Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 853
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 92
Gots: 223 | FT: 11
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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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Photo of bort11
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage. Very heavy 750 mL bottle with a beautiful screen print of the Louisiana Purchase era map.
poured into an imperial pint glass. The initial tan head is large with some powerful legs. Lacing maintains until the end. Color is a deepest dark brown that lets no light through the center of the glass. A faint cola brown tint creeps around the bottom edge of the glass when held to the light.
The smell is heavenly. Even with the slightest stuffy nose, I can smell The Bourbon mixed with a slight vanilla and caramel mix. The smell warms the back of the nose.
The Bourbon is prominent in the taste. Very warm with a long after-taste. Additional vanilla and caramel malt enhances the flavor.
Mouthfeel is very warm and full. A pleasant alcohol warmth. Good carbonation.
I definitely want to get more of this and put some away for next year (850 characters)

Photo of Kcastr01
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of mikeborglum
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2009 Pours dark choclate brown with a one finger tan head that left spotty lacing. Very strong aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and has a hint of caramel. Taste was silky smooth with soft carbonation with flavors of oaky bourbon, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla and wood with a full body and has a nice warming finish. Excellent imp stout. (371 characters)

Photo of grub
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

got this one in a recent trade with tangfoot. thanks fred!

750ml bottle. 2006 vintage. sampled jan 11/08.

pours deep brown, not quite black or opaque. you can see a bit of red in it when held to the light. a big reamy tan head rises up then drops slowly leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. bit of yeast. lots of vanilla and bourbon. you could actually smell the bourbon as soon as the bottle was opened, so i expected it to dominate more, but it's quite nice. alcohol. big bread and biscuit malt. hint of dark fruit.

taste is excellent. big hit of bourbon. big bread and biscuit malt. bit of mineral character. slight oxidation, but not unpleasant. light vanilla. bit of raisin and date. low bitterness level. light caramel sweetness. bit of warming alcohol. slightly earthy. light roast.

mouthfeel is great. low carbonation works well. nice big body.

drinkability is excellent. great balance. nice level of bourbon that doesn't overpower. good depth to the solid base stout. (989 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Goliath for this one
I split this 2007 bottle with some friends poured into a pint glass produced a tan head that lasted on top of a black body. Just what a stout should look like.
The aromas of bourbon and malts and chocolate stood out to me. The flavors were incredible they of course followed the nose. But by now they melded to this elixir of the god's type flavor. It went down way to easy and to fast; the mouthfeel was full and thick. This is an incredible stout and with a little more than a year on this bottle. I would say deserving of more attention than it is getting.

2-12-10 Revisited in an impromptu stout tasting and have to drop the mouthfeel a little on it comparing it side by side to a dark lord. (727 characters)

Photo of bitterbeerguy
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one last night and didn't have a chance to comment until this morning.

2008 Vintage

This brew pours an awesome super dark brown- pretty much as dark as it can be if brown. Hints of red stream through if held up to the light. Small bubbles, but definitely right for a beer like this- shouldn't feel like champagne!

Aroma is wonderful!!! Bourbon notes hit you right away and are followed by vanilla, and dark cherry. There is also a hint of coffee in the background

Taste was really, really great. I cannot compare to other vintages, but if this exemplifies how well these beers can age, then I need to get a case. Bourbon character hits you right away, no question. Smooth as hell though- not a bit of alcohol flavor in the least. Very warming. Vanilla was my favorite flavor in this, but I couldn't stop tasting the toffee and caramel which was not a bad thing.

I enjoyed this beer with a cigar- if you have a bottle of 2008 and like stogies- make time with a friend and enjoy this combo.

I need to find more of this!

Cheers! (1,043 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark brown to black, with a very nice tan foam head lacing, very nice appearance and thick pour, nice look

Smell- Roasted malts, bourbon whiskey cask treating can definitely be smelt on the nose, very slight hops, caramel and molasses sweetness, very complex great smell,

Taste- Great well rounded stout here, full flavored and very complex for sure, bourbon can certainly be tasted and the aging has paid of with extra complexity, malts, roasted malts, slight espresso and chocolate, very slight hops, a nice little sweetness to it but not over overpoweringly sweet, such a soft and amazing finish, complex and intriguing flavor,

Mouthfeel- Soft and smooth, has such an amazing softness to it, extremely full bodied,

