Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 22
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Vancer on 02-07-2007

Our Irish-Style Extra Stout amplifies the traditional drier versions from Ireland for a bolder, black brew. The addition of both roasted barley and Dark Crystal malted barley give Extra Stout undertones of chocolate, molasses and dried fruit. The beer is generously hopped with East Kent Goldings to balance the sweetness from the malted barley.

Extra Stout is a descendent of the British and Irish porters of the 18th Century. These strong porters eventually became known as strong stout, then Foreign Stout or Extra Stout, depending on origin. Extra Stouts were exported world-wide, gaining popularity in the West Indies, Africa and parts of Asia.

45 IBU
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Photo of IrishTank
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not a stout lover but this beer was surprisingly good. looks stronger than it is. Dark color and when I poored it into my cold mug it had a big head of foam so I had to wait til the foam went down a little. It was worth the wait. Mouthful was delicious. (256 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle..label tells me this was "brewed with love on 1/05/15"

Pours near black, lighter mocha head, leaves a fine bubble film, thin collar and some spots and strands of lacing.

Nose is of some dark malts, some coffee

Pleasingly dry and tasty stout, with more charred and roasty malts, lite coffee and a moderate chocolate presence. Nicely crafted and worth a try, especially if ya like a nice dry Irish style stout (425 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Certainly not a dry stout. Here goes:

A: Very good. Slow-to-build head, plenty of lacing. Beer pours very black with a slight red hue.

S: Very sweet-smelling. Mixture of chocolate, charred/burnt flavorings and lots of dark fruit. Good mixture of chocolate and dark fruit. Most stouts are one or the other, but this one seems to have both.

T: Lots of chocolate and burnt coffee followed by lots od figs, raisins, and plum. Significant dark fruit aftertaste. Incredibly complex.

F: Thick and full-bodied. Great.

O: An excellent stout. Quite complex. Combines charred and roasted flavors with lots of dark fruit at the back of the palate. (656 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap: pours a black with a two finger brown creamy head.
Smell of Carmel and nut.
A very sweet stout. I do catch slight imperial hop in the end. Chocolate Carmel come together.
Feel I great. Stout smooth but dos have a slight imperial hop bite.
Overall a very nice Irish stout that is busy. (298 characters)

Photo of Bretton511
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours coffee dark, thick long lasting caramel colored head. Amazing flavor, low to no bitterness. Very good and amazing beer. I personally prefer this offer the Guinness extra stout. (182 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a little thin, dark brown, with light tan head. This pour was to the top, but some large bubble head still managed to form as I tip it for sips. Lacing is mildly surprising. The nose is cola and root spice, maybe a hint if licorice and in some sniffs, date/fig. Also can note an alcohol burn as the beer warms.

Taste follows the nose, but with just a hint of tang added. I get this in other beers and have trouble describing it: it's a light bite like charred wood/dark pitted fruit, but not at all a major component of the taste. The more prevalent taste that lingers is a medium-dark, but fairly bitter coffee taste. Feel is a tad light, and a slight bit oily instead of being that dry. Depth/body are about medium.

Straightforward stout with a little bit behind it, making it a tad sweeter than a normal Irish dry stout. Alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste, but might add to a lighter feel. Definitely would grab again on tap as an occasional beer, might be cautious against a six pack. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: black body under a few fingers of deep tan foam that left lace down the glass

S: molasses sugars and light anisette, suggestions of dark fruit like raisins and prunes

T: fairly sweet, again, molasses-style - as if it were draped o'er dark fruits; maybe some chocolate in the background; picked up a fair amount of licorice and anise-like flavors

M: medium-bodied, modest carbonation, some stick, but fairly clean-finishing

O: a fairly rich stout (sweetness-wise), with some interesting characteristics, though not particularly my style - for fans of the style or brewer, don't take a pass - for the rest, probably a hit-or-miss, depending on your personal tastes (669 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a dark, almost black beer. The head is tan and dense, but not exceptionally long lived. The beer's aroma is of sweet malt, a little grain, and it has a rich, heavily roasted character. The flavor is a mix of sweetness and grain. Full, thick body. Excellent brew. (274 characters)

Photo of droomyster
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark blackbody with a thick, rich, craggy head with excellent retention and lacing properties. Roasty aromas of dark chocolate, cold coffee, and a bit of toffee. Flavor is sweet and cocoa-like with hints of toffee right up front, before mocha flavors, with their espresso bitterness, round out the mid-palate. There is a slight but pleasant alcoholic warmth on the finish that reminds you that this a sipper, not a gulper. Medium full body is appropriate to the austerity of its flavors and abv. I absolutely love this beer. (535 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Looks and smells like a typical Irish Stout, but tasting reveals a slightly high (and a bit too lively) carbonation level and more generous use of hops. The nose is more spicy than usual too. Relatively complex flavor with hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses and dried fruit. Near even sweet/bitter balance. Head has weak retention. (367 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some dark fruity notes and a light burnt/charred flavour.

