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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 88
Gots: 213 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 11-23-2002

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
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Ratings: 834 | Reviews: 388
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

2007 Vintage

Aged in freshly emptied Jim Beam barrels. Slow churning brown bubbles form a thick, tall-seated crown of a head; lacing is creamy with a healthy stickage on the glass. The color is a shade or two from pitch black. Wow, killer aromas of fusel alcohol both from the beer and the barrel, more aromatic than harsh. A bit of charred malt and dark berry fruitiness in the nose as well. Smooth and slick on the palate, dry puckering and slightly bitty wood mouthfeel middle to end. Vanilla bean and faint booze with a hard-lined wood character to start. Sweetness peaks in the middle with that vanilla flavor and some deep caramel and burnt sugar complexities. Ghost fusel alcohol is clean but warming, a little hot perhaps. Hops are minimal and not part of the picture here. Wood flavors and dryness engulf the finish.

The dryness actually makes it more drinkable seeing as we wanted to take another sip sooner rather than later. The alcohol is there but never reaches too high. We are sure age will do this beer good, but drinking it now was a treat for sure.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

More User Reviews:
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 9-18-10. Thanks for enjoying it with my, TCGoalie.

A: Pours not quite pitch black - there is a bit of a dark brown tinge to it. A medium well pour results in a tiny head that recedes oh so fast. The film that is left on top of the beer is mocha colored. The carbonation bubbles mosey at a snail's pace.

S: There are big flavors of mocha, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, backed by a strong oak and bourbon aroma, especially when swirled vigorously in my oversized wine glass. A roasted malt aroma is also present, but way in the background of the other smells.

T: This is on the sweet side for an Imperial Stout, headlined by the large dark chocolate and vanilla presence. The bourbon-oak flavor plays in my mouth for the length of the sip on the back of my tongue and the sides of my mouth. The finish is nicely dry and clean from the oak taste and maybe a little hop presence.

M: The brew leaves a solid medium feel on my mouth, maybe not quite as big as I would like and Imperial Stout to be. It certainly isn't a thin feel, but it is not coating and explosive, either. The finish is dry and puckering.

D: Very drinkable for the style. I found the taste quite pleasing and while this brew is not elite, it is very good.

Photo of brownbeer
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2009 vintage.

Dark brown, almost black in color with a creamy light brown head.

The nose is really soft with maple,chocolate cookies, vanilla, caramel, and an unmistakeable bourbon aroma.

The whiskey flavor dominates all the way through to the burn with vanilla and a cookieish fade. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

I thought this one has some of the better tasting bourbon barrel character, but if you don't like the taste of bourbon I can't see you liking this.

Photo of Kcastr01
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is at the top of my list. It's a fine celebration brew but not for a night out. It's heavy. You need to be prepared to sit and really focus on it after dinner. Heavy malt notes. Excellent aroma and oaky undertones. You can drink it alone but you better not be needing to drive. A Thick creamy head with a nice finish.

Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DuckDodgers
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tjthresh
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a foamy whipped light brown head. Nice aromas. Oak, bourbon, smoke, soil, vanilla, marshmallow fluff. Wonderful bitter chocolate flavor. Finishes with a strong dose of bourbon. Really silky smooth on the palate. This beer is really easy to drink. What a nice surprise from StL.

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A few months on this 2007 bomber now. Impressive packaging and box. Pours a deep brown body, almost opaque. Small beige head falls into some attractive patchy lace. Nice aroma features vanilla, bourbon, and some roasty notes of char and chocolate. A bit thin in the mouth for an impy stout. Medium carbonation levels. Taste is much like the aroma. Vanilla dominates. Subtle milk chocolate notes lend a prevailing sweetness, mingling well with the bourbon essence. Mild notes of bitter dark roast throughout. In the now vast pantheon of bourbon barrel imperial stouts there is nothing about this that stands out. A minor disappointment here from a brewery that has wowed me for the most part over the past two years.

Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol and chocolate with some oak and a little bit of smoke. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate and vanilla. You get some alcohol warming and the mouthfeel is very creamy, even though it is a little thinner than expected. For some reason when I drank this beer it reminded me of Black Xantus, but since I have not tasted them side-by-side I am not sure how accurate that is.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage. Dark black in color with next to zero head. Smells of malt and bourbon, maybe a little maple in there. First sip was all bourbon, but as I drank the glass down i was able to get malt and some smoke. The bourbon is almost too overwhelming to catch much else as far as flavors. Mouth feel is bourbon, heavy bourbon. It keeps me waiting to catch more tastes as if finishes, but once again, all I catch is bourbon, and a nice dryness through the finish. Not so much bad, just bourbon overload. I am going to buy another bottle to age for 2 to 5 years hoping that the bourbon mellows some and I will be able to taste more of what the maker intended me to taste.

Photo of jaminjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beepthebot
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

2007 vintage 750ml bottle.

Very dark brown with very light brown lacing. Nose is awesome, light boozy a bit of diactyl on the nose but it's not overpowering.

Taste is huge on the oak and wood, very sharp. Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp. The light booze from the bourbon is ok and really just lubricates it down your throat and keeps the drinkability pretty high.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black colored with just a smidgeon of light getting through when held up to a light. Brussels lacing. Nearly a half inch of khaki colored head with a few large bubbles of carbonation mixed in with what is otherwise a tightly knit head. Aroma is a luscious blend of fig, plum, black licorice, bourbon and roasted barley. The taste is a very compelling blend of sweetness along the lines of fig, black licorice, bourbon and plum. You then get the roasted barley component on the back of the palate along with the warmth of the alcohol and then it's right back to the sweet notes of fig, black licorice, bourbon and plum on the fade. The mouth is silky as well as a bit warming on the back of the palate. In summary:It's complicated, but in a good way.

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rudylaw
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

More thanks to MasterSki for this 2007 vintage. Once again, the GTOM tasting glass is in my right hand.

Pours a blackish night with a nice, tan head.

Lots of vanilla, oak and a hint of bourbon.

I get chocolate off the bat with its buddy vanilla. And there's that bourbon! Still prevalent in the 2007 bottle. Sort of surprising there's still an alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is silky creamy fantastic! I loved this more than I thought I would and was my favorite out of five killer stouts sampled at the CE release.

Photo of OStrungT
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a jet black color, with a tar like consistancy. It boasts a thick, fluffy, brown head that fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has A sweet malty aroma. I detect some coffee and chocolate. It ias a subtle bourbon aroma. Some vanilla aroma is also present. It has a slightly nutty aroma as well, which surprises me.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It has a much more subtle bourbon flavor than I would have expected. The most dominate flavor is vanilla. It also has some coffee. Some chocolate is also presnet. It is quite good.

This beer is carbonated to perfection. It goes down smooth, leaving a vanilla and bourbon aftertaste.

This beer would not be the best session beer. It is very full bodied, and it is high in alcohol.

Overall: Thanks to karst for the great beer. I am splitting this bottle with a good friend on New Years Eve. Good beer and good company make for a great day.

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Hyvee in Columbia, MO.

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark chocolate with hints of molasses as the beer warms. The bourbon smells very nice.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Bourbon and roasted malt flavors up front are joined shortly by vanilla and light dark chocolate flavors that linger into a solidly bitter ending with a bit of alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I could sip on two or three bottles of these for quite some time.

Overall this is just a tad better than the barleywine from the same series, but both are very well done beers. Worth a shot.

Photo of drn
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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