Irish Style Stout | Sprecher Brewing Company

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.73%

Availability: Year-round

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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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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of bound4er
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been drinking this stuff for 10+ years - time for a review on the eve of St. Paddy's Day.

A. Dark brown to nearly black with a deep tan head of 3 fingers. Leaves lots of lacing in its wake.

S. Roasted malt and a slight soapiness. Not the most intense nose around.

T. Roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee. What I would expect from a good Irish Stout. Finishes with a bit of hop fizz and good lingering dryness.

M. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation makes for easy gulping.

O. Probably my favorite seasonal from Sprecher - this beer never disappoints. I would be more than happy to have a bunch of these whilst hanging out in an Irish Pub.

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Photo of alobert
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. It is a simple but delicious irish stout.

The appearance is dark brown with some nice tan head. A very standard but appealing look.

Not a lot going on in the smell department. But I detect chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

This beer is tasty. It is relatively simple, some chocolate, some coffee, and some toffee. Its sweet up front with a bitter dry finish. I really enjoyed the taste of this beer. (Also a nitro version would be interesting to me...just an idea).

The mouthfeel is good. It is a little bit watery, but I like the medium carbonation.

I believe this beer is very drinkable. Because of the medium carbonation and relatively thin mouthfeel.

I will definitely get this beer again.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.68/5  rDev -28%
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 HalfFull
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served into a Guinness pint glass from a 16 oz. twist off bottle. Pours a deep black with very little highlights. Half an inch of mocha foam bubbles down to a light cap and yields some light to moderate lacing. Becomes quite flat by mid glass however.

Roasted malt on the nose with some chocolate and coffee notes, yet with a background of the typical yeast/hop notes from the brewery, adding a bit of sour cherry to the mix. The body of this brew hides it a bit better however. Still somewhat lacking, though improving with warming.

Flavor starts off full but thins out quickly and offers a somewhat watery roasted finish. Bit burnt and drying in nature, yet with a fruity sweet and viscous creamy finish. Bit of coarse spice later on.

Surely a Sweet Stout from my view..

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Photo of blackearth
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Sprecher gift shop in Glendale, WI. Pours a black body with dark brown corners and thin grayish-white head. Aroma of faint roasted dark malt. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Flavors of coffee, cream and roastiness with a slightly creamy finish. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 matty
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black beer with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is chocolate and coffee.Taste is cocoa,chocolate and some smoked malts.Pretty smooth and refreshing..nothing offensive.All in all a decent brew.I would recommend to try at least once.I probably would try again.

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Photo of Josievan
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sprecher Irish Stout pours a deep opaque brown with a thick-looking consistency. The head is dark as well and clings to the glass.

Smell: The aroma gives off notes of dark chocolate and just a hint of coffee. Very appealing indeed.

Taste: This is more rich and multi-layered in flavor than I'm used to in an Irish dry stout. Chocolate stands out on top of a pinch of coffee. Roasted malts are at play, but to a lesser degree than most other examples of this style, which seem to focus on the roasted quality.

Mouthfeel: Sprecher Irish Stout is creamy, smooth, and wetter than I expected. This makes for a longer finish than is typical for the style.

Drinkability: This 16 oz. bottle was split two ways, but I easily could have drank at least one full bottle at that volume. This would make a good session stout.

Notes: I prefer the wetter, sweeter stouts over Irish dry stouts. Lucky for me, this beer was labeled as the latter, but was more similar to the former. I don't care what a beer is called as long as it tastes good, and Sprecher Irish Stout certainly does.

I've been looking for an Irish stout I can really get behind drinking for St. Patrick's Day, and I think this is it. Although that holiday has come and gone this year, I'll look forward to drinking Sprecher next March.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had Sprecher's root-beer, but this is the first beer I've had from them. The Irish Stout pours very dark, also appears to be somewhat thick. Smells a little sweet, it is similar to other Irish stouts. Taste again is very similar to other Irish stouts I've had. The aftertaste is a little strong, like black coffee. Overall, I was a little surprised by this beer. Obviously, not the greatest Irish stout out there, but this a very decent beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 brobeerbot
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown almost opaque with almost a finger of head that went away fairly quick

S-Chocolate and coffee with the smell of deeply roasted barley

T- Start with a deep coffee and dark chocolate flavor. can really taste the slightly smokey flavor

M-A little heavy but somewhat creamy.

D-High for someone who enjoys a great dark stout. Great for winter and fall.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
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 RJUGA03
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Deep brown non-transparent body with a 1/8" brownish head.
S-Chocolate and roasted malts very typical of a stout.
T-First pull is deeply flavor imbedded with chocolaty roasted coffee malts.
M-Rich and somewhat heavy with a lingering dry after taste.
D-Great fall/winter or whenever you need a stout beer ....beer!

