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Irish Style Stout | Sprecher Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.73%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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#28,733
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71
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129
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat above average and less drying than others I have had in the style. Better with food. Black with carbonation bubbles, white head and lace. Sweet finish and well roasted.A drop of chocolate. Medium mouthfeel.
Had this again 3.5 years later. Creamy, dark, dying finish. Not a bad one.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a big bubbled tan head that quickly fades.

Nose is very light plum; maybe a hint of sweet chocolate but you really have to seek it out.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, weak carbonation and without substance or character.

Flavor is a weak and watery sweet roasted grain that is simple in the extreme, although after some air it gets a light roasted citrus character that really doesn't add much.

Finish is actually a decent bitter coffee such that the end of the beer "is" the beer, although short and nothing other than a bit of roasted grain.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher's Irish Style Stout pours a typical black body and frothy-then-creamy tan head with an average amount of lace left behind. In the nose it's roasty and a nip chocolatey with some mild background hops. The body is medium-light, and it's gently carbonated, leaving it smooth across the palate with just a gentle tingle to awaken the tastebuds. The flavor is fuller, and less acidic than most examples; and it offers a lightly sweet note of gently caramelish malt and yeasty fruitiness before it dispalys its softly roasted side. The bitterness is present, but soft, and just enough to keep the malt in check before leading to a dry finish that lingers with notes of dark chocolate and then lightly charred roastiness.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a tulip.

Pours near black with a light mocha head. This recedes quite quickly, leaving a spot or two of lacing. Thin collar. Nose is pretty plain with just a bit of roasted malt. As it warms, still not much more. The flavor is quite nice with the roasted malt pairing with some dark chocolate and a bit of bitter strong coffee. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth bitterness in the finish. Pretty good all around.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone to wish their enemies ill."

--Harold Nicolson

Roasted coffee bean brown with a glimmer of bronze at the margins. Points for opacity. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with a caramel frappuccino colored crown that does a credible job with regard to lace.

Although the nose could be stronger, the combination of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark caramel and vanilla beans is enjoyable. The hops (which include Cascade, Chinook, Tettnanger and Mt. Hood) are subtle at best. Then again, noticeable hops aren't a requirement in beer of this style.

Sprecher Irish Style Stout is good beer because it packs a great deal of roasted flavor into a relatively light body. Actually, it's a success *because* of the first and *in spite of* the second. It also has a wonderful balance that ends up favoring the correct side in the end. That is, bitter and dry.

Flavors include Oreo cookies (with only a thin layer of vanilla cream filling), black coffee, black tea leaves and a hint of grapefruit zest. It isn't hugely complex, but it's complex enough. I would have no trouble staying interested through several bottles over the course of an afternoon.

Taking everything into account, the mouthfeel is still a fraction too light. More bubbles would probably help, as long as they resulted in creaminess rather than fizziness.

Sprecher Irish Style Stout is good beer. Even though I prefer the big, malt-intensive stouts, there's something about a well-brewed Irish dry stout that hits the spot on occasion. Well done.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a foamy to creamy tan head. Plenty of lacing sticks.

The smell is of milk chocolate and deep-roasted coffee. Robust.

The taste is of bittersweet chocolate with roasted coffee. A touch of anise and earthy hops in the finish.

Creamy and smooth! It appropriate for the style - full, but not thick.

A very impressive, dark, bittersweet stout. Very well-done!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, nearly black, with crimson slivers showing at the edges, and a fine, if slim, cap of cocoa on top.

Chocolate milk aroma, creamy and sweet, with a slight espresso twist.

Taste is moderately bitter, but mostly sweet and creamy, with a bite of cocoa in there, with the requisite coffee. Not as much depth as I'd like, but that makes it easier for the masses, and that's not too terrible sometimes, is it?

Ends dry and nearly brittle, then a lingering ghost of chocolate.
Full bodied, flavorful, and smooth.

Can't find much fault in this, but it's a bit too ordinary for me to fuss over.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry and bitter. Drinkable, a nice brew.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Barcade, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a deep brown hue with a one Finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a burnt grain and an out of place sweet malt.

