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Irish Style Stout - Sprecher Brewing Company

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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

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


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 jmdrpi


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 tvv375ia


3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Pored from 16oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark, almost black with finger of tan head that goes away to a thin cap

S-not as much coffee and dark roasted smell as most stouts but there is some with a fruitiness (maybe plums)

T-coffee and fruit but not a lot of chocolate

M-carbonation is ok maybe a little thin

O-I like this one, not quite as heavy as most making it easy to drink on a warm summer day.

08-24-2011 22:56:06 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of witster18


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 Thorpe429


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

06-05-2011 22:19:08 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Mora2000


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 JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

04-17-2011 23:10:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of ColdPoncho


3.7/5  rDev 0%

1-07-2011 Bottled

A - Pours kind of a dirty brown filling out to an almost perfectly opaque block body. Small light brown head fades quickly to a ring.

S - Dry woody notes, light chocolate, smoked meats, dark fruits.

T - Dry roasted malts, caramel, sweet dark fruits, bitter coffee.

M - medium body, moderately thin, carbonation is a bit aggressive.

O (D) - A pretty good tasting beer, pretty solid all around. Interesting without being overpowering.

03-22-2011 01:05:47 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of bound4er


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

Been drinking this stuff for 10+ years - time for a review on the eve of St. Paddy's Day.

A. Dark brown to nearly black with a deep tan head of 3 fingers. Leaves lots of lacing in its wake.

S. Roasted malt and a slight soapiness. Not the most intense nose around.

T. Roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. What I would expect from a good Irish Stout. Finishes with a bit of hop fizz and good lingering dryness.

M. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation makes for easy gulping.

O. Probably my favorite seasonal from Sprecher - this beer never disappoints. I would be more than happy to have a bunch of these whilst hanging out in an Irish Pub.

03-17-2011 02:07:46 | More by bound4er
Photo of alobert


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

I really enjoyed this beer. It is a simple but delicious irish stout.

The appearance is dark brown with some nice tan head. A very standard but appealing look.

Not a lot going on in the smell department. But I detect chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

This beer is tasty. It is relatively simple, some chocolate, some coffee, and some toffee. Its sweet up front with a bitter dry finish. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. (Also a nitro version would be interesting to me...just an idea).

The mouthfeel is good. It is a little bit watery, but I like the medium carbonation.

I believe this beer is very drinkable. Because of the medium carbonation and relatively thin mouthfeel.

I will definitely get this beer again.

03-12-2011 05:45:32 | More by alobert
Photo of GRG1313


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 HalfFull


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 blackearth


3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Purchased from the Sprecher gift shop in Glendale, WI. Pours a black body with dark brown corners and thin grayish-white head. Aroma of faint roasted dark malt. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Flavors of coffee, cream and roastiness with a slightly creamy finish. Good drinkability.

05-05-2010 01:39:13 | More by blackearth
Photo of Wasatch


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

05-03-2010 22:57:54 | More by Wasatch
Photo of matty


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 Josievan


4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance: Sprecher Irish Stout pours a deep opaque brown with a thick-looking consistency. The head is dark as well and clings to the glass.

Smell: The aroma gives off notes of dark chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Very appealing indeed.

Taste: This is more rich and multi-layered in flavor than I'm used to in an Irish dry stout. Chocolate stands out on top of a pinch of coffee. Roasted malts are at play, but to a lesser degree than most other examples of this style, which seem to focus on the roasted quality.

Mouthfeel: Sprecher Irish Stout is creamy, smooth, and wetter than I expected. This makes for a longer finish than is typical for the style.

Drinkability: This 16 oz. bottle was split two ways, but I easily could have drank at least one full bottle at that volume. This would make a good session stout.

Notes: I prefer the wetter, sweeter stouts over Irish dry stouts. Lucky for me, this beer was labeled as the latter, but was more similar to the former. I don't care what a beer is called as long as it tastes good, and Sprecher Irish Stout certainly does.

I've been looking for an Irish stout I can really get behind drinking for St. Patrick's Day, and I think this is it. Although that holiday has come and gone this year, I'll look forward to drinking Sprecher next March.

04-22-2010 21:13:18 | More by Josievan
Photo of Cubsfan1087


4/5  rDev +8.1%

I've had Sprecher's root-beer, but this is the first beer I've had from them. The Irish Stout pours very dark, also appears to be somewhat thick. Smells a little sweet, it is similar to other Irish stouts. Taste again is very similar to other Irish stouts I've had. The aftertaste is a little strong, like black coffee. Overall, I was a little surprised by this beer. Obviously, not the greatest Irish stout out there, but this a very decent beer.

04-22-2010 04:10:47 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

02-20-2010 22:51:04 | More by plaid75
Photo of brobeerbot


4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

02-06-2010 05:19:25 | More by brobeerbot
Photo of DoubleJ


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 RJUGA03


3.7/5  rDev 0%

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!

12-04-2009 17:32:40 | More by RJUGA03
Photo of dbossman


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

10-23-2009 01:51:04 | More by dbossman
Photo of sweemzander


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

08-10-2009 00:02:56 | More by sweemzander
Photo of fbinla


3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

08-05-2009 04:13:22 | More by fbinla
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.15/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

04-04-2009 14:34:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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