Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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88
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 22
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of raznug
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours black as the ace of spades and is topped with ¾” of tan colored head that leaves rather quickly.
Smell: The smell is just as one would expect coming from an Irish Stout roasted notes dominate but there is a sweet aroma that has me thinking.
Taste: The taste of this stout is rather complex. It has roasted flavor along with the dry finish but the sweetness that the beer has I really enjoy and makes it one tasty brew.
Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy like a stout should be but it is easy drinking for a stout making for a rather enjoyable brew. (572 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass
bottled on 12-21-11

A:Pours an opaque jet black, 1.5 fingers width of light mocha head takes a good amount of time to dissipate down.  Leaves only the faintest spotty lacing.  

S: Smells very sweet with chocolate and dark fruit, a bit of roasted malt.  Not bad, but rather simple.

T:  Follows the nose in that its quite sweet, but its a generic sweetness, like chocolate syrup.  Some roasted malt and booze.  Again, very simple palate profile, but enjoyable.  

M/D:  Pretty nice mouthfeel.  Medium bodied with a good thickness.  Appropriate carbonation,  ABV is certainly noticed, but it adds to a rather simple flavor profile, and it is not hot going down, so the booze component is appreciated in my book.  

O: Overall, good but not great from top to bottom.  I wont seek this out, but Id gladly drink it if given to me.  Paired well with a large sunday brunch of pancakes, bacon, and eggs. (947 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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! (417 characters)

Photo of duracell
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before September, 1st 2012.

A - Pitch black color with an active carbonation. Generous off-white creamy head with medium retention and limited lacing.

S - Very good smell, quite complex, a nice blend of malt, hop, and alcohol, a bit too boozy though. I pick out some dark fruits. The beer seems to be pretty sweet for a FES.

T - Very complex taste, the huge amount of malt is perfectly balanced by the hop. Notes of black liquorice, toffee, caramel, chocolate. There is a significant amount of residual sugar.

M - Very full body, really heavy on the tongue. Perfect carbonation and good smoothness. The alcohol is very noticeable for an 8.0% ABV.

O - A generous beer, BOLD, very complex and with a good drinkability! Quite far from the style but I love it! (797 characters)

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this stout in a nonic pint.

Appearance- There are two fingers of an ecru-colored and dense foam. The cap is craggy from tons of small and exploding bubbles. The body is completely black and looks great.

Smell- A little bit of roast and then there is some slightly sweet roast. This is a pretty unimpressive and simple nose.

Taste- It starts with some slightly coffee and caramel-like qualities. After that, a little bit of a boozy background builds with more roast. Then the earthy hops really start coming into play and produce a long finish with the coffee roast. I wish this was a little more intricate, but the flavors are strong and distinct, maybe a little too boozy.

Mouth feel- This one borders on being too thin, but drinks easily regardless. It is not really that dry. The finish lasts for a good amount of time.

Overall- I'm a little torn on this stout, yes it is roasty and a little dry. However, booze is too noticeable, and it is a little thin for a stout. Not to mention, it is not the most complex dry stout out there. I guess "complexity" isn't a pre-requisite for the style, but something else could have reared it's tasty head to help this beer out. (1,183 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with no light coming through the glass. Only a half a fingers worth of tan head with light amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt with chocolate notes.

Taste- Smoky dark roasted malt at the start with a slightly bitter finish. Notes of chocolate and coffee throughout.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Smooth and a little creamy.

Overall- Pretty good. I would buy a six pack of this. (493 characters)

Photo of kennylopez
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a 12oz bottle into a DFH Goblet.

Appearance: a jet black color with a light fingers worth of tan head that leaves little spots.

Smells: a roasted bread malt with significant hop character. some bitter sweet chocolate as it warms up come out strong in a nice way.

tastes: as the nose insisted with a light coffee note which I really enjoy.

mouthfeel: at 8% this has a light body alcohol presence. The carbonation lasts but its light towards the end but not in a bad way at all.

Overall: I payed $2 for a single if this and I honestly hope there are more when I go back because I only have one left and I would like to have more than that if possible. I like this stout quite a bit. Going to call it my St. Patrick's day brew this year and hopefully from here on out. (777 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly has take over in mind. They are everywhere in our town now.

Poured this into a pint glass. Nice head with beautiful lacing. Near black in color.

Nose was bitter coffee and roasted malt.

Taste was a pleasant surprise. Some bitterness with coffee and roastiness. A really nice balanced beer. Easy to drink. Too easy. It is pretty strong and will catch up with you. This is not an overly dry stout which was a concern of mine when I saw "Irish". I will seek this out again. Not sure if it is available all the time. (524 characters)

Photo of rhartogsq
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

inflatablechair brought this surprising gem over tonight... Thanks Sammy! Poured into my Corsendonk tulip... decent dark tan head... with okay lacing... the brew is the expected black.

Nose is mildly roasty for a beer this big.. decent dark malt with some background char and some up front dark fruitiness... dark cherry essence and some odd boozy prune notes.

Flavor had good dry dark malts.. bits of dusty cocoa... light coffee .. some char with warmth... again a bit of dark fruits..

Not sure what to make of this one... I like it, but it is pretty one dimensional from front to back... a good brew, but I doubt I would ever buy it if given the opportunity.

3.5/4/4/4/3.5

Thanks Sam!! (693 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yields a nice 2.5 finger tan head that sits on top for a while. The beer is a very dark brown, nearly black. Moderate amount of lacing. A bit milky in its dark roasted aroma, soft and toasty, even a bit nutty. Touches of coffee and unsweetened chocolate as well.

