Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 155
Gots: 119 | FT: 14
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: BeerSox on 08-03-2009

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Williamsburg Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter is remarkably smooth and creamy, rich, and oddly refreshing.

It poured dark brown to black, like dark chocolate, with a short fleeting tan head that left a thick tan lace curtain. Booze dominated the aroma, but the flavor was also sweet, with hints of whiskey, caramel, and chocolate, and strong long-lingering vanilla. The feel was remarkably smooth and creamy with nothing at all left behind. As a result, it was surprisingly good on a very hot day.

Williamsburg Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter has great flavor and ridiculous drinkability; however what sets it apart is the good-news-bad-news feel. The good news is the clean and crisp finish that makes it so much more than a dessert; the bad new is the complete lack of lasting impact.

Photo of billab914
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, bottle number 883. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. It didn't start with a huge head but what it did have stayed there pretty well. Moderate lacing on the glass as well.

The aroma shows the oaky wood flavor and some bourbon from the barrel aging, but isn't overpoweringly strong. There is some bitter chocolate and roasty porter flavors going on as well but they are a little milder then the barrel characteristics.

The taste has an oaky, vanilla flavor to it from the barrel. The bourbon is pretty mild and really adds to the beer and barrel flavors instead of overpowering it. This is pretty much exactly the way I like my bourbon barrel aged beers which is why I let it age a year. Besides the bourbon and barrel flavors, there is a nice dark and bitter chocolate flavor coming through along with a bit of roasty and burnt flavor. A little bit of brown sugar sweetness in the finish comes through very nicely. Excellent flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side and carbonation is low. Drinkability is also very good, it had a lot of great flavors and was a really enjoyable beer to sip on this evening. A year of aging really suited my tastes nicely on this one. The bourbon and barrel flavors really mellowed nicely and complimented the beer flavors instead of overtaking them like a lot of barrel aged beers do.

Overall this has been one of my favorite barrel aged beers so far. I'm sure a year in the cellar helped that a lot. Excellent beer overall in my opinion. I'm glad I put several 2010's in the cellar this year.

Photo of boatshoes
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of ebby82
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma- vanilla, bourbon, wood

Appearance- Dark as night, minimal head, a significant lacing.

Taste- upfront alcohol, but also a smokiness, oakey, hints of vanilla. The aftertaste is actually quite good, the smokiness is evident in the aftertaste, while the initial taste is a touch boozy.

Mouthfeel- Intense, maybe a bit too much alcohol upfront, thick, but not quite as thick as a stout. Otherwise, it tasted similar to a RIS.

I could not and would not drink more than one of these, but this is a good beer, and I'm interested to know what it will taste like in a year or so. This was also my first exposure to bourbon barreled beers of any type. I liked it so much that I tried the KBS soon thereafter, and I actually enjoyed the Porter more. The bourbon taste was definitely evident, but it wasn't as overpowering as KBS.

Photo of tpd975
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had heard great things about this one. Popped it open as a happy fathers day to me.

A: Pours a deep dark black with a small tan head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Aromas of coconut, and vanilla. Bold bourbon and oak. Hints of chocolate and mild roasted malts.

T: Loads of dark fruit, raisin, figs, and dates. Sweet and earthy. The boozy bourbon is there along with notes of oak. Subtle chocolate, roasted malt, and rum soaked raisins round things out.

M: Lite on carbonation, fairly still on the tongue with a nice smoothness.

D: Good, I sat back and sipped this one slowly. Nice sweet boozy dark fruit treat. It's a winner.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 783 of 2009...
Appears a dark brown nearing black with a small tan head that never wants to fade away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of dark chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, and light traces of bourbon.
Taste is of the aromas with vanilla, caramel, and bitter chocolate coming to mind amongst the flavors.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, a tad bitey from the wood aging, and semi-dry on the finish.

Photo of maximum12
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to msulinski for a very nice trade this spring that included this bottle. 1055 of 2009 released per the label.

Pours black. The label said it would, too. The smell is a bourbon frontal-assault, an almost harsh explosion of the barrel drowning out everyone else. I like bourbon, or this would have been overwhelming.

The smell alarmed me a bit, until I took a sip. Holy crap. The blitz of bourbon in the smell relaxes into a hammock of perfectly balanced booze & dark, tasty malts. Underneath is a bevy of flavors. Roast is high on the list & helping to tame the barrel. Warm, pure vanilla, of course.

What sets this apart might be the porter base. This is a lighter, warmer, less intense version of a 'typical' barrel-aged dark beer. The porter holds up very nicely, & markets itself as a sipper, without the belly-filling characteristic of a BA RIS. While I split the bomber with my wife, I could easily take this down all by myself. The balance & drinkability is superb.

