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
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#2,393
Reviews:
425
Ratings:
1,015
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottled on 12/8/2016

Pours dark maroon black with a creamy light tan foam head. Smells like rich bourbon, caramel, vanilla, spice, nutty oak, dark chocolate, raisin, dark fruits, dried fruits, coffee, roasty toasted malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like rich bourbon, caramel, fresh vanilla, some spice, nutty oak, rich dark chocolate, raisins, dark fruit, dried fruit, coffee, roasty toasted malts, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.

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Photo of bmjivi221
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12/22/2016, it pours basically pitch black color with a 1+ finger tan colored foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles that faded slowly and left very nice foamy lacing and a spotty layer on top.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, peat moss, charred wood, vanilla, faint bourbon, oaky/barrel notes, brown sugar and sweet malty accents. The bourbon, vanilla and chocolate dominate and then some fruit notes pop up like raisins and red wine. No real sign of the booze, making it nice to inhale.

Flavor builds upon the nose with the same line up and some additions which taste like dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, coffee grinds, peat moss, charred wood, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, oaky/barrel notes, brown sugar, caramel and sweet malty/grainy notes. Almost seems like a piney hop bite that adds a dash of peppery spices and cuts down on the sweetness, making this seem balanced even though I know it's all malt, all the time. The bourbon is always present in a subtle way, adding nice complexities. Best tasting beer I've had by Schlafly, by a mile.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation, a medium to heavy body that has enough texture to resemble a meal in a bottle but it doesn't come off as thick or dense. Nice level of sweetness which covers the 10.2% ABV very well, but still allows the bourbon and vanilla flavors to add a lot of depth. A really tasty stout with 6 months of age, I'll try to get my hands on more of this as it was very enjoyable overall.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received from @Harrison8 in NBS BIF #5.
Bottled 12:5:2016, 11.2 oz bottle (Welcome to Europe!). Stored at 42 degrees. Served at 59 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – dark chocolate, lasts and remains strong.
Head – small (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense and creamy, average retention time, diminishing to a one to three mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – just a few tiny spots, typical of bourbon barrel aged brews.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – begins with dark chocolate, but not overpowering. As it warms, the bourbon and alcohol begin to appear. Warming it in my mouth really brings the alcohol out, blasting over the bourbon and the chocolate. The aftertaste is chocolate. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation.

The palate seems a little light for an imperial stout but otherwise it’s pretty good.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown to black color with medium bubbles to the body. Tan head off the body which rises just about one finger's length. Dropped to almost nada after maybe one sip. No lacing at all due to the slightly thin body.

Smell: Molasses scent which hovers the nostrils.

Taste: Sweet like candy which comes off very complex...molasses overdose which hits your with a touch of espresso and whiskey to go with.

Mouth: sticky brew, medium carbonation. Sweet finish which lingers in the mouth cheeks for a very very long time.

Overall: Great brew, borderline one of the best imperial stouts for the money I have ever seen. As a matter a fact, I'll buy another pack tomorrow. Enjoy, always in a glass...Salud!

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jewellrunner
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High B- (3.46) / WORTHY

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

Photo of reebtaerG
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebeers
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

For some reason the bottle design and name really appeal to me. It sort of reminds me of 1970s euro-wannabe sophistication. I like it.

Pours black with a slight red hue, and a finger-and-a-half of tan head. It dissipates into a thin wisp across the top and leaves decent lacing.

Dark chocolate in the nose, some doughy malt, just a flash of bourbon sweetness and a hint of vanilla -- like some sort of delicious pastry.

Bitter baking chocolate is up front in the taste, with vanilla again in the background. The doughiness is gone, but there's a pleasant bitter-sweet balance from the barrel aging. Warming alcohol is present throughout, with a little burn on the backend.

The mouthfeel is just a tad on the thin side, with a slight spicy prickliness that couples with the alcohol.

This is a class-act beer. 1/26/17 bottle date.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Translucent brown-black pour netted an opaque black beer in an over-size snifter. A thin layer of dark foam on top slimmed to a collar and left nary a trace down the glass. Aromas of boozy chocolate were dominant, with undercurrents of vanilla and molasses. The flavors were similar: chocolate, vanilla, booze, and some light molasses-like sweetness. Feel was on the thin side for a stout, but not in a way that distracted from my appreciation of the beer. Smooth, but slick, too, and with airy wood and booze vapors. No complaints. 12/8/16 bottling.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer nerd buddy of mine in St. Louis recommended this while we were at the brewery last year, so I grabbed it and cellared it for a while.

I don't know if that helped or not, but this just didn't "pop" like I thought a BA imperial stout from Schlafly would. It's look was even a bit muted - lots of brown leaking around the edges, and not really jet black like I expect from a big stout.

The aromas were the best part of this - big chocolate and toffee, and the barrel is present, but the barrel pulls back on the taste. Like I said, it doesn't really "pop."

If this is the worst beer you drink in your life, you're a lucky beer nerd, but it does sit below the top-tier BA stouts, IMHO.

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Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of durlta
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black. Shiny and opaque. Thin tan head is there then dissipates leaving behind tan sticky lacing and a ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell has notes of oak, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, and bourbon.

Taste is a rich array of roasted malts, musty oak, wood, hints of vanilla, bourbon and caramel on the back end. There is a touch of hoppy bitterness still present from the base beer. Really well crafted BA imperial stout.

Feel is a tad light, but not awful. Gets better as it warms. Mild to medium carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with some alcohol burn on the finish and lingering into the aftertaste.

Overall a really well done BA stout from Schlafly - and at the price point its an outstanding option. Don't sleep on this beer!

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Photo of Boca-X
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ibex Series: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,015 ratings