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Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | 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 blackearth:
Photo of blackearth
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

blackearth, May 05, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of grynder33
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

grynder33, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Mora2000, May 07, 2011
Photo of JIMTRK16
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(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.

rhoadsrage, May 30, 2008
Photo of cdm1313
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

cdm1313, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev -19.1%

BamfBacon, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

cokes, Mar 19, 2002
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

dbossman, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of eliz108
4/5  rDev +7.8%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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..

HalfFull, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beveritt, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

PatrickKlopfenstein, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

GRG1313, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

tourdot, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of u2carew
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

u2carew, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of witster18
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

witster18, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Big_Dave, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of tvv375ia
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tvv375ia, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of MikeDre
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

MikeDre, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of grs8313
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

grs8313, Nov 04, 2008
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Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.