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Schlafly Porter - The Schlafly Tap Room

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-29-2002

Our Porter is a dark ale with a mild roasted character and a distinct sweetness from caramel malt. This medium-bodied porter has a velvety body with Pilgrim hops adding a subtle bitterness and East Kent Goldings hops adding aroma and flavor. The English yeast helps showcase all of these flavors in this traditional British-style porter.

In 18th Century London, the word porter was first used to describe a relatively strong, dark beer, popular amongst the working class. London brewers became famous for this style, as they began refining the process using better quality malt. The World Wars led to a higher tax on malt, resulting in lower alcohol strengths in porters. Porter nearly disappeared in the late 20th Century, but was re-introduced in London after small American brewers revitalized interest in the style.

27 IBU
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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by fallopia:
Photo of fallopia
2.13/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an ale glass

Appearance: Dense, very dark brown color with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head

Aroma: Overall there is very little aroma, but with repeat evaluation there are faint hints of walnuts, earth, and pine needles.

Taste: Harsh hops are out of balance with any malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a brief bitter aftertaste

Overall, I was disappointed with this rather bland, tasteless, out-of-balance porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with just a hint of light seeping through. A quarter inch of beige foam covers the top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is comprised of caramel and roasted malt. The mouth is velvety smooth and creamy.

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

Pours a deep black with red nuances in the light. Nice foam and attractive hoop-like lacing.

Nose is nicely nutty, roasty, and a little cocoa. Not so much a coffee vibe here.

Taste is mild but balanced and very appealing. Hints of coffee come in here, along with some chocolate malts. There's an evident roastiness, but it's not bitter or burnt. A perfectly balanced and enjoyable porter, and one to revisit for sure.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled with love on 8/26

pours dark cola with a light creamy head. a smooth amount of retention. comes off looking a bit thin.

roasted malts and sweet coffee. hints of mollasses.

very light all around. very similar to the smell. light roasted malts with a nice sweetness to mellow it out. light citrus hops.

very smooth a bit thin but in a good way. a very english style porter.

overall, not bad. nothing ground breaking here and i wish there was more boldness to it. id drink it again but would not go out of my way to find it.

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Much coffee & a touch of dark fruit

T: Charred grain, coffee, dryness & much roastyness. Coffee, woody hops & cocoa are in the front as this warms. finishes dry, with charred grain & more coffee

MF: Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, thins out a touch as this warms

Easy drinking porter, not great but solid & just another example of how Schafly turns out on point examples of styles when it mass bottles them. Need to do a side by side with their coffee stout, pretty similar I'm thinking..

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle ($1.79 a single at Liquor Barn), bottled on 9/22/2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours mostly dark brown with some ruby red tints along with an inch tan head that stays around a while. There's a good amount of lacing, too. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nuts and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, grain and nuts. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth, a bit slick, goes down easy and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a good brew, I'd buy this more often if it was available in Ohio. Too bad for me it's one of Schlafly's seasonal beers and not available year round.

Photo of peabody
2.26/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Looks a little thin for a porter.
Smell is thin also. Some hints of chocolate and malt and a watery yeast.
Taste is way thin also. Malty and creamy but with a lot of water in the mix. Not much going on here.
Mouthfeel is blah.
Screw drinking this again. In fact this will make me never taste another Schlafly beer for at least two years.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a small rim of tan head. Not much for lacing and retention.

Nose is a nice little combo of roast, chocolate and piney hops. Sweetness is about medium and the yeast gives of a mild brazil nut aroma.

Taste is a bit thin and has some definite fruitiness, tangy almost in a souring way. Dont think it is infected, but certainly different. Still maintains some sweetness and the malt profile is really nice and smooth. Hops get a bit leafy on the finish for a bit of a drying effect. I like it, would love to try it on tap.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It is dark brown to a black color, with a tan head.

Smell - It is a nice roasted malt smell, with a hint of mocha, chocolate, and coffee.

Taste - Like the smell, its basically like a lighter stout. But with a bit of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, but the carbonation is a bit too much.

Overall - I enjoyed this porter, but the carbonation is too high and it feels like I am drinking a AAL.

Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More reviews copied from notes.

