Irish-Style Extra Stout
The Schlafly Tap Room

Irish-Style Extra StoutIrish-Style Extra Stout
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Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #28
Ranked #10,414
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
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
Reviews: 167 | Ratings: 492
Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some dark fruity notes and a light burnt/charred flavour.

Overall - A flavourful brew that is still very drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden and the flavours are all in balance. Well worth picking up a bottle to try.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, chocolate Goan.

Smell: Roasty.

Taste: Toasty malt, chocolate, caramel, molasses. Stays interesting throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not your typical Irish Stout but I'll take it. Drinks easier than its 8% ABV.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color. The mocha-colored head starts off at three fingers high, and fades down to a thin film in, I want to say a minute. Some lacing is left behind.

S: At first whiff, I get a ton of chocolate and vanilla. There isn't much of a roasted character, but there is a solid nutty one. A touch of hoppiness comes out after a spell in the glass - all in all, though, it's closer to a porter than a stout. But there's one thing - more than anything else - that gives me a lot of hope: it has vaguely fruity, mineral-esque note that just screams "I'm well attenuated!"

T: There is a significant fruit character - cherries, figs, and raisins - at first, meshing with a subtle coffee note. No roast to speak of, just a nutty and chocolaty middle giving way to a crisp, mineraly finish. The chocolate flavor grows a little stronger as it sits, which is always welcome. Solid all-around.

M: Texture wise, it's quite slick; I'd prefer it to be creamy. It's dry at first, growing more and more wet as more is consumed (expected for 8%). I think it's somewhat undercarbonated - making it seem even more sticky than what it really is. Despite the foibles, it's quite drinkable.

O: A nice stout. Give me some more roast, and this one would kick ass. Still, this one is easy to drink and borderline refreshing in the way a foreign stout should be.

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Photo of Dr_Q
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this as a howler (yes, a 1/2 Growler). A little stronger than a traditional Irish Stout. Dark with a chestnut cast, chocolate brown head that doesn't last long. The aroma is overwhelmed with alcohol, but tones down into a sweet malted barley.

Slightly creamy with a dry, dark chocolate taste - slightly nutty. Glutenous mouth feel, not as dry as sticky. The molasses taste makes it a little bitter. Aroma is great after it warms, good example of an irish stout (a little extra strength). Nice alcohol warmness as it finishes.

I like this, will certainly purchase again as a standard extra stout.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with a frothy cappuccino head that lingers.

Molasses, roast malt, and toasted nuts dominate the aroma.

Roast malt, coffee, and nutty, sweet flavors combine with cola and dark chocolate to form the flavor. There's a bit of a metallic character that is slightly offputting.

Body is fairly full, with low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

I prefer this on tap. Good roast character, and the sweetness is a nice counter, but that metallic note is a bit much.

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Photo of Murphious
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours with the look of a great Irish stout. Then the head died quickly and I realized the aroma was somewhat tame compared to classic Irish stouts I have tasted over the years. Upon first sip, the flavor was nice; not bitter and yet flavored with bakers chocolate and light roast. Not the usual heavy mouth feel or after taste of Guiness or other stouts. I will say it does drink smoothly for 8% ABV stout! Overall, it's somewhat generic (I'll forget what it tastes like in a few weeks or months) but does no harm to the style.

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

Pours a little thing and light around the edges. Decent cola colouring, minimal tan head that was never really there in the first place, so not much hanging out to do. Minimal lacing.

More complex aroma than I expected. Some dry bitter coffee and a surprising amount of vanilla. Roast and ashy behind that.

Solid. The vanilla sweetness that surprised me on the aroma decided not to jump into the fray on the tongue, instead letting an ashy bordering on smokey dry bittersweet coffee and a touch of dark fruits come forth. I can't quite pin it down precisely, but it's more fruity than I expected (not overwhelmingly so, but the aroma didn't give me that impression).

Medium/light body and a decent carbonation level, with a higher ABV than I would expect for the style/etc, but it's very well hidden. It could be easy to get sloppy off a couple of these before you realized what you'd done.
This is a solid entry into the style that won't necessarily blow you away, but is perfectly enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a bottled date of 12/26/2012

A - Pitch black with 2 fingers of head and tons of sticky lace left on the glass

S - Faint aroma, but some malty grains is about all I detect.

