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Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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396 Ratings
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 139
Gots: 93 | FT: 11
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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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-16-2012 19:20:56 | More by Texasfan549
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CUE45

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-27-2012 03:43:48 | More by CUE45
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-21-2012 22:12:52 | More by plumcrazyfx
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Mister_Joshy

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-14-2012 16:43:30 | More by Mister_Joshy
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Steimie

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-14-2012 00:54:45 | More by Steimie
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The most striking part of this beer is how it pours without any head. Even with a vigorous pour, nothing rises up. Otherwise the beer is really dark black. No light getting through this one.

S: The aroma is full of bourbon and rich chocolate. Some vanilla and a slight amount of roast come out as well. Definitely a bourbon-forward aroma, I hope the taste brings a little bit more balance.

T: The taste delivers. Still bourbon-forward, the taste is bolstered by a nice hit of chocolate that lingers on the palate seemingly forever. The very backend leaves a hint of booze to remind you the bourbon is still there. The roast isn't really anywhere to be found, making the beer pretty sweet. Some vanilla and maybe a slight amount of oak are also left over from the barrel. The taste is balanced, but not particularly wowing as a porter aged in bourbon barrels.

MF: The body is thin at times, but it's also very drinkable. I wish it was a bit thicker just to hold the body together a little more. With that said, I simply had no problem drinking the whole bottle. I also enjoyed the smoothness of the beer.

O: I liked this a lot, but thought it could have been better overall. It's hurt by an average look and smell, but the taste does stand on its own. I'd say it's worth your time if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 19:40:45 | More by russwbeck
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber (labeled 2011-4220) poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out about as dark brown as possible before turning black. Initially a nice tan colored head comes out and, it stays with the session for quite a while, but not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is outstanding. Plenty of oak, fudgy chocolate, vanilla, and absolutely some bourbon. Very roasty and a nice warm tickle from the alcohol. If I wasn't reading the label, I'd say it was an imperial stout.

Taste is equally as excellent. Super roasty and on par with the smell. The oak and vanilla sort of blend together. Coffee and sweeter than bitter chocolate come out and it's followed by the bourbon. Well balanced blend of all the flavors, I love it.

Mouthfeel is as close to perfect as one can get without actually being perfect. I'm sure there is SOME room for improvement. Full bodied and a great carbonation level. The warmth from the alcohol has a nice finish. It has nice drinkability, a perfect sipper on a cold evening like tonight.

I love this beer, and definitely want more. Thanks Ron for the KILLER extra!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 02:59:54 | More by AndyAvalanche
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-30-2012 05:04:39 | More by duceswild
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raffy313

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into my NB globe. Shout out to eriktheipaman for an altogether awesome trade. Thanks Erik!

Pours a dark brown, almost black with very little to no head. Minimal lacing. Lots of bourbon, sweet carame/vanilla, some chocolate and abit of smokiness in the nose. Also a hint of oak. An altogether great aroma. Taste is absolute BOURBON heat initially, with a dark chocolate bitterness and vanilla. Not as sweet as the nose, but that's really a good thing. A nice smoky oak flavor rounds out this beer as it warms and mellows out the overall flavors. A medium body with an appropriate amount of carbonation for this style. A dry/bitter finish.

Overall, this beer is an absolute hit once it warms, and not bad at all to begin with. Nicely balanced and quite complex. Under the radar BB Porter here that holds it's own against the more well known BA porters. Would definately recommend and absolutely love to try again. Thanks again, Erik!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 02:52:14 | More by raffy313
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LiquidDegenerate

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-24-2012 19:50:16 | More by LiquidDegenerate
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

10-21-2012 17:16:59 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-16-2012 17:47:57 | More by jacewg
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Myst

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-15-2012 21:27:21 | More by Myst
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-13-2012 14:54:34 | More by ncaudle
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sliks96

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-09-2012 03:55:27 | More by sliks96
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BourbonDork

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-04-2012 19:42:36 | More by BourbonDork
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JMBSH

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-18-2012 03:47:06 | More by JMBSH
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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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buzze40

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-12-2012 01:30:11 | More by buzze40
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-01-2012 04:22:01 | More by jsnoek
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown, produces a thin head that quickly dissipates to a few wisps, leaves little lacing.

S- Lots of barrel aroma, vanilla is very prominent. Also getting some nice bourbon, oak, caramel and chocolate.

T- It tastes pretty damn nice, there's an initial rush of sweet booze and bourbon, as well as some chocolate, caramel, vanilla and dark fruit. Once this subsides some more dark chocolate and roasted grain emerges, as well as some smokey charred barrel flavor and dry roasted bitterness. Leaves a bit of lingering vanilla, caramel/toffee flavor.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with a dry, slightly boozy finish.

O- A very nice BB porter, this is the first I've had from Williamsburg Alewerks but I'm impressed and will be on the lookout for their brews in the future, this is some really tasty, drinkable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 05:53:00 | More by WillCarrera
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-25-2012 03:07:41 | More by mendvicdog
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syntheticwings

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-25-2012 00:07:25 | More by syntheticwings
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sodensp

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

08-24-2012 01:37:28 | More by sodensp
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brystmar

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dtmets84 for sharing!

Black body, plenty of tan head leaves beads of bubbles on my glass. Aroma is exceptionally sweet: smells like sticking your face into a vat of liquid caramel. Taste is equally sweet, akin to drinking a jar of caramel ice cream topping. Supremely imbalanced, though I actually like overly sweet stouts.

Glad to try this but it's not a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:51:06 | More by brystmar
Bourbon Barrel Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.