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Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 141
Gots: 96 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerSox on 08-03-2009)
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Reviews by dborginis:
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

12-01-2011 21:49:23 | More by dborginis
More User Reviews:
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

split with hu5om (who received this as an extra in a trade) in guiness glasses.

A: inky black pour with hints of brown, with a thin ring of tan foam around the edges.

S: exceptionally smoky, a slight bourbon burn as a mild after-aroma.

T: front heavy smoke flavors, nearly overwhelming the faint bourbon aftertaste that is noticeable as it slides down the throat. also a mixture of caramel, toffee, and vanilla lost in the abundant smokiness.

MF/D: quick sizzle of carbonation that fizzles on the tongue for a smooth swallow. tastes eerily similar to a stout, but isnt that what an imperial porter should be? leaves a subtle tingling sensation as it warms.

07-21-2010 04:46:21 | More by newk340
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-15-2011 05:41:17 | More by mjtiernan
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-11-2014 17:05:11 | More by KOP_Beer_OUtlet
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours an opaque black out of the bottle. Very aggressive pour yields about an eighth inch of creamy brown head that shortly turns into a patchy sheet but otherwise sticks around. Mild amounts of lacing left as well while I drink.

Smell- Nose primarily consists of notes of roasted malt, along with lots of wood, vanilla, and bourbon integrated in a big way. Most all of the smells I expect from a good bourbon barrel beer.

Taste- Palate very similar in its emphasis on vanilla and wood right off the bat. Backed up and rounded out with more roasted malt notes, but I also get a lot of dark chocolate flavors coming through here as well. Big but well rounded.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial and creamy and drinkability is very solid for the style. I didn't have any trouble polishing off the remainder of my beer.

Overall, a very solid BB porter. I thought this was a vast improvement over Williamsburg Alewerk's base porter. Worth a try if you can get this beer.

06-25-2010 23:01:31 | More by boatshoes
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-15-2014 01:15:29 | More by Mantooth
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-16-2013 01:04:29 | More by TKEbeerman
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-27-2012 03:43:48 | More by CUE45
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-21-2014 02:02:51 | More by jtladner
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-03-2013 03:44:43 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-05-2014 19:17:39 | More by HopAttack3
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

01-20-2014 04:22:15 | More by Zonian1
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-05-2014 19:24:19 | More by sgttibbs
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-14-2012 06:06:20 | More by freehafe
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-16-2013 20:04:24 | More by johnyb
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-26-2013 04:55:15 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-24-2013 02:04:00 | More by Beerontwowheels
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip, between four friends on my balcony. One of the "Last Hurrah" bottles of the night, as my wife and I are moving to New York in exactly one week from Virginia.

As an aside, about two months ago I took a trip with my wife to Williamsburg. Old Williamsburg. And after we were done, we went to the shop, the place in the industrial park, and the guy who was there said it wasn't ready yet. It didn't have the labels. And yet so quickly, here it is. A taste would've been nice, especially from someone who's such a supporter, but alas.

Apparently this is the Rapadou sans caramelized sugar and in bourbon barrels for two months. Two months? Seems a little short to me. We'll see.

Appearance: Expected opaque. Nice mocha head and decent retention. So many of these dark beers end up being exactly the same that I keep yearning for the retention of something like Black Albert after having that. So many the same. This one's good, and like so many others, no different. Can't wait to get this rating over a good eventually.

Smell: Toasted creamy marshmallow, dark fruits, soft chocolate, a bit of coffee, and earthy woodiness. Balanced and good.

Taste: Marshmallow, mild bourbon, caramel, vanilla. Good through and through, but only two months? This should've been at least six, seemingly. Not enough time to soak up the bourbon and wood nuances. This could've been dynamite.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous. Frighteningly close to cloying, and yet not so.

Drinkability: Worth it. I like WBA a lot. This one makes me happy to say so. And yet I think it could've been one of those mindblowing brews if it would've been in the barrels a bit longer. This is coming from someone who doesn't know about the logistics, but I feel like it could've reached some awesome places with that time and care. Still, it's worth it, and I like it, and I'll continue to spend the cash on WBA, if I can find it again since I'm moving to New York in a week. If this is my last one, though, I'm cool with that too.

08-09-2009 04:45:57 | More by asabreed
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-25-2012 00:07:25 | More by syntheticwings
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North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

2010 release, # 1730 (of how many? Don't know.)

Pours a golden-tan head, like a marshmallow toasted just right. Color is an extremely dark brown, edging into total blackness. Head doesn't stick around very long, which could mean higher alcohol. Leaves lots of lace splats and strings and splotches on the glass.

