Irish Style Stout | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Irish Style StoutIrish Style Stout

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.73%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of animal69
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep black with traces of dark mahogany around the edges w/ a small brown cap that fades quickly leaving a decent lacing in my nonic ; not a strong smell, a buttery, caramel/coffee aroma with faint hints of dried plum and vanilla ; an almost too thin flavor, a french roasted coffee taste up front with some hop bite, a bit of chocolate and a darker fruit with a not unpleasant tart, vinous "meaty" undertone midway, finishes a bit smokey with a mineral note ; a light-med. body, not as dry as most irish stouts and modestly carbonated, yet stays creamy ; a very drinkable brew, in fact, i'm going to have one at every BBQ...

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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 nsmartell
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From Sprecher's 16-0z bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice solid black with a creamy tan head.

Smell: Roasted malts.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted and caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and medium bodied.

I enjoyed this beer and could enjoy a few more in a sitting. However, it felt like it was lacking something in the taste.

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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 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 Pauly2X
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Opaque black beaneath a solid two finger head.

S- Dry roasted malt with a touch of sweetness and a hint of earthy hop aroma.

T- Dry malt bitterness throughout but it is not to overpowering as to allow for a quick hint of sweetness on the take and pleasantly earthy dry hop finish.

M- Slightly astringent, not as creamy as expected.

D- It'll be in my stout rotation.

Although it's not what I expected. I say this as unfortunetly most of us compare Irish Stouts to Guiness. However its still a great offering. I feel this would serve as a great steping stone towards trying a Russian Imperial Stout for the first time.

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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 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 evanackerman
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this stout pours a deep tawny red that appears black unless held to light, decent head.

aroma is standard stout aroma but with a bit more of a sour tinge. stouts are not my favorite aroma by far.

taste is a lovely roasted malt, more flavorful than standard guinness draught, nice little bitter hop presence.

mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, carbonation level is appropriate for the style.

overall, a very solid stout, not the best out there but definitely good for everyday consumption.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with two finger thick creamy tan head. No widget either. Retention is very good and laces perfectly down the glass.

Smell is a bit confusing. Roasted malts are prevalent all over. Chocolate and coffee tones make a strong appearance. But I am picking up a pleasant cream aroma like that of a cream stout. Somewhat out of place, but interesting. Tastes of bittersweet choclate, coffee, roasted black patent and caramel malts. Balanced malt profile, not much bittering to it. Feel is creamy, not too thick.

A nice job. these classic and traditional beers are Sprecher's strong suit. This is almost sessionable.

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Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a sprecher nonic. pours black with minimal garnet highlights, and a solid finger of tan, frothy head.

aroma is mainly of roasted malts and coffee. a slight burnt character feeds off the roasted malts, while notes of chocolate and caramel round out the profile.

taste is roasted up front, with the same coffee and chocolate as the aroma, but with a base of dark fruit. the same burnt character resides among the malts, with a distant smoked note. finishes clean with residual burnt malt.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a smooth texture and a clean finish. great mouthfeel on this one.

drinkability is good. this is a robust stout, with all the standard flavors, but the brew manages to remain drinkable despite the full body and rich flavors present. cheers!

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Photo of aaronh
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Virtually pitch black. Aroma doesn't have as much roastiness as some and a bit of fruitiness is there too. taste is mostly roasted malt with just a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and supple, with just the right amount of drying finish after a while. Drinkability is good. Overall, a decent offering from a company I always associated with german-style beers.

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

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is one inch in height, tan in color, and recedes quickly into a thin layer of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, and a touch of milk chocolate. The taste is like the aroma, but with the addition of a nice mild tartness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very sessionable dry stout. I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a Guinness glass, pours very dark black, a nice creamy light tan head that sticks around for a bit, fades to a thin film, and leaves some nice lacing behind. The aroma is pretty good, light chocolate and a faint espresso qualities, roasty, nice. The taste is pretty nice too, good roastiness and some faint espresso, chocolates are tasty, good bitterness that rides in with a fine carbonation after a smooth start. If I could get anything more out of it, that'd be great, but as it is its a very drinkable beer, tasty, and easy to drink. Sprecher sure does do dark beers well.

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Photo of happygnome
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: dark dark brown three quarter inch of tan head that dissapears fast keaving a ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: rich roasted and chocolaty malts, little hop presence
t: roated barley malts, chocolate malts sweet, but not overly
m: medium to full bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer it was great as i initially sipped it a little cooler than what the proper temp is, then allowed it warm up very nice

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Photo of terrabyte
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly black color with a nice chocolate brown head. Poured aggressively, and the head was only medium, quickly receding to a low skim. Lacing consists of small dots around the glass.

Aroma consists of powdered cocoa and espresso.

