Wednesday, March 17, 2010
O'Hara's Irish Stout
O'Hara's Irish Stout
Carlow Brewing Company
Irish Dry Stout
Full bodied and luxuriously smooth it is the combination of traditional stout hops, an extra pinch of roast barley and crystal clear Irish water that make O’Hara’s Celtic Stout a delicious stout with just enough malt sweetness to balance that discernible roast bite. (ratebeer.com)
11.2oz, 330ml bottle, ~ $9.00 4 pack, ~$49.00 Case
Here is another one that warrants full disclosure. This is an another favorite of mine. Like the O’Hara’s Irish Red I had this few years ago at an Irish Beer Tasting and really liked it. This was not as good as the Celebration stout but was a nice Irish Dry Stout. I have since bought it several times and loosely refer to it as my gold standard for a good Irish Dry Stout. So let’s give it a whirl on this St. Pattie’s Day.
The beer pours a dark brown completely opaque with no light showing through the glass. It also has a fairly rich tan head. The head started out very rich and creamy but as it set the bubbles grew larger and larger. It is still there but has diminished quite a bit.
The nose is full of those classic sweet dark roasted malts with a light hop aroma. This is a classic Irish Dry Stout aroma.
Wow, what a nice St. Patties treat. I started the night with the O’Hara’s Irish Red and now their Irish Dry Stout. So I guess I should describe the taste of this wonderful stout.
Of course it starts out with sweet rich dark roasted malts upfront then a fairly dry but smooth mouthfeel in the mid-sip. The back-end has a building malt bitterness and then fades to a nice clean dry hop stout finish. The final aftertaste is that of lingering classic roasted malt flavors. It is fairly dry so you don’t have that thick coating of a cream stout.
There is a good deal of hop bitterness to the back-end and finish of this beer. That is what gives a Dry Irish Stout it classic appeal. And this (in my humble opinion) is the best of the best for a dry stout.
If you like a dry stout like Guinness than you will love this stout. It is far superior to other dry stouts that I have had.
It is also warming nicely; it is really getting smoother as it warms.
Well, I guess its official this is my gold standard for an Irish Dry Stout, a solid A for this one.