Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
11-11-2012 19:40:45 | More by russwbeck
4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
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!
11-08-2012 02:59:54 | More by AndyAvalanche
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
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!
10-25-2012 02:52:14 | More by raffy313
4.23/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
09-15-2012 22:35:39 | More by Knapp85
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-29-2012 05:53:00 | More by WillCarrera
3.23/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
08-19-2012 00:51:06 | More by brystmar
3.98/5 rDev -6.8%
Pours chocolate brown without much of a head on it. Nose is chocolate malts with nice vanilla bourbon notes. The taste is sweet chocolates up front. These fade to a nice vanilla flavor and some dry bakers chocolate flavors. Mouth is creamy and full. Solid barrel aged porter on display here - packed full of rich flavor!
08-13-2012 03:05:09 | More by birchstick
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
2011 Edition #4295
A - A finger's worth of slightly slanted lush thick khaki colored head... Modest at best retention gives way to a full rich lacing and a slight creamy collar... The color is an inky aubergine... Still with no discernible carbonation...
S - The warm booziness of the bourbon barrels is first to great the nose... Beneath the surface lies a refined sweetness... Milk chocolate... Caramel... Also some very faint notes of coffee and roasted malts... Very nice...
T - True to the nose... The bourbon barrel aging is ate the forefront, but never overpowering... The rest of the flavors compliment one another perfectly and create wonderful layers of complexity... Milk chocolate... Roasted malt... Coffee... Raisins... Marshmallow... Caramel... Each sip yields something familiar, but something new as well...
M - Medium to full bodied... As sleek and as smooth as they come... A bit chewy... Very light carbonation... A slight boozy dryness lingers on the finish...
D - Another outstanding offering from Williamsburg Alewerks... Any barrel aged offering of theirs that I have tried has been stellar and this is no exception... Highly recommended and I only wish I had easier access to their offerings...
07-29-2012 01:40:50 | More by philbe311
Bourbon Barrel Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.