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Bourbon Barrel Porter - AleWerks Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel PorterBourbon Barrel Porter

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BA SCORE
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358 Ratings
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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%


Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerSox on 08-03-2009)
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bs870621345

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a half inch of head and nice lacing. Looks like a stout more than a porter.

Smells like vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, and some oak flavors too.

Taste follows smell. Opens with chocolate and bourbon moving into the brown sugar and caramel flavors. It moves into a drying oak flavor with a bunch of sweetness, balanced by a gentle roast. Finishes very dry and begs to be sipped again.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, little light on carbonation.

Overall, its really good. Another winner from a gravely underrated brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 23:02:47 | More by bs870621345
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 release. Tulip glass

A: Dark coffee brown, with a cap of tan head which recedes to some swirls and a ring in the glass. Decent lacing and retention.

S: Nice bourbon, vanilla, oak and cinnamon, chocolate, and some fruit (chocolate covered cherries). A touch of booziness and creaminess.

T: Mouthcoating chocolate, boozy bourbon, and finishing again with some cocoa and a decent dose of alcohol and coffee bitterness on the palate.

M: Full bodied and light carbonation.

O: A bit too much alcohol taste for me, and the bourbon flavor is only OK, but this porter has some nice elements. They almost got this right.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:48:48 | More by pmarlowe
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice barred aged porter. Long and rich bourbon notes to a nice malty brew.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Old fashion label, with a framed oval where an image of a wood barrel sits, over a light cream background. Side note offers a small narrative about intent, release, and brew qualities. Notes limited release 2011 - 5135. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, 1/2" head with moderate retention, small surface memory ring, and minimal touches of lacing.

S - Nice boozy vanilla nose, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate and hint of coffee...

T - which follows with a nice expansion in the palate. Rich bourbon aged malty sense, chocolate, coffee dash, vanilla/oak touches, warmth barrel booze coating the flow...

M - Medium/full body, sometimes a touch thin given the brew, with medium to medium/soft carbonation, creamy flow with a tingly sense over a nice boozy sense particularly assertive towards the finish.

O - Soft, boozy, complex, nice sipper, a delight….

Notes: Very nice offering… This sure puts them high in my radar willing to try, hit or miss, some of their regular offerings as well as their limited ones. Nicely done, close in memory to the range of Arcadia Shipwreck Porter and not as thick but with a lingering remembrance of BCS albeit here with its own touch. Nice...

Notes 2012: Just a personal update on the 2012 release, which actually keeps the quality nicely. I have a second bottle, let's see if I can hold onto it for a bit of time... Labeling has changed and while not bad it is more generic and bland. The preceding one was not great but this is a couple of notches down. This is a far better brew than what it looks like... OK, unassuming regional brew it is. I'll see if I can get hold of a couple more. This is a still a very nice barrel aged porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:13:51 | More by Daniellobo
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hippityhops85

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a chilled bomber into my Victory snifter. Label says 2011 - 4297. Purchased from Whole Foods for like $7 I think. You'll basically get me to buy anything that says bourbon barrel on it.

Pours a midnight black with a tan/mocha head that dissipates quickly down leaving only a thin layer on top of the brew. It leaves spotty lacing.

The nose has tons of vanilla on the front. There is a slight chocolate tone to the beer but there's also a really nice, dull dark fruit aroma. Kinda happy about that. Definitely not one-noted.

The taste is literally like chewing on vanilla beans but not in a bad way. The beer totally coats your entire mouth. There is a definite alcohol presence on the back end which distracts from the beer a bit. Lots of milk chocolate, tons of vanilla, not too bourbon-y.

This beer has a HUGE mouthfeel. It is super, super thick. I'd like to have seen a little more carbonation out of it... there seems to be virtually none.

Overall the nose was the best part of this beer. I think it may do well with some time to let the vanilla flavors tame down a bit and let the more "stout" characteristics come out. Overall, not a bad beer but probably won't go out of my way again for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 00:37:45 | More by hippityhops85
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argock

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. 2011 on front label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Very dark brown with skimpy wispy head that fades with a rare spot or two of lace.

S: The bourbon character overwhelms most of the malt aroma unfortunately. There are a few chocolate and coffee notes but not much else.

T: The flavor is quite fudgy with a very strong bourbon and oak component. There is some black coffee coming through as well, but the alcohol heat and the bourbon really dominates.

M: The alcohol lands with a thud in the mouthfeel leaving it a bit heavier than it should be.

O: I usually don't think that time helps a barrel-aged beer a lot, I think this one would be well-served by some mellowing time. I think in 6-12 months this will have more subtlety on its side. By no means a bad beer, but a bit hot. I'm saving my other bottle for at least 6 if not 12 months.

