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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 81
Gots: 179 | FT: 10
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

pisano, Jul 23, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

Ohiovania, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bridges2l82, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SteveDoeschot, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

leinie13, Jun 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

atlbravsrno1, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

alostplot, Jun 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

AlaskanYoung, Jun 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Patchy, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

nickbman, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

BlueMoon10, Jun 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

leroybrown10, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

JavaNoire, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

target88, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Saudereth, Jun 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

NooseJustice, Jun 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Rosiex7, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

VelvetExtract, May 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Boone757, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

taylor714914, May 15, 2014
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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