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Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very black; had a nice one finger head with a little retention; lacing is pretty good.

S: Roasted malts; coffee undertones; also a slightly burnt and caramel smell with maybe a little bit of raisin

T: Flavor is a little thinner than I would've expected from the smells I was getting. There is a nice roasted maltiness but it dissipates fairly quickly. The subtle coffee and caramel flavors that I smelled are still there but not as pronounced.

F: Actually a bit thin and not as creamy as most Irish-style stouts; runs through the mouth and throat fairly quickly and is lightly carbonated

D: Like most Irish-style stouts this is quite drinkable and is a nice cold-weather session beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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 fbinla
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful black color with no head to speak of a few seconds after the pour. Smell of a nice roast notes, with maybe a hint of coffee. Nice fizz in the mouth a little bitterness, light roast flavors, small tastes of dark chocolate. A nice dry stout, easy to drink, good session beer. You can drink a lot of these.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Delicious opaque black pour with a small one-finger deep, rich tan head with no retention. Left only the ring in moments.

S - A sweet malty aroma with slight coffee and cocoa hints.

T - The stout has a nice malty body with a very well balanced cocoa aftertaste. Caramel and molasses hints too.

M - This Irish Stout has a fuller bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel that does the style justice.

D - As full-bodied as it is, it's definitely more of a drinkable stout.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Strikingly dark in color, but almost no head. Barely one finger of tan head with no retention.

Smells quite good. Chocolate, coffee notes.

A little light in the flavor department. Some coffee, roastiness, but lack of malt leaves it out of balance. Has an interesting citrus tang to it.

Very water, thin mouthfeel for a stout.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into an imperial.

Pours a black as night color with a nice tan frothy head that sticks and hangs around for awhile.

Aroma is of deep roasted malts, rich and roasty. Small amount of hop type aroma that I can't tell for sure if it really is hops.

Flavor is a deep roasted chocolate flavor. Malt is upfront with a raisin and coffee flavor. Middle is a nice hops flavor that doesn't balance but makes it's presence known. Vanilla sneaks in for a cameo with some Belgian candy sugar flavors. Finishes with a roasty smokey coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is good. Medium to heavy bodied.

Much, much better in the hops department as it warms. Definitely beats the pants off Guinness and the like for hop flavor.

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Photo of Adam2200
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

tis the season for Irish stout. the caramel aftertaste and the coffee taste is very typical of a stout. the dark amber color is barley see through and has a light creamy head that settles into the beer leaving a light film on top. this beer is nice in drinkability very good for all day st. patty drink.

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Photo of cmoney311
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with a thin mocha colored head.

S: aromas of chocolate and toffee.

T: upfront smoky flavor followed by chocolate, caramel and toffee. after-taste of smoke and caramel. let it warm to get a hint of cherries - simply delicious.

D: a very nice stout. i will definitely be taking advantage of having Sprecher within 30 miles from my house and buy this at the local liquor store often until the season is over. i'd love to pick up a growler if im in the area (i think im gonna make it happen).

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 pphunkdelux
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was good, nice and dark with a head that quickly receded.

Faint smell of chocolate and malt, hints of fruitiness.

This beer tastes great, very balanced. The taste of bitter sweet chocolate and cherries.

The mouthfeel is good, but I would have liked a little less carbonation in this beer. Other than that, it was perfect, nice and thick and creamy.

I'm a big fan of thick dark beers so I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting, but it might be a little too dark for some.

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Photo of u2carew
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Dark, allowing no light through. Pours with a beige colored, creamy head. Then settles fairly quick.
(S) Yeasty, with some smoky, coffee notes.
(T) Smoky, with mild coffee accents and hints of chocolate.
(M) Not as thick as presumed by the color. Smooth with a lighter body than most stouts.
(D) A delicious stout. Nice and smooth.

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Photo of grs8313
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 16oz twist top bottle with no best by or bottling date. Pours black with a brown head, that does not get very high, and dies down to a thin covering. No lacing while drinking.

Smell: Malts, alcohol, caramel and a slight sour smell at the very end.

Taste: Water, coffee, malts, and bitter chocolate. I was hoping this beer would be a little sweeter. I found the taste to be a bit biting. The aftertaste is of bitter chocolate and watery coffee.

Mouthfeel: Watery and carbonated, the mouth is left feeling dry, and watering.

Drinkability: I was disappointed by this beer, I was hoping for a sweeter stout, but this beer is watery and with an aftertates to match.

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