O’Hara’s Irish Stout

O'Hara Irish StoutCarlow Brewing Company, also known as O’Hara Brewery was founded in 1996. With five standard exports from an Irish Red Ale to an Irish Wheat, O’Hara’s has something to delight everyone’s taste.

With the snow still on the ground, the Irish Stout was the drink of choice! The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a slight brick hue. Once the glass is filled the beer appears almost black and looses almost all of the brick hues. The head is exactly what you expect from a stout, it’s toasted wheat in color and has staying power.

On the nose there are rich aromas of deep roasted malts and dark roast coffee. The hearty aromas are met by a note of burnt sugar, like that of overcooked caramel. Rounding out the bouquet is a light suggestion of toasty almond.

The first sip showcases the beer’s weight and creamy mouthfeel. On the palate the initial flavor is a hearty smoke note. The smoke transitions to a strong roasted coffee flavor on the mid-palate which is balanced with a creamy caramel note. The slightly bitter roasted coffee lingers on the dry finish with a light piney hop note resonating behind it.

Not overly complex, but more so than a lot of other Irish stouts on the market. This beer is extremely well balanced and hearty. Keep this one in mind for St Patrick’s Day celebrations! 4 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Pints out of 5

Please check with your local Bottle King store for current inventory

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