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Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Thorpe429, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

"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.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%

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.

GRG1313, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Deep brown, nearly black, with crimson slivers showing at the edges, and a fine, if slim, cap of cocoa on top.

Chocolate milk aroma, creamy and sweet, with a slight espresso twist.

Taste is moderately bitter, but mostly sweet and creamy, with a bite of cocoa in there, with the requisite coffee. Not as much depth as I'd like, but that makes it easier for the masses, and that's not too terrible sometimes, is it?

Ends dry and nearly brittle, then a lingering ghost of chocolate.
Full bodied, flavorful, and smooth.

Can't find much fault in this, but it's a bit too ordinary for me to fuss over.

feloniousmonk, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid roasted and black malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's quite dry with a decent amount of bitterness. The taste is decent. It has a complex malt flavor that boasts of chocolate and roasted malts along with a dry, hoppy finish. It's smooth with just a bit of a metallic off-flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a flavorful beer that very enjoyable. Recommended!

WesWes, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

Mora2000, May 07, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%

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!

jwc215, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Halcyondays, May 07, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%

(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.

rhoadsrage, May 30, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

DoubleJ, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ejimhof, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry and bitter. Drinkable, a nice brew.

Wasatch, May 03, 2010
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

plaid75, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

Bighuge, Mar 25, 2002
Photo of scruffwhor
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

scruffwhor, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

A very tasty beer with a great aroma...Looks more ruby red/brownish than black, and when I hold it to light it is clearer than you would expect a stout..small soft lace...sweet milk chocolate, hot cocoa, and some coffee tones on the nose...a great taste too..strong milk chocolate with a bit of coffee grounds in the background...minimal hopping and doesn't seem hopped up as much as a dry stout should be..very good taste, but thin in body which makes it very easy drinking but less than ideal for a stout..I would guess the ABV as low but I don't know for sure...solid, and tasty, but lacking the special characteristics of an outstanding stout

ZAP, Mar 29, 2002
Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

sweemzander, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

cokes, Mar 19, 2002
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

KarlHungus, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

I got this beer in a trade with AlexFields. Thanks Alex!

16oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a thin beige head that got even thinner as the glass got lower.

S - roasted malts and smokiness.

T - the smoked taste hits upfront with notes of chocolate and lightly bitter coffee on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a mostly enjoyable stout.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

jmdrpi, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

bigred89, Sep 24, 2012
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Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.