As with other Irish stouts, O’Connor’s dry Irish Stout is low in alcohol content and calories. It’s a unique pick for the holiday weekend.
Olivia Waxman, writer-producer: If you are looking for another Irish-style beer to drink on St. Patrick’s Day besides Guinness, this dark beer is not as heavy as most stouts and tastes like coffee. It also has a mild aftertaste.
Nick Carbone, homepage editor: For never having heard of this beer, I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It was a full-bodied stout with a lot of rich, sweet flavors. I think I was most shocked because the beer’s presentation was amateurish, but hid a caramel and chocolate brew that went down smoothly with a satisfyingly smoky aftertaste. It might have been a stretch (to my stomach) to have another, but not to my tastebuds.
Nate Rawlings, reporter: On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 5. It wasn’t a bad beer (if there is such a thing), but let’s just say there are many stouts I’d choose in its place. The flavor was pretty standard for a stout–-a roasted barley that gives off a hint of coffee with a thick feel. But where stouts like Guinness or Beamish taste equally good after the initial blast of flavor, O’Connor’s had an empty taste after the first half second or so and a terrible aftertaste. I don’t know if that’s due to whatever they do to take out the calories, but the stout certainly suffered for it. It’s a good effort, but I give the beer a C+.
Alcohol By Volume: 4.5%