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Schlafly Special Release Bourbon Barrel Ale

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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The result is a smooth bourbon character balanced by caramel malt sweetness and classic English hops. Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Ale is a seamless blend of Schlafly Barleywine-style ale and our pale ale aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1617) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2015
(tap) clear amber colour with a small beige head; aroma of cooking potatoes, wet wood; balanced flavour; not bad

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1798) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2015
Draft taster at Whole Foods. Lite brown/copper with small offwhite head. Lite bourbon, caramel malt, oak, vanilla, flora. Ok, but contrived.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Had on tap at their place on Locust Street in STL. Pours a darkish amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is lots of bourbon and oak, with a strong malty backbone. Flavor follows with mild bitterness and toffee and caramel. Very clean. Very nice beer. One of my favorites of all that they have done. Wish this one was available in bottles. Super nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2015
On tap at the Tap Room. It poured a dark amber color with a small off- white head. The aroma was of caramel with some vanilla and bourbon. The taste was of malts, with hints of vanilla, oak and booze. Very tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (3217) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at Meridian Pint during their Schlafly Total Tap Takeover. Clear amber with off-white head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, light floral notes. Tastes of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, light floral notes. Medium body with a dry finish. Nice blend.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"this was a very interesting and complex beer. the aroma had a ton of oak, with some vanilla, pepper, and hoppy undertones. the body was nice, and the beer was quite a warmer as it reached the bottom. the flavor was very complex, but i do wonder if iíd have like the barleywine bourbon aged by itself a bit more than the barleywine/pale blend. iím a hophead, but the mix of hop aftertaste with bourbon was a bit odd. not bad, just odd. overall, it was a tasty unique brew that iím glad i got to try. from a trade with bluesandbarbq."

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2014
From notes. Tasted on 6/30/12 at the 1st Annual Chimipalooza, from bottle. Pours clear burnt orange with a thin beige head that quickly disappears. The nose is banana, caramel, and plenty of toffee, vanilla, and cinnamon barrel. The flavor is really all barrel, with a just a bit of malt. The body is medium with average carbonation and a medium banana and vanilla/caramel barrel finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2905) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2014 12 oz bottle bottled on 20 Feb. 2014 Nice deep amber color with good carbonation. Good mouthfeel: approaches 4. Obvious bourbon, especially in tasting, but not so much as to completely overpower the nice malt base. Satisfying woody flavors from the barrel too. BBL does dominate the aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1650) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Tasted from Troikaís Ghostbuster keg backpack at the 2013 Schlafly Hop in The City festival in a mini weiss glass. The best beer at the fest, I was glad to taste it. Deep amber with beige foam. Very malty, complex caramel and fruit notes, definite bourbon impression, some vanilla and hardwood, slight pleasant oxidation, balanced bitterness but low hoppy aromas. Medium body, low carbonation, full mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and drinkable for 8% alcohol. Really tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (745) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Excellent. Vanilla and bourbon flavors really shine through.pours a dark amber with nice sweet aroma.


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