Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works
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3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
11-07-2012 23:51:44 | More by ghostwalker
4.28/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
10-16-2012 21:55:01 | More by boilermakerbrew
4.3/5 rDev +7%
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.
10-15-2012 02:09:28 | More by yamar68
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
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
07-26-2012 00:45:46 | More by corby112
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
3.85/5 rDev -4.2%
Reviewed on June 15, 2012.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Poco Grande glass. No noticeable date on bottle.
A-Dark viscous motor oil look, small thin tan head which dissipated quickly, no surprise.
S-Bourbon/whiskey/oak. Alcohol right away, tobacco, roasted malts.
T-Bourbon whiskey right away! Tastes exactly like it smells. Warms up and tastes like whiskey. Coffee-espresso tartness.
M-A little thin, not expected, thought it would be more "full" tasting. Alcohol burn in the throat.
O-A strond barrel aged stout. Definite end of night beer. I enjoyed it with some chocolate cake!
06-26-2012 00:26:00 | More by jhartley
4.03/5 rDev +0.2%
I bought a 4-pack ($9.99) of this at Allentown Beer Works at the beginning of June. Yesterday (17JUN12) I quaffed 2 bottles while laxing out in the yard.
Using a small tulip, this bier filled the glass nicely with a dark, dense brown liquid. It poured out in an oily fashion, topped by a foamy, deep beige layer of creamy bubbles. Nice lacing stuck to the glass also. Choco and roastiness were present in the nose, with the bourbon evident but not overly strong. Low carbo made for an easy feel on the tongue, whereas the body was in the medium category.
Dark chocolate and coffee flavors were all over the palate. It was roasty but not bitter or charred at all, and tasted of mocha-like malted milk balls. The woody, oaky bourbon notes came on well, not being strong or overpowering, yet they still made their presence known easily. This one also had a suggestion of coconut, which I attribute to the barrel aging. Hopping was light, with the bourbon action lingering well. Solid! Zum Wohl!!
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
06-18-2012 18:06:39 | More by Bierman9
4.08/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
05-31-2012 23:00:47 | More by JTSbeerislife
Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
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