Drinkability- Very drinkable and even dangerous considering we are talking 10 percent here, this is a sipper though, one to savor each sip and try to appreciate the complexity, this beers an amazing treat one to have occasionally to really enjoy and celebrate a big event or good day, really good surprise and i think one deserving of more attention and trys (1,092 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the perfect black with a light tan head, leaves a nice layer on the beer with perfect carbonation and light lacing. Smells of a perfect blend of bourbon and coffee roasted malts, amazing imperial stout smell. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malts, just like kentucky breakfast stout. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and the carbonation is perfect for this style. Drinkabilith is great here because of how delicious this tastes, makes me wanna get into bourbon. KBS + carbonation = amazing. (508 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of mafeeker
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off by saying I have tried quite a few bourbon aged stouts, and this one is high up there with Goose Islands Bourbon County Stout.

A: Pours a dark midnight color with very little head that dissipates almost immediately, which is common for this style. Held up to light, the edges are nice and dark amber.

S: The aroma I get is strongly bourbon, with a little bit of malt breadiness and chocolate. There's also a pungent alcohol sweetness

T: The taste is fantastic. Sweet to begin, and then the caramel fruitiness of the bourbon comes through, the aftertaste leaves a little alcohol in the back of your throat. Finish is very smooth for the style.

D: Extremely drinkable for the style, be careful at 10.5%

Highly recommend this beer, even if you don't really like stouts generally, this style is like nothing you can find out there and this beer is a great example. (882 characters)

Photo of Jacobpaul81
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had the 2007 & 2008. Have a 2007, 1 - 2008, and 2 2009s in the cellar.

2007: (Poured in Spring 2010)

Poured into pint glass

A: Dark brown, almost black. Dark tan head. Lacing on glass. Head maybe 1/4 thick. Syrupy consistency, medium body.

S: Roasted Malt, vanilla, Oak, coffee, chocolate, caramel and raisin. Bourbon smell sets a basis for the rest of the aromas. Very sweet scent.

T: Very sweet right at the start. Nice coffee/chocolate flavor as it hits the mouth. A strong caramel/raisin flavor emerges as it sits on the tongue. Bourbon aging gives it a strong oak-caramel aroma as you swallow. Lots of complexity to this one.

M: Medium density and creamy. Caramel/oak aroma lingers in the mouth. Alcohol is warming but not overpowering. Nice chocolate bitter aftertaste that lingers shortly.

D: Very drinkable. Almost dangerously drinkable. Alcohol is not tasted while the flavors are complex and rich.

2008: (Poured Summer 2010)

Poured into pint glass

A: Similar appearance to 2007. Dark brown, almost black. Dark tan head. Lacing on glass. Head maybe 1/4 thick. Syrupy consistency but thin. Thinner appearance to 2007

S: Roasted Malt, vanilla, Oak, coffee, chocolate, caramel and raisin. Bourbon smell sets a basis for the rest of the aromas. Very sweet scent. Very similar. Bourbon and caramel a little more aromatic.

T: Very sweet right at the start. Thin and warming. Alcohol more detectable in 2008. Coffee/chocolate flavor as it touches front of tongue. A strong caramel/raisin flavor emerges as it rests in mouth. Once again, a strong oak-caramel aroma as you swallow. Similar complexity. A little more oak/caramel aroma, a little more bourbon taste.

M: Thinner density than 2007 but by no means thin. Nice and creamy, similar to a port wine in consistency. Caramel/oak aroma lingers in the mouth. Alcohol is warming but not overpowering. Nice chocolate bitter aftertaste that lingers shortly.

D: Very drinkable. Almost dangerously drinkable. Alcohol is not tasted and the flavors are complex and rich. Not as drinkable as 2007 but very close. (2,081 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful bourbon stout.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. It comes in a cardboard box highlighting uniqueness, status, and maybe even protecting it from light. Cartographic classic dark design on the box. Somewhat lengthy historic narrative background with description of the style and intent of the brew. The bottle follows the box with a concise back description of ingredients and the suggestion of pairing it with chocolate. Bottling date as 2008 brew, shows Alc. by Vol. (10.5%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Black color with the faintness hints of deep brown around the edges. Hefty foamy head, that holds its ground for quite a while and leaves a nice and dedicated lacing.

S - Great vanilla/oak bourbon range of aromas over a roasted malt base with hints of chocolate.

T - Sturdy bourbon presence backed by the dark malt. Vanilla, oak, and a present boozy envelope.

M - Medium carbonation working perfectly for the brew in what sometimes feels a tad short of a full body.

D - An extraordinary sipper. Beautifully drinkable for the style.