The aroma indeed offers a pretty big alcohol bite, although that could also be the very forward bourbon smell playing tricks. Although there's a little bit of roasted grain pushing through, this is basically a bourbon-dominant nose. As advertised, and good, but would be great to have the rest of the beer show itself. Maybe the flavor?

Oh yeah, no problem there. A big mass of gooey melted chocolate is what comes to mind first, while the whiskey and wood props it up and adds depth. It's like dunking a chocolate cake donut into a vat of chocolate fudge frosting then chasing it with a shot of fine bourbon...while sitting in a newly built log cabin (smell that wood!). What needs to happen in a beer like this is balance, and this totally achieves that. Dessert/sweet spice comes through subtly and carries into the finish. The alcohol is present but hardly overbearing. I'm guessing 8-9% range here.

Mouth is creamy and maybe even a little sticky, but never too thick. Does very well by the flavors, matching them nicely. Very smooth.

This is a big-flavored beer, and because the nature of the flavor includes pretty assertive sweet/chocolate, wood and bourbon/alcohol characteristics, it may be a little too bold to consider extremely drinkable, but I'm drinking it and liking it very much. On a hot summer day no less. One of this always-improving brewery's best so far...

07-08-2010 21:10:22 | More by Metalmonk
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%

Radek's bottle, thanks for sharing. A good porter, 2009 edition. A tad of smoke, clear bourbon taste that is showcased well, some coconut, some cocoa. Middling mouthfeel, a llittle creamy. Bubbly head on dark body, spidery lace. Bottle 1251 out of 2009.

08-20-2009 03:51:37 | More by Sammy
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-05-2013 20:24:28 | More by Oboogie
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

2011 - 1815 Bomber poured into a pint glass.

Look- Very, very dark brown, with ruby highlights and loads of tan head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Pretty but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Smell- Lots of delicious bourbon and some chocolates. A bit of vanilla and cream as well. Not very complex, but it is fairly alluring.

Taste- One word: heavenly. Loads of chocolate at first, just like the Alewerks Washington's Porter, but after the initial taste, there is a complex melding of lighter chocolates, bourbon, and a bit of vanilla. Finishes with some hoppy and coffee bitterness with some spiciness from the alcohol. Unlike many beers I have had, the booziness really compliments the other flavors instead of taking away from them.

Mouthfeel- Full body with not a lot of carbonation. Kind of creamy and very mouth coating. Goes down smooth which is dangerous with the ABV (I can already feel it and I am not even half done).

Overall- Another new favorite from the Alewerks. Certainly a treat. I would recommend you buy this for a special occasion (I personally just finished my summer finals) or as a gift for that special beer/bourbon lover in your life.

08-04-2011 21:56:44 | More by dafizzif
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

2011 - bottle 1317

Finger of tannish creamy head, good retention, opaque dark brown body. Laces decently.

Smell is rich milk chocolate and a hint of fresh coconut.

Holy cow this is good. I'm heavily reminded of New Holland Dragon's Milk in a good way, but it's different. Where to begin: there's a bit of hops at the beginning, followed by a wave of milk chocolate, a bit of the coconut, and some vanilla bourbon warmth. On the finish, a trace of bitter coffee and another bit of balancing hops, faintly biscuity. Powerful and balanced, not in the sense of neutralizing, but in the sense of being both bitter and sweet. Not under-hopped, but as a person who doesn't love hops, I don't frankly mind.

Rich mouthfeel, not distracting, finely textured.

"Bourbon barrel porter" can mean a lot of a things-- in this case, it means something awesome. I really need to start taking Williamsburg Alewerks more seriously-- after Grand Illumination and this-- I'm impressed.

07-30-2011 04:51:10 | More by zaphodchak
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New York

4.14/5  rDev -3%

Thanks to Sam and Russ for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1.5 finger rich mocha head with good retention. Beer is opaque and pitch black. Lacing is layered and sticky. Very nice.

Nose is chocolate, molasses, lactose, fudge and bourbon. There's a bit of an off ethanol smell that lingers in the back a bit. Aromatic.

Opens chocolate, roasted malt, fudge, and molasses. Some smoke and bourbon in the middle. More molasses with notes of liquorice and a touch of leather at the end. Finishes sweet and syrupy with the same aftertaste. Really good. The flavors are appropriate and they complement each other very well.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily and slick in the mouth and goes down with a touch of heat but very smooth overall. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky sweet aftertaste. Perfect.

Another winner from Williamsberg Alewerks and easily one of the best porters I've had to date (though this drinks more like an Imperial Stout). Definitely worth seeking out.

04-02-2013 02:16:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
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