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Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout: Barrel Aged in Bourdon Casks

schlafly reserve 189x300 Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout: Barrel Aged in Bourdon CasksJim Beam Bourbon Contributes to the Ideal Stout

By Matt Goldstein

The Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout is barrel aged for several months in freshly emptied Jim Beam Bourbon casks.  Barrel aged craft beer has been a major trend in micro brews over the last few years and rightfully so.  Perhaps a little trendy, but the final product speaks for itself.  For example: Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Black Pearl by Maui Brewing, 21st Amendment Ale, Hoppin Frog’s Barrel Aged Boris the Crusher and of course, the Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout.  The Schlafly Reserve is rich, malty, roasty, with notes of caramel, chocolate and tastes of oak, roasted barley and bourbon whiskey.  The bourbon cask ageing adds an exceptional character and complexity.  Even the scent has subtle notes of whiskey.  The sweet corn aroma and flavor of bourbon goes great with the a slightly sweet stout.     

With all the different flavors, the Schlafly Reserve is a great beer for the Fall season and a great beer for the big holiday dinners.  It’s also an excellent beer for desserts and whiskey tasting.             

Schlafly Reserve Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, ABV: 10% IBU: 75, St. Louis MO.

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