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Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | 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

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

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 06:06:13 | More by pphunkdelux
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:54:09 | More by jwc215
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Punkrckr281

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

05-24-2012 15:12:53 | More by Punkrckr281
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 00:02:56 | More by sweemzander
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Crowesaddict

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

01-06-2014 05:40:34 | More by Crowesaddict
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +13%
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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 04:39:17 | More by botham
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Josievan

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2008 23:24:52 | More by Halcyondays
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brobeerbot

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 05:19:25 | More by brobeerbot
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cmoney311

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 02:13:48 | More by cmoney311
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alobert

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 05:45:32 | More by alobert
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 06:14:44 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2002 23:49:39 | More by Bighuge
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:07:46 | More by bound4er
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 03:08:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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eliz108

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 00:58:20 | More by beveritt
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 22:51:04 | More by plaid75
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 01:05:46 | More by objectivemonkey
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 04:10:47 | More by Cubsfan1087
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 05:15:59 | More by KarlHungus
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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 22:11:49 | More by animal69
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Gregafree

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-15-2014 00:52:24 | More by Gregafree
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Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.