1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Irish Style StoutIrish Style Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 70 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

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 ForWhatAlesYou
ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -26.2%

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.

10-06-2011 14:06:40 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of NeoZaZ
NeoZaZ

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

02-20-2013 02:03:05 | More by NeoZaZ
Photo of Dope
Dope

Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

07-09-2012 04:58:09 | More by Dope
Photo of Mora2000
Mora2000

Texas

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 BamfBacon
BamfBacon

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-02-2013 07:59:45 | More by BamfBacon
Photo of krl2112
krl2112

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.9%

09-20-2013 23:39:57 | More by krl2112
Photo of spoonhawk
spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -18.9%

12-28-2011 00:06:38 | More by spoonhawk
Photo of ejimhof
ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

10-04-2013 00:07:47 | More by ejimhof
Photo of DoubleJ
DoubleJ

California

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

01-12-2010 06:03:21 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of HalfFull
HalfFull

California

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 Big_Dave
Big_Dave

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

12-01-2013 15:30:48 | More by Buggies
Photo of wisegreensoul
wisegreensoul

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-15-2014 03:10:40 | More by wisegreensoul
Photo of bigred89
bigred89

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

09-24-2012 05:20:55 | More by bigred89
Photo of witster18
witster18

Tennessee

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 grs8313
grs8313

Maryland

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
Photo of PaleAlien2
PaleAlien2

Nebraska

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

03-18-2009 02:39:03 | More by PaleAlien2
Photo of WastingFreetime
WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

04-29-2012 03:02:35 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of jmdrpi
jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

09-20-2011 03:26:40 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of moulefrite
moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

03-03-2004 01:42:53 | More by moulefrite
Photo of matty
matty

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

04-26-2010 02:54:05 | More by matty
Photo of brewcrew76
brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

03-28-2006 02:21:53 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of bnuttz
bnuttz

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

02-23-2005 03:01:05 | More by bnuttz
Photo of JIMTRK16
JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-26-2014 17:10:00 | More by JIMTRK16
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.