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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
4.08/5
Exceptional
958 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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

Added by maxpower on 11-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,401
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
958
pDev:
10.54%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
232
Trade:
15
HISTOGRAM
 
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer nerd buddy of mine in St. Louis recommended this while we were at the brewery last year, so I grabbed it and cellared it for a while.

I don't know if that helped or not, but this just didn't "pop" like I thought a BA imperial stout from Schlafly would. It's look was even a bit muted - lots of brown leaking around the edges, and not really jet black like I expect from a big stout.

The aromas were the best part of this - big chocolate and toffee, and the barrel is present, but the barrel pulls back on the taste. Like I said, it doesn't really "pop."

If this is the worst beer you drink in your life, you're a lucky beer nerd, but it does sit below the top-tier BA stouts, IMHO.

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Photo of jw4free
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black with a half finger tan head that does not retain.

Rich chocolately bourbon introduces the nose with woody oak and spiced raisin.

Taste is prune, brandy and bourbon, so...pretty hot, with oak, nuts and cola.

Dry!

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This big brew pours a deep blackish
brown with a moderate head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin layer, and sports some fine lacing. Nice nose with the heavy dark chocolate,
char and smoke, vanilla, bourbon, and raisins. Flavors surpass the nose with
raisin bourbon bread flavors drenched in brown sugar and dark malts. Smokey
char notes fall soundly on the middle with dark chocolate flavors and finish with
a rich bourbon and vanilla note. Excellent mouth feel, coating, smooth, rich, and
very warm with light carbonation. Overall an excellent brew that I look forward to each year.

Cheers

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of strohme2
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015. Deep dark brown, almost black. Tan head, with lacing on the glass. Whiskey, chocolate and raisins on the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, big whiskey, smoke and raisins. Mouthfeel is a tad light. I bought this without checking the date. Surprised it still is a bit hot.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tourdot
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large 750 ml shared bottle.
Rich flavor with a good balance between the base imperial stout and the effects bourbon barrel aging. Balance continues all the way into the aftertaste.

O: very well crafted.

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4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of stanale
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

***2013 edition***

L: pours dark brown but looks black in the glass. No head
S: big sharp bourbon, not the smoothest, I bet it was hot fresh
T: Nice bourbon, sweetness throughout, not overly roasty. Real nice
F: much smoother than it smells. Easy drinking for sure
O: a good local stout but nothing crazy

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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kidzord
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 958 ratings
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