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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.5
BOSSbrewer (2705) - 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.

4.4
ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2009
12 oz from Chuck’s in Bowling Green. Thanks Steamhead! Aroma of bourbon and caramel. Extremely thin white head. Moderate carbonation in a body that is deep amber tending toward red. Pears, white raisins, flan. Somewhat thin on the hops, but everything else about this blend of barleywine and pale ale is perfection. The thick bourbon barrel aroma leads you to expect a really heavy taste, but it is in fact a quick drinker. The brewer says only 300 cases of this initial run were produced, and only distributed in Kentucky and nearby. Really glad I got to try this one. Unique. One of my new favorites.

4.4
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 14, 2009
A wonderful mouthfull of carmel sweets and the unmistakable bourbon notes. It is no wonder this is a hard beer to get. I will be putting some of this up.

4.3
GenDV138 (7699) - 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.

4.2
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Coppery amber body with a thin head and sticky streaks of lacing. Big yet calm aroma of bourbon as well as a hefty dose of caramel followed by sauteed nuts, vanilla and wood. Creamy and really mild compared to my expectations. Rich and smooth, very soft and enjoyable. Sweet vanilla and oak flavors with plenty of barrel goodness. A faint citrus backdrop became more evident as the beer progressed. Lots of roasted and caramel malts. Extremely solid brew, thanks to Louis for sending this up my way.

4.2
zoucrew102 (2104) - - 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

4.1
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
First, huge thanks to brother Lou (bluesandbarbq to those on BP) for sending me this beauty. I was able to share it and about 14 other beers for my brothers 44th birthday party and it was fantastic.

The beer pours out a solid copper/amber color, clear with a pillowy off-white fluffy merengue head. Big time vanilla in the aroma, with waffle-cone-like aroma’s wafting upward combining the cooked caramel, vanilla wrapped goodness all around. On the palate, the strength of the beer is the bourbon-y goodness that asserts itself right there...on the spot. The bourbon, some caramel, the vanilla, some alcohol...all done incredibly well. This is my first beer from Schlafly and damned if it wasn’t firing on all cylinders right from the get go.


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