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Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Irish Style StoutIrish Style Stout

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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 terrabyte:
Photo of terrabyte


3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a nearly black color with a nice chocolate brown head. Poured aggressively, and the head was only medium, quickly receding to a low skim. Lacing consists of small dots around the glass.

Aroma consists of powdered cocoa and espresso.

Flavor reminds me of a milk stout. Creamy sweetness, milk chocolate when you taste the chocolate. I'm not an expert in coffees, but it's similar to a mocha or espresso.

Aftertaste has an enjoyable bitter coffee & chocolate aftertaste that almost makes up for the easy joyride the main flavor consisted of.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Not unlike some milk stouts. Besides that, it is excellent. Nothing too sweet, tangy, sticky... Just smooth sailing.

Drinkability is great. However, I wish the flavor was a little more complex. Some more resonance I felt in the aftertaste. I wish the 4th beer I finally reviewed wasn't so cold. (Please serve it a little warm)

Probably sad to say this, but I enjoyed the larger bottles. The price I picked up for this 4-pak was quite decent, and the 16 ounce bottles make it feel worth even more.

04-25-2007 02:06:23 | More by terrabyte
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane


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
Photo of blackearth


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
Photo of grynder33


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
Photo of Mora2000


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
Photo of JIMTRK16


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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


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
Photo of BamfBacon


3/5  rDev -18.9%

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


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
Photo of 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
Photo of NeroFiddled


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
Photo of dbossman


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
Photo of eliz108


4/5  rDev +8.1%

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


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
Photo of beveritt


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
Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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


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
Photo of tourdot


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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


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
Photo of u2carew


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
Photo of witster18


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
Photo of Big_Dave


3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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


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
Photo of MikeDre


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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


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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