Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
2008 Vintage; Poured in a tulip.
A - One inch of very light tan, creamy head; Very dark brown appearance with ruby highlights; Some lacing left, but not too much
S - There's a good dose of bourbon, oak, and molasses notes in the aroma with very subtle chocolate, caramel sweetness, and roasty qualities; Touch of alcohol in the smell
T - Lots of bourbon, oak, and molasses flavor here as well with mellow dark chocolate and some raisin-like dark fruits; The chocolate and raisins come through in the finish as well with a roasty and warm flavor; Some caramel and sugary sweetness is present as well
M - Low carbonation; Full bodied; Pretty dry finish with a little heat from the alcohol; Mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a bit of bite from the alcohol as it goes down
O - I'm very pleased that I got to try this beer that's been aged in bourbon barrels for several years. The aromas and flavors are nice, but there's still quite a bit of heat within this beer. While I don't regret trying it at this time, I bet this will get even better with a bit more age. Overall, this is a solid offering from Schlafly, and I look forward to trying more of their creations.
01-28-2012 21:06:57 | More by TechTriumph
4.43/5 rDev +8.6%
750 mL bottle, 2008, poured into a tulip
A- Black with a small tan head the fades quickly.
S- Chocolate, bourbon, some oak, some dark fruits.
T- Bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, roasted coffee, caramel malts, hint of dark fruits, some vanilla, well balanced.
M- Medium body, thin alcohol finish, but not very hot.
O- A really nice bourbon barrel aged stout, very easy to drink. Definitely will have to pick up a bottle of 2011 to see how it is fresh, but I am really liking how the 2008 is drinking right now.
01-26-2012 01:06:30 | More by larryi86
4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
A: Pours a jet black with a thin, lingering off-white mousse that sits placidly on top of the liquid.
S: Aromas of roasted grain, dark chocolate, and coffee are balanced by traces of oak, caramel, and toasted coconut.
T: Notes of caramel, roasted grain, dark chocolate, toasted coconut, woody spice, oak, vanilla bean, honeysuckle, coffee, and alcohol. The finish is complex and a bit fiery with huge flavors of caramel, spice, vanilla, honeysuckle, and coconut.
M: Full-bodied and dry. Carbonation is both active and firm. Alcohol presence is pronounced, making this beer a bit difficult to drink.
O: This is a nice barrel-aged stout with a pleasant balance of flavors. It would be even better if the alcohol presence were more muted.
01-19-2012 16:59:36 | More by mrfrancis
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottled 2010, drank 1-7-2012. Poured from bomber into a pint glass.
A: Agressive pour leaves one finger of a dark cream colored head. Beer is dark brown.
S: Smells amazing. Lots of chocolate and caramel in the nostrils. Only a slight hint of bourbon, which surprises me.
T: Sweet, chocolate flavors up front, quickly dominated by bourbon flavor. The bourbon flavor lingers, subsiding to hints of coffee.
M: Medium body, nice IMO for a stout, with light carbonation.
O: Pretty good bourbon stout, but would probably have benefited/mellowed from some aging.
01-08-2012 20:09:20 | More by eaglephile
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
Schlafly bourbon barrel aged imperial stout
2008 vintage picked up from the brewery
A- aggressive pour yields a 1 finger light mocha head that dissapates quick leaving no lacing. Beer is very deep brown in color 4
S- deep rich bourbon, chocolate, coffee toffee, slight floral scent, smells very good 4
T- definitely not as intense as I remembered it on tap at the brewery and likely because of the age on this one. Upfront is a bourbon chocolate goodness but the flavor is kind of weak. This is followed by some coffee, vanilla bean, and black licorice. Very good but I think it's past it's prime and I preferrred te fresher one. A very good beer nonetheless. 4
M- a little light bodied. Light carbonation which is expected. 3
O- A little past it's prime but it was a pleasure to sip on nonetheless. I liked the mellowness but I preferrred it fresher. 3.5
01-06-2012 20:12:02 | More by t420o
3.35/5 rDev -17.9%
Hello!? What's this on a shelf? Vintage 2008 sitting all alone for 8.99? YOINK grabbing that! Into my Dogfish Head snifter you go!
A very short lived head that is light tan sitting on a dark walnut brown and red hued edge body. As dark as it is, it's farily see through and you can see some carbonation along the edges.
A nose of barleywine fruit cherry, mild faint roast, but very fruit forward smelling. It smells alright, but it's also a little hot and doesn't give the impression of a stout so much, it's lacking malt richness in particular.
Upon taste there is the similar notes taken from the nose, but the body is quite thin. A small lingering hop like dark fruit cherry, but not giving off much barrel aging character. Wet character as well on the palate.
Overall, this is not a bad tasting beer, but sort of a letdown for a barrel aged beer in this style I think.
01-06-2012 03:04:55 | More by smakawhat
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a dark brown into my pint glass. There is hardly any head on top. The aroma is sweeter than expected with hints of berry, dark chocolate, raisin, and a definite bourbon zing. There's some lacing present on the glass as it goes down, and the beer definitely coats the mouth fully as well. At first the body of it seems light, but the finish is a little 'hot' and boozy - an abundance of bourbon. Not such a bad thing, however. The flavor is similar to the aroma yet there are traces of vanilla I did not pick up until sipping. I would have liked more of a roasted malt character to come through stronger. All in all not bad at all though.
01-03-2012 02:09:04 | More by Neorebel
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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