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Schlafly Special Release Bourbon Barrel Ale

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - 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 (2100) - 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 (2145) - 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 (1478) - 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 (507) - 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 (616) - - 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 (3643) - 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 (674) - 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 (5847) - Indiana, 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 (1612) - 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


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