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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 776
Reviews: 379
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 79
Gots: 188 | FT: 9
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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 brantadid
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown or black color with ruby highlights when held up to light. A nice white creamy head formed. Head retention was good. A good amount of lacing.

Nice complex nose. Thank you bourbon barrel aging. Big malty notes with vanilla, alcohol, and spice.

Big and malty on the from palate. Hints of chocolate and carmel. Bourbon aging takes over mid palate with notes of vanilla and oak. Alcohol adds an almost spicy quality. Nice layering to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is coating and heavy. Moderate carbonation cuts through the weight of the beer. Nice balance. Very drinkable for a 10.5% beer.

brantadid, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml champagne bottle poured into a Chouffe tulip; 2007 vintage

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black, with red highlights around the outside of the glass. A fluffy, thick tan cap rose to the top of the tulip and faded away rather slowly to leave scattered lace.

Coffee beans, roasted malt, bakers chocolate, vanilla, phenol alcohol, bourbon and some faint molasses and burnt caramel. This is pretty broad and rather enticing.

Nicely done. Extremely well balanced with the bourbon flavor complementing and enhancing all of the other flavors. The roasted coffee and chocolate notes do not dominate but lay rather low while some dark fruits, vanilla, and molasses add delicious flavoring.

The barrel aging may have thinned this out a bit, but it was still pretty rich and creamy. Medium to full bodied, good carbonation.

There is a faint alcohol burn and the booze is a little strong, but putting down a bottle of this was not a problem.

ColForbinBC, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I kept drinking the Barley Wine Special Reserve without trying the Bourbon Aged Stout because I really loved the BW. This ale was a disappointment in comparison, though I'm not saying it is a horrible beer or anything. Just not as good.

A: Poured syrupy and pitch black. Virtually no head. Like oil out of a beer bottle! Not a bad omen for a stout.

S: A sweet chocolate caramel aroma with whiskey apparant up front.

T: Other reviews have stated oak is more the flavor than bourbon and I would have to agree. A very sweet stout. The sweetest stout I've had to date. Plenty of chocolate and plain sugary tast. Maybe some toffe as well. Honestly a little too sweet for me. I'm also getting no carbonation like fellow reviewers, but I would actually prefer a good bit more.

D: I rated this rather low becasue of the sweetnessand total lack of carbonation. It was so sweet I could not take more than a glass. The Barley Wine Special Reserve is much more drinkable and that's what I had expected out of this stout. I can only take this in small amounts.

johnnybgood1999, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of birchstick
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Edition

A - pours black as night with a beautiful one-finger head

S - smells delicious. I could smell caramel as soon as I cracked it open. On a closer examination, I smelled vanilla and chocolate.

T - Tastes of sweet chocolate and caramel malts. There was a nice vanilla taste present from the Jim Beam barrels. On the finish, there was a bit of hops that were noticeable. Also, sweet oak lingered on the palate. This thing is also really hot - reminds me of a fresh BCBS, which is a good thing. This is easily one of the best blend of flavors I have had in a stout. You can really taste the bourbon, which is what I wanted.

M - Well-carbonated and goes down smoothly.

D - I split a bottle of this with a buddy and we were both feeling the 10.5% abv, so having more than a bottle will have you feeling pretty good. This is my favorite offering by Schlafly. Like I mentioned earlier, this reminds me a lot of BCBS but not as chocolately and a little toned down. I was very impressed and will definitely go out and purchase more of these.

2006 (aged 5 years) - bourbon has subdued, the molasses has increased quite a bit in the nose and on the tongue and has pretty much be come the dominant flavor. A bit of oakey coffee comes through on the finish. This has really mellowed a ton and become a really smooth drinking RIS - the spicy bourbon is pretty much gone. I would say this could go longer. Great stuff!

birchstick, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition
A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a three-finger finger, creamy, bubbly, tan head. It left some thin traces of lace.

