Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by mmva321:
4.6/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served in a snifter.
As stouts quickly become one of my favorite styles of beer, I'm starting to think what I expect out of them. Schlafly's Imperial Stout often just fulfills these expectations, but also is able to surprise and exceed what a great stout is supposed to do. The appearance merely fulfills my expectations: it's a dark beer that lets no light through, some head that dissipates quickly and a delicate lacing that also leaves a little too quick. The smell is substantial, but, in retrospect, lacks the subtlety of the taste. I smell roasted nuts, the aged barrel smell and sweet chocolate, but this is all overpowered by a bitter coffee scent that makes me wish this was a little more balanced. There is potential for a perfect scent and the aroma it leaves behind is great so I say a high 4.
But then it starts to exceed what I expect. I had an instant reaction to the taste. It has the bitter coffee taste right away, but the is not just about the immediate taste. It develops over a few seconds in your mouth, leaving behind an immaculate aftertaste of coffee, roasted nuts, chocolate and a hint of bourbon: a perfect balance. The feel is also surprising. Though it is slightly carbonated, which I usually don't prefer, the robust bourbon flavor really helps and it goes down easily. The drink is similar: for all its small faults, it's that perfect balanced flavor that develops over time in your mouth that makes this drink a treat.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2009 05:34:33 | More by mmva321
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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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