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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 22
Gots: 53 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottyg354 on 12-19-2011

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Ratings: 270 | Reviews: 55
Photo of AmandaS84
4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So delicious! Super smooth and fragrant

Photo of dbl_delta
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Thick, creamy, tan head stays around awhile. This stuff is seriously jet black - no light gets through whatsoever.

Bourbon and chocolate and a very slight hops bite, followed by dark fruit (raisins or dates or something). Slight alcohol burn - this might mellow with time, but with only the one bottle I'm kind of out of luck there. Creamy smooth, thick, full-bodied. Moderate to low carbonation. Hint of caramel at the finish. Overall impression is sweetness, especially since that's what lingers.

My first brew from Allentown Brew Works. Good, but not exceptional for the style.

Photo of Hayes86
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin. Lil light in color. Nice licorice and vanilla smell. Flavor is fine. Nothing is overwelming. But a solid imp stout. Just little thin.

Photo of JPowell712
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! All I can say is wow! Up front off of the pour all you get is the strong aroma of bourbon and the sweetness of chocolate. It pours a dark black with a slight creamy brown head. The bourbon continues into the taste which you may love or hate. I personally love imperial stouts aged in bourbon barrels. The strength of the bourbon aging definitely plays a role in the flavoring of the brew. It has a strong warming alcoholic sting to it as well as a sweet chocolate taste with a hint of coffee and caramel or molasses. This has an almost candy like sweetness that works really well with the complexity of the bourbon presence. The 9% alc/vol content is definitely detectable and I would say this is a sipper. I could also see this being a PERFECT after dinner drink or dessert beer. This blew me away for sure. I cannot wait to try pairing this after a meal or with a dessert. This is a FANTASTIC stout worth trying. One of the best imperial stouts I have tried thus far!

Photo of ThickNStout
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks man!). No dicernable bottling information. Served in a goblet.

Pours black with two and a half fingers of pale tan head. The froth lingers before settling to a modest ring that deposits small lace splotches.

Nice inviting aromas of vanilla, bourbon, caramel and brown sugar. May sound simple but there is something about it that keeps me coming back to enjoy.

Tastes smooth and rich. Bourbon, charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, mildy earthy and a hint of vegital bitterness all wrapped up in some mild alcohol heat.

Creamy, medium feel with soft carbonation. Notes of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate covered caramels make for a sweet, lingering finish.

Bourbon Barrel Insidious is a well made imperial stout. Quite good but lacking a distinction to raise it above the crowded field of competitors. I'd happily have it again if the opportunity arises.

Photo of ILMbrew
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Pretty boozy to be just 9%

Photo of Samp01
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A deep dark black with a small brown head on the pour. Aroma is of toasted caramel malt, has some cacao essence and dark fruity esters. Taste same as aroma with some mild flavors of bourbon barrel aged wood notes and moderate bitter notes of cacao. A full creamy body, smooth with sweet bitter flavors and caramel malt on the end adds some balance to a flavorful brew. A very good, tasty and enjoyable brew.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a dark brown, nearly that of motor oil. Off white head forms and recedes to a near perfect circle. The smell is of old bourbon barrel and char. The taste has chocolate, roasted malt, bitter smoke, and some bourbon.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.16/5  rDev +3%

(poured into a balloon)

A: very dark brown liquid... tan, messy suds - fine bubbles mostly, but some fish eyes as well

S: real bold espresso/coffee-cake notes ahead of the pack, but with a just as bold rich, dark chocolate cake right on its trail - just a fantastic 1-2 punch!... fine thread of fruity booze drilling up through the middle... you just know this is gonna be sweet and decadent...

T: strong vinous notes screaming through, pushing the charred silk to the sides... apparent wood notes and tannins in the finish, and perhaps a mild cool mint flavor in the aftertaste... the malt flavors are ground down to wet ash, lacking any curves... marginally sweet - mostly dark, burnt sugars

M: somewhat soft and mellow flow - the body is delicately slick and rubbery... the barrel aging seems to have dried what, on the nose, was measuring up to be a bit thicker and chewier... it just disappears in the finish - which isn't a bad thing - it's a dangerous thing... the booze doesn't get that warm either - more of a dull acidic tang from the dark malts seems to hang on

