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Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout - Foothills Brewing Company

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 24
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: LauraAlberts on 07-02-2009)
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Reviews by portia99:
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

Great growler received in trade with jpmclaug. Shared with nonstick...poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversay snifter.

A - Pours a jet black color with a thick finger of cappucino foam with pretty good retention. Thick "rings" of lacing left behind on the glass.

S - A nice mixture of aromas here. Getting lots of coffee up front in the nose with some bitter dark chocolate, burnt toast, molasses, some vanilla and a smooth, mild bourbon aroma that really sits nicely on top of the other aromas. To me, this is how bourbon barrel aging should be done - not over the top at all...unlike some others, the bourbon only complements instead of dominating...after all, it is beer and shouldn't have its base character obliterated by the barrels.

T - As with the aroma, there is a really nice complexity level and a smooth well rounded overall impression. The roasty grains with its coffee and bitter chocolate character are solid at the base. Bourbon kicks in next, really well adding dimension to the beer without a touch of warmth...not boozy at all. Rich caramel, molasses and creamy vanilla along with some light woodiness and the tiniest hint of dark fruits complete the profile. Barrel aging was integrated about as well as any I've ever had - really impressive.

M - This is another positive aspect of this beer. To me, the Great Lakes BA Blackout sets the standard for mouthfeel for which all others are judged. Although not quite up to that level, this shares a lot in common. Very rich and creamy in feel, super smooth. Full bodied with such a creamy carbonation. Just a touch slick/oily on the tongue, but this is hardly a detractor here. No alcohol/bourbon heat at all and no booziness. Excellent!

D - Drinkability on this really sets a standard for BA beers. This approaches what I'd call my ideal stout. Tons of character - lots of complex flavors and aromas to satisfy any RIS afficionado. Bourbon barrel aging only enhances this. Probably the best BA example I've ever had. The fact that so much can come out of a 7.0% stout only makes this better. Light enough to have a few of these in a sitting without causing you to fall asleep/pass out mid conversation (It's happened before...) Great stout that will sadly probably never be available to the masses - glad I got an opportunity to sample this great stout.

08-15-2010 21:40:12 | More by portia99
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oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Easily my favorite of the barrel aged beers I have had from Foothills.Poured near jet black with a deep brown hue when held up to some light,a thinner but well retained tannish colored head atop.Aromas of bourbon/vanilla and chocolate really stand out,its almost like a dessert in a glass- type aroma.Deep bourbon notes melded with fudge/chocolate,a great combination,there is a enough earthy drying in the finish to make it not only rich but drinkable.Smooth as hell and rich,I really liked this beer alot.

05-20-2011 21:12:06 | More by oberon
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of vanilla and bourbon with good amounts of molasses and very mild hints of dark fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Molasses and dark chocolate flavors with faint roasted malt undertones upfront are quickly overtaken by loads of vanilla and bourbon. As with the smell there are hints of dark fruit midway through the sip that fade as the end of the sip nears. The ending is mildly bitter and leaves hints of dark chocolate and bourbon on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was a solid BA stout however I prefer mine with a bit more roastiness. However, I have to admit that's nitpicking and this is still a very good beer and well worth a shot.

12-16-2009 01:17:21 | More by glid02
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Adkins1203

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-06-2014 19:56:05 | More by Adkins1203
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whitekiboko

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-27-2011 00:58:59 | More by whitekiboko
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 18:28:06 | More by twowheelssoar
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dirtylou

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

on-tap, duckworths park road

appearance: short pour, dark brown body, light brown head

smell: bourbon, vanilla, dry roast and not much else

taste: I think we're coming down from the peak of bourbon barrel aging - by now we've all had 14,000 stouts aged in barrels ranging from bourbon to tequila to god knows what else. So what makes this one special? Nothing really - a pretty average stout base gasping for air in a strong dosage of bourbon. The flavors weren't off by much, but this wasnt one of foothills finer products

mouthfeel: too booze-forward, dry

overall: just ok.

11-24-2011 05:35:07 | More by dirtylou
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Heynau10

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-03-2014 02:42:23 | More by Heynau10
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

On tap @ the Foothills Brewing Company on 12/12/09 during the Olde Rabbits Foot release.