S - It smelled of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. The were mild caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted of bourbon, oak and sweet roasted malt. It had a bitter kick from some hops.

M - It was smooth and somewhat dry with a warming alcohol presence. It was medium to full-bodied.

D - This is a really good impy stout. I had it fresh a year or so ago and would like to try another after more aging.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of echdk3
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage poured into a snifter

A_Light brown head, dissipates into a halo, has light lacing. Black all the way down to the tapered bottom of the snifter, dark for sure

S_Dark mollasses, toasted black bread, big alcohol

T_Huge mollasses, lots of alcohol, background of bitter fruit. Dark chocolate, too. Pure ethanol aftertaste

M_Heavy heavy body, very chewy, way more carbonation than I expected

D_This is a fun imperial stout, what an ABV! I'm trying to drink this fast because it tastes so good, but the heavy body is prohibitive. Also the ABV really shows through in its effects

echdk3, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy hwwty4 - thanks man! Had this at 2008 EBF and loved the stuff. 2007 vintage into Duvel tulip.

Nice root beer style head with clean espresso body - head doesn't stick around terribly long but leaves good wisps of yeastiness.

Crteamy, creamy, creamy scent...great roasted chocolate malt and immense caramel...actaully a little buttery with alcohol burn - love the vanila bourbon oak with some slight hop pine.

Now here we go...the deep bourbon in the chocolate and caramel malt emerges with strength. Alcohol is definitely there. Deep coffee tones come about in the background. Finish definitely has oaky borubon feel. Hop pine is present also.

Soft and smooth, this is. The vanilla comes through in strength and bourbon texture helps even out the little twang from piney hop bitterness and is hot but not unpleasant. Malt and hop tones are soft - would actually expect them to be a bit heavier on the palate.

This drinks well and is quite comforting. I think the vanilla and bourbon oak (and a slight butter/diacetyl(?) note) is a little overdone and detracts somewhat from the true stout character of deep, dark roasted malt...a vertical of this would be interesting to see.

IBUnit63, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle - 2007 vintage - poured into snifter:

Pours very dark brown/black with a thin head that becomes a swirl. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of vanilla bean, some chocolate, some vague fruits.

The taste is of vanilla/oak, chocolate, carmelized sugar, some fruity/peppery alcohol. There is a bitterness in the dryish finish, along with some astringency.

It reaches rowards full-bodied, but has some thinn points. It has mild to medium carbonation.

Jim Beam casks used here. Nice - very good, even - but not quite what it could be.

jwc215, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: About as black as stouts will be, but this one is a little thin in the head / head retention. Some strings of lace. Reasonable, but not great.

S: Big malts and a chocolate aroma. Some nuttiness ocmes through and a dash of smokiness. Bourbon seems a little muted, but the wood barrels make an appearance and are quite a nice touch.

T: Deep roasted malts, some big notes of licorice/anise, and some creamy chocolate - more sweetened than bitter. Some soft vanilla and pleasant woody notes - quite oaky, really, but modest and well blended. Quite a tasty beer, and among the better ones I have come across in the style.

M + D: Body is on the richer side of medium... or even fuller, but there's a bit of a slickness that kinda keeps the feel from being all too heavy, which is a nice touch, even though it means the beer gets to play catch-up soon after. Nice sipping brew, very nice tasting... well worth checking out.

Proteus93, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with an average light tan head, that settled into a ring around the glass. The aroma is of roasted malt with light oak, vanilla, and bourbon. The aromas mix well with each other, none standing out more than the other. The barrel aged characteristics come out more in the taste. Big bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors dominate the roasted malt. Sweet overall but the barrel flavors meld into the malt after a few sips. The feel is chewy with semi-soft carbonation, that has a bit of a crispness to it. A very nice stout, sweet with nice bourbon flavors.

Gmann, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle (2007 version) into a chimay chalice. Split with trep and friends at a holiday stout tasting.