Served on tap in St. Louis.
Beer is dark brown (not quite black), minimal light penetration. Short tan head, small stream of bubble kept a floating cap of foam, thin string lace.
Aroma is roasted grain, mild coffee and chocolate. All of the solid 'porter-like' flavor to be expected, roasted malt, cocoa and chocolate, bitter coffee to finish.
Medium in body and mouthfeel, not overly sweet to leave a cloying aftertaste.
When nothing sticks out (good or bad), it must be a good one, bang on the style.

Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black color with a three finger light tan head.

Smells of that distinctly porter mix of light coffee and dark chocolate notes.

Tastes of cocoa and some light roasted notes with a very light bitterness.

Creamy yet medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable yet well crafted and complex porter; I wish we had access to Schlafly.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: A cola black color with ruby coming through in the light. A dark cream colored head sits on top with great retention. Sudsy lacing remains.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt flavors at first, faint vanilla sweetness, bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery and cola-like, highly drinkable.

Overall: A vanilla presence comes on more the longer I drink this. Very good tasting porter.

Photo of wnh
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled with love on 08.26.2011. The newest seasonal (replacing saison?), and I'm glad to finally have a porter from Schlafly available.

Pours a rich, deep mahogany that just barely lets light pass through. Standard foamy, dense ecru head. Fair lacing.

Nose is pretty well spot-on. Roasted grain, lightly burnt, bitter baking chocolate, a hint of black coffee, all on top of a sweet caramel malt base. I get a faint whiff of bramble berries and then dried leaf notes from the hops. Mild on the whole, but diverse and nuanced.

Burnt grain character is bolder on the palate, a bit minerally in a dry Irish stout sort of way, then finishes moderately sweet with the caramel notes. Bitter black coffee mid-palate, and a faint dose of earthy hops. Lingering mild burnt/sweet finish.

Medium bodied, firm but round. Pretty clean and well balanced. Not a show-stopper, but a solid porter.

Photo of Realale
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black with ruby overtones when exposed to a light source. Thinnish wisp of a mocha head dissapears soon after presentation.

Nose is pretty subdued. Just a touch of burnt coffee and a bit of bready malt. Did not improve throughout the pint.

Very thin in the mouth with just the roast coffee and a touch of hop flavor the only things of note. Really needs an infusion of malt flavor to fill it out. Some chocolate and brown malts certainly wouldn't hurt either.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to the lack of stuffing, and I'm not very interested in having another pint.

I'm as big a booster of Schlafly as anyone, but this offering is a real dog. Not sure how a brewery capable of hitting such heights with their oatmeal stout can fail so miserably with a related style. A mystery indeed, and one I hope the folks at Schlafly solve before next year's Porter is released.

Photo of climax
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A disappointing start, as not much head was eager to form after a raucous pour. It's black with a brief alabaster ring of soft tiny bubbles.

Though none too bold, it is balanced and pleasant to to the nose. Fleeting graces of hops offer brief citrus and herbal tones. The overall roasted character is mild, but satisfying.

The flavor boasts more intensity, but it's still wrapped in a neat package. It's roastier with a fair does of smoke. The finish has a slight dark chocolate chocolate sweetness, but for the most part is clean.

It's slick in the mouth with gentle carbonation. It doesn't leave the mouth too dry after it slides down, yet has an effortless drinkability to it.

This is a nice easy to porter to drink. It's on the inoffensive side, so the lack of bold flavors could be seen in a positive or negative light. Regardless, it's well made and certainly a sessionable option.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark brown, almost black, with a fair head and pretty good lace.

Nose is pleasant but very mild. A bit of smoky roasty malts and a touch of chocolate is all I really smell from the bottled version of this brew.

Taste is pretty darn good. Malts are roasted and dark, there's a touch of smokiness, some coffee, a bit of nice dark semi-sweet baker's chocolate, and some caramel. Tasty.

Feel is medium and doesn't have all that much carbonation. Bitterness lingers lightly along with an easy drinking crispness.

Overall it's a tasty porter. I'd like to try some of their other versions of this porter too.

Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a small head that fades quickly to some lacing.