O: not all that bad!... very American in its lack of depth, but still well done and flavorful enough... I could knock back a couple, but would probably forget what its face looks like the next day

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a nice bubble show that layers into a sturdy tan head; a few shards a lace stick to the glass

Smell: Chocolate, slightly charred oak, vanilla and Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate and Bourbon tones intermingle, with caramel and vanilla adding sweetness; in the mid-palate, the booziness increases; after the swallow, there are hints of coffee and oak that join the other flavors to produce a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; others have complained that it is too thin and while that may be true compared to the biggest beers in the category, it still works for this beer

Overall: This beer flies well under the radar but is really good; it is head and shoulders above the other beers I have tried from this brewery (some of which have been pretty good)

Thanks, sj3324, for the opportunity

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out into a tulip, about a finger of great looking mocha head. Smells like milk chocolate, some vanilla and faint dark fruits(raisins, fig). From the look and smell alone, really excited to try this. Tastes of creamy milk chocolate, a slight bitter chocolate undertone and an oaky finish. I'm not picking up any bourbon in this which depending on how you look at it could be a good thing or a bad thing. Mouth feel is on the thinner side with pretty good carb. Overall, I like my bourbon barrel beers to taste like bourbon. This fell flat for me in taste and mouth feel. More like a milk stout. I had such I hopes after the appearance and smell of it. Still worth trying, but below a top tier BA stout for me. Good comparison beer, Dragon's Milk.

Photo of mj81
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer always intrigued me every time I went into liquor store but always passed over with having the likes of the more popular BA stouts already. I mean, how good could it be if I've never heard of it? Man was I wrong!

Pours black with a 1+ finger light khaki head (albeit with a somewhat aggressive pour)

Smell is dominated by chocolate, slight bourbon and smokey as well.

First taste...brought me back to my childhood when my grandmother made me chocolate Coke. This is what a grown up version would be. Chocolate again is the forefront but with a complimenting bourbon, vanilla, smoke that is spot on with the chocolate overtone. Slight drying hop bitterness that plays beautifully with the slight sweetness of the beer.

Mouth feel is awesome as there's just the right amount of carbonation to deliver the flavors. Not thick or chewy but at 9%, this is pretty much dead on what should be for the style and abv.

Overall I was pretty impressed with this brew. Is it up with the likes of parabola and bcbs? Not necessarily but it's not as far behind as you'd think. Definitely worthy of that next tier and a very tasty offering that took me totally off guard from a (somewhat) local brewery.

Photo of roger617
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade, got to love getting bourbon barrel aged goodness as a surprise I'm a trade. 12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark black with only a thin layer of off-white head that disappears quickly. Viscosity looks fairly thin compared to my benchmark for the style, but this is expected with a relatively low ABV.
S: The aroma is very subtle, I have to swill the glass to get a decent nose out of it. What comes through strongest is the bourbon, followed by a roast or burnt presence. I love what I, getting, just wish it was stronger!
T: Bourbon and chocolate dominate up front. In the middle I get the roasted malt and some charred oak. The finish is a smooth lingering bourbon taste that I really enjoy.
M: Carbed well, which I'm surprised after seeing the pour yield almost no head. It does feel a little thin, but again, it's a moderate 9% ABV, so this doesn't surprise me. Leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.
O: This is a very smooth drinking bourbon barrel aged stout. I always compare to my benchmark for certain styles, and this is a style that has it pretty rough for the unheralded players. For being a surprise brew, and 1 I have never heard of, I am very impressed with how well this comes together. Great balance, and very smooth.

Photo of DingoMontgomery
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half into a snifter glass, half stayed in the bottle. Drank from both periodically.

Appearance - It looks like it's name suggests...Insidious. Pours a dark, tarry brown and sits in the glass almost completely opaque. Head is a dark shade of brown, moderately thick and dissipates quickly, but not too quickly. Just enough for you to say "Damn, that is a tasty looking beer."

Smell - Both wood and bourbon prevalent. Coffee, chocolate, and a hint of toffee as one would expect from a stout. Traces of smoke as well.

Taste - Up front you get that barrel aging. Lots of bourbon. Heat towards the middle, quickly subsiding. Ends on chocolate and toasty malt. Aftertaste is total char.

Mouthfeel - Thick as all hell. This is a heavy beer. You know those powdered instant-breakfast shakes? A little thicker than that. Slightly oily but not too much. Fantastically smooth.

