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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:
#2,325
Reviews:
422
Ratings:
1,009
pDev:
10.49%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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Ratings: 1,009 |  Reviews: 422
Photo of Slack
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Medium brown and clear. A small bit of head that settles to a partial ring. Minor minor lacing.

Nose is boozy and a bit sweet, roasted malt, and dark fruit.

Taste is similar - boozy bourbon, sweet, vanilla, spice, oak, and maybe a bit of hops.

Mouthful is on the lighter side of medium, a bit syrupy. Carbonation is average. Finish is a bit warming and semi sweet.

A barrel aged imperial stouts that reps more like an English barleywine. Pretty impressed here. Ibex Cellar is making great things (hat nod to the Eleventh Labor). The booze is present but not overwhelming. Similarly the bourbon barrel brings the sweetness and oak. Very very drinkable.

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Photo of jw4free
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monty79_1997
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Medium body, thin head. Pleasantly boozy nose. Rich malt sweetness and notes of chocolate and coffee. Medium thickness in the mouth, perhaps a bit thinner than other comparable stouts. Overall, a very enjoyable BA stout.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black with a half finger tan head that does not retain.

Rich chocolately bourbon introduces the nose with woody oak and spiced raisin.

Taste is prune, brandy and bourbon, so...pretty hot, with oak, nuts and cola.

Dry!

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

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This big brew pours a deep blackish
brown with a moderate head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin layer, and sports some fine lacing. Nice nose with the heavy dark chocolate,
char and smoke, vanilla, bourbon, and raisins. Flavors surpass the nose with
raisin bourbon bread flavors drenched in brown sugar and dark malts. Smokey
char notes fall soundly on the middle with dark chocolate flavors and finish with
a rich bourbon and vanilla note. Excellent mouth feel, coating, smooth, rich, and
very warm with light carbonation. Overall an excellent brew that I look forward to each year.

Cheers

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of strohme2
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015. Deep dark brown, almost black. Tan head, with lacing on the glass. Whiskey, chocolate and raisins on the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, big whiskey, smoke and raisins. Mouthfeel is a tad light. I bought this without checking the date. Surprised it still is a bit hot.

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Photo of chewy6935
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tourdot
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large 750 ml shared bottle.
Rich flavor with a good balance between the base imperial stout and the effects bourbon barrel aging. Balance continues all the way into the aftertaste.

O: very well crafted.

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Photo of CraigMack61
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of stanale
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pstam87
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

***2013 edition***

L: pours dark brown but looks black in the glass. No head
S: big sharp bourbon, not the smoothest, I bet it was hot fresh
T: Nice bourbon, sweetness throughout, not overly roasty. Real nice
F: much smoother than it smells. Easy drinking for sure
O: a good local stout but nothing crazy

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Originally rated from the old 750mL format, now reviewing from the 11.2oz 4-pack bottles. In short, I think the newer releases are even better. The bourbon is more prominent but still balanced, and there is a great deal of chocolate chip for a beer not supplemented with cacao nibs. Supple and smooth, with a fuller body than expected from 10.2% abv. Exceptional.

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Ibex Series: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,009 ratings