Excellent, excellent brew. One of the better barrel-aged efforts I've had in a while, & likely the best BA porter I've ever tasted. I hope this is an annual event!

Photo of wchesak
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Whole Foods in Fairfax, VA
Poured into GD Yeti snifter

A - very dark brown opaque color, with tan colored head

S - lots of chocolate and vanilla, a bit of smoke, some toffee

T - lot more chocolate, vanilla at the end, aftertaste is very complex and lingers for a while - bourbon, toffee, earthy, oaky, smoke at the very end

M - thick, bit under carbonated - last glass from growler is the reason, coats the mouth well

D - nice sipper, heat is hardly present and shows up more in the bourbon flavors, never hot though, had some fajitas with it, and went well with the grilled steak and spicy flavors, for 15 bucks for a growler - not too bad for the quality and abv

Photo of GregSVT
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter - #1229 of 2009

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a small tan head that fades to nothing but a ring around the outside with a small amount of lacing.

S: The nose is one of the best I've had from a barrel aged beer. Lots of vanilla, milk chocolate, and molasses.

T: Loads of molasses, chocolate, and a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Some barrel funk in there but nothing outrageous.

M: The feel is creamy but a bit light. It doesn't totally detract from the experience but I bet if it were a bit thicker the flavors would be more enhanced.

D: Very good and if I had access to this it would not last long. I'm sure the ABV is relatively high given that it says you can cellar it for a year or 2.

I thank my trading partner for giving me the chance to try this one. Highly recommended.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - #1595 of 2009 - from Greenwood Gourmet, Greenwood, VA. Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a robust, burned cocoa, thick and viscous, smoothly surging forth from the bottle - sliding really, its quite oily, with very little frictional resistance that might cause it to chug out (for you engineers out there, I predict this beer, when being poured at a normal speed, has a very low Reynolds number) - in to the snifter. Half of one finger of nice, almost orange-hued ochre fluff drips upwards to the surface and shows admirable retention (for a likely 9 or 10% abv, barrel aged beer), but it does fade in a relatively short period of time to a thick foamy collar, a watery sheen, and an actually surprising amount of sticky, speckly lacing. A very sold beginning.

Aroma: Thick, sweet, and rife with barrel. Warm vanilla sugar (note: I came back to this half an hour after I originally typed it, realizing its a bath and body works scene that my sophomore-year girlfriend was obsessed with - funny what good beer can evoke), heavily caramelized, is drizzled over blocks of bittersweet cocoa, themselves floating in a glass of iced coffee. I say iced coffee both because, well, it's cold, but also because it smells ... day-oldish, a little earthy and well-worn, but still wonderfully aromatic (perhaps even more so than fresh coffee). The sweetness if really intense - highly caramelized, slightly toffee-like, and with more than its fair share of barrel sweetness, that earthy, toasted coconut sweetness - and intermingles wonderfully with a faint, distant bourbon note, slightly spicy but not hot. Excellent.

Taste: A bit of a step down from the aroma. It's much dryer than the nose - that is, the sweetness and associated notes (barrel sugars, vanilla) that were so prevalent in the nose are much better hidden here under a wave of toast and dry, earthy, slightly bitter coffee notes. Bittersweet cocoa, full-roast coffee, faint coconut, distant dark fruit, toast, huge dark toffee, anise, and a very well-integrated bourbon note. The barrel here isn't overwhelming - indeed, the barrel qua barrel itself almost comes through more than the bourbon, which is unusual for these bolder beers (were they second-cut?).

Mouthfeel: One of this beer's best qualities. It's boldly carbonated, which works well with the subtlety of the underlying base beer and the smoothness of the barrel notes, but it's still very creamy, even, smooth, which also works to sand down all the rough edges of the bourbon. As the carbonation dies down, the smoothness is maintained. Very nice.

Drinkability: A surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable beer. From Williamsburg, you can usually expect things to be too far in one direction or the other - too strong, too weak, too hot, too flavorless. But everything works well here - this one's amped up enough that the (perhaps) relative weakness of the barrels melds perfectly with the (relative) weakness of the underlying beer. It's sort of an impressive "less is more" situation, and I think it makes for a winning combo. This one's a definitely must try.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of parkeak0
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Was glad to grab two of these bottles late this summer. Decided I'd have one sooner, and cellar the other for a year or so.

A - Pours a gorgeous dark-chocolate brown. Slight head that settles into a fantastic lace that lasts as long as the beer does in my glass.

S - Lots of chocolate, coffee, dark toasty malts, pleasant alcohol. Definitely a bourbon presence in the nose.

T - What you'd expect from an imperial porter, but with a wonderful hint of bourbon. Again with the chocolate and coffee, but also noticeable caramel, vanilla, and a subtle but definitely present bourbon flavor.

