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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 153
Hads: 427
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 24
Gots: 51 | 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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Reviews: 153 | Hads: 427
Photo of mphopkins99
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black. No head whatsoever, and almost no lacing to speak of.

S - Metallic, almost soapy, no hop presence to speak of.

T - Malty, but unremarkable. Cant taste the hops whatsoever.

M - Soda-like, seemed very highly carbonated.

D - It didn't make me want to reach for another one, but there was nothing objectionable about it either.

I am a huge fan of Schlafly, but this was a disappointment. The first Schlafly I had that I wasn't knocked over with. Bad batch, perhaps?

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Photo of Mechphisto
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, deep black with a slight red hue. Pleasant brown-tan head, sticks around a little while, but then goes away pretty completely with no lacing.

S- Almost undetectable scent. But what's there is an open, warm hoppy smell that belies the rather harsh taste.

T- Very bitter, on the tongue and back of the palate. Tastes burnt; harsh. A little nutty, with a very slight floral note.

M- With most overly bitter stouts I've had, there's an oiliness which sticks around and clings to your mouth--but at least this one doesn't have that. Good mouthfeel.

D- Starts bitter and harsh, but you get used to it. In fact, it actually becomes more palatable and nearly enjoyable half-way through. It might be because of it warming up a little, and more flavor comes out countering the sharp bitter.

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Photo of beagle75
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of rhartogsq
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Black, Dark tan head. Lasting lacing, head not so.
S. roasted chocolate, but subtle.
T. A boozy taste from the start, which I didn't find appealing. After that it was decent....a hint of chocolate.
M. Not as smooth as a stout as I like. Carbonation was not off putting.
O. Not a bad beer. But not a great beer either.schlafly makes some good beer, and this one is not on my top Schlafly list.

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Photo of etenbus
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is motor oil black, viscous, and builds a 1/2 inch tan head. Looking through the British Imperial pint glass, not even a hint of light peeks through. The head disappears quickly.

The aroma is weak for such a strong beer but I can detect hints of leather, tobacco, and bitter roasted malts. It lacks that horse blanket mustiness that can be found on some of the best stouts, including Guinness.

The taste is muted with the bitterness following on the back of the tongue, followed by a flash of sweetness that lingers. As it warms, the alcohol shines through. 8% is too strong for a session beer, which a solid Irish stout should be. Often American brewers forget that and try to make super-strong ales. In Ireland, the tax on beer was based on the alcohol content; thus there was no need for strong alcholic contents.

The mouthfeel is average for a stout. It has enough body to remind you that this is a stout, but nothing on the frothy end of things. I might add that there is no lacing on the glass.

Overall, I like this better than Schlafly's Coffee Stout, which has a harsh side. But I don't think it justifies its $9 price tag. Perhaps that was simply opportunistic pricing for St. Patrick's Day!

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a black color, produced a thick tan head and featured outstanding lacing. The aroma consisted of roasted malt and smoke. Full bodied, this ale featured dark chocolate, roasted malt and some hop bitterness. High in alochol somewhat dry and warming on the way down. Overall its an average example of the style, about as good as Ive had from a amercian microbrewery. Prost!

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Photo of Minkybut
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was very black indeed. The beer poured a nice head that was kind of a chocolate color and nice and poofy. The taste was kind of like burnt chocolate, not terrible nut really strong. I think I would try this beer again.

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Photo of bobhits
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, tan head, good lacing...how many times have I said this about a stout? Well carbonated and fairly low body. Not an oily looking thick body but leaves carbonated legs when swirled. Now that the carbonation has subsided I can see if the beer leavings anything against the glass when swirled and well it's just watery enough to quickly leave the glass, but you can tell this isn't a thin bodied beer either.

Nearly no aroma at all. I am picking up smoke, hops, and faint malt sweetness that's hard to even notice.

A hoppy beer to say the least. Instead of giving off a burnt flavor it gives off a sweet sour like smoke that is mixed with the chocolate malt flavors. I feel this is one of the worst written reviews I have never stumbled through. The problem is there are flavors in this beer I simply do not have a word for. I guess my dull diet is coming back to bite me on this review. Schafly claims this is a perfect dry stout and frankly I cannot argue with them. It is hands down the best I have had.

There is something in the flavor that doesn't make me want to drain this glass like I should, but the lighter feeling 8% on this beer goes down pretty damn easily.

A bit overly carbonated to start, but that eventually with a few swirls and time goes away. Left are bitter hop notes and a dry finish. Just what this style should be and done pretty darn well.

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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 John1985
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 2/9/09

Stout pours an opaque black with a lingering head that reducing quickly to a white cap. Aroma is of roasted malt and alcohol. Malty foretaste with an alcohol burn on the finish No noticeable hop flavor. Seems like Guinness with alcohol added. The mouthfeel is moderate and I can drink this fairly easily but I really don't care to. This is not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this brew in a trade with brewCzar, Thanks Bryan!

