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

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage into a HotD tulip.

Pour: Dark fudge chocolate brown body with a light tanned head that recedes into ringlets around the glass' edge.

Nose: Fudge brownie, vanilla, oak, coconut, slight hops, alcohol, and cherries.

Taste: Dark fudge at first, cherry cordial, vanilla and oak into mild bourbon alcohol heat, toasted coconut, and chocolate with a bakers chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel: light and under carbed but ok.

Overall: Great nose/taste but underwhelming mouthfeel.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a tulip - 2008 Vintage

A: Pours a clear brown, black in the glass, with a nice tan head that fades to a ring and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very inviting with notes of chocolate, vanilla, very light cherry, and molasses.

T: The taste has the same qualities as the nose with big flavors of vanilla, cocoa, slight molasses, and chocolate milk. There's also that very slight cherry flavor from the nose but it adds to the complexity.

M: The feel is pretty disappointing...very thin and not very creamy for such a bit ABV. I will say the alcohol is not too prevelant though.

O: Seems the age has really mellowed this one out compared to other reviews I'm reading from newer vintages. I need to drink one fresh as this one was good but not great...probably at it's peak if not past.

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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma- Chocolate, Bourbon, Coffee, Rasin

Taste- Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Oak, Bourbon

Black in color, tan and frothy head. Head disipates slowly and has decent lacing.

Good stout, but I didnt think it quite lived up to the hype of the "Reserve" title

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into snifter - 2010 vintage

Pours an inky black with a thin layer of tanned head. Fades into some spotty film with a few lingering spots of film on the glass.

Very rich in the nose with layers of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Dark chocolate cake with some sweetness and roasted malts. Warm and inviting.

A little sweet up front with a splash of bourbon driven vanilla. Oaky and rich with syrupy chocolate notes. Inherently dark profile, bolstered by roasted malt backbone. Caramel and cocoa with more syrup notes. Finishes sticky and sweet with a smack of pleasant booze.

Full body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue, a little dry too. A really nice example of the barrel aged stout - it's still pretty hot, but not over the line. Even better, this is pretty easy to find.

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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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