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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
88
very good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 17
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Vancer on 02-07-2007)
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AlCaponeJunior for the opportunity to try this one.

A: Appears black, but when held to light you can see shades of dark brown. Nice tan head. Some lacing.

S: Nice roasted malts. Some sweet, chocolatly notes as well. Like the nose.

T: Roasted barley and chocolate as the nose would lead you to believe. Nice hop bitterness is added in to make a very tasty beer. Really like this one.

M: Surprisingly enough, this one is a little on the thin side. Leaves a good aftertaste.

D: For the style, I think this one is very drinkable and smooth.

This is my favorite Schlafly that I can remember having. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:24:24 | More by titosupertramp
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 01:08:08 | More by bubseymour
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black with a one finger head that didn't last but left great lacing and a film of head along the sides of the glass.

Roasted caramel malts and dark fruits dominate the smell.

Tastes of dark roasted malts with the usual suspects of chocolate and a touch of coffee, plus a notable hops bitterness. Overall flavor is strong and packs quite an alcohol punch.

Feels full and slightly oily on the tongue, fair carbonation and a lingering bitterness. Alcohol warming.

Within the style it's pretty drinkable, but not something I'd want to drink every day.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 18:59:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 00:19:09 | More by TheSarge
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bfields4

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:47:33 | More by bfields4
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle - bottled on 02/03/2010 - served into a Sierra Nevada nucleated pint glass.
Purchased on clearance for 99 cents a bottle. Score!

Pours a nice, opaque dark brown that borders on black. Just like you'd expect from an export stout. The tan head is a very nice two fingers in size with decent ratio of large bubbles to small ones. Lacing is very notchy. If only the head retention was batter; the foam shrinks down to a thinnest of caps after four minutes or so.

Lots and lots of mild roasted malt character in the nose. Comforting roast. Mmmm, roast. There is a bitter sort of chocolate here - Baker's bittersweet chocolate comes to mind. A dash of the creamy sort of lactose sugar sweetness that milk stouts have. A bit of tobacco leaf. Some sour grain similar to those that you find in the Guinness foreign stouts. This beer is perhaps not sweet enough, but very nice nonetheless.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips and roasted malt are the dominant flavors in this beer. Some sour grain and some ghosts of blueberry help round out all the roastyness with some additional character. The finish starts out as if it is going to be dry but then a flush of sweet chocolate malt flavors rush in. Fairly robust, all-in-all.

I'm not thrilled with how this beer feels in the mouth. The carbonation is unexpectedly harsh; certain spots on my tongue are met with a distracting abrasiveness. The body feels right apart from carbonation issues. This is nicely drinkable. It doesn't taste like it is 8% ABV. There isn't enough complexity that you'd want to drink multiples however.

This offering from Schlafly suffers from the same problem that I find in just about every Foreign/Export Stout: it isn't complex or interesting as an Imperial Stout and it isn't nearly as sessionable as an Irish Dry Stout. Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout is one of the best beers in the style that I've had - robust, tasty (and a steal at the price of 99 cents per bottle that I stumbled upon last night) - but I can't envision many times where I'd want this particular combination of flavor & ABV. Good beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 21:39:35 | More by Reaper16
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eclaycamp

Kansas

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stouts for summer. Why not? While lots of folks are reaching for a pilsner or pale ale, I figured I'd go the opposite direction, drinking some stouts, which I usually prefer to have in the dead of winter.

12 ounce bottle, with about 8 ounces poured into a snifter glass. Little to no head in the pour, despite my attempts to get something out of it. What little head their is collects in a small ring at the outside of the glass. Pours a very dark black the consistency of motor oil. Smells surprisingly fruity, with notes of raisin followed by the typical stout smell of roasted barley and chocolate. Some almond notes are there too. Surprisingly bubbly on the palate, with the roasted chocolate followed by more roasted notes and some coffee. Hop character is there, but not exactly easy to find and it's mainly in the finish. Hard to believe this is an Extra Stout with the 8% ABV. One would expect this to be heavy, almost syrupy, but that's not the case. It's actually a very well balanced beer and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 23:59:09 | More by eclaycamp
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Rhettbuck

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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).

