Friday, November 9, 2012

Schlafly Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2011

  • SRM Color : 70
  • Brewer: Schlafly
  • Brewer's Description:  Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is brewed with a big malt flavor, plenty of hop bitterness for balance and roasted barley that imparts notes of dark chocolate. As a finishing touch, the beer is transferred to freshly-emptied Kentucky bourbon barrels and aged before being carbonated and bottled.  The barrel aging gives the beer a spicy, vanilla character and a pleasant, warming finish.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Goblet 
  • Russ' rating: 9.5 of 10
  • With the brew: Roasted Pork
  • Comments: I have had beers before that touted the aging process included wooden or Bourbon barrel aging. I have not found any of them to offer any special feature that points to the unique process. Until today. This beer was in my cellar fro a year before I drank it and the wait was totally worth it. It poured thick and slow out of the bottle with average (0.5mm - 0.7mm) bubbles and a shallow head that left lacing to the bottom of the glass. The scent was rich and intense. I was able to smell the unique aspects of this brew from several inches away from the glass. The nose was sweet almost of summer flowers in its heavy sweetness. The flavor was powerful and euphoric. It was rich with roasted grain flavors but the bourbon barrel aging left a sweet signature on the lips and tongue, again reminding you of sweet flowers and caramel liquor. It was a strong flavor with a full rich body and an "all over" mouthfeel. I was left craving more when the bottle was empty.