Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
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?
03-15-2009 23:50:07 | More by mphopkins99
3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
05-28-2007 04:38:45 | More by Mechphisto
3.2/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
02-16-2012 02:48:51 | More by rhartogsq
3.24/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
05-21-2013 00:28:47 | More by beagle75
3.25/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
10-04-2011 22:34:19 | More by Minkybut
3.28/5 rDev -16.3%
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!
05-25-2012 02:55:00 | More by GossageBrewery
3.33/5 rDev -15.1%
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!
03-24-2007 04:16:01 | More by etenbus
3.38/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
03-09-2011 23:35:20 | More by bobhits
3.39/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
03-18-2014 23:37:18 | More by Murphious
3.4/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
01-11-2010 00:59:01 | More by atigerlife
3.4/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
12-22-2009 02:21:45 | More by John1985
3.4/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
07-03-2008 00:47:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.45/5 rDev -12%
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.
11-10-2013 21:44:14 | More by taylor714914
Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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