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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 777
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 79
Gots: 189 | FT: 10
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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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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Schlafly beer, and it is an interesting one. This bottle was labeled "2008," so I wonder when exactly it was packaged, as it drank like a very "young" stout that could stand to mellow a bit. It poured a pretty inky black, with decent tan head formation. Aroma was a lot of vanilla, and a considerable amount of oakiness. Flavor was a punch in the mouth...if I were a wine connoisseur, I might describe this beer as a "bit of a rascal." It was almost like a young red that is full of tannins, the oakiness and vanilla and sweet maltose flavor was a real mouth-puckerer. Not bad, but surprising. Definitely unique and a departure from other Imperial Stouts I've enjoyed lately. Mouthfeel was nice; not to slick and sticky; substantial without painting the inside of your mouth.

I thought this beer was interesting and oddly I have another bottle that I'm going to hang onto for awhile and see if this rascal settles a bit as it ages.

This 2008 bottle was left at my house by SurlySober, so a big thank you to him!

BeerBelcher, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at The Good Pie, served in a La Chouffe tulip.

jet black, thick, light creamy head.

light vanilla, oak, roasted malts, bourbon, heat

up front was a light roasted mat with light charcoal flavors. this was followed by an subtle oak and then strong vanilla and bourbon. tons of flavors in every sip. only a slight heat and that was as it warmed up. over all, nice and complex and not over the top.

thick with a light motor oil and syrup body. light carbonation

this is a straight sipper, even after an entire pizza i was put in my place by this bourbon barrel stout. i find this is much smoother on tap than in the bottle.

hooliganlife, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of budgood1
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage. 25.4 ounce bottle.

pours out a nearly opaque dark brown colour with auburn edges. little head and therefore very little lace. a relatively light dark roasted malt aroma with teasing hints of coffee, chocolate, fruitcake and oak. upon sipping flavours of rum cake and booze infused cherries appear melting into some light and airy cocoa and dark roasted coffee notes. woody oaken notes are ghost like and complimenterary in nature. straight laced alcohol provides some belly warming warmth. sturdy body, although it seems a bit less viscous than i was expecting...leading to an overall mouthfeel which is smooth but not really silky in nature. sippability is fine.

nicely balanced, relatively tasty and easy drinking. certainly not big, bold or brash like a lot of other big RIS i've sampled in the past. a nice beer on a very cold january evening.

thanks to my brother who brought this to me from st. louis over thanksgiving.

budgood1, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for hooking it up with a bottle of this.

A: A beautiful dark, dark brown pour (bordering on black) with a nice mocha colored head.

S: The nose is not quite what I was expecting. A bit acrid, with the other primary aroma being roasted malt. Not as much coffee, bourbon, or chocolate as I was hoping for.

T: There is a bit more to the flavor than the nose (thankfully). Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of bitterness. I was hoping for more bourbon character, but you can't win 'em all.

M: Fairly good body, medium to full, with a light level of carbonation.

D: The alcohol is not really present, so it's not as though this beer is hard to drink. It's got some good things going on, but it didn't seem to come together quite as well as it could have.

womencantsail, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Buschyfor3
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Schlafly Reserve Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout

A: not quite as dark or sluggish on the pour as I have experienced with other big RIS, especially of the barrel-aged variety. Still, this stout pours a rich, velvety brown with some rubied highlights near the edges of the glass. Otherwise, this stout is opaque and looks pretty sturdy even with the absence of any sort of head at all. Each sip leaves a tiny streak of bubbles clinging to the sides of the mug, but they quickly slip back down into the murky body of this stout. Not the most impressive looking RIS I've ever come across, but looks can be deceiving and I didn't buy the beer because I wanted to look at it!

S: Ah. Barrel-aging. The familiar notes of salty, smoky charred oak. Actually, it has a unique, leather-like scent (think Ron Burgundy's house that's filled with many leather bound books and smells of rich mahogany)- but is followed by lighter, sweeter notes of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar and dark fruits, I'm thinking cherries. The bourbon notes on the nose are very smooth and rather subtle; not sure if that was by design or the work of aging, but it works for me.

