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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 381
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 82
Gots: 204 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is brewed with a big malt flavor, plenty of hop bitterness for balance and roasted barley that imparts notes of dark chocolate. As a finishing touch, the beer is transferred to freshly-emptied Kentucky bourbon barrels and aged before being carbonated and bottled. The barrel aging gives the beer a spicy, vanilla character and a pleasant, warming finish.

In the 18th Century, Imperial Stout was first brewed in London for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia. The beer had to be robust enough to maintain during transport.

This beer will continue to age well in a cool dark place for several years, but it is ready to enjoy now.

40 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-23-2006)
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Had a little bit of this last weekend. Good stuff! My notes from Untappd: "Creamy, milky, a lil' funky, boozy ... lots going on here." I was impressed. Not a perfect RIS or barrel-aged beer, but very enjoyable, smooth and delicious. I'd like to try more at some point. 4-4.25 (I rounded up to 4.5 on UT).

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We pop the top on a 750mL of their 2013 stock, pouring into our now broken-in St. Bernardus goblets. The coloring reflects tones of sticky blackstrap molasses, while its one finger head shimmers a lighter shade of sandstone. Retention is reasonable, with cakey sheets of lacing left around the glasses. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be medium. The aroma offers big drying oakiness, moss, heavy fruity booziness, nail polish, sugary sweet chocolate and coffee malts, vanilla bean cloy, almond extract, sea salt, smoked cinnamon sticks, black cherries and aged strawberries, soy sauce, rich hazelnut chocolate mousse, corny bourbon, and salted caramel. The taste opens with the liquid sugar of dark and milk chocolates, sustained vodka booziness, soured oak bite and char, chocolate covered cherries, cherry liqueur, licorice, confectioner’s sugar, tamarind and soy, distant lime soda, latex, buttery diacetyls, matchstick sulfur, creamy coconut milk, gentle but sticky piney hop bitterness, powdered yeastiness, spiced bourbon warmth, white paper, and maple bark. The body is thick and oily, and the carbonation is medium to high. Slurp and smack pull nicely on the lip, but cream and froth are lost to that oily, slickened background. The mouth is left densely coated, with high grade sting lingering from the alcohol, and touchy dryness from the oak. The abv is stylistically appropriate, and the beer sips accordingly.

Overall, this is one hell of a sweet beer; so much so that the sweetness is in place of flavor. This is not to be confused with boldness, it is just very sweet. It is only after you wait three to four minutes after the sip that you begin to appreciate its subtleties of flavor. If we’re going to be extra picky here then we do have to mention that, if you’re calling this a Russian Imperial Stout, then it just simply isn’t bitter enough. The oak tries to work you down, in all of its sourness and char, but this appears when the beer reaches room temperature, and not really a second sooner. Once you get used to it, it does seem to go down smoother, much in the same sense that Choklat does. Other than general quality of ingredients, what really sets this beer apart is the heavy oakiness. This adds to nearly every aspect of the beer, obviously including flavor as mentioned above, but it is most notable through the feel where it effectively dries off an oily base. This is a fine beer, and perhaps a fresher bottle would have given us more of that Russian intensity, bitterness, and balance that might have put this one over the top for us.

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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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