This RIS isn't quite opaque, but the mahogany-brown body is attractive. A think cap of dark khaki head forms tight bubbles, slowly receding to a thin veil. The aroma is exceptional, and the bourbon notes are packed with vanilla, dark fruits (raisin, fig, orange peel), and a touch of chocolate.

Flavor-wise, this RIS is insanely complex, with rich layers of caramel malt that give way to oak, charred bourbon, raisin, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit dry from the barrel-aging, but crisp and surprisingly bubbly. The body is medium-thin, and could stand to be a bit thicker to live up to the style. I would have liked there to be a touch more chocolate n this one, too, but its still a fantastic beer. In my book Schlafly is 2-for-2 with big, bourbon-aged beers, as their Barleywine Reserve was equally as impressive.

wagenvolks, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2007 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with about an inch tan head. Not much head retention or lacing. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and oak. Very nice sweet and malty aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's a burnt/smoky taste noticable. There's also a slight bitter coffee taste in the finish. All the flavors work well together, there's no one flavor that overpowers the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's silky and smooth with decent carbonation, but it seems a bit thin for the style. Drinkability is pretty good, for a beer this strong it's very easy to drink. It should be a sipping beer, but it's so good I'm sipping this a little too quickly! The alcohol is hidden well. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, I'd definitely pick up this again.

bluejacket74, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer that comes in a box, had me sold at the initial level of pretentiousness.

A: Jet black with an off white rocky head that moves to being somewhat sedated and lathery. Beer has slim garnet highlights.

S: Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, underneath it all bourbon, and just a hint at potent alcohol.

T: Bourbon alcohol bite right at the start followed by truffles, warm caramel, vanilla bean, and dark roasted coffee. There is a definite hop presence, there's a bit of puckering that comes with drinking this beer, but it's more a physical reaction than it is a flavor.

M: Creamy with a tingle.

D: For it's potency, is very enjoyable.

One of the better imperial stouts I've had. I'd likely go back and pick up some more and see how well it does age.

phantomwyse, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from The Wine & Cheese Place for $9.99 + shipping.

This, the 2007 edition, pours from the 750ML capped bottle a very dark brown with some reddish highlights. The foam forms a very small head and shrinks quickly. Lacing is minimal.

The smell has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and a very nice and substantial fruitiness. The bourbon? Yeah, it's there and adds to the pleasurable nose. I like.

The taste is definitely one with a stronger presence of the bourbon but it doesn't lack in flavours...the chocolate isn't as noticeable as in the smell is there along with good notes of dark fruit, some toffee, light roasted malt, and strong notes of caramel malt. This puppy is definitely more sweet to me than most of the RIS I've tried but it doesn't go overboard and become cloying. Great sipping brew here and the abv does show itself but if you just sip, things will be ok.

It has a pretty light mouthfeel for the style, the carbonation is light, and it finishes with a nice last blast of bourbon. Yum.

Bottom line: An excellent BBIS where the bourbon does take center stage. If that's something that sounds appealing to you, you won't be disappointed. I know I'm not. This one makes me want to seek out the 2008 edition...

Bitterbill, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of abrand
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml from the Schlafly Bottleworks poured into snifter

A- Pours very dark and robust. Nice frothy dark head about 1 inch thick that lingers. Very good lacing along the glass.

S- Sweet and chocolaty. Hints of caramel and roasted coffee hit the nose. Bourbon and vanilla aromas are also noted.

T- Bourbon presence is very noticeable. The alcohol is very subdued and the taste is very smooth. Hints of chocolate with a bitter finish.

M- Not as heavy as I expected. I would almost consider this light bodied.

D- Overall very high. High ABV is masked very well with the bourbon and other flavors. I enjoyed this brew very much.

abrand, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in trade from ogglethorp. Thanks for this one!

Pours a nice black color with a light beige head and the smell is strongly of smooth bourbon and lightly of chocolate. Taste is balanced with lots of chocolate and bourbon. Medium to full body with a medium to light amount of carbonation. Flavorful, semi rich and smooth with no big flaws at all. Very solid and enjoyable!

