Having recently been given a bottle of Leann Folláin I decided to keep it until I had a bottle of my favourite stout so I could try them side by side. I knew the two would be different, I wanted to know just how different so having picked up some normal O' Haras I now have the chance.
Im going to keep this as short as I can. Normal O' Haras from a bottle is absolutely gorgeous. It is full of roast coffee, a little chocolate and just leaves you gagging for more.
The Leann Folláin is as different to this as Dark chocolate is to Milk Chocolate. The normal stout is clearly the Dark Chocolate, full of powerful cocoa and bitterness. The Leann Folláin is the milk chocolate. It is very sweet and syrupy and the mouthfeel is much thicker than normal stout. In fact if Leann Folláin was ever Nitro Kegged I can imagine you could litterally chew it. I personally am not in to the sweet beers so this is something I will probably not try again. I will leave it to others who like this kind of beer to enjoy, it is after all a complex beer and only for the fact I can not appreciate sweet beers I might be singing its praises.