Update:
I tried the second bottle Feb 3 2012, and, what a world of difference. The heat has died down and the vanilla and light coconut barrel character has asserted itself, with a soild, almost stoutlike dark malt presence. I will not just buy two bottles next year -- I will buy as many as I can find and hild them for 4-6 months and then, man, will I be a happy man.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:37:04 | More by argock
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Limited Release 2011 - 5132.

Out of the bottle she pours chestnut brown, but hits the glass and doesn't quite suds up. Barely a one finger cocoa brown head manages to form, but settles into a thick 3 millimeter sized puck for a bit, then gives a solid obvious nice collar. Body color is dark garnet red and dark walnut brown, but the beer when poured looks a little flat.

Nose is rich and huge. Classic bourbon aging character of thick rich sweet cream. Some vanilla, but one giant creamy sweet bomb. I am rather enjoying that, even if it is a little one dimensional.

A light body porter taste indeed, but doesn't seem to go well with barrel aging. The palate hits with a real light feel, good for a porter, not so much good for the sense of the big nose you expected. Malt flavors come with a light char, and almost a fruity yeast quality. Light texture continues on swallow but there is some strange carbonation on this which is kind of hot and sting the middle of my palate after awhile. Slow warming stomach quality as your gut fills up. After sometime there is a distinct aftertaste, and it took me awhile but I know exactly what it feels and tastes like. It feels like mud, literally dirt and soil on the rooftop of my palate, swishing around in a thick sensation, and then drying out on my tongue with an arid dustbowl dirt sensation and bringing some carbon roast character with it as well.

Overall you get the impression of something really robust is coming but it doesn't happen. Rich malt textures and tastes don't come out, it's sort of a mismatch between two great ideas but they just don't seem to work that well when put together (at least for this beer). I get a rich thick nose, and then a light drink, with robust character, and a drying powdery feel afterwards. It's drinkable, interesting, certainly passable, but perhaps I don't think a real good marriage. It is taking me some time to think if I really would get into this idea of barrel aging a porter, because there is no question in my mind the brewery was doing everything right here. But I guess I am just not a fan of a barrel aged porter (or at least not this one). I don't think this works. Still like the brewery though, keep on going there and thanks for making this and I am glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 22:45:24 | More by smakawhat
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aasher

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked this up at the Greenville Beer Xchange a couple months ago during a trip to the Carolinas.

It pours a medium bodied, dark chocolate brown in color with no head at all, just a slight beige lacing around the snifter. The aromas consist of chocolate, cream, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. It's really smooth and I appreciate the level of authentic bourbon present in the nose. The flavors consist of chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee with cream, vanilla, barrel and alcohol. The 9% isn't hidden at all and after the nose, is pretty surprising. And it isn't the bourbon that is overpowering, it's the abv of the beer itself. It just drinks really, really boozy. It's too bad. I thought we were going somewhere but this just didn't finish with the complexity it needed or that I wanted. As it warms the booze lessens a tad but it is still pretty prominent. Overall this was a decent bourbon barrel aged porter but it needs refined in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:36:26 | More by aasher
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nandemo1

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown that is almost pitch black. The head was tan and about a finger, and a small amount of carbonation can be seen sliding up the side of the glass. Lots of sticky tan lacing.

Smell is sweet vanilla and bourbon. Taste includes a slight bit of coffee, dark roasted malt, a little chocolate and vanilla, all enveloped in sweet bourbon. Amazing.

Mouthfeel is spot on for an imperial porter, thick enough but not chewy. Smooth and creamy.

A fantastic brew, period.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:02:00 | More by nandemo1
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AgentMunky

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Brewmaster's Reserve. Limited release. 2011 vintage, bottle 0888.

A: Pitch-black, with a frothy tan head that settles nicely. Opaque and viscous. Yum.

S: Strong and sweet. Rum-soaked vanilla beans. Freshly ground coffee splashed with bourbon.

T: Scrum-diddly-umptious. Smooth, sweet, and alluring. Vanilla plays a prominent role throughout. The maintaste is thick and sticky, laced with light roasted bitterness. The endtaste is sweet and firm, loosing little of its consistency. Bitterness fades on the aftertaste, leaving one with a caramel-sweet finish.

M: Shockingly substantial and pleasantly plump.

O: A fantastic imperial porter, if a little bit sweet for my taste. Williamsburg AleWerks has got to be one of the most under-appreciated breweries I've ever encountered. Highly recommended; would have again.

Notes: "This bottle contains a very special beer, our Imperial Porter, aged for two months in oak bourbon barrels. Dark as night, the traditional malt-produced flavors of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar are complemented by hints of vanilla and bourbon to produce this complex, limited-release ale. Drink now or cellar for a year or two."

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 00:03:02 | More by AgentMunky
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- brownish black body with little to no head at all

S- sweet bourbon with malt backbone.

