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Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout (2008)

December 24th, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | Filed under Brewer: Saint Louis/Schlafly, Country: America, Grade: A plus, Style: Stout.

10.5% ABV

The same gentleman who tipped us off on the greatness of J.W. Lees went to the back room and returned with what he called his #1 beer of the year.  I would have been leery, being that I’d never heard of the beer, much less the St. Louis-based brewery, but the bomber was in a cheap cardboard box (not pictured), and as I mentioned just yesterday, I’m a sucker for beers in boxes.  And this one is also aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels.  A daily-double!

I’ll be goddamned but that beer geek was absolutely correct.  Oh, it’s not the best beer of the year, but it is indeed a classic.  I had it over Sunday brunch–seriously–and was floored.  What a way to start the day!  A roasty, rich and malty stout with hints of caramel.  The oak and bourbon really shine through too, making this an absolute boozy delight.  Highly recommended.

And just like sands in the hourglass, so continues our week of cardboard boxed, barreled beers that score an…

A+

3 Responses to “Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout (2008)”

  1. settlesdown | 12/24/08

    Hells Yeah. We picked up one of those and one of their Barleywines last night. We’re going to open them on New Year’s. I’ll let you know how the Barleywine is. It’s cool that you got to review our town’s favorite brewery. Have a merry one! and a happy one!

  2. Aaron Goldfarb | 12/24/08

    Nice. I actually had the barley wine too. Great as well.

    Is this brewery big in St. Louis? I’m truly embarrassed to say I had never heard of it until this weekend.

    How are their “normal” beers?

    Happy Holidays to you too!

  3. settlesdown | 02/9/09

    They have a really good ESB and Kolsch. The Pilsner is soso. I really like the stuff that they have at their brewpub that isn’t really distributed like their Christmas Ale that was so good it was gone 2 weeks before Christmas was here. And of course their Pale Ale is great. It’s pretty much their flagship beer. Oh and their Imperial IPA is also great. If you ever find yourself in STL, find your way to the Taproom.

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