Notes: Tremendous bourbon stout. If one happens to like the style this is a great pleasure to be had. It might be too boozy for some, not so much in the % but in the way it feels, personally I quite enjoy its kick. The way it has been aged/blended with the bourbon barrel is exemplar, great oak presence. Maybe it lacks a few nuances to take to another level, but actually there is little to criticize for such an enjoyable brew. (1,479 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.59/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by glid02 at the Brick Store Pub among the usual suspects. Thanks for the chance to try this. I'm pretty much a sucker for bourbon barrel aged stouts, I just love the interplay of flavors, and I think the roasty, chocolate, vinous and coffee flavors of a good RIS can stand up to and blend well with the Bourbon flavors. This is a nice one. Pours a brownish black with a thin vrown head that sticks around as a thin cap/ring. The smell carries amazing aromas of vanilla, Bourbon, oak, sweet brown sugar, and some creamy and roasty notes in the background. Just heavenly. Tastes on the sweeter side - which I'm okay with- with more brown sugar and vanilla up front a nutty, slightly roasty finish and huge Bourbon notes throughout. Silky and drying toward the finish in the mouth. This is rich, but very satisfying and smooth and I found myself draining my glass quicker than I had intended. (897 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The much anticipated imperial stout from Schlafly. A severely burnt brown bordering black in color, a well defined 1/2 inch tan head that settles down and forms into bubbly and sticky lacing around the rim. A very boozy nose, sets up nicely--some espresso beans, fresh plums, fig and traces of vanilla are nice to locate. Piney hops, almond and creamy bourbon offerings, extremely oily and slick. The body is clearly full in nature, with a bourbon-esk feeling, sweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee beans are in the flavorings. The palate turns sweet in a hurry with more alcholish notes and caramel malts. Warming further reveals oak and dark malts. Dare I say that this is a great change of pace impy stout? It's sweet and boozy and not overly powerful. Incredible stuff. (775 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy Moly, this is a beautiful liquid poem. What pours looking ok (almost no head with a dark brown cola color) hides an impressive imperial stout with characteristics much like the bourbon barrel it slept in. In the scent lies many smokey sweet notes like peach, raisin, the scents I notice with bourbon. Taste is simply overwhelmingly of bourbon, it tastes like makers mark. This beer is incredibly thick but considering the ABV, it masks much of that well. Overall a good beer (first sake, now bourbon, what will I find that they've aged my next brewski in?) (561 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a big 750ml Mag to a steamed glass, the liquid is a dark dark brown to black with good carbonation. The head is nice 2 fingers tan, fads with little lace.

The smell is Great!, Very smooth, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, and typical stout fair like dark fruit, chocolate and coffee.

The taste follows, a gentle but vivid bourbon and smoky oak, over coffee and chocolate stout flavors. A noted but subtle alcohol flavor with fruit notes also d complexity. Very well done!

The mouthfeel is great, very smooth and creamy, gentle carbonation and a close to full body.

The drinkability is awesome, I could drink this any time with anything.

Many many thanks to JPM30 and my 06 SS Vancer for several bottles of this great brew. Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK (768 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is Schlafy’s rendition (2008 Vintage) of an Imperial Russian Stout, aged in oaken bourbon barrels. It begins in a thick gooey slosh; it soon settles into a thin translucent film crowning a dark and impenetrable ruby body. This film will eventually disappear completely. There is a moderation of lacing.

As one would expect, there is a heavy snort of bourbon on the nose. Meanwhile, the palate is blanketed by a semi-sweet syrupy malt with subtle hints of caramel that fades into a comfortable warmth.

This is one RIS for the ages; it makes for the quintessential winter’s night quaff. It is a superlative stout that deserves respect for its complexity and time for its enjoyment. Seek it out and you will not be sorry. (729 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, killer packaging. Cool box, cool graphics on the bottle. 2007 vintage at The Flying Circus Draught Emporium in KC.

Into a snifter, pours a solid black brown, viscous, a one inch tan head is brought easily back with a swirl. Nice veining lacing too. The aroma is intoxicating, it erupts from the bottle immediately upon opening, the seductive bourbon seeking my pleasure zones. Ya, for real. Lots of bourbon here, roasted malt and coffee, some nice oaky vanilla tones, beautiful.

The taste is similarly fantastic. Lots of bourbon again, very nicely done, not overpowering, but still impressive. Roasted malts are rich, some dark fruit hints, a little caramel sweetness and again some oak vanilla round it off nicely. Very, very tasty.

