Bourbon Barrel Porter - Oregon Trail Brewery
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
4.75/5 rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
The sight of it in my wide-mouthed stemless wine glass was nothing special; not bad, but not extremely eye-catching. To me it looks like a nice stout or porter: very dark red/brown with a creamy tan head. However, pick up your glass, put it under you nose and that's when the fun starts...
This beer is VERY aromatic. It smells like bananas, caramel, and scotch. (I know it's aged in bourbon barrels so I'm probably smelling bourbon, not scotch...but given I have zero experience with bourbon my nose says scotch)
After being blown away by the smell, I had my first sip: Wow! Very sweet--but not too sweet--and nicely tempered by the other flavors. The bourbon/scotch whiskey flavor along with caramel and bananas are the first and strongest flavors to hit you, ending with prominent coffee and toffee flavors. The taste of this crazy beer is so huge that 5 minutes after the first sip the flavors were still lingering. After about the 4th sip my taste bud acuity started to diminish and the previously undetectable roasted barley started to rear its head, although the bourbon/scotch flavor continued to dominate. Towards the end of the second glass it was still very enjoyable but was becoming less drinkable as the novelty had begun to wear off and all I could think about was eating some chocolate to battle the raging flavors of this sucker.
Like any beverage with this much alcohol there is a noticeable warming effect in your body, but the 10.2% that is in this beer is masked quite well by all the flavor. It could probably be passed off as 7% to an unsuspecting drinker.
After finishing the bottle with my wife I concluded that perhaps this isn't even beer. Seriously. It doesn't smell like beer and, with the exception of the faint roasted barley, it doesn't taste like beer. It sounds gross, but drinking this was more like drinking a coconut and banana cream pie smoothie--if someone was crazy enough to make such a thing. Very smooth, very interesting, and absolutely delicious!...but only vaguely resembling "beer."
CONS: There is no way anyone in their right mind could drink a whole 22oz bottle of this stuff by themselves in one sitting--it's way too rich and stimulating. "Big as the West," as written on the label, is an accurate description for this wonderful creation. Also, regardless of your connoisseur'ing instincts, I recommend enjoying this one ice-cold as its intensity teeters on overwhelming as it warms up.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2009 07:29:20 | More by MadeInOregon
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3.54/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to VoodooImpStout for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.
Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and band-aid like aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a bourbon presence that is slightly better in the smell.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2013 16:58:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from 22oz bomber into Globe glass. Thanks to Brita for bringing this back from Oregon.
A. Pours 2+ finger off white head. Color is all black. Good retention. Moderate lacing.
S. Very good. Roasted malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, molasses, and some brown sugar and dark fruit in the way back. Some hop bitterness comes out. Really good smelling Barrel Aged Porter.
T. Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, vanilla, some oak, molasses. Pretty smooth tasting. Not much heat. Has some nice bourbon characteristics without being overdone. I can understand the classification of this beer as a Porter after drinking it. Get some of the dark fruit, and caramel flavors as it warms up.
M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with some lingering sweetness.
O. Impressive. I am a sucker for vanilla flavored stouts that comes from barrel aging. This one is nicely done. Mouthfeel could be a bit more full.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2012 00:59:45 | More by siradmiralnelson
3.83/5 rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bottle lists 9.1% ABV, no idea on the year but it's not recent that's for sure.
Pours a coffee brown color with a small beige head that recedes immediately leaving some solid spotty lacing.
Aromas begin extremely barrel forward highlighted by sweet vanilla and coconut from the Bourbon barrel. Slight ethanol and oxidation emerges as it warms along with a light roasted maltiness and light dark cocoa but I mean this really just smells like a fresh juicy barrel of bourbon but it is not offending which is surprising.
The tastes begin with a dark chocolate and mocha flavor that is quickly overtaken by vanilla from the barrels; after the swallow, the mocha flavor returns again for a brief moment but there is a burst of bourbon, oak and vanilla that returns and lingers for quite some time. One of the lightest porters in terms of roasted flavor which I enjoy, but I attribute to age and I imagine it was quite robust when it was released.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. The finish has a small bit of warmth from the barrel aging but the vanilla is really the major lingering flavor.
Overall I have no idea what this tasted like fresh, but now it is drinking quite fine. Not sure what happened to this brewery or why it closed but I can say it was not because of the quality of this beer as I really enjoy the dark chocolate bitterness mixed with the vanilla imparted bourbon barrel flavors.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2012 00:57:10 | More by claspada
Bourbon Barrel Porter from Oregon Trail Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.