Schlafly Porter | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly PorterSchlafly Porter

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Porter is a dark ale with a mild roasted character and a distinct sweetness from caramel malt. This medium-bodied porter has a velvety body with Pilgrim hops adding a subtle bitterness and East Kent Goldings hops adding aroma and flavor. The English yeast helps showcase all of these flavors in this traditional British-style porter.

In 18th Century London, the word porter was first used to describe a relatively strong, dark beer, popular amongst the working class. London brewers became famous for this style, as they began refining the process using better quality malt. The World Wars led to a higher tax on malt, resulting in lower alcohol strengths in porters. Porter nearly disappeared in the late 20th Century, but was re-introduced in London after small American brewers revitalized interest in the style.

27 IBU

Added by UncleJimbo on 12-29-2002

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Photo of bnes09
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black and opaque ale. Faint ruby when held to light. Thin head with minimal lacing.

Smell is nothing special. Faint bread grains and mild roasted character.

Descent roasted flavor with some coffee and almonds. Sweet prunes come through. Mild piney hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a corn tortilla chip flavor.

Medium bodied with a harsh carbonation. Coarse, gritty texture.

This stuff is just ok. A little rough around the edges.

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Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown. Lots of “normal” carbonation instead of some others that are overly thick.
The profile is simple, but everything is spot on for what it should be.
Chocolate and amber malts, nutty notes, a little bit of a resin’y hop note. Drier than expected, but I appreciate the lack of apparent sweetness. Mocha-like flavors work for me.
Reminds me a little of a brown ale and porter all in one.
A nice take on a style that sometimes doesn’t get attention.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It had nice retention and left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of burnt molasses, chocolate and roasty coffee.

T - It tasted of coffee and chocolate with a mild toffee flavor. Some subtle bitterness added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very nice porter. I'm glad Schlafly added this to their lineup.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Schlafly Taproom in a pint glass. Deep, black body, no visible light getting through. One-finger tan head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweeter than I would have guessed, more sweet chocolate and a little roasted malt. A bit of dark fruit in the background.

Very enjoyable mix of flavors featuring chocolate, roasted malt, and light notes of coffee, and dark fruits. Not too sweet, not too bitter.

The consistency in the mouthfeel is thin, but appropriate for the style and distinguishes it from a stout. This is definitely going to give Founders Porter a challenge for space on the shelf in my beer fridge.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty dark brown, almost black, with a fair head and pretty good lace.

Nose is pleasant but very mild. A bit of smoky roasty malts and a touch of chocolate is all I really smell from the bottled version of this brew.

Taste is pretty darn good. Malts are roasted and dark, there's a touch of smokiness, some coffee, a bit of nice dark semi-sweet baker's chocolate, and some caramel. Tasty.

Feel is medium and doesn't have all that much carbonation. Bitterness lingers lightly along with an easy drinking crispness.

Overall it's a tasty porter. I'd like to try some of their other versions of this porter too.

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Photo of wnh
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled with love on 08.26.2011. The newest seasonal (replacing saison?), and I'm glad to finally have a porter from Schlafly available.

Pours a rich, deep mahogany that just barely lets light pass through. Standard foamy, dense ecru head. Fair lacing.

Nose is pretty well spot-on. Roasted grain, lightly burnt, bitter baking chocolate, a hint of black coffee, all on top of a sweet caramel malt base. I get a faint whiff of bramble berries and then dried leaf notes from the hops. Mild on the whole, but diverse and nuanced.

Burnt grain character is bolder on the palate, a bit minerally in a dry Irish stout sort of way, then finishes moderately sweet with the caramel notes. Bitter black coffee mid-palate, and a faint dose of earthy hops. Lingering mild burnt/sweet finish.

Medium bodied, firm but round. Pretty clean and well balanced. Not a show-stopper, but a solid porter.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bottled with love on's that for fresh beer! It's a minor change, but I like the new raised lettering on the bottles.

Appearance: Fairly bright beer, pours dark brown, with bright garnet highlights when held up to the light. Medium-beige colored cap with good retention.

Smell: Definitely an English take on the style, as promised. Chocolate, roasted malt, and dark, fruity notes that I'm assuming are from the English Midlands (I'm curious where this strain's from) yeast. Subdued, but pleasant.

Taste: Starts with with chocolate notes of the bittersweet variety, followed by dry, bitter roasty malts, and some almost tart fruitiness (blackberry, I think).

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium-bodied, and just slightly too carbonated.

Overall: Some might criticize this for being too light, but this isn't an American Robust Porter, and it's not fair to judge it as such. As an English Porter, it's on-point, true to style, and quite tasty, by the way. B at $7.99

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled with love on 8/26

pours dark cola with a light creamy head. a smooth amount of retention. comes off looking a bit thin.

roasted malts and sweet coffee. hints of mollasses.

very light all around. very similar to the smell. light roasted malts with a nice sweetness to mellow it out. light citrus hops.

very smooth a bit thin but in a good way. a very english style porter.

overall, not bad. nothing ground breaking here and i wish there was more boldness to it. id drink it again but would not go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of peabody
2.26/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Looks a little thin for a porter.
Smell is thin also. Some hints of chocolate and malt and a watery yeast.
Taste is way thin also. Malty and creamy but with a lot of water in the mix. Not much going on here.
Mouthfeel is blah.
Screw drinking this again. In fact this will make me never taste another Schlafly beer for at least two years.

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Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I’m really bummed to have to file this review – what a total disappointment the porter turned out to be. I sure hope it was just a bad batch, and they’re not all like this………

Blackish pour, little to no head. Just a note of chocolate malt in the aroma background, and brother, it was WAY back there. The quaff? Man – it was watery , weak, with just a pathetic hint of charcoal malt. Sippable but extremely boring. Like this review.

I’ll have to try again down the road, I can’t believe this.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues and a small tan head with decent retention. Aromas of roasted and toasted malt with a little chocolate. Taste is pretty solid with notes of chocolated and roasted coffee. Overall a decently drinkable porter. Not the best I've had but certainly not the worst.

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Photo of Realale
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Black with ruby overtones when exposed to a light source. Thinnish wisp of a mocha head dissapears soon after presentation.

Nose is pretty subdued. Just a touch of burnt coffee and a bit of bready malt. Did not improve throughout the pint.

Very thin in the mouth with just the roast coffee and a touch of hop flavor the only things of note. Really needs an infusion of malt flavor to fill it out. Some chocolate and brown malts certainly wouldn't hurt either.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to the lack of stuffing, and I'm not very interested in having another pint.

I'm as big a booster of Schlafly as anyone, but this offering is a real dog. Not sure how a brewery capable of hitting such heights with their oatmeal stout can fail so miserably with a related style. A mystery indeed, and one I hope the folks at Schlafly solve before next year's Porter is released.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nicely done Porter that is somewhat understated. The color is very dark brown, the head a bit light along with the lace effect. There is no sense of smoke in the nose, but some light roasted malt makes it through.

The taste is good giving equal bits of chocolate and coffee with that nice roasted sense. The feel is very smooth and creamy, nicely crispy at the end. Solid, drinkable porter.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled the Porter at the Brewpub.

The color was good (a dark brown/black liquid with a weak foam head). The aroma was faint, with the smell of malt. The taste was good with bitter chocolate and coffee coming through. The mouthfeel was smooth and sharp with a very sharp finish. The drinkability was very good.

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