The Brewski Report Reviews Carlow Brewing’s O’Hara’s Irish Stout
File Date: 6.19.20
File Name: Reviewing Beer Would Be The Ultimate Full Time Job.
The Beer: O’Hara’s Irish Stout
Type: Irish Dry Stout
Stats: 4.3% ABV
Brewer: Carlow Brewing Co.
Web Site: www.carlowbrewing.com
Country of Origin: Ireland
Brewer Info: Carlow Brewing Company is an independent Irish Brewery founded by the O’Hara family in 1996, building on a keen interest in the craft of brewing and a desire to revive a tradition once common in every town and village in Ireland but lost since the end of the 1800’s. Brewing since 1998, Carlow Brewing Company has revived the Irish brewing culture and works to blend this heritage with modern production standards to produce distinctive quality products that consumers will really enjoy. The brewery is situated in the historical hop and malt growing region of Ireland, the “Barrow Valley” region, evident by the many malt houses dotted throughout the county landscape. Brewery founder, Seamus O’Hara, aimed to revive not only that culture but the qualities found in Irish beers from that era and beyond. As Seamus puts it “At Carlow Brewing Company we have gone back to basics and brew our beers as they used to be brewed – with natural ingredients and no artificial additives. We believe this leads to a superior quality product, with robust body, taste, flavour and aroma. Compare these characteristics with any of the mainstream brands and you will taste the difference.” This is particularly evident by the many accolades and awards bestowed on our brews and in particular our O’HARA’S Irish Stout.
Brewer Brand Hype: O’Hara’s Celtic Stout. Brewed at Carlow Brewing Company in southern Ireland since 1998 and carrying the family name of the brewery founders, O’Hara’s is a full bodied and luxuriously smooth Irish Stout. Brewed at 4.3% ABV the combination of traditional stout hops, with an extra pinch of roast barley, delivers an award-winning stout true to the Irish tradition. O’Hara’s Irish Stout has a deep black color with a reddish hue when held to the light. It pours with a thick creamy head that is almost tan in color. On the nose the drinker experiences a rich and complex coffee aroma with light liquorice notes. This Stout has a robust roast flavor with a full bodied and smooth mouth feel. The roast flavors lead to a dry espresso like finish. Because of a generous addition of Fuggles hops the finish leads to a tart bitterness which mingles with the roast espresso flavors on the tongue.
Label: Imported from Ireland. A full bodied and luxuriously smooth stout with a discernible roast bite.
The Brewski Review: I’m glad the economy has made moderate improvements over the last few months. Well? Hasn’t it? That’s what the current administration is touting. Is it sustainable? Probably not. Housing is in the toilet, gasoline prices are increasing, there is still minimal job creation and taxes are expected to start climbing next year (yippee!). It’s the issue of minimal job creation is the reason why I write this blog. See, I’ve updated my resume and would love to find another organization to work with. What I see though isn’t very promising. There are a few smattering of jobs available but the descriptions are long on responsibilities and short on pay. I won’t bog this blog down in the nitty-gritty details of why I want to move (one reason, on the bottom of my ‘reasons I need a new job list’ is the stratospheric rise in my required travel time – which is no surprise to anyone who reads my reviews) but I will say that I actually started to look before the economy tanked. It wasn’t great then and it’s even worse now. So, I continue to hang in there and and hope for the best. I’m sure many other Americans are in the same situation. I can’t offer as much HOPE to them as Obama has promised, but I can encourage others to start drinking some of these tastey beers I’ve been reviewing. Like this Irish Dry Stout. and smooth without too much bitterness. Minimal aftertaste. Nice roasty malt flavor. Somewhat sweet on taste and the head dissipated rather quickly but good nonetheless. Just don’t try to drink your problems away America. Hang in there!
Drinkability: Yes. Would drink it again.
Appearance: Dark Chocolate in color. Nice foamy brown head.
The Buds: Smooth and Creamy.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.