Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.91%
Wants: 25
Gots: 59 | FT: 5
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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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Reviews by sulldaddy:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 TheSupremeAJ
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle, 55F from a 4 pack, purchased form the bar at ABW. Served in a St. bernardus chalice.

A- Very nice thick black color with two fingers of tan head
S- Sweet and pleasant- very few imperfections
T- Rich chocolate, heavy bourbon, roasted dark coffee. Definately bitter sweet.
M- Luxiorious and creamy, a little thinner than I prefer.
O- A very solid brew from brew works- a little overwhelming on so many strong "flavors" and it detracts from the malt/roast profile of the stout.

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 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 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 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 yamar68
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage:

Big and black... thick dense khaki head that retains, laces and intimidates.

Loads of boozy bitter fudge, vanilla, some mushy dark fruits, faint cinnamon qualities, hardly any alcohol presence. Much, much more dynamic after a year in the cellar. What a pleasant surprise.

Super smooth. Milk chocolate works so well here, the barrel isn't obvious but it's apparent, chocolate cookies, finish is dryer than others of the style. Again, this beer has pulled a 180. Nice.

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 ShanePB
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A: Deep black body with a foamy, creamy and frothy medium brown colored head. Great sticky lacing on the sides along with a thick bubbly retention ring. Very nice looking beer.

S: Toffee, dark chocolate, lots of oak, vanilla and sweet bourbon on the back. It's interesting as it doesn't really smell much like there's a bourbon presence or that it spent any time in bourbon barrels.

T: Big bourbon served neat up-front, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, toffee and hints of caramel towards the back end. Certainly is surprising how much bourbon is here on the taste judging by the aroma. It does taste a little hot but it's not going overboard - enough to let you know the bourbon is there.

M: A little thin and quite bubbly, but it does have a smooth characteristic to it. Not creamy and full-bodied but it's not horrible.

I started off with a single bottle instead of a 4-pack because I didn't know how this would turn out but it's a pleasant surprise. Enough bourbon to warrant the time in the barrels, and great balance. One to try for sure.

EDIT: This got a very astringent note when it warmed up, knocking down "overall" half a point accordingly.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle sent to me by Doublesunshine into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours an opaque black with a huge chocolate head. Good retention, light lacing.

S: Smooth bourbon-laced aroma. Sweet corn liquor, tannic oak, raisin, big milk chocolate, a bit of coffee roast.

T: Big sweet cocoa, wood-laced smooth bourbon, vanilla, mild dark fruits. A bit of pleasant liquor burn and a tiny bit of roastiness. The flavors sort of peter out into the finish and leave a weak remnant of chocolate and bourbon.

M: Medium-bodied. Much too light for the style.

O: The beer nails the barrel-aging, but unfortunately the lack of a robust finish and the light mouthfeel hold it back. Still tasty.

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 DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with my friend Ermine.

Pours a clear dark black. Froths on the pour but the head falls to a thin tan film.

Smells of sweet, sticky malt, milk chocolate, a gentle dry nip of espresso and a whiff of under-ripe strawberry and dark fruit.

Tastes of subtle toasty malts and a thin milk chocolate backed by an ambiguous yet distant fruity sweetness. Lingers in the finish with dark chocolate that leans towards the dryness of coffee and a touch of oak.

This feels extraordinarily clean, more reminiscent of an oatmeal stout.

Overall, a very nice, easy drinking RIS. Astonishingly easy drinking, to be precise. We also ascertained that this beer is an ideal candidate for bourbonization due to the thin body and already present woody flavors.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a cigar city snifter. Pours an opague black color with a flimzy lighter brown heading. A tiny film of heading stuck around until the last sip. Very little lacing.

Smell has the slight mocha thing going on. A nice oak and vanilla aroma with very little bourbon notes.

The same goes for the taste nice coffee and chocolate notes, a touch of sweeter toffee, with very little bourbon flavor. Kind of a funky earthy-wood finishing.

Full bodied,decent carbonation. Good balance siding on a bit of the chewy side.

Nothing spectacular here maybe a bit more of bourbon bite would do the trick. Just seemed a little light in that department.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On label “Ale aged in Bourbon barrels”
Purchased 2/26/12 and well stored. Undecipherable date code on bottle 4121349110115

Poured into a DFH Signature Snifter

Poured aggressively produces a nice, frothy, two finger head with a medium tan color, which slowly reduces to ¼” cap. Some light lace clings to the glass.
The color is black, opaque.

The aroma has no hops that I can detect, but there is a big, rich malt presence. Rich, roasted malt, but no noticeable wood. Cocoa and dark unsweetened chocolate with hints of caramel.

Very, very rich creamy entry on the palate of chocolate and cocoa flavored malt, very full body and a wonderful elegant carbonation. There is a medium sweetness but seems balanced with the other components of this ale.

Long finish of very rich malt, chocolate and cocoa, it coats your mouth with sticky richness. After some time the very faintest hint of “wood dryness” peaks out.

A very good tasting and rather massive ale, very enjoyable to drink, but with that being said “where’s the wood?”. Throughout this tasting I detected no wood in the nose, flavor, and very barely the finish. I can only surmise that the barrels used had been used many times before.
Still and enjoyable Stout, though there are many superior examples available.

As always I did my review before reading the other reviews and apparently my bottle came from a different batch? Mostly huge body and no wood!

Photo of ghostwalker
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch dark coca-cola brown body. A thin tan head briefly appears, then runs for cover.

Sweet, smooth vanilla and booze nose. The barrel is evident, and I like it.

Flavor is smooth, subdued malt, vanilla and caramel on the finish. A little lighter on the flavor than I would have expected for a bourbon imperial stout, but nicely made and tasty. The bourbon comes through and makes me happy.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly viscous, low carbonation.

Overall, it's good stuff. I think there could be a bit more flavor, but what there is of it is all correctly assembled. A welcome treat on a cold day.

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 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 57md
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark chocolate brown with more than a finger of head which lingered well enough to leave some nice lacing. Rich bourbon nose. Bourbon flavor blends well with the roasted malt of the stout. Not overdone like some barrel-aged stouts. Subtle alcohol warmth in the finish but also some sweetness as well.

When it comes to imperial stouts, I usually prefer the standard version to the barrel-aged one. This is one of the best barrel-aged beers that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of themind
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Again I am surprised that this is not rated higher. This brew is good! has incredible drinkability. The bourbon flavor is subtle so you can taste the stout...a good balance. This beer hides the 9% well and I would purchase it again.

Bottom Line: Hidden gem from the Brew Works! buy it, drink it or age it cause it's good!

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 FosterJM
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1205th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12oz

Thanks to Cpabeer and Stormking47 for this one

App- A generally opague black pour some spotty notes of brown intermixed. A fast receding two finger khaki head formed and left a small dotted cling then was gone with a pond layer taking over.

Smell- Opens with a very black coffee note and settles to a bit of dark smooth chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla. The whispy booze note comes up but doesnt overpower the nose. Small amounts of bourbon are present.

Taste- Started out as a good roast flavor with the coffee coming in and settled into the chocolate and a bit of cream. The bourbon really isnt there but adds more of a grainy booze note. Good pockets of flavor and hides the booze well.

Mouth- A lighter mediun body with a good creamy note to it. Medium thick carbonation and leaves some prickly booze notes, a bit of roast and chocolate.

Drink- Well a barrel aged stout in a 12oz bottle. Good
flavors with some smoothness at times and some grainular notes at times. Overall, good beer. Id like to sit on another bottle.

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 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.

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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
90 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.