Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutSchlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial StoutSchlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

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

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Ratings: 956 |  Reviews: 406
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly Reserve - Imperial Stout
Saint Louis Brewery / Schlafly Tap Room
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.50 %

LOOK: Pours a dark brown bordering on black. Off white head forms and recedes to a lace around the edges. There is no lacing or sediment.

SMELL: Dark chocolates, bourbon, spiked coffee, vanilla and oak. Charred barrel, with rich chocolatey notes like chocolate milk. The bourbon comes through nicely, with a nice presence of chocolate.

TASTE: Upfront roasted malts with smooth, juicy bourbon. Firmly malty with a barrel influence; notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and earth. A bit of bitterness as well as an alcohol bite, cutting the sweetness to reduce cloying traits. Overall, a nice roasty stout with alot of barrel flavor.

FEEL: Full bodied, medium low carbonation, sweet bourbon finish.

OVERALL: A fine bourbon barrel aged stout with moderate complexity. Certainly a fine brew, worthy of cellaring or consuming fresh. Impressive.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 popped tonight. Dark, smooth flowing beer w/ little head if any. Very calm beer. Yet inviting. Smells of bourbon, not overpowering, but just enough to be identified.. Some vanilla hints, dark fruit, raisin, figs, carmel. Neat bit of sweetness. Very smooth beer, that as it warms up becomes even that more pleasent. Never had one fresh, but I can tell ya that after 4 years, its quite enjoyable. I'd do it again...

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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, 2007 vintage, that I received from czoch75. Thank you, Clint.

Pouring a very dark brown, this beer sits nearly black in my glass, with a thin, light brown head that falls off quickly leaving some lacing. The nose is pretty decent. There's a blend of bourbon, roast and soy, pleasantly proportioned, along with some vanilla, almond paste and bitter chocolate. Nice stuff.

The palate reveals a moderately oxidized beer, alternatingly excellent and average, with the blend of soy, chocolate and bourbon being rather excellent (bringing to my mind the incomparable 03 BA Speedway) being superimposed to a faint fusel and solvent-like unpleasantness. Allowing it to warm up and breathe lessens this aspect while bringing out the medium-dark chocolate. The bourbon character is mellow, with some heat, a some vanilla and pairs very well with the chocolate. The soy note is mild, and works well with the beer. A firming bitterness and roasted malt flavor are present on the finish, along with a little alcohol. Medium in body, mildly carbonated, this beer feels quite nice on the palate. This beer exceeded my expectations.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of light brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S - Nutty malt, and a smooth, vanilla and caramel aroma of bourbon.

T - Smoky malt with some brown sugar and lots of vanilla. Toasted oak and brown sugar in the middle as well as some caramel and coffee in the finish with a sweet boozy note that carries thrugh to the aftertaste.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - not bad, the whiskey stands out. The base beer is a bit anemic for how strong the whiskey character is.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. This one pours a medium bodied dark, dark brown in color that turns to black when it fully collects in the glass. The beer featured no head at all and almost no lacing. The aromas consist of coconut, oak, dark sweet malts, vanilla, and it has a very, very light bourbon aspect. At this point the bourbon is almost gone but the nose is still pretty nice. This beer tastes of sweet dark roasted malts, with a nice amount of coffee and sweet chocolate, vanilla, COCONUT, with a nice oak component. It has really nice flavor and is well rounded. It could be a little thicker in body but it's ok like this. It drinks well and the flavor resonates and leaves a long lasting multifaceted aftertaste. It went very well with a double chocolate cookie!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 86.6% out of 100 with 956 ratings
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