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Beastie Barrel Stout - Barley Island Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Island Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: roadhouse on 10-24-2008

"Oatmeal Stout aged in Buffalo Trace barrels."
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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used this one as a night cap to end the evening. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 05/06/2009.



The pour was the best part as the deep and dark brown liquid was nearly opaque except for some light touches peeking in around the sides and the bottom of the glass. Really quite nice looking though as the tan head quickly reached a height of nearly two inches before settling back down into a thin wispy puff on top that lasted well into the rest of the session. Light bourbon and vanilla on the aroma, but not as heavy as I would have liked. Molasses, a hint of tobacco and oak as it warmed, but it lacked that really big push I was looking for. Same could be said for the flavor as smooth as it was with light vanilla and sweet notes going through it, it just needed that little extra bit to throw it over the edge and it would have made it fantastic. Still though nice smooth medium feel and easily very drinkable. I had no problem at all putting this one away.



Overall a very solid offering, if presented again I would surely go for it.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark black body capped by one full of inch of tannish-hued head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of creamy roastiness and notes of bakers chocolate and medium-roast coffee.

Taste: Roasty maltiness with tastes of unsweetened chocolate, coffee grinds, and fire charred sugars. Roasty, earthy bitterness. Only a faint woody and vanilla kick on the tail end of the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's kinda sorta okay in way. Yes. One of the lightest bourbon barrel jobs I've encountered in my many years of liver killing I must say.

Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Utterly impenetrable black, with a mocha foam that easily sticks to the glass in little bridge formations. There's a good skim on it that regenerates with a swirl. Mild cocoa and tobacco aroma, with a vague sweet hint at bourbon, but not well defined.

Very mild feel, and thin body. This distracts from the flavors, which are ok, but muted. Some subdued chocolate and roast in the aftertaste. Vague hint of oak, but not much bourbon unfortunately. It's easy enough to drink, and for a 6% bourbon stout it should be. Unfortunately it just left me wanting a Bourbon County to wash the taste out.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a tamer barrel presence than expected. Slight toasted oak and vanilla notes with only subtle bourbon presence. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate, caramel and toffee.

Medium bodied and similar to the aroma. The barrel presence is there but pretty faint with only slight earthy oak and sweet bourbon flavor. The base beer flavor is very strong with roasted malt, coffee, toast, toffee and hazelnut. Slight lactic creaminess smother things out a bit before ending with a slight dry finish.

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer has a jet black body with a dark caramel tan head that last for a good bit. There are a few slow microbubbles that push through the thick inky liquid. The head sticks to the glass in thin sheets sliding back into the glass after each sip.
S- The aroma of leather and soft oak has some vanilla notes to it. The oak character grows as the beer warms and a soft fusel plastic note starts to come through but it takes on more of a brown paper bourbon quality.
T- The roasted black malt ha a bitter black roasted grain bite that lingers. As the beer opens up the dry oaky finish has a slight smoky tartness with a bit of earthy character.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture and a tight little fizz. There is no alcohol heat even when it is pretty warm.
D- This beer has a nice stout base with some soft but unique barrel character. The leather and oak aromas and some nice depth to the aroma. It it a stout first and a barrel aged beer just offers support.

Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an opaque dark brown, some very faint dark orange/red highlights in the edges, thick light brown head forms and settles to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spirals stick.

Smell is neat, a bit of vanilla and coconut barrel character, some caramel, a bit of chocolate, some nice fruitiness, a bit of raisin, pretty solid bourbon hit, quite malty, real neat.

Taste is nice, very roasty, some chocolate wafer, a bit of bourbon comes through, caramel, a bit of nuttiness and some raisin, fruity, a lot of vanilla and coconut, a bit of biscuit, dry chocolate wafer finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Pretty neat, nice stout with some light but nice bourbon character. Thanks Russ!

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark, dark brown on the verge of being black with a one finger dark khaki head. It instantly smells of vanilla, chocolate, Buffalo Trace, and coffee. The bourbon is stronger than you'd think for being 6%. The flavors are of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon. This beer has a lot of carbonation for the style and tingles the palate. It then finishes smooth. Overall this beer is very drinkable. It's nice that a bourbon barrel aged beer isn't too "big" for a change. The 6% is very drinkable and it's a pretty good beer. Well done Barley Island.

