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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

696 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 696
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%


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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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Victory tulip. 2008 vintage

A- pours jet black with a half finger tan head that disappears to absolute nothingess very quickly. Well, that was a disappointment

S- vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate...not bad at all, though not overly pungent

T- lots of vanilla and chocolate coming through, very little heat whatsoever...overwhelmingly sweet, though. Yikes

M- medium bodied. Expected a much more viscous body than what I'm getting

O- not in love with this. Just seems...kind of there

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 00:56:03 | More by bigfnjoe
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LeeAT

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemless crystal wine glass.

A - The color was reminiscent of a top shelf bourbon colored with a chocolate stout, carrying an amber hue with a deep dark mahogany presence.

S - All I remember smelling was an amazing blend of vanilla, chocolate, caramel and mocha - Maybe a slight tinge of Bourbon.

T - Immediately there was balance, and the palate followed the characteristics on the nose.

M - This beauty was medium bodied which allowed the flavors to layer and combine over the freshness which it held - yum!

O - I believe this was a perfect Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout and if you can get your hands on any, definitely pick up two.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 17:36:15 | More by LeeAT
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nihiloexnihil

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into Dogfish Head semi-snifter.

A: Appears thinner than expected, brown color. Slightly darker than a brown ale but not nearly as black as I thought it would be. In the glass, the rim around the edge is brown with plenty of light filtering through-- definitely not super dense. Small amount of tan head that lingers in a little ring for the whole glass.

S: Bourbon. Then chocolate. Not much fruitiness or other aromas to it.

T: Delicious. Bourbon-soaked dark semi-sweet chocolate, a very slight oak-y or general barrel-aged flavor to it. A little understated on the malt. Overall the taste is not overwhelming, not too sweet, but not too much bitterness from the hops either.

M: It's just a little too thin on the mouthfeel to stand up to the great ones. But based on the amount of light getting through and its appearance on the pour, it's not unexpected and it's not necessarily disappointing. In some ways, the lack of significant viscosity makes it more drinkable, if not more enjoyable.

Overall: An excellent barrel aged stout that I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 23:01:50 | More by nihiloexnihil
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

A: Pours a dark brown with a very small and fizzy light brown head (despite an aggressive pour). Small dots of lacing as the head fades away pretty quickly.

S: Good amount of bourbon. Burnt sugar and dark fruits mainly. Quite a bit of oakiness too. Roasted malt is all but covered up, get maybe a little char, chocolate and anise.

T: Lots of bourbon up front but not overpowering. Again, burnt sugar stands out with some dark fruits. Bunch of vanilla and oak in there. Roasted malt comes in stronger in the middle with chocolate and char and anise, all covered in burnt sugar. More bourbon in the finish, oakier here with a bit of a drying character.

M: Full bodied but not too thick, bourbon cuts it nicely.

O: Not a bad bourbon-barrel stout. Bourbon is tasty and strong, almost too strong. My main complaint is that the roasted malt isn't strong enough to hold up against it. The bourbon isn't even that strong, it's just that the malt is too weak to counter it. Overall, however, it is tasty, mellow and decent complex so I can't knock it too much. It's just on the razor's edge of going from being a good bbal stout to a great one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 04:38:19 | More by Dope
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morimech

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage

Appeard dense black in the glass with two fingers of head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

First whiff and I had my doubts about this stout being barrel-aged. But the bourbon does come out but it is a secondary aroma after the huge malt smell. Notes of molassas, cocoa, smoke, and roasted malt. After that then I get bourbon and oak.

Alcohol is fairly hot in this one. Does not allow the promising malt flavors to develop on the palate before the heat comes on. The malt flavor starts out sweet with chocolate and molassas hints. Has a little roast as well. Not bourbon forward but contributes a nice complimentary flavor.

Solid body and nicely carbonated. Smooth texture but is hurt by the heat that dominates the finish.

Not the most awesome barrel-aged stout. Does have some interesting aspects. Maybe I should of waited a couple more years and hoped the alcohol mellows out some.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 18:58:30 | More by morimech
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rodkin

Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had the '07 through '10 side by side. Review notes are for the '10.

Dark brown, minimal head, looks slightly thin, not much lacing.

Smell is big bourbon vanilla, roast coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate, oak, barrel.

Taste is chocolate, roast, vanilla, barrel. Stronger bourbon presence in the '10 than in the earlier years.

Mouthfeel is on the thinner side, though thankfully not overcarbonated.