T: Very rich flavor profile without any one flavor overpowering the next. First sip starts with a touch of brown sugar and caramel sweetness from the underlying stout, and then the barrel aged notes sweep in to provide a nice contrasting wave of salty and smoky flavors - a touch of soy sauce, some buttery, nut flavors, and then a quick flash of charcoal courtesy of the barrel. Smooth vanilla notes around the edges are rounded out by some roasted characteristics that ebb in and out with the lingering earthy/woody notes and the fleeting smokiness. The bourbon is there in flavor but its by no means hot - the bourbon works to add another level of complexity to compete with the balance of sweet then smoky flavors, and I think it is most noticeable right after you swallow and breathe in with a satisfying "aaaah." The bourbon here is well balanced with the rest of the stout and not overpowering; enough to know it is a bourbon-aged stout and not the other way around (a beer-aged bourbon... like some other barrel-aged offerings that, IMO, overemphasize the bourbon at the expense of the underlying beer)

M: The appearance and pour somewhat hinted that this beer wasn't going to be as viscous as other RIS and that holds true with each sip. By no means is this beer thin - its got a decent body, but its just not super thick or chewy like big, bold RIS. It's middle-of-the-road with a bit of slickness on the palate, but it just lacks that special, creaminess which sets apart the kings of this category.

D: For 10.5% abv the alcohol is not overpowering. Its there, and you feel it creep up slowly with that familiar warming feeling in the pit of your stomach, but the alcohol never wallops you at any point. Polishing off this 750mL will be plenty for me NYE, but it is an enjoyable task and for the price I paid for this bottle ($8.99) I am quite pleased with the finished product. A nice RIS to ring in the new decade.

Buschyfor3, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of scottg
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4 oz bottle poured into a chalice
2007 vintage

Pours a dark black with some garnet color when lheld tho the light with a one finger tan head with good retention. Great aroumas: bourbon, roasted malt, oak, vanilla and coffee. Flavor is of bourbon up front with chocolate, vanilla, and cherry in the middle, some oak with a bourbon finish. Lightly carbonated with a nice creamy mouthfeel, solid drinkability, alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering.
Initially the bourbon seems to dominate, but as it warms the other subtle flavors emerge. This one could use a little more time aging and it will continue to get better.

scottg, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007. Very dark brown, not quite opaque with ruby highlights. It had a fine, light tan cap and left lots of spotty lace behind on the glass. Aromas were of vanilla and whisky, not overly boozy, with some roast and caramel in the background. The flavour was more of the same with mild bitterness. There was a hint of leafy hops, mild alcohol, chocolate, and a lot of sweetness. Full bodied with low, smooth carbonation. Overall, it was pretty good, but not as bold as I expected.

DrJay, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Torps
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 vintage. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a deep black with dark chocolate edges. Minimal, one finger thick cream colored head which dissipates quickly to form a corona of velvety carbonation around the rim.

The aroma is heavy on malts, with chocolate, coffee and a slight metallic tinge. A bit of booziness from the bourbon barrel aging. A very heavy and sweet, roasted aroma.

This beer is delicious and has aged nicely. It has a huge roasted malt character which brings out some great flavors. Dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malt and the balancing bitterness that accompanies them. There's surprisingly a bit of heat even after two years.

Only slightly syrupy with an edge of carbonation that hides the thickness well. The bitterness on the back end makes you ache for that next sweet sip.

Torps, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My buddy Ross brought this out to a small tasting at another beerman207's place this evening, and this may have been the surprise of the night. A great offering. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep brown/near black with slight ruby highlights when held to the light; starts with a 1/2 figner light tan head that fades to a pretty full skim; body is nearly opaque so I'm unable to get a visual reading on the carbonation; loose streams and spots of lacing hold to the glass.

Smell: Quite nice deep chocolatey and roasty malts; light hints of bourbon and a sweet oaky vanilla; definite whiff of alcohol and a slight coffee/espresso aspect as well.

Taste: Very nice... Nice chocolate-covered espresso bean is the dominant flavor; slight hints of the bourbon yet it's rather subdued and smooth; definite presence of alcohol running throughout yet it's not overly hot and very well blended.

Mouthfeel: A little creamy with smooth and soft carbonation; decent stickiness; cheeks and gums are left warm and tingly from the ABV; belly is left quite warm as well.

Drinkability: Not low, but not too high either; love the smell, flavor and feel; the ABV is a bit high for too much; I could definitely sip on this for a couple of hours though on a cold night.

bamadog, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2007 bottled version... many thanks to Slatetank for sharing this beauty the other night.

