Schlafly may be new to Chicagoland but they are veterans of the Midwest craft brewing scene. Opening their doors in 1991 they focused on brewing quality examples of classic beer styles (of particular note is their Kolsch). But they are also brewing up some great versions of popular new styles, such as imperial stouts, and Schlafly’s take is nothing short of tremendous.  

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

 

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

On the nose it’s an intoxicating mix of vanilla, toffee, dates and roasted pecans. Rich and decadent with notes of cocoa and coffee, leading to a bright spirited finish. This is a hidden gem from an unsung hero. As good as it is fresh, it also ages beautifully and with vintage dated 25.4oz bottles priced at $11.99 they are an affordable way to build up your cellar.