Schlafly kicks off Gravity Head’s 16th bacchanal on February 28, 2014.

For Gravity Head 2014, our friends from Schlafly in St. Louis are in a category all by themselves. Since former NABC brewer Jared Williamson (and later, his intern/assistant Kyle Tavares) took Horace Greeley’s advice and went west to brew in St. Louis, we’ve been toying with the idea of Schlafly leading off Gravity Head at some point. Why not now? Scott Shreffler, the face of Schlafly in metro Louisville, supplies the descriptions. They’ll all be on tap on the morning of February 28, as we do this to ourselves one more time.

(Style definitions provided by the BJCP)

00. SCHLAFLY – STYLE UNTO ITSELF

The Saint Louis Brewery … St. Louis MO … www.schlafly.com

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged
Imperial Stout (BBIS)(2013)
(22C) Wood-Aged Beer
Bitterness: 40 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 10.5%
“Imperial Stout, brewed with big malt flavor, plenty of hop bitterness for balance and roasted barley that imparts notes of dark chocolate. As a finishing touch, the beer is transferred to freshly-emptied Kentucky Bourbon barrels and aged before being carbonated and bottled.”

Schlafly Cocoa BBIS (2012)
(22C) Wood-Aged Beer
Bitterness: 40 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 10.5%
“Imperial Stout aged in Willett bourbon barrels for a full year, then mixed with 160 pounds of cocoa nibs in the brite tank.”

Schlafly Coffee BBIS (2012)
(22C) Wood-Aged Beer
Bitterness: 40 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 10.5%
“Imperial stout aged in Willett bourbon barrels for 8 months and then blended with a cold extraction coffee toddy.”

Schlafly Vanilla BBIS (2012)
(22C) Wood-Aged Beer
Bitterness: 40 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 10.5%
“Imperial stout aged in Willet bourbon barrels with 70 whole Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans for three months.”

Schlafly Cyser
(This isn’t beer, folks)
Alcohol by volume: 15%
“Cyser combines fermented honey and apple juice to form a mead/cider hybrid. No hops; no IBUs.”

Schlafly Doppelbock
(5C) Doppelbock
Bitterness: 30 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 8%
“A big malty, rich German lager brewed with 100% Weyermann malts from Bamberg Germany.”

Schlafly Irish-Style Extra Stout
(13D) Foreign Extra Stout
Bitterness: 45 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 8%
“It amplifies the traditional drier versions from Ireland for a bolder, black brew. The addition of roasted barley and dark Crystal malted barley give Extra Stout undertones of chocolate, molasses and dried fruit.”

Schlafly Oak-Aged Barleywine
(22C) Wood-Aged Beer
Bitterness: 40 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 10.2%
“A deep copper color and an intense malt flavor, balanced by assertive hops. Fermentation with an American Ale yeast allows the caramel malt to shine. We age the beer on new, medium toast Missouri Oak to enhance its complexity and to develop its smooth, luscious character.”

Schlafly Pumpkin Stout
(21A) Spice, Herb or Vegetable Beer
Bitterness: 25 IBUs
Alcohol by volume: 8%
“A big oatmeal stout spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.”

BONUS NON-GRAVITY SCHLAFLY SELECTION

Schlafly American IPA
14B American IPA
7.2% ABV
65 IBUs
“Our American IPA gets its bold hop flavor from 100% American hops, and its deep gold and full body from pale and crystal malted barley. A blend of Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hop varietals imparts AIPA with bitterness and prominent aromas of citrus and fruit.”

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