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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Dry Stout
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 1262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This stout has a robust flavour with a ful bodied and smooth mouth feel. The roast flavours lead to a dry espresso like finish. A generous addition of fuggles hops lead to a tart bitterness which mingles with the roast espresso flavours on the tongue.

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3.7
NachlamSie (3595) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2006
draught. Pours black, slightly ruby in brighter lights. The use of nitro makes it very asthetically balanced. The aroma is mildly sour, bready, and musty. Sweet creaminess in the flavor, a little bit of bite comes through in the finish. There’s some apples and a bit of thin chocolate. It’s like a slightly fuller, rounder Guinness. Great session brew.

3.5
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Dark, almost black, with a tan head that laces down the glass. The aroma is mild, with only a slight note of hops. The body is heavy, with a sharp dry hop bite. Very good.

3.8
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Pours a red black (very dark) with a light tan head of above average density and below average lifespan. The nose is faint, but pleasant, clear roast, slight floral notes, and something lightly sour like old milk, though not sweet. The palate is entirely appropriate to the style. Little bubbles dancing on the tongue, providing a decent viscosity that the beer doesn’t otherwise possess. The dry flavors in this beer really pull it all together, strong roast, brash, but not quite coffee tasting, with high acidity and very slight malt. There’s also some light british style hops filling out the roastiness. This is a really nice clean beer, that does what Guiness always fails to do in my book.

3.4
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2006
A dark black beer, and I can see red around the edges, with a thin creamy looking tan colored head (which lasts for a while). Smells chocolatey and sweet. Tastes very roasty, with some sweetness and some milky flavours as well. Its a bit watery and doesnt leave much of an aftertaste.

3.7
BillKismet (4165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Described as a "luxorious" on the bottle, and it certainly fits the billing. Luxurious black body w. a dollop of chocolate cream on top. Deep roast notes hang in the air as an amazing chocolate aroma takes center statge. Moderate body that is not as full as the aroma would intimate. Light roast flavor. A palatable and enjoyable stout.

2.8
motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 9, 2006
bottled. very dark shade of purple. aroma of bike tyre and peach. pretty coffeeish with some porridge and dark chocolate. somehow left me underwhelmed though - petered out when i thought it ould get interesting

3.2
saxo (19569) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 30, 2006
Bottle. BEAUTIFUL head with excellent duration. Very creamy and wavy to look at. Color is dark brown to black. Aroma is not very strong. Taste is dominated by chocolate.

3.6
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2006
Nice dark body with a small tan head. Great aromas of chocolate and burnt malts. Flavor had a nice bitter bite to it.

2.8
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2006
Sad that I had to get this beer in a shipment from Denmark, but every time I went to stores here in the states that carried OHaras other beer, they never would have the stout in stock, so thanks Mads for allowing me finally stop seeking out this beer: A deep rusty brown topped by a small but lasting creamy tan head and some lace. The aroma has notes of ashy and mocha malt, freeze dried coffee, hint of bacon, cashews, and yes, it has a peaty and yeasty ester "olde world Irish" vapor.

Sadly the taste does not match the nose with a simple sweet malt and light hop and charred bitterness. Not bad but surely it is lacking any depth at all. After the 1st few tastes, you have all the info you will ever need about this beer. Some lactic tones throughout as well. The palate is a chalky and lame mess.

There are better Irish Dry Stouts out there, NONE ARE MADE in Ireland. God, that country could use a real microbrewery. I bless that upon my Irish beer brethern.

2.8
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2006
Attractive appearing beer, pouring rich black color with a nice well retained tan head. Aroma has some chocolate, but that is subjagated by some sour, bitter aromas. Harsh bitter flavor like raw, unsweetened chocolate. Doesn’t taste roasted, more like burned or something. Gotta agree with Sean, disappointing.


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