Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

Added by Vancer on 02-07-2007

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Photo of Merkur
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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).

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of soju6
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of challenja
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Jwren5
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I personally drank this right out of the bottle, but from what I understand, the look of this has been compared to that of Guinness (quite dark with a good amount of thick foam).

S: Malty, like roasted coffee. Also, I detected something slightly astringent, but not in an off-putting way.

T: Malty with subtle hints of dark chocolate and coffee beans. I also picked up the tastes of pumpernickel and molasses. This definitely finished off dry, and with a hoppy bitterness. For 8% ABV, this really did not taste overly boozy.

M: Well carbonated (medium to high), full bodied, and not watery at all!

O: I'm slowly beginning to appreciate stouts, and I have to say that this is very smooth, and drinker friendly! I would not hesitate to enjoy this beer again!

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Photo of Minkybut
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was very black indeed. The beer poured a nice head that was kind of a chocolate color and nice and poofy. The taste was kind of like burnt chocolate, not terrible nut really strong. I think I would try this beer again.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this 12 oz. bottle in a trade from StlThrash, and poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black. I can see no light, even thru the sides of the glass. Nice 1 finger light brown head that fades leaving some descent lacing behind.

S - Great peat and roasty malt aroma. Kinda warming in the nostrils.

T - The smell matches the flavor perfectly. Great roasty malt backbone, with notes of molasses and a nice dry finish.

M - Very smooth and easy drinking. Slightly lacking in carbonation, but that contributes to the smooth, medium body mouthfeel.

O - I was pleasantly suprised with this one. I'm not used to a dry irish stout being this robust,or smooth. I have had this in my cellar for about 7 months. Just a really good irish stout, no bells or whistles.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since I had never tried it before and it was new to me. Sure, I'm sweating to death here in the head and humidity but this beer was brewed with love on 2/4/11 and I thought it was time to enjoy it before it became skunked!

Typical dark pour to this with a very frothy and lighter-hued head that took up quite a bit of my pint glass. It faded after a minute and the accompanying lacing was only a pipe dream, since there wasn't any to be see. The taste was that of dark chocolate, a bit of fig and currant, and some roasted toffee. Not much of an aroma but the hops and alcohol fused together nicely in the aftertaste and lingered for a while. This wasn't malty or heavy in the mouthfeel either and if there were any drawbacks to this beer, it tasted stronger than it actually was.

For a FES, this was a decent take on it. Sure, it's strong and I'm feeling it as I finish it up, but it's nothing excessive and the booze never overtook the flavors and ambiance of this beer. I'm not sure if I'd give it another go but for anyone who loves dark beers and doesn't want to be bowled over while having one, this would be a good choice.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #11 Foreigh / Export Stout on the best of lists on

Beer poured into a Russian River -tion glass. Beer is black / dark brown with a good head, moderate carbonation, some lacing.

Aroma is sweet and has a mild chocolate notes in the nose.

The beer is medium bodied, sweet up front with a thin and mildly bitter finish. The midpalate has this great milk chocolate flavor that is very interesting. I really enjoyed this little stout. Sweeter than I expected but I guess that's what makes it a FES. I'd have it again.

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Photo of shanblur
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Black with a minimal light tan head which recedes quickly. Many bubbles form around the glass with some minor lacing

S - Muted dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas with a definite hop presence

T - Dark chocolate and licorice notes with a nice melding of hops and malt flavors. Very well balanced. The alcohol is somewhat evident but is well disguised

M - Good amount of carbonation and a nice dry finish

I could certainly have a few more of these. The only negative for me was the muted aromas but the taste more than made up for that.

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Photo of javaj1979
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout is motor oil black with some tan lacing. Aroma is malt with chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Tastes just like it smells: unsweetened chocolate, licorice, coffee. Malty sweetness up front with some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Lightly carbonated. Long finish with a hint of alcohol. Just slightly unbalanced but still delicious. Paired well with some dark chocolate. Brewed with love on 02-04-2011.

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Photo of philbe311
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A fingers worth of slightly fizzy tightly packed medium brown colored head with some big chunky bubble mixed in... Slight retention gives way to full moderately creamy lacing... A light black color that allows a bit of light to leak in at the bottom of the glass hinting at a slight red hue... Some carbonation bubbles can been seen racing along the sides of the glass...

S - Lightly roasted malts... Cocoa powder... Baker's chocolate... Subtle coffee notes... Some caramelized sugars... Soy sauce... Perhaps even a touch of smoke...

