750ml stopper-top bottle. Deep black with maybe a hint of the deepest brown. Big, frothy, lasting head. Rugged, big alcohol Baltic Porter aroma, really does the beer no favors. Big bitter cocoa flavors, with a semi watery body. The alcohol is a little over-detectable. Raisiny, dark fruit flavors. Rustic and old school on the palate. Dry, sandy mouthfeel to the finish. Heavy stuff, a hearty example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2008
A Mes rate: bottle at Beer Exposed.
Almost black, slightly translucent with an impressive tan head. Good start. Very noseable. Big chocolate and coffee with a good amount of roastiness and a hint of smoke. Slight bread and dough in the background too. Sadly the flavour in no way lives up to the promise of the aroma. It’s all still there but it is really held back by a very metallic and oily character. Bitter chocolate finish just about saves it. Promised a lot, delivered only slightly. Shame.
Earlier Rating: 10/1/2007 Total Score: 3
A Mes rate: Gravicask at St. Albans Beer Festival. Black and opaque with a slight tan film. Strong malt and very fruity aroma. Quite sweet but with a hint of gents toilets that let it down badly. Flavour is only a little better helped by some nice earthy malt and some good tangy fruit. Slight sourness and slightly chalky. Standard at best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Pours dark brown with a generous lingering light brown head. Smells of cocoa, chocolate, some tarte touches. Tastes of chocolate, some peppery splashes. Mouthfeel is lacking. Taste doesn’t live up to the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12328) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle @ Beer Exposed, September 2008.
Pours an impressive translucent black with a small, creamy, beige head. Elegantly roasted aroma, chocolate and just the right amount of smoke. Great mouthfeel, dry and creamy. Flavour is roasted, some smoke and chocolate. Extremely well-balanced beer - with an incredible amount of flavours for only 6 % ABV. Truly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bembelembe (219) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 25, 2008
Creamy brown, almost black in color. Strong coffee aroma, hints of chocolate-cookie flavor, roasted malt. Smooth, light bitter finish. Light sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkazuk (248) - winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 25, 2008
750ml bottle.
Pours a dark deep brown with a tall toasty brown head. Aromas of sugar, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of licorice. Similar flavours in this one. Sweet and a little creamy. Medium body. Finishes nice with some dry bitterness and a real coffee kick. Happy Anniversary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (446) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
Bottle shared via piscator34. FIne looking stout- quite black with reasonable head. Aromas quite strong of dark roast and chocolate. Taste- very rich for an irish stout- full bodied, creamy chocolate, licorice and caramel. Finishes nicely. a pleasant surpirse

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2397) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of chared malts, flint, coffee, and some light caramel malts. Nice and roasty in the mouth (coffee and dark chocolate malts), along with some caramel, mild licorice, and vanilla to round things out. Medium bodied, which makes it one of the heaviest dry stouts that I’ve had. Quite well balanced. Much better than Carlow’s regluar dry stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12766) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Swing-top bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours opaque with a large, frothy, dark brown head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, coffee), light hops (grass), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune and wood. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Bottle. Poured a nice black body with thin head. Aroma is some smoke, coffee. Flavor is light smoke, coffee, choclolate and some toffee. I love the smokiness of this beer. Not strong but enough to give it a little flavor in each sip.

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