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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The result is a smooth bourbon character balanced by caramel malt sweetness and classic English hops. Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale is a seamless blend of Schlafly Barleywine-style ale and our pale ale aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 06-12-2009)
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drmcleod10, Oct 29, 2014
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GOBLIN, Sep 29, 2014
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2.08/5  rDev -45.4%

EB1, Sep 21, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle bottled on 20 Feb. 2014
Nice deep amber color with good carbonation. Excellent aroma.
Obvious bourbon, especially in tasting, but not so much as to completely overpower the nice malt base. Some good woody/barrel flavor too, along with vanilla and toffee in the finish.

chinchill, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

target88, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

adamant1912, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Nordbier, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

ToddHolder, Mar 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

kmm1793, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

jman005, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

MacStinson, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

pheelingIt, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Greasy, Dec 10, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler filled a few days ago, poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a dark golden brown. A 1/2" head of dark khaki foam quickly disappears, leaving a sheen of very fine lace streaked across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich dark orange/red and clear. Lots of thin legs of sugar coat the sides of the glass as it empties.

S - Lightly burnt, deep rich caramels and brown sugar with notes of toffee in the background. Dense, moist whole grain bread. Hints of hardwood and black pepper with touches of vanilla. A bit of heat in the back of the glass from the ABV. As the beer warms, the sugars, malts, and bourbon vanilla really comes together into a delicious nose.

T - Dark brown sugars lead into nicely toasted, almost roasted malts, which are followed by dark caramels and a bit of woodiness. Finish isn't cloying, but is defined by a sweet bourbon vanilla that lingers. Not quite big enough to suggest an oaked barleywine, the ale supplies the foundation to feature the bourbon extraction.

M - Very smooth and a touch creamy. Light carbonation. Light-moderate body with good structure. Components present as integrated. Soft finish lingers a bit from the sugars on the tongue.

O - This is pretty straight-forward, uncomplicated ale designed to feature the bourbon barrel aging characteristics. The sugars are forward, but not so much that's it's overly sweet, like Kentucky Bourbon Ale. It's quite drinkable without being distinctive, and pairs well with something like a full-bodied, somewhat spicy cigar, which I enjoyed immensely with this growler. The best aspect of this beer is the nose - it's to be savored before drinking. Recommended as a nitecap.

BuckeyeSlim, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

thefluker, Aug 31, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

crbnfbr, Aug 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Cris4545, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Schlafly33, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

bsuedekum, Jul 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mrfrancis, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

zillo043068, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium brown with reddish highlights and a dense half inch cream head that lingers.

Nutty, toasted malt dominates the initial aroma, with caramel and boozy notes complementing vanilla and butter.

Flavor reveals vanilla and burnt sugar sweetness, leaning on a toasted, almost roasty malt backbone. Underlying fruity/amber malt notes counter the oaky, bourbon character.

Body is moderate and creamy, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

More fruity and toasty than I recall. The nuttiness dominates. It's a bit hot, but will likely benefit from some aging. A tad cloying, I couldn't drink more than one in a session.

barczar, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

AlexFields, May 24, 2013
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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.