Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company
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Reviews by slusk:
4.34/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: This beer pours black with a healthy copper head. Good head retention with a fair amount of lacing.
S: There's a pleasant alcohol aroma with a good bit of oak. The bourbon comes through and is well complimented by a woody, earthy hop note. There's a lot going on here, dark fruits, chocolate and dark caramel. a bit of raisin.
T: Up front there's a strong but pleasant alcohol bite, quickly followed by a big dark malt presence. I get a good amount of chocolate and a bit of dark roast coffee with a background sweetness. The oak and bourbon are present throughout the beer but don't overwhelm the balance of roasted flavors. The earthy hops aren't in the forefront but lend themselves to the oak flavor.
M: full body with medium carbonation. A nice chewy porter.
O: I had this beer on a recent trip to Williamsburg and what can I say, this is one of my favorite porters ever. It has everything I like in a difficult style to master. Barrel aging tends to be a subtle science but Alewerks has proven they have mastered the wood. This is by no means a session beer, I wouldn't be able to drink a lot of it, but I would drink it every day. I suspect the only thing that is keeping this brew from being on the BA top 250 is a limited distribution, but as has been shown by other small breweries (The Alchemist for one) it's just a matter of time before their secret is out. Well done Alewerks.
Serving type: on-tap
04-19-2014 15:05:19 | More by slusk
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4.14/5 rDev -3%
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 +2.1%
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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