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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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86
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
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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Reviews by ncfranklin:
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ncfranklin

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip, with a bottled on date of 12/09/2011.

A: A deep caramel to ruby orange, and hazy. Small half finger off-white head that sticks around for a good bit and recedes to the edges.

S: Extremely complex in the nose. Sweet, in a syrupy way at first, then notes of vanilla, oak, and bready malt. The bourbon isn't overly evident here, unless it's some odd bourbon I've never had the pleasure of enjoying and smells of maple syrup.

T: Interesting, for sure. Small flavors of caramel malt, light bitterness, before caving to a very distinct oak and vanilla tone on the end. Only the smallest bourbon influencing twang.

M: Very lighter body than expected. Firmly middle of the road here. Light bits of carbonation give it a tingle on the way down. No detectable booze, must be lower in ABV.

D: Surprising beer. Very drinkable, if only a little sweet. This effort to put something other than stouts into bourbon barrels still needs some work, but shows promise as the vanilla and wood characteristics come through far stronger than usual.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 00:38:37 | More by ncfranklin
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Indiana

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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.