Ibex Series: Imperial Coffee Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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4.29/5
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Ibex Series: Imperial Coffee StoutIbex Series: Imperial Coffee Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rich and complex stout with responsibly sourced French roasted beans, aged in bourbon barrels, yielding a warming aroma and velvety mouthfeel.


BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,706
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
93
pDev:
7.23%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
Trade:
2
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 93
Photo of teromous
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Firstly, everything from the uniquely pressed bottle to the packaging indicates that this beer is something special beer from the brewery. The beer itself is a dark and opaque supporting a light tan, creamy, head that is about half a thumb's width thick. It retains especially nicely for a beer that is 10.2% ALC./VOL (as indicated by the label). It eventually fades out to a thin film of tan with a nice solid ring.

Aroma: I am getting a nice mix of chocolate and coffee. Honestly it smells like a gourmet candy bar. There is a bit of a nutty aroma in the back-end. If you have ever opened a candy bar and bitten into it in the middle of the night when every sense has long departed, it smells like that fresh whiff of nougat that you get. I can't say that it is unique or special but it is very poignant and direct.

Taste: It has a competitively similar taste to other beers that boast chocolate and coffee, yet it lacks the associative body. Somewhere in the mix of the beer I quickly picked up a licorice flavor that really abstracts the beer into a new and more unique light. It is a bit like meeting a new friend that reminds you of an old friend yet has new and interesting qualities.

Mouthfeel: As aforementioned, this beer lacks the body found in similarly popular chocolate and coffee beers. While it excels in the absence of a syrupy body it lacks in texture. It is somewhere in that gray area of too little and too much.

Overall: I would recommend it, especially if you are accustomed to purchasing the "regular" chocolate and coffee beers every year. While I would not consider this a direct competitor, this beer is good enough to "scratch the itch" without making a dent in the cellar. I would buy it again. What I liked the most about this beer is that it has a fair, yet memorable, flavor of black licorice which is absent in other beers. This alone garners a few extra bonus points for originality. I am looking forward to trying this beer again next year to see if it tastes as good as it did this year. I plan to buy more of...

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/20/18; drank 7/18/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice dark tan head; almost no lace.

Dark roast coffee bean, milk chocolate & dill pickle notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark roast coffee bean & dill pickle flavors up front; milk chocolate & mild bourbon notes on the finish.

A bit thin & the dill pickle notes don't thrill me; not terrible, but I won't buy another.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: rich french roasted coffee, woody, semi sweet dark roasted malts, some boozy kick. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, tan head, some lattice of lace. Full but not heavy body.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like praire bomb ( which I just had a couple hours ago) but not as sweet. A little bit of coffee taste without coffee bitterness instead there is a chocolate taste.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the tap room. Black with dark tan head. Bourbon, roast, with coffee, caramel, cocoa, raisin. Pretty boozy. Thick, smooth, dusty mouthfeel.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head that quickly dissipates; looks a bit fizzy and soda-like. Bits of patchy lacing here and there. Nice aroma of chocolate and coffee, minimally roasty, gives way to a similar flavor. There's still a bit of a chocolate soda, almost egg cream vibe going on. I would have liked a more assertive coffee note. Whiskey is definitely present, not necessarily a lot of its accoutrements such as vanilla and oak but you get the general picture. Sweet and chocolately but definitely not cloying, owing to its thinner body and light over all feel. Again this beer lacks bitterness or roasted qualities which would have helped a bit if turned up by even say, 10%. There's a very slight syrupy quality which swoops in at the last second and aides the entire proceeding by adding some much needed heft and chew.

Nice beer but just down a bit from top tier. Definitely worth a flier if you come across this one. As it warms even more sweetness emerges and you miss that roasted stout quality; the coffee feels even more missing in action too. Still kicks the pants off 90% of the shelf stouts you'll come across.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer with a delicious chocolate flavor over top of a light barrel and vanilla background..

Hides the alcohol very well ..

Only thing I would say its lacking imo is more body, I like imperials to be thick and this is just a touch thin for me.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brown black beer with a mocha head that dissapears almost instantly
S # big coffee, chocolate, very light barrel - vanilla , toffee, oak, bourbon. Slight smoke. Almost smore like quality - graham cracker, marshmallow.
T @ big coffee, espresso, chocolate, roasty malts, vanilla, oak, toffee, bourbon, coconut, mocha, again slight smoke, graham cracker, marshmallow.
M % heavy mouthfeel, alcohol covered, carb appropriate, aftertaste is toffee, coconut, vanilla, chocolate --> more barrel character in the aftertaste
O & good beer. Like a little brother to kbs. Good though.

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Photo of FBarber
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thin but completely opaque black color. Two finger tan head dissipates steadily leaving just a thin ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell is coffee forward, but more of a brewed coffee flavor and not as roasted. Hints of vanilla and bourbon are noted but not as strongly as you might expect from a barrel aged beer.

