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Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Irish Style StoutIrish Style Stout

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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002)
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Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's St. Patty's day so I figure I should get around to reviewing this "Irish" beer from some old notes.

First and foremost, this beer is mislabeled. As a milk stout or milk porter, I would give this one a better review but as an Irish Stout…there are a few problems. Firstly, this beer suffers from a lack of head retention. Secondly, it’s transparent…black but transparent. Third, this beer is sweet…kinda like a milk stout. Also the body is a bit thin and light. Now for the good points…there is an excellent mochachocha richness going on in the flavor. Really, the taste is just sublime. Furthermore, the chocolate/coffee flavors make way for Caramel macchiato and ultimately a wonderfully bitter hopped finish. The aroma is equally delicious. If Sprecher could fix the appearance and thicken the body, this would be one hell of a stout. As it is, it’s quite drinkable and very nice tasting, just not a very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 19:36:22 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of bnuttz


3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 03:01:05 | More by bnuttz
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 14:40:46 | More by lampkins
Photo of moulefrite


3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 01:42:53 | More by moulefrite
Photo of grynder33


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
Photo of Winter


3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 11:55:51 | More by Winter
Photo of ZAP


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2002 01:19:58 | More by ZAP
Photo of Bighuge


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
Photo of cokes


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2002 00:58:32 | More by cokes
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Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
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