The Variant | The Schlafly Tap Room

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4.24/5
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35 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by danielsadicario on 04-15-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
35
pDev:
6.13%
 
 
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0
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7
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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of BrewSTL
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft. Darker black body. Big decadent chocolate, light roast, a bit of black coffee and dark fruit. Medium bodied, slight dark fruity port on the finish. Fairly solid barrel-aged stout; the dark fruit isn't too overwhelming here and is of a different character than a typical RIS. Balanced.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a three quarter inch creamy brown head on top. The aroma is of creamy milk chocolate and dark malt. I'm tasting luscious milk chocolate and faint plum. The mouth is thick, dense, and dry.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of head. Head retention is fair with no lacing left behind. Aroma is cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, and roasted and toasted malts. There is a twinge of plum and port, but nothing extravagant or heavy. Cocoa nibs, milk chocolate mingle with plum and port notes in the flavor profile. Caramel, roasted, and toasted malts form a robust, but surprisingly well-balanced flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a velvety, creamy texture. Overall, nothing extravagant, but it is a well constructed beer, albeit - a bit pricey.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suds
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a large, thick bottle with a wonderful foil label. The beer is utterly black with a thin dark chocolate head. The aroma is intense...woody, dark roasts, ripe dark fruit, and more. Lots of malt....seems like, maybe from the maturing, I also get some port flavors. Wonderful and complex flavor. Deep and rich. I get plenty of cocoa throughout. Full in body and wonderfully rewarding.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crow
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 2213 or 5000. Bottled March 2017; drank 10/1/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a small tan head; minimal lace.

Peanut butter, raspberry & banana notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Banana & peanut butter flavors up front; mild milk chocolate notes on the finish. Apple brandy notes emerged as this warmed.

An enjoyable Imperial Stout; complex but easy to drink. I'd have another...

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sapsuckers

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Photo of zeff80
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ITap, Columbia. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of dark chocolate, toffee, molasses and wood. I did taste a little port-like sweetness, with rich chocolate, burnt molasses and toffee.

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Photo of bnes09
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark color and deep, cinnamon head. Sad to say the appearance is the best part. Weird beef broth, smokey, peaty aroma. Nice cocoa flavor but sadly is mixed with the underlying beef broth. Slight funk and brine. Subtle grape and barrel character. Sweetness from the malt and port barrels. Full bodied with a smooth, even feel. Malty texture. Overall a decent beer. Fairly complex but with some odd qualities. Worth a try but not for over $30.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is fancy boy, more exotic and high end than most of us probably thought schlafly could go. its incredible beer, and even at 30ish bucks a bottle (very sexy bottles i might add), i think its worth it. you dont see a lot of port barrels straight up, so often they are used in conjunction with other barrels, especially in huge stouts, so its cool to see this much of it here. the base stout is jet black and inky think with a light shine and some thick dark head on it. i smell the dark red grapey fortified wine right away, even through the intense coffee forward dark grain base. its rich and thick and sticky and sweet, but its also super woody, mature, and unique as they go. i would think there would be some chocolate addition here too, although i cant confirm that, i get a serious dark chocolate vibe to this in nose and taste. likely nibs, earthy and bitter and just on point with this heavy bitter dark grain base. the port adds a plumy jammy fruitiness to the base, its so unique in such a deep and huge stout, and there is a charred element, almost grilled fruity, its tremendous. it is quite sweet, molasses and burnt sugar, but it makes sense with all the cocoa bitterness in the end. there is a desserty vibe, with the booze pushing through and the chocolate on top of the fruit from the port barrels, but its so relaxed and patient, it almost calls for a cigar with it and a few hours of deep contemplation. easily among the best of the beers i have had from these guys, something new in the style for once, and a badass bottle that i would grab up if you see one. i am definitely planning to source one for the cellar. this should age with the very best of them. good for these guys for taking it to the next level!

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Photo of 22Blue
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of C_Pel
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeLoynes
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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