Photo of AgentZero
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - A robust looking dark beer with a tan head. The had was a little too milk bubbly for me and shot up too big to look very refined, but overall a solid looking beer.

S - Tons of bourbon on the nose. Some chocolate and a bit of roasted malts. Really this is just a bourbon bomb though. Not real impressed.

T - Tastes like someone dumped a ton of bourbon into a milky, chocolate stout. The bourbon is not infused well at all into the rest of the beer, and kind of rides along side it. I don't think this is very good.

M - Milky, creamy, full bodied, little carbonation.

D - Was shocked that this is 5.5% (per the website). Highly not drinkable at all, couldn't finish the 12 oz bottle due to the taste and burn.

Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Bung
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Sturdy dark dark brown pour, large frothy tan head with some brownish highlights.

Aroma is a bit subdued, roast malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, hint of vanilla and oak.

Taste is much more pronounced. Roasted oat, licorice, vanilla, dark choc, caramel and barrel. Really well blended and balanced.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it still borders on creamy. Very drinkable, I think there is a bit of age on this so it melded even more. Very smooth.

Really an excellent effort, more breweries need to look into barrel aging smaller beers like this.

Photo of scottfrie
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Received as an extra last year, cheers to the shipper.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a billowing, huge, light brown head that took minutes to reduce into a nice thick film that left a few strings of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of bourbon mixed with roasted oatmealish grains and a touch of spice.
T: Soft notes of dark chocolate and bourbon with a pleasant base of stereotypical oatmeal stout. A year in the bottle may have been too much as the bourbon is so well integrated I can hardly taste it. The aftertaste has notes of vanilla of peppery spices.
M: The body is on the lighter side of full but the mouthfeel is still fairly chewing and satisfying. There is too much carbonation in this one, but it is soft and not tingly, and as the beer sits for a while it calms down.
O: I liked this beer but it could use a little work. The bourbon has darn near faded completely out of this one. If you’re sitting on a bottle don’t sit too long.

Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color with a two finger head that reduces to a one finger head and is quite fluffy and creamy. A little bit of lacing.

Inviting array of chocolate, oak, bourbon and vanilla bean. Not extremely strong, but the nose is present enough to pick everything out.

Loads of chocolatey goodness. After the chocolate there are mild notes of oak, vanilla, coffee and bourbon. A little sourness as well with a subtle alcohol warmth. Nice complexity for the style.

Can definitely feel the oats. They give a nice smoothness to the nearly full body. The finish is extremely dry on the palate.

Drinks nicely although it drinks more like a RIS than an oatmeal stout. If I didn't already know, I would say this is around 8% not 6%. An awesome oatmeal stout that is a must try.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured to a pint glass at a warmer temperature (50F+); thanks, mrkanable, for sending.

The right portion of the label (not clearly shown in the photo) is among my likes: a coonskin-capped frontiersman flailing atop a bucking...bison? Reminds me of one of the faux-historical murals at the "Pawnee, Indiana" government building where new favorite show "Parks and Recreation" is set.

A: Almost completely black pour, about as deep and lightless as they come, but for a faint crimson glow. Good pillow of khaki foam, cresting at nearly 2-fingers. Has a nice 'sparkle' as it drops crookedly to a lumpy cream. Coating lace in broken drapes.

S: Dark cocoa aroma with a definite oatmeal/grainy nuttiness. Light vanilla, sweetened coffee, not really any 'barrel' aroma to be found.

T: Heavy 'char' in the roast: espresso beans, darkened nut shells, bakers chocolate. Woodiness is a thin, spicy bourbon settling deep on the back of the tongue as it warms and after about 6-8 oz. were consumed.

M: Quite mellow, a wonderful creamy smoothness. Lip-smacking malts, filling mouthfeel that bridges the gap between 'medium' and 'full' for the style. Viscosity is a big plus, bitter/sweet balance is well done.

D: Super-easy to drink, as creamy and flavorful an oatmeal stout as I could ask for. At just 6%, this is less 'beast'ly than the name implies; she's a tamed creature that could be enjoyed in quantity. Would be happy to have this one again. Thanks again, Matt.

Photo of GbVDave
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a tarry, pitch-black with a creamy, dark-tan colored head that leaves a good amount of pretty lace webbing on the inside of the glass.

