Irish-Style Extra Stout
The Schlafly Tap Room

Irish-Style Extra StoutIrish-Style Extra Stout
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Style:
Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #28
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,466
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
492
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The Schlafly Tap Room
 
Missouri, United States
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Winter
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Irish-Style Extra StoutIrish-Style Extra Stout
Notes: Our Irish-Style Extra Stout amplifies the traditional drier versions from Ireland for a bolder, black brew. The addition of both roasted barley and Dark Crystal malted barley give Extra Stout undertones of chocolate, molasses and dried fruit. The beer is generously hopped with East Kent Goldings to balance the sweetness from the malted barley.

Extra Stout is a descendent of the British and Irish porters of the 18th Century. These strong porters eventually became known as strong stout, then Foreign Stout or Extra Stout, depending on origin. Extra Stouts were exported world-wide, gaining popularity in the West Indies, Africa and parts of Asia.

45 IBU
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Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 492
Reviews by raznug:
Photo of raznug
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours black as the ace of spades and is topped with ¾” of tan colored head that leaves rather quickly.
Smell: The smell is just as one would expect coming from an Irish Stout roasted notes dominate but there is a sweet aroma that has me thinking.
Taste: The taste of this stout is rather complex. It has roasted flavor along with the dry finish but the sweetness that the beer has I really enjoy and makes it one tasty brew.
Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy like a stout should be but it is easy drinking for a stout making for a rather enjoyable brew.

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Photo of leantom
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Certainly not a dry stout. Here goes:

A: Very good. Slow-to-build head, plenty of lacing. Beer pours very black with a slight red hue.

S: Very sweet-smelling. Mixture of chocolate, charred/burnt flavorings and lots of dark fruit. Good mixture of chocolate and dark fruit. Most stouts are one or the other, but this one seems to have both.

T: Lots of chocolate and burnt coffee followed by lots od figs, raisins, and plum. Significant dark fruit aftertaste. Incredibly complex.

F: Thick and full-bodied. Great.

O: An excellent stout. Quite complex. Combines charred and roasted flavors with lots of dark fruit at the back of the palate.

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Photo of stlfatguy
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a mixed 'stout bout' twelve from Schlafly. They have some nice stouts in there, but this was my favorite. Black body with red edges when held to the light. Brown head doesn't last long, but does leave some lacing. Smell is strong... rum raisin bread. Taste is dark fruit, chocolate, malty molasses, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is the best part. Super creamy, thick, smooth, drying and sweet at the same time. Syrupy feel remains on the lips... or maybe that's a numbing from the 8% abv.

Sweeter than I'd expect, but complimented by the obvious hops that balance things out without taking over. Reading the description, it looks like these characteristics were all intentional. If so, job well done SchlafLy.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, two bottles: dated 12/2014 and 12/2015.

Look: Both the fresh and the year-old have a nice appearance, very dark, with a rich, light colored head, like any standard stout; the older one seems to have a slightly darker head and is a little more foamy.

Smell: Both are faint, such that the older one smells of dark fruits, the fresh one smells of dark malts.

Taste: Both offer up dark malts, such that the fresh one is slightly hoppy, with a hint of coffee on the finish, and the older one has less of a bite, yet has lots of candied dark fruit, with a hint of molasses. I can barely taste the alcohol on the finish. I didn't detect any flavors I would consider to be unpleasant (or 'old') on the aged version.

Feel: both have a nice, medium to heavy mouth-feel; (edit 11/1026: very creamy mouth-feel)

Overall: I like both the fresh and the one year old, each for different reasons (as I am finding with most higher gravity beers): the fresh is just that, fresh, and has a nice hop presence, seems well balanced, and is on the dry side; the one year old has more complexity, and is on the sweet side. I've had at least a few export stouts, and this one is at least as good as any other I've tried. (edit 11/1026: I really enjoyed this beer with a year of age on it)

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Photo of counciloak
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in tulip

L: Black with a one finger tan head. Not the most aggressive pour. The head faded pretty quickly. It also left some slight lacing when swirled in the glass. 3.75

S: This was my favorite part of the beer. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose. The alcohol was also present in the background. 4.5

T: I didn't feel like the aroma completely came through in the taste. The flavors were there just not as pronounced. More of the roasted grain flavor was present in the taste. I also got some slight acidity/sourness on the tongue, but this played a very minor roll. Alcohol had a nice warming effect and was welcomed in the overall taste. Good tasting beer altogether.