The '10 was my favorite, followed by the '08, the '07, and the '09. The '10 had the best nose and the best mouthfeel, though the flavor was slightly muted compared to the '07 and '08. A fine imperial stout, though it really should be thicker and bigger on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 00:20:23 | More by rodkin
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage

A-black with a nice thick tan head

S-thick dark chocolate and bitter dark roasted grains. hint of licorice and the bourbon barrel. good strength

T-comes in with a great mouth full of lush dark chocolate and dark grains. definitely has a slight aged aspect to it that might be due to the bourbon barrel. it's not a complex stout, but it definitely lacks any off flavors or undesirable tastes. has a great matching after-taste

M-medium carbonation with a very dry finish

O-this might be the most drinkable RIS I've ever had. It's so smooth and just flows down my throat. It's almost quaffable at 10.5% while some 8% RISs must be taken by the sip. I really respect that. I do think it lacks some complexity that some expect with -bal beers. it's also less bitter than many RISs, though to my pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 02:52:58 | More by AdamBear
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of these cold winter days, I won’t crave a stout...a pilsner, a porter, or maybe even a hefeweizen. But as it stands, it’s chocolate malt or nothing in this frosty weather.

2012 vintage with an indecipherable bottle date.

A: Pours a dark, thick brown with a short, beige head of cream. Filmy lacing with just a dusting of retention.

S: Hearty oak and roasted biscuit malt swim through a rich aroma of milky chocolate. Cinnamon, creamy vanilla, and molasses with a spicy bourbon element.

T: A hot bourbon character and drying roasts make this an intense drink from the start. Dense, chalky baker’s chocolate, raisin, and bubblegum are mixed with a bright sugar and anise flavor, lifting the palate instead of thickening it as expected. It’s a light flavor profile for such a strong beer. Cherry cough syrup and toasted coconut arise as the aftertaste settles in, a lightly peppery dryness that lingers for just a moment. Not as complex as expected.

M: Surprisingly thin. It drinks like a porter rather than giving the full stout feel. Frothy carbonation, but not enough to distract from the watery body.

O: While this is the “Reserve” series, it certainly isn’t the best stout Schlafly has released. The body is a little too thin, but it had the flavor to instantly attract me. Not sure how this would age, but it’s a little too typical a stout to warrant the price right now.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 07:32:05 | More by BarryMFBurton
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Schlafly

Pours very dark, showing very little light through the edging. Less than a fingers worth of tan head. Nets of lacing.

The nose has a ton of caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, dark chocolate and dry oak. Bourbon.

The flavors follow suit. Tons of dry oak intertwined with vanilla, oak, cocoa, coconut and toffee. Almond Joy.

The mouthfeel is medium-thick with moderate carbonation.

Overall, the bourbon barrels really play the star of this beer, and they are fantastic characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 06:39:56 | More by ChugginOil
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle to tulip.
2010 Vintage. Sampled 06JAN13

[A] Pours a shade lighter than black with a half finger high head, medium-light tan in color. Semi compact but fizzing bubbles deflate the head swiftly. Each tilt of the glass throws dots of lace around the edge which are quick to slide back down. A thin collar shows a little life but a pretty still appearance otherwise. Ruby hints when backlit at it's thinnest points.

[S] Clean bourbon and barrel with a strong caramel note right behind. Roast, light char, dark and bitter chocolate and oxidized malts fill out the nose. Style and barrel treatment considered, complexity is average or just below.

[T] Bourbon is the over-riding flavor - and it is well integrated. Caramel and Maillard reaction offset with sweetness and depth of flavor. The wet, oaky, wood component comes through well. Bitterness to sweetness ratio is perfect. Very little heat. Aside from the bourbon, alcoholic flavor is impressively masked. Nice base beer, but the malt complexity has waned over extended cellaring.

[M] My favorite characteristic of the beer. The medium to medium-full body slides gracefully over the tongue just before a gentle but sustained effervescence sets in. The finish is smooth, relatively clean, and leaves enough flavor to enjoy well beyond the swallow. The 10.5% ABV is more apparent now than it was on the palate, in a perfectly fine way.

[O] This is definitely a quality barrel aged RIS. And at a great value, I would gladly purchase again - but I don't see the need in aging it as long as I have.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 13:32:24 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage. Bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoyed with a friend.

A- Pours a very murky dark brown with virtually no head to speak of. When swirling in the glass this beer has a very thin appearance.

S- Rich sweet bourbon hits the nose which seems to get sweeter as it warms. Roasted malt underneath the bourbon.

T- Bourbon hits the palate first. Followed quickly by a roasty, chocolatey stout. Pretty tasty.

M- Seems VERY thin. If this were thicker and stickier it would get a better score here. It's disappointing that it doesn't coat the palate like I want and seems watered down.

