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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutSchlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

696 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 696
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%


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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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained this beer in trade... shit, I had three trades at the same time, I can't remember who sent this one. To whomever it was, thanks for a great one! Vintage 2008.

Poured this one into my Dogfish Head pint glass. It produced a half finger head atop a clear brown body. The head died to a ring that persisted throughout the experience.

Aroma started with dark fruits. Vanilla and oak followed, alond with dark, musty malts. I got a little bit of bourbon at the end. Surprisingly, no real roasted malt character. Interesting.

Taste... wow. Freaking wow. There was an initial blast of bourbon, completely unexpected considering how faint it was in the aroma. But welcome. Dark malt followed, along with a slight roasted flavor. Some oak followed. Very mellow, complex, and heavily layered.

Mouthfeel was incredible. It wasn't thin, but it wasn't heavy. It was smooth, creamy, and well balanced.

Excellent marks for drinkability. I had this 750 mL bottle mostly alone... I gave about 1 ounce to my father... but dang, it went down VERY easily. The alcohol wasn't noticeable, until I stood up. This goes down DECEPTIVELY easily. Damn, I could have done a growler of this, given the time. Easily the best barrel-aged RIS I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 02:35:38 | More by connecticutpoet
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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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