Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
01-28-2012 21:01:58 | More by Thorpe429
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of burnt and roasted malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with notes of bitterness and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels full-bodied and slightly viscous on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry.
O: The beer is very enjoyable and easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. It is a good representation of the style.
02-07-2012 00:32:00 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +2%
Appearance: Lots of ruby highlights peek through the dark brown body and the beige head manages to leave a few shards of lace
Smell: Roasted, almost charred malts dominate with chicory and some citrus fruit (surprise!) sneaking through
Taste: The first sensation is of a rather sweet, dark chocolate, and that flavor builds through mid-palate, with some citrus bitterness joining the fray; after the swallow, there is a nice burst of woody char to keep the sweet flavors in check, although there is a bit of residual sugar on the tip of the tongue at the finish
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; somewhat creamy and definitely warming
Drinkability: I was surprised by the sweetness but otherwise a nice stout
Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity
03-16-2008 21:52:25 | More by brentk56
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice light brown creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep chocolate notes with light roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is heavier than I had anticipated with loads of black chocolate notes with some roasted malt notes and some light dry bitter notes. Body is fuller then expected with good carbonation. Very enjoyable and probably closer to a foreign stout than an Irish stout.
01-14-2014 20:37:32 | More by Phyl21ca
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
Don't see this style everyday, aside from the Guiness version or a few homebrewer's. The beer begins with a deep, dark brown color and promises a viscous texture. Good head formation and retention of the tan variety, showing fair lacing later. Aromas are sweetly malty with a firm follow-up of roasted grains. Not overly complex, but rich and clean with a light lactose twang in the nose. Flavors provide much more malt sweetness, but not to dwarf the roasted, charcoal malts. Hints of espresso and cocoa decorate the brew but never dominated. Hopped for bitterness, but no decernable flavoring. Leaving the bitterness and flavor from the roasted grains to give roundness and palatability. Decently weighted and creamy in the texture, albeit too sweet on the teeth. Finishes, still, sweet with a firm shadow of roasted malt. A really nice beer, but probably a bit too sweet (caramel) for the style. Appreciated, but it's no Guinness.
03-03-2008 22:07:19 | More by BEERchitect
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
Got this one a little bit back and have been trying to go through the cellar and clear some of these out, I picked this one for a change of pace last night. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/21/2009.
The pour was fantastic. Deep, dark brown color with a huge tan head on top of it. Really very well done here as the head lasted for a good long while, all the time dropping tons of lacing up and down the sides of the glass and really making it a very full looking stout. Lots of roasted malts, touches of cocoa and tobacco coming off the aroma. Some light touches of sweetness, but for the most part this was a very dry aroma, and this carried over very well into the flavor. A huge dry stout, the 8% was completely unnoticeable. Smooth, mellow and light in body this was really about as solid as you can get for the this one. Rich cocoa and light touches of vanilla find their way to sneak in as it warms and a nice, long lingering flavor of chocolate could be picked up on the palate long after the last sip had left.
Overall this was a very solid offering here. Not at all what I was expecting. I would have to say this surprised me and really I would not mind getting another on of these someday. Great job here for sure.
05-22-2009 15:08:31 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a smallish, frothy, off-white head.
Smell: Roasted barley nose with notes of chocolate, cold coffee, and prune liqueur.
Taste: Dark malts tasting of melted dark chocolate and roasty coffee, though not too much roast. Drizzle of thick molasses, a few sprigs of licorice. Lightly fruity. Very slight, passing hop bitterness. Just a little sour near the end. Earthy, chocolatey finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not bad, not bad at all. For me, it'd be a lovely every day kind of stout.
08-01-2008 14:56:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
Picked up a single of this, bottled 01 14 2010.
Black with a sizable mocha dome, the foam leaves a delicate ring of cappucino foam around the edge.
Aroma is really rich, fried plantain, hot chocolate, semisweet chocolate chips. Fairly sweet but really pleasant.
Chock full of chocolate, this isn't quite RIS milkshake territory, but it drinks like chocolate milk. Full, rich, and chocolatey. A bit of roast with tobacco bitterness in the aftertaste briefly. Not at all cloying, though there's a good deal of sweetness in the form of chocolate and fried plantain flavors. Possibly the best i've tried from Schlafly... they should make a blend of this with their stellar pumpkin ale!
03-03-2010 00:27:27 | More by emerge077
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
A - Poured out a jet black color with a mocha, two-finger head. Left minimal lace.
S - It smelled strongly of roasted malt and hints of caramel.
T - It tasted of sweet roasted malt and toffee. The caramel flavor was understated.
M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - A pretty good stout. Nothing amazing but it will do in a pinch.
04-17-2007 01:57:30 | More by zeff80
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
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. Theres 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 youre ok with the sweetness. Its a good beer and I could drink a couple if these but after that I would look for something a little lighter.
