Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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:
104
Gots:
230
For Trade:
14
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jrenihan
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Tap Room.

Beer is black with a small tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. No lacing.

Smell is full of oak, bourbon and roasted malt. Molasses and a bit of smoke are there as well.

Taste is big. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt and anise are all present, with the first three taking the lead. Alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasantly so.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Lighter than expected.

Overall, very good.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured in a snifter

A - Not a thick liquid pour like other imperials. More on dark rootbeer color with a light tan head. The head dissipates rather quickly into a ring around the glass.

S - Definite bourbon, followed with roasted malts and molasses. There is a hint of vanilla and alcohol also.

T - Very nice! Bourbon, vanilla and caramel. It's boozy but I've come to expect it with bourbon barrel aged beers. It can come off with a lingering sweetness.

M - On the mid side of medium mouthfeel. Smooth and svelte with medium carbonation.

O - Solid! This BBA Impy stout delivers! Not the best but it's in the elite category.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of FosterJM
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1304th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750ml

2010 Vintage

30th Birthday Party
Thanks to Mdaschaf for this one

2010 Vintage.

App- Out of the bottle it was a bit of a very dark brown and it was almost black color with a 1/2 finger of a light tan head. Little bit of lacing on this one.

Smell- A very nice and aromatic stout. Had a very full nose of oak with a good amount of bourbon and vanilla taking center stage. Maybe a touch of rich chocolate with some burnt sugars on large pull.

Taste- A nice supringly smooth and rich stout. Wasn't a mind blower but a welcome suprise. Had large amounts of vanilla and oak and blended well some smooth malts to balance it out.

Mouth- A thinner medium body with a thin carbonation. Needed to be a bit fuller on each. Nice residual vanilla and oaky flavors remained.

Drink- I knew I was mad for a reason when I gave this bottle up to a trading partner. I am glad Matt hooked it up with this nice treat.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, 2009 vintage bottle split with my brother.

A: Dark but not the darkest of stouts, still opaque, tan head dissipates at a medium speed.

S: Creamy delicious smooth bourbon & vanilla pop to the front and are very prominent...toasted coconut, roasted barley, and dark caramel, with an underlying sweetness...not boozy at all.

T: Yes! Taste follows the nose; bourbon, vanilla, caramel, hints of decadent chocolate sweetness, toasted oak & coconut, with just a bit of alcohol sweetness and warmth. Definitely a mellowed brew at this age.

MF: Medium to full mouthfeel, creamy, and oh-so-smooth. Feels rich, and the alcohol doesn't thin the feel at all.

O: Overall a really impressive bba stout. I've tried 2010 and 2011 vintages as well, and while I liked them all quite a bit, this vintage may be as good as it gets. Recommended.

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Photo of aint_it_strange
1/5  rDev -75.3%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of onetodave
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Auror
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tobelerone
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage.

Pours black but not totally jet or opaque; some light penetrates the edges. Small, quickly settling brown head; patchy lacing.

Nice nose. Bourbon, roast malt, molasses out front; subtler vanilla and chocolate notes.

Very tasty. Again, the bourbon and barrel are prominent, then notes of roast malt, char, chocolate, molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Noticeably but pleasantly boozy, with the heat pretty toned down at this point, and a very slight astringency. Good sweetness but definitely not cloying.

Medium full bodied, just a little chewy. Moderate carbonation. Maybe a bit of a cola feel to the body. Overall pretty drinkable for the style, mostly due to the toned down alcohol heat and slightly thinner mouthfeel. Not exceptional but very good nonetheless, a step down from the really heavy hitters, mostly because of the lighter weight body. It’s not uber complex but it’s damned good.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, 2011 vintage. This doesn't appear to be a very thick pour, anyways this pours mostly black color with light able to penetrate the edges along with a decent foamy mocha head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of bourbon and alcohol, not much of the traditional stout. The feel is medium, almost thick but thinner than most IRS. The taste is of bourbon, alcohol, along with some dark roasted malts.

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Photo of ensign11
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of neckbracesub
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of gos42
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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