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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:
#2,422
Reviews:
406
Ratings:
958
pDev:
10.54%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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106
Gots:
231
Trade:
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Ratings: 958 |  Reviews: 406
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good sipper, courtesy of Tomthompson98. This is a story about bourbon, imperial stout is a term thrown about loosly. Creamy bourbon stout. Greatlace. Muted sourness. Grows on you. A bit of smoke and moderate roast. A winter fire warmer. Boozy. Ageing would mellow the bourbon but there's not that much underneath it to be patient for.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: an aggressive poor yields a single finger head on a jet black body.

S: lots of butter, bourbon, roasted malts and some dark chocolate, but otherwise nondescript.

T: roasted malts, earthy hops, bourbon, coffee and hints of vanilla but the butter is strong in the finish and thats what I recall best as I drink it.

M: thick body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I unfortunately am very sensitive to the pseudo-butter flavors which this one is strong in the finish. For this reason, my review is lower than average.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to black13 for sending me this one!

2008 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark black with a 1 inch puffy dark tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. A thick curtain of lace sticks to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and the barrel aged aromas - vanilla, bourbon, and oak. However, the smells are very subdued on the first pour but get better as the beer warms. Taste is of dark roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and a dry wood flavor on the finish. There is a very mild roast flavor that fades from the palate quickly after each sip. A slight alcohol kick in the mouth with each sip. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good RIS with a really good aroma that comes around as the beer warms but the taste is not as good as I was hoping for.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a great beer, one of my favorites ever from these guys. 2015 edition. certainly falls on the more intense side of the flavor spectrum, even for the style. the bourbon here (wish i knew which barrels they used) is about as intense as can be, and the barrel, independent of the whiskey that was housed in it, also adds a lot of flavor. great char and vanilla and raisin notes coming out of it, and a lot of deep black malt, bakers chocolate, sweet tobacco, brown sugar, pie crust, even a hint of smoke. its quite complex and intense, as much bourbon as beer honestly, one can even appreciate the corn mash of the whiskey through all the malts in the beer itself. petty wild. the booze is evident but not overpowering, even as it warms up. it gives a nice rum raisin aspect or something, highlighting the dark fruit flavors in here quite a bit. not much bitterness from the dark grain like there often is, and so the beer ends up being a little sweet to drink too much of. still some carbonation though to keep it moving along, and an awesome residual flavor on the palate that is really rich and chocolaty. impressive barrel presence on this one, and just an awesome beer overall. sometimes this style gets a little samey for me, you had one you had them all kind of thing, but this is quite memorable as something a little bit distinct compared to the field. nice work!

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured jet black with a thin tan head that dissipated into lacey patterns. A light lever of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles near the very edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of bourbon and alcohol dominate the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors from the bourbon barrel aging dominate the taste, which has notes of roasted malts and chocolate. There is a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate. There are also warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The beer is rather drinkable considering the alcohol content and the bourbon flavors are strong, but not overpowering.

Note: 2008 vintage

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A relatively new beer to the Central Ky market. I stumbled across this brew a few weeks ago, but just getting around to enjoying. Turns out that I could have waited quite a while; the beer still has some comming-together to do. The pour is an opaque black or very dark brown color with low-lying carbonation and average head retention for a bourbon barrel Stout. Aromas of dark, roasted grain, heavy malts, and a dominant booze-ey swirl around; promising bold flavors and heavy alcoholic strength. The flavors are expectedly rich, bold, and rooted with espresso and coffee. These flavors are backed up with cherries, berries, lacose, toast, and a fruitcake mix. A mild tartness, oak, caramel, and vanilla persists from the boubon barrels and maybe a rouge bacteria / yeast. Agian the taste is dominated by rum-like alcohols. The feel is a heavy, moderately harsh, fusal feel with richness, slickness (I presume from oat additions), and easily mouth coating. Not overly sweet, nor hoppy (for balance only). A moderate roasted-grain astingency persists, despite the heated, abrasive alcohols. The beer proves the abv stated on the bottle, and then some. With some age, this beer will prove to be a winner.

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Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle to bring in the new year...

Pours a deep brownish hue, nearly opaque in the glass. Medium level of tan foam.

Smells sweetly of bourbon and roasted malt. Taste follows this, maybe a little to sweet for my taste. Nice lingering bourbon and vanilla notes on the palate, not much oak barrel character though.

Good mouthfeel, sweetness holds it up a little, it's definitely one to sip. Not as outrageously heavy as many other RIS. This is a good one to share, I wouldn't want to try to finish a 750mL on my own...

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a tootsie roll chocolate color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet; bubbles of lace stick to the sides of the chalice

Smell: The charred aroma wafts upwards and is joined by dark chocolate, some rum-soaked dark fruit and a hint of vanilla

Taste: Opens with a mocha flavor that veers in a bitter chocolate and fruit direction by mid-palate, with some vanilla and char creeping in there as well; in the middle, the bourbon barrel makes its presence known and, with a sweet caramel aspect that is very pronounced, adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; could be a bit fuller without a problem

Drinkability: All in all, a nice bourbon barrel RIS; very easy to drink, albeit it could be better with a bit more body as others have noted

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition
A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a three-finger finger, creamy, bubbly, tan head. It left some thin traces of lace.

S - It smelled of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. The were mild caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted of bourbon, oak and sweet roasted malt. It had a bitter kick from some hops.

M - It was smooth and somewhat dry with a warming alcohol presence. It was medium to full-bodied.

D - This is a really good impy stout. I had it fresh a year or so ago and would like to try another after more aging.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of vanilla and strong bourbon notes with sweet roasted malt notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of vanilla notes with strong bourbon notes and quite a bit of residual sugar notes with light black chocolate. Body is somewhat full with an oily like texture and medium carbonation with light warming alcohol notes. Bourbon notes are quite dominant but there is just too much residual sugar for my taste at the end of the day.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review 800! 2008 vintage 750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear almost pitch black color with a small tan head with good retention; that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, raisin, molasses, bourbon, earth, and light herbal. Fairly nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big caramel, molasses, raisin, chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, toast, vanilla, oak, bourbon, earth, and light herbal hops. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, raisin, chocolate, toffee, toast, bourbon, oak, earth, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of flavors with good complexity; and minimal cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; with only a warming after the finish noticed. Definitely a slow sipper. Overall this is a nice barrel aged imperial stout. Nice balance and good complexity of flavors. It did not impress me as much as I would have hoped though.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark caramel brown, not as black as most examples of this style, but still nearly opaque. Head retention is reasonably good for the style.

Smell: Incredibly rich and malty with a pleasant burnt caramel sweetness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet, chocolatey and mellow. A subtle barrel presence - I was expecting something more aggressive from Jim Beam barrels, but this is actually very reserved. There's just a touch of that signature vanilla and caramel flavor and no boozy heat whatsoever. Body is medium-full, not as viscous as some but certainly heavier than the average beer.

Got this one from johnnnniee in a recent trade. Thanks!

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