Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
03-09-2007 03:08:27 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
09-27-2006 00:58:20 | More by beveritt
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
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
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, its 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, its quite drinkable and very nice tasting, just not a very good example of the style.
03-17-2006 19:36:22 | More by DaPeculierDane
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
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
03-03-2004 14:40:46 | More by lampkins
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
4.18/5 rDev +13%
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
09-21-2003 13:52:08 | More by grynder33
3.7/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-02-2003 11:55:51 | More by Winter
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
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
03-29-2002 01:19:58 | More by ZAP
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
03-25-2002 23:49:39 | More by Bighuge
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
03-19-2002 00:58:32 | More by cokes
Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
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