Feb 1, 201304:08 PMThe Telegraph
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Tasting Panel: Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
St. Louis is a beer city, and not just because it’s the birthplace of Anheuser-Busch, but also because of operations like the Saint Louis Brewery, makers of Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, a hearty year-round offering aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels from World Cooperage in Lebanon, Missouri, that’s perfect for dead-of-winter nights (and days).
Not exactly chomping at the bit to sample another barrel-aged beer, or the other option —a blended whiskey— most of the editorial team sat this one out, leaving Cowboys & Indians’ resident aficionados of adult beverages to drink the 750-milliliter bottle. Thankfully, the dirty job — someone’s got to do it — was also darn tasty.
José R. Ralat (associate editor): [takes a whiff] Whoa. What’s the alcohol by volume percentage on this one?
Steven Phelps (website content manager): [takes a whiff] 10.5. It’s heady, and by that I mean, the smell of alcohol is apparent in the head.
JR: It has a smokiness that lingers and a sense of wet tobacco — in a good way. Big on the malts with great cereal notes.
SP: Crème brûlee, too, but I also taste the hops in the finish. It’s like the best chocolate orange ever.
JR: Hands down — bottoms up? — my favorite Schlafly beer, to date.