hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours very dark and sits almost black in the glass with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Coffee, cola and vanilla notes comprise the nose. Surprisingly, I didn’t pick up on any chocolate or cocoa. The flavor is a combination of rich, sweet goodies and ends up tasting like a heavily toasted campfire marshmallow. The alcohol is very well-disguised. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and feather-soft carbonation. Bitter-sweet, well-roasted finish. Many kudos to vyvvy for providing me with this excellent stout! Imperial though?
adnielsen (9910) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap @ Schlafly St. Louis. Pours a brown appearance with a light brown head. Anise, dark fruity, anise, Belgian chocolate aroma. Somewhat roasty, a touch burnt, dark chocolate flavor. Not my favorite.
GT2 (9177) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Paradiso Georgetown as Schlafly Extra Stout. The pour is a deep cola ruby to deep brown looking near black in the glass. Topping the pour is a lively, deep brown coffee head with small retention and weak but present lace. Aroma is burnt caramel, cooked cherries, wet tobacco and earth. Taste is bitter, spicy, full of tobacco, gets a little sweet and syrupy. Mouthfeel is rich, heavier, syrupy, full of grenadine.
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Molasses, chocolate, ash and alcohol aroma. Opaque brown-black color with moderate head. Lightly sweet molasses/chocolate malt and moderately bitter herbal/alcohol flavor. Decent - a bit rough.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Caramel and chocolate chips lead to a fruity second half in this effervescent Extra Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the brown-edged blackness.
-This doesn’t feel like 8% at all.
-The nose isn’t too exciting for the style.
-Light roastiness is occasionally tasted.
-This was great with steak on the grill.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown/black, off white head. Aroma has notes of roast, some pine, and nice hints of chocolate and coffee. Bit thin on the palate, but has nice roasted, chocolate, and coffee notes, some bread and a slightly piny bitter finish. Pretty good.
DrSilverworm (7997) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, bottled 1/03/13. Pours dark brown, with a 1-finger thick brown head. Kind of a hoppy nose, with toasty and chocolate malt, and a sort of metallic smell. Light, but decent lace. Good big predominantly bitter taste. Bittering hops are noticeable in the flavor, but there’s little to no American-style piney / resiny flavor here, barely any earthy hop, even. As far as I can tell, mostly just bittering hops, and it works well here. Nice toasty, lightly roasty malt, light dark chocolate, just a bit of coffee flavors here. Bigger body, with good chewier texture. Light, crisp carbonation. Finish is more on the dry side overall. Impressive stuff. Pretty faithful take, flavor-wise, on an irish dry stout, despite the high ABV. This works.
BVery (7472) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark pour with a small khaki head. Bitter roasted malts, cocoa, coffee. Slight sweetness to balance in a great way. Full flavored. This is excellent!
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at Hop in the City 2010. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted barley malts, dark chocolate, earthy hops, and tobacco leaves. Flavor of bitter dark chocolate, earhy hops, roasted barley malts, tobacco, molasses, and wood. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and an earthy mouthfeel. I missed this one in bottles this year, so I was happy to get a chance to finally try it. Labeled "Extra Stout" at the event, the Irish get no credit.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black with a small, but dense and frothy, wispy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet, toasty, dark chocolate and caramel malts along with some doughy chestnut character. Starts with a nice viscosity and velvety texture revealing semi-sweet dark caramel and chocolate flavors toward a smooth, lightly roasted bittersweet finish. A nice and true to style foreign stout.