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Schlafly Porter - The Schlafly Tap Room

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102 Ratings
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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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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of zeff80
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
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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..

russpowell, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

mdfb79, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

billab914, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
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
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of mrfrancis
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

mrfrancis, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

AlexFields, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -15.7%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

UncleJimbo, Dec 29, 2002
Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I’m really bummed to have to file this review – what a total disappointment the porter turned out to be. I sure hope it was just a bad batch, and they’re not all like this………

Blackish pour, little to no head. Just a note of chocolate malt in the aroma background, and brother, it was WAY back there. The quaff? Man – it was watery , weak, with just a pathetic hint of charcoal malt. Sippable but extremely boring. Like this review.

I’ll have to try again down the road, I can’t believe this.

Vancer, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of birchstick
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

birchstick, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.2/5  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.

homebrew311, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Hanzo, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

BigBry, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of budgood1
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
Photo of soju6
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

soju6, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +12.4%

bubseymour, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

hooliganlife, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of MacStinson
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

MacStinson, Jan 03, 2014
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Schlafly Porter from The Schlafly Tap Room
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