We got this in a growler at Whole Paycheck (Whole Foods). To me, a good Irish Stout/Export Stout has to be a quadruple threat: (1) Creamy; (2) Dry finish; (3) Some bitterness from roasted malts, and (4) Some bitterness from hops. Other types of threats include:
This beer pours black with a nice tan head, receding to a spotty film that leaves lots of lace. It smells like bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. It tastes the same with a hint of dark fruits, a slight roasty and coffee bitterness, and a pleasing hoppy bitterness. There is a mild sweetness to it at first, and it has a creamy mouthfeel. Then it finishes dry, with a slight, lingering bitterness that seems to bounce between roasted/burnt malt and hops.
This beer achieves the quadruple threat reasonably well. I would get this again, especially if I can find it in a bottle. It’s pretty good, but nowhere near de-throning my favorite Export Stout: Snake River Zonker Stout. And Schlafly’s only drawback is that, although it feels highly-drinkable, it clocks in at 8 percent ABV. A quick couple of these and Chingy be all like “errrbody in the club gettin’ tipsy.”
The Haybag: This was a big, tasty beer. Schlafly may be winning me over. And I like the Reservoir Dogs photography scene that unfolded when you were trying to be all fancy pants with this beer’s pic.