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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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355 Ratings

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Ratings: 355
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of colts9016
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Mandy, thank you.

Appearance: A jet black color. There is a1 finger head, that has no retention. The head is a dark tan with some creamy and foaminess. There is no clarity, it is opaque.

Nose: A roasted dark malt with chocolate, cream, espresso with a light burnt character. There are notes of molasses anise, and a port like aroma.

Taste: A good roasted dark malt with chocolate, espresso, a burnt character and molasses. There are hints of anise, alcohol, and cream.

Overall: The mouth feel is slightly creamy and carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is a tad harsh. This beer is a good solid beer. The body of the beer is a little thin for me. There are some bitterness in the beer but not a whole.

Photo of barnzy78
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz served at about 55º. Pours a dense black with no transparency. Nice tan head is slow to dissipate and leaves some lacing that sticks to the side of the glass. Aromas are roasted malts, molasses, and coffee with hints of chocolate. Familiar dry stout qualities are present in the aroma also. Mouth-feel is thin to medium bodied, but silky smooth on the palate. Tastes are similar to scents - chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, coffee - alcohol is present, but balanced well with the slight bitter finish. Also finishes appropriately dry for the style. Great take on a classic style! Would definitely recommend.

Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice dark black color with some nice tan initial head, slight lacing as it goes down. Deep scent, very dark and inviting, strong burnt grains and slight coffee. Excellent taste, deep, dark, and thick; nice burnt grains, slight coffee flavor, excellent hint of chocolate and toffee. It goes down very well for a higher ABV stout, slightly creamy and thick. Excellent brew.

Photo of javaj79
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Mar 2009. Bottled 02 04 2009.

Poured in DFH shaped pint. Two finger high dark brown head quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Dark brown-black, opaque, very slight reddish highlights. Aroma of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee. Lots of roasted malts, chocolaty sweet, becoming cocoa bitter. Lots of ethanol throughout. Aftertaste is bittersweet and slightly acrid like espresso. Becomes sweeter as it warms. Medium body, velvety mouthfeel.

Very nice sweet stout.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2009!

I enjoyed this fine stout from a Schlafly nonic.

A: Blackish-brown opaque brew with a cappucino colored head. When poured right, it leaves a nice head with even a little lacing.

S: Coffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, chocolate. sweet and inviting every next drink.

T: delicious swirling of the chocolate and coffee flavors with a roasted malt background, fades into vanilla and hazelnut.

M: an oily, full-bodied beer. leaves a bitterness from the large amount of hops used.

Overall, this is my favorite Irish style stout. I've had Guiness and Murphy's, and this beer is muuuuchh better. Its easy to drink and suprisingly refresing for a beer that boasts 8 percent abv. I woke up this St. Patricks day with a craving for an easy to drink stout with alot of flavor(and alcohol). Glad to let you know I found it.

Photo of mphopkins99
3.05/5  rDev -22%
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?

Photo of rabsten
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, here's the thing: I like Guinness. I really do. I just don't love Guinness. If it's what's available and nothing else of note is, I'll pick it up - if not, I probably won't. When I was 21 - in 1990 - I was willing to drive halfway across the state for it but now that I'm older and I've had so much quality beer, it seems a bit bland.

This beer reminds me what it was like to be 21 again. It's like everything I thought Guinness was then, but doubled to match my older, more cynical palate.

Nice, clean stout appearance: black body, thick brown head. fine lacing. Smell is light toasted, sweet malt. Like Guinness, but stronger.

Taste: Sweet but not cloying, tasty finish to malt, late bitterness. Again, just like a stronger Guinness. Silky, ultra-drinkable mouthfeel. Smooth drinking. Easy to get into trouble with this, it's so smooth and easy, despite the 8% ABV.

I've enjoyed every Schlafly product I've ever had - the Pale Ale is perhaps my favorite APA. This, however, is a revelation. All the solidity of an Imperial Stout whilst maintaining the mouthfeel, body, and character of a dry Irish.

Thank you, Schlafly.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured this one in a couple of different glasses and was surprised that it tasted best in a Chimay goblet. Pours black unless held up to light with a moderate sized brown tinted head. Smell is roasty with a hint of hops. The taste was wonderful. Roasted chocolate and coffee are apparent up front. The finish is spicy and slightly hoppy. The spice at the end reminded me a little of the spiciness in Chimay Blue. Mouthfeel is oily and cloying. This Stout is moderatelty carbonated. Drinkability is not very high. It is so rich, that after about four it gets to be a little much. My favorite stout yet, but I've never had a foreign export style stout before. I wish they were more available.

Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an almost opaque black. At first, thought was completely black but upon holding it to the light there is the slightest hints of ruby highlights. There is a one finger head that recedes relatively quickly - slight slight lacing left behind. Nose is predominantly of coffee and caramel with a very apparent boozy scent as well. Taste is very sweet up front mixed with coffee and dark chocolate. Alcohol is very apparent in the taste. Mouthfeel is oily on the tongue at first but the finish is on the drier side. Medium to heavy body, medium carbonation. Not a bad beer but the alcohol presence in the taste makes it a beer that I could only have one or two of in an evening.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a very clear dark brown color with a 1/4" light tan head.