Overall - A flavourful brew that is still very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden and the flavours are all in balance. Well worth picking up a bottle to try. (643 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, chocolate Goan.

Smell: Roasty.

Taste: Toasty malt, chocolate, caramel, molasses. Stays interesting throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not your typical Irish Stout but I'll take it. Drinks easier than its 8% ABV. (261 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The mocha-colored head starts off at three fingers high, and fades down to a thin film in, I want to say a minute. Some lacing is left behind.

S: At first whiff, I get a ton of chocolate and vanilla. There isn't much of a roasted character, but there is a solid nutty one. A touch of hoppiness comes out after a spell in the glass - all in all, though, it's closer to a porter than a stout. But there's one thing - more than anything else - that gives me a lot of hope: it has vaguely fruity, mineral-esque note that just screams "I'm well attenuated!"

T: There is a significant fruit character - cherries, figs, and raisins - at first, meshing with a subtle coffee note. No roast to speak of, just a nutty and chocolaty middle giving way to a crisp, mineraly finish. The chocolate flavor grows a little stronger as it sits, which is always welcome. Solid all-around.

M: Texture wise, it's quite slick; I'd prefer it to be creamy. It's dry at first, growing more and more wet as more is consumed (expected for 8%). I think it's somewhat undercarbonated - making it seem even more sticky than what it really is. Despite the foibles, it's quite drinkable.

O: A nice stout. Give me some more roast, and this one would kick ass. Still, this one is easy to drink and borderline refreshing in the way a foreign stout should be. (1,392 characters)

Photo of Dr_Q
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this as a howler (yes, a 1/2 Growler). A little stronger than a traditional Irish Stout. Dark with a chestnut cast, chocolate brown head that doesn't last long. The aroma is overwhelmed with alcohol, but tones down into a sweet malted barley.

Slightly creamy with a dry, dark chocolate taste - slightly nutty. Glutenous mouth feel, not as dry as sticky. The molasses taste makes it a little bitter. Aroma is great after it warms, good example of an irish stout (a little extra strength). Nice alcohol warmness as it finishes.

I like this, will certainly purchase again as a standard extra stout. (604 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a frothy cappuccino head that lingers.

Molasses, roast malt, and toasted nuts dominate the aroma.

Roast malt, coffee, and nutty, sweet flavors combine with cola and dark chocolate to form the flavor. There's a bit of a metallic character that is slightly offputting.

Body is fairly full, with low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

I prefer this on tap. Good roast character, and the sweetness is a nice counter, but that metallic note is a bit much. (485 characters)

Photo of Murphious
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours with the look of a great Irish stout. Then the head died quickly and I realized the aroma was somewhat tame compared to classic Irish stouts I have tasted over the years. Upon first sip, the flavor was nice; not bitter and yet flavored with bakers chocolate and light roast. Not the usual heavy mouth feel or after taste of Guiness or other stouts. I will say it does drink smoothly for 8% ABV stout! Overall, it's somewhat generic (I'll forget what it tastes like in a few weeks or months) but does no harm to the style. (527 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a little thing and light around the edges. Decent cola colouring, minimal tan head that was never really there in the first place, so not much hanging out to do. Minimal lacing.

More complex aroma than I expected. Some dry bitter coffee and a surprising amount of vanilla. Roast and ashy behind that.

Solid. The vanilla sweetness that surprised me on the aroma decided not to jump into the fray on the tongue, instead letting an ashy bordering on smokey dry bittersweet coffee and a touch of dark fruits come forth. I can't quite pin it down precisely, but it's more fruity than I expected (not overwhelmingly so, but the aroma didn't give me that impression).

Medium/light body and a decent carbonation level, with a higher ABV than I would expect for the style/etc, but it's very well hidden. It could be easy to get sloppy off a couple of these before you realized what you'd done.
This is a solid entry into the style that won't necessarily blow you away, but is perfectly enjoyable. (998 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a bottled date of 12/26/2012

A - Pitch black with 2 fingers of head and tons of sticky lace left on the glass

S - Faint aroma, but some malty grains is about all I detect.

T - Smooth and thick. Chocolate, burnt malts, and a hidden ABV.

M - High in carbonation and full bodied.

O - An excellent dry stout! Worth checking out if you like stouts for sure. A stronger and tastier Guinness. (411 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice light brown creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep chocolate notes with light roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is heavier than I had anticipated with loads of black chocolate notes with some roasted malt notes and some light dry bitter notes. Body is fuller then expected with good carbonation. Very enjoyable and probably closer to a foreign stout than an Irish stout. (454 characters)

Photo of taylor714914
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled January 2012

Poured into a chalice with a vigorous pour that only produces a minimal head.

Smells of dark fruits, cacao nibs, and a bit of roasted coffee and chocolate.

