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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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349 Ratings

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | 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 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.

OlRasputin989, Mar 18, 2009
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?

mphopkins99, Mar 15, 2009
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.

rabsten, Mar 14, 2009
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.

johnnybgood1999, Mar 07, 2009
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.

Jayli, Mar 02, 2009
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.

barefootbrewer, Nov 15, 2008
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.

MDekker, Aug 20, 2008
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 01, 2008
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.

pwoods, Aug 01, 2008
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 03, 2008
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!

HoppyMcStout, Jun 07, 2008
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.

birchstick, May 27, 2008
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.

ppoitras, May 20, 2008
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!

Kegatron, Apr 30, 2008
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!

DefenCorps, Apr 30, 2008
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

blackie, Apr 15, 2008
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.

Georgiabeer, Apr 06, 2008
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.

assmasterson, Apr 05, 2008
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.

seaoflament, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an oily black hue with a one finger frothy tan head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a slight burnt grain hidden behind the dominant candy sugar aroma.

The taste consisted of an upfront moderate sweetness that slowly subsided to reveal a subtle roasted barley.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a good stout. A heavyweight that could have benefited from a bit more robust malt however. Thanks to brentk56 for the sample.

plaid75, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of bort11
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on Snake Saturday while stuffing my face with my wife's corn beef and cabbage. Mmmm!

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Interesting little trick here. It starts off with a 1/4 inch head after the pour is completed, and then a few seconds later it slowly grows to a full two and a half fingers width. Color is a dark ruby red with a fair amount of clarity. I would generally expect a little more darkness in a stout.

Smell has a sweet charred grain a bit woody, with a bit of sweet berry. Taste is quite charred wood, vanilla, cocoa and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied like a dry stout. Mild and dry carbonation. The alcohol is almost completely masked and goes down very smoothly.

I'm not sure it is worth the extra $$ that this is charged for as a seasonal, $9.99 for a six pack. This is still very good though. If I have any left over to cellar after tonight, it will be interesting to see what happens.

bort11, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark black with some brown and ruby around the edges. A two finger head forms and recedes fast, and it leaves no lace.
S: A very malt aroma. Sweet chocolate and lots of coffee. Not all that complex, but not bad at all.
T: OMM, plenty of roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Coffee that seems to dominate. Again, not very complex, but I like it a lot.
M/D: Feels good in the mouth. Rich and creamy like a stout should be. At 8% ABV, this drinks pretty smoothly. When I drank it, I did not know it was that high in alcohol content.

I enjoyed this beer. A good stout to seek out if in the St. Louis area.

champ103, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of SMark
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 53° from a 12 ounce bottle. A 'Bottled With Love on' date was on the bottom of the label. One finger of tan head sat on top of the dark brown beer with tinges of red.

The beer was clean smelling with just a hint of sweet malt.

The taste was better thathe non descript bouquet I sensed. There was a smooth, slightly sweet malt taste with a candy like presence.

I enjoyed the aftertaste and the sensation that there was Belgian candy. A slight bitterness teased the sides of the tongue and made this a delight to quaff. Some alcohol was sensed the longer it stayed in the mouth.

There was some lacing as I consumed the beer but it was very minimal. I tried to get more out of the aroma but failed. Still this was enjoyable and I will take it easy and enjoy the rest of the sixer at a later date.

SMark, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Tuey13
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with a creamy 1 finger tan head.

The smell isn't as strong as I expected but does have a malty aroma with a strong toffee scent dominating.

The taste was roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee flavor and some nice smokiness that I wasn't expecting but was pleased with nonetheless.

I have some of this that I cellared last year so I am anxious to see how it has cellared.

Tuey13, Mar 08, 2008
Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
88 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.