Flavor reminds me of a milk stout. Creamy sweetness, milk chocolate when you taste the chocolate. I'm not an expert in coffees, but it's similar to a mocha or espresso.

Aftertaste has an enjoyable bitter coffee & chocolate aftertaste that almost makes up for the easy joyride the main flavor consisted of.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery. Not unlike some milk stouts. Besides that, it is excellent. Nothing too sweet, tangy, sticky... Just smooth sailing.

Drinkability is great. However, I wish the flavor was a little more complex. Some more resonance I felt in the aftertaste. I wish the 4th beer I finally reviewed wasn't so cold. (Please serve it a little warm)

Probably sad to say this, but I enjoyed the larger bottles. The price I picked up for this 4-pak was quite decent, and the 16 ounce bottles make it feel worth even more.

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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 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 beveritt
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 16oz brown bottle into a English style pint glass. No date on the bottle, however, some code is stamped on the neck.

Appearance: Very dark brown, almost black. Has a half inch of medium brown head, that falls to just a skim coating of foam on he beer. Can't see directly because of the color, but there is evidence of constant bubbling in the head of the beer.

Smell: Smells of rich, roasted barley and hops.

Taste: Strong roasted barley flavor, I expect to find some in the bottom of my glass. A little hint of sweetness, but not much.

Mouthfeel: Fairly low level of carbonation, as expected for the style.

Drinkability: Smooth and creamy. The low carbonation level makes it easy to have a couple.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a watery/creamy black with a 2 finger brown head that disipates immediately. Reminds me more of a porter than a stout.

S - Slight hint of caramel and roasted malt. A faint hint of wet cardboard in the beginning the disapeears as the beer warms.

T - Hint of roasted malt and caramel. Slight cardboard taste to go along with the smell that disappears once the beer has warmed.

M - Thin and watery. A little too light.

D - I was a little disappointed with this offering. A little tweek in all area would make this a very nice beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's St. Patty's day so I figure I should get around to reviewing this "Irish" beer from some old notes.

First and foremost, this beer is mislabeled. As a milk stout or milk porter, I would give this one a better review but as an Irish Stout…there are a few problems. Firstly, this beer suffers from a lack of head retention. Secondly, it’s transparent…black but transparent. Third, this beer is sweet…kinda like a milk stout. Also the body is a bit thin and light. Now for the good points…there is an excellent mochachocha richness going on in the flavor. Really, the taste is just sublime. Furthermore, the chocolate/coffee flavors make way for Caramel macchiato and ultimately a wonderfully bitter hopped finish. The aroma is equally delicious. If Sprecher could fix the appearance and thicken the body, this would be one hell of a stout. As it is, it’s quite drinkable and very nice tasting, just not a very good example of the style.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a standard black stout color, nothing exciting about it. A quick diminishing head is present for a brief period. Smells of roasty goodness. Smells strictly of roastiness. Taste is initially bitter. The bitterness comes from the roasty malts and hops. Not much of a malt body to back this one up. The signiture Sprecher yeast twang is here too. The mouthfeel of this one is pretty much the same as water, very light. This could be quite possibly the best session stout i have had, very easy to drink, unfortunately that isnt everything.

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

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Sprecher has decided to relaese this beer this year to coincide with St. Patricks Day, rather than with the Irish Fest over the summers. In my opinion, I always thought that this beer would be better during the cooler weather rather than the dog days of summer.

This years batch of the brew poured a dark black slick 50 like liquid that did not leave a decent head in my beer class. It should be noted that I let the brew warm up a bit before I opened it to sample. I can smell a burnt aroma typical of stouts and this is no different. Taste was a cross between cofee/chocolate.

The body of the beer was rather week and I would really like to try this beer through a nitro-tap, I think this would do wonders for this beer.

Like most stouts, I could only drink one complete bottle of this.

One of Sprecher's better (best) seasonal offerings.

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

Very deep in color with a moderate head and marginal lace. Aromas are malt driven-rich caramel, chocolate, with some buttery/diacytal notes on the tail end. Medium to full bodied with brisk carbonation, the beer exhibits a bit of a smokey/fishy flavor and some off putting buttery nuances, as well as the usual suspects-dark roasted malts giving the usual chocolate/coffee tastes. I wish this beer leaned more to the restrained bitter/dry than the hedonistic, but hey, it's Sprecher. Decent, but not anything out of the box.

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Photo of grynder33
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap on Irish Fest in Milwaukee, which of course means plastic cups. It looked a very dark black color, gave off a mild hop mocha aroma, which didn't hint at the wonderful taste that I experienced on the first sip. rich mocha dark chocolate that seemed to get stronger as I went through the cup.The mouthfeel was a little thin, a creamier texture would have made this near perfection. The aftertaste was wonderful. Only available twice a year, if the bottled stuff taste this good, I'm loading up

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