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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 22
Gots: 30 | 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 atigerlife
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of John1985
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of ScreamForMe
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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)


Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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...

Photo of NewGeneric
4.64/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of abrand
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into tumbler

A-Pours an opaque black with a 3 finger tan head that lingers. Minimal lacing is noted on the glass.

S- Smells of malts, chocolate, coffee, and burnt nuts. Smells quite nice

T- Notes are similar to the smell. Lots of coffee and burnt hoppy presence

M- Medium to Light body

D- Overall fairly high, pretty good export stout.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 2/4/2009. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours black with about an inch brown head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing at all. Nice aroma, it smells like roasted malt, coffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted/burnt malt, smoke, coffee and chocolate. The hops show up in the bitter finish, and there's a good overall mix between the sweetness and bitterness in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit silky and creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, I enjoyed it and would definitely buy it again.

Photo of colts9016
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +6.4%
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
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.87/5  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
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
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
3.06/5  rDev -21.5%
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
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
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
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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 -8.2%
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
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.92/5  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 +5.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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