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RATINGS: 582   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2007
06 bottle. very rich milk chocolate, with lots of roasted nut and toffee flavors. some smooth dry medium roast coffee, with slight bitterness, almond, carmel, and toasted malt. hoppy but smooth with rich flavors. impressive

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
poured a very very dark color with a small tan head. The aroma was of bourbon and vanilla. Smooth with a great amount of balance. The flavor was a mix of chocolate, roast and bourbon. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown, nearly black, moderate foamy biege head, fairly nice lacing.   Nose is made up of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and oak. &nsp This smells pretty damn delicious!   Warm on the tongue, quite a bit of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel.   Doesn’t appear to be that big of an Imperial Stout, but regardless, its quite tasty.   Very slight alcohol on the nose.   Vanilla, graham cracker, and soft oak on the tongue.   No aspect of this screams Imperial Stout.   In fact, the aformentioned flavors are quite dominant over everything else.   Some roasted malt aspect, but it does take a back seat to everything else.   It is a little warming, but not as much as the 10.5% ABV suggests.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Fairly sweet overall, finishing with heaps of oak and a smidgen of bourbon.   Quite enjoyable, flavorful, but not the Imperial Stout I was thinking it was going to be.   Light in color, in body, but with a decent amount of flavor for a barrel aged beer.   Its just that the underlying stout isn’t as forthcoming as I thought it should be.   Thanks John for this tasty treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010
Name: Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout
Date: May 05, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Yankee Go Home!
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: dark brown with ruby edges, scant beige head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma with light alcohol
Body: sticky sweet body
Flavor: rich milk chocolate and bourbon flavor, lots of vanilla sweetness, light bitterness

Name: Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout
Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar tasting
Vintage: 2006
Aroma: picking up more bourbon in the aroma
Flavor: more roasted in the flavor as it dries out a bit

Name: Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout
Date: December 29, 2009
Mode: growler
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2006
great bourbon flavored caramel candy,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3096) - 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 (2014) - 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 (5340) - 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.

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