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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2008 Vintage

A: Pours a clear yet opaque jet black in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film (with a fair number of larger bubbles) surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon dominate the smell of this beer though there are some light/subtle notes of roasted malts and dark fruits.

T: Upfront there are some light flavors of roasted malts with some hints of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness (I detect some fig and plum). That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and light notes of oak. Hints of bitterness in the finish which linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming towards the finish as the beer warms up.

O: Due to the presence of alcohol and the strong bourbon flavors/aromas, this is a beer that needs to be slowly sipped. Nice flavors but quite rich.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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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%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque black with a tan head that quickly dissolves into a thin collar. Naked and foamless by half glass. Our first beer in our etched wedding gift pint glasses.

A fine bourbon nose at first whiff. Black licorice bursts forward as it warms.

Bourbon, caramel and sweet vanilla dark malt flavor up front. No heat at all. Not much roastines either, maybe it's been in the cellar too long. Super smooth and velvety initially but dissolves into a too sweet syrupy mess after sitting in my glass for too long. A slow sipper but don't sip too slowly.

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3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Brick Wall Tavern, Asbury Park, NJ.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance was black, couldn't detect any othe tones, as it was a bit dark in our corner of the restaurant. Not much head to speak off, and what was there dissipated quickly. No lacing at all.

Smell was quite enticing. Strong bourbon smell, with accompany sweeness and malts.

Taste was dominated by the bourbon. It's reasonable to assume that this is this years winter offering. Aging would undoubtably soften the edges quite a bit, and improve the taste and balance. Packs a strong punch at 10.5.

Mouth was on the plus side of medium.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, really starting to enjoy BBA stouts & RIS. But would be wonderful to taste it after 2-3 years aging.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
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