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Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout - Foothills Brewing Company

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 24
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Bung

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Sexual Chocolate release in February 2010.

Poured into my mini snifter. Color is black with a tan head and a touch of lacing. The nose brings some really nice notes from the bourbon-barrel aging, with bourbon, oak, and vanilla coming through along with some chocolate and roast. Taste is mostly bourbon and chocolate in a really nice combination. Good heavy feel. I preferred this to Sexual Chocolate and was really glad to have tried it.

11-11-2010 11:54:04 | More by Thorpe429
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

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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womencantsail

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

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).

09-07-2010 06:14:14 | More by womencantsail
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

09-04-2010 04:58:56 | More by Lukafer
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +18.6%

23 year Pappy Van Winkle aged, on-tap at Flying Saucer for Raleigh Beer Week! Served in a tulip glass a deep opaque black with a nice frothy diminishing head that leaves a trace of lacing. The aroma is loads of roasted malts with a nice amount of oak and slight vanilla. The taste is a very smooth, complex blend of of roasted malts, oak, vanilla and Bourbon that leaves a smooth vanilla, cocoa and Bourbon finish. The beer is slightly heavy, but smooth and easy drinking. This is a very enjoyable brew, while it's no Pappy Van Winkle aged Sexual Chocolate, it's still a very special, enjoyable beer.

09-01-2010 03:02:06 | More by atsprings
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

08-24-2010 20:51:54 | More by mothman
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

08-19-2010 13:53:35 | More by kbutler1
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

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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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured into an over sized brandy snifter from a growler. Growler obtained from the Piney Grove Green's. Thanks Joe & Wes for getting this one!

A - Black as can be with a light brown head on top. Lots of bubbles running up the side of the glass on this one.

S - Nice smooth bourbon and oak flavor over a dark malty body. Hints of vanilla and sweet notes in their as well.

T - Delicious. Much like the aroma suggests you are getting a nice smooth bourbon flavored brew. The bourbon is the first flavor that is picked up followed with a nice lightly roasted malt flavor. The base beer stands up well to the barrel aging and gives this a nice coffee/chocolate flavor toward the end of your swallow. The bourbon flavor is really smooth in this one and blends with the beer fantastically.

M - medium to heavy body. Light carbonation real smooth creamy mouthfeel. Right on.

D - I could drink this all day. And luckily I have a growler of it so I can! I have a feeling it will catch up to me the more I drink this one. Really drinkable because the bourbon blends in so well. Bravo Foothills. I don't think you have ever let me down and this one is no exception.

08-15-2010 20:14:40 | More by jpmclaug
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

08-15-2010 01:04:20 | More by kirok1999
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jsanford

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

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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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

05-20-2010 19:55:07 | More by Onenote81
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mdfb79

New York

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

Had on tap at 2010 SC Day, 2/6/2010.

a - Poured a very dark brown, almost black, with about a finger of a lighter brown head. Decent retention.

s - Smelled of bourbon and chocolate, as well as small hints of vanilla and oak.

t - Taste was similiar to smell, largely of chocolate, roasted malts, and bourbon. Also taste a little bit of vanilla.

m - Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this feels very smooth and creamy.

d - Overall I liked this stout a lot. I enjoyed the smooth/creamy taste of chocolate, bourbon, and malts and thought that this was a very balanced, more subdued stout than some others I tried this weekend. I thought the balance of bourbon and other flavors, mainly chocolate, as well as a lower ABV than Sexual Chocolate, made this a great and very drinkable stout.

02-08-2010 18:55:59 | More by mdfb79
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

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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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-21-2009 02:48:58 | More by CrellMoset
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

12-18-2009 20:03:43 | More by kkipple
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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

12-14-2009 17:47:31 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

The final in the trio of offerings from Foothills that I was just insanely anxious to try. This a new takes on an old favorite.
 
The pour was the best I saw all day for a stout, hands down. Rich and completely black with a huge towering head on the top that would not quit. Spilling over the sides it left everything just completely soaked and sticky with a thin chocolate covered film. A wonderful mess indeed. Rich notes of bourbon and Vanilla welcome you in on this one and play off each other nicely. Warming lets a touch of the chocolate underneath peak its head up but not as much as I would have liked, still, very nice. As I take a sip, it crashes over the palate. Richness that is well served to say the least. Creamy and full bodied the deep chocolate and roasted malts interact with vanilla and a leather and tobacco note making it all so smooth and full that it was absurd. Enormous flavor here that was simply hard to withstand. I really could have just sat there with a glass of this all day, it seemed to really come together quite well. Long and very sweet finish had nice hints of molasses and vanilla leaving me looking around to find out just what had happened.
 
Overall solid as could be. It appears they cannot go wrong with aging their offerings. Very impressed with what was going on here and rightfully so. A lot of time went into these and it really shows. Very well done.

09-21-2009 17:21:17 | More by mikesgroove
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cbros

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

Reviewed on 8/1

I was fortunate to have this at the Foothills 'Beer School' they held on Saturday August 1st. I tried this first as a sampler but then had a full pint of this afterwards.

A- Pours a jet black with a nice 2 to 3 finger tan head.

S- They aren't exagerating with bourbon barrel aged in the title. This beer reeks(in a good way) of bourbon. The smell was so strong that I could smell the bourbon notes before the server even poured the taster. Behind the bourbon were some mid chocolate and tobacco notes but it is the bourbon that overwhelms the smell of this beer.

T- The bourbon experience does not stop at the smell. The bourbon flavor overpowers you at first taste however it mellows out nicely with the tobacco and chocolate coming through. This is a nice combination of flavors that normally I would not be keen on havinh however it works with this beer. I was blown away at how strong and mellow this beer would be simultaneously. Very good and very dangerous if consumed too much.

I am very sad to know that I had this for one day and will not be able to have this again. I was hesitant at first to try this because of my general lack of interest in bourbon but I am glad that I did. This was a very good brew, so much so that I tried bribing the bartender into selling me a growler, however to my dismay they only had about a pitcher of it left. After having this I would like to have more bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts to see how they stack up. A very good beer indeed.

08-03-2009 22:07:08 | More by cbros
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

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).

07-11-2009 17:54:23 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

07-07-2009 12:37:55 | More by SaCkErZ9
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +20.3%

Courtesy of Jamie and Scott at Foothills. They dropped this keg off after a Draft Promo and great night filled with CornHole, BBQ & Sexual Chocolate.

Appearance: Solid Black - Poured off tap with thick tan head. Nice lacing and head retention.

Smell: 23 Year Old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. Cocoa, Chocolate, Malt, Tobacco

Taste: The most bourbony of the Bourbon Barrel aged beers I've had. Over the top! Rich chocolate flavor, tobacco leaf, hazelnut, almond

Mouthfeel: My favorite part. The bourbon leaves the finish so clean and refreshing. This beer has a soft mouthfeel with a nice tannic thick essence.

Drinkability: very drinkable - I had a glass with some good friends last night outside in 89 degree weather. Amazing and refreshing. I highly recommend if you can get your hands on some.

07-02-2009 22:00:28 | More by LauraAlberts
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout from Foothills Brewing Company
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