12oz bottle with a date, served in a standard pint glass.

L - very dark brown, red hues, with a light tan head.

S - roasted smell.

T - sweet roasty taste, some choclate and burnt coffee.

F - medium body with a thin feel.

D - IMO, it's just ok.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with light brown highlights. Small brown head which dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of dark malts, dark chocolate.

Taste is dark malts, molasses, hints of dark chocolate and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry and cleansing.

Overall, a decent enough brew. Lacking depth, but drinkable.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Black with barely a 1 finger head, large bubbled carbonation with little to no head retention. No lacing on glass at all. For a Stout or Porter its not a very impressive looking beer.

Smell - Cholately, malty, caramel with some slight notable hops as well.

Taste - This beer (as I usually notice) has typical American craftbrew flavorings (both forced chocolate flavor and hoppy bitter aftertaste) that is noticeably American. Although listed as a foreign export stout, it has similarities to some RIS's that I've had. It does have a slight smokiness to it as well.

Mouthfeel - I struggle with "mouthfeel" comments so once again, nothing to note.

Drinkability - This is a fairly well balanced beer with some bitter aftertaste. It was fun to sample and try once, but there are a handful of others that I've had that are similiar in style that I would prefer to go back to again.

Overall- A good tasting beer, but it has a few noticable flaws.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a 33cl Guinness glass. Produces mounds of sticky and rocky tan cranium, and has a black opaque body with reddish hues visible on the edge of the glass.

A little burnt toast aroma, with not much else to detect.

Sweet in the way of dark chocolate, a little coffee, altogether mocha with a slight hint of metallic hops.

Full in body, a little dry, and warming in the end

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Photo of bfields4
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a mocha head

Dark fruit. Figs and plumbs come to me in the aroma.

Heavy on the dark fruit here too. A slight hint of metallic twang and a slight hop bite. A sort of rum characteristic. Very similar to the Guinness foreign extra stout.

Very crisp smooth mouthfeel. It was a good a little hot. I have to say I appreciate the regular Irish stouts a little more than the exports.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malt and a little dark fruit, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and very sweet with flavors of dark chocolate, dark fruits and roasted coffee. There’s very little of a hops presence which prevents there from being a good balance. This is some balance, but not a lot to me. The after-taste is still very sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky and a little dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, this is a decent beer to drink for a little while if you’re ok with the sweetness. It’s a good beer and I could drink a couple if these but after that I would look for something a little lighter.

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Photo of DentistDave
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
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!


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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 Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle. Served in a taster glass.

Pours near black with a good light mocha head and a bit of lace. The nose carries quite a bit of roast plus some coffee. Very mild chocolate. The flavor is a mix of roast and coffee. Quite roasty and a touch acrid. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a faint dryness to the finish. Mild bitterness as well. Pretty good.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into short glass.

A: motor oil black pour, soda style head

S: Hops and mollasses

T: molasses! :( Charcoal, chocolate :)

M: The taste made this nice feeling off.

Overall, this is an average beer. I won't go out of the way for this.

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Photo of javaj79
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six pack of bottles at Schnucks in Maryland Heights, Missouri.

A- Poured a very dark amber/brown with very little head. Brown foam formed a ring around the inside of the glass with a few remaining bubbles.

S- Very smoky aroma

T- Taste is smoky with some bittersweet chocolate and french roast coffee. A hoppy finish.

M- This stout was very heavy and full-bodied. One can definitely detect the higher alcohol content. Very lightly carbonated.

D- This export stout is decently smooth and very flavorful. Being a fan of all types of stout, this one is very good but doesn't possess the easier drinkability of dry stout.

Notes: The post pour foam resembles that of the crema on freshly brewed espresso. Brewed with love on 02-04-2009.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on Jan 10, 2007. 12 oz bottle
Bottle conditioned.
Poured an opaque black with a hint of red. Fine bubbled tan head.
Burnt sugar aroma, a little bit of fruit.
Solid medium body, not a lot of roasted barley flavor for a stout. Plenty of malt flavor otherwise. A long dry finish with some coffee flavors. It had a little sour twang to it, that took my flavor rating down a bit. Improved as it warmed, and I had already left it out for a while before opening. Pretty easy drinking for an 8% brew.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter, pitch black with a slightly tan head. caramel nose with a slight bit of roasted barley.

burnt sugar, caramel, slightly sweet. very muted roasted character. bit of dark fruit and alcohol in the finish.

on the higher end of medium bodied, this is actually a fairly quaffable beer. might not be the best beer ever, but for 9.99 a six pack this is an affordable quality 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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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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