Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 129
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 35
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

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American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: LauraAlberts on 07-02-2009

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 129
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes taken 4-13-11. Hooked up in a trade from Mikesgroove.

Pours pretty dark and vicious looking into my trusty Darkness snifter. Deep dark brown with a tannish two finger head. I pick up bourbon and molasses right away. Upon my first sip I notice how incredibly thin this is. Carbonation is scant. Based on looks you wouldn't think so. There is literally no other taste than booze. An imperial at 7% you wouldn't expect it to be overpowering, but it certainly was for me. Crap. I mean really? This is falling way short of what I was hoping for. In fact overall it is not good at all and I poured my glass out into the dump bucket. I wasn't the only one either. Almost the whole group did.

Maybe our growler was a touch off or it needed some time to settle. I'll bet the latter. I'd try it again but it commands a king's ransom. One I'm not willing to pay. Skip it. (882 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Ridgewood

Black with a small, thick white head that retains well and leaves tons of lacing behind. Smells of Bourbon barrel, vanilla, malted milk balls, and dark fruit. Some sharpness is present, but no booziness. Lots of wooden barrel and less Bourbon in the flavor. Things seem to stay brighter than expected, not very rich at all, with light coconut, vanilla, and bitter chocolate topping some charred malts and a bit of alcohol. Medium-plus bodied with a quick, dry finish. I thought this was alright, but the base beer was terrific the last time I had it and the barrel aging doesn't seem to do anything beneficial. (623 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler. Courtesy of Mothman. Pours a nice dark brown black color with a slight tan head. Subtel yet strong aroma of bourbon in the nose. Mouthfeel seems a little on the light side. Good bourbon taste along with hints of coffee and vanilla. Smooth. Drinkable but again, for me, I wish the mouthfeel was just a tinge heavier to really make this a knockout. (355 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and bourbon. Flavor of bourbon initially with a chocolately finish that lingers. Fairly mellow for a barrel-aged stout. Nice beer (and in general I am not a fan of bourbon-aged beers but this was done well). (265 characters)

Photo of GlacierSapien
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't actually had the chance to try the non-barrel-aged version yet, but thats next on my list after having this. The bourbon is quite upfront and prevalent on this beer, so if you don't like bourbon flavor stay away. the smell reeks of bourbon, and might have you convinced this beer is far stronger than 7%. Fortunately the taste is far more complex with the stout flavors playing nicely with the bourbon. While there is a strong bourbon flavor throughout it doesn't overpower the other flavors, leading to a easy drinking barrel aged stout. They may have gone a bit overboard with the bourbon, but still a quite tasty stout, of which I would be more than happy to down a few. (681 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (580 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (723 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Brandon for sending this one out to me in a trade recently.

A: The pour is a dark brown color, nearly black, with a finger's worth of tan head.

S: Lots of roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. The bourbon provides a nice booze note and some oak, too.

T: The roasted character is quite intense on the palate, giving off an almost charred flavor. Underneath there is a good chocolate flavor, some hints of caramel and vanilla, and bourbon.

M: The body is a little on the thin side from an imperial stouts. A moderate carbonation to go with it.

D: A pretty nice imperial stout, though I would have actually preferred a bit more bourbon character (surprisingly). (680 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (715 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, NC.

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown bordering on jet black in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some subtle dark amber highlights. The beer has a half finger tall thin sudsy light tan head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to heavy aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and bourbon with some lighter notes of oak and coffee.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste of this beer starts out with moderate flavors of roasted malts that quickly has the coffee and dark chocolate flavors take over. All of the that pales in comparison to the strong flavors of bourbon with lighter notes of oak and vanilla. There are light to moderate amounts of bitterness but they fade quickly with the bourbon flavors.

M: Medium bodied with just shy of moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly on the thin side with some light notes of alcohol warming towards the finish.

O: I found this beer to be easy to drink, especially for a BA stout, and the bourbon aromas/flavors really complement the base beer. Very enjoyable and one I would gladly consume when I came across it. (1,318 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother for sending this. Out of my Captain Lawrence glass.

