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Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.73% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002)
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Reviews by Josievan:
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Josievan

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: Sprecher Irish Stout pours a deep opaque brown with a thick-looking consistency. The head is dark as well and clings to the glass.

Smell: The aroma gives off notes of dark chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Very appealing indeed.

Taste: This is more rich and multi-layered in flavor than I'm used to in an Irish dry stout. Chocolate stands out on top of a pinch of coffee. Roasted malts are at play, but to a lesser degree than most other examples of this style, which seem to focus on the roasted quality.

Mouthfeel: Sprecher Irish Stout is creamy, smooth, and wetter than I expected. This makes for a longer finish than is typical for the style.

Drinkability: This 16 oz. bottle was split two ways, but I easily could have drank at least one full bottle at that volume. This would make a good session stout.

Notes: I prefer the wetter, sweeter stouts over Irish dry stouts. Lucky for me, this beer was labeled as the latter, but was more similar to the former. I don't care what a beer is called as long as it tastes good, and Sprecher Irish Stout certainly does.

I've been looking for an Irish stout I can really get behind drinking for St. Patrick's Day, and I think this is it. Although that holiday has come and gone this year, I'll look forward to drinking Sprecher next March.

04-22-2010 21:13:18 | More by Josievan
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

It's St. Patty's day so I figure I should get around to reviewing this "Irish" beer from some old notes.

First and foremost, this beer is mislabeled. As a milk stout or milk porter, I would give this one a better review but as an Irish Stout…there are a few problems. Firstly, this beer suffers from a lack of head retention. Secondly, it’s transparent…black but transparent. Third, this beer is sweet…kinda like a milk stout. Also the body is a bit thin and light. Now for the good points…there is an excellent mochachocha richness going on in the flavor. Really, the taste is just sublime. Furthermore, the chocolate/coffee flavors make way for Caramel macchiato and ultimately a wonderfully bitter hopped finish. The aroma is equally delicious. If Sprecher could fix the appearance and thicken the body, this would be one hell of a stout. As it is, it’s quite drinkable and very nice tasting, just not a very good example of the style.

03-17-2006 19:36:22 | More by DaPeculierDane
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Purchased from the Sprecher gift shop in Glendale, WI. Pours a black body with dark brown corners and thin grayish-white head. Aroma of faint roasted dark malt. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Flavors of coffee, cream and roastiness with a slightly creamy finish. Good drinkability.

05-05-2010 01:39:13 | More by blackearth
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +13%

Had this on tap on Irish Fest in Milwaukee, which of course means plastic cups. It looked a very dark black color, gave off a mild hop mocha aroma, which didn't hint at the wonderful taste that I experienced on the first sip. rich mocha dark chocolate that seemed to get stronger as I went through the cup.The mouthfeel was a little thin, a creamier texture would have made this near perfection. The aftertaste was wonderful. Only available twice a year, if the bottled stuff taste this good, I'm loading up

09-21-2003 13:52:08 | More by grynder33
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.9%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is made up of lighter malts, but there is not really much else going on. The flavor is roasted malt and not too much else. Both the flavor and aroma are very one dimensional and not too exciting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

05-07-2011 21:08:52 | More by Mora2000
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-26-2014 17:10:00 | More by JIMTRK16
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

(Served in a glass mug)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a wall of tiny brown bubbles gliding up to the surface along the edge of the glass. There is a thick light tan head that last for most of the beer.

S- There is a smooth roasted black malt nose with a slight tartness that increases as the beer warms.

T- The taste of black roasted malt is soft with a soft taste of cream to follow and a light smoky quality that comes through as it warms. There is a light roasted black bittern malt note at the finish with a green note of hops bitterness aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slightly watery texture.

D- This beer has some nice black malt notes with good flavor but not much depth or character.

05-30-2008 19:01:57 | More by rhoadsrage
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-02-2013 07:59:45 | More by BamfBacon
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

I am not sure if this should really be classified as an Irish Stout. Seems more like a sweet stout, or even a porter...but I will go with what the label says.
I was not impressed with how the beer looked. Transparent ruby-black. Small tan head doesn't stay long. You can tell by looking at it that it is quite thin.
The smell is another story, rich welcoming chocolate hits the nose....hmmm...maybe this isn't so bad afterall.
NIce chocolate coffee malt character is blended with sweet carmel tones. Seems like something you could purchase at Starbucks. Hops bring it together at the end with a little bitterness. All in all quite tasty.
If the body was just a little more robust, this would be a winner.
Still, not bad for a one-off, St Patrick's day specialty. Much better for the occasion than drinking Miller Lite with green food-coloring.

03-19-2002 00:58:32 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Somewhat above average and less drying than others I have had in the style. Better with food. Black with carbonation bubbles, white head and lace. Sweet finish and well roasted.A drop of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel.
Had this again 3.5 years later. Creamy, dark, dying finish. Not a bad one.

04-30-2008 14:31:48 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Sprecher's Irish Style Stout pours a typical black body and frothy-then-creamy tan head with an average amount of lace left behind. In the nose it's roasty and a nip chocolatey with some mild background hops. The body is medium-light, and it's gently carbonated, leaving it smooth across the palate with just a gentle tingle to awaken the tastebuds. The flavor is fuller, and less acidic than most examples; and it offers a lightly sweet note of gently caramelish malt and yeasty fruitiness before it dispalys its softly roasted side. The bitterness is present, but soft, and just enough to keep the malt in check before leading to a dry finish that lingers with notes of dark chocolate and then lightly charred roastiness.

