Review: Schlafly The Variant | Craft Beer & Brewing
Schlafly The Variant
91 out of 100

Style: BA Stout

ABV: 9.4 IBU: 30

91/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Schlafly The Variant

What the brewers say

“Aged in port-wine barrels, this stout is dark in appearance, full-bodied, and brimming with complex, intriguing flavors.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Roast, chocolate with a strong oak/barrel character. After the damp wood drops back, there is some raisin and fruit of the port. Mild vanilla, moderate sherry, spicy alcohol, and fruity esters add a little more encouragement to take a sip.”

Flavor: “A fairly typical barrel-aged stout, with sweet coffee roast, light cocoa, and barrel character. The port accentuates the cherry fruitiness and alcoholic warmth. Finish is mocha and booze. Mmmm, booze.”

Overall: “The strong roast character and spicy barrel qualities stop just short of being overly aggressive. They cut the underlying sweetness nicely and lead to a complex lingering finish.”

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