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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:
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Ratings: 958 |  Reviews: 406
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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Photo of q33jeff
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
07/03/2016
25 oz bottle to snifter. Bottling date of 9/1/15 (10 months old)

LOOK: dark Black, some see through cola like brown. Small Off white head.
AROMA: Fig, Plum. Less so are notes of wood and whiskey.
TASTE: Dark Chocolate, Dark Fruits, blackberry, plum, pomegranate.
FEEL: beer has a heaviness to it; and some fizz.

Good Stout. Overall, I would like more malt flavor which would probably allow he whiskey to absorb more.


**

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Photo of uturn
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Savor 2016

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Photo of NickyDee21
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krl2112
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phishhead420
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

750 ml bottle, bottled on 05/20/2015 - just a few days shy of it's first birthday. My first big bottle from Schlafly.

Poured into a clear snifter glass.

A - Pours a thick dark black body, just a few shades away from opaque, with some dark reddish-brown hues showing near the surface. One finger of khaki head that falls to a thin ring quickly. Mild random spotty lacing. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks good.

S - Big aromas of mustiness, damp oak wood / barrel, vanilla, cherry cola syrup, some notes of band-aid. The oak / bourbon barrel aromas become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T - Taste brings in more of the same: notes of cream, slight chocolate, caramel, bourbon barrel / oak wood, mustiness. There is a slight dark fruit / cherry sort of tart in there also that makes an appearance. Notes of vanilla, cream, & toffee emerge once the beer warms toward room temp. Light notes of buttery diacetyl.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Medium-full, good carb.

Overall, a semi-above average bourbon barrel stout offering from Schlafly, but especially decent for the price point. Definitely gets better as it warms. Would be interested to see how this turns with some serious age on it.

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout -----4/5.

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Photo of stortore
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 5/20/15.

Pours a deep brown, mostly opaque, with a quickly dissipating, small head and a fair amount of loose, soapy lacing. Smell is malt- not the roasty aroma you would expect of an RIS, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, some molasses, light smoke. Really smells good. Taste also leads with the malt and the bourbon, some chocolate, vanilla, light oak, some caramel and molasses, a little licorice. Could use a touch more malt. Smooth, pretty creamy for the style, good body.

Interesting beer. Does not really fit the profile for an RIS as it's not at all roasty, but it has a great aroma and a good, appealing flavor. Creaminess was a nice surprise, too. Might be a little high on the rating, but it was really enjoyable to drink. Maybe I need another bottle....

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Photo of crow
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown with a small khaki head that quickly recedes to a ring. Bourbon aroma dominates, leather and ash are just hinted. Flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit and hints hints of bitter cocoa. This looks a bit thin but feels smooth and creamy. It has a big boozy, warming finish that feels a bit raw. Overall this is pretty solid beer. The bottle is dated 2015. All that being said, the other bottle will sit for a year or so, I suspect this one ages well.

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Photo of TampaRainman
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kratman
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look was very much motor oil like, smell was outstanding- chocolate/ sweet bourbon smell. The taste is good however I was happy I was sharing this monster because i was ready to be done after a couple poors. Overall I would drink this again... well done

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Photo of Alphazon
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PUbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jae61
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Poloplaya
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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