Overall - If you like stouts, you're going to love this. Definitely not for someone who isn't accustomed to stouts, although this beer masks it's 9% ABV very very well.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Flavor: Has a very rich flavor with good use of barrel aging. Slightly smokey but no burnt qualities. Excellent balance.

Feel: Medium-full body with appropriate carbonation.

O: Given no expectations, a pleasant surprise. Highly recommended.

Photo of PeterParker
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a tiny head that fades fast. Seemingly no lacing.

Rich vanilla, bourbon, toffee, bit of chocolate sweetness on the nose. super sweet and delicious smelling.

Woody, chocolatey up front. Bourbon in the middle with a slightly bitter coffee on the tail end. Very nice spiciness is in there as well.

Thick and silky smooth. Coats the mouth. Very slight warming from the alcohol.

This is a worthwhile stout. The BB aging definitely comes through and rounds it out nicely.

Photo of dank203
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice aromas including vanilla, chocolate cake, cherry, grassy marshy hops, the bourbon is blended and faint, just adding a little something extra. not particularly bourbon forward. also a really smooth drinker, having a hard time keeping it to small sips.

Photo of Donco
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this along with more expensive bottles of brew at my local bottle shop. It is a "local" beer so I thought I'd give it a try as I love bourbon barrel stouts.
Appearance: Jet black. Poured into my Stone tulip glass, it had a fair amount of foam which settled quickly down.
Smell: A faint amount of bourbon and roast.
Taste: Roasted coffee, faint chocolate. Pleasant bit of bourbon on the end.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a RIS.
Overall: No one will mistake this for BCBS. However, it is an affordable and pleasant drink that will please those who like BA stouts. Just don't expect the moon. Highly recommend letting this warm for at least 20 minutes as the flavors come out much more.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle of this for 5 bucks at the local House of 1,000 beers. Into a pint glass.

A - BB Insidious pours a very deep black opaque color with just a 1/4 inch of mocha head that pulls back to a moderate lace ring. Just like the regular Insidious it is a bit thin for an Imperial stout Medium bodied at most.
S - Well I was pleasantly surprised but the aroma black fruit currants, mocha and chocolate, mild roasts, and a decent dose of vanilla and soft bourbon. Nice.
T - Well it's good not too deep with the bourbon tones which was nice. More sweet than I expected vanilla and dark chocolate highlighting. Very balanced flavors.
M - Well I didn't go in expecting a thick Imperial or high octane bourbon so with a medium bodied chewy Imperial this met its mark.

Overall a very tasty easy going bourbon barrel aged stout. If it's still at the house I may grab another bottle well with the 5 dollar price tag.

Photo of MikeWard
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Snifter in the sink. No bottled dating could be found

Poured jet black with a caramel colored 1-2 fingered head. This thinned out to a covering quite quickly.

Smell was amazing. Reminded me of Thirsty Dog's Wulver. Vanilla, dried fruits, bourbon. Very appetizing.

Taste was also excellent. All the above flavors came through. A very enjoyable drink to finish off the evening.

Mouth was a bit of a letdown. Though I certainly enjoyed rolling the beer around my tongue, the beer was a bit on the thin side, and did not get that comforting alcohol soft burn feeling that I get with the better BBA stouts.

Overall, I can certainly recommend this beer. Not the best BBA stout out there, but certainly very enjoyable.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I sampled a 12 oz bottle of this beer poured into a snifter at cellar temperature. The beer pours a dark cola brown with minimal tan head foaming up and fading quickly to nothing.
Aroma is dark brown sugar and molasses, some burnt coffee and a little vanilla and bourbon. The nose is not overpowering but is enjoyable.
First sip reveals a thick body with mild rolling carbonation. The beer exhibits a rich hearty texture.
Flavor is all malt with molasses and coffee grounds mixing with roast malt and some lingering bourbon on the finish.
I dont really get much from the booze or any hops to speak of in this beer.
There is a bit of stickiness on my lips and palate after each swallow and the roasted malt lingers too.
I enjoy this beer and find it highly drinkable. I would buy it again if I found a bottle.

Photo of troegaarden
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A: Poured into the glass with a nice oily black color. The tan head that resulted was small and dissipated quite quickly.

