This dry stout has been brewed in Carlow since 1999 and has also been named as ‘Celtic Stout’. The last bottle I tried was out of date, so it’s time to try it again with a fresh bottle.
It poured with a huge beige head – I had to leave it a little while to settle down before pouring the rest of the contents in the glass. Pitch black with only a slight amount of ruby light through at the bottom. The aroma was very soft – some dark malts, roasted malts, with a slight hint of chocolate – not a lot going on here.
Taste initially is of bitter roasted malts, burnt toast, some quite strong roast espresso coffee and a dab of vague plain dark chocolate under the bitterness with a slight layer of sweeter dark caramel malts in the background. There’s a slight woody note too and I detected those bitter bit twiggy hops in there.
The mouthfeel was fairly light and the beer was somewhat over-carbonated which removed some of the smoothness and the texture was a little thin (best to leave until the head has dropped to a thin layer). Certainly a bitter finish – some burnt toast crust, touch of coffee grounds, rather dry, with a lingering burnt bit earthy roast and a slight hint of dark fruit.
This stout is certainly around the bitter roasted end of the style – I personally prefer some dark malt sweetness in there and a bit more body in a stout – but this is made specifically a ‘dry’ stout. Overall, a fairly good stout but a bit too roasty bitter. I prefer the stronger Leann Folláin – I have a bottle and it’ll be up for review soon.