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Schlafly Special Release Bourbon Barrel Ale

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1391) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Tasted from Troika’s 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 (310) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Excellent. Vanilla and bourbon flavors really shine through.pours a dark amber with nice sweet aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (459) - - AUG 10, 2013
Tap at schlafly tap house, St. Louis. Sweet bourbon aroma with malt vanilla and some coconut. Pours dark amber with and light head and some lacing. Taste is very smooth with lots of sweet bourbon and vanilla and coconut notes. Awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3018) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
On draft in the the tap room at the brewery in St. Louis. Pours a clear light cola with an ecru head. Light bourbon aroma with some grassy notes. Flavors of vanilla and oak. Creamy mouthfeel. Mellow finish with the slightest hint of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chuckaduck (624) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottled 1/30/2013. Consumed 5/24/13. Pours translucent red-copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, wood, oak, molasses, caramel. Taste is interesting, nice, surprisingly crisp; spicy, hops, bread, oak, vanilla, alcohol (bourbon), barrel, hints of dark fruit; finish is bitter fruit rind and leather. Medium-high carbonation. Mouth feel is chewy but aggressive. No remarkable lacing. Highly successful; the blend of the two widely differing styles imparts many positive characteristics of the component beers. The barreling is also very effective here. Really nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5134) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks solid; a somewhat opaque brownish-orange with off-white lacing. Smells semi-sweet, malty, grainy, and a little doughy and boozy. Tastes like it smells, but less balanced, with an average (and somewhat thin) mouthfeel. Underwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1475) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2013
bottle thanks dr fab. pours murky orange/tan with great head. aroma of hops and some barrel notes. taste is medium body sweet vanilla and spice hops

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2012
12oz bottle. Bottled 7/30/12. Nice malty aroma. Rich and woody bourbon aroma. Smooth lighter carbonation, bigger body, clean finish, with a good woody - bourbony aftertaste. Aroma is ample but not over powering, and exhibits little to no alcohol bite. Moderate bitter taste. Thin light khaki head leaves some loose lace. Hazy brown / red body. Some vanilla. Light maple, brown sugar. A worthy competitor to the super-popular Kentucky version. Very nice to pair with my clam chowder. Gets better and better as I go.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhp40219 (299) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2012
12oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Aroma - Caramel, vanilla, fruit, bourbon (not strong but noticeable), toasted malts. Appearance - Pours with a nice white head which dissipated pretty quickly. Little lacing on the glass as you drink. Hazy amber color in the light. Taste - Like the smell, except the alcohol comes on stronger. Not overbearing, but stronger. Somewhat of a Sweet Tart candy taste in the background. Leaves a strong bitterness going down. Palate - Moderately carbonated, but still enough to sting the tongue. Light feeling, easy to drink, nothing really noteworthy. Overall - I want to like this more than I do, but I just don’t find this overly remarkable. Not bad, just nothing special. After having had Kentucky Ale’s Bourbon Barrel Ale, (which is one of my favorite beers), this one just pales in comparison.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiveacestx (535) - Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Bottle - pours a nasty looking light brown but that’s about the only bad part about this beer. Oh yeah! The bourbon comes right out in the aroma on this one! Has a nice bourbon taste with a medium mouthfeel (somewhat slick) and a vanilla finish.


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