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Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout - Foothills Brewing Company

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 31
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of dirtylou
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Gfunk720
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of SCbrewdoc
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.85/5  rDev -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.

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheDudeRules
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Photo of grub
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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).

Photo of Lukafer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of atsprings
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout from Foothills Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.