S: Mild aroma of roast nuts, bit of chocolate and coffee. As it warms there is more of a burnt aroma coming through.

T: Flavor of burnt coffee with some bittersweet chocolate and roasted nut mixed in. A mild bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, decent balance. Just needs a bit more character.

O: Decent beer, sort of a middle of the road kind of beer. Would like to try this on tap.

Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Sandrina's in St. Louis, MO for $3.25. Tapped from the Black Handle w/ a Red Circle & "Porter" on the top into a 16oz Pint Glass. First time enjoying this brew from Schlafly!

Aroma- Has a very sweet dominated aroma with tons of cherries hidden in the background. A bit of roast and malt follow everything up.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies fairly quickly. Has a deep brown colored body and clear to what I can see. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- Has one of the most wild tastes I've gotten in a Porter since I've been drinking the style. The whole drink is filled with a Cherry covered Espresso Bean! Seems wild but who knows what they brewed into this one! Has a Light-Medium hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves only hints of coffee/roast on the palate. Should be more here.

Overall Impression- Tasting this Cherry covered Espresso Bean flavor was so crazy! Not sure they were going for this but it came across when I went to enjoy it. Wish there was a bit more body in this brew also... Still very good and would like to now go pick up a 6-pack and see if this flavor is in these as well!

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of burnt molasses, chocolate and roasty coffee.

T - It tasted of coffee and chocolate with a mild toffee flavor. Some subtle bitterness added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice porter. I'm glad Schlafly added this to their lineup.

Photo of pschul4
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- Looks great! Very dark brown with a nice mocha head

S- Hmm this smells pretty hoppy for a porter, makes me a little apprehensive to try it...

T- I knew it, it's really hoppy for a porter. As far as hoppy beers go this is pretty good but I prefer more malty flavors in my porters

M- Decent carbonation nothing silky though

O- I know it's a good beer but I wish it wasn't so hoppy. I wasn't able to get over that fact and it's score suffered

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Somewhat transparent black with reddish hues and a 1 finder off brown head.
S- Oooh, Smells kinda like a cheap beer to be honest. It smells like Newcastle brown with some chocolate coffee notes. Its not bad, its just faint and disappointing.
T- Not bad, not as robust and complex as some of my other recent porter tastings. Doesn't really have as cheap of a taste as the smell led me on. Some espresso beans, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Not a strong taste but balanced.
M- More drinkable then your average porter, good carbonation and a moderate mouth feel. aftertaste is only meh.
O- Its just one more off my list, im glad I tried it but I dont think I will bother revisiting anytime soon. Its decent enough to try.

Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown. Lots of “normal” carbonation instead of some others that are overly thick.
The profile is simple, but everything is spot on for what it should be.
Chocolate and amber malts, nutty notes, a little bit of a resin’y hop note. Drier than expected, but I appreciate the lack of apparent sweetness. Mocha-like flavors work for me.
Reminds me a little of a brown ale and porter all in one.
A nice take on a style that sometimes doesn’t get attention.

Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Appearance is deep and dark with deep brown highlights. Dense brown head forms and has good retention. The nose has dark fruit, roasted barley, and chocolate. Notes of plum and raisin come through as well. Taste is primarily roasted and bitter. A bit of a metallic taste is present as this finishes. Mouthfeel provides a decent body with sharp carbonation. Overall, a pretty run of the mill porter. Some decent flavors, but nothing to keep me coming back.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nicely done Porter that is somewhat understated. The color is very dark brown, the head a bit light along with the lace effect. There is no sense of smoke in the nose, but some light roasted malt makes it through.

The taste is good giving equal bits of chocolate and coffee with that nice roasted sense. The feel is very smooth and creamy, nicely crispy at the end. Solid, drinkable porter.

Photo of bnes09
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black and opaque ale. Faint ruby when held to light. Thin head with minimal lacing.

Smell is nothing special. Faint bread grains and mild roasted character.

Descent roasted flavor with some coffee and almonds. Sweet prunes come through. Mild piney hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a corn tortilla chip flavor.

Medium bodied with a harsh carbonation. Coarse, gritty texture.

This stuff is just ok. A little rough around the edges.

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Schlafly Porter from The Schlafly Tap Room
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