Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: Painted 750 ml brown pop top, dated 2011 vintage. A sticker on the bottom has a (bottled-on?) date of 10/27/2011. Split into two Chimay chalices to split with my wife. Thanks to my lady for picking this up for me as a stocking-stuffer last Christmas!
Appearance: Brown in the pour, but pitch black in the glass, with a light beige head that fades fairly quickly to not too much at all. For some reason, it doesn't really bother me in this style of beer, but I'd like juuuust a bit more stick.
Smell: Brownie batter, vanilla, and just a ghost of oak. A bit of boozy heat here as well, even after nearly a year in the bottle, but it's not harsh or solventy, more like a dark fruit brandy perhaps. Just a hint of caramelly biscuit as this hits room temperature. Nice and sweet.
Taste: More heat than suggested in the aromas, but not quite over the top. The alcoholic notes consist of dry bourbony heat, and it's pretty warm but not QUITE hot. That being said, even after nearly a year, this is still a rather spirit-forward barrel-aged stout. Dark chocolate, mild-moderate levels of roasted grain, and maybe just a ghost of oak, but that could just be my imagination. This doesn't have massive depth or complexity, and it's a bit spirit/barrel forward, but really it's growing on me as I progress through the glass.
Mouthfeel: Would like just a TOUCH less carbonation, but this is nice, rich, and smooth.
Overall: If you like your barrel-aged stouts to be spirit-forward and have a lot of barrel character, chances are you'll like this beer. This is best between cellar temperature and room temperature. The flavors of the base beer (especially the fudgy, brownie qualities) are really nice, and hints of oak and vanilla sweetness compliment them nicely. There's just a BIT too much spirit-character here for me at times, though I've gone back and forth on this. I'm assuming for the great price of $9.99-10.99, Schlafly doesn't use crazy-prestigious barrels for this one, and that might be the reason that, at times, the 'bourbon' character seems just a bit thin, like it could be any spirit. With just a bit more vanilla/oak character, this could be great! At any rate, definitely worth a look, and probably something I'll pick up once a year or so. Thanks babe!
86....best at room temperature or darn close
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2012 02:07:47 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.61/5 rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I don't think it aged well. Getting more oxidation than I had hoped with some slightly tart off-flavors. Bourbon and some chocolate are in the mix as well. You win some and you lose some.
Mouthfeel is week also. Made the mistake of loosing this one in the cellar until recently so I'm sure this is better fresh.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 00:37:12 | More by Ohiovania
3.74/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A-Pours dark brown with an almost oily texture as it drains from the bottle. Lacking any head.
S-Clearly smells oxidized. Hopefully it isn't too badly blown out. I get much more dark fruits than I was expecting. It smells very, very sweet. The bourbon has faded but it's still there.
T-Oxidization is a problem here but it hasn't ruined the beer. Aside from the oxidization, there is a tons of alcohol-soaked dark fruits and figs. Raisins, and booze-plums. Loads of molasses and an old coffee flavor. Softer whiskey flavor as well. Well integrated flavors.
M-Nearly cloying. Chewy sweetness. Could use a sip of water after some of this beer. Flat.
O-A bit too old. It's aged into a beer that isn't all too Stout-like in flavor. Aside from the Oxidization, I was impressed that the whiskey barrel flavor still stuck around rather well.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2014 00:10:10 | More by VelvetExtract
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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