Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

BA SCORE
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:
104
Gots:
230
For Trade:
14
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 956 |  Reviews: 406
Photo of uturn
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drahodo
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of krl2112
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Phishhead420
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kratman
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PUbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jae61
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Poloplaya
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jgunther71
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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