I compare every stout I drink to Guinness. Perhaps that’s not fair but to me Guinness is the epitome of stouts and it’s nice to see such a fine work of art in beer form so popular around the world. I try to be as objective as possible for many stouts aren’t trying to copy Guinness in the slightest. And I have had many non-Guinness stouts that I’ve liked. O’Hara’s is a stout that hails from the same country that Guinness does and on the bottle proclaims that it is an Irish stout so I think comparing this one to Guinness is fair. The good aspects of O’Hara’s Irish Stout are the smoothness and the nice roasted flavor you should expect from a good stout. The roastiness here takes on a slightly smokier and slightly coffee-like tinge. There is, however, an odd sweetness to the aftertaste but this doesn’t completely ruin the beer. The bottle also claims that this is a full-bodied stout. I beg to differ. While the flavor is nice and complex this beer is significantly thinner than Guinness. It’s almost too easy to drink for a stout. I like my stouts heavy. But overall it is nice to see that the craft of stout-making in Ireland doesn’t just begin and end with Guinness.