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Schlafly Porter - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
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!!

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of fallopia
2.13/5  rDev -40%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark reddish brown with a small tan head.

The smell is roasted malts and coffee, too subtle for me though.

The taste is much the same as the smell, roasted malts, with a tiny amount of bitterness.

Mouth fell is medium with low carbonation.

Overall decent but average porter.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of climax
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan mousse. Already, the lack of head retention bothers me a bit.

S: Aromas of coffee, burnt toast, and bitter chocolate fill the nose. As the beer warms, a scent I can only describe as being somewhat "off" emerges.

T: Notes of coffee, burnt toast, bitter chocolate, minerals, roasted nuts, and black cherry bludgeon the mouth. The finish is short, sharp, and thin with roasted nut and burnt toast flavors.

M: This ale is oddly light and thin in the mouth. Carbonation is fizzy and rather weak compared to many other American porters.

O: This is the first Schlafly beer that has really disappointed me, and I'm hoping that something was wrong with the last bottle I drank. Nothing about this beer indicates that it is or ever was a quality porter.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chocolaty brown without much of a head on it. The nose consists of chocolates and a bit of smoke. The palate follows the nose. Starts off a little chocolaty rand then fades to more of a burnt malt / coffee / smokey flavor. There is also a touch of grain in the mix as well. Medium body with average carbonation goes down smoothly. Pretty decent porter. Nothing to crazy, but sessionable nonetheless. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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Photo of jkrich
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of pschul4
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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..

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