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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

214 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottyg354 on 12-19-2011)
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

djrn2, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -0.5%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

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

brentk56, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Texasfan549, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

JAHMUR, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

WVbeergeek, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -0.5%

mendvicdog, May 26, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/08/13 notes. Bought this a couple weeks ago in Middletown, NJ at Spirits. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks like a great stout.

s - Smells of roasted malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, and light dark fruits. Was a bit muted at first but as it warms up it gets much better, and the bourbon is light, but finally comes out.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, bread, molasses, and some burnt malts. Taste is sweeter than the nose and has a little more bourbon, though it still isn't overpowering. Pretty nice and a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and somewhat thick. Pretty nice.

o - Overall a really nice BA stout from Allentown; I've only had a few of their beers but this is my favorite so far, by far. The nose and taste get a ton better as it warms up, and some nice light sweet bourbon throughout. Worth checking out, would get it again.

mdfb79, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

InspectorBob, May 16, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours pitch black with a two finger frothy beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet yet roasted nose with a very well integrated barrel character.  Lots of spicy bourbon sweetness along with earthy oak, vanilla, toffee and coconut without overpowering the malt character.  Roasted with subtle hints of coffee, toast and dark chocolate. Really nice.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice balance of roasted malt and bourbon barrel.  Dry and roasty up front with hints of burnt toast, roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate followed by sweet, spicy bourbon notes. Hints of  earthy oak compliment the dryness of the malt profile but there is still a lot of sweetness.  Really nice whiskey/bourbon flavor with silky vanilla, marshmallow and coconut notes.  Very well balanced with barrel character excellently integrated.  Best beer I've had from this brewery.

corby112, Jul 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

ejimhof, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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.

chinchill, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Zaphog, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

ShanePB, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

tobelerone, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

drummermattie02, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

xnicknj, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

DrDemento456, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bsuedekum, Mar 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

IPAchris, Apr 04, 2014
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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
90 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.