O- A solid offering from Schlafly. Just wish it was thicker.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 11:16:05 | More by rfbenavi80
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured into a snifter

Pours a deep amber red color but turns black in the glass. Red around the edges. A slight off tan colored head. The beer is obviously bourbon forward. It is a very 50/50 balance of a stout and a bourbon ale. A perfect blent of roasted malts and bourbon ntoes. The bourbon aspect of the beer is a very rye and sour mash flavored bourbon. It adds a lot of vanilla flavors and a slight dry wood character to the beer. The beer portion is more subtle then expected. A lot of roasted malt and and a bit of a dark chocolate. The flavors are not too bold but they are balanced with the bourbon profile. A great bourbon stout and an entry to barrel aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:15:25 | More by TwelveOunces
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jdp11284

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Release -- Assertive chocolate aroma. Lovely bourbon presence. You can really taste the vanillin and some caramel notes from the barrel aging. Chocolate for days. Nice oily mouthfeel, although I would prefer a bit more viscosity as found in others in this class (e.g., Abyss, FiftyFifty). Overall, a tasty RIS! Will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 06:03:30 | More by jdp11284
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml, 2011 vintage
Bruery tulip

A: Pours a deep reddish brown. Not as dark as other BA RIS on the market. Not tons of head. Light tan head. Some lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S: Roasted malts. Deep chocolate. Some vanilla. Smells pretty good.

T: Front of the tongue, dark chocolate bitterness. Then mid palate you get more of that roasted malt bill. That caramel and toffee from the aging are there. Very nice little sip. Don't taste booze after a full year + in the bottle.

M: A thinner full bodied. Coats the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 15:03:20 | More by inlimbo77
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 into tulip, bottled 7/24/12
A – Only the thinnest edge of this black brew lets any light through when held to light, appears mildly carbonated, perhaps 1 finger tan head settled shortly to an edge crown 4
S – Chocolate, coffee, prunes, and brandy4
T – Vanilla & bourbon is front & center, chocolate takes a bit of a back seat, coffee, oak, with milder raisin notes. A spiced wood zip from the barrel, I enjoyed this significantly more as it warmed, alcohol is on the heavy side 4
M – Sub-par, did not fit with my mental expectation of a RIS. Rich, full bodied, but not thick. 3.5
O – Thanks to RHORNER for the trade. Don’t chill this much before drinking! A good brew that was lacking on the mouth feel. RIS flavor was all there, but thinner than I’d have liked. I enjoyed the forward bourbon barrel characteristics. 4

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:34:28 | More by rsdaugherty
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint at bridge in stl. Pours a deep black with a finger of tan head. Smell is roasted burnt malt and some sweet booze.
Taste is very sweet chocolatey syrup, spices, a bit of vanilla, and just plain sugar. Its way over sweet for me but easy. The bourbon really shows in this. The flavor is good but I expexted a lot more diversity instead of being so one dimensional. Its just too sweet for me. Good but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 01:44:41 | More by DrinkSlurm
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tut2528

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 21:18:39 | More by tut2528
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light can just barely be seen through this brew, which is nearly black with a reddish tinge at the edges. There's maybe 1 1/2 fingers worth of tan head that has moderate retention and lacing.

S: Toasted AND roasted malts come through, as well as a nice oaky aroma, and a hefty hit of the bourbon barrel. Sweet smelling with a lot of alcohol detectable.

T: A fair amount of sweetness up front with roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of espresso, The middle brings lot of bourbon. The finish is dry and rather woody. The alcohol also warms the throat and gut nicely as you drink.

M: Relatively light for an imperial stout (which I won't complain about being that it's a large bottle). Moderately heavy with more carbonation than I would expect.

O: A good beer. The bourbon isn't as balanced within the rest of the beer as it could be, but it's tasty. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 23:04:45 | More by DaveBlack
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Painted 750 ml brown pop top, dated 2011 vintage. A sticker on the bottom has a (bottled-on?) date of 10/27/2011. Split into two Chimay chalices to split with my wife. Thanks to my lady for picking this up for me as a stocking-stuffer last Christmas!

Appearance: Brown in the pour, but pitch black in the glass, with a light beige head that fades fairly quickly to not too much at all. For some reason, it doesn't really bother me in this style of beer, but I'd like juuuust a bit more stick.

Smell: Brownie batter, vanilla, and just a ghost of oak. A bit of boozy heat here as well, even after nearly a year in the bottle, but it's not harsh or solventy, more like a dark fruit brandy perhaps. Just a hint of caramelly biscuit as this hits room temperature. Nice and sweet.

Taste: More heat than suggested in the aromas, but not quite over the top. The alcoholic notes consist of dry bourbony heat, and it's pretty warm but not QUITE hot. That being said, even after nearly a year, this is still a rather spirit-forward barrel-aged stout. Dark chocolate, mild-moderate levels of roasted grain, and maybe just a ghost of oak, but that could just be my imagination. This doesn't have massive depth or complexity, and it's a bit spirit/barrel forward, but really it's growing on me as I progress through the glass.

Mouthfeel: Would like just a TOUCH less carbonation, but this is nice, rich, and smooth.

