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Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 137
Gots: 93 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 03:51:37 | More by Sammy
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

03-07-2013 12:45:06 | More by t0rin0
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12%

09-08-2013 00:47:41 | More by djrn2
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black with a huge towering head on the top that would not quit. Spilling over the sides it left everything just completely soaked and sticky with a thin chocolate covered film. A wonderful mess indeed. Rich notes of bourbon and Vanilla welcome you in on this one and play off each other nicely. Warming lets a touch of the chocolate underneath peak its head up but not as much as I would have liked, still, very nice. As I take a sip, it crashes over the palate. Richness that is well served to say the least. Creamy and full bodied the deep chocolate and roasted malts interact with vanilla and a leather and tobacco note making it all so smooth and full that it was absurd. Enormous flavor here that was simply hard to withstand. I really could have just sat there with a glass of this all day, it seemed to really come together quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 17:37:37 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with lovely ruby highlights; the bubbly one finger head retains with dignity and leaves nice patterns of lace on the glass

Smell: Toated marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, oak and hints of coconut

Taste: Toasted marshmallow, up front, with a developing bourbon vanilla flavor arriving at mid-palate; there is also quite a bit of hop bitterness in there, too; lots of alcohol becomes apparent both before and after the swallow, where a burst of bourbon flavor jumps out; toffee sweetness lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I'm glad I bought two bottles, as I will want my other bottle to age for at least a year; I suspect this beer will improve a lot with age as it is certainly rough around the edges right now, as the hops and alcohol need to settle down; I loved the Rapidou, which I tried after aging it for a year or so, so I suspect this will be no different

Note: Had my second bottle on 9/25/11 and, with two years of age, the beer has settled in nicely as expected - bumped up the overall score to 4.5

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 23:50:32 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-25-2011 17:45:09 | More by nmann08
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3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Mark.

A: The beer pours a dark brown color with a finger of khaki head.

S: Oak, bourbon, and vanilla let you know right away that this beer was barrel aged. Plenty of roasted malts with a bit of coffee. There's a definite butter note to it which sort of ruins the aroma.

T: Like with the aroma, there are nice bourbon and vanilla notes with a decent flavor of oak/wood. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts with a mild coffee flavor. No butter here, at least, and the flavor is actually pretty nice.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Tasted pretty nice, but the aroma was definitely off.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 03:49:42 | More by womencantsail
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12%

05-26-2013 04:55:15 | More by acurtis
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4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slips out a clearish, dark brown body with ruby-hinted edges and a frothy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: A robust choco-vanilla union leads in the aroma with a smokey whiff of lightly charred malts, small traces of dark fruitiness, and all the usual bourbon barrel accents.

Taste: A dark chocolate flavor blanketed in good amounts of dark brown sugar and vanilla sugar. It's a sweet drink, but not overly so. Modest date-like fruitiness. Roasted malts provide for a hint of smokiness. Well-integrated bitterness. Bigger bourbon presence on the back half (and as the beer warms), lending more vanilla, brown sugar, oak wood, and even a touch of coconut cream. Finishes dry, warming, and still with an ever increasing bourbon quality until it all just ends.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body, with a mouthfeel that's both smooth and a bit sticky. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An inviting, likable BA Imperial Porter, which is something I think we could all use more of.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 18:55:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-16-2012 19:20:56 | More by Texasfan549
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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with a nice black color and light tan colored head. The lacing is pretty nice looking and the retention is thin but there along with the lacing. The smell of this beer as It warms up gets better and better. The aromas of bourbon and wood shine through with a moderate boozy note on the nose. The taste is sensational, it's got some of the best natural vanilla flavors I've ever had. There is a spicy note in there too probably from the bourbon. The beer has a light dry roasted finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and slick feeling. Moderate carbonation also. Overall it's a beautiful beer. Very very good stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:35:39 | More by Knapp85
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Released a bit late this time 'round (or so I've been told), but worth the wait. It pours a nearly opaque black-brown topped by a half-finger of greyish-ecru foam, which builds up slowly but fades much faster. The nose is simple, comprising bourbon, roasted malts, and a vague sense of wood (I'm leanin' toward oak on this one...). The taste shows a Harvey Dent-esque character: One face is heavy on the bourbon and oak; the other comprises a very light coffee, some roasted malts, and some molasses. The two halves run parallel, equally strong, throught the tasting. The body is pretty thick, with moderate carbonation, and a slight coating is formed, complete with a lingering oak flavor. Overall, this is not the pinnacle of barrel-aged beers, but a solid offering nonetheless, especially for one of my local (sorta) breweries.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 04:19:57 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-20-2014 18:52:45 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Nick. Mocha brown, nearly opaque but not quite there. It has a solid tan cap that settles to a collar. Pretty nice aroma, the barrel is well-integrated, lending some caramel sweetness to the roasty base porter. A bit tootsie roll-like as it warms, this smells good. Chocolate-caramel candy flavors are prominent, plenty of barrel, but it's at balance with the dark malts. Medium in body with a slightly fruity, roasty, sweet finish. This is great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 06:02:16 | More by largadeer
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-09-2013 23:14:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its not a tasting unless there's a bourbon barrel aged beer in the mix. This is a "local" beer from Virginia. Lots of good beers in Virginia, they don't get enough attention in my opinion.