The beer pours a dark blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty impressive, with licorice, coffee and cherry cough drop.... also get some underlying chocolate and vanilla. In combination, the aroma profile is pretty nice. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better. This is a very big imperial stout, with significant underlying alcohol. However, it works well with this beer, making it a very rich, powerful RIS. Mouthfeel is very rich and full on the palate, but the beer is remarkably drinkable for the abv. While a little bit goes a long way, the beer is not the least bit heavy (OK, maybe just a bit) or tiring on the palate.

Impressive. I've had better RIS, but there's no denying that this is excellent stuff.

John_M, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of brdc
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage. Courtesy of a nice BA, but my poor record keeping will not allow me to give the proper thanks.

Large bottle poured into a snifter.
Quite dark, but not pitch black. Nice shiny highlights on the edges; very nice and foamy brown head holds well.
Aroma is a lot more bourbon than stout, although both are present. The roasted notes are there, but just like the malts, are overwhelmed by the bourbon and whisky like notes.
The mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment; nearly full, but not quite you expect for an imperial stout. This could learn from something like Cadillac Mountain that packs half the power and twice the mouthfeel.
The flavors are as expected from the aroma; whisky and bourbon like booziness, not very hot, but still largely overhwelming everything else, relegating the roasted maltiness to a distant second place.
I would imagine scores will vary widely depending whether you want your barrel flavors to be dominating or just something to add to the complexity. I prefer the latter option, so this did not impress me as much.

brdc, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750 ml bottle.

Inky dark brown body, topped by a finger of creamy, thick, bright khaki head. Nose of molasses, bourbon, vanilla, roasted barley, smoky peat, and sherry. Nice. Charred malt and roasted coffee bitterness up front. Quickly gets pushed aside by rummy fruit sweetness and semi-sweet chocolate. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon make their presence known before a tannic, woody, herbally bitter finish. Great balance and perfect bourbon levels (i.e. not too hot and liquor-y). Full body with a creamy, smooth feel (gentle carbonation). Very nice.

alexgash, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bort11 for the opportunity to try this. Poured the color of cola with red highlights when backlit. No head, just a soapy skim. Nose is malty with hints of vanilla, cocoa and coffee. Taste follows nose - the barrel-aging definitely comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light, but lacking viscosity and chewiness. An easy drinking RIS with some complexity, but not really a bold BA beer.

Jwale73, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

acquired in a trade, 2007 version so I am not sure who gifted me w/ this. Poured from the 750 into a sampler chilled

A - A dark mocha appearance w/ light tan head, good lace clings, the head is rocky and clarity is almost opaque

S - A sweet lightly malt aroma w/ cocoa powder and mild nutty notes, the scent of bourbon is there which is pleasant as an accent

M - The feel is smooth w/ gentle maltiness and light caramel sweetness, the texture is roasted w/ moderate carbonation and subtle alcohol from the bourbon

T - The taste has rich creamy malt w/ accents of sweetened cocoa and toffee-like flavor w/ mild woody notes. There is a hint of vanilla as the dark malt is accented by the sweet and alcholic elemnt of bourbon. The bourbon while noticeable really is there mainly to compliment the deep malt flavors of this imperial stout

D - A very subtle yet complex beer which has drinkable aspects, yet not over the top. The bourbon barrel is utilized well and makes this a drinkable example

Slatetank, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of bruachan
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark. no head, which really hurts my chances of evaluating (not to mention enjoying) aroma. some nuttiness

super oaky for the nose and mouth. sour flavor from the oak volume. to be honest it tends to dominate the other flavors. vanilla (clearly), molasses, touch of coffee. and a bit of hop flavor actually makes it through

hop bitterness is good and appropriate to keep the big beer in check. i must say, too, the heat on this bad boy is well disguised

bruachan, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 brewing bottle with a box explaining the brewery's concept for the beer.

A good looking brew as I view it in my snifter. A moderate light tan head atop a very dark brown fluid with reddish hues. It recedes to a thin film leaving bits of lace as decoration.
gentle carbonation blooms on the sides with each sip.

Smell is wonderfully complex and inviting. A good strong dose of bourbon is followed by a chocolate and vanilla melange. This is an olfactory pleasure. Dark fruitiness overlays a sweet brown bread bakery and supports an alcohol and molasses signature.