03-09-2007 03:08:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Very black; had a nice one finger head with a little retention; lacing is pretty good.

S: Roasted malts; coffee undertones; also a slightly burnt and caramel smell with maybe a little bit of raisin

T: Flavor is a little thinner than I would've expected from the smells I was getting. There is a nice roasted maltiness but it dissipates fairly quickly. The subtle coffee and caramel flavors that I smelled are still there but not as pronounced.

F: Actually a bit thin and not as creamy as most Irish-style stouts; runs through the mouth and throat fairly quickly and is lightly carbonated

D: Like most Irish-style stouts this is quite drinkable and is a nice cold-weather session beer.

10-23-2009 01:51:04 | More by dbossman
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eliz108

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-17-2013 15:31:47 | More by eliz108
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HalfFull

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Served into a Guinness pint glass from a 16 oz. twist off bottle. Pours a deep black with very little highlights. Half an inch of mocha foam bubbles down to a light cap and yields some light to moderate lacing. Becomes quite flat by mid glass however.

Roasted malt on the nose with some chocolate and coffee notes, yet with a background of the typical yeast/hop notes from the brewery, adding a bit of sour cherry to the mix. The body of this brew hides it a bit better however. Still somewhat lacking, though improving with warming.

Flavor starts off full but thins out quickly and offers a somewhat watery roasted finish. Bit burnt and drying in nature, yet with a fruity sweet and viscous creamy finish. Bit of coarse spice later on.

Surely a Sweet Stout from my view..

08-03-2010 06:59:20 | More by HalfFull
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beveritt

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured this from a 16oz brown bottle into a English style pint glass. No date on the bottle, however, some code is stamped on the neck.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Has a half inch of medium brown head, that falls to just a skim coating of foam on he beer. Can't see directly because of the color, but there is evidence of constant bubbling in the head of the beer.

Smell: Smells of rich, roasted barley and hops.

Taste: Strong roasted barley flavor, I expect to find some in the bottom of my glass. A little hint of sweetness, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Fairly low level of carbonation, as expected for the style.

Drinkability: Smooth and creamy. The low carbonation level makes it easy to have a couple.

09-27-2006 00:58:20 | More by beveritt
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PatrickKlopfenstein

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-27-2013 01:24:59 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
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GRG1313

California

2.68/5  rDev -27.6%

Pours black with a big bubbled tan head that quickly fades.

Nose is very light plum; maybe a hint of sweet chocolate but you really have to seek it out.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, weak carbonation and without substance or character.

Flavor is a weak and watery sweet roasted grain that is simple in the extreme, although after some air it gets a light roasted citrus character that really doesn't add much.

Finish is actually a decent bitter coffee such that the end of the beer "is" the beer, although short and nothing other than a bit of roasted grain.

10-10-2010 22:47:31 | More by GRG1313
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-18-2013 22:51:35 | More by tourdot
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%

16 oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Delicious opaque black pour with a small one-finger deep, rich tan head with no retention. Left only the ring in moments.

S - A sweet malty aroma with slight coffee and cocoa hints.

T - The stout has a nice malty body with a very well balanced cocoa aftertaste. Caramel and molasses hints too.

M - This Irish Stout has a fuller bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel that does the style justice.

D - As full-bodied as it is, it's definitely more of a drinkable stout.

04-04-2009 14:34:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

(A) Dark, allowing no light through. Pours with a beige colored, creamy head. Then settles fairly quick.
(S) Yeasty, with some smoky, coffee notes.
(T) Smoky, with mild coffee accents and hints of chocolate.
(M) Not as thick as presumed by the color. Smooth with a lighter body than most stouts.
(D) A delicious stout. Nice and smooth.

01-25-2009 21:42:32 | More by u2carew
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witster18

Tennessee

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

prob tied as my fave sprecher with their weisse...

smell is a bit of sour fruit, red wine, and choco...

that a-typical sprecher sourness is in here... yeast? all their beers have this characteristic... I like the way it comes off in this beer better than some others... with this and their black bavarian it adds originality, but for the most part it's a flavor that I don't really care for... a cask, dark fruit dominant flavor profile without the hops and earthiness that I like in this style...

still decent though...

a bit over-carbd... a bit thin on the mouthfeel, but the flavor is pretty good... I wouldn't buy this again, but I wouldn't turn one down either...

07-13-2011 00:50:06 | More by witster18
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

08-02-2014 07:54:57 | More by Big_Dave
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Pored from 16oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark, almost black with finger of tan head that goes away to a thin cap

S-not as much coffee and dark roasted smell as most stouts but there is some with a fruitiness (maybe plums)

T-coffee and fruit but not a lot of chocolate

M-carbonation is ok maybe a little thin

O-I like this one, not quite as heavy as most making it easy to drink on a warm summer day.

08-24-2011 22:56:06 | More by tvv375ia
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MikeDre

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-06-2013 02:38:49 | More by MikeDre
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grs8313

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

Appearance: 16oz twist top bottle with no best by or bottling date. Pours black with a brown head, that does not get very high, and dies down to a thin covering. No lacing while drinking.

Smell: Malts, alcohol, caramel and a slight sour smell at the very end.

Taste: Water, coffee, malts, and bitter chocolate. I was hoping this beer would be a little sweeter. I found the taste to be a bit biting. The aftertaste is of bitter chocolate and watery coffee.

Mouthfeel: Watery and carbonated, the mouth is left feeling dry, and watering.

Drinkability: I was disappointed by this beer, I was hoping for a sweeter stout, but this beer is watery and with an aftertates to match.

11-04-2008 01:34:48 | More by grs8313
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Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
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