Schlafly Smoked Porter | The Schlafly Tap Room

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-16-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by AlCaponeJunior:
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4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An overall excellent beer. Had it on tap at the taproom in St Louis.

Poured black, clear, one finger head and moderate lacing.

Smoky, roasted aroma with malt, chocolate and coffee.

Tasted nutty, roasted malts, chocolate, and nutty. Delicious to the point where I had two of them in one session.

The moderate ABV made it quite sessionable. Listed as 5% on the menu.

Felt medium to full bodied and smooth, very good going down, mild aftertaste of light bitter roasted malts.

Highly drinkable, a delicious blend this year that I would recommend and several locals seemed to think it was especially good this time around too.

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Photo of drn
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this as an accompaniment to my ploughman's plate at Schalfly's taproom.

A - Pitch black with a small tan head and tons of really nice lace.

S - This is really not very assertive. I expected to smell tons of woodsmoke and sausage, but I really only smell a wisp of artificial smoke sauce and some small coffee notes.

T - Ok, there we go. Smoke, rubber, mesquite BBQ smoke, and burnt coffee. Nice! I taste charred wood and charcoal too.

M - Really smoky and dry at the finish, but light to medium bodied and relatively aggressively carbonated at first.

D - This is a really nice smoked porter, although I would expect the nose to be much more smoky and assertive in a beer like this. This went down easily with my meat and cheese ploughman's plate.

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Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ihscout426
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How big is the smoke going to be? In this case well balanced. The smooke flavor hinted in the nose and was in the taste, but more in a supporting role, as it should be. The malt stood out with a pronounced roasted flavor with some sweet notes and then the smoke. Very drinkable, but not big or chewy like some other porters. A good beer to throw into the mix, while trying some of the other great beers at the Tap Room.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eaglefan344
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of crbnfbr
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of karst
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted @ Schlafly's winterfest St. Louis City Museum. This '05 Smoked Porter presented its blackish brown color under a fine head when I held it up to a setting sun. Well blended taste (not much smoke stood out) with nice sweetness that was just noticable. Good finish. Very excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.
Wanted to retaste it but found the long line and the lure of other Schlafly's brews (Coffee Stout, Bourbon Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Stout and Barleywine) kept me well occupied for the afternoon. At some point your ability to judge diminishes and your desire to enjoy the event takes over.

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Photo of DCon
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis, MO for $4.25. Tapped from a Non-Labeled Stainless Steel Tap Handle into an Imperial Pint Glass.

Aroma- This aroma starts out with a medium amount of smoke and a nice amount of malt in the background. Seems like oak is also around be everything very mild.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that dies fairly quickly. Has a dark brown colored body without any clarity available. Leaves dark, sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- Smoked chilis and tons of spice make up the taste from the beginning to the end. Has a medium amount of hops included too. Medium Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Spicy, and finishes with tons of malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- Nicely done! Good amount of smoke attribute with also a highly noticeable hop character. Would definitely recommend enjoying this one also. They should start bottling some of these fantastic brews that are only offered on-tap!

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Photo of dav
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of amart80
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of HopHeadInOhio
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BigJarv79
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Jayli
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Schlafly Tap Room 2/12
Served in a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, opaque black with a 1/4 inch of light brown head. Head recedes quickly leaving spots of lacing.

S: Nose is somewhat muted - sweet caramel malts with minor smoked notes.

T: Taste is nice. There is this fantastic back and forth of what will dominate - caramel malt and nuttiness, or smoked flavoring. It comes together in a sweet, smokey flavor. This isn't a typical smoked beer where you feel like you're at a campfire.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, nice and crisp with an oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, very tasty, not filling, mild kick, and a very nice representation of style. The smokiness in this beer really adds to the flavor rather than dominate as some smoked beers do. This is one that I would (and did) drink all night.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat disappointing brew from this fine brewer. I expected a substantial flavor and yet this seemed much lighter than called for in the style. I liked the look, a very dark brown beyond mahogany and a very nice head that lasted and laced.

As noted the flavor was not as full as expected. Smokey, to be sure, but not as deep or rich as desired. This was forecast in the nose as it was light and less impressive than expected as well.

The full body is creamy and very smooth. Despite the lack of depth in the flavor I'd still say this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Merkur
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Schlafly Tap House.

Beer pours a very dark brown color. Hardly any head.

The beer smells very smokey. The smoked, malty smell is very strong. Very pleasant.

The beer's smoke taste on the initial sip is very strong, almost overpowering. From there, the smoke taste goes away behind the sweet malt. While pretty good, the smoke feels forced in the taste.

Mouthfeel was similar to other Schlafly beers and was a bit thin, but overall pretty good.

Not as balanced as some smoke beers, but some very good smoke flavor for a very drinkable porter.

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Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This poured black
S - Burnt malts, a touch of chocolate, and smoke
T - Tastes of coffee and burnt malts, which were followed by a nice smokiness. This leaves an aftertaste with the burnt malts and smoke.
M - Full and creamy...went down smoothly
D - This is a pretty decent porter. The smokiness adds a fun complexity to the beer. I didn't even know Schlafly made a smoked porter and I was very excited when I saw that it was on tap at the Tap Room.

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Photo of bld81
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Kansas City, MO:

A: dirty dark brown pour, no head, soft white ring near the top

S: caramel and smoked malts

T: smoky and sweet malt, nutty and rich

M: creamy and smooth, lingers for a while

D: quite high, goes down easy, not filling, very satisfying

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the brewpub. This homage to the Alaskan benchmark pours a mostly clear dark brown color with some ruby around the edges. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma is smoky with touches of roasted malt and chocolate. Medium body with a smoked character that never becomes overbearing, as seems to be an issue with some beers of the style. Flavors of malt, chocolate and nuts are present. The finish is smoky with roasted malt lingering. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of Cobrakaikid
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was first made when the pope visited St. Louis.(The Rams won the superbowl that year).Called Papal Porter.Dark black in color, nice lasting creamy tan head, roasty smokey aroma. Roasted smokey burnt coffee and chocolate flavors, nice burnt bitternes in the finish. Medium body with a full creamy mouthfeel, some good stuff.

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Schlafly Smoked Porter from The Schlafly Tap Room
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