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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 454
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 25
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

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 MacMalt
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. It pours a dark mahogany - almost black - with a foamy khaki-colored head and extensive lacing. The smells are rather faint: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a whiff of caramel. The coffee and chocolate come through much more in the taste. The coffee is quite bitter but there is a hint of chocolate sweetness. It finishes dry and fairly bitter. This stout is medium in body and moderate in carbonation. At 8% ABV, you can taste the alcohol but it isn't overpowering. To me, it drinks more like a porter than a stout. Overall, it has a nice flavor and drinks easily, although I prefer a stout with more body and dark fruit presence.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: black with no head. Pours with medium thickness, nothing special
S: sweet malt, not complex but nice on the nose. Just not overpowering.
T: sweet malt. Not impressive flavor
F: not very thick, nor coating.
O: don't commit your money to more than one of these.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black, with a medium size, creme colored head. Little to no lacing. Notes of roasted malts in the aroma. Taste is a smooth rising and falling roasted malt flavors. Quite simple. Mouth feel is good, albeit not as smooth as some other similar beers. Mouth feel also feels a little more akin to an American stout. Overall, this is a good one. Not the best, but certainly not the worst. I think it has a better mouth feel and finishes better than similar beers.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, two bottles: dated 12/2014 and 12/2015.

Look: Both the fresh and the year-old have a nice appearance, very dark, with a rich, light colored head, like any standard stout; the older one seems to have a slightly darker head and is a little more foamy.

Smell: Both are faint, such that the older one smells of dark fruits, the fresh one smells of dark malts.

Taste: Both offer up dark malts, such that the fresh one is slightly hoppy, with a hint of coffee on the finish, and the older one has less of a bite, yet has lots of candied dark fruit, with a hint of molasses. I can barely taste the alcohol on the finish. I didn't detect any flavors I would consider to be unpleasant (or 'old') on the aged version.

Feel: both have a nice, medium to heavy mouth-feel.

Overall: I like both the fresh and the one year old, each for different reasons (as I am finding with most higher gravity beers): the fresh is just that, fresh, and has a nice hop presence, seems well balanced, and is on the dry side; the one year old has more complexity, and is on the sweet side. I've had at least a few export stouts, and this one is at least as good as any other I've tried.

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Photo of counciloak
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in tulip

L: Black with a one finger tan head. Not the most aggressive pour. The head faded pretty quickly. It also left some slight lacing when swirled in the glass. 3.75

S: This was my favorite part of the beer. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose. The alcohol was also present in the background. 4.5

T: I didn't feel like the aroma completely came through in the taste. The flavors were there just not as pronounced. More of the roasted grain flavor was present in the taste. I also got some slight acidity/sourness on the tongue, but this played a very minor roll. Alcohol had a nice warming effect and was welcomed in the overall taste. Good tasting beer altogether.

F: Medium/Full bodied stout. It has a dryness that makes it very smooth going down with a little warming.

O: I'm very happy with this beer. It has an abv that is on the high side for the style but Schlafly made it work very well as all the other characteristics were present. My only let down was that the smell trumped the taste. That's not saying that the taste was off in any way.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a mixed 'stout bout' twelve from Schlafly. They have some nice stouts in there, but this was my favorite. Black body with red edges when held to the light. Brown head doesn't last long, but does leave some lacing. Smell is strong... rum raisin bread. Taste is dark fruit, chocolate, malty molasses, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is the best part. Super creamy, thick, smooth, drying and sweet at the same time. Syrupy feel remains on the lips... or maybe that's a numbing from the 8% abv.

Sweeter than I'd expect, but complimented by the obvious hops that balance things out without taking over. Reading the description, it looks like these characteristics were all intentional. If so, job well done SchlafLy.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had one bottle of this in 2014 in a variety pack. Rich, coffee colored. Loved the smooth creamy chewiness. Tried some over vanilla bean ice cream. Dreamy. Went back to the store for more of this seasonal brew and it was gone. On my want list for this year.

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Photo of IrishTank
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of leantom
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Bretton511
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.82/5  rDev -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

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of droomyster
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Dr_Q
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Murphious
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.82/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
88 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.