T - Roasted malts... Some faint espresso notes... Dark chocolate... Cream... Caramel... Toffee... Brownie mix... A touch of smokiness on the finish...

M - Medium to full bodied... Slightly dense... Lush and creamy... Subtle carbonation... A bit chewy... Excellent balance and consistency... A bit of a chalky finish... Very nicely done...

D - A very nice brew here folks... Above average in all categories and teetering on outstanding in most... I only get to sample Schlafly on a limited basis, but this is my favorite to date... Not overpowering and proof the depth and complexity go along way in making a world class offering...

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Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on a nitro-tap @ the Schlafly Tap-Room in St. Louis, MO. Tapped with the Small Black, Nitro-Tapper handles in a Pint Glass with the head dripping down the sides and ready to review!

Appearance- Received with 1.5 fingers of creamy, off white head. Very similar to the pour of a Guinness in color, thickness, and density. Leaves almost no head and head retention is decent.

Smell- Very strange aroma! I smell the average stout smell (chocolate, roast, coffee) but then have a hint of a HUGE soy sauce smell. Nothing like it!

Taste- There is a roasted, chocolate taste at the beginning and then a huge amount of milk stout flavor in the end. Still it was all roast in the end!

Mouthfeel- Medium- Full Bodied, Full Viscosity, Smooth, and the roast taste staying on the palate very long. Nice! Very dry and prickly. Thin (but gets thicker as it warms).

Overall- Smoothest Stout I might have ever had from an American Brewery. Have seen this out in the stores as a Special Release but as soon as I saw it was on a Nitro-Tap at the Tap-Room, I went straight for it! Great drinkability as well!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours half pitch black body, no highlights and half dark tan head of billowy microbubbles.

Hefty roast coffee aroma, hints of chocolate around the edges. Whiff of bakery up the block.

The taste reserves the aroma, with chocolate up front backed by coffee notes. Nice big flavor when warmed up a bit. Alcohol hidden. Subtle earthy hops.

Smooth medium-plus mouthfeel. Slick though not oily.

Nicely drinkable, though the "Irish-Style" on the label might imply more of an Irish Dry Stout instead of this higher alcohol Foreign/Export Stout.

A pleasant treat, and an intermediate style that we don't see that often. Nice to have a stout between Irish Dry and Russian Imperial.

Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. Special thanks to mikennat for this from our recent trade!

Bottled with love on: 12 29 2010

A: Pours with the exact color and consistency of Coke. Thinnish dark brown/black with slight reddish hues at the edges. Creamy eggshell foam on top quickly melts down to a thin ring and the barest trace of skim. No lace was left behind.

S: Very healthy roast aromas. Burnt malt, roasty dark chocolate, some dark fruit, espresso, and quite a bit of nostril tickling alcohol.

T: This beer has flavors that can be tracked by temp. Fresh out of the fridge it was all roast. When it hit about 60 out came the dark fruit and chocolate. Then when room temp approached there was a definite alcohol flavor that got in the way to a certain extent.

M: Very dry and prickly. Thin (but gets thicker as it warms). Almost like the alcohol solvency won out over the hops. Finish has quite a long life that plasters dry roastiness all over my tongue.

D: Pretty good drinkability for the abv. I didn't look closely enough at the bottle so I was expecting something more along the lines of 4%-5%. Nice beer and totally suitable for this time of the year.

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Photo of bobhits
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, tan head, good many times have I said this about a stout? Well carbonated and fairly low body. Not an oily looking thick body but leaves carbonated legs when swirled. Now that the carbonation has subsided I can see if the beer leavings anything against the glass when swirled and well it's just watery enough to quickly leave the glass, but you can tell this isn't a thin bodied beer either.

Nearly no aroma at all. I am picking up smoke, hops, and faint malt sweetness that's hard to even notice.

A hoppy beer to say the least. Instead of giving off a burnt flavor it gives off a sweet sour like smoke that is mixed with the chocolate malt flavors. I feel this is one of the worst written reviews I have never stumbled through. The problem is there are flavors in this beer I simply do not have a word for. I guess my dull diet is coming back to bite me on this review. Schafly claims this is a perfect dry stout and frankly I cannot argue with them. It is hands down the best I have had.

There is something in the flavor that doesn't make me want to drain this glass like I should, but the lighter feeling 8% on this beer goes down pretty damn easily.

A bit overly carbonated to start, but that eventually with a few swirls and time goes away. Left are bitter hop notes and a dry finish. Just what this style should be and done pretty darn well.

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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
88 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.