O’Hara’s Brewery has announced the release of the 8th edition in its award-winning Barrel Aged Series: Leann Folláin. The stout has been aged in first fill American bourbon oak barrels supplied by The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey Distillery, based in the heart of Dublin 8.
Commenting on the new release, Seamus O’Hara, Founder and CEO of O’Hara’s Brewery said “Our Barrel Aged Series has won a lot of awards over the years and developed a bit of a cult following. The only downside is that it has created very high expectations! Some people might think it risky to mess around with Leann Folláin which is such a good beer in its own right but my philosophy is that while you can never be 100% certain what the barrel ageing process will do to a beer, if you put a great beer into the barrel it increases your chances of an exceptional beer coming out of the barrel! This year we’re very grateful to The Dublin Liberties Distillery for giving us the opportunity to use first fill American bourbon barrels. It’s our first time using this type of barrel and I’m really excited about the result and can’t wait to hear feedback from fans of our Barrel Aged Leann Folláin.”
The rich, full-bodied Leann Folláin stout is aged in American bourbon oak barrels for three months where it picks up all the intricate flavours of the bourbon and subtle characteristics from the carefully selected oak cask. After ageing, the beer is then bottle conditioned to give a gentle carbonation, bringing out the best of both the stout and the bourbon.
Barrel Aged Leann Folláin makes for an excellent dessert beer, so definitely one for rich, and dark chocolate lovers. It also pairs well with slow cooked rich meats and stews, working particularly well with traditional Irish stew, or beef wellington, or served as an alternative twist to complement a cheese board as it goes great with blue creamy cheeses, Cashel blue, in particular.
The eighth edition of O’Hara’s Barrel Aged Series: Leann Folláin is now available in select independent off-licences in a 75cl cork and cage bottle, RRP €12.99.