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Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 24
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: LauraAlberts on 07-02-2009)
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

04-11-2013 12:36:27 | More by JeffreyJDavis
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%

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..

04-10-2013 02:28:45 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

03-29-2013 01:41:09 | More by dbrauneis
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-25-2013 00:29:01 | More by NastyNate11
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-05-2013 18:17:57 | More by GTB
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

01-19-2013 02:04:24 | More by rabiddawg
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

10-13-2012 14:49:44 | More by ncaudle
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

09-27-2012 03:13:17 | More by t0rin0
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-12-2012 00:49:05 | More by UltimateLivewire
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-26-2012 06:34:26 | More by ygtbsm94
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

3/5  rDev -27.4%

12-27-2011 00:58:59 | More by whitekiboko
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-14-2011 17:21:04 | More by nmann08
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-04-2011 00:00:16 | More by tclapper
Photo of dirtylou


3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

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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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

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

5/5  rDev +21.1%

11-15-2011 02:23:13 | More by EasyReader
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

11-15-2011 01:15:14 | More by eerbayman
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-14-2011 16:52:16 | More by seanwhite
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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.


09-04-2011 01:29:09 | More by Gfunk720
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Growler fill from the good fellows at the Greenville Beer Exchange.

A- Dark, black coffee color. Tan, retentive head. Good look for an Imperial Stout

S- The Whiskey is strong with this one... Also has a smell of cocoa/chocolate. A faint sense of oak. All that I would expect from a barrel aged brew.

T-Woof. I have never taken half a shot of good bourbon mixed with a good stout, but I am pretty sure this is what it would taste like in a dream. Bourbon taste up front followed by chocolaty coffee. Finishes with a very light note of oak.

M-Not as full bodied as I would expect but pleasant. Does not have the phenol/alcohol mouthfeel that many barrel aged RIS have. To me, this could be a sessional beer

O-Wonderful beer overall. A microstep below Bourbon County Stout, but for what they are going for Foothills nailed it. Highly recommend this brew

06-25-2011 02:23:20 | More by SCbrewdoc
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%

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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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

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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2.68/5  rDev -35.1%

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.

04-20-2011 16:18:31 | More by TheDudeRules
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours opaque black with a bit of brown around the edges. a thin ring of fine tan head forms and leaves only a few spots as it falls.

aroma is good. bourbon and vanilla. dark chocolate. milk chocolate. biscuit. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. faint earthy and herbal notes.

taste is great. bourbon and vanilla. dark and milk chocolate. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol. there's more chocolate and coffee than barrel coming through, but it's good. just under medium bitterness level. lightly earthy and herbal.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is excellent. great balance, both hiding the alcohol well and balancing the barrel against the base beer. nice and mellow and super drinkable.

02-04-2011 05:50:10 | More by grub
Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout from Foothills Brewing Company
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