Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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 GRG1313
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.74/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Wisconsin Dells restaurant location. In a pint glass.

A: Pitch black, deep burnished head.

S: Odd. A little smoke but something here is really off.

T: The smokiness is nice, as is the cocoa element. But there is a lot of metal and a paperiness. Not great.

M: Pretty average for a dry stout. No real creaminess. Okay.

D: Not for me. Doesn't live up to the rep of good dry stouts.

Photo of Dope
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown pour iwth a medium-sized and dense light brown head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving a decent patchwork of lacing behind.

S: Odd meaty aroma with some soy sauce. WTF?

T: More meat. Tastes like I'm drinking a steak. A little soy sauce follows. Ends with a hint of coffee bean. Strange.

M: Medium bodied, relatively smooth.

O: I'm assuming (hopefully) that this is some sort of brewer's mistake. It tastes like soy sauce and beef. Not really a pleasant taste or aroma.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sprecher products are a tough find in Southern California, but I willing to try ones that I haven't before. 16 ounce twist-off bottle from Total Wine in Rancho Cucamonga. On to the beer:

Pours black like licorice. A little ruby red hue at the bottom of the glass. The head on top drops a thin creamy/bubbly texture, retention is okay. Lots of blackstrap molasses in the aroma. Roasted malt and a snap of booze add to it.

Its flavor doesn't really soak into the palate. There's a little of dry stoutness, but at this point, there are others of the style that I prefer. Okay, back to this one...light molasses, light roasted malt, light lacotse note. In the mouth, it has a light fizzle and a lighter texture to it. The aftertaste leaves a smokey note mixed with chocolate.

Back in the day (20 years ago), this must have been the shit. But now with so many good session stouts on the market, Sprecher's version is left behind. Still a decent buy; only $1.99 for the pint-sized bottle.

Photo of HalfFull
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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..

Photo of witster18
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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...

Photo of grs8313
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of moulefrite
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very deep in color with a moderate head and marginal lace. Aromas are malt driven-rich caramel, chocolate, with some buttery/diacytal notes on the tail end. Medium to full bodied with brisk carbonation, the beer exhibits a bit of a smokey/fishy flavor and some off putting buttery nuances, as well as the usual suspects-dark roasted malts giving the usual chocolate/coffee tastes. I wish this beer leaned more to the restrained bitter/dry than the hedonistic, but hey, it's Sprecher. Decent, but not anything out of the box.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle, no date.

appears opaque black, 1/2" tan colored head, but it fades fast. roasty aroma, a bit of coffee. taste is fairly standard for the style, dry roasted malt flavor dominates. lower carbonation, thin to medium body.

overall, right on for the style, but nothing special.

Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black beer with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is chocolate and coffee.Taste is cocoa,chocolate and some smoked malts.Pretty smooth and refreshing..nothing offensive.All in all a decent brew.I would recommend to try at least once.I probably would try again.

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Strikingly dark in color, but almost no head. Barely one finger of tan head with no retention.

Smells quite good. Chocolate, coffee notes.

A little light in the flavor department. Some coffee, roastiness, but lack of malt leaves it out of balance. Has an interesting citrus tang to it.

Very water, thin mouthfeel for a stout.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Opaque black with a short-lived single finger of tan head that fizzles out in about a minute without any lacing left behind.

S. Mostly licorice aroma with lesser amounts of chocolate and coffee. Some dusty roasted malt aroma also appears as the glass warms.

T. Somewhat simplistic compared to the nose. Straightforward charred malt and bitter coffee. That's about it. I'm not quite getting the typical acidic tang that most Irish Stouts have from this brew.

M. Fizzy, prickly carbonation on a lighter side of medium thickness body.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a watery/creamy black with a 2 finger brown head that disipates immediately. Reminds me more of a porter than a stout.

S - Slight hint of caramel and roasted malt. A faint hint of wet cardboard in the beginning the disapeears as the beer warms.

T - Hint of roasted malt and caramel. Slight cardboard taste to go along with the smell that disappears once the beer has warmed.

