Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.73% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Photo of pphunkdelux
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was good, nice and dark with a head that quickly receded.

Faint smell of chocolate and malt, hints of fruitiness.

This beer tastes great, very balanced. The taste of bitter sweet chocolate and cherries.

The mouthfeel is good, but I would have liked a little less carbonation in this beer. Other than that, it was perfect, nice and thick and creamy.

I'm a big fan of thick dark beers so I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting, but it might be a little too dark for some. (501 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a foamy to creamy tan head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of milk chocolate and deep-roasted coffee. Robust.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate with roasted coffee. A touch of anise and earthy hops in the finish.

Creamy and smooth! It appropriate for the style - full, but not thick.

A very impressive, dark, bittersweet stout. Very well-done! (379 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled sometime in Jan 2009.

(A)- Pours a dark black color. Lots of brown foam that dissipated rather quickly to a thin film of bubbles.

(S)- Rich roasted malts. Raisin primarily with a burnt caramel thing.

(T)- Roasted malts a plenty! Nice mellow raisin & caramel consistency. Light coffee attribute. Kinda creamy.

(M)- Smooth, ever so slightly sweet. A nice dry aspect to it. Good carbonation level.

(D)- A great stout that certainly stands up well to the classic of the style (Guinness). Simple, yet delicious. Straightforward but enjoyable. One of my favorites from Sprecher. (624 characters)

Photo of grynder33
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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 (507 characters)

Photo of Josievan
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,305 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a sprecher nonic. pours black with minimal garnet highlights, and a solid finger of tan, frothy head.

aroma is mainly of roasted malts and coffee. a slight burnt character feeds off the roasted malts, while notes of chocolate and caramel round out the profile.

taste is roasted up front, with the same coffee and chocolate as the aroma, but with a base of dark fruit. the same burnt character resides among the malts, with a distant smoked note. finishes clean with residual burnt malt.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth texture and a clean finish. great mouthfeel on this one.

drinkability is good. this is a robust stout, with all the standard flavors, but the brew manages to remain drinkable despite the full body and rich flavors present. cheers! (784 characters)

Photo of brobeerbot
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown almost opaque with almost a finger of head that went away fairly quick

S-Chocolate and coffee with the smell of deeply roasted barley

T- Start with a deep coffee and dark chocolate flavor. can really taste the slightly smokey flavor

M-A little heavy but somewhat creamy.

D-High for someone who enjoys a great dark stout. Great for winter and fall. (364 characters)

Photo of cmoney311
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with a thin mocha colored head.

S: aromas of chocolate and toffee.

T: upfront smoky flavor followed by chocolate, caramel and toffee. after-taste of smoke and caramel. let it warm to get a hint of cherries - simply delicious.

D: a very nice stout. i will definitely be taking advantage of having Sprecher within 30 miles from my house and buy this at the local liquor store often until the season is over. i'd love to pick up a growler if im in the area (i think im gonna make it happen). (504 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce bottle with a twist-off cap. There are cryptic batch codes printed on the shoulder and bottom, but no freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black black black — totally opaque; when held to a lamp, zero light passed through. One finger of tan head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge. (The pour was pathetic. My bad.)

Smell: Overall it is very sweet, but it has a nice, roasted edge to it. Sweet caramel, cocoa, black licorice, lactose, maybe a few oats, toffee, dark fruits, and roasted coffee.

Taste: The roasted bitterness is omnipresent but not dominant; it hangs out in the background and creates the backbone for flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, espresso, and black raspberry. It has a lot of body and the mouthfeel is very smooth, though it becomes a touch thin as the beer warms.

Drinkability: Awesome stuff. Who knew ethnic Germans and Poles could brew such awesome Irish-inspired beer? (1,002 characters)

Photo of alobert
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. It is a simple but delicious irish stout.

The appearance is dark brown with some nice tan head. A very standard but appealing look.

Not a lot going on in the smell department. But I detect chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

This beer is tasty. It is relatively simple, some chocolate, some coffee, and some toffee. Its sweet up front with a bitter dry finish. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. (Also a nitro version would be interesting to me...just an idea).

The mouthfeel is good. It is a little bit watery, but I like the medium carbonation.

I believe this beer is very drinkable. Because of the medium carbonation and relatively thin mouthfeel.

I will definitely get this beer again. (736 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost black in appearance. Doesn't poor much of a head, which is disappointing for an Irish Stout. Aroma has great chocolate roasted notes. I almost get a little bit of sweet chocolate in the aroma as well. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Great dark coffee taste. I'm getting a nice taste coming from the yeast I believe. It is unique to me. Nice bitterness. Finishes dry. Very solid stout. (396 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this stuff for 10+ years - time for a review on the eve of St. Paddy's Day.

A. Dark brown to nearly black with a deep tan head of 3 fingers. Leaves lots of lacing in its wake.

S. Roasted malt and a slight soapiness. Not the most intense nose around.

T. Roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. What I would expect from a good Irish Stout. Finishes with a bit of hop fizz and good lingering dryness.

M. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation makes for easy gulping.

O. Probably my favorite seasonal from Sprecher - this beer never disappoints. I would be more than happy to have a bunch of these whilst hanging out in an Irish Pub. (676 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a light cap of tan foam, good retention, no real lacing.

S: Very light, but a slight hint of coffee.

T: A light flavour overall, but a very good one. Creamed coffee, mocha, light dark chocolate, and a touch of burnt sugar make one tasty brew.

M: Very dry, has a light carbonation to make it very drinkable, with a bit of a fizz in the middle, silky smooth.

D: An oustanding Irish Dry Stout made here in America, will definitely try again. (492 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barcade, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one Finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a burnt grain and an out of place sweet malt.

The taste consisted of a dry roasted malt and an unusual and out of place sweetness.

The mouthfeel was relatively dry with a lingering roasted malt.

Overall a tasty non nitro poured IDS. (398 characters)

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had Sprecher's root-beer, but this is the first beer I've had from them. The Irish Stout pours very dark, also appears to be somewhat thick. Smells a little sweet, it is similar to other Irish stouts. Taste again is very similar to other Irish stouts I've had. The aftertaste is a little strong, like black coffee. Overall, I was a little surprised by this beer. Obviously, not the greatest Irish stout out there, but this a very decent beer. (447 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is one inch in height, tan in color, and recedes quickly into a thin layer of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and a touch of milk chocolate. The taste is like the aroma, but with the addition of a nice mild tartness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very sessionable dry stout. I would certainly drink this again. (422 characters)

Photo of doopydoogle
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with a solid creamy tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Milk chocolate, medium roast coffee, some malts, and a bit of dark fruit, like cherries or raisins. Some caramel, toffee, and subtle spice is also present.

T - Coffee and semisweet chocolate give way to toffee, roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate with an espresso finish. The beer has a very slight bitter which dominates the finish with the roasted character continuing to play its part long after the sip.

M - Good, smooth, and even.

O - A very good stout! Smooth, lots of character, and highly drinkable. (582 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Guinness glass, pours very dark black, a nice creamy light tan head that sticks around for a bit, fades to a thin film, and leaves some nice lacing behind. The aroma is pretty good, light chocolate and a faint espresso qualities, roasty, nice. The taste is pretty nice too, good roastiness and some faint espresso, chocolates are tasty, good bitterness that rides in with a fine carbonation after a smooth start. If I could get anything more out of it, that'd be great, but as it is its a very drinkable beer, tasty, and easy to drink. Sprecher sure does do dark beers well. (581 characters)

Photo of animal69
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep black with traces of dark mahogany around the edges w/ a small brown cap that fades quickly leaving a decent lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, a buttery, caramel/coffee aroma with faint hints of dried plum and vanilla ; an almost too thin flavor, a french roasted coffee taste up front with some hop bite, a bit of chocolate and a darker fruit with a not unpleasant tart, vinous "meaty" undertone midway, finishes a bit smokey with a mineral note ; a light-med. body, not as dry as most irish stouts and modestly carbonated, yet stays creamy ; a very drinkable brew, in fact, i'm going to have one at every BBQ... (633 characters)

Photo of happygnome
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark dark brown three quarter inch of tan head that dissapears fast keaving a ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: rich roasted and chocolaty malts, little hop presence
t: roated barley malts, chocolate malts sweet, but not overly
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer it was great as i initially sipped it a little cooler than what the proper temp is, then allowed it warm up very nice (456 characters)

Photo of Adam2200
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

tis the season for Irish stout. the caramel aftertaste and the coffee taste is very typical of a stout. the dark amber color is barley see through and has a light creamy head that settles into the beer leaving a light film on top. this beer is nice in drinkability very good for all day st. patty drink. (303 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone to wish their enemies ill."

--Harold Nicolson

Roasted coffee bean brown with a glimmer of bronze at the margins. Points for opacity. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with a caramel frappuccino colored crown that does a credible job with regard to lace.

Although the nose could be stronger, the combination of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark caramel and vanilla beans is enjoyable. The hops (which include Cascade, Chinook, Tettnanger and Mt. Hood) are subtle at best. Then again, noticeable hops aren't a requirement in beer of this style.

Sprecher Irish Style Stout is good beer because it packs a great deal of roasted flavor into a relatively light body. Actually, it's a success *because* of the first and *in spite of* the second. It also has a wonderful balance that ends up favoring the correct side in the end. That is, bitter and dry.

Flavors include Oreo cookies (with only a thin layer of vanilla cream filling), black coffee, black tea leaves and a hint of grapefruit zest. It isn't hugely complex, but it's complex enough. I would have no trouble staying interested through several bottles over the course of an afternoon.

Taking everything into account, the mouthfeel is still a fraction too light. More bubbles would probably help, as long as they resulted in creaminess rather than fizziness.

Sprecher Irish Style Stout is good beer. Even though I prefer the big, malt-intensive stouts, there's something about a well-brewed Irish dry stout that hits the spot on occasion. Well done. (1,589 characters)

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