Smell: AMAZING

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2010 18:45:01 | More by Rhettbuck
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Ben - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malt with mild amounts of black patent malt and cocoa powder. Also present are very mild hints of smokiness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Black and roasted malt flavors kick things off, each sharing 50% of the profile. Midway through the sip cocoa powder and hints of leafy hops enter into things, carrying through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a bit too far on the roasty side to be a traditional export stout but that doesn't mean it's not a tasty beer. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 03:48:34 | More by glid02
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours engine oil black that no light can penetrate. Nice tan head, but it quickly disappears. Aroma is roasty and sweet with coffee, bitter cocoa and some licorice notes. The nose seems a bit sweet for a dry stout. Flavor is quite nice and has a surprising smokiness to it. As one would expect, the predominant flavors are of roasted malts as bitter chocolate and coffee. Less chalky yeast character than most true English styles. Very little hop flavor, but definitely has the level of bitterness a dry stout requires. As mentioned before, I am getting a definite Smokey character, or perhaps it is just black patent? Definitely unique and a welcome addition. This is a very well balanced dry stout, and though I worried after the aroma that it would be too sweet, it is nicely dry and quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky, but not a deal breaker by any means. Very drinkable, and noticing that this is 8% ABV, I am inclined to think that it is not just very, but extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:30:15 | More by zoso1967
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours just as I expected given the "Extra Stout" moniker.
I have no idea what "Irish Style" is supposed to be- a nod to the ubiquitous Guinness Stout?

Produces a mild nose that mostly hints at alcohol, with a tid-bit of malt.

The up front and center flavor is bitter hops. Very robust and it tingles my palate In fact of the two bottles I've enjoyed the bitter hops overwhelms any other flavors that might be present. I can't tell if there's anything under that powerful start to the flavor. Although the bitter is fleshed out with some hints of malt and maybe a bit of coffee.

A very long "energizer bunny" finish. It keeps going and going and ....

Mouthfeel is robust and this beer made itself known. It's quite cordial and perhaps effervescent.

Dinrkability - I didn't find the flavor to be overly complex, but that isn't generally what I find makes a beer "drinkable" -- the ABV is higher than I'd find ideal, still I wouldn't hesitate to reach for another.

While this stout isn't an end-all or perhaps overly memorable, it's still a beer that I'd reach for seeing it on the store's shelf.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 23:53:16 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Schlafly Tap Room when I was in St. Louis a month or so ago and really enjoyed it. I picked up a six pack there and am finally getting around to reviewing it.

A: Nice and impenetrable black with a gorgeous mocha-colored head that starts out at a finger and recedes fully after about a minute. The lacing is thin, with a mixture of dots and boomerangs.

S: Roasted malts and coffee are the first scents I pick up... I've got to let this warm up a bit. Some vanilla and milk chocolate smells are also apparent. There is a hint of booze mingling in with the other aromas, as well as some earthy, wet soil.

T: I'm convinced that this is a beer that should be drank at room temperature, and no lower. The sad thing is, I knew this before I started this review and still cracked it when slightly chilled. That said, when at proper temperature, this is a tasty brew. The roasted malt flavors are probably the dominant aspect of the taste, but it is pretty well balanced by the vanilla and chocolate notes. The finish is a little more as astringent and coffee-like than I remember it being on tap.

M: Good and creamy, but nothing that blows my mind. It could be bigger and play with all parts of my palate a bit more.

D: This went down easily and I would certainly have another. The slight astringent taste on the finish prohibits me from giving this more of a boost.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 00:48:57 | More by TCHopCraver
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rrski198

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; Dark as usual for a stout. The head is what had me. I love it when a stout has a nice mocha colored head and this one was big.

S: Complex for sure, but major malt and caramel come through.

T: Outstanding. Little bit of alcohol but this is balanced perfectly with the sweetness. Rich and complex, dark and burnt flavors.

M: Chewy for shure. heavy on the palate but I love this.

D: Despite the ABV, I could have quite a few of these. The complex flavors and sweetness are perfectly balanced with the alcohol to create a stout I will look for next winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 02:39:21 | More by rrski198
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 00:27:27 | More by emerge077
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours jet black, nice body, cocoa frothy head and great lacing

sweet roasted malts, light floral and pine hops, light molasses, dark fruit

sweet with a dark chocolate bitterness up front. light dark fruits through the middle. nice bitter finish that finishes with a dry roasted charcoal flavor.

very full body, nice moderate carbonation, dry feeling through out.

this has always been a schlafly favorite of mine. very bold and full of flavor. this years really seems to shine. ABV is a bit high but i could easily drink a few

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 00:44:50 | More by hooliganlife
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Tone

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a dark tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, hops, slight alcohol, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Foreign / Export Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, and slight yeast.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:30:59 | More by Tone
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a imperial pint

A-Black as night with a near redish tint around the head. Head is fluffy but not to thick but leaves a thick lace down the glass

S-Notes of dark black malt with some sweeter chocolate and brown sugar.