M - Oh so rich and creamy... maybe a bit more so than you'd expect for the style.

D - Not a session beer. A beer to sip and savor.

Very glad that I was able to grab a couple of this limited release from Williamsburg Alewerks. I eagerly anticipate popping open my other bottle of this gem of a porter in a year or two, and seeing how it has matured.

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, consumed halloween afternoon on a cold and windy day


appearance: served in an unmarked chalice, very dark cola-mahogany body, creamy tan head with thin lacing

smell: espresso, smooth bourbon, creamy caramel and milk chocolate, oak, char, very dark malts

taste: i think the porter is the best base beer for a bourbon barrel aged offering - this one is just as good as any i have had, less maybe 1 or 2 of the earlier tyranena releases. this one has a huge chewy body - the bourbon hits first and last, with chewy caramel chocolate, charred malts, and espresso in the middle. both porters i've had from williamsburg have been great but i havent been moved by the rest of their lineup

mouthfeel: thick heavy body, bitter bourbon kick

drinkability: heavy but tasty

Photo of clayrock81
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle 0284:
Poured a black body with a frothy offwhite head that left a little lace. An oaky, roasted malts, caramel, vanillla and toffee malt smell (did not really pick up any chocolate). A smooth, creamy yet slightly sticky/syrupy medium body that mixes sweetness from vanilla and caramel and a little chocolate but mixes a dry roughness from the bourbon barrels and toffee/roasted malt presence. It has a sweet taste but I felt it was slightly unbalanced with the strong bourbon/wood presence and 1 bottle is enough for me.

Photo of deereless
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thin layer of frothy head with a ring of espresso foam along the edge of the glass, lots of sticky patches on the inside of the glass, pitch black - 4.25, S: Bourbon aromas are strong and they are the first thing to jump out at me, the nose is quite sweet likely the result of the bourbon, some charring and ash smells along with slight signs of raisins - 4.50, T: Pureed prunes and raisins, alcohol is apparent, some hop bite is also discernible, the specialty grains come through - especially the chocolate malts, burnt coffee, the barrel aging provides some nice oak and vanilla flavors - 4.00, M: Wonderful mouth feel, extremely creamy with a hint of grittiness on the tongue - 4.50, D: Bottle #1945 of 2009, an enjoyable beer and one I'd happily drink again - 4.00

Photo of blackie
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

similar recipe to the Rapadou, though the sugars have not been caramelized, aged in Virginia Gentleman barrels

a: poured into my rounded piraat glass, a dense but short lived mocha head surges forward and recedes as quickly as it came, coating the surface and depositing spotty lace on the walls of the glass, this porter is a deep ebony in color, with some brown showing around the edges

s: dark chocolate milk, roasted cacao, espresso, and molasses body support a great bourbon and oaky vanilla character - assertive but totally appropriate, packed with luscious cocoa and roast, deeply aromatic raw sugars, spicy oak, sweet bourbon with no offensive alcohol, big aromas of chocolate cake and bourbon filled chocolates, hops mild and seemingly of an english variety, just fantastic

m: delicate carbonation sprouts from a smooth, full bodied beer

t: smooth, dark and milk chocolates run throughout the body as vanilla bean and fresh oak add complexity, the bourbon is prominent but well balanced and far from hot, this one leads towards the dessert side of chocolate cake and sweetened coffee and away from dry, astringent roasts, mild bitterness in the finish, delicious on all fronts

d: a great porter with a skillfully implemented barrel aging, I'll be purchasing another while they're around

bomber 0406/2009 from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

Photo of Traquairlover
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22-oz bottle, number 1842 of 2009, poured into tulips.

A = Deep mahogany, completely opaque, about a one and a half finger light cappuccino tan head with decent retention, medium lacing.

S & T = Strong smells of cocoa powder at first sniff, with sweet bourbon, oak and maple showing up in second sniff. In the taste I first get deep rich flavors of dark 70% cacao chocolate, cream, roasted coffee beans, the bourbon and oak characteristics are present but very mild, the overriding taste sensations I get are of dark, rich chocolate. Long, bitter finish which is interesting because there is a sweetness to this beer that keeps the finish from being dry, but the bitterness that is present does nonetheless slowly keep the thought of taking the next sip constantly on the mind.

M = Heavy body, exceptionally good mouthcoating, luxurious creamy feel, slight heat from the alcohol, but no medicinal alcohol tastes.

D = This is a sipper, so not exactly highly drinkable, but very enjoyable.

