Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
BOTTLE NUMBER: 1202 of 2009
Big thanks goes to Traquairlover for this one!
This pours a very nice black color with just a slight touch of dark brown around the edges. The two-finger head of foam is medium brown in color. It recedes to a thin surface covering. The lacing is in nice, medium-sized strands, which are fairly sticky.
This nose is very nice, indeed. A very nice presence of oak and bourbon notes. Good hints of deep, rich, milk chocolates, along with some lighter traces of dark chocolates. Mild notes of dark coffee with heavy cream.
Okay, I'm getting some notes of milk chocolate covered espresso beans, that have been lightly drizzled with dark chocolate also. Good hints of oak. Nice roasted malt notes. The bourbon presence is very tasty and really doesn't bring much heat with it, at all. Very good hints of vanilla. Light touches of toasted caramels.
Alot of porters, in general, can be on the 'dry' side of the spectrum. This one definitely leans a bit more towards the sweet side, yet is not overly so. Very nicely balanced.
This one is nicely full-bodied and has a lighter side of medium level of carbonation. It is smoother than alot of porters tend to be. The tiny bubbles in the carbonation help give it a good level of creaminess.
Yes, I understand that this is a limited release beer. If it was available though, I'd like to have it on a regular basis. It's very smooth and tasty, and I like it alot.
One of the better examples of bourbon-barrel aging that I've yet to come across, and it's a style/category that I love and try to get as much as I can from.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2009 05:41:18 | More by coldmeat23
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasted On: 07-20-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade
Appearance: Dark brown beer, nearly black, with reddish highlights. The tan head is thin and leaves small traces of lace on the glass.
Smells: Oak and vanilla, dark cherries, and aromas of alcohol, including some bourbon sweetness but also fruitiness of something like a cognac.
Taste: A wide variety of flavors include licorice, roasted malts, dark bittersweet chocolate, cherries, raisins, figs and vanilla. I don't taste much in the way of hops.
Mouthfeel: Very thick in body, with low carbonation. The finish is sweet of dark fruits, molasses and vanilla notes.
Overall: Quite a hefty brew, I found it to be a delightful sipper although maybe a tad too sweet for my tastes.
Thanks to Treyliff for the beer!
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 04:38:36 | More by sommersb
4.36/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22-oz bottle served to chalice. Acquired in trade back in September 2013. 7-2013 bottling date, consumed 5-24-14.
dark brown appearance, minimal head, but the lacing's decent
typical porter aromas at work, with very faint oak barrel undertones (understandably, the latter are more prominent as the beer warms). dark chocolate; toasted coconut (much more prominent with warmth and swirling); caramel; vanilla notes
the opening salvo's oak and bourbon, but then, even cold, there's a delicious dulce de leche sweet caramel, with toasted coconut to boot. the alcohol's noticeable, but not off-putting
the mouthfeel's not the thickest, but this is a porter, so I wasn't expecting sticky sweet. lingering caramel on the tongue though
I'd yet to have a truly enjoyable bourbon barrel porter . . . until now. This demonstrates what a good barrel can do. I dig the toasty, roasty coconut sweetness. Alcohol + Mounds. Yum. Want another.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2014 00:19:54 | More by StoutItOutLoud
Bourbon Barrel Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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