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Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 144
Gots: 102 | FT: 13
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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Photo of DCon
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 Pint 6 Fl oz. Bottle of this w/ friends @ the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Lightest Tan Labeled bottle w/ a Barrel behind the lettering into a 12oz Shaker Glass. Has 2011-1900 on the front but no bottled date.

Aroma- has a huge bourbon aroma upfront with quite a ton of sweetness as well. Porter though?


DCon, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

sludgegnome, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bsuedekum, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
4/5  rDev -6.3%

EricCioe, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of n2185
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours dark brown with half a finger of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: roasted malts with sweet chocolate notes at first. Vanilla, oak, and bourbon follow, though they're a little muted.

T: loads of bourbon on the palate with oak, vanilla, and some caramel flavors. There are slight roasted malt characters as well with a decent alcohol burn.

M: medium-thick body with medium body, this beer has a pretty lively carbonation for the style. It's like a soda, almost.

O: a good beer overall. Very bourbony, though somehow not too boozy. Simple, but good.

n2185, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of tclapper
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

tclapper, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Socekim12
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Socekim12, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of areich6
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this with my good friend and fellow Beer Advocate pschul4.

A: Pours pretty dark with very little light coppery head. The beer itself is pitch black which looks pretty inviting.

S: The smell of sweet bourbon wanders pleasantly into the nostrils, as one would expect from a bourbon barrel aged beer. Im excited to try this.

T: Strong delicous bourbon taste along with a bit more sweetiness than other bourbon barrel aged beers I have had. It tastes as though there is more alcohol than there actually is, which is a very small negative to me. Overall, very good.

M: Good mouthfeel for the style, not too light, not to heavy. Almost perfect.

O: This is a very good bourbon barrel aged beer. It has a bit of sweetiness to balance out the bite of the alcohol and feels so smooth going down the throat. Very nice.

areich6, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #3 in mine and areich6's Fat Tuesday tasting

Thanks to Axic10 for the extra!

A- Pours a dark cola brown with a miniscule tan head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the meniscus

S- Lots of smooth bourbon on the scent but not a whole lot else.

T- Oh boy... This is good. Lots of bourbon (more bourbon flavor than you'd expect for a 9% abv). This tastes like a porter version of Central Waters BBS which means it's in good company

M- Quite light on the palate could benefit from some thickness but no one said this was a stout

O- This is awesome! I am very greatful to Axic10 for allowing me to try more bourbon barrel aged beers as they are my favorite!

pschul4, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Jakers90
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Jakers90, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a brownish/black, tan-colored head, thin ring.

S - Very sweet upfront, chocolate, caramel, oak, and light booze. A lot sweeter then I expected, but not too sweet for me. The booze is pretty smooth and enjoyable but not as roasty as I would like.

T - Not nearly as good as the nose. It's just cloying sweet but the booze is nice and smooth. Too sweet for me to really enjoy much of this in one session. Not much balance, no roast at all, which is a disappointment.

M - Light to medium, a bit too thin, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Not a huge fan of this porter, but not terribly bad either. I'm not a fan of the huge sweetness and the lack of roast is what really hurts this beer for me. I wouldn't try and obtain another bottle, and I'm not really sure if I'd even go for another pour, if offered.

Sean9689, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of therobot
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

therobot, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of freehafe
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

freehafe, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Rhettroactive, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

christopheraknox, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Slentz for this one.
Pours almost black with some brown edges and builds a small light tan head that fades quickly lacing the glass nicely. The nose is big with bourbon, chocolate, roasty malts and a hint of coffee. The taste has a pretty big wood flavor from the barrel, I love that. There's bourbon present with the chocolate and coffee as well as some roastiness and alcohol burn. It has a light to medium body with carbonation providing some sting and some burn. Very good beer, thanks David.

BdubleEdubleRUN, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of ChefHopMeister
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ChefHopMeister, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of huadog
4/5  rDev -6.3%

huadog, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of stonequarrywest
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

stonequarrywest, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this want, John. Poured from bottle 2315 into stemless chardonnay glass (and I didn't stab anyone for arguing about it)...

A- Pretty damn close to black in appearance with a half finger of pale tan head. Tight bubbles. Head dies quickly leaving not much behind.

S- Definitely get a nice bourbon aroma and wood. Has a background of smokiness and some trail baloney. Vanilla sweetness for balance.

T/M- Bourbon bomb! Porter really lets the barrel shine. Vanilla, coconut, bourbon, roast/coffee and finishes with some slight growing heat. Nice chocolate presence here as well. Love the complexity and that barrel really is the shining star of the show. Medium body, silky smooth and slick. Carbonation on the lower end of spectrum.

O- Balance definitely leans toward being bourbon forward. The base porter has a nice supporting role, but unlike other -bal beers, this one lets the treatment do the talking. Considering I have heard this is close to $6 on shelves, damn I'd take this any day! Wouldn't mind having one or two to age..

TheGordianKnot, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of SMason
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SMason, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -29.7%

pperez38, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, goblet.

Opaque, but appears cloudy. Great thick tan head that stays creamy looking and fades slowly.

Bourbon and oak in aroma are there but not overpowering. There is a nice dark fruit aspect that works well with the oak, complimenting while adding another dimension.

Taste is dominated by a warm booziness that is initially off-putting. A host of flavors accompany this though and are worth searching for. Some rich chocolatey notes, dark and fruity spice, vanilla, a mild woodiness. Lots going on here, a great beer to sip and turn inward to.

Smooth and creamy, with nice body and moderate carbonation. Easy o the mouth even as it challenges the palette.

An excellent beer.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle received courtesy of BigTomZ. Bottle #124 from 2011 was taken out of the fridge a little bit before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Williamsburg Alewerks Bourbon Barrel Porter pours a solid black. About three and a half fingers of caramel foam rise up and sit atop the beer, displaying decent head retention, and lacing that's probably a step above "spotty". The nose is absolutely killer, waves of vanilla accented milk chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, bourbon, and oak crash across my nose, with the former two taking the lead in intensity. The flavor profile plays with those same notes, but displays them in a different (and less successful) balance. Specifically, woody oak and bourbon take the lead here and leave chocolate and caramel flavors relegated more to secondary players. The mouthfeel is the only area where the beer takes a bit of a hit. It's full bodied enough, but rather than having a creamy edge to it, there's a bit of astringency in the finish. I'd also argue that the carbonation could stand to be a touch higher. It's not perfect, but Williamsburg Alewerk's Bourbon Barrel Porter is a pretty good beer, and one I'd gladly have in my glass again.

axeman9182, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Mark000
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Mark000, Jan 19, 2012
Bourbon Barrel Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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