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Schlafly Porter - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-29-2002)
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

ch473, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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Stoshua, Jan 17, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours out a dark brown colour with chestnut hues. a thin tan head appears and dies down quickly to some sparse lace. aroma of dark roasted malts with accents of molasses, cocoa, caramel, nougat and ripe red fruit covered in chocolate. the taste provides the same nuances as the nose did, with a yeasty, chalky base and some english hops for good measure. sort of baltic porter in nature, this offering really provides some depth of character and enjoyable flavours. this is described as an ale, but the medium body seems lagerish to me, with a velvety/chalky mouthfeel and lingering gentle bitterness. this is highly drinkable and quite enjoyable.

overall a really top notch porter in my opinion. i would highly recommend this for the winter season. great brew from Schlafly!!

budgood1, Jan 05, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

DCon, Nov 09, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

wnh, Sep 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

drn, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

secondtooth, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

bubseymour, Nov 30, 2013
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robbyc1, Apr 04, 2012
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Shoegazer, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

lh012717, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Ben4318, Dec 15, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

zeff80, Sep 17, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottled with love on 8-26-11...how's that for fresh beer! It's a minor change, but I like the new raised lettering on the bottles.

Appearance: Fairly bright beer, pours dark brown, with bright garnet highlights when held up to the light. Medium-beige colored cap with good retention.

Smell: Definitely an English take on the style, as promised. Chocolate, roasted malt, and dark, fruity notes that I'm assuming are from the English Midlands (I'm curious where this strain's from) yeast. Subdued, but pleasant.

Taste: Starts with with chocolate notes of the bittersweet variety, followed by dry, bitter roasty malts, and some almost tart fruitiness (blackberry, I think).

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium-bodied, and just slightly too carbonated.

Overall: Some might criticize this for being too light, but this isn't an American Robust Porter, and it's not fair to judge it as such. As an English Porter, it's on-point, true to style, and quite tasty, by the way. B at $7.99

BedetheVenerable, Sep 04, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

bluejacket74, Nov 11, 2011
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Schlafly Porter from The Schlafly Tap Room
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