Ibex Series: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ibex Series: Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutIbex Series: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Schlafly Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is brewed with a 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. The barrel aging gives the beer a spicy, vanilla character and a pleasant, warming finish.

In the 18th Century, Imperial Stout was first brewed in London for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia. The beer had to be robust enough to maintain during transport.

This beer will continue to age well in a cool dark place for several years, but it is ready to enjoy now.

40 IBU

Added by maxpower on 11-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,303
Reviews:
425
Ratings:
1,017
pDev:
10.49%
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

David and I enjoyed a vertical of these the winter of 2018: a fresh and two aged ones, all two years apart: 2017, 2015, 2013. We basically agree that we liked the fresh and the 2 year old the best. The 4 year old had a bit more complexity, but it lost something that made the others so enjoyable--perhaps the bourbon character. This is still one of the best BBA imperial stouts I have ever had.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark body, almost entirely opaque but with just a hint of transparency around the edges with reddish highlights. Head is cola tan and minimal, and almost no lacing.

S - Strong hit of alcohol and vanilla from the bourbon, along with an underlying roasted malt note and a whiff of wood.

T - Follows the nose, with strong vanilla and a definite barrel aspect, boozy chocolate, and a mildly bitter bite in the close.

M - Brisk enough carbonation, moderate feel, and a bit of warmth from alcohol. Quite drinkable, but does definite coat so this is better with smaller swallows.

O - A solid entry in this sphere, with fewer sharp edges and no off flavors. I really enjoyed this one, but it was not a revelation for the crowded BBA stout sphere.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that didn't last that long. OK lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a tinge of vanilla, a bit of coffee (not as much as expected), lots of dark chocolate, some light caramel notes, a good shot of bourbon (with the accompanying oak barrel), and light hops in the finish. A big, dessert-like flavor that goes down easy. It's sweet, complex, a little aggressive, and incredibly likable. Quite tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is an extremely well made stout. Very easy to drink. Definitely worth a look.

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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,017 ratings