A- A light blackish brown, with a healthy khaki colored head. The lacing is very nice. Definetely not very thick in appearance.

S- Rich notes of chocolate, malt, and bourbon. Some oaky and bourbony/whiskey notes.

T- A beautiful blend of rich oaky bourbon/whiskey flavor. Chocolate, malt, and a all around creamy complexion. Very very nice barrel aging. Nothing crazy, but extremely well balanced.

M- This is probably not the best part about this beer. It is rather thin, and light in mouthfeel. The flavor is very nice and complex.

O- This beer was a very nice sessionable barrel aged beer. It has a tremendous amount of depth for being a light stout. The barrel aging is probably the highlight, and just adds a ton to this beer.

-GFunk (816 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into old guardian glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. Color is a deep brown, near black. Head fades to a thick ring, but doesn't leave much lace.

Aroma: Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate notes. Very sweet profile.

Taste: Roasted, almost burnt malts. Very rich still. Caramel with warm bourbon and sweet caramel. Burnt sugar flavors with vanilla. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a slight warmness to it. Lighter bodied for the style with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with coffee flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, this beer is pretty great but the body is the big disappointment for me. I like the flavors but I wish it was thicker. I also could have gone for a bit more bourbon flavors in this beer. Still, pretty drinkable. (763 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (536 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with an espresso brown color and a modest tan cap that hangs around as a ringlet and leaves a few wisps behind

Smell: Subtle wafts of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla

Taste; Opens with a black bread and chocolate flavor that is quickly joined by the soft bourbon and vanilla aspectsa; some dark fruit joins in as well; after the swallow, the biurbon grows slightly more pronounced though the overall effect is understated

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A pleasure to drink; subtle flavors and well-disguised alcohol (577 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barrel-Aged Total Eclipse Stout, on tap at the Olde Rabbit's Foot release at Foothills Brewery, Winston-Salem, NC. Served in a footed pilsner glass, oddly.

Appearance: Arrives a dark but still around-the-periphery translucent ruby brown, capped by the tattered remnants of a half finger of lightly-tanned head. Seemed like it might have been impressive at one point, but all that remains is a thin collar. More on this later. An examination of the edge of the glass reveals carbonation, persistent and slow.

Aroma: Wonderfully similar to the mouth (again, more on this later) - earthy malts, toast, breadiness, highly caramelized sugars, and sweet cocoa complemented by a delicious amount of spicy, earthy bourbon. Well-integrated on the whole, I'd say.

Taste: A step up. Intensely and amazingly bourbony, and a really nice bourbon at that. A thin - relatively speaking - stout backbone showcases earth, various shades of toffee, caramel (with a barrel contribution), coffee, and faint cocoa. The barrel aging contributes a mess of additional sweetness and an amazingly mature, complex, well-integrated bourbon note, faintly spicy, dry, and not hot in the least.

Mouthfeel: A little thin to hold this much flavor, methinks - lots of free, fluffy carbonation puffs this one up in a rough but nonetheless even way. Thinned out by bourbon addition, even more, no doubt.

Drinkability: I find this one to be a little bit of a mixed bag, perhaps proving that it's not appropriate to barrel age all styles. The Total Eclipse Stout is a solid if not amazing brew to begin with, but it is a little thin, and the barrel aging here just thins it out a little more, sort of taking away what body and foundation you'd like (or, at least, are used to) for a barrel-aged brew. This is pushing the envelope in a whole different direction, and though I can't say I didn't like, I can say it was an experiment for my tastebuds. Recommended. (1,928 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In celebration of "craft beer week," Foothills decided to pull out this big boy again. The bartender told me that this was aged in barrels that had previously aged another beer.

This came out a muddy brown/black. Not as dark as I expected. No head at all. No lace. Big vanilla scents in this one. Some oak, bourbon, and a bit of toasted brown sugar. The body is slightly crisp, maybe a bit too much. Could be a little creamier IMO.

