Barrel Aged Imperial Schwartz | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Barrel Aged Imperial SchwartzBarrel Aged Imperial Schwartz

Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our "Brown is the new Black" Imperial Schwartz aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels, this new element to an already amped up Schwartz is a great addition to complicating it’s flavor; soft roast, malty, oak, vanilla, and bourbon are just a few descriptors for this fine lager.

Added by birchstick on 04-27-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by falloutsnow:
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2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Peoria, IL
Date: None, bottled spring 2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

An easy-sipping bourbon barrel aged imperial "schwarzbier," heavy on the bourbon whiskey aspects, very low on the schwarzbier ones. If that's your idea of an exceptional beer, then this is for you! My snideness aside, I do not mind drinking bourbon whiskey from time to time, but I was not under the impression that this was what I'd call a "black bourbon beer," with very low beer-like qualities to it. Fairly disregardable in my final opinion, not one I'd return to, even if it were still in production. If you want an actual higher ethanol-content schwarzbier, with actual schwarzbier characters, check out Grand Teton's 5 O'clock Shadow.

Pours a 1.25cm tall head of tan foam, composed of small and medium-sized bubbles in a fairly close-packed arrangement. Retention is average, lasting about a minute as it descends to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and some small islands atop the body of the beer. Lacing is modest, some small spots/dots and a few larger washes of foam stick the sides of the glass. The beer's body is a very dark brown-amber color, transparent, with light bringing out dark, mineral-like, reddish-brown hues. Carbonation is not visible through the body.

Aroma of bourbon whiskey, ethanol, oak barrel, faint smokiness, and vanilla. Where is the, uh, schwarzbier, or even bier for that matter?

The bourbon and ethanol heavily overpower whatever roasted and caramel malt flavors are in the beer, making it rather one-dimensional. Front of palate finds bourbon whiskey, oak barrel, vanilla, very faint roasted malt. Mid-palate finds bourbon whiskey, ethanol, vanilla, oak barrel, and subtle caramel and roasted malts; again, the beer-like components of this concoction seem to be an afterthought in the final product. Back of palate finds strong ethanol, bourbon whiskey, and oak barrel; little vanilla or malt characters pierce the ethanol harshness. Lingering aftertaste of bourbon whiskey with light oak, vanilla, and roasted malt character.

Beer is surprisingly medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity. The resultant mouthfeel is slightly foamy and generally smooth, aside from the somewhat harsh ethanol burn across the palate, throat, and in the nostrils. Closes expectedly dry and substantially sticky on the palate.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big beer. Bourbon barreled imperial schwartz says it all, as it is not a shwartz. Lots of bourbon,roast, boozy, vanilla, raisin, and sweetness. The aroma is somewhat more balanced and pleasant, perhaps a function of several months of aging. Big black body, above average mouthfeel. More of a sipper in terms of drinkability.Thanks Steve.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of nice woody notes of bourbon and vanilla with light roasted malt with some very good black chocolate notes. Taste is also a great mxi between some vanilla and bourbon notes with light bitter roasted malt notes which are mostly offset by some rich black chocolate notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Great balance with nice barrel-aging treatment.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of nachos
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As an imperial black lager thats got a lot of bourbon character to this, I really really like it.

So much vanilla bourbon smell and flavor to it. Its heavy on the barrel flavour, but it is in no way a bad thing. I also really enjoy central waters bbs if that helps any since I feel its pretty bourbon forward as well.

But, this is everything I look for in a schwartz, in that its flavorful, but easy to drink a bunch of it and has good carbonation. The bourbon character really adds to it, and makes one slow down a bit, but this is just a flat out delicious brew.

the wax is annoying to have to remove, but i also respect that its probably actually doing something as opposed to the superficial wax thats on NG belgian red and rasp tart

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of noodleuser. Served in a mini snifter. Pours near black with a short tan head. The nose brings some light roast along with bourbon, roast, and vanilla. Mild sweetness. Flavor has really nice bourbon notes along with a touch of vanilla and roast. Medium body with good carbonation. One of the best Flossmoor beers that I’ve had.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of brystmar
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on release day!

Thin, boring-looking pour. Mild head leaves me wishing for more. Fruity smell reminds me that I used to love Schwartzbiers. Dark fruits, heavy malt, booze, oaky barrel flavors too. An interesting blend of flavors that I'd love to revisit in 9 months.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Barrel Aged Imperial Schwartz from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 41 ratings