Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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90
outstanding
956 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutSchlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
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
Ratings:
956
Reviews:
406
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.62%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
232
For Trade:
15
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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 into a Chimay Chalice...

Let's get it underway, reviewing this live and on cable TV! Pouring this Imperial Stout she isn't looking Outstanding to me. She pours a Dark Brown body that appears to be Black and opaque in the glass...fair enough. Not really grabbing my attention. Nice Khaki Head formed which turned into a rich lacing around my glass.

Let's smell my prey! Sweet Jesus! This is a Bourbon Lovers aroma right here! Hits off with that rich Leather and Pipe Tobacco with some Vanilla sweetness. The backend has a rich Toasted Almonds and some Spice (Cinnamon) just aching for you to sip it! This juice smells amazing!

The Flavor? Just as Rich, it starts off with Dark Chocolate but swindles your tastebuds with a Dark Fruit Character..(Apple Skins). Then second wave hits with Vanilla, Toasted Almonds and Cinanmon. It's great in flavor! Finishes a bit boozy but for the aftertaste...who cares!? That aftertaste is where everything connects, Leather, Tobaccoo, Vanilla, Cinanmon and a bit of Fudge in there too. The Mouthfeel is a bit of a let down. It's thin with soft carbonation.

Overall: Schlafly is on of those breweries that make Exeptional Beer. This is one of them. They don't get the love they're owed, which is a shame. This does have its faults, but man Aroma and Flavor gives this its break. It has the elements I love in a Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. With that said, it has a few things I didn't feel were not up to par...(my opinion any way). The Appearance was a bit "light" while pouring, but like I said my opinion only (don't let that deter you). Second, the Mouthfeel. I want to chew my Imperial Stouts. I want it to be Syrup in Texture. This lacked in that department. The Carbonation was soft but not enough to grab the huge malt body it took to get that 10.2 ABV. Still a Delicious BA Stout that I feel is a Steal for its price tag...I know a few other breweries that would've sold this for 10 dollars more...just saying. At the end of the day, this Brew is Recommended!

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Photo of xdtfx
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kguard
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryarms847
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours somewhat thin for the high abv, but a deep dark brown nearing black appearance in the glass with very little brown foam on the edges.

Dark chocolate, subtle vanilla/oaky barrel notes, some slight roastiness, but overall not much going on in aroma.

Flavor identical to aroma, the chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, oak, and bourbon notes are all there, but very subtle, even after warming up.

Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, thin for the style.

Overall, Schlafly makes some really solid brews, but this needs some work. This is really a nuanced BBA imperial stout with a body that's out of character for the style. Amp it up guys!

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattXT
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scratch69
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stompilator
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shopk
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JKasten988
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aprice34
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mwidzinski
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany with a one-finger, light tan head and lacing. It smells of cocoa, caramel, coffee, and bourbon. The taste is bourbon-forward and pretty hot but the other flavors come through nicely, including roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, oak, and dark fruit. There is some hop presence and nice vanilla taste at the finish. This stout is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and very creamy. Over time, the bourbon mellowed a bit and it became smoother to drink. But at 10.5 ABV, you can definitely feel some burn. Overall, this is a very good RIS. I would really like to try this one on draught.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lynn
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KShophead
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of glf60
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
4.05 out of 5 based on 956 ratings.
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