JDV, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of kasper
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque Hershey brown with a wet/cask-like (thin/big bubbles) but creamy single-finger head. The head quickly settles to a ring of big bubbles and a swirl, leaving poka-dot lacing.

S: Sweetness, chocolate malts, toffee, carmel, vanilla, sweet bourbon and some dark fruit.

T: Bittersweet chocolate mixed with bourbon-soaked dark dried fruit and a splash of vanilla. Yeah, the alcohol is noticeable, this is in a similar class to BCS, but a bit thinner and rougher with the added fruit aspect.

M: Med-heavy beer, slightly syrupy but much thinner than a 'motor oil' pour. Mild carbonation.

D: Overall, this is a pretty good beer. It's a sweet, bourbon aged imperial stout that packs a punch. If anything, I'd say the base for this brew could use a little more malt to balance everything out.

kasper, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with wkcyr4, 2007 vintage, thanks to Wendall,split with my dad last night, poured into my Rubicon snifter

A-Deep dark brown color with red edges, one inch bubbly light brown head that went away fast, not much retention, small amount of lacing
S-Coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cream, oak, vanilla, spicy bourbon, molasses, sweetness, caramel, and burned brown sugar
T-The thing I really liked about this one was how the other flavors became more pronounced by the bourbon character instead of being overshadowed, this starts with milky chocolate, then roasted toffee and caramel malts in the middle, whiskey in the finish but it more sweet than it has been in other beers of this nature, spicy in the aftertaste too though but mellows out as it warms on that end, gets slightly sweeter as it warms but it still maintains its complexity, also lots of oak and vanilla come out later on and make it even more interesting and enjoyable
M-Warming, roasted, spicy, and roasted mouthfeel, small body for its style, barrel appeared to really thin this out, nice popping level of carbonation, taste lingers thanks to the bourbon
D-Could drink this bottle and then some, alcohol would catch up to me eventually though, as it is not hidden very well, not too heavy though, taste is complex and makes you want more

I am a sucker for big beers, also for bourbon barrel aged stuff, and lastly imperial stouts, that said without being biased, this beer was awesome and delivered on all levels, I plan on buying some online soon and putting some down for a few years and see how they evolve, cannot wait to drink again, definitely recommended

Floydster, Nov 11, 2008
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Head is a biscuit like medium tan that stands at three fingers leaving some scattered lace as it fades. To look at the body is like looking into cats eyes, pure shining blackness. Nose is a nice mix of soft bourbon notes with more prevalant spicy chocolate notes, tobacco in the raw, and zesty alchol. Enters the mouth like a silk blanket, it really is that smooth. It brings along with it nice bourbon soaked coco notes. Really rich carmalized malt tones lay thick on the tongue and the roof of the mouth. Toffee and molasses are on the back of the palate. Bourbon tones become more upfront as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is thick and very carmel like sweet. This is a super drinkable stout. Yum!

SPLITGRIN, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Vixie
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with a nice 1" tan head. Very little light gets through, but does have just a hint of red.

Smell is what I expected, fruity, with a candy like smell, and some malts.

Taste to me first is of fruit, like raisins with hints of molasses. There is a hint of hops there, but balanced nicely by the fruity flavors. A nice blending of flavors, it is on the sweet side, but not overly so. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel was decent, the flavor does hit you quickly, but nothing lingers too long.

I found this to be very drinkable, a very good example of this style. I would not hesitate to have this again, very nice example of the style.

Vixie, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

objectivemonkey, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sat and thought for a while about what I would drink for my 300th review here on BA. Having recently moved to Kansas, I am without Schlafly once again. Lucky for me I have several Reserves (Impy Stout and BW) laying down. So in honr of Schlafly the little brewery I miss most, here is review #300:

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black but it appears so from a distance. Definitely opaque still. A one inch light brown head forms and lingers with decent retention. A spotty soap like lace accumulates in a few places around the glass, but nothing terribly impressive.

