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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

731 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 82
Gots: 169 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by ChugginOil:
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Schlafly

Pours very dark, showing very little light through the edging. Less than a fingers worth of tan head. Nets of lacing.

The nose has a ton of caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, dark chocolate and dry oak. Bourbon.

The flavors follow suit. Tons of dry oak intertwined with vanilla, oak, cocoa, coconut and toffee. Almond Joy.

The mouthfeel is medium-thick with moderate carbonation.

Overall, the bourbon barrels really play the star of this beer, and they are fantastic characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 06:39:56 | More by ChugginOil
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla and strong bourbon notes with sweet roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of vanilla notes with strong bourbon notes and quite a bit of residual sugar notes with light black chocolate. Body is somewhat full with an oily like texture and medium carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Bourbon notes are quite dominant but there is just too much residual sugar for my taste at the end of the day.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2014 23:32:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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pisano

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-23-2014 02:59:46 | More by pisano
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

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
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bridges2l82

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-10-2014 12:25:21 | More by bridges2l82
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SteveDoeschot

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-06-2014 20:58:59 | More by SteveDoeschot
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

07-03-2014 22:33:53 | More by GClarkage
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leinie13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

06-29-2014 22:31:12 | More by leinie13
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-25-2014 13:34:50 | More by atlbravsrno1
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alostplot

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

06-21-2014 18:08:33 | More by alostplot
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -26.5%

06-17-2014 10:40:31 | More by AlaskanYoung
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Patchy

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-16-2014 20:49:41 | More by Patchy
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-15-2014 16:06:55 | More by acurtis
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nickbman

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-14-2014 16:06:55 | More by nickbman
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-12-2014 03:35:44 | More by BlueMoon10
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

06-08-2014 18:55:45 | More by leroybrown10
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JavaNoire

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2%

06-08-2014 03:38:11 | More by JavaNoire
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target88

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2%

06-07-2014 02:09:47 | More by target88
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Saudereth

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-04-2014 04:38:33 | More by Saudereth
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NooseJustice

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2%

06-04-2014 03:18:04 | More by NooseJustice
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Rosiex7

Missouri

5/5  rDev +22.5%

05-28-2014 17:59:51 | More by Rosiex7
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-22-2014 17:18:02 | More by afsdan
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2007 Vintage

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
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%

05-17-2014 19:21:01 | More by Boone757
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

05-15-2014 16:28:48 | More by taylor714914
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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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