S: The aroma is malty, nutty, spicy and sherry like. There are plum and cherry notes also.

T: This beer is malty and chocolaty . There are coffee and fruit notes that resemble the aroma.

M: This beer is full and lush. It is almost chewy. The carbonation is noticeable.

D: This is a full fledged stout. That being said, I love stouts and this is a nice surprise.

Photo of MDekker
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours out dark brown with ruby tinges, but almost no head.

S: Yummy - chocolate and coffee, mostly.

T: Similar flavors - dark chocolate, licorice, and the alcohol too. A dry finish.

M: A the watery side a bit. Could've used a bit more carbonation.

D: A pleasant drink. I wouldn't mind another someday.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pwoods
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Dark brown with some taracotta(sp? lol) hues. 1 finger worth of light tan head forms and falls withing a minute or so. Some decent lacing.

S: Toasty and roasty malts, not too heavy. A bit of smoky, woody, peaty aromas going on, very interesting. A touch of alcohol. A bit of floral and lightly resinous hops to balance.

T/M: Rich malts. Definitely some of that Irish/Scottish influence. More of the woody and peaty flavors with a full flavored sweetness that's not too heavy and not overdone. Maybe some light molasses. Hops are pretty potent, needed to balance the full malt flavors. A bit of bitterness to cut some of the sweetness. Body is full but not heavy and has a great creamy smoothness. Almost feels like an oatmeal stout.

D: Even at 8%, fully flavored, and full bodied, this brew is still pretty drinkable. Very tasty. I'm actually very happily surprised with this.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I came across this at Lukas Liquor in St. Louis and was glad I did - it ended up going perfectly with a St. Patrick's Day feast. This stout looked perfect in a pint glass. What surprised me most was the creaminess and sweetness that it had. I was expecting it to have a much more dry feeling to it but was pleasantly surprised at how rich it was. I highly reccommend this brew to anyone!

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It pours a dark, dark brown, with a small head that does not linger around for too long. It smells sweet, with some malts, chocolate, and black licorice. The taste starts off with sweet chocolate/cocoa that fades into a burnt malt and coffee taste, with a tad kick of hops at the very end. The mouthfeel is very creamy, but a bit thin. Overall, this is a very good export stout and matches up to the few others I have had. Being 8% and having such rich flavors, it is hard to drink more than a couple of these at a time.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from czoch75. Thanks! Bottled 05 Feb 2008

A: Hazy deep red-brown with a thin tan head that disappears quickly

S: Rich and thick with caramel, malt, lactose, figs, rum. Very nice!

T: Sweeter malts with a unique twist i can't quite put my finger on - tobacco? Rich and full bodied with a solid mouthfeel and sweet, fruity finish with plums

M:Thick and full bodied with just enough carbonation

D: This one's stronger than i thought it was. Still works great as a nightcap, though!

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

found this beer (along with a Hopslam and Double Cream) while scrounging up some packaging materials from a box I received just over a year ago from Vancer

a: light khaki head over a mahogany brown beer

s: interesting...cherries in dark chocolate, woody blackberry booze, plum and fig cake, and sweet roasts in a lighter stout body, reasonably complex with a gentle citrus/earthy hop aroma

m: medium-light carbonation and medium-full body

t: lighter (for a stout) sweet chocolate roasts and a mess of dark tree fruits somewhat reminiscent of a dense cherry/blackberry cake, a little earthy/woody

d: easy, nice beer and very drinkable for the abv

per the label, bottled Jan 10 2007

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of assmasterson
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown with a light ruby coloring around the edges. Head is somewhat light and quickly fades away. The bottle is somewhat subdue compared to the rest of the Schlafly line with a funky pretzel-type pattern on the front and the Irish proverb: "A narrow neck keeps the bottle from being emptied in one swig".

S: Some hops, a lot of deep chocolate and a touch of berries in the background, all on top of a pretty heavy alcohol tone.

T: Again, loads of dark chocolate here. If cold, starts off very sweet, almost being a little too sweet. Warmer, however, brings out the strong hop flavor with a little bit of a lemon twist at the end.

M: A tad light without much carbonation, yet very smooth.

D: Not quite as high due to the weather getting warmer, but still a damn fine Extra Stout from Schlafly. Since it is a winter release, get it now while you still can.

Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tim for giving me this beer to try.

Bottled on Feb06 2008.

Pours an amber maple color with over an inch of foam.

Dry roasted grains with hints of mint chocolate? Yep, very subtle though. Some earthy hops and a sweet candy-like aroma as well. There's a bit of dark fruits, mostly sweet raisins and dates, and also some caramel.

Very sweet tasting with lots of caramel and dark fruit flavors. After the initial shock of how much dark fruit flavor this one has I am able to detect more roasted malts and a bit of mocha. There are also a few notes of grapes.

Smooth mouth-feel, and easy to drink. Surprised this is 8%, can hardly taste half of it. Not bad.

Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
88 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.