Overall: If you like your barrel-aged stouts to be spirit-forward and have a lot of barrel character, chances are you'll like this beer. This is best between cellar temperature and room temperature. The flavors of the base beer (especially the fudgy, brownie qualities) are really nice, and hints of oak and vanilla sweetness compliment them nicely. There's just a BIT too much spirit-character here for me at times, though I've gone back and forth on this. I'm assuming for the great price of $9.99-10.99, Schlafly doesn't use crazy-prestigious barrels for this one, and that might be the reason that, at times, the 'bourbon' character seems just a bit thin, like it could be any spirit. With just a bit more vanilla/oak character, this could be great! At any rate, definitely worth a look, and probably something I'll pick up once a year or so. Thanks babe!

86....best at room temperature or darn close

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 02:07:47 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly Reserve - Imperial Stout
Saint Louis Brewery / Schlafly Tap Room
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.50 %

LOOK: Pours a dark brown bordering on black. Off white head forms and recedes to a lace around the edges. There is no lacing or sediment.

SMELL: Dark chocolates, bourbon, spiked coffee, vanilla and oak. Charred barrel, with rich chocolatey notes like chocolate milk. The bourbon comes through nicely, with a nice presence of chocolate.

TASTE: Upfront roasted malts with smooth, juicy bourbon. Firmly malty with a barrel influence; notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and earth. A bit of bitterness as well as an alcohol bite, cutting the sweetness to reduce cloying traits. Overall, a nice roasty stout with alot of barrel flavor.

FEEL: Full bodied, medium low carbonation, sweet bourbon finish.

OVERALL: A fine bourbon barrel aged stout with moderate complexity. Certainly a fine brew, worthy of cellaring or consuming fresh. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 21:39:49 | More by Stinkypuss
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vande

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 popped tonight. Dark, smooth flowing beer w/ little head if any. Very calm beer. Yet inviting. Smells of bourbon, not overpowering, but just enough to be identified.. Some vanilla hints, dark fruit, raisin, figs, carmel. Neat bit of sweetness. Very smooth beer, that as it warms up becomes even that more pleasent. Never had one fresh, but I can tell ya that after 4 years, its quite enjoyable. I'd do it again...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 03:43:26 | More by vande
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2007 vintage, that I received from czoch75. Thank you, Clint.

Pouring a very dark brown, this beer sits nearly black in my glass, with a thin, light brown head that falls off quickly leaving some lacing. The nose is pretty decent. There's a blend of bourbon, roast and soy, pleasantly proportioned, along with some vanilla, almond paste and bitter chocolate. Nice stuff.

The palate reveals a moderately oxidized beer, alternatingly excellent and average, with the blend of soy, chocolate and bourbon being rather excellent (bringing to my mind the incomparable 03 BA Speedway) being superimposed to a faint fusel and solvent-like unpleasantness. Allowing it to warm up and breathe lessens this aspect while bringing out the medium-dark chocolate. The bourbon character is mellow, with some heat, a some vanilla and pairs very well with the chocolate. The soy note is mild, and works well with the beer. A firming bitterness and roasted malt flavor are present on the finish, along with a little alcohol. Medium in body, mildly carbonated, this beer feels quite nice on the palate. This beer exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 01:07:05 | More by DefenCorps
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nickfl

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of light brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S - Nutty malt, and a smooth, vanilla and caramel aroma of bourbon.

T - Smoky malt with some brown sugar and lots of vanilla. Toasted oak and brown sugar in the middle as well as some caramel and coffee in the finish with a sweet boozy note that carries thrugh to the aftertaste.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - not bad, the whiskey stands out. The base beer is a bit anemic for how strong the whiskey character is.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:43:12 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: an aggressive poor yields a single finger head on a jet black body.

S: lots of butter, bourbon, roasted malts and some dark chocolate, but otherwise nondescript.

T: roasted malts, earthy hops, bourbon, coffee and hints of vanilla but the butter is strong in the finish and thats what I recall best as I drink it.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I unfortunately am very sensitive to the pseudo-butter flavors which this one is strong in the finish. For this reason, my review is lower than average.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:38:53 | More by kylehay2004
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. This one pours a medium bodied dark, dark brown in color that turns to black when it fully collects in the glass. The beer featured no head at all and almost no lacing. The aromas consist of coconut, oak, dark sweet malts, vanilla, and it has a very, very light bourbon aspect. At this point the bourbon is almost gone but the nose is still pretty nice. This beer tastes of sweet dark roasted malts, with a nice amount of coffee and sweet chocolate, vanilla, COCONUT, with a nice oak component. It has really nice flavor and is well rounded. It could be a little thicker in body but it's ok like this. It drinks well and the flavor resonates and leaves a long lasting multifaceted aftertaste. It went very well with a double chocolate cookie!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 15:28:04 | More by WoodBrew
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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