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RATINGS: 578   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Around the time of the Louisiana purchase, beer was shipped in barrels. if one had been lucky enough to receive a used Bourbon barrel of Imperial Stout, this is what his/her happy taste buds would have encountered: roasty, rich, malty imperial stout with a strong dose of caramel, oak, and Bourbon character. This is the perfect beer to pair with hearty, cold weather dishes, smoked meats, and virtually any dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2009
2006 Vintage

8/03/2007: Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout pours black and has a dense, creamy, tan-colored head. The aroma and flavor are a nice blend of caramelized malts, roasty chocolate, and light mocha with a splash of oaky bourbon. Overall this Imperial Stout is complex and well-balanced. I look forward to enjoying a cellared bottle of this beer sometime next year to see if it has improved and deeped over time...

.75L bottle shared by Tmoney99 at the Cincinnati RateBeer Gathering. Thanks Tom! Rating #65 for this beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Good mixture of flavors, but a little less robust than what I expected. Overall, though, the mix of flavors - malt, oak, Bourbon, coffee, caramel - blend together well. The alcohol was not as balanced as it could be and came through the other flavors a bit in the finish. Still, enjoyable, but could be fine tuned into a truly excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Darkest black off this 750 ml bottle. Thanks to toncatcher for sharing. Deep tan head lasted for a long time. Nice aromas of wood and chocolate and some coffee. Flavors were more wood with caramel and chocolate. Lots of alcohol on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Obtained in trade with drmatt, thanks. Pours a dark brown with almost no head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Flavors the same plus alot of alcohol. This was a great beer that could have been better if the alcohol was not as noticable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Bottle thanks to toncatcher and fordest for sharing. Lots of alcohol in the taste. Some chocolate, vanilla and bourban.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5203) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
RBSG 07 grand tasting. Facto I think. A medium bourbon with a hint of choco as well as a hint of abv. A medium bronw pour with a light tan lacin. A presence of eh abv and the BB. A semi sweet flavor and a hint of good bitter finish as well. Palate is solid not bad carboantion. The palate is solid as well. I liked most everything about this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Rerate, 750mL bottle, 2006 bottle at the Brick, shared with Stine. Pours a dark brownish-black color, with a decent perimeter of transparent yellowish brown; light tan head with decent fine-bubbled lacing. The barrel presence in this is pretty nice; very prominent vanilla and toasty oak (similar to OA Yeti in this sense), some milk chocolate and soft bourbon in the aroma. Some sharp bourbon and alcohol at the tip of the tongue; medium-to-full mouthfeel; milk chocolate and roasted malt core; nicely integrated with a vanilla-forward barrel presence; warm, generous, and reasonably well-integrated; definitely generous with the vanilla, and the bourbon character shows more prominently as it warms. Generous, toasty. Lengthy, toasted bourbon, vanilla, and slightly buttery finish.

750mL bottle, 2006 bottle, courtesy of willblake @ BCTC 2007. Thanks, Jon! Pours a medium brown color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Bourbon and dried dark fruits in the aroma; some sour-mash character. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: dense toasty vanilla and sour-mash bourbon; toasty oaky wood character filling out the palate; kind of light for a bourbon imperial stout; dense, chewy dried fruit coming through as well. Lengthy, dried fruit and sour mash finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2007 Sample from a 2006 bottle. Thanks to willblake. Pours with only a thin film, has the appearance of cola bubbles. The nose I don’t think I’m into at all, a bit of some spoiled lactic and butter whiskey notes – this is the bourbon I don’t like in my stout. Vinous on the palate, with roasted peanuts and chocolate covered crackers. Sharp and moderately boozy, rough and dry oak hits the tongue, and then finishes with a dry flavor of ashy crackers and pasty oak wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Sampled at RBSG Grand Tasting room. From a 750ml bottle, pours a clear dark brown brew with a thin tan head that quickly dissolves. Aroma of milk chocolate and caramel malt, bourbon whiskey, with some vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, very low carbonation with flavors of molasses, caramel and bourbon. Finish is sweet, a little alcoholic, with some sweet chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3969) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Bottle provided by Paul at a recent beerinatior gathering. Pour was dark brown with some garnet around the edges. Nose is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts. Flavor is very smooth for a bourbon stout which I appreciate. I thought this was very well done and the alcohol well hidden. Yum. This one stood out amonng the 10+ imperial stouts we tasted last night.

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