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Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 439
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 148
Gots: 101 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerSox on 08-03-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

buzzedup, Yesterday at 07:13 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bootdown21, Yesterday at 01:48 AM
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Umberto tonight.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a half inch foamy mocha-colored head, with a little bit of lacing.

Smells great, big bourbon waft, with big flashes of chocolate and vanilla.

This is surprisingly awesome, really hit the spot. The barrel comes through fairly strongly, some vanilla, oak, and a lot of bourbon, with chocolate, and a bit of roasted malt bitterness.

This has an amazingly full mouthfeel, creamy, silky and velvety, with a lower amount of carbonation. Utterly and amazingly drinkable.

This was a big sleeper hit of the night, really tasty.

GreesyFizeek, Thursday at 03:14 AM
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

lorenwhite7, Oct 14, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

ShadyRigglesbee, Oct 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

MrNate, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

brpendergast85, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottled opened 9.26.14

Roasted, slightly charred, nice bourbon notes.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

earlholman, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SicEmChris, Sep 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

I've only rated 95 beers on BA, and only given a 5 to one other beer. The complexity and smoothness of AleWerks BBP put it at the top of my list. I'd match it against any other porter for flavor, but it's so smooth that it remains very drinkable. Suitable for drinking by itself or having with a steak or big burger.

rpjordan, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

brians52, Sep 21, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%

pizzatown, Sep 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bigred89, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of d5001986
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

22oz bomber poured into Spiegelau tulip.
Bottled 7-5-13

A: Thin and dark, but not quite black. A finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Molasses, black licorice, bourbon, alcohol.

T: Booze forward. Molasses, bourbon, a hint of vanilla and cherry. Alcohol in the finish.

M: Smooth with low carbonation, but not enough body.

O: Too boozy and just lacking overall complexity. Can't recommend this one.

d5001986, Sep 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

erwityk, Sep 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

NHbeerguy, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Petegrieco, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

J-Bonestradamus, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of sierratwohearted
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

a- dark amber, completely opaque/no head. s- at first the smell of bourbon shot out of the bottle, now i'm smelling alot of chocolate notes. a little sweet maltiness. t- heat up front. bourbon-definetly, alot of chocolate. very full-bodied and smooth. heat in the finish- i can feel the heat at the back of my throat(like drinking bourbon). is this a porter or a stout? come to think of it: whats the difference anyway? This seems to lean more towards a 'stout porter' in my opinion. this is my first beer from Alewerks since i moved to VA, a very enjoyable porter(stout).

sierratwohearted, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

fthegiants, Sep 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

From a growler filled six days ago, poured into a large tulip. One finger (well, a pinky, anyway) mocha head that subsided fairly quickly, leaving no lace. First, let this beer warm up before you form an opinion. Cold, it's boozy and a bit harsh. Nearing room temperature, it's still alcoholic, but much smoother. The bourbon is very apparent on the nose, along with coffee and a bit of chocolate, along with something a little bit funky that I can't quite put my finger on. This beer has a gorgeous mouthfeel, thick and a bit oily. The bourbon is still there on the palate, as well as the coffee, and maybe a bit of plum or prune - fairly significant sweetness - and a faint tinge of bacon fat that my favorite porters seem to evince. Just my opinion, but this is a beer that you might want to go out of your way to find. Among local offerings, it isn't quite up there with Lickinghole Creek's Enlightened Despot (different style, Imperial Russian Stout), but it's in the same ballpark. Extremely enjoyable!

blbarnett3, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Nice bourbon presence with a deeper porter mouthfeel to help balance it out a bit. Slightly hot but not over powering. Makes me curious about the base beer as this is a fantastic BA Porter. First from Alewerks for me. Def bourbon forward but worth trying if you trend toward more bourbon heavy BA beers.

doremite, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

northstar23, Aug 28, 2014
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Bourbon Barrel Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.