Pours pitch black, with a thin covering of brunt mocha colored head. Retains with some rich bunching around the edges of the glass, leaving mostly spotty lacing and some brown oily residues behind. Bourbon is pretty strong here in the aroma, but luckily isn't overbearing, with some equally assertive notes from the Stout of dark chocolate roast, caramel, coffee, and maybe a touch of some dark fruity tones. Overall, this leaves, a sticky, woody, and boozy feel behind in the nose, which I'm really digging.

The taste starts with a thick base of chocolate, coffee, and dark roastiness. The bourbon is well integrated here, giving this some extra sticky notes of vanilla and burnt molasses. Leftover tannins and wood stick in the finish, which has a VERY dry and spicy lingering feel going on with it. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a huge creaminess to the proceedings that spreads out across the palate. There is maybe just a touch of slickness from the barrel but for the most part, this retains that big mouth-filling feel to it. There's definitely some warmth going on with this, both from the ABV and bourbon character, but I found that just taking my time with it kept the palate from getting fatigued out.

The Total Eclipse was a great choice to put in a barrel, with its rich flavors and depth being more than up to the task of complimenting that added strength from the bourbon and wood character. Lots of spice & dryness here from those Pappy Win Winkle barrels. It was real pleasure to be able to try this version. Great stuff!

01-11-2010 17:02:43 | More by Kegatron
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needMIbeerinMD

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-10-2014 02:28:27 | More by needMIbeerinMD
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

2008 Vintage. Served from tap at the brewpub into a Foothills pilsner. Poured pitch black with a hint of brown in the light with a one finger tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bourbon, cream, and slightly roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, BIG bourbon, and roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this one had a massive bourbon flavor to me. Almost overpowering if I'm completely honest. This still have a very nice aroma and flavor despite the bourbon. If the bourbon would have been a little muted, this one might have been great. Overall a must try and I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it.

11-08-2010 14:30:16 | More by thagr81us
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bum732

Lesotho

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

05-09-2014 20:54:18 | More by bum732
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apasternak

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

05-09-2014 01:06:19 | More by apasternak
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

On-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Greenville, SC. May 2011:

The beer appeared a deep black with a thin tan head that was well retained. The beer gave off a big bourbon aroma, with hints of vanilla, alcohol and a little chocolate. The taste, while perhaps a bit heavy on the bourbon, still had a nice stout-ish taste to it. Once you get past the bourbon/alcohol, there is a nice roasted malt and chocolate taste with a hint of earthiness. The beer had a heavy feel to it with lower carbonation, as expected. Overall, a good beer, but as some other noted, if the bourbon had been a little more in the background, I think that this would have been an excellent beer. But still a must try if you can get your hands on it.

06-20-2011 23:28:57 | More by PhillyStyle
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Bung

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -1%

Draft at Macs Steel Creek.
Opaque black/brown pour with a thin layer of tan head.

Served waaay to cold, hoping that's why the nose was so muted. Malt cocoa, light vanilla. Not much barrel speak of.

More barrel presence immediately in the taste. Roast malt, chocolate, vanilla caramel and oak blend well. Caramel and oaky barrel dominate the finish.

The carbonation keeps it just shy of being creamy. Nice medium body. No alcohol presence. Still, another barrel aged stout from Foothills that I prefer the regular, the other being SC.

12-17-2010 01:14:00 | More by Bung
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

04-11-2013 12:36:27 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

06-10-2013 23:57:00 | More by dvmin98
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Tiger33

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-29-2011 15:36:32 | More by Tiger33
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -27.5%

05-08-2014 02:18:04 | More by Moses_Malone
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

09-21-2013 13:36:31 | More by KevinGordon
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n2185

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

07-03-2013 20:52:10 | More by n2185
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mattsmith413

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-23-2014 21:00:52 | More by mattsmith413
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +20.8%

08-18-2014 03:11:10 | More by CEDAMA
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jsanford

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +8%

On-tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville on 5/28/10

A - Very dark brown, almost black. Large foamy dark tan head.

S - Bourbon! Touch of oak, tobacco and chocolate in the rear.

M - Dark chocolate, roasted nuts & malt, bit of date sweetness. Pleasant bourbon "burn" in the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy. Bit thinner then expected, but not necessarily a bad thing.

D - Amazing drinkability, could easily enjoy these all day/night long. One of my all-time favorite brews and probably the purest melding of beer and bourbon I've ever had. Great stuff!

06-01-2010 15:45:21 | More by jsanford
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Beeranator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-13-2013 17:19:21 | More by Beeranator
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.