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Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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 plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (398 characters)

Photo of brobeerbot
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown almost opaque with almost a finger of head that went away fairly quick

S-Chocolate and coffee with the smell of deeply roasted barley

T- Start with a deep coffee and dark chocolate flavor. can really taste the slightly smokey flavor

M-A little heavy but somewhat creamy.

D-High for someone who enjoys a great dark stout. Great for winter and fall. (364 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of RJUGA03
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep brown non-transparent body with a 1/8" brownish head.
S-Chocolate and roasted malts very typical of a stout.
T-First pull is deeply flavor imbedded with chocolaty roasted coffee malts.
M-Rich and somewhat heavy with a lingering dry after taste.
D-Great fall/winter or whenever you need a stout beer ....beer! (315 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very black; had a nice one finger head with a little retention; lacing is pretty good.

S: Roasted malts; coffee undertones; also a slightly burnt and caramel smell with maybe a little bit of raisin

T: Flavor is a little thinner than I would've expected from the smells I was getting. There is a nice roasted maltiness but it dissipates fairly quickly. The subtle coffee and caramel flavors that I smelled are still there but not as pronounced.

F: Actually a bit thin and not as creamy as most Irish-style stouts; runs through the mouth and throat fairly quickly and is lightly carbonated

D: Like most Irish-style stouts this is quite drinkable and is a nice cold-weather session beer. (691 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (624 characters)

Photo of fbinla
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (512 characters)

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into an imperial.

Pours a black as night color with a nice tan frothy head that sticks and hangs around for awhile.

Aroma is of deep roasted malts, rich and roasty. Small amount of hop type aroma that I can't tell for sure if it really is hops.

Flavor is a deep roasted chocolate flavor. Malt is upfront with a raisin and coffee flavor. Middle is a nice hops flavor that doesn't balance but makes it's presence known. Vanilla sneaks in for a cameo with some Belgian candy sugar flavors. Finishes with a roasty smokey coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is good. Medium to heavy bodied.

Much, much better in the hops department as it warms. Definitely beats the pants off Guinness and the like for hop flavor. (756 characters)

Photo of Adam2200
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

tis the season for Irish stout. the caramel aftertaste and the coffee taste is very typical of a stout. the dark amber color is barley see through and has a light creamy head that settles into the beer leaving a light film on top. this beer is nice in drinkability very good for all day st. patty drink. (303 characters)

Photo of cmoney311
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with a thin mocha colored head.

S: aromas of chocolate and toffee.

T: upfront smoky flavor followed by chocolate, caramel and toffee. after-taste of smoke and caramel. let it warm to get a hint of cherries - simply delicious.

D: a very nice stout. i will definitely be taking advantage of having Sprecher within 30 miles from my house and buy this at the local liquor store often until the season is over. i'd love to pick up a growler if im in the area (i think im gonna make it happen). (504 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of pphunkdelux
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was good, nice and dark with a head that quickly receded.

Faint smell of chocolate and malt, hints of fruitiness.

This beer tastes great, very balanced. The taste of bitter sweet chocolate and cherries.

The mouthfeel is good, but I would have liked a little less carbonation in this beer. Other than that, it was perfect, nice and thick and creamy.

I'm a big fan of thick dark beers so I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting, but it might be a little too dark for some. (501 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Dark, allowing no light through. Pours with a beige colored, creamy head. Then settles fairly quick.
(S) Yeasty, with some smoky, coffee notes.
(T) Smoky, with mild coffee accents and hints of chocolate.
(M) Not as thick as presumed by the color. Smooth with a lighter body than most stouts.
(D) A delicious stout. Nice and smooth. (337 characters)

Photo of grs8313
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of animal69
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep black with traces of dark mahogany around the edges w/ a small brown cap that fades quickly leaving a decent lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, a buttery, caramel/coffee aroma with faint hints of dried plum and vanilla ; an almost too thin flavor, a french roasted coffee taste up front with some hop bite, a bit of chocolate and a darker fruit with a not unpleasant tart, vinous "meaty" undertone midway, finishes a bit smokey with a mineral note ; a light-med. body, not as dry as most irish stouts and modestly carbonated, yet stays creamy ; a very drinkable brew, in fact, i'm going to have one at every BBQ... (633 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of nsmartell
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From Sprecher's 16-0z bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice solid black with a creamy tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied.

I enjoyed this beer and could enjoy a few more in a sitting. However, it felt like it was lacking something in the taste. (421 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (492 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (290 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (542 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"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. (1,589 characters)

Photo of evanackerman
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this stout pours a deep tawny red that appears black unless held to light, decent head.

aroma is standard stout aroma but with a bit more of a sour tinge. stouts are not my favorite aroma by far.

taste is a lovely roasted malt, more flavorful than standard guinness draught, nice little bitter hop presence.

mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, carbonation level is appropriate for the style.

overall, a very solid stout, not the best out there but definitely good for everyday consumption. (494 characters)

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Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
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