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Reserve Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lackenhauser on 03-06-2009

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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 55
Reviews by ummswimmin:
Photo of ummswimmin
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the head brewer (and I think owner) of Cricket Hill. He expresses the love of brewing/beers better than anyone else I have ever seen. I would look him up on Youtube.

I poured this into a snifter to maximize the presence of flavors in the porter and the bourbon.
My reward is a decent presence of coffee and roastiness off the top. At the edges I pick up sweetness, which I presume is from the bourbon aging.

The flavor is a little unbalanced. At the front I get the coffee and bourbon immediately and they don't play well. I still get the roast and malt on the backside.

Overall a pretty decent BBA beer. I think I will pick up another bottle to age for a year. I feel like the scores woudl improve with age.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a very dark brown, almost black color, with a medium-sized cocoa head. Aroma was out of this world, a nice melange of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and smoke. Then I tasted it and thought, "What happened to that great aroma?" Coffee and some sweet chocolate taste, but a lot got left behind. Pretty tepid mouthfeel. A lot of promise in the nose that didn't translate to the taste.

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
5/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Unique in taste and design. For the more advanced beer advocate.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jh1982 for bringing another under the radar gem to the Nevada/Idaho tailgate. A brown pour, this one had an exceptional 1" light tan head on top of it, very impressive for a bourbon barrel beer, so many of them are so thin in the head. Aroma was nice and minimal bourbon, just right for popping one of these around 11am in a parking lot. Still packed plenty of chocolate and not so much coffee, with a good amount of vanilla.

Taste, amazingly, the most sessionable bourbon barrel beer I've ever had. Truly a beer where it isn't thrown into a booze barrel only to up the abv and make it a big ass beer, this delivers nicely on the nuances. Wish there were more bourbon beers that were in this strength range. Otherwise, its a pretty straightforward porter, not really hoppy like some American porters, but definitely not English tasting yeast either. Pretty much a session type base porter I would venture to guess. I liked it and would recommend it, a great beer for morning tailgates and sharing.

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours a very dark but clear reddish-brown. Small head soon reduces to a bubbly ring.

The aroma is sweet with a clear controibution from the bourbon barrel. The barrel aging is even more apperent in the flavor where it dominates the sweet malts. Rather sweet but short of cloying, with some bitterness coming out in the aftertaste.

Near medium body with a satisfying, but higher than expected level of carbonation. Flavor profile seems to call for a fuller body.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from recent Maine trip, glad to pick it up as an unknown. Bretty, a little sourish. A little coffee, would like more roast and hops rather than the bourbon, but I am a Canadian. Good looks as big bubbly head and lacey. Average mouthfeel. Old School porter. Overall so-so. Quaffable.

Photo of jh1982
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of whatname
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mikey711
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep deep brown, nearly black with a nice mocha colored head that left nice lacing

S: Mostly chocolate with some molasses and a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Also reminded me a little of a seven and seven

T: Chocolate with hints of bourbon. Some vanilla is present but not much wood, although this was quite enjoyable

M: Smooth and creamy with no heat present and no chalkiness.

D: Best beer i have had from cricket hill and one that i look forward to having again

Photo of sjones5045
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of zillo043068
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Burbon barrel aged porter #2.

A: A cola-chestnut pour yields a flat black coloring while in the glass. The head really never gathers enough steam or strength to make an apperance, quickly dissipating from the active micro-bubbles that appear on the surface. However, despite its weak show, it does manage to leave a thick spongey band lacing along the glass walls.

S: Burbon laced chocolate is dominant on the nose, of medium-strong intentions and lends itself to a great aromatic opening. Sweet black licorice and a roasty sweet chocolate character also comes into play. The finish is sweet and roasty with some hot chocolate notes intertwining.

T: A smooth coffee laced flavor opens things up while the burbon influence is quick to follow and take command with a strong character. Sweet roasty chocolate malts balance and take the edge off lightening up the mood a bit while juicy ripe dark fruit of plums adding sugary and tart moments. There is a slight mention of cookie dough sweetness that I also picked up on adding to the mix while the finish was smooth and roasty sweet, much like a mixture of coffee and warm milk based hot chocolate. As the drink warms the burbon coffee experience becomes much more noticeable, though no less smoother in character remaining light and tasteful to the tongue.

M: The effervesce was hard to pick up on, if any. The body was medium full with a slight creaminess that wraps up with a warming of burbon laced coffee and warm fresh chocolate.

D: Decent drinkability per style and alcohol content (which I can only guess and place at around 8%. Overall smooth with a nice influence of burbon barrel ageing and one of moderately good consumption and enjoyability.

Photo of emerge077
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Billowing tan head of foam, looks a bit like soda actually (oddly foreshadowing). Soapy sudsy texture to the surface. The foam settles down fairly quickly, leaving little to no lacing (it slides back down before really sticking).

Smells like sweet bourbon, Makers or Wild Turkey, nothing fancy. Four Roses? Wow, could've fooled me... must be the standard FR, not the Single Barrel. Somewhat woody, the oak barrel is detectable as it warms, becoming more nuanced. The sweetness seems to mask any alcohol, not that the abv is very high, considering it spent time in a barrel.

Body is a bit thin, and the flavor leans toward bourbon & coke. Not quite as sweet, more oak and vague hints of dark chocolate and cola. Base porter seems a bit lost and overpowered. Astringent feel that hurts it in the long run, but it's relatively easy drinking for a BBA Porter.

According to beernews this was released last spring... it "held up" but would have been better fresh i'm guessing.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's also a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and boozy, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel and some roasted malt. It tastes like roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and some charred/burnt malt. There's more roasty bitterness than I expected in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit creamy with good carbonation. I think it's a solid brew overall, it's worth a try. $10.98 a bomber.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Reserve Ale - Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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