Soft tones of coffee behind a good foreground of dark roasted malts make this an enjoyable stout. A bit of milkiness, but it doesn't add a mocha like flavor as the chocolate notes are of the unsweetened, baking kind. Solid hoppiness in the back of the palate that rounds out some big malty, almost burnt flavors. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and allows a slight alcohol feel through, not distractingly or bad. A thicker mouthfeel would rounded this one all the way out though. The finish is a bit dry, but doesn't linger too long in the aftertaste besides a bit of burntish malt taste.

Overall, not bad. Not overly complex, but easy drinking for 8% ABV. I would buy again when in the mood for a pretty good extra stout. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Merkur
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a solid black with a nice bit of brown head on top.

Beer smells slight roasty coffee smell to it, but not a ton going on with the smell.

The beer tastes of roasted coffee and bit of a chocolate taste. After the initial sip, the beer mellows out with a dry, hoppy finish. Much more flavor than your usual dry stout.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick.

Very tasty Irish stout. (380 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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). (871 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (658 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (292 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (825 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is pitch black with a brown hue on the edges when held up to the light. The head is a chunky cookies and cream colored head that takes time to dissipate. There is nice soapy rings of lacing.

Smells boozy and of burnt malts. Dry bitter chocolate.

Tastes dry, and of alcohol. There's a faint sweet bitter chocolate and burnt malt finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, dry, dry.

Overall, I generally detest the word "extra" in a beer name. This is a decent Irish dry stout, but I don't feel that it needs the 8.0% ABV. It's got a good dry stout feel and the taste is fair, but Schlafly always seem to do at least one thing I don't like in each of their beers. There's way too much alcohol in this one. (735 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “Bottled with love on” date printed on the bottom of the front label is “12 21 2011.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black; only a few rays of light passed through the bottom of the glass, creating a deep ruby. Two fingers of tan head dissipated to leave a thin lacing spotted with bubbles and a ring around the edge.

Smell: I could smell the roastedness immediately after popping the cap. Lots of roasted malts offer scenes of caramel, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, molasses, and a little coffee. It has an oat balance and smoothness to it, too, and black raspberry and plum emerge as the beer continues to warm.

Taste: Yowza — this is serious stout. It has a very thick mouthfeel and imparts a roasted bitterness that almost leaves the flavors behind. There are flavors of roasted chocolate and coffee (mostly coffee), but the dark fruit — black raspberry, plum, raisin, and cherry — steal the show. Each taste is tinged with booze; it is not overpowering, but it is getting there. However, everything thankfully balances nicely when the beer has warmed significantly.

Drinkability: After a couple more of these I will be lucky to be functional by noon tomorrow. This is a double whammy of dark malts and booze. Next stop: Hangover City. (1,319 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stout glass. Bottled with love on 12-21-11.

A- beer pours a dark, deep, black that shows some light brown only around the edge of the top. It had dark tan head that didn't linger, but left some medium lacing on glass.

S- Wow! This stout smells good. There is some chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, and some mile sweetness.

T- The taste follows the scent well. Im getting some dark italian expresso for the bitterness. Nice roasted not burnt malts, and maybe some caramel/chocolate tastes.

M- Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Not too dry of an after taste.

O- A great beer. The flavors / scents blend well. Schlafly did it very well. (670 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle that I actually had sitting around from last year. Pours just a shad under black. I can still see some reddish hues along the edges. A bubbly tan one finger head rests atop that dissipates to a small ring.
Aroma is roasted and earthy malts. And even a dried fruit sweetness. Last year I noted that there was an unpleasant worcestershire sauce smell. I'm not getting that this time.

Getting some sweet chocolatey malt flavors. A hint of underlying fruitiness. Roasted and ever so slightly smoked malts. This beer aged well. I'm enjoying it a lot more than I did previously. It's a bit more complex.

This beer is full bodied and drinks exceptionally smooth. This time around I think it's a bit more sweet than the roasty flavor this style should have. However, I'm enjoying it much better this second time around. (826 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown and sits nearly opaque black in the glass with some faint brown highlights. Yields a 1/2 finger of deep tan head that fades after about 2 minutes. Small amount of lacing.

S - Aromas of caramely malt, vanilla, toasted barley, a good dollop of sweet chocolate and a mild background of floral hops.

T - Lots of burnt grain. An extra dry hoppiness up front and through the middle. Has the expected dry tanginess of a good irish-style stout. More hop and alcohol bitterness hit the sides of the tongue toward the finish along with bitter cocoa and burnt sugar.

M - Extra thick and chewy. Lots of bubbly carbonation which was almost a little coarse for me and my expectation of irish stouts. Finish is fairly smooth with lingering sticky sweetness. (820 characters)

Photo of soju6
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color with a nice tan head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate and a bit of fruit sweetness.

T: Taste of roasted coffee, dark chocolate with a nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Full body, smooth and creamy with a nice warming effect.

O: Goes down easy, a very tasty beer. Good example of the style. (343 characters)

Photo of challenja
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served On Tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown

A: A nice midnight black with dark coffee roast head.

S: Colombian roast coffee, dark chocolate cocoa, light wiffs of red fruit.

T: Smooth dark chocolate malt, Arabic roast coffee, semi sweet red fruit. Smooth and refreshing. Not overly complicated in taste profile, its mostly Arabic bitter roast, without being too powerful and off putting. Ahh..

M: Medium carbonation with a nice semi dark mocha creamy mouthfeel. This is what Guinness has tried to be for years but fails at miserably.

O: This is a good everyday Irish stout, could have been more creamy and had a bigger taste profile, but its a solid B, not going to add it to my beer fridge but it beats Guinness all to hell. (732 characters)

Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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