Photo of Pencible
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1667 of 2009. This poured a nearly opaque black mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like lots of bourbon and oak, with some fresh roasted coffee and toasted oats and cooking vanilla, and a bit of dark chocolate and sour cherry. It tasted like strong and smooth bourbon and oak, with roasted coffee and cream and dark chocolate, with some toasted oats and molasses. It was thick and oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a lasting bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this beer is wonderful, with a ton of depth and complexity and richness. Its smell and taste and body were all fabulous. It hid the alcohol entirely, which made it exceptionally easy to drink. But to savor this beast, it's really worth sipping. I would rank this beer up with KBS or BORIS, except it's a porter instead of a stout. Maybe the best beer brewed in Virginia.

Photo of jnn4v
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 1667 of 2009. Was purchased the week it came from distribution and stored in a refrigerator since then.

A: Dark brown color with a very small amount of light brown head. No sediment. Almost opaque.

S: Initially it smelled like a typical imperial porter, but with significantly more coffee. However, after 30 seconds, a wealth of rich flavors evolved including chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and fudge. This may be the perfect smelling porter.

T: Yes! The flavor actually does well enough to live up to the scent. Lots of bourbon and toasted oat. Sweetened coffee and chocolate right after. Some bitter coffee as the other flavors trail off. Coffee, bourbon and a hint of medicinal in the aftertaste. Very good overall.

M: Very rich and creamy. Wonderful texture. Heavy, but not syrupy or oily like some bourbon aged imperial stouts can be. Fine carbonation.

D: Not sure the ABV, but this is a very smooth, very complex, yet subtle beer that has wonderful flavors and could be drunk any time of year. One of the best beers of any genre I've ever consumed.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

Bottle #1190.

Pours dark brown. Nice, though short-lived head, fades to small formations of bubbles.

Big time bourbon in the nose. Maybe a little chocolate and dark fruit, but mostly hot bourbon.

This beer would greatly benefit from some aging. Tasted just a little too hot. Caramel, chocolate, and toffee flavors make this almost taste more like a stout than a porter to me.

Given the booziness, this is a much easier drinker than it should be. Smooth, smooth.

No clue what the ABV is, I guessed around 10.5. Hopefully I'll be revisiting this in the future, with a little bit of age on it.

Photo of BillyBroas
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 1171 of 2009

Just as a note, I am from Williamsburg, so I will try to remain as unbiased as possible. Although I gotta say seeing a beer bottle with Williamsburg on the label gets me a little teary eyed.

Aroma - Smells like chocolate and dark fruits. Great nose on it. Don't have to get too close to get a whiff of this one.

Appearence - Poured jet black with a mocha colored 1 finger head that is fairly dense. Looks sexy in the Guinness glass.

Taste - Bourbon/alcohol is the first thing that hit me. Not overwhelming at all, but actually a pretty pleasant "hello". Following that it was mainly chocolate that came through, along with some dark fruit sweetness. Some bitterness that tingled the lips.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Really not as thick and creamy as I thought it would be.

One of the better ones I've had from the 'Burg. The Imperial IPA was fantastic also. I managed to let that one age for 2 1/2 years. This one aged for 24 hrs.

Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ben for bringing this bottle down from VA, labeled #1361, poured into a snifter.

Pours almost completely black in the glass with light showing through just slightly around the edges underneath a one-inch creamy tan head that recedes slowly to a soapy cover.

The aroma is very sweet with lots of sweet dark chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. There are plenty of dark roasted malts which are well balanced with a very subtle bourbon aroma, not overpowering thankfully. Excellent aroma actually.

The taste is sweet as well with an initial brown sugar and chocolate presence. The bourbon is much more present in the taste, especially in the finish. The chocolate in the taste is a little more bitter, more like a bakers chocolate and there's a bit more oak as well.

The mouthfeel is smooth and slick on the palate with plenty of carbonation. It's pretty full bodied.

I've had very little experience with Williamsburg, but this is a great beer. I personally like the less obtrusive bourbon presence and it lends to a higher drinkability. For those who like a sweeter stout/porter, this one is highly recommended.

Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Numbered bottle out of 2009, poured into a nonic.

Chocolate brown, near opaque color with ruby highlights against light. A large, fluffy dark coffee colored head that is very retentive and leaves some clean rings of lacing. The barrel aging dominates the aroma, oak and vanilla. Some chocolate and dark fruit and alcohol in the finish, nicely balanced in general. Mouthfeel is biggest let down of the beer, very low carbonation, body is very slick and smooth and could use a little pinch of carbonation to balance out some of the sweetness. Flavor is malty milk chocolate and mild dark fruit with strong notes of vanilla and oak in the finish, along with a strong, but balanced burn of alcohol. My first impression of this is divided, I want to like it and everything seems well balanced but overall I feel like some complexity is missing somewhere.

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Bourbon Barrel Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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