The aroma is intoxicating. Big roasted malts, sweet caramel, a bit of oak, faint traces of chocolate, a little vanilla, and the bourbon just shines through. Really quite enticing.

The taste is quite nice. Even better than I remember. A roasty maltiness dominates, giving way to the sweeter side of caramel and chocolate. There is also a little vanilla present. The bourbon plays a special role on the finish with a bit of oakiness as well. As this beer warms small doses of coffee are available. A very slight alcohol warmth, but at 10.5% ABV it's virtually invisible.

The mouthfeel is pushing full bodied, and is slightly syrupy and creamy. There is a nice fine bubble carbonation tingle to be had as well.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The flavors are really lovely, and the alcohol is very well hidden. However, it is a rather large beer both in ABV and volume. Tackling this beast alone is doable, but not recommended. A great beer to share with friends on that cold winter night. Cheers to Schlafly, and to their continued success! May we see you in Kansas soon!

Cracked a 2007 tonight that I had sitting in the cellar for the last 4 years. Let's see what happened.

The bottle opened with an oh so familiar psssst, good sign.

The beer pours near black, with dark brown edges in the light. There is a thin pale brown head that forms on the pour and it lingers with decent retention.

The aroma is good. Roasty malts hit me and then chocolate chocolate chocolate. I really don't get much more than that.

The taste is not too bad. Again roasty malt, and chocolate chocolate chocolate. A lot has mellowed out of this beer. I don't get the booziness, the bourbon, the oak, or the vanilla. So on one hand it has lost a lot but what it's lost in flavor it makes up for in drinkability.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light carbonation profile. It's a bit on the creamy side as well.

The drinkability is quite high. The flavor is good, and the flavors have mellowed into a nice manageable little beer. I've heard these are going south so if you're holding anymore of them drink them up!

Goliath, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to xmarcnolanx for this one. 2007.

Pours a deep brown with some ruby highlights and a big off white/light tan head that leaves good lace. Nose is all bourbon and some dark fruit. Taste starts out with roasted malt and dark fruit but quickly becomes all bourbon. Some notes of bitter chocolate, and slight coffee. Very boozy but not as hot as it should be for the boozy taste. Wierd. But don't get me wrong, this one is still hot. Improves greatly as it warms, so let this one get up to the right temp. Mouthfeel is suprisingly viscous for the appearance. Drinkability is good, but is really hampered by the booziness. I'll get through this bottle, but another would be pushing it drinkability wise. Overall a good beer, but suuupppeeerrr boozy. I defenitely will be letting the other bottle of this sit down for a couple years at least. This is a bourbon stout lovers stout. A nice beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a tootsie roll chocolate color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet; bubbles of lace stick to the sides of the chalice

Smell: The charred aroma wafts upwards and is joined by dark chocolate, some rum-soaked dark fruit and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Opens with a mocha flavor that veers in a bitter chocolate and fruit direction by mid-palate, with some vanilla and char creeping in there as well; in the middle, the bourbon barrel makes its presence known and, with a sweet caramel aspect that is very pronounced, adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; could be a bit fuller without a problem

Drinkability: All in all, a nice bourbon barrel RIS; very easy to drink, albeit it could be better with a bit more body as others have noted

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark caramel brown, not as black as most examples of this style, but still nearly opaque. Head retention is reasonably good for the style.

Smell: Incredibly rich and malty with a pleasant burnt caramel sweetness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet, chocolatey and mellow. A subtle barrel presence - I was expecting something more aggressive from Jim Beam barrels, but this is actually very reserved. There's just a touch of that signature vanilla and caramel flavor and no boozy heat whatsoever. Body is medium-full, not as viscous as some but certainly heavier than the average beer.

Got this one from johnnnniee in a recent trade. Thanks!

largadeer, Jul 29, 2008
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
91 out of 100 based on 776 ratings.