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Schlafly Porter - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
81
good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
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:
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 fallopia
2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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.

Photo of bzach
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of mtlasley
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Dave1999
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Moby
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

Photo of 3Hops
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of samie85
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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 robbyc1
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Shoegazer
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jawneyt
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of JimSwinson
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jwmarcum
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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 climax
3.33/5  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.

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

Photo of eggboy
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of sneefcity
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ericwilson54
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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.

Photo of Ben4318
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ch473
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Schlafly Porter from The Schlafly Tap Room
81 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.