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Beer #71 – March 15, 2010: O’Hara’s Irish Stout

March 19, 2010

Beer: O’Hara’s Irish Stout

Brewery: Carlow Brewing Company, County Carlow, Ireland

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $8.99 / six-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 4.3% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Very nice, more flavor, more bite than the major Irish dry stout.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours nearly pitch black with a big, frothy, tan head.

Aroma: Sweet, malty, a little cocoa, roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tiny bubbles of carbonation.

Taste: Sugary, creamy, mild coffee sweetness initially, developing into a roasted, charred, almost charcoal bitterness.  The finish is drying, a little chalky, with mineral notes.

Pairing: A grown-up snack-time treat: chocolate chip cookies and stout!

Trivia: If you want a true Irish beer for St. Patty’s day, or any other occasion, O’Hara’s may be your best bet.  You see, while Guinness says “Imported” on the label, the Guinness available in America is not brewed in Ireland, but in Canada, and “imported” into the U.S.

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