10-18-2007 04:21:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with a pinky of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Roasted malt in spades & leafy hops as this warms
T: Tastes follows the nose, dryness & a touch of cocoa up front. Dryness dominates as this warms, along with leafy hops, along with some plumy tastes. Finishes dry, tanic & a whisper of booze. Finishes dry & roasty, plus a touch of booze, almost pulled a 4.0
S: Medium bodied, low carbonation & good balance
Drinks fairly easy for the abv, a good representation of the style
03-31-2009 02:57:55 | More by russpowell
3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Dertbert for including this in a trade.
Pours a dark brown with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy tan head. Shrinks down nicely into a thin layer of smooth, creamy retention that leaves a huge latticework of lace behind. The aroma is pretty heavy with roasty coffee notes, a sticky caramel sweetness, and a touch of cocoa powder.
The taste is roasted malts up front melding into a presence of overly sweet caramel and chocolate sweetness. A coffee bitterness runs through the middle and does its best to pull some of the sweetness back. Finishes bitter and sticky. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and creamy feel.
Hmmm. While I apprecitated the almost non-existant taste of its 8% ABV, I found that the jacked up sweetness to achieve this was just a tad too much (but not quite cloying) for me to enjoy more than one of these at a time. If you like your Stouts extra sweet, this is a good one!
04-30-2008 16:28:23 | More by Kegatron
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
At the time of this review, this is the #11 Foreigh / Export Stout on the best of lists on beeradvocate.com.
Beer poured into a Russian River -tion glass. Beer is black / dark brown with a good head, moderate carbonation, some lacing.
Aroma is sweet and has a mild chocolate notes in the nose.
The beer is medium bodied, sweet up front with a thin and mildly bitter finish. The midpalate has this great milk chocolate flavor that is very interesting. I really enjoyed this little stout. Sweeter than I expected but I guess that's what makes it a FES. I'd have it again.
07-05-2011 15:39:49 | More by drabmuh
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
On tap at Max's poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours black/dark brown with only a little light coming through at the edges. There is one finger of fluffy tan head, some remains throughout.
Smell: Quite roasty with a mild sweetness and hints of dark fruit.
Taste: Bitter burnt roast dominates with some dark chocolate. There is a very mild sweetness with some dark fruit and then some alcohol.
Mouthfeel: This one is on the thicker side. The carbonation is is delicate and smooth once you take a sip. The finish is very dry.
Drinkability: I thought this one was good and would be willing to drink it again.
02-03-2011 04:11:48 | More by oline73
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
Thanks to rysberg01 for this beer. I'm really impresed with this offering. To my taste, this is truly an nice example of an export stout, rather than than an extra stout, and the abv supports it. Very akin toa caribbean stout, like those found there from Guiness and Ceres.This style is a little highr in alcohol, an a bit sweeter than an Irish dry stout. This stout well represents the style. Pours a dark brown with an okay head that settles to a ring. Smells a little roasty, a little sweet, a little nutty, almost salty as well. The taste is also somewhat nutty, creamy, and only somewhat roasty. Some vanilla on the finish. The mouthfeel is unbelievably creamy, and it is a real creaminess instead of tricks with widgets introducing nitrogen. Smooth and delicious and easy to drink.
04-06-2008 01:48:14 | More by Georgiabeer
4/5 rDev +2%
Bottled with love on 01-09-2012
A: Pours jet black with two fingers of dark tan head. Good head retention and moderate amounts of lacing.
S: Aromas were primarily roasted + burnt malts with hints of caramel, chocolate, and just the tiniest amount of coffee. There was nice complexity and a subtle hint of smokiness to this beer.
T: The upfront tastes were of roasted malts and caramel with a pleasant amount of bitterness in the finish. There were just touches of coffee and alcohol present as well.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Some amount of creaminess to this beer as well as dryness in the finish.
O: Very enjoyable but a bold flavored beer - a very nice example of the style. Enjoyed by various types of beer drinkers at the Super Bowl party this past weekend (from casual non-craft beer folks to serious craft beer drinkers).
02-07-2012 14:11:19 | More by dbrauneis
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
12oz bottle obtained via NoBS BIF v3 from Vancer. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head fades at a moderate speed, with average lacing. Aroma is roasty grains. Taste is dark sweet maltiness upfront, with a not-so-dry close, with wisps of alcohol coming into play. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. The 8%abv could sneak up on the unaware.
05-20-2008 21:09:25 | More by ppoitras
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A real nice forming creamy and foamy head, color is a real nice tan coffee, makes about three fingers tall and settles slowly. Body color is a real dark black walnut brown, some very faint chestnut/red in places where the light can hit, but pretty much dark as all get out.
Nose is very muted, faint dry roast, a little cream, not much, but nothing awful.
Taste feels somewhere between a sweet milk stout and a slightly hoppy Foreign Export. Cream and milk in the mid palate with a slight mild hop on the finish. Texture seems delicate, but also bold and big, with a little bit of tight fizz hinting. Hop angle seems very down played.
Overall it's not bad, solid, but not really grabbing me like most Schlafly beers. I certainly like the Guinness Foreign Export much more.
01-31-2012 23:34:43 | More by smakawhat
Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
88 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.