The bourbon notes are toned down a bit as these barrels had been previously used. I like that. The bourbon isn't too overpowering. Some light wood aspects noted. There's a slight hop presence as well. Very nice. Lots of chocolate, bread, and vanilla. This is one of the best BBA beers I've ever had. Well done, Foothills. Though this is only at 7.0%, I feel it. Sip this one. (811 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. Faint hints of amber are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edges.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose; these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of bourbon from the barrel aging along with hints of dark malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Notes of warming from the bourbon barrel aging are also noticeable.
O: This stout isn't that difficult to drink and has nice flavors fo bourbon from the barrel aging process. No alcohol is perceptible. (819 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill into a FW tulip.

pours a pitch black with a small head. smell is slight bourbon...not bad. taste is again slightly bourbon with a good malty backbone. bourbon is slight and not overwhelming. body is medium and low in carbonation.

overall pretty impressive.. (297 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap @ Foothills the day of the Olde Rabbit's Foot release.

A. Same as Total Eclipse. Dark black-brown, small bubbled red-brown head. Decent retention. Purty.

S. BIG bourbon warmth, smooth oak and vanilla blended with some rich bourbon sweetness and the tasty roastedness of the stout. The barrel is in full force here and is foremost, but the beer is no slouch either. Some chocolate and coffee peeks through. Smells very "complete", even if a bit aggressive.

T. Mm, bourbon. I love bourbon. I love Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. I love Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrel aged beers. I love Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrel aged Total Eclipse stout.

Just stellar bourbon complexity that comes close to overwhelming the (tasty) stout underneath, but never quite manages to, thankfully. Warm, peppery, vanilla, oak, toffee, cocoa, some (Cascade?) hops, mocha, roast. Delicious. It works.

M / D. Full, thick, warming. Wonderful bourbon-roasty finish. Not overly drinkable, seems more a nightcap than a lunch beer...

I'm pretty convinced that Foothills has this bourbon barrel thing down. A great stout kicked up a few notches by a lovely bourbon. Great if you like bourbon. (1,171 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (944 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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! (1,638 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Laura Alberts in Daniel Island (Charleston), SC, 7.1.09

Nearly opaque black with black grape colored highlights and topped with a slightly mocha colored head. Copious amounts of lacing leave the glass quite cloudy.

Aroma is really bourbony. Vanilla and bourbon are about all the nose encompasses, which, in my opinion, isnt a bad thing.

More bourbon in the flavor. The bourbon really hits me immediately but fades slowly on the tongue leaving a long, slow finish. Was this aged on 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle barrel or was this aged 23 years in a Pappy Van Winkle barrel? Either way, its delicious.

Be ready for some bourbon in this one. One thing I like about this is that it is relatively sessionable. It isnt a huge double stout or RIS so it is a little more enjoyable in my opinion. I really liked this one. (835 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice off white rim of foam around the snifter. There is no chance for light to get through even when the snifter is tilted. Probably one of the blackest beers I've ever seen.
Smell is nicely sweet with complex caramels and hints of coffee from the roasted barley. Rich milk chocolate and a nice amount of bourbon comes through as it warms.
Taste is rich and dense with the roasty notes coming through more than the sweetness. Nice bourbon aftertaste warms the palate as does some of the sweetness. Lush notes of caramel with a mild chocolate/coffee mid.
Feels smooth and creamy with just a hint of carbonation on the back of the tongue. Super easy to sip and a very well done BA stout. (707 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is jet black, with a thin, filmy, tan, clingy head. Nose of smooth chocolate, boozy bourbon, woody notes, vanilla crème, and rich mocha. Flavors are bourbon forward, with a bittersweet chocolate backbone. Smooth and balanced, with woody highlights, hints of coffee bitterness, and crème highlights. Deep and layered; smooth throughout. Boozy and vanilla highlights on an otherwise cocoa aftertaste, with a subtle warmth building. Smooth, bittersweet linger in the finish. Damn good brew! (541 characters)

Photo of Lukafer
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, Sampled at the Indy Dark Lord Vertical/Big Stout taste-off, thanks guys!

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head. Smells like bourbon with some chocolate, very boozy! Tastes are some roasted malts, slight chocolate, some oak and bourbon, delicious! Mouthfeel is chewy, thick. It's a sipper, great beer but really potent. (361 characters)

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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