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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

731 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 731
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 82
Gots: 169 | 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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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2%

03-27-2014 12:09:22 | More by Moses_Malone
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

03-24-2014 20:24:15 | More by BMart
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Jeffh84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-21-2014 13:53:31 | More by Jeffh84
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MorganSaunders

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-18-2014 20:07:45 | More by MorganSaunders
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-14-2014 18:00:33 | More by mtomlins
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

03-09-2014 22:14:18 | More by ygtbsm94
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Kcastr01

Tennessee

4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is at the top of my list. It's a fine celebration brew but not for a night out. It's heavy. You need to be prepared to sit and really focus on it after dinner. Heavy malt notes. Excellent aroma and oaky undertones. You can drink it alone but you better not be needing to drive. A Thick creamy head with a nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 18:26:22 | More by Kcastr01
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-05-2014 04:08:55 | More by mikeburd1128
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2%

02-28-2014 06:10:40 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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cardsfan

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-25-2014 02:56:12 | More by cardsfan
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Vintage

Pours black with ruby highlights, and a one finger creamy tan head with nice retention and lacing. Has a very nice aroma with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, coconut, dark fruit, and oak.

This beer tastes every bit as good as it smells with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, coconut, dark fruit, roasted malt, and oak. Sweet without being overly sweet. Creamy and warming. The alcohol is well hidden, especially for a 10.5 % abv beer aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Just a very well made beer, which is a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:53:53 | More by hardy008
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jaymo18

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

02-25-2014 00:41:32 | More by jaymo18
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matto4444

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

02-24-2014 17:14:30 | More by matto4444
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black colored with just a smidgeon of light getting through when held up to a light. Brussels lacing. Nearly a half inch of khaki colored head with a few large bubbles of carbonation mixed in with what is otherwise a tightly knit head. Aroma is a luscious blend of fig, plum, black licorice, bourbon and roasted barley. The taste is a very compelling blend of sweetness along the lines of fig, black licorice, bourbon and plum. You then get the roasted barley component on the back of the palate along with the warmth of the alcohol and then it's right back to the sweet notes of fig, black licorice, bourbon and plum on the fade. The mouth is silky as well as a bit warming on the back of the palate. In summary:It's complicated, but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:47:49 | More by Franziskaner
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Can_has_beer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-23-2014 03:03:39 | More by Can_has_beer
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MattGrimley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

02-23-2014 03:02:39 | More by MattGrimley
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bc102782

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-23-2014 03:01:31 | More by bc102782
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miffsudd

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2%

02-21-2014 23:27:06 | More by miffsudd
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

02-20-2014 04:58:31 | More by OKCNittany
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cosmicevan

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2008 vintage enjoyed from a schlafly tulip.

a - opened the box, ripped the cap off wax n all and filled my glass. Brew poured a watery brown that settled in the glass a bit darker. medium build head of grey foamy bubbles that didn't hang out but left some chunky lacing and a skin of bubbles on the surface.

s - nose boasts syrupy dark fruit with some boozer infused chocolate. Smells rich and a bit sweet. Brown sugar.

t - a bit oxidized and likely past its prime. Dark chocolate and booze notes over an almost hybrid stout and brown ale. Nothing too crazy.

m - surprisingly thin and watery for such a big beer.

o - overall this vintage had probably seen its day. A bit thin and the stout base seems to be lacking balls, but this is fairly old for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 00:33:44 | More by cosmicevan
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kdahnke123

Indiana

3.01/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2013 Vintage. Poured into a snifter. The color was a little muddy and the head was very light. The smell is of the bourbon with light roasted malt. The taste is light with the bourbon coming through later. On the whole a very light stout with a small amount of bourbon. Not to be repeated.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 22:41:24 | More by kdahnke123
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

02-09-2014 16:09:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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PaulsBrew

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

02-04-2014 03:28:27 | More by PaulsBrew
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jschott75

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

02-03-2014 02:01:15 | More by jschott75
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argock

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on 102213 on sticker on the bottom of the bottle. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Opaque black in the center but more chestnut at the edge with a short cap of beige head which fades quickly to a rim of bubbles and leaves a few spot spare spots of lace.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, rum, raisin, date, and roasted malts. Alcohol is easy to sense.

T: The flavor is solid for a BA stout, but it is missing a few flavors such as coffee and the chocolate is muted a bit as the bourbon comes on kind of strong. I thought 3 months would temper this, but I was mistaken. There are some dark chocolat ebitter flavors and the vanilla is nice, but there could be more stouty flavors, and maybe a little more time would allow more of the bourbon to fade and the stout to come through. The bottle says though that it is ready to drink now.

M: The mouthfeel is somewhat thin for the style, a feature of some of the mid-tier offerings in the BA IS category. The carbonation is low as it should be. Any bitterness is related to the dark chocolate and a bit of mineral character.

O: Schlafly puts out some nice beers, and this is no exception. But compared to many other BA brews (e.g. KBS, BCBS, Cafe Royale), this one is a little behind the curve. Not bad by any means, but simply good and solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 03:34:26 | More by argock
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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