May 27, 2009

O'Hara's Irish Stout

Tonight we hit one more beer towards Petey reaching the mythical Full Enabler status. For tonight we review O’Hara’s Irish Stout by the Carlow Brewing Company, Stanton Road, Carlow, Ireland.


The delivery method was an 11.2 fl. Oz./330 ml brown bottle. The label is black with golden Celtic designs on the edge of the labels. The name of the beer is in a Celtic style font in the middle. Under the name it states, “A full bodied and luxuriously smooth stout with a discernible roast bite.” Across the top it proudly proclaims “imported from Ireland.”

It is black, like a dark coffee. Light barely passes through the beer, and when it does there is a crimson tint to it. A thick tan head forms when the beer is poured. It fades slowly to a film on the top of the beer. There is some lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is a rich blend of a dark roasted coffee with cream. There is a touch of a chocolate undertone to it. The scent reminded me of a Starbuck’s Frapuccino. The scent was so inviting I could hardly wait to taste it. When I took my first sip, I was kind of disappointed. It didn’t live up to the smell. The taste was a dry mixture of roasted coffee and chocolate malts. There is a mild bitterness to the finish. As the beer warms closer to room temperature the flavors open up even more.

In contrast to what the label claims, this is a medium bodied beer. There is barely any creaminess to it that is normally associated with stouts.

When I took my first smell of this beer, I was greeted with such a phenomenal scent that I was sure this was going to be one of the best stouts I’ve had in a long, long time. However, the taste did not match the scent and I was disappointed. There is a good taste to it, but it just didn’t live up to the smell. With a 4.3% ABV, I could see sitting with friends and drinking this in an evening at the pub. I give it 6.5 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at May 27, 2009 09:04 PM | TrackBack

Hey i work for a beer distributing company and i noticed youve never posted a review on the flying dog company or the ska brewing company both very good i think you will like

Posted by: Tdog at May 29, 2009 06:29 AM

I'm not familiar with Ska brewing company, but I am with Flying Dog. In the last couple of years many of my beers have been donated to me for review by readers. I try to do their beers first. Unless I receive something special or I actually run out, then I'll buy some. Flying Dog is all over the place here in Northern Illinois. I've had some of their beer, I just haven't done a review on them. The issue is that I don't like bitters and IPAs. Because of that I really do try not to review them, so I won't buy one for myself.

When ever I am out looking at beer, anytime I see Flying Dog, I only seem to find their bitters and IPAs. That's why you haven't seen a review of their beer. Since you've requested it, I will keep it in mind. Right now I have a 7 beer backlog of donated beers I have to get through first.

Posted by: Contagion at May 29, 2009 08:10 AM