S: I definitely get the bourbon in the nose with hints of dark fruit.

T: Bourbon taste right away on the front end, with the dark fruit and a little booziness lingering at the end. Pretty solid!

M: The mouthfeel on this guy is ok. I was hoping for something creamier and smoother.

O: Overall, this beer is pretty solid. I don't think I'll be buying a case of it anytime soon, but nonetheless a solid bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout.

Photo of bcsbeer
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Bell's snifter.

Jet black a very small tan head. The head disappeared as fast as a head on a 7-up, you could hear the bubbles fizzing away, gone in 60 seconds. After a few minuets there wasn't a bubble to be found. No lacing either, the beer looked oily on the walls of the glass. The smell was mostly bourbon and roasted coffee. Taste was the same, boozy, burnt coffee or espresso and had a light alcohol warmth going down. The flavors are just what you would expect for a bourbon aged beer. It made a good sipper. This was my third style from Fegley's and I have enjoyed them all!

Photo of zac16125
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku glass
no born on date, not sure what vintage this is but guessing the latest

Thanks to BMart for sending this over as an extra.

A: Pours opaque black with some browning when held to light. 1 fingers width of fizzy light mocha colored head builds then quickly fades, reminiscent of a cola. Leaves no lacing.

S: Sweet chocolate fudge, lots of cinnamon which is very nice. Some bakers chocolate, roasted malt, nutmeg. The barrel comes out next, and its mostly oak, along with subtle vanilla-y bourbon. The characteristic are awesome, but the aroma as a whole is fairly faint so you really have to get your nose in and take big whiffs to appreciate it.

T: Roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, lots of oak, a nutty character thats almost like peanut butter. Some bourbon there as well, but like the nose the bourbon characteristics are fairly faint. Very good at first but as I drink all the nice flavors start to fade in favor of an herbaceous character and indistinct bitterness. Still a tasty brew, but doesnt finish as strong as Id hope.

M/D: Fairly smooth, carbonation low but appropriate, no hint of the ABV and drinkability is good. My only complaint is that it is rather thin. Would definitely benefit from a thicker mouthfeel.

O: Overall, a really nice beer that I enjoyed quite a bit. Not mind blowing, but well above average. Thanks again BMart for sending this one my way.

Photo of AltBock
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with a star and a gear behind it. Wrapped around the star is a deadly coral snake (red meets yellow) with its mouth open and ready to strike. Surrounding this picture is the mandatory US info and a description of the beer. A brewed date or vintage year would have been nice. Served in a Peg's Cantina Snifter.

From behind the snarling coral snake was a beer that was black as coal or as black as the heart of the evil snake on the label. When I held this beer up to the light, all I saw was a reflection of myself in the glass. I even think the mighty sun would have trouble shining through this beer. On top of this barrel aged beauty was a short lived tiny head of foam. I'm pretty sure the color of the foam was dark tan. It didn't bother to stick around. It only managed to leave behind a small handful of rings along the side.

The aroma of this barrel aged Imperial Stout was more sweet than roasted. Kicking off the aroma was some lightly roasted malts. Once it got that out of the way, in comes the slightly sweet aromas of dark chocolate, a pinch of black licorice, roasted coffee beans, a smidgen of toffee, and a few raisins. After the raisins, in comes the charred oak, a drop of bourbon, and a whiff of vanilla.

While the aroma was over the border on the sweet side, the taste was more dry and roasted. Like the aroma though, it was again the dry roasted malt that kicked off things. Right after the malt was the dry roasted coffee beans. Once the taste got dry roasted elements out of the way, the taste then let through dark chocolate, black licorice, some raisins here and there, a pinch of toffee, charred oak, a thimble of bourbon, and a very subtle taste of vanilla at the finish line.

This was a full bodied Imperial Stout with a little carbonation and a dry roasted aftertaste. The aftertaste was chock full of dry roasted malt and coffee, a drop of toffee, dark chocolate, charred oak, and a dab of vanilla and bourbon. This aftertaste will linger on the roof of your mouth for some time.

I would like to thank one of my Philly friends who gave me this beer in a trade. While the aroma liked the sweetness, it was the taste that liked dry roasted flavors. Not my favorite barrel aged Imperial Stout, but its not bad. I heard that its a very affordable barrel aged beer. That's certainly a plus!

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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
90 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.