M - Thin and watery. A little too light.

D - I was a little disappointed with this offering. A little tweek in all area would make this a very nice beer.

Photo of bnuttz
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a standard black stout color, nothing exciting about it. A quick diminishing head is present for a brief period. Smells of roasty goodness. Smells strictly of roastiness. Taste is initially bitter. The bitterness comes from the roasty malts and hops. Not much of a malt body to back this one up. The signiture Sprecher yeast twang is here too. The mouthfeel of this one is pretty much the same as water, very light. This could be quite possibly the best session stout i have had, very easy to drink, unfortunately that isnt everything.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of lampkins
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Sprecher has decided to relaese this beer this year to coincide with St. Patricks Day, rather than with the Irish Fest over the summers. In my opinion, I always thought that this beer would be better during the cooler weather rather than the dog days of summer.

This years batch of the brew poured a dark black slick 50 like liquid that did not leave a decent head in my beer class. It should be noted that I let the brew warm up a bit before I opened it to sample. I can smell a burnt aroma typical of stouts and this is no different. Taste was a cross between cofee/chocolate.

The body of the beer was rather week and I would really like to try this beer through a nitro-tap, I think this would do wonders for this beer.

Like most stouts, I could only drink one complete bottle of this.

One of Sprecher's better (best) seasonal offerings.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watery looking jet black color. Not much of a head and no retention. The color is better than Guiness, but needs some more foam for sure. The aroma reminds me of stale an dry marshmellows and roasted malt. The taste makes me thinkof malted milk balls with an almost burnt, roasted malt flavor. Flavorful and sessionable. Non-dairy creamer palate, but darkly and dry roasted.

Photo of jacket_fan
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A
Dark opaque with a thick three finger head due to a vigorous pour. Lacing does noy stick to the sides of the glass.

S
Smells like a mud puddle. It is an earthy aroma. Not sweet or stoutish.

T
Simple and laid back. Not a lot going on.

M
Light carbonation. Thin but not too much for a stout.

O
Not a favorite. But a straight forward stout.

Photo of blackearth
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a light mocha head. This recedes quite quickly, leaving a spot or two of lacing. Thin collar. Nose is pretty plain with just a bit of roasted malt. As it warms, still not much more. The flavor is quite nice with the roasted malt pairing with some dark chocolate and a bit of bitter strong coffee. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth bitterness in the finish. Pretty good all around.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque black beaneath a solid two finger head.

S- Dry roasted malt with a touch of sweetness and a hint of earthy hop aroma.

T- Dry malt bitterness throughout but it is not to overpowering as to allow for a quick hint of sweetness on the take and pleasantly earthy dry hop finish.

M- Slightly astringent, not as creamy as expected.

D- It'll be in my stout rotation.

Although it's not what I expected. I say this as unfortunetly most of us compare Irish Stouts to Guiness. However its still a great offering. I feel this would serve as a great steping stone towards trying a Russian Imperial Stout for the first time.

Photo of fbinla
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful black color with no head to speak of a few seconds after the pour. Smell of a nice roast notes, with maybe a hint of coffee. Nice fizz in the mouth a little bitterness, light roast flavors, small tastes of dark chocolate. A nice dry stout, easy to drink, good session beer. You can drink a lot of these.

Photo of Winter
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with ruby hues in the areas that light is granted passage through. Creamy tan head. Aroma consists primarily of chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and lacks a really good fullness to it. Front is silky smooth. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors in the middle along with a feint coffee flavor. Finish has a nice roasted taste to it in accordance with a light amount of hops. It's also somewhat dry.

This year's batch (2003) was brewed in a pretty small quantity (even more so than past years) so availability is said to be somewhat of an issue. I've had this on tap at Irish Fest in Milwaukee and it's a pretty solid offering. Out of the bottle, though, I wish the body was a little more creamier and fuller. Nose could be enhanced too. It's good, but just a tad bit on the thin side for a really good stout. Overall a welcomed offering to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

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