T - Smooth and thick. Chocolate, burnt malts, and a hidden ABV.

M - High in carbonation and full bodied.

O - An excellent dry stout! Worth checking out if you like stouts for sure. A stronger and tastier Guinness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice light brown creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep chocolate notes with light roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is heavier than I had anticipated with loads of black chocolate notes with some roasted malt notes and some light dry bitter notes. Body is fuller then expected with good carbonation. Very enjoyable and probably closer to a foreign stout than an Irish stout.

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Photo of Thesoundandthefury
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled January 2012

Poured into a chalice with a vigorous pour that only produces a minimal head.

Smells of dark fruits, cacao nibs, and a bit of roasted coffee and chocolate.

Taste is smooth with some initial sweetness from the cacao that fades to prunes and dates, then dries out to dusty finish.

Mouthfeel is decent. Slightly more carbonation than I prefer, but not so much that takes away from the smoothness of this beer.

Overall, not my favorite style, but one that Schlafly has done well and I can appreciate it.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, clear brown when pouring, one finger head.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee as well some smoke.

T-Nice mesh of coffee and roasted notes, balance is nice as the smoke is there but not overwhelming. Some dark fruits as well.

M-Lighter, creamy and lightly carbonated.

O-A solid, well crafted stout. Not out of this world but another nice beer from Schlafly.

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Photo of beagle75
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Photo of DentistDave
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A good Irish style beer for St. Patty's Day!!

Reviewed from notes...

A: Deep brown, almost black in color with a 1 finger tan head. Moderate head retention, minimal lacing.

S: Wonderful, I'd say the aroma is the best thing about this beer. I got coffee, roasted malts, and toffee.

T: Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some toffee. After the smell I was expecting more in the taste department. It was all still there, just not with the same gusto.

M: Medium, good carbination. Lingers on the tongue.

O: Nothing spectacular here, but not bad by any means. I'd say it's an above average stout. I think that the aroma trumps the taste on this beer. If I'm drinking a stout, I'd rather have a Founders Breakfast Stout or a Bell's Special Double Cream Stout (of the stouts I can readily get around here), but this was certainly an enjoyable beer...especially on St. Patty's Day!


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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice, simple label. Bottled with love the day after Christmas, 2012. Split with the wife into two small snifters as a 'dessert' after our St. Patrick's day dinner.

Appearance: Black brew with a nice medium-tan cap that shows pretty decent retention.

Smell: Dark fruits and alcohol, along with an ever-so-slightly smoky edge; hints of roast and burnt caramel as well.

Taste: There's certainly roasted barley here, but it stays in the background more than I was expecting. Dry roasted grains, really nice dark fruity and lightly boozy notes, and a solid, clean, and somewhat surprising hop bitterness and a touch of fruity, English hop flavor from the Golding and Pilgrim hops used. Maybe the slightest note of super-dark chocolate?

Mouthfeel: Less (and, surprisingly, I mean this in a good way) substantial than I'd expect for works here.

Overall: In previous years, this beer always baffled me a bit, largely because my wife loves it so much. She's not one for heavy-handed (or bitter) stouts, generally, much preferring the slightly sweet, lesser-hopped English-style Russian Imperial Stouts than their American-style counterparts. We had this brew last year and I remember it having a strong molasses-like character, with higher roast levels and a bit more 'oomph'. It was good, but I could never quite tell if I really liked it or it was sort of 'meh'. I'm wondering if they changed up the recipe this year, whether I'm just drinking it much fresher than normal (we've drank this aged up to a year-plus before), or whether my palate has changed. Schlafly's website says this is meant to be a sort of bigger version of a traditional Irish Dry Stout, and that's exactly what it tastes like. It's smooth, not overly roasty, firmly bitter, and quite quaffable, even at 8% abv. It's really pretty darn tasty. With simple ingredients (Pale, crystal, and roasted barley malt, two English hop varieties, and London yeast) Schlafly has really crafted a delicious strong stout here, perfect for the changing of the seasons from winter to spring. Slainte

B+ 88 $9.99 a six-pack

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Photo of Naters333
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my tulip from a 12 oz bottle dated 1/9/13.

