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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: scottyg354 on 12-19-2011)
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at St. James Gate Irish Pub at Sands Bethlehem.
Poured into a tasting glass

A: Pours an opaque black with a tan creamy head that slowly builds

S: Hints of chocolate on the nose with a slight bourbon

T: tastes sweet on the tongue with a dry roasty finish after swallowing. Hint of bourbon lingers

M: Feels smooth and does not have a whole lot of carbonation on the tongue, but does prickle a little bit on the finish. Slight burn from the abv afterward.

Overall: This is a great beer! Dispite the abv I could probably drink quite a few of these. Not a ridiculous overwhelming bourbon flavor like some bourbon stouts have. I am a big fan of bourbon and of stouts, so this beer is right up there on my list!

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 19:23:50 | More by Budinetz
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beans923

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-16-2013 02:16:14 | More by beans923
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-14-2013 23:03:59 | More by buzzy
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ESeab

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

03-13-2013 20:21:47 | More by ESeab
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-10-2013 05:00:15 | More by tobelerone
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smonice

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-09-2013 11:09:21 | More by smonice
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-05-2013 05:53:23 | More by WDJersey
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RollTide7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-03-2013 13:56:18 | More by RollTide7
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emottram

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-02-2013 21:06:09 | More by emottram
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themind

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:10:10 | More by themind
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark black with one-finger, tan, fizzy, creamy head that lasted a minute and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, oak, alcohol.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Oak, roasted malt, bourbon, and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with soft to fizzy carbonation. Warm going down.

O: The bourbon in this stout is noticeable. The beer is quite alcoholic for being only 9% ABV. Nice sipping beer for colder months of the year.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:01:17 | More by SolipsismalCat
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-13-2013 15:49:58 | More by waddellc2
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Number3red

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-10-2013 23:25:24 | More by Number3red
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:35:20 | More by russwbeck
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Tom_Gilman

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-21-2013 16:09:07 | More by Tom_Gilman
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match1112

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thick like syrup and black like oil. Two inches of light brown head was standing tall for a couple of minutes. Some spotty lacing was left behind as the head settled to a tiny ring around the glass. Really only two things I picked up on with the aroma and taste. They were chocolate and bourbon. I could smell the bourbon at an arms length away, that made me happy. Taste was dominated by chocolate with a nice amount of bourbon on the finish. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy. Not a lot of warmth from the barrel treatment. The 9%abv was very well hidden. This was an easy drinkin beer that I hope to get more of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 18:24:21 | More by match1112
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Softestdog

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-30-2012 03:28:23 | More by Softestdog
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 23:51:44 | More by ghostwalker
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black as night with a chocolatey-tan head. Retention is pretty good, with lacing being ok. Continuous cascade of carbonation, not to the Guinness extent, but a fair amount.

S- Big roasted malt characters intermingle with sweet chocolate and vanilla from the bourbon right up front. Complex and strong; the bourbon flavor profile includes lighter than normal oak hints, with stronger than normal vanilla hints. Chocolate is the prominent underlying base malt for the stout. Fairly sweet on the nose.

T- Sweet flavors from the nose are present, but less prominent in the taste. First, the spiciness of the bourbon flavors come through, with that little hint of vanilla. Bourbon flavor is subtle and less prominent than others of the style. Bourbon flavors transition into the base beer, which is more bitter than sweet like the nose. A somewhat sweet chocolate flavor is present in the base beer, but quickly changes into more bitter dark chocolate flavors by the end. Slight smokey bite finishes this brew.

M- A little high in the carbonation and a little light in the weight department for an imperial. Other than that, only slight alcohol heat comes through. This is able to be drank rather than just sipped like other BA Imperial Stouts.

Overall, this Barrel-Aged Stout is more balanced and less harsh on the tongue than others like BCBS. The base beer is a little unbalanced between dark malts and chocolate malts. I like this one. It doesn't quite live up to others like KBS and BCBS, but as far as the barrel and bourbon flavors go, it integrates what it has very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 21:55:01 | More by boilermakerbrew
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-16-2012 14:03:19 | More by DaveHack
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:09:28 | More by yamar68
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apocalypsezombie


3/5  rDev -25.4%

10-09-2012 02:14:43 | More by apocalypsezombie
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-08-2012 03:25:41 | More by TimoP
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Shnanign

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-04-2012 12:02:18 | More by Shnanign
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

09-28-2012 01:43:08 | More by Zaphog
Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
90 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.