Featured Contributor – John Fahrner @fahrn13 from Michigan
At the time I am writing this we are at the tail end of February and about to plunge into March leading up to one of the more entertaining holidays, St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s day is of course known as a drinking holiday for a lot of people, a day to overindulge and celebrate Irish culture, or maybe stereotypes, and at the forefront of that celebration you will often find a healthy amount of beer. Of course every bar will have no shortage of Guinness and Macro light beers with green food coloring thus making them “Irish”, but it’s 2015 surely we can do better than this. There’s hundreds of Irish red ales, red lagers and Irish stouts brewed by our micro brewers across America but in the spirit of St. Pat’s why not try an imported craft beer to include in your holiday celebration this year? I like to think of St. Patrick’s as the end of stout season for me. Right around mid March the weather starts to shift and stouts become out of season, so when St. Patrick’s comes around it’s kind of the last hurrah for stouts until fall. O’hara’s Brewing is a brewery local to Ireland and now distributing in the United States and their flagship Irish Stout is an excellent stout to celebrate St. Patrick’s day and feel just a wee bit more Irish.
O’Hara’s pours black without much head on the beer, what head was there is a nice dark cream color that was both rich and thick. A really mellow but nice coffee and chocolate aroma followed by roasted malts come off this beer which which is nice and warming. The brew has coco and coffee taste which is surprisingly light and finishes dry and malty with a mild hop note. What I really enjoy about this beer is the simplicity of it, it’s not over thought or brewed to knock you over with any one particular ingredient. It’s a solid dry stout that is easy and enjoyable to drink while being satisfying if you’re looking for a stout that can be enjoyed throughout an evening. I also think this beer would pair exceptionally well with a good cigar, however due to the 20 inches of snow on my patio I have not gotten to test that theory as of yet. There’s a lost art to making a beer that’s impressive because it’s well crafted and easy to drink while not being something that becomes some sort of game changer of craft beers. O’Hara’s works, and I hope not only the Irish stout but some of their other beers start finding their way to more stores stateside. If you’re looking for a new beer to enhance your St. Patrick’s day celebration or just looking for a new stout to try this beer is a good pick up and well worth the time.
Overall Beer Rating: 3.5/5
John Fahrner Bio:
John resides in Wolverine Lake, MI and is interested in craft beer, the Detroit Red Wings and MSU.
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