S: Aromas of toasted oats, dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla, smokey char, and a hint of tangy citrus. i didn't much care for the citrus, it seemed out of place.

T: See above and add small pinches of molassas, cherry, coffee, milk chocolate, oak barrel, and more smoke. Once again, the tart/tangy citrus seemed odd and out of place.

M: Equal parts smooth & thick and roasty & prickly. Pretty sticky and coating. Sweet and roasty finish.

D: This drinks really well. Lose the citrus and this could be killer.

Photo of Overlord
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Bitterpachyderm (!).

Pours a nice, deep black with brownish edging and a huge dark tan foam head. Gorgeous pour.

Smell is of roasted malt, some cocoa, some vanilla, and a bit of molasses. not much chocolate, coffee, or bourbon in the nose.

Taste is more complex than the smell. There's a sour tinge to the roasted malt that I assume is from the oatmeal, along with a bit of coffee, some sweet cocoa/chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. There really isn't much in terms of barrel aging to this. I guess maybe a tad bit of bourbon ... or maybe not ... Really the barrel aging hasn't done much, but it's a solid stout nontheless.

Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with an erupting head of mocha that fades into a foamy topper with nice lacing behind.

Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, and some dark fruits. Nice.

Not overly complex but easy drinking with a nice roasty character. Chocolatey with some light coffee grind notes. Slight anise, with a good amount of bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, and other dark fruits and a little smokey character.

Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from abbddull as part of the DLD in person BIF 2010. thanks!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 13/2010.

pours nearly opaque deep dark brown, nearly black, with a small very fine light brown head.the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bunch of spotty lace.

aroma is good. slightly boozy alcohol. vanilla and bourbon. dark and milk chocolate. biscuit and whole wheat bread. earthy and woody.

taste is nice. dark and milk chocolate. vanilla and raw oak. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. earthy and woody. fairly low bitterness level. bit of caramel. light alcohol. just a hint of baltic sourness.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty nice balance. big chocolatey character. light barrel character. good stuff.

Photo of nickd717
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle via trade.

Very dark brown in color with a one-finger whiteh head that lasts and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is pretty nice, with HUGE bourbon, backed up by ashy roast and coffee.

The flavor is all right, but WAY too big on bourbon. That dominates the flavor, and a dry and ashy espressoish stout hides behind it.

Medium-bodied with a rather drying mouthfeel, and a bit boozy for 6%, from all the bourbon I guess.

Overall, a bit unbalanced. If they were able to fine-tune the -bal aging though, I could see this being pretty good.

Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark color with decent head, but almost no lacing. Nice scent, agood burnt grain/coffee aromas, although the bourbon aroma takes away the sweetness of the oatmeal that I find in the regular oatmeal stout. A nice combination of flavors, but again, it's overpowered a bit by the bourbon barrel. The usual smoothness is also detracted by the barreling.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Lucas from Local BIF 3. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Extended pour yields a 1.5 finger fine chocolate head with decent retention. Beer is opaque black. Ringed lacing with nice legs accompanies this one though cling is lacking.

S: Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, burnt caramel, and molasses undertones. Also a bit of brownie and molasses in there. Delicious!

T: Starts off with slight vanilla and bourbon background. Caramel, toffee, strong milk and slightly minty chocolate. Coffee bitterness and sourness provides a nice balance with the chocolate. Sours a little more at the end and finishes clean with a slight bit of lingering burnt malt flavor. Bourbon is the last flavor to leave the palate.

M: Medium bodied and just a tad too carbonated. Still real smooth though and almost oily in the mouth. Finish is a bit sticky but exceptionally clean just the way I like it. Leaves just a touch of bourbon as it goes down.

D: Highly drinkable, this one is worth seeking out. As far as oatmeal stouts go, great aroma, feel, and complexity that puts its peers to shame. Like I said, a bit over-carbonated but that's one of the few knocks against it. A great beer!

Photo of Drew966
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beastie Barrell Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is too mild, maybe a touch of cocoa is present. The flavor has some cocoa notes, caramel is definitely noticeable and I taste some oak, but no bourbon (this is supposed to be a bourbon stout). Not bad, but there are better versions of bourbon stouts out there.

Photo of JMBSH
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Beastie Barrel Stout from Barley Island Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.