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Schlafly Porter - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
81
good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
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 jhighlandbrewing
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jhighlandbrewing, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +12.7%

captainbearcat, Nov 20, 2011
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.

secondtooth, Nov 18, 2011
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.

birchstick, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BigJarv79
3/5  rDev -15.5%

BigJarv79, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of lh012717
4/5  rDev +12.7%

lh012717, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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 bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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 DCon
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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
Photo of jkrich
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

jkrich, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of pschul4
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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

pschul4, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +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 bnes09
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black and opaque ale. Faint ruby when held to light. Thin head with minimal lacing.

Smell is nothing special. Faint bread grains and mild roasted character.

Descent roasted flavor with some coffee and almonds. Sweet prunes come through. Mild piney hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a corn tortilla chip flavor.

Medium bodied with a harsh carbonation. Coarse, gritty texture.

This stuff is just ok. A little rough around the edges.

bnes09, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Domingo
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Domingo, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
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 FanofHefe
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

FanofHefe, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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 wnh
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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
Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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 peabody
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Looks a little thin for a porter.
Smell is thin also. Some hints of chocolate and malt and a watery yeast.
Taste is way thin also. Malty and creamy but with a lot of water in the mix. Not much going on here.
Mouthfeel is blah.
Screw drinking this again. In fact this will make me never taste another Schlafly beer for at least two years.

peabody, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
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 hckyfn9999
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

hckyfn9999, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Realale
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black with ruby overtones when exposed to a light source. Thinnish wisp of a mocha head dissapears soon after presentation.

Nose is pretty subdued. Just a touch of burnt coffee and a bit of bready malt. Did not improve throughout the pint.

Very thin in the mouth with just the roast coffee and a touch of hop flavor the only things of note. Really needs an infusion of malt flavor to fill it out. Some chocolate and brown malts certainly wouldn't hurt either.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to the lack of stuffing, and I'm not very interested in having another pint.

I'm as big a booster of Schlafly as anyone, but this offering is a real dog. Not sure how a brewery capable of hitting such heights with their oatmeal stout can fail so miserably with a related style. A mystery indeed, and one I hope the folks at Schlafly solve before next year's Porter is released.

Realale, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

AtLagerHeads, Oct 02, 2003
Schlafly Porter from The Schlafly Tap Room
81 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.