T- follows the nose. Very sweet and delicious. Keep going back for more. Mellow bourbon makes it a treat

M-medium body and smooth

O- very good beer. Surprised, pleasantly. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 01:32:33 | More by brew3crew
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with reddish tints. Lots of nice off-white head. Smells super bourbony and roasty good aroma. Tstes sweet and roasty. Nice vanilla and bourbon. A touch of coffee on the tongue. Well carbonated. Good mouthfeel. Overall very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 22:54:34 | More by Urbancaver
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: A lighter black color (but still black) that allowed a little light to filter through. Head is light brown and one finger. Lacing is left in the glass.

S: Bourbon? Wow, you bet. Smells of bourbon jump out coupled with heavy chocolate, vanilla, roasted notes and some sweet fruits.

T: Follow the nose, the bourbon and chocolate flavors on this beer are crazy. Dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla, roasted malts and some caramel sweetness couple with some slight woody earthy tones. Sweetness caries some fruit flavors and finish is back to the chocolate and bourbon. Nice, nice beer.

M: Full, coating, alcoholic (of course), not overly sweet (and this was probably a year old) and nice warming alcohol.

O: I was super surprised by this beer, it was a true winner from a small brewery. Really well done and I loved it.

Overall I hope to be able to get more of these, I really enjoyed it. Nice bourbon flavor and not overly sweet. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 15:27:39 | More by Kadonny
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with off white head.

The smell is slight alcohol, bourbon, and chocolate.

The taste is roasty chocolate on the front then the slight wood and bourbon hit you on the back like a mad man as well with a burnt chocolate/coffee on the back of the back (yup I said it).

Overall a great beer that is incredibly balanced with the barrel character. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 00:39:09 | More by Eriktheipaman
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scottyshades

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a viscous black color with a dark khaki foamy tight head. Awesome retention, nice look

S: Chocolate, fudge and cocoa right off the bat, oak, vanilla, and maybe a touch of lactose. The barrel throws this into the next dimension. Alcohol pokes through along with dark chocolate covered berries

T: So smooth and rich. Big vanilla, fudge, oak and bourbon come through and balanced by come lactose and coffee. Really decadent and big...this has some depth and complexity for sure

MF/O: Very viscous, minimal carbonation with a bourbon/coffee/fudge finish. Alcohol is present and warming but not flawed. Awesome beer

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:21:43 | More by scottyshades
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This fine offering from the folks at Williamsburg
Alewerks is deep deep brown with little hints of ruby chestnut around the edges.
The head is tan but small. It is dense and mousse like none the less leaving fine sticky lacing about the glass. With a considerable amount of time you can glimpse deep into the beer and yes, yes! it's has ample carbonation.

Aromatics is where this bird shines. First sip is vaque, there is aromas of rich malts, roasted malts even burnt malts. Chocolate and coffee come through too. Bourbon oak is, to me very understated and quite sutle. No, to me and only after some time musing of fine aromatics does it hit me, this aromatic brew has fine aromas of a chocolate shake yes a chocolate shake... with coconuts for crying out loud. A very fine smelling beer.

Taste is very good. You must throw in some old ale essence to for a proper discription.
The taste at first has notes of rich malts roasted malts coffee and chocolate but there is a depth of flavor similar to an old ale. Of oak and leather. The second part is the smooth bourbon and warming alcohol. Complete and utter opposites.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy like a melted chocolate shake then finishes dry and near burning alcohol.

A wonderfully decandent beer. Perfect for desserts of rich deep chocolates.
A good beer to share around the fire with old friends at Christmas.
Also I think the beer would make a delicious...wait for it... ice cream.
I wonder what aging would due to this baby.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 18:49:36 | More by micromaniac129
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Excellent lacing.

S: The bourbon is very evident in the smell, almost to the expense of the other ingredients. Still, not a bad aroma.

T: Tasted of chocolate, malt, light coffee, and a big shot of bourbon. Like the smell, the flavor is heavy on the booze, but it manages to keep itself balanced. Lots of flavor here.

M: A generally well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: If you're a fan of bourbon barrel beers, give this one a shot. It has a big taste and lots of character.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 13:45:14 | More by avalon07
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into Efes tulip. Bottle number 2011-2145. Off-white head, low retention. Body not totally opaque, but close to black with a touch of ruby. Clear, oily lacing sticks to the glass. Aroma is dominated by coffee, malt sweetness and a touch of chocolate and vanilla. Nice, thick mouthfeel, very smooth. Taste includes vanilla, malty sweetness, coffee, slight alcohol. Overall, highly drinkable, especially considering the abv, really a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 06:13:30 | More by KickbacksSteve
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engagechad

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as a 22oz from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen VA - Tulip

Pours a very dark but not black, some tobacco edges. decent head and decent lacing. Smells awesome, vanilla and caramel from the barrel, a little boozy on the nose but still nice. Taste is smooth and delicious, great sipping brew. Feels nice and smooth however it stings a little from the abv.

