Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works
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3.15/5 rDev -21.6%
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.
05-18-2014 01:20:13 | More by DingoMontgomery
3.23/5 rDev -19.7%
A: It pours out of the bottle exactly as you'd hope a good bourbon barrel aged imperial stout would. Syrupy black with a robust brown head that builds up a decent amount and sticks around for a bit. I only wish the head laced the glass a bit more. 4.5
S: The aroma is of deep, dark chocolate and a lot of oak surprisingly. The bourbon is there, as is a burn of alcohol, but the oak is definitely the most noticeable hint remaining from the barrel. 4
T: The taste bring the alcohol much more than I got it on the aroma. The burn at the backend is all bourbon, with oak sitting on the back of the tongue. After the alcohol has subsided, rich chocolate fills the mouth with a very slight amount of roast. This is a boozy beast for only being 9%. I'm a big fan of bourbon bombs, but this needed another character to make it stand out. 3
MF: A bit too thin, but with the normal amount of carbonation. I thought the alcohol level prohibited this from being very drinkable as well. 2.5
O: I didn't hate this beer, but it just doesn't stand out for the style. A delightfully average bourbon barrel aged imperial stout if you asked me. 3
01-28-2013 04:35:20 | More by russwbeck
3.49/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
06-28-2013 03:11:34 | More by troegaarden
3.55/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
03-01-2012 18:14:33 | More by TheFightfan1
3.61/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
07-16-2014 13:26:36 | More by Davepoolesque
3.63/5 rDev -9.7%
Pours black without much of a head on it, much like the regular version. Nose is chocolaty bourbon - nice. On the palate, this opens with milk chocolates that move to spicy bourbony vanilla flavors as expected out of the barrel aging. Ends with a combination of dark chocolates mixed with some coffee. This is a decent barrel aged RIS here. Still a rough around the edges but a solid effort here. Worth a shot.
08-13-2012 02:59:47 | More by birchstick
3.68/5 rDev -8.5%
Aggressively poured from 12oz. bottle into snifter.
A:nice lil head that quickly morphs in to just an outer ring around the glass.
S: Smells of vanilla and faint bourbon, very inviting.
T: well, if this were a reg. stout and i wasn't expecting any bourbon involvement then i would have no complaints, but i get zero bourbon in the taste. Still enjoyable.
M: I enjoy the mouthfeel, theres a lil more cabonation than expected but it works for this beer.
O: wish there were more bourbon notes and the vanilla from the nose would have made it to the taste, but its def. still enjoyable. Glad to have tried it.
06-26-2012 03:34:43 | More by egrace84
Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
90 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.