The taste consisted of a dry roasted malt and an unusual and out of place sweetness.

The mouthfeel was relatively dry with a lingering roasted malt.

Overall a tasty non nitro poured IDS.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid roasted and black malt scent along with a mild hop aroma. It's quite dry with a decent amount of bitterness. The taste is decent. It has a complex malt flavor that boasts of chocolate and roasted malts along with a dry, hoppy finish. It's smooth with just a bit of a metallic off-flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a flavorful beer that very enjoyable. Recommended!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sprecher products are a tough find in Southern California, but I willing to try ones that I haven't before. 16 ounce twist-off bottle from Total Wine in Rancho Cucamonga. On to the beer:

Pours black like licorice. A little ruby red hue at the bottom of the glass. The head on top drops a thin creamy/bubbly texture, retention is okay. Lots of blackstrap molasses in the aroma. Roasted malt and a snap of booze add to it.

Its flavor doesn't really soak into the palate. There's a little of dry stoutness, but at this point, there are others of the style that I prefer. Okay, back to this one...light molasses, light roasted malt, light lacotse note. In the mouth, it has a light fizzle and a lighter texture to it. The aftertaste leaves a smokey note mixed with chocolate.

Back in the day (20 years ago), this must have been the shit. But now with so many good session stouts on the market, Sprecher's version is left behind. Still a decent buy; only $1.99 for the pint-sized bottle.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is made up of lighter malts, but there is not really much else going on. The flavor is roasted malt and not too much else. Both the flavor and aroma are very one dimensional and not too exciting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled sometime in Jan 2009.

(A)- Pours a dark black color. Lots of brown foam that dissipated rather quickly to a thin film of bubbles.

(S)- Rich roasted malts. Raisin primarily with a burnt caramel thing.

(T)- Roasted malts a plenty! Nice mellow raisin & caramel consistency. Light coffee attribute. Kinda creamy.

(M)- Smooth, ever so slightly sweet. A nice dry aspect to it. Good carbonation level.

(D)- A great stout that certainly stands up well to the classic of the style (Guinness). Simple, yet delicious. Straightforward but enjoyable. One of my favorites from Sprecher.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a light cap of tan foam, good retention, no real lacing.

S: Very light, but a slight hint of coffee.

T: A light flavour overall, but a very good one. Creamed coffee, mocha, light dark chocolate, and a touch of burnt sugar make one tasty brew.

M: Very dry, has a light carbonation to make it very drinkable, with a bit of a fizz in the middle, silky smooth.

D: An oustanding Irish Dry Stout made here in America, will definitely try again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle, no date.

appears opaque black, 1/2" tan colored head, but it fades fast. roasty aroma, a bit of coffee. taste is fairly standard for the style, dry roasted malt flavor dominates. lower carbonation, thin to medium body.

overall, right on for the style, but nothing special.

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Photo of hozersr
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a glass mug)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a wall of tiny brown bubbles gliding up to the surface along the edge of the glass. There is a thick light tan head that last for most of the beer.

S- There is a smooth roasted black malt nose with a slight tartness that increases as the beer warms.

T- The taste of black roasted malt is soft with a soft taste of cream to follow and a light smoky quality that comes through as it warms. There is a light roasted black bittern malt note at the finish with a green note of hops bitterness aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slightly watery texture.

D- This beer has some nice black malt notes with good flavor but not much depth or character.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Watery looking jet black color. Not much of a head and no retention. The color is better than Guiness, but needs some more foam for sure. The aroma reminds me of stale an dry marshmellows and roasted malt. The taste makes me thinkof malted milk balls with an almost burnt, roasted malt flavor. Flavorful and sessionable. Non-dairy creamer palate, but darkly and dry roasted.

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Photo of Zach136
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Bighuge
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost black in appearance. Doesn't poor much of a head, which is disappointing for an Irish Stout. Aroma has great chocolate roasted notes. I almost get a little bit of sweet chocolate in the aroma as well. Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Great dark coffee taste. I'm getting a nice taste coming from the yeast I believe. It is unique to me. Nice bitterness. Finishes dry. Very solid stout.

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Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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