Next: Schlafly Reserve Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (2008):
I got to know Schlafly towards the end of last year, when they wowed me with their pumpkin ale. Each subsequent beer from them only further deepened my beer crush, especially this one.
It took me a long time to get this review out…perhaps because I loved this beer so much that I felt it would be disrespectful to attempt to reduce its glory to something as desecrating as a blog. For how could I debase its beauty by allowing it’s praises to be viewed in a medium as transitory as a browser window. Or maybe I’m just a lazy a-hole.
It pours thinner than I thought it would; and it’s black, but not impenetrable. It has a quickly receding tan head. It smells like chocolate and bourbon. And, even better, it tastes like caramel, chocolate, and bourbon, with some fleeting vanilla. As it warms, its lack of oiliness becomes more apparent. It’s a thin mouthfeel for a stout, but it doesn’t lack in flavor at all. Hell, you could drink a whole bomber of this and not feel like you’re pregnant and in your third beermester. Although at 10.5% ABV you might be a little cockeyed, but that shouldn’t stop you.
The Haybag: This is good, but why does everything have to be aged in bourbon barrels? I bet this would be even better had they not. Sorry, but I prefer to keep my bourbon and beer in separate vessels.