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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
129
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
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6
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Photo of Dope
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown pour iwth a medium-sized and dense light brown head. Fades at a medium pace, leaving a decent patchwork of lacing behind.

S: Odd meaty aroma with some soy sauce. WTF?

T: More meat. Tastes like I'm drinking a steak. A little soy sauce follows. Ends with a hint of coffee bean. Strange.

M: Medium bodied, relatively smooth.

O: I'm assuming (hopefully) that this is some sort of brewer's mistake. It tastes like soy sauce and beef. Not really a pleasant taste or aroma.

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Photo of Will_Turner
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of wakajawaka76
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Punkrckr281
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Opaque black with a short-lived single finger of tan head that fizzles out in about a minute without any lacing left behind.

S. Mostly licorice aroma with lesser amounts of chocolate and coffee. Some dusty roasted malt aroma also appears as the glass warms.

T. Somewhat simplistic compared to the nose. Straightforward charred malt and bitter coffee. That's about it. I'm not quite getting the typical acidic tang that most Irish Stouts have from this brew.

M. Fizzy, prickly carbonation on a lighter side of medium thickness body.

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Photo of elec
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Lemke10
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Sprecher's Restaurant and Pub in Lake Geneva, WI for $5 in early 2012.

Pours a black color with a creamy, fluffy head. Has a strong cocoa/coffee scent. Texture is thick, creamy, and robust. It was a little thinner than I expected but still very flavorful and filling as the robust flavors overwhelm your taste buds. Definitely a must try!

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Photo of BobD567
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of oldsmuggler
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce bottle with a twist-off cap. There are cryptic batch codes printed on the shoulder and bottom, but no freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black black black — totally opaque; when held to a lamp, zero light passed through. One finger of tan head dissipated to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge. (The pour was pathetic. My bad.)

Smell: Overall it is very sweet, but it has a nice, roasted edge to it. Sweet caramel, cocoa, black licorice, lactose, maybe a few oats, toffee, dark fruits, and roasted coffee.

Taste: The roasted bitterness is omnipresent but not dominant; it hangs out in the background and creates the backbone for flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, espresso, and black raspberry. It has a lot of body and the mouthfeel is very smooth, though it becomes a touch thin as the beer warms.

Drinkability: Awesome stuff. Who knew ethnic Germans and Poles could brew such awesome Irish-inspired beer?

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Photo of hearn006
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bdeast1
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rxthree
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of doopydoogle
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with a solid creamy tan head that leaves some lacing

S - Milk chocolate, medium roast coffee, some malts, and a bit of dark fruit, like cherries or raisins. Some caramel, toffee, and subtle spice is also present.

T - Coffee and semisweet chocolate give way to toffee, roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate with an espresso finish. The beer has a very slight bitter which dominates the finish with the roasted character continuing to play its part long after the sip.

M - Good, smooth, and even.

O - A very good stout! Smooth, lots of character, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Wisconsin Dells restaurant location. In a pint glass.

A: Pitch black, deep burnished head.

S: Odd. A little smoke but something here is really off.

T: The smokiness is nice, as is the cocoa element. But there is a lot of metal and a paperiness. Not great.

M: Pretty average for a dry stout. No real creaminess. Okay.

D: Not for me. Doesn't live up to the rep of good dry stouts.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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 tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pored from 16oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark, almost black with finger of tan head that goes away to a thin cap

S-not as much coffee and dark roasted smell as most stouts but there is some with a fruitiness (maybe plums)

T-coffee and fruit but not a lot of chocolate

M-carbonation is ok maybe a little thin

O-I like this one, not quite as heavy as most making it easy to drink on a warm summer day.

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Photo of witster18
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

prob tied as my fave sprecher with their weisse...

smell is a bit of sour fruit, red wine, and choco...

that a-typical sprecher sourness is in here... yeast? all their beers have this characteristic... I like the way it comes off in this beer better than some others... with this and their black bavarian it adds originality, but for the most part it's a flavor that I don't really care for... a cask, dark fruit dominant flavor profile without the hops and earthiness that I like in this style...

still decent though...

a bit over-carbd... a bit thin on the mouthfeel, but the flavor is pretty good... I wouldn't buy this again, but I wouldn't turn one down either...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a trade with AlexFields. Thanks Alex!

16oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - black with a thin beige head that got even thinner as the glass got lower.

S - roasted malts and smokiness.

T - the smoked taste hits upfront with notes of chocolate and lightly bitter coffee on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a mostly enjoyable stout.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1-07-2011 Bottled

A - Pours kind of a dirty brown filling out to an almost perfectly opaque block body. Small light brown head fades quickly to a ring.

S - Dry woody notes, light chocolate, smoked meats, dark fruits.

T - Dry roasted malts, caramel, sweet dark fruits, bitter coffee.

M - medium body, moderately thin, carbonation is a bit aggressive.

O (D) - A pretty good tasting beer, pretty solid all around. Interesting without being overpowering.

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Irish Style Stout from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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