F: Medium/Full bodied stout. It has a dryness that makes it very smooth going down with a little warming.

O: I'm very happy with this beer. It has an abv that is on the high side for the style but Schlafly made it work very well as all the other characteristics were present. My only let down was that the smell trumped the taste. That's not saying that the taste was off in any way.

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Photo of kennylopez
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a 12oz bottle into a DFH Goblet.

Appearance: a jet black color with a light fingers worth of tan head that leaves little spots.

Smells: a roasted bread malt with significant hop character. some bitter sweet chocolate as it warms up come out strong in a nice way.

tastes: as the nose insisted with a light coffee note which I really enjoy.

mouthfeel: at 8% this has a light body alcohol presence. The carbonation lasts but its light towards the end but not in a bad way at all.

Overall: I payed $2 for a single if this and I honestly hope there are more when I go back because I only have one left and I would like to have more than that if possible. I like this stout quite a bit. Going to call it my St. Patrick's day brew this year and hopefully from here on out.

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Photo of DCon
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on a nitro-tap @ the Schlafly Tap-Room in St. Louis, MO. Tapped with the Small Black, Nitro-Tapper handles in a Pint Glass with the head dripping down the sides and ready to review!

Appearance- Received with 1.5 fingers of creamy, off white head. Very similar to the pour of a Guinness in color, thickness, and density. Leaves almost no head and head retention is decent.

Smell- Very strange aroma! I smell the average stout smell (chocolate, roast, coffee) but then have a hint of a HUGE soy sauce smell. Nothing like it!

Taste- There is a roasted, chocolate taste at the beginning and then a huge amount of milk stout flavor in the end. Still it was all roast in the end!

Mouthfeel- Medium- Full Bodied, Full Viscosity, Smooth, and the roast taste staying on the palate very long. Nice! Very dry and prickly. Thin (but gets thicker as it warms).

Overall- Smoothest Stout I might have ever had from an American Brewery. Have seen this out in the stores as a Special Release but as soon as I saw it was on a Nitro-Tap at the Tap-Room, I went straight for it! Great drinkability as well!

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Photo of mlockman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wpreynolds
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a black color, produced a thick tan head and featured outstanding lacing. The aroma consisted of roasted malt and smoke. Full bodied, this ale featured dark chocolate, roasted malt and some hop bitterness. High in alochol somewhat dry and warming on the way down. Overall its an average example of the style, about as good as Ive had from a amercian microbrewery. Prost!

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Using the Begnel formula, the Alcohol Score is 12 oz. x 8.0% = 96, or 1.9 Bud Lights.

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Photo of shanblur
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Black with a minimal light tan head which recedes quickly. Many bubbles form around the glass with some minor lacing

S - Muted dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas with a definite hop presence

T - Dark chocolate and licorice notes with a nice melding of hops and malt flavors. Very well balanced. The alcohol is somewhat evident but is well disguised

M - Good amount of carbonation and a nice dry finish

I could certainly have a few more of these. The only negative for me was the muted aromas but the taste more than made up for that.

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Photo of VinnieVanGogh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: black with no head. Pours with medium thickness, nothing special
S: sweet malt, not complex but nice on the nose. Just not overpowering.
T: sweet malt. Not impressive flavor
F: not very thick, nor coating.
O: don't commit your money to more than one of these.

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Photo of Fubudu187
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Merkur
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a solid black with a nice bit of brown head on top.

Beer smells slight roasty coffee smell to it, but not a ton going on with the smell.

The beer tastes of roasted coffee and bit of a chocolate taste. After the initial sip, the beer mellows out with a dry, hoppy finish. Much more flavor than your usual dry stout.

Mouthfeel is fairly thick.

Very tasty Irish stout.

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Photo of monty79_1997
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Crackerroll
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ajscheffler
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizalini
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved this 12 oz. bottle in a trade from StlThrash, and poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a very dark brown color, almost black. I can see no light, even thru the sides of the glass. Nice 1 finger light brown head that fades leaving some descent lacing behind.

S - Great peat and roasty malt aroma. Kinda warming in the nostrils.

T - The smell matches the flavor perfectly. Great roasty malt backbone, with notes of molasses and a nice dry finish.

M - Very smooth and easy drinking. Slightly lacking in carbonation, but that contributes to the smooth, medium body mouthfeel.

O - I was pleasantly suprised with this one. I'm not used to a dry irish stout being this robust,or smooth. I have had this in my cellar for about 7 months. Just a really good irish stout, no bells or whistles.

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Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 492 ratings