Taste is initially coffee forward, but then as the flavors develop on the tongue you get a rich roasted malt flavor with vanilla and bourbon, oak and bakers chocolate. Very lovely flavor.

Feel is a tad on the thin side, a bit rough. However, the thinness makes it supremely drinkable which is incredibly dangerous for the abv.

Overall a really well done barrel aged coffee stout from Schlafly. This Ibex series has been a real revelation from Schlafly.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in color with a fingernail of beige covering most of the top. The nose is an intense blast of sweet bourbon and French roasted coffee. I'm tasting a very flavor packed palate with sweet bourbon, vanilla, French roasted coffee, and dark malt. All that flavor somehow manages to hide 10.2% ABV very well! The mouth is oily and yet smooth.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3/20/2017 consumed 7/26/2018. Coffee flavor is waning a bit with over a year on it. Very smooth with a blend of bourbon, caramel and chocolate.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with very little head. Great nose.....solid barrel, vanilla and oak, with some espresso in the background. Balanced taste.....great barrel presence, roast, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, and toffee. This is not particularly coffee forward. Feel is on the thinner side for the style with medium carbs. Overall, this is a solid BA stout that would benefit from a heavier body.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark appearance with slight head and carbination. Aroma is light coffee and caramel. Taste is also light coffee and caromel without any hint of alcohol.

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Photo of bnes09
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark color. Ample lines of lacing. Rich coffee and cocoa aroma. Roasted palate up front with a brown sugar, molasses sweetness. Coffee and chocolate mid drink is well balanced. Subtle wood and bourbon character. Veggie hop. Chili pepper notes in the finish. Full bodied. Rich, creamy feel without too much stickiness. Very solid.

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Photo of darktronica
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very nicely-balanced BBA coffee stout, in that the coffee possesses earthy, nutty roasted notes with low additional bitterness, while also not attempting to bulldoze the rest of the beer with its intensity. Easy to see the relation to the "regular" BBA stout from the Ibex Cellar released at the same time; they share a similar full body and viscous mouthfeel, with prominent barrel notes and dark chocolate.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: pours a thin brown color with 2 fingers of ran head, but looks black in the glass.
S: huge slightly bitter coffee, ever so sought bourbon.
T: this is a big surprise, this is really good! The bourbon barrel sweetness cuts into the coffee bitterness and balances it out. There is a nice prevailing sweetness throughout. Smooth barrel too.
F: very smooth and creamy for a Ba coffee stout. Quite a bit of carbonation but it works with this beer. It is medium thickness and stickiness.
O: best Ba stout from schlafly! Job well done with this one.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3/2017:
Pours a deep brown.mahogany with a little flurry of head that fades fairly quickly to form a creamy thick collar. The collar thins as I drink, leaving an initial sheet of lace from its initial resting place, a few spots further down the glass.

Nose is a nice chocolate fudge note. The nose seems "thick," even, as the stout notes and vanilla join with a certain sweetness that evokes the thought of a fudgey brownie, if not fudge itself. In some whiffs I get a light lactose note. The coffee finally becomes a little more noticeable as the beer warms.

The taste reminds me of the non-coffee Ibex bourbon barrel stout, and that's equally good and not so good. Good in that I like that beer; not so good in that I am not getting the coffee very distinctly. I am guessing a side-by-side would dispel this thought, but on its own, this beer seems light on the highlighted ingredient.

Medium full body, heavier up front and lighter in back. There's a slick and creamy aspect to the front part - like a chocolate pudding (speaking relative, here of course). Deceptively tickling carbonation.

The flavors are chocolate, vanilla, rich brownie initially. Coffee notes come out a little more when warm, just like in the nose. Even once I start noticing this aspect, it is so nicely integrated that I could fall back into thinking it's absent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

definitely one of the very best beers i have had from these guys, i didnt know they threw down at this level, but this deserves to be measured up against he very best barrel aged coffee stouts that exist in the world, it is in that class for sure, and a real pleasant surprise. pours fudge colored and highly viscous with long legs on the edges of the glass like a big red wine, well aged. there is a nice frothy head on this too, lasting and rich looking. aroma and flavor are fantastic, very fresh brewed coffee despite the barrel ageing, no green pepper or stale coffee notes at all, and its pretty strong, darkly roasted, and fancy smelling. plenty of chocolate here too, a little sweet in the middle with the vanilla and the oak, but earthy and bitter too, very high end. subtle molasses spicy sweet note in the middle, char from the barrel, a little bit of warming alcohol heat, and a wet tobacco quality, sturdy and highly appealing. so smooth on the drink, luscious and full, but not over the top, a mellow sipper for sure, but this feels as balanced as it tastes. the coffee lingers a little bitter, but the wood stays with it. really extraordinary brew, almost assuredly some of the very best schlafly has ever produced. very eager to try the other beers in this ibex series!

