daknole (10740) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from acknud. Almost a black pour wtih a small off white head. Aroma is full of chocolate, roasted malt and some faint coffee notes. Flavor is much sweeter and richer than I would have ever expected. Irish style stout? Not really. Flavor has some raisins, chocolate, prunes, roasted malt and an odd sweetness.
hopscotch (10427) - 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 didnít 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 (10312) - 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.
shrubber85 (9646) - 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.
DrSilverworm (9517) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2016 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 thereís 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. 7/4/7/4/15
Update rate, 1/20/16: 12oz bottle. Bottled 12/14/2015. Caramel, dark fruit up front. Kind of spicy. Some chocolate, raisin. Earthy, spicy hop. A lot of spiciness, really. Very dark brown, though mostly clear color. Slight red. Appears mostly dark though. Thin khaki head. Leaves decent lace initially, but quickly fades to just a minimal ring with nothing sticking. Moderate-plus bitter taste. Moderate-plus sweet, kind of a spicy bite to it. Softer-textured moderate strength carbonation. Dry finish. Medium to bigger body, mildly chewy. Didnít enjoy this nearly as much as I did last time. Sweet maltiness, spicy bite. Disappointed. Didnít finish.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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.
arminjewell (9169) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015-08-21. Black body with a tan head fades. 3+ Aroma is sort of fruity with notes of treacle. Flavour is similar, treacle and caramel, light roast and dusty malt notes that linger in the finish. Smooth average plus bodied palate, modest carbonation. Enjoyable. Bottle from Ye Old Spirit Shop, Frederick, MD.
BVery (8913) - 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!
MartinT (8855) - 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 doesnít feel like 8% at all.
-The nose isnít too exciting for the style.
-Light roastiness is occasionally tasted.
-This was great with steak on the grill.