Overall this is an awesome porter, I would buy again

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 18:27:21 | More by engagechad
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HopHead84

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/27/2011

Bottle shared by Mark at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Near black with a small brown head that quickly recedes.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate with light oak. Vanilla is faint and malt is moderately roasted. The caramel is great with the bourbon and chocolate.

T: Lots of roast with pronounced booze and chocolate. bourbon is lighter than in the nose. The beer finishes with cocoa, oak, and a little vanilla.

M: Lower full body with matching carbonation.

Overall: A good beer from a brewery I'd never heard of.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 04:09:13 | More by HopHead84
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womencantsail

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
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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ksurkin

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first rating! bottle #21/2009 from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, slightly oily, very dark brown, with a thin, light khaki head and great lacing. aroma is excellent with huge notes of praline, vanilla extract, burnt caramel, and sweet brown sugar with hints of dark chocolate, toasted coconut, maple, and roast coffee with the slightest touch of oaked bourbon. flavor is absolutely decadent and honestly tastes like german chocolate cake dipped in bourbon. big, sweet notes of chocolate, vanilla cream frosting, coconut, brown sugar, and toffee up front followed by bitter, roast coffee, nutty malts, and a hint of dark fruit with smooth, slightly smokey, oaked bourbon notes elegantly coming through in the long, lingering, roasty finish. palate is silky smooth yet full bodied and mildly carbonated. the flavors in this brew peak after about 15 minutes in the glass and that’s when it become spectacular. call me a homer, but this is a perfect example of barrel aging done right and one hell of a great brew. *UPDATE* fresh, 2010 edition, bottle #2008/2010. wow, hard to believe that this one is better the second time around. tasted on tap @ greenleaf and out of the bottle the aroma and the flavor have a massive kick of roasted coffee, burnt caramel, and wood (those new barrels are the real deal!) with a more elegantly integrated bourbon and vanilla presence with huge dark chocolate on the finish. palate is more substantial than last years version as well. wow, this is truly an unbelieveable beer. i am now forced to do an ’09-’10 side-by-side!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 18:40:57 | More by ksurkin
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage.

4.0 A: Black color. Just over one finger of creamy, light brown head. Retention is good and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Still plenty of bourbon character in this. Indeed, it is the most apparent aroma. Leathery with a light peat and dark fruitiness. A good bit of oak and vanilla. The beer underneath gives a slightly grainy vibe with a strong caramel malt backbone. Sweet and fruity with rich milk chocolate. Nearly no booze. Very nice here.

4.0 T: Again, the bourbon is the dominant character. A tad bit more astringent than the nose. Otherwise, lots of leather and peat. Nearly as much oak and fruitiness with a slightly subdued vanilla. A touch of booze. Underneath, there is a decent roastiness to this. Plenty of caramel, but not as sweet as I suspected it would be and the milk chocolate is much less apparent.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. Slightly astringent aftertaste.

3.5 D: Good beer, but this is a little more astringent than I'd prefer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 05:37:09 | More by DavoleBomb
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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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QuadLover

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh pour into a 750 ml bottle

A ~ black with brownish hints. Small head with a good amount of lacing.

S ~ Deep aromas, candy sweet, molasses. Toasted, creamy chocolate, vanilla, a small hint of coffee. Sweet bourbony hints.

M ~ Gentle, mild carbonation. Smooth full bodied, warm mouth feel.

T ~ Sweet bourbon and toasted oat. Sweet coffee with chocolate hints. Loved it. It’s intoxicating even without the alcohol.

O ~ I loved it! Now you must take into account that I’m a total slut for these types of beers. With that said, it would still be difficult (especially this time of year) to drink more than a glass or two. A number of the folks that I shared it with made comments that it would be a great “dessert” beer…I’ve always thought that one should eat dessert first!

Serving type: growler

08-19-2011 22:58:32 | More by QuadLover
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chilly460

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown, golden tan head. Head disspated quickly, but left a lot of splotched lacing.

S - Mild bourbon hits immediately, you know it's been aged but it's not overdone. Backed up with nice medium roasted malts.

T - Very nice, light tasting chocolate is the immediate taste. Followed up with warm sweet bourbon backing. Not much hop profile, and that's perfect for me.

M - Mouth is creamy and a bit chewy, nice for a "bigger" porter.

O - This is definitely a bigger porter, full of flavor and heavier bodied, but it's as expected with a barrel aged variety. Big flavor, well beyond more pedestrian English style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 16:56:08 | More by chilly460
Bourbon Barrel Porter from AleWerks Brewing Company
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