T-Flavors of burnt toast and roasted malt. Very toasty. Fruity flavors in the background almost like bannana. Very light coffee note as well, there is a ton going on in the flavor of this beer, you almost taste something new everytime you take a drink.

M&D-Very smooth silky mouthfeel easy to drink with a heavy to medium heavy body. Not sure I could drink alot of them in a session but this is an incredible offering from schafly.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:45:04 | More by SpecialK088
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent to me in an enormous package of generosity from rsyberg01 for the holiday sponsor a BA. Thanks again Ric!

Appearance- Pours an opaque black with about a half finger of dark brown head that dies back to a coating over the surface of the beer in short order.

Smell- Lots of rich roast coming through in the nose. A fair amount of burnt coffee coming through as well. Smells like a good mixture of sweet, rich, and bitter.

Taste- Rich roasted malt with burnt aspects of coffee and bitter chocolate showing through as well. A nice combination and that characteristic soda bread quality in Irish dry stouts makes a showing here as well. Subtle and well crafted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel becomes just a touch thin as the beer warms but pretty adequate. The flavor profile is rich but not overpowering, and I could see this being a nice session beer if the mood was right.

Overall, a very nice example of the style. I liked this one and would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 22:46:48 | More by boatshoes
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 00:59:01 | More by atigerlife
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John1985

Tennessee

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 02:21:45 | More by John1985
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ScreamForMe

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tilley4 for this extra....

Poured with a 1/4inch head into an impy pint glass.

Roastiness abounds. A bit of charcoal like chocolate notes?

A little on the thin side for the mouthfeel but nothing to complain about.

The abv is very well hidden. Deceptively sessionable.

Another sessionable brew from Tilley4. This seems to be a pattern from the extras Jason's sent me.... ;o)

Next!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 05:15:11 | More by ScreamForMe
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joepais

Maine

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mphopkins99 for sending this bottle my way bottle poured into a Sam Addams glass produced a finger worth of tan colored head that settled to a thick lace. the color of the body of this brew was a typical black.

A nice aroma of toasted grains with a light hops. The flavor is great coffee espresso roastiness. This of course is followed up with some nice sweet maltiness in the brew. The feel is full in my mouth with ample carbonation.

There is good drinkability on this stout. This is also a great example of the style I would never turn it down

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:37:06 | More by joepais
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been digging the last few Schlafly offerings I've tried so I picked up a single of this brew recently and I'm cracking it tonight...this was bottled on February 5th of this year...
This pours ALMOST black but not all the way, slowly forming an inch thick mocha head... Looks very tasty in the pint glass..

Nice rich roasted aromas mixed with a surprisingly pungent hoppiness.. Hmmm... I wasn't expecting that and its got me excited to try this... Smells a lot like Black Sun Stout to me..

This is one smooth mother... I could see myself face first at a bar after pounding these 8% bad boys all night... The alcohol is nowhere to be found in this. All I'm getting is a rich creamy roasted maltiness laced with a mocha-like chocolate and coffee background... Right at the end, the hops pop up with a bittering kick that gives this one a nice unusual punch.. Very well crafted brew here..

Well, I've decided that I'm going back for this one... Its a very drinkable export with no trace of booziness at all, just a real treat... I liked it a lot...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 02:08:19 | More by Tilley4
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NewGeneric

California

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 08:57:09 | More by NewGeneric
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. The stout appears a hazed dark brown color with about two fingers of fluffy ecru foam. The head sticks around for a few minutes before ebbing to a thin layer. Notes of both milk and dark chocolate, fresh roasted grains, bitter coffee, dry cocoa sweet caramelized malt are present in the taste and aroma. I was surprised to read this one clocks in at 8%. You certainly don't notice it while drinking. Dry finish and a body slightly better than medium with ample carbonation for an export stout. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 23:25:53 | More by ClockworkOrange
Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
88 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.