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Photo of Tone
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong coffee, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Double/Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong coffee, sweet malt, strong roasted malt, alcohol, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of wood. Overall, great feel, good body, blend, and aroma.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a medium brown body with an off white fizzy head that reduces to a ring, no lacing.

Aromas are Vanilla, butterscotch cream, coffee, bourbon. Taste is vanilla beans, bourbon caramel coffee, chocolate and French vanilla on the finish . Medium mouthfeel medium carbonation.

This beer was awesome. Crushed it in the flavor category, the label didn’t call out vanilla but I got a ton, presumably from the bourbon barrels

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Photo of Memphisjoe14
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium brown with slight tan head that dissipates quickly into a jet black beer. Black like a dolls eye. Then you smell that amazing high pitched heavy coffee aroma. Great flavor. Even better as it warms. The coffee blends nicely with the barrel evenly and no one component takes over more than the other. Really really nice. Had one bottle of the four pack and am going to immediately have another. Tomorrow I stock up if there is any left at the store. Very tasty.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with almost no head.
The aroma is dark roast coffee, vanilla, and toffee coming from the bourbon barrel and dark chocolate.
It's very chocolatey with a dark rich coffee flavor that doesn't overwhelm the palate. It then finishes with a big sweetness that just sort of fades away. The barrel plays into this incredible with a balanced vanilla tobacco smoke and gentle boozy warmth.
The mouthfeel is so velvety smooth, it's just absolutely incredible.
Overall, I would keep my eye out for it, it's just an outstanding stout.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I was really surprised and impressed with this beer.
L: Dark, dark brown, not quite black but close. Pours with a larger head than a typical BBA stout, though the head dissipates quickly.
S: Roast coffee, but not overly strong.
T: The coffee goes really well with the bourbon character for a smooth roasty finish. I'd put it right there with KBS and BCB coffee. Maybe behind them, but that could be my personal bias from the name recognition. Cuz this is really good.
The coffee flavor is fresh and not too dark of a roast. It doesn't give some of the harsh bitterness that some coffee stouts do.
F: Very smooth.
O: the flavors just work really well together. Great job!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle sealed with black pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

bottled on 02.09.2017. listed abv is 10.2%

Appearance: black bodied stout. Thick 3 fingers tall off white head which drops down to thin cap leaving thin lacing on the glass. Nice legs on the side of the glass after each sip of beer.

Smell: Chocolaty stout base. Fresh, rich, and dense coffee aroma blast; the coffee smells absolutely fantastic. Really nice bourbon and oak notes consisting of vanilla, toffee, caramel, and dry earthy oak barrel.

Taste: Nice balanced approach including a fresh big rich roasty coffee that is lightly bitter plus chocolatey base stout plus nice barrel notes. This beer is a little bit coffee forward, but just the right amount of stout and barrel note sweetness is present. The coffee tastes fantastic. Light and lingering bourbon finish is wonderful. Also getting a slight hint of light smoke, tobacco, butterscotch, cola, and rootbeer notes in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. A lower level of moderate carbonation is present, but its not over-carbonated at all. Slight booze sting which seems fine and actually quite welcomed. This isnt motor oil, but its thick enough to carry the big flavors and thats all this stout really needs in the mouthfeel department.

Overall: This is fantastic work that Schlafly has done here. My 2nd favorite beer from this brewery and my favorite beer from this brewery comes from the Ibex series as well. This is not coincidence. I will happily drink through this 4 pack and probably wish to locate another 4 pack before its all gone from the shelf. Another beer that provides even more positive evidence that the St Louis beer scene just kills it day in and day out. Those lucky little bastards in St Louis! The coffee reminds me alot of the Barrel aged Wheelhouse coffee and that is straight up seriously delicious coffee flavor for a barrel aged coffee stout. Also...mad props to Schlafly for making this beer a 4pack format with 11.2 fl oz bottles! This is what I am talking about! Forget you large format bottles with ridiculous price gouging! Really digging the old school aspect of a 4 pack small format bottles. Mad Props for making a high quality barrel aged coffee stout and putting it in a format that is very reasonably affordable. I can totally forget about ever buying Bourbon county coffee again in my lifetime. This is an easy and logical beer to replace Goose Island capitalism ridiculousness bullshit of their 500ml bottle that looks fancy, but they have a way lower quality beer in the bottle.

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Photo of zeff80
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a jet-black color with a small, brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Love the French roast coffee taste. There's some chocolate sweetness, vanilla and bourbon. This is simply fantastic.

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Ibex Series: Imperial Coffee Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 93 ratings