Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
4.78/5 rDev +21.9%
A - Tar black and completely opaque with a reddish brown head. Retention is ok, but the head reduces to a thin cap within a few minutes.
S - Burnt rubber, espresso, dark chocolate, and heavy chocolate whipped mousse.
T - Bitter dark cooking chocolate and sweeter dark chocolate like you might taste in a high end candy bar (Symphony or Toblerone). Double chocolate chip cookies with nuts.
M - Medium bodied with fairly high levels of carbonation and a dry roasted coffee finish.
D - Outstanding. I'm really, really impressed with this stout. One of the most drinkable of it's style that I've ever encountered.
03-01-2008 14:45:06 | More by pmcadamis
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4/5 rDev +2%
I had this at the Schlafly Tap Room when I was in St. Louis a month or so ago and really enjoyed it. I picked up a six pack there and am finally getting around to reviewing it.
A: Nice and impenetrable black with a gorgeous mocha-colored head that starts out at a finger and recedes fully after about a minute. The lacing is thin, with a mixture of dots and boomerangs.
S: Roasted malts and coffee are the first scents I pick up... I've got to let this warm up a bit. Some vanilla and milk chocolate smells are also apparent. There is a hint of booze mingling in with the other aromas, as well as some earthy, wet soil.
T: I'm convinced that this is a beer that should be drank at room temperature, and no lower. The sad thing is, I knew this before I started this review and still cracked it when slightly chilled. That said, when at proper temperature, this is a tasty brew. The roasted malt flavors are probably the dominant aspect of the taste, but it is pretty well balanced by the vanilla and chocolate notes. The finish is a little more as astringent and coffee-like than I remember it being on tap.
M: Good and creamy, but nothing that blows my mind. It could be bigger and play with all parts of my palate a bit more.
D: This went down easily and I would certainly have another. The slight astringent taste on the finish prohibits me from giving this more of a boost.
03-25-2010 00:48:57 | More by TCHopCraver
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
12oz brown bottle bottle with a bottled on date for freshness though I think this one could cellar without a problem.
A- Pours out a black colored liquid with slight hues of dark brown at the edges of the glass. Good two fingers of tan head subside to a thin bubbly lace.
S- Soft charcoal aroma with a faint alcohol and dark berry nose.
T&M- Slick and full bodied with a semi- crisp smoothness that rolls over the tongue. Dark chocolate, slight char and toasted grain with a modest hop bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable but still deceiving @ 8.0% abv, hints of black berries and currants come to mind. Finishes a little bitter sweet but more sweet from the residuals.
D- Not as refined as other Export Style Stouts, a bit rough and the roasted character is not as defined and in your face as I had expected. Still a good beer, no doubt about that ... I just think it misses the mark for the style a little bit.
07-05-2007 01:43:54 | More by Jason
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
Thanks to Vancer for this extra bottle for the BA Anny Club. Slight head. Very dark. Not a whole lot of smell. Nice taste of malt with no alcohol taste noted. I was surprised this had an ABV of 8%. Very drinkable. I have not had too many dry stouts (except those by Victory & Sly Fox) but this is a good brew.
05-09-2007 03:02:38 | More by SkinnyElvis
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
Sent to me in an enormous package of generosity from rsyberg01 for the holiday sponsor a BA. Thanks again Ric!
Appearance- Pours an opaque black with about a half finger of dark brown head that dies back to a coating over the surface of the beer in short order.
Smell- Lots of rich roast coming through in the nose. A fair amount of burnt coffee coming through as well. Smells like a good mixture of sweet, rich, and bitter.
Taste- Rich roasted malt with burnt aspects of coffee and bitter chocolate showing through as well. A nice combination and that characteristic soda bread quality in Irish dry stouts makes a showing here as well. Subtle and well crafted.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel becomes just a touch thin as the beer warms but pretty adequate. The flavor profile is rich but not overpowering, and I could see this being a nice session beer if the mood was right.
Overall, a very nice example of the style. I liked this one and would definitely have it again.
01-22-2010 22:46:48 | More by boatshoes
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
Dark brown with 1" tan head disolving into a thin layer. Nice lacing
Aromas of chocolate, candied fruit and dates. Nice smelling beer.
Chared wood up front with some alcohol coming through. Lots of character with a bitter-sweet chocolate at the finish that lingers.
Medium to full bodied, pretty smooth.
Good sipping beer with moderate alchohol 8%. I'm planning to throw some beef into this stuff and pop it on the grill, it's begging for the "barbie".
02-23-2008 21:55:26 | More by MOShepp
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
05-30-2014 22:54:00 | More by chinchill
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Bottle shared by Ben - thanks!
Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of smooth roasted malt with mild amounts of black patent malt and cocoa powder. Also present are very mild hints of smokiness.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Black and roasted malt flavors kick things off, each sharing 50% of the profile. Midway through the sip cocoa powder and hints of leafy hops enter into things, carrying through to a solidly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I thought this was a bit too far on the roasty side to be a traditional export stout but that doesn't mean it's not a tasty beer. Well worth a shot.
04-26-2010 03:48:34 | More by glid02
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint.
A: Dark brown with some taracotta(sp? lol) hues. 1 finger worth of light tan head forms and falls withing a minute or so. Some decent lacing.
S: Toasty and roasty malts, not too heavy. A bit of smoky, woody, peaty aromas going on, very interesting. A touch of alcohol. A bit of floral and lightly resinous hops to balance.
T/M: Rich malts. Definitely some of that Irish/Scottish influence. More of the woody and peaty flavors with a full flavored sweetness that's not too heavy and not overdone. Maybe some light molasses. Hops are pretty potent, needed to balance the full malt flavors. A bit of bitterness to cut some of the sweetness. Body is full but not heavy and has a great creamy smoothness. Almost feels like an oatmeal stout.
D: Even at 8%, fully flavored, and full bodied, this brew is still pretty drinkable. Very tasty. I'm actually very happily surprised with this.
08-01-2008 02:07:56 | More by pwoods
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 53° from a 12 ounce bottle. A 'Bottled With Love on' date was on the bottom of the label. One finger of tan head sat on top of the dark brown beer with tinges of red.
The beer was clean smelling with just a hint of sweet malt.
The taste was better thathe non descript bouquet I sensed. There was a smooth, slightly sweet malt taste with a candy like presence.
I enjoyed the aftertaste and the sensation that there was Belgian candy. A slight bitterness teased the sides of the tongue and made this a delight to quaff. Some alcohol was sensed the longer it stayed in the mouth.
There was some lacing as I consumed the beer but it was very minimal. I tried to get more out of the aroma but failed. Still this was enjoyable and I will take it easy and enjoy the rest of the sixer at a later date.
03-09-2008 22:44:50 | More by SMark
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
Deep black, with a huge head of bubbles.
Nose is chocolate roasted malts.
Taste is rich and thick, but smooth-bodied. I get coffee and chocolate roastiness. There's little hint of the 8.0% ABV, just a smooth and well-balanced extra stout that's every bit as tasty as any out there. Superb!
02-06-2012 13:14:14 | More by secondtooth
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
A - Brown pour into a pint glass. Tan inch of head. Not transparent but light still shone through.
S - Roasted malt, toasted barley. Subtle overall.
T - Solid Irish Stout. Burnt malt comes through, balanced with bitter hops. Nice, not a hint of sweetness.
M - Soft and silky. Surprising and nice. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
D - A very solid Irish stout. A perfect daily drinker.
02-04-2011 08:56:58 | More by Fatehunter
Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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