If you haven’t been on the Interwebs recently, today is the official unofficial National Beer Day. April 7th marks the anniversary of the Cullen–Harrison Act being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, thus ending Prohibition. Ironically, the day was first thought up by a Richmonder at his computer in 2009, but that doesn’t stop all the social media outlets from going crazy and raising a glass.
Well in honor of that day, I am taking a look at one of the more interesting beers I’ve had since coming back to The Commonwealth. I’m sure you are saying “Hamilton, you review stouts all the time,” but this one is different. While most breweries in Virginia are heading down the “newer” stout road, O’Connor has put together a great old world stout that is one to really enjoy.
Dry Irish Stout (ODIS), O’Connor Brewing Company (Norfolk, VA)
Irish Stout, ABV 4.5%, IBU 55
Presentation: Bottle pour into pint glass.
Appearance: Dark brown with slight opaqueness around the sides, off-white head that sits short but doesn’t stand long.
Smell: Dark malts and dark chocolate nose with an earthy quality to it.
Taste: Very good front malt taste that goes clean/mineral very quick with slight roast coffee from middle to end.
ABV/IBU Feel: Outside all the other stouts we have reviewed, the name say it all. This is a very dry mouthfeel and from middle to finish, it has that strong cup of coffee feel to it, traditional in Irish Stouts. Low ABV can’t push through this beast, although this is not as heavy as what you would find in say a Guinness. With the IBU’s sitting at 55, it is on par for a “balancing” effect and helps out the dry appearance to the beer.
Overall: I really do enjoy “traditional” style beers, and this fits the category well. There is very little to zero sweetness to this, so if you have been having other stouts from Virginia, this one is on the complete opposite side of taste spectrum for stouts. Nevertheless, you could crank this baby out with some English/Irish fare and it will play nicely.