Taste is a healthy bourbon front. Very healthy. The box mentioned Jim Beam barrels being used in the aging. Mr Beam would be proud. The flavor itself is highly aromatic like a good bourbon and following suit oak and vanilla support this facet of the beer. While a bit boozy and alcoholic estery it maintains balance and allows the stout to come through. It does so with a smooth chocolate malt core. The finish is dry and slightly astringent with a solid hops signature that while firm does not distract from the chocolate and pumpernickelish brown bread base. Fusel alcohol heat follows. There is a bready/graham crackerish lingering in my mouth as I prepare for the next swallow. Feel is silky with a light cream and velvet swallow. The weight being a touch light for a stout, but probably just right for a stout masquerading as a bottle of bourbon.

Drinkability echos the carbonated bourbon analogy. This is a sipper for sure. The alcohol makes itself known and dictates a laid back approach to the glass. Smooth it is, intolerant of carelessness it is not. Take your time and plumb the depths of your glass. Enjoy the better than bourbon sensation. This is a brew to be savored and enjoyed for what it is. A meeting of bourbon and beer at a genteel but visceral level. That said I did drink it myself and am ready for more. I got this on sale for six bucks a bottle, down from thirteen. This is a good buy at the original price. On sale it is a gift. Buy four for a song and cellar three. This one will only improve with time and right now it is a very good beer. The future is so bright ya' gotta wear shades.

scootny, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with reddish hint. Small head and lace.
The aroma of subtle bourbon,malts and hint of chocolate.
The taste begins with a sweet,coffee taste that blends with a rush of chocolate and a hint of vanilla. All these flavors ride a wave of subtle bourbon flavor that finishes with a warm alcohol touch.
In the finish the carbonation is low and well balanced. There seems to be a light hop. The feel is a bit syrupy and while this is a full bodied beer it seems lighter.

Notes: 2007 Vintage
A well balanced beer that is perfect with chocolate or as a dessert beer. What warmth and excellent balance this beer contains.

Lexluthor33, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Ruby with a thin brown head, even with a vigorous pour.

S - Vanilla, sweet malt and bourbon.

T - Very sweet, chocolate, slightly boozy, some dark fruits.

M - Medium body but slightly thin with some boozy heat and lingering sweetness.

D - I have had this at FOBAB and remember it being better than this sweet, boozy, vanilla mess.

brewcrew76, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Bottle from Party Source (2007 bottle). This beer, part of the "Reserve" series, pours nearly black with a medium thin tan head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate malt, bourbon and coffee. Rich, chewy body with flavors of chocolate liquer, dark fruit and malt plus some coffee. The finish is rich and malty with a coffee aftertaste. Solid all around.

Dogbrick, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of 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.

mmva321, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Freethyhops
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 750ml bottle split between two and served into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A- pours a little lighter than most Impy stouts. with maybe a finger of cream colored head, that reduces to a light film very quickly. the color is almost black and gives a little hint or reddish brown when held to light.

S- smells of roasted malts, some vanilla, and a little hint of bourbon. smells rather sweet. not overwhelming but some very nice aromas.

T- this is by far the most balanced bourbon stout I've ever had. Good roasted coffee like flavors lead the way, followed by some caramal, vanilla sweetness and finishes with a nice slightly boozy bourbon taste. the Imperial stout base could be a little better but the bourbon is used very, very well.

M- very pleasant mouthfeel. thicker than I thought it would have thought after seeing the color. the carbonation level is good too. right in that happy medium. very well done

D- I could see this one getting a little tough to drink the whole 750ml. but I will have no problem drinking my 12ish ounce pour. the bourbon tastes a little too boozy not bourbony initially so I could see that becoming a little annoying. not a problem for me as my allotment was gone quite quickly.

Freethyhops, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of waltonc
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent dark brown. Doesn't even look like a stout. More a porter or a strong ale. Plenty of carbonation. Smell is sweet bourbon, coconut, and toffee. Reminds me of some of the Firestone barrel-aged brews in the smell department. Tastes of bourbon, coconut, and toffee as well, but not a very complex brew. And doesn't really taste like a stout either. More of a catch-all "strong ale." Very thin body for a "stout."

waltonc, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of david18
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the better Imperial Stouts. Very good color. A little more chocolate than dark black. Really nice coffee brown. Great flavor with excellent roastiness, good bitterness and excellent mouthfeel.

Although this beer has a very high abv it's an easy drinker that doesn't taste as strong as the numbers indicate. Could be dangerous but very enjoyable.

Came in a 750 ML bottle that was in a custom box.

Tried again, this time the 2008 (not sure what the last one was). Again, excellent imperial stout.

Highly recommend.

david18, Oct 15, 2009
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
91 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.