Saturday, December 9, 2017

O'Hara's Irish Stout (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)


BBD: 2/28/18

2015 BJCP Category: 15B Irish Stout

AROMA: Fairly sweet malty nose, though roasted malt is also present. Slight fruitiness and some chocolate/cocoa. No hops (none needed). 9/12

APPEARANCE: Dark black with dark brown highlights (34-44 SRM). Moderate dark tan foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Remarkably sweet for the style with flavors akin to oatmeal or lactose (though none is used in the brew). Plenty of base malt and dark malt up front with strong roasted malt/coffee flavor on the backend. Bitterness seems to come from the roasted malt; hops do not impart any actual flavor of their own. A subtle background cocoa/fruit character is nice. Aftertaste is slightly dry and bitter, but easily tolerable. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-light carbonation. Soft, smooth, comfortable mouthfeel. Highly sessionable at only 4.3% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Quite sweet for a supposedly "dry" stout style, but tastier as well. I'd take this over a Guinness any day. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 39/50

NOTE: See my 2009 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/03/oharas-irish-celtic-stout-chadz-beer.html