A-Pours a great dark dark black color with a nice 2 inch tan head on an aggressive pour. Not too think, but really nice looking. Very carbonated. Lots of floaties in this beer.

S-Roast, alcohol, dark malt, little coffee.

T-Bitter, bold flavors, dark malts, dark soda, bitter chocolate.

M-I really like the mouthfeel. I read some other reviews, were people talked about this beer being too thin. I thought it was just right for the style.

O-I pretty nice beer. Not my favorite, but I'm not so much into this style. Really glad I tried a six pack. Very unique. Definitely has the Schlafly taste.

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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 zac16125
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass
bottled on 12-21-11

A:Pours an opaque jet black, 1.5 fingers width of light mocha head takes a good amount of time to dissipate down.  Leaves only the faintest spotty lacing.  

S: Smells very sweet with chocolate and dark fruit, a bit of roasted malt.  Not bad, but rather simple.

T:  Follows the nose in that its quite sweet, but its a generic sweetness, like chocolate syrup.  Some roasted malt and booze.  Again, very simple palate profile, but enjoyable.  

M/D:  Pretty nice mouthfeel.  Medium bodied with a good thickness.  Appropriate carbonation,  ABV is certainly noticed, but it adds to a rather simple flavor profile, and it is not hot going down, so the booze component is appreciated in my book.  

O: Overall, good but not great from top to bottom.  I wont seek this out, but Id gladly drink it if given to me.  Paired well with a large sunday brunch of pancakes, bacon, and eggs.

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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 duracell
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best before September, 1st 2012.

A - Pitch black color with an active carbonation. Generous off-white creamy head with medium retention and limited lacing.

S - Very good smell, quite complex, a nice blend of malt, hop, and alcohol, a bit too boozy though. I pick out some dark fruits. The beer seems to be pretty sweet for a FES.

T - Very complex taste, the huge amount of malt is perfectly balanced by the hop. Notes of black liquorice, toffee, caramel, chocolate. There is a significant amount of residual sugar.

M - Very full body, really heavy on the tongue. Perfect carbonation and good smoothness. The alcohol is very noticeable for an 8.0% ABV.

O - A generous beer, BOLD, very complex and with a good drinkability! Quite far from the style but I love it!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this stout in a nonic pint.

Appearance- There are two fingers of an ecru-colored and dense foam. The cap is craggy from tons of small and exploding bubbles. The body is completely black and looks great.

Smell- A little bit of roast and then there is some slightly sweet roast. This is a pretty unimpressive and simple nose.

Taste- It starts with some slightly coffee and caramel-like qualities. After that, a little bit of a boozy background builds with more roast. Then the earthy hops really start coming into play and produce a long finish with the coffee roast. I wish this was a little more intricate, but the flavors are strong and distinct, maybe a little too boozy.

Mouth feel- This one borders on being too thin, but drinks easily regardless. It is not really that dry. The finish lasts for a good amount of time.

Overall- I'm a little torn on this stout, yes it is roasty and a little dry. However, booze is too noticeable, and it is a little thin for a stout. Not to mention, it is not the most complex dry stout out there. I guess "complexity" isn't a pre-requisite for the style, but something else could have reared it's tasty head to help this beer out.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into short glass.

A: motor oil black pour, soda style head

S: Hops and mollasses

T: molasses! :( Charcoal, chocolate :)

M: The taste made this nice feeling off.

Overall, this is an average beer. I won't go out of the way for this.

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Photo of scratch69
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with no light coming through the glass. Only a half a fingers worth of tan head with light amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt with chocolate notes.

Taste- Smoky dark roasted malt at the start with a slightly bitter finish. Notes of chocolate and coffee throughout.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Smooth and a little creamy.

Overall- Pretty good. I would buy a six pack of this.

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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 daledeee
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly has take over in mind. They are everywhere in our town now.

Poured this into a pint glass. Nice head with beautiful lacing. Near black in color.

Nose was bitter coffee and roasted malt.

Taste was a pleasant surprise. Some bitterness with coffee and roastiness. A really nice balanced beer. Easy to drink. Too easy. It is pretty strong and will catch up with you. This is not an overly dry stout which was a concern of mine when I saw "Irish". I will seek this out again. Not sure if it is available all the time.

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Photo of rhartogsq
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Irish-Style Extra Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 492 ratings