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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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4/5  rDev -2%

2008 Vintage

A: 1+ finger soapy, near white head atop this deep brown bodied brew.

S: Molasses, bourbon, lots of vanilla mixed with dark fruits and caramel.

T: Follows the smell exactly, rich and robust flavors throughout resonating long after each sip.

M: Fairly heavy, slight burn from the alcohol.

O: Not too shabby, wonder what more recent vintages are like? May just have to seek some out.

tjkinate, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

theminutemen, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

saheider, Mar 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

scott2269, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

DangerDawg, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

JustinMatthew, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

2008 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured black in color with a thin but sticky head covering the top and clinging to the sides of the glass.

I get a strong oak presence in the aroma. The woody oak mixes with vanilla and a little chocolate. Just a little bourbon is there. The imperial stout flavors seem to play a backseat to the oak, barrel aged flavors though.

The taste also shows a lot of woody oak to it. A little more of a chocolate flavor comes out to mix with some mild bourbon and vanilla notes. A little alcohol is there is in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a pretty good beer, but not one I really found outstanding in it's class. The woody oak overshadowed the beer flavors a little in my opinion. Pretty good beer overall though.

billab914, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

brooklynbrews, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

grover37, Feb 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

awdturboiv, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

DarthKostrizer, Feb 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

farawayhll, Feb 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

jwmarcum, Feb 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Allurex, Feb 14, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

2010 Vintage.

A: Pours a nice black color with a one finger tan head, lasting for a few minutes before reducing to a a thin cap on top. Spotty lacing around the sides.

S: Nice oak right away with plenty of bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, and very nice vanilla aroma.

T: The bourbon is really coming forward in the flavor profile, lots of vanilla, oak, and molasses. Some caramel and brown sugar mixed in with a little chocolate.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a touch thin, with moderate carbonation. Abv is hidden very well.

O: A very nice bourbon barrel imperial stout. Not outstanding, but better than most. A beer I would have no problem drinking again.

mdaschaf, Feb 13, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -12.3%

Served on tap at the Black Squirrel in ADMO, DC.

A: A dark chocolate milk thistle with a thick fizzing mocha head that dissipates quickly.
S: Sweet sweet juniper and coco malts. Candied Molasses syrup. Overpoweringly sweet.
T: Sweet Juniper berries jump out of the glass quickly. This is overpoweringly sweet and robust malts with the bourbon barrel races quickly to recover the sweetness as it races in last. The backbite is noticeable but not overpowering but sweet flavoured lipstick in thickness and intensity.
M: Medium bodied, but it lacks thick character deserving of a great imperial stout.
O: A big let down, I mean I start with their Pumpkin beer which is world class number 2 alltime and then I get slapped around for trying other stuff. I was hoping for alot more with this beer. I mean an Bourbon Limited Edition Imperial Stout..ahhh... boo

challenja, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

smithmd4, Feb 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

cosmonick, Feb 04, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Presentation: Poured from a silk screened 750 ml brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. I picked this up a year or so ago while traveling through Nashville.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles quickly to a thin yet complete coating of foam. The beer itself is pitch black and let's no light through, even around the edges.

Smell: Strong aroma of vanilla and anise upfront, obviously from bourbon barrel aging. Undertones of sweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Rich chocolate upfront against a biscuit malt backdrop. Sweet and warming alcohol in the finish with slightly lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level coupled with an amazingly thick and viscous body.

Drinkability: Picked up out of state, this is definitely a one of. A rich and flavorful beer, glad to have had it.

beveritt, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

zachary80, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Madjr, Jan 31, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

substanceD, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Bierlerner, Jan 30, 2012
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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