Schlafly Porter - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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
Photo of budgood1
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
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!!

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 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 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 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 BedetheVenerable
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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

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

Served on-tap at the Schlafly Taproom in a pint glass. Deep, black body, no visible light getting through. One-finger tan head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweeter than I would have guessed, more sweet chocolate and a little roasted malt. A bit of dark fruit in the background.

Very enjoyable mix of flavors featuring chocolate, roasted malt, and light notes of coffee, and dark fruits. Not too sweet, not too bitter.

The consistency in the mouthfeel is thin, but appropriate for the style and distinguishes it from a stout. This is definitely going to give Founders Porter a challenge for space on the shelf in my beer fridge.

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 jkrich
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. dated bottle: Nearly black with brown highlights with a quickly receding beige head.

Spicy, somewhat floral hops and a solid semi-sweet malt aroma.

The flavor begins with a roasted, semi-sweet chocolate with some faint coffee notes. Not very complex, but extremely drinkable and refreshing with standard English hops.

The mouthfeel is very silky, smooth and creamy with a lingering bittersweet chocolate on the palate. This light to medium body porter has restrained carbonation.

This is a very solid everyday porter that Schlafly should have available year-round. At 5.4 ABV (per the Schlafly website) and refreshing quality, this could be a standard session porter.

Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 1/24/14 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of vanilla, cream, roasted malts, light milk chocolate, and toasted malts. Nice nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits, chalk, chocolate, cream, and toasted malts. Slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a nice porter. Easy to drink and a nice nose, though the taste is a bit chalky. Worth checking out, would have it again.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled the Porter at the Brewpub.

The color was good (a dark brown/black liquid with a weak foam head). The aroma was faint, with the smell of malt. The taste was good with bitter chocolate and coffee coming through. The mouthfeel was smooth and sharp with a very sharp finish. The drinkability was very good.

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 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 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 hckyfn9999
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and a small tan head with decent retention. Aromas of roasted and toasted malt with a little chocolate. Taste is pretty solid with notes of chocolated and roasted coffee. Overall a decently drinkable porter. Not the best I've had but certainly not the worst.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, deep brown in color, almost black, with a little bit of light getting through the edges. The light gives the edges of the beer a red tinge. About a 1 finger head forms and retains very well. Lacing is ok.

S- Classic, dark roasts and burnt malts. Rich with a mild amount of bitter coffee and a slight hint of semisweet chocolate.

T- Just like the scent. Starts with a slight bit of bitterness up front, mostly of the coffee and dark chocolate variety. Pretty one dimensional all the way through to the end, where it ends with a slightly elevated coffee bitterness bite.

M- Light and smooth like a good porter should be. Heavy flavors and appearance lead you to believe a heavy drinking beer, but this beer drinks more like a German lager, minus the creaminess. High in carbonation.

Overall, just a standard, everyday, solid porter. Good flavors, good feel, and a good overall and dark beer to drink regularly.

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

Served on tap at a local beer bar ina tiny snifter. Beer is dark brown hazy with a tan head of small bubbles, haloed in the snifter, low retention, minimal lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly chocolately but mostly roast.

Beer is medium in body with a minimal bitterness at the back of the palate, an interesting little beer, decent enough porter, minimal sweetness up front, minor malt roast / bitterness in back. Not bad.

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 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 TippySelenoid
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a super dark ruby with a tan head. Not much retention or lacing.

It's got some faint roasty smells, mostly chocolate.

A nice bit of chocolate and a hint of coffee. A nice herbal bite from the hops.

Medium bodied with a good carbonation.

This beer's pretty good. There are better porters out there, but this one's pretty affordable to boot.

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.

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