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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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153 Reviews

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Reviews: 153
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 25
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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 beeradvocate.com.

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 lacing...how 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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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: After pouring about as hard as one could possible pour, I summoned up a massive 1.5-2 finger Coca-Cola-like head that melted down to a mere froth after a minute or so. The dark brew beneath it was dense and then some... no light passage whatsoever.

S: Dark malt, licorice, chocolate, and figs. The smell was very fresh and compact with no undesirable plastic elements whatsoever.

T: Luscious and hoppy, with a HUGE licorice presence on the aftertaste. The dark fruit was there in spades, and the finish was smooth, yet dry.

M: Creamy and thick with low, very spaced out prickliness to the carbonation. The lacing on the glass consisted of a few sparce bubble formations that attached themselves to the glass.

D: At 8%, I couldn't detect a damn bit of alcohol! The word of mouth about this brew has been excellent so I picked up a sixer. I have a few more left and may have to grab even more to last me through St. Paddy's Day!

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Photo of jsh420
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

bottled 12/30/10

pours the deepest darkest brown almost black with a 1+ finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells of dark fruit chocolate and hops

taste - wow this is by far the best exp. stout and better then most RIS - rich malts chocolate caramel nutty dark fruit a tiny bit of roast with a perfect amount of hop bitterness

mouthfeel is medium to full (which is rare with this style) good carb that still tickles the tongue and is very smooth and creamy

drinkability off the charts - this is the stout that you can knock back a few even at 8% and still get the rich full complex taste that lots of impy stout bring at well over 10+%

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours into pint glass a dark brown/black color with a half inch or so of tan head.

Smell: smell is predominantly of roasted malts.

Taste: good Irish stout, nice roast malt flavor some hops balances it out.

Mouthfeel: very soft and super smooth, very nice.

Drinkability: nice brew, diffidently want to try this one again.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter, pitch black with a slightly tan head. caramel nose with a slight bit of roasted barley.

burnt sugar, caramel, slightly sweet. very muted roasted character. bit of dark fruit and alcohol in the finish.

on the higher end of medium bodied, this is actually a fairly quaffable beer. might not be the best beer ever, but for 9.99 a six pack this is an affordable quality beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown pour into a pint glass. Tan inch of head. Not transparent but light still shone through.

S - Roasted malt, toasted barley. Subtle overall.

T - Solid Irish Stout. Burnt malt comes through, balanced with bitter hops. Nice, not a hint of sweetness.

M - Soft and silky. Surprising and nice. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - A very solid Irish stout. A perfect daily drinker.

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Photo of oline73
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black/dark brown with only a little light coming through at the edges. There is one finger of fluffy tan head, some remains throughout.

Smell: Quite roasty with a mild sweetness and hints of dark fruit.

Taste: Bitter burnt roast dominates with some dark chocolate. There is a very mild sweetness with some dark fruit and then some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: This one is on the thicker side. The carbonation is is delicate and smooth once you take a sip. The finish is very dry.

Drinkability: I thought this one was good and would be willing to drink it again.

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Photo of bnes09
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a shade away from pitch black. Completely opaque. Pours a tan head with some retention and lacing.

Tons of roasted almond, coffee, and dark chocolate aromas. Also, lots of dark fruits. Mild scotch character. Produces an extremely rich, intriguing, almost intoxicating aroma.

Flavors follow suit with aroma. Exceptional roasted character with flavors listed above. Balanced with a rich prune and raisin sweetness. Moderate bitterness of herbal hop lies in the background. Just a hint of bourbon as it warms. Extremely interesting and well rounded flavor profile.

Full-bodied and harty, almost thick enough to chew. Solid carbonation and smooth finish. A tad sticky on the lips, but its not a bad thing.

Overall, an exceptional stout. Never tried a foreign/export stout before but I would love to try more to compare against. Flavors and aromas were extraordinary and the balance was perfect. Probably the best brew I've tried yet from Schlafly.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
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

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Photo of bfields4
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
88 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.