Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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4.88/5 rDev +24.5%
Okay, here's the thing: I like Guinness. I really do. I just don't love Guinness. If it's what's available and nothing else of note is, I'll pick it up - if not, I probably won't. When I was 21 - in 1990 - I was willing to drive halfway across the state for it but now that I'm older and I've had so much quality beer, it seems a bit bland.
This beer reminds me what it was like to be 21 again. It's like everything I thought Guinness was then, but doubled to match my older, more cynical palate.
Nice, clean stout appearance: black body, thick brown head. fine lacing. Smell is light toasted, sweet malt. Like Guinness, but stronger.
Taste: Sweet but not cloying, tasty finish to malt, late bitterness. Again, just like a stronger Guinness. Silky, ultra-drinkable mouthfeel. Smooth drinking. Easy to get into trouble with this, it's so smooth and easy, despite the 8% ABV.
I've enjoyed every Schlafly product I've ever had - the Pale Ale is perhaps my favorite APA. This, however, is a revelation. All the solidity of an Imperial Stout whilst maintaining the mouthfeel, body, and character of a dry Irish.
Thank you, Schlafly.
03-14-2009 00:22:24 | More by rabsten
4.8/5 rDev +22.4%
Happy St. Patrick's Day 2009!
I enjoyed this fine stout from a Schlafly nonic.
A: Blackish-brown opaque brew with a cappucino colored head. When poured right, it leaves a nice head with even a little lacing.
S: Coffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, chocolate. sweet and inviting every next drink.
T: delicious swirling of the chocolate and coffee flavors with a roasted malt background, fades into vanilla and hazelnut.
M: an oily, full-bodied beer. leaves a bitterness from the large amount of hops used.
Overall, this is my favorite Irish style stout. I've had Guiness and Murphy's, and this beer is muuuuchh better. Its easy to drink and suprisingly refresing for a beer that boasts 8 percent abv. I woke up this St. Patricks day with a craving for an easy to drink stout with alot of flavor(and alcohol). Glad to let you know I found it.
03-18-2009 03:10:43 | More by OlRasputin989
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
4.75/5 rDev +21.2%
I came across this at Lukas Liquor in St. Louis and was glad I did - it ended up going perfectly with a St. Patrick's Day feast. This stout looked perfect in a pint glass. What surprised me most was the creaminess and sweetness that it had. I was expecting it to have a much more dry feeling to it but was pleasantly surprised at how rich it was. I highly reccommend this brew to anyone!
06-07-2008 19:37:06 | More by HoppyMcStout
4.72/5 rDev +20.4%
Jet black body shows only a little light when held up to the light. Milk chocolate colored head starts at about an inch but quickly fades to just a skim. Nose is a spicey super zesty shock to the senses. The presence of grain alchol lets you know this is no 5% brew. Wow, as this hits the mouth you get a creamy coffee and chocolate mix. Smooth and well balanced darkness includes notes of anise, molases and chicory. Coffee feel stays on the mouth and is welcome by me. Lovely and very drinkable. I should have bought a case.
10-18-2007 19:38:54 | More by SPLITGRIN
4.68/5 rDev +19.4%
I am very impressed with this offering from Schlafly. When poured it looks like any other good stout, and the nose is the same. The taste is where this beer shines. Very good, with roasted bitterness balanced by just a little caramel sweetness. Excellent body, and an extremely clean finish. Probably the best finish of any stout I've ever tasted. I could drink this beer all day, and at 8% that could be dangerous. Excellent work from the folks at Schlafly.
03-14-2007 18:22:24 | More by hobbes2150
4.65/5 rDev +18.6%
Appearance: Dark as night, thick as motor oil. Light cannot pass through this beer. Even the slight head that accumulates at the top is a dark brown (think brown sugar).
Taste: Like mana from Heaven, like pure chocolate with coffee overtones. If you like stouts, if you like porters, if you like coffee, then you will marry this beer
Mouthful: its filling, not very much carbonation at all, surprisingly for the thickness of the beer it goes down clean, mostly an aftertaste of coffee
Drinkability: This is the only area that I scored the beer lower on, and really its not the beers fault. A stout this good is not meant for heavy consumption, only slow drinking.
04-28-2010 18:45:01 | More by Rhettbuck
4.63/5 rDev +18.1%
Drinking this one right now. Pours a hearty black with some brown hues around the edges. Thin mocha head fades quickly but leaves nice lacing. Smells like roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel malt and a touch of hops. Tastes just like it smells. Very smooth, just a touch overcarbed. Covers the alcohol well, could drink a bunch.
06-20-2009 08:57:09 | More by NewGeneric
4.6/5 rDev +17.3%
I had this on tap at the brewery/tap room and a new batch had just been released on Feb 2, 2007. Served in a snifter - it had an excellent aroma and good complex flavor combining smooth roast and sweet malts. It was very drinkable - the 8% ABV was very well hidden. Blackish-red in color and only a small, creamy tan head which was not long-lasting compared to other Irish stouts.
03-11-2007 23:58:25 | More by kdoc8
4.55/5 rDev +16.1%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a great looking dark brown, with very good carbonation. The head is nice, 2 plus fingers, tan and leaves some lace.
The smell is great a nice roasty toasty aroma. It begs you to drink.
The taste is very very good, Could be this night but this brew delivers and really hit the spot. The dark roasty malty is full of great flavor, coffee notes chocolate, toasted marshmallows. Yes, thats right, marshmallows. Even though this is a dry stout is dry it has a very welcome and pleasing sweet note.
The mouthfeel is awesome, Great full body much better then the average, Macro Irish stout. It is also smooth and creamy with just the right carbonation.
The drinkability is great, I wish I had many more. Huge thanks to JPM30 for this brew and one other I will try to hold on to for a while.
Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK
03-18-2007 06:28:09 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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