Beer is black with a brown tight head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Beer is kind of sweet and bourbony in the nose. Smells good.

This beer is a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel. There is some minimal bitterness from the roasted malts. Drinkability is good, it is pretty easy going. Bourbon barrel character is nice and not overwhelming. Minimal oakiness, interesting overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 17:30:27 | More by drabmuh
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one thanks to msulinski, and shared with the Central New England BA Meetup.

A: Light creamy darker head over a pitch black beer.

N: Chocolate my friend! Chocolate is the key word here. Chocolate malt, chalky chocolate milk, bakers chocolate, nibs, etc. Some roasted malts, a slight fluffy malt, chewy nougat malt and some bitter hops with that, and a slight booze. A slight hint of oak and bourbon, but barely.

T: Again chocolate on the taste, lots of bakers chocolate, choc milk, malt, chewys malts with some caramel and nougat again. Then comes a strange wood flavor, woody esthers and like chewing on an old wooden shelf. A slight oak and bourbon that some out a bit more as it warms. Some vanilla too, with creamy flavors too. It starts to get bitter too with some roasty earthy charred malt flavors, but a little spicy earthy hop presence too. Slightly sweet in the flavor as well.

M: Semi thick and creamy, with decent carbonation.

F: bitter earthy charred malts, with lingering creamy chocolate milk and bakers chocolate. Somewhat malty finish too, a little more roasted malt and the slightest hint of warming booze. Semi dry as well. Again just a slight hint of oak and bourbon that seems to come out a bit more as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 03:05:58 | More by jlindros
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3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from writerLJberg's cellar, consumed at Beermongers, Portland, OR
Thanks for the share!

Poured a dark brown color, nearly opaque, with a small cap of tan head. Aroma of oaky bourbon, roasty malts, a bit of coffee, notes of vanilla and maybe a hint of diacetyl. Bourbon-soaked oak and sweet vanilla in the taste, roasty malts and cocoa, with a bit of coffee. Medium body, maybe just a little thin, with moderate carbonation. Pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 09:59:24 | More by Rifugium
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

01-18-2014 05:22:54 | More by SocalKicks
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New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 03/25/11 notes. Thanks to jslot38 for sharing this one. 2010 vintage, bottle number 0558.

a - Pours a dark brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, chocolate, oak, roasted malts.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel malts, bourbon, oak, and light vanilla. Very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall this was a really nice bourbno barrel aged stout. I thought the taste was very balanced and complex; I really enjoyed it. Would like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 02:26:47 | More by mdfb79
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

12-21-2013 16:24:21 | More by oline73
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

how phenomenal is this? my first alewerks brew is a winner to say the least. downright delicious. new cork and cage 750 ml bottles different from what is pictured here. obsidian luster to this impenetrable coffee brown liquid. a two inch dish soapy khaki head sits permanently on top. a nose od sweet vanilla bourbon and oak, above a dense charred barley base, which is both viscous and light, which is uncommon and even paradoxical, but a lovely interplay. bourbon first on the taste, with layered porter background. i taste a nice robust ale yeast in there, lighter than a stout in grain, but still incredibly sturdy. vanilla is there, oaky density too, but an airy feel and a long sweet finish make this beer seem far lighter than it really is. amazingly delicate on the palate, rounded edges, no heat. the bourbon highlights this beer really well, accentuates what is already beautifully brewed. im wishing for nothing but another pour. carbonation levels are only medium, but thats all that is necessary. more would be too much. porters dont get enough barrel love, and in this arms race of huge stouts, there seems room for more beer like this. highly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 23:53:41 | More by StonedTrippin
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-25-2012 03:07:41 | More by mendvicdog
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

02-07-2013 06:04:38 | More by beernads
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3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a half finger mocha head that immediately settles into a very thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with a nice bourbon barrel presence that's countered by the dark malt notes. Subtle toasted oak with lots of sweet bourbon and vanilla followed by some chocolate cake, toffee and coffee bean. Bourbon well integrated into the nose without overpowering the other characteristics.

Medium bodied with a blast of sweet, boozy bourbon that dominates the flavor lingering over the other barrel notes and roasted malt into a fiery hot finish. Bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon along with some dry wood and very faint vanilla. Could use some more to balance things out a bit. Underneath the bourbon there is subtle sweet and roasted dark malt. Hints of chocolate, coffee, toast and oatmeal but the bourbon really overwhelms and overtakes these notes. The oak compliments the roasted notes, lingering into a dry finish.

Overall this beer started off nice with a decent pour and an impressive aroma but it's very one dimensional with too much bourbon flavor and lingering heat for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 07:54:28 | More by corby112
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Bourbon Barrel Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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