Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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88
very good
490 Ratings
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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra StoutSchlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Vancer on 02-07-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
490
Reviews:
167
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.41%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
65
For Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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2/5  rDev -49.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of dav
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of mte1972
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of brock125
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Michael_DuBois
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of mphopkins99
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown, almost black. No head whatsoever, and almost no lacing to speak of.

S - Metallic, almost soapy, no hop presence to speak of.

T - Malty, but unremarkable. Cant taste the hops whatsoever.

M - Soda-like, seemed very highly carbonated.

D - It didn't make me want to reach for another one, but there was nothing objectionable about it either.

I am a huge fan of Schlafly, but this was a disappointment. The first Schlafly I had that I wasn't knocked over with. Bad batch, perhaps?

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Photo of Mechphisto
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, deep black with a slight red hue. Pleasant brown-tan head, sticks around a little while, but then goes away pretty completely with no lacing.

S- Almost undetectable scent. But what's there is an open, warm hoppy smell that belies the rather harsh taste.

T- Very bitter, on the tongue and back of the palate. Tastes burnt; harsh. A little nutty, with a very slight floral note.

M- With most overly bitter stouts I've had, there's an oiliness which sticks around and clings to your mouth--but at least this one doesn't have that. Good mouthfeel.

D- Starts bitter and harsh, but you get used to it. In fact, it actually becomes more palatable and nearly enjoyable half-way through. It might be because of it warming up a little, and more flavor comes out countering the sharp bitter.

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3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with over one finger of persistent mocha-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild overall, with carbon dioxide, kalamata olives, and day-old coffee. There is some additional depth present, alternating between ashy and unctuous. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins slightly sweet, with dark berry fruit and bread. Charred roast combines with precocious herbal bitterness in the middle. The bitterness maintains a moderate intensity into the finish where some astringent fennel seed is also revealed. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: The decision to engage in a beer-drinking experience may be compared to an investment: the level of risk (alcohol content) should correlate positively to the size of the payoff. Beers like this stout break such a rule by being needlessly strong for the rather ordinary sensory qualities they deliver. There's nothing seriously wrong with it, save perhaps for the lack of dryness expected from members of the style, but it would be just as "extra" at 6.5% abv.

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3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Black, Dark tan head. Lasting lacing, head not so.
S. roasted chocolate, but subtle.
T. A boozy taste from the start, which I didn't find appealing. After that it was decent....a hint of chocolate.
M. Not as smooth as a stout as I like. Carbonation was not off putting.
O. Not a bad beer. But not a great beer either.schlafly makes some good beer, and this one is not on my top Schlafly list.

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Photo of Prager62
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of kilobees
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of etenbus
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is motor oil black, viscous, and builds a 1/2 inch tan head. Looking through the British Imperial pint glass, not even a hint of light peeks through. The head disappears quickly.

The aroma is weak for such a strong beer but I can detect hints of leather, tobacco, and bitter roasted malts. It lacks that horse blanket mustiness that can be found on some of the best stouts, including Guinness.

The taste is muted with the bitterness following on the back of the tongue, followed by a flash of sweetness that lingers. As it warms, the alcohol shines through. 8% is too strong for a session beer, which a solid Irish stout should be. Often American brewers forget that and try to make super-strong ales. In Ireland, the tax on beer was based on the alcohol content; thus there was no need for strong alcholic contents.

The mouthfeel is average for a stout. It has enough body to remind you that this is a stout, but nothing on the frothy end of things. I might add that there is no lacing on the glass.

Overall, I like this better than Schlafly's Coffee Stout, which has a harsh side. But I don't think it justifies its $9 price tag. Perhaps that was simply opportunistic pricing for St. Patrick's Day!

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3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.94 out of 5 based on 490 ratings.
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