Taste is smooth with some initial sweetness from the cacao that fades to prunes and dates, then dries out to dusty finish.

Mouthfeel is decent. Slightly more carbonation than I prefer, but not so much that takes away from the smoothness of this beer.

Overall, not my favorite style, but one that Schlafly has done well and I can appreciate it. (525 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, clear brown when pouring, one finger head.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee as well some smoke.

T-Nice mesh of coffee and roasted notes, balance is nice as the smoke is there but not overwhelming. Some dark fruits as well.

M-Lighter, creamy and lightly carbonated.

O-A solid, well crafted stout. Not out of this world but another nice beer from Schlafly. (384 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with over one finger of persistent mocha-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild overall, with carbon dioxide, kalamata olives, and day-old coffee. There is some additional depth present, alternating between ashy and unctuous. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins slightly sweet, with dark berry fruit and bread. Charred roast combines with precocious herbal bitterness in the middle. The bitterness maintains a moderate intensity into the finish where some astringent fennel seed is also revealed. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: The decision to engage in a beer-drinking experience may be compared to an investment: the level of risk (alcohol content) should correlate positively to the size of the payoff. Beers like this stout break such a rule by being needlessly strong for the rather ordinary sensory qualities they deliver. There's nothing seriously wrong with it, save perhaps for the lack of dryness expected from members of the style, but it would be just as "extra" at 6.5% abv. (1,187 characters)

Photo of DentistDave
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A good Irish style beer for St. Patty's Day!!

Reviewed from notes...

A: Deep brown, almost black in color with a 1 finger tan head. Moderate head retention, minimal lacing.

S: Wonderful, I'd say the aroma is the best thing about this beer. I got coffee, roasted malts, and toffee.

T: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some toffee. After the smell I was expecting more in the taste department. It was all still there, just not with the same gusto.

M: Medium, good carbination. Lingers on the tongue.

O: Nothing spectacular here, but not bad by any means. I'd say it's an above average stout. I think that the aroma trumps the taste on this beer. If I'm drinking a stout, I'd rather have a Founders Breakfast Stout or a Bell's Special Double Cream Stout (of the stouts I can readily get around here), but this was certainly an enjoyable beer...especially on St. Patty's Day!

GO HAWKS! (941 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice, simple label. Bottled with love the day after Christmas, 2012. Split with the wife into two small snifters as a 'dessert' after our St. Patrick's day dinner.

Appearance: Black brew with a nice medium-tan cap that shows pretty decent retention.

Smell: Dark fruits and alcohol, along with an ever-so-slightly smoky edge; hints of roast and burnt caramel as well.

Taste: There's certainly roasted barley here, but it stays in the background more than I was expecting. Dry roasted grains, really nice dark fruity and lightly boozy notes, and a solid, clean, and somewhat surprising hop bitterness and a touch of fruity, English hop flavor from the Golding and Pilgrim hops used. Maybe the slightest note of super-dark chocolate?

Mouthfeel: Less (and, surprisingly, I mean this in a good way) substantial than I'd expect for 8%...it works here.

Overall: In previous years, this beer always baffled me a bit, largely because my wife loves it so much. She's not one for heavy-handed (or bitter) stouts, generally, much preferring the slightly sweet, lesser-hopped English-style Russian Imperial Stouts than their American-style counterparts. We had this brew last year and I remember it having a strong molasses-like character, with higher roast levels and a bit more 'oomph'. It was good, but I could never quite tell if I really liked it or it was sort of 'meh'. I'm wondering if they changed up the recipe this year, whether I'm just drinking it much fresher than normal (we've drank this aged up to a year-plus before), or whether my palate has changed. Schlafly's website says this is meant to be a sort of bigger version of a traditional Irish Dry Stout, and that's exactly what it tastes like. It's smooth, not overly roasty, firmly bitter, and quite quaffable, even at 8% abv. It's really pretty darn tasty. With simple ingredients (Pale, crystal, and roasted barley malt, two English hop varieties, and London yeast) Schlafly has really crafted a delicious strong stout here, perfect for the changing of the seasons from winter to spring. Slainte

B+ 88 $9.99 a six-pack (2,125 characters)

Photo of Naters333
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my tulip from a 12 oz bottle dated 1/9/13.

A-Pours a great dark dark black color with a nice 2 inch tan head on an aggressive pour. Not too think, but really nice looking. Very carbonated. Lots of floaties in this beer.

S-Roast, alcohol, dark malt, little coffee.

T-Bitter, bold flavors, dark malts, dark soda, bitter chocolate.

M-I really like the mouthfeel. I read some other reviews, were people talked about this beer being too thin. I thought it was just right for the style.

O-I pretty nice beer. Not my favorite, but I'm not so much into this style. Really glad I tried a six pack. Very unique. Definitely has the Schlafly taste. (653 characters)

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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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