The body could definitely be fuller, but really can't complain too much. The carbonation is just right, slightly warming. In all, I was a bit set back when told the price, but stuck with it, quite pleased with the result. This is a fine, fine beer, one I'll certainly have to have again. (1,035 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage

Pours black with ruby highlights, and a one finger creamy tan head with nice retention and lacing. Has a very nice aroma with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, coconut, dark fruit, and oak.

This beer tastes every bit as good as it smells with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, coconut, dark fruit, roasted malt, and oak. Sweet without being overly sweet. Creamy and warming. The alcohol is well hidden, especially for a 10.5 % abv beer aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Just a very well made beer, which is a pleasure to drink. (606 characters)

Photo of mmva321
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (1,454 characters)

Photo of tut2528
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

A: pour is black as night with about 1/2 fingers worth of a light tan colored head formation that quickly dissipating. there is a thin film that remains once the head dies down.

S: a big bourbon sweetness is very prominent during the pour. there is a huge molasses character, the vanilla is big as well. i also pick up on alcohol soaked raisins and figs which mesh beautifully with the bourbon and oak. this is honestly a terrific smelling brew. a very very slight alcohol burn but it fits for this brew.

T: mega bourbon sweetness and beautiful alcohol drenched raisins and figs similar to the nose. there is a huge molasses character, some delicious chocolate, and a very nice creamy vanilla finish. The alcohol is warming on the lips and is felt but not quite "hot"

M: this might be the only complaint of the brew. i feel like it falls right in between full and medium bodied. I feel that the brew is has a certain "lightness" to it, when I feel that it should be a solid full bodied brew and almost chewy. (sorry but i have high expectations for bourbon aged stouts)

O: this is a very solid brew all the way around. the complexity isn't all there for such a big brew, but it makes up for it in its fantastic balance. i feel like i'm more critical to barrel-aged stouts more so than any other style, and this one receives a thumbs up IMO. Schlafly did a great job displaying this style and I'll definitely try to pick a couple more up to sit for another year or two. (1,486 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 2006 beauty comes courtesy of BARLEYWINEO!

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of brown-tinged mocha head. Superior head retention & very good lacing in my Vondel snifter

S: Beautiful oaky, vanilla, chocolatey & raisin notes that fade a bit over time

T: Chocolate, oakyness, vanilla, raisins, & a touch of dryness up front. Fruityness, a touch of licorice, a whisper boozey warmth, & baker's chocolate as this this warms. Finishes dry with slight alcohol burn & loads of chocolate & raisin, bourbon fingerprints all over this one!

MF: Oily, slick with low carbonation

Drinks great considering the abv, went great with my liebekuchen (german x-mas cookies) . Very nice, maybe a few more months would've yielded perfection? (726 characters)

Photo of obywan59
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a 2 finger tan head leaving nice sticky lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel and spiked hot chocolate with a dash of vanilla. Some nice roasted malt as well.

Tastes AWESOME! Bourbon, HUGE caramelly sweetness, vanilla and plenty of bitter dark chocolate from the roasted malts.

Doesn't seem thin to me. I'd call it full bodied. At first, I'd have said it was too thick for the sweetness. Maybe I should have dogged the sweetness instead, but I have a tendency to prefer beers on the sweet side. Whatever though, after a bit, the clashing perceptions seemed to settle down and they began coexisting peacefully. Very agreeable.

The thickness hindered me at first, and then the ABV kicked in, but the beer comes together and makes for an incredible drinking experience. (788 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well brother, this one has aged for a year in the ol’ DBF. And was it worth the wait!

Poured a sexy black momma, with a slow and steady rising tan head – thin but with some staying power.

What an aroma chocolate with a touch of espresso, even a bit of anise.

But wow, the taste on this has aged liked a SOB – Smooooth, ultra rich brew with a finely meshed combination of vanilla, dark fruit, coffee, and a pop of hop at the finish. And, of course, a pop of bourbon to round this MF out.

Easy drinking medium bodied, I had to force myself to sip, as I knew the 10% would jump up and pop me in the arse – and yeah, it did.

An aged Schlafly reserve should be in YOUR wallet! (680 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like malty, bourbony, sweeter stouts with negligible hop bite this one's for you. I've consumed and reviewed many great Imperial/American Stouts and this one ranks with the best of them. It's rich, smooth, and the alcohol is warming. Recommend it be enjoyed as your only beer of the evening. Life is good and this beer celebrates it! (340 characters)

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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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