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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 41 | 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:
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(Beer added by: scottyg354 on 12-19-2011)
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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

JTSbeerislife, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Thanks to NoLeafClover44 for the trade!

Great-looking pour: body is a deep chestnut hue with a core of black molasses. The head towers on the pour and retains well, slowly retreating to a fat ring of custard-brown foam. Aroma is very nice, delivering notes of milk chocolate, bourbon barrel, vanilla, and a hint of roasted malts.

The flavor amplifies the roastiness and the chocolate is dark and verging on bitter (in a good way). Dark fruit and bourbon heat chimes in mid-sip, and finishes with a warming alcohol presence. The one major downside to this beer is the body, which is thin and a tad over-carbonated, making the end a touch harsh when the booze takes over. Still, it's a delicious attempt at a barrel-aged imperial stout and probably the best beer I've had from Allentown/Fegley's.

wagenvolks, May 30, 2012
Photo of B33R501
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what took so long to try this it's been on the shelf for couple weeks just kept passing it over finally grabbed the last 4 Pak today and glad I did. Delicious.

Opaque black, tan head, nicely carbonated, looks good in a tulip. Refined aroma, wood, oak, char, burnt, ash, even a little smoke, smoldering fireplace, charcoal. Honestly, thought I wasnt gong to like this after the initial smell did not impress.

However, the taste just pops. All the aroma is present in the flavor, along with beautiful notes of vanilla, caramel, and sweet bourbon. The barrel aging is spot on, the bourbon so refined, perfect. Mouthfeel and drinkability is also perfect, could drink this all day (I did).

Outstanding. Really enjoyed this one, alot beter than I thought it would be.

B33R501, May 29, 2012
Photo of london1o1
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

london1o1, May 24, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

JAHMUR, May 19, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Etan, May 19, 2012
Photo of bhir
4/5  rDev -0.7%

bhir, May 19, 2012
Photo of pschul4
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

pschul4, May 14, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Small bubbles and and traces of lacing.

S- bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla and something else maybe a slight metallic smell?

T- sweet chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and slightly ashy taste.

M- mediums body and carbonation. Slight tingly feel, not real thick or creamy.

O- good BA stout. Mouthfeel is holding this beer back some. Creaminess might add to the flavors.

kawilliams81, May 12, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jpd7374, May 06, 2012
Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev -0.7%

millerbuffoon, May 06, 2012
Photo of Gosox8787
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Centennial. Served chilled from and poured directly into my Kate the Great tulip. Pretty sure this is a 2012 vintage, but I cannot confirm it anywhere on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color with a really nice, beige creamy head. Pretty good retention. Creates a really nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Really big bold vanilla and caramel notes upfront. The bourbon is definitely there and blends pretty nicely. Definitely gives off some sweet chocolate in there too.

Taste: Unlike the aroma that was barrel and sugar forward, I get roasted coffee beans and some dark chocolate more in the taste. There is definitely some vanilla and bourbon tones and the sweetness is tempered pretty nicely by the coffee. Really solid.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Drinks really smooth.

Overall, a really nice surprise and a quality bourbon barrel stout. This definitely exceeded my expectations and is something I would purchase again. Maybe it isn't top tier, but it is damn good.

Gosox8787, May 05, 2012
Photo of JustinMatthew
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

JustinMatthew, May 04, 2012
Photo of let8it8grow
4/5  rDev -0.7%

let8it8grow, May 03, 2012
Photo of ridedatrainmarv
4/5  rDev -0.7%

ridedatrainmarv, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Weyerbacher Cuvee glass. 2012 batch.

A - Pours a thick black liquid with a two finger almond colored head. Head settles to less than one finger, then stays constant. Leaves a great lacing.

S - Rich dark fruits including plum and cherry, black licorice, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and a hint of bourbon aromas. Certainly not the most bourbon or oak forward BA stout by aroma, but the smell is complex and delicious.

T - Starts pretty sweet with maple, vanilla, and raisin. The middle is a little bit bitter with some roasted coffee beans, oak, and a little bit of char. Some bourbon and more sweetness on the finish. No alcohol burn and the aftertaste is of bourbon and burnt wood.

M - I let this one sit a while before I drank it, which probably helped the flavors and hurt the mouthfeel. It was a bit thin with very little carbonation. I wouldn't expect huge carbonation in this style, but it came off a little bit flat. Still, not bad.

O - I enjoyed this one significantly more than the regular version. The highlights are probably the complexity and strength of the aroma and the balance and diversity in the flavor. Mouthfeel wasn't great, but didn't ruin it for me. I will continue to support Fegley's as a local brewer and I appreciate the 12 oz. bottles for the BA Insidious, as opposed to the larger format of the regular version. At $13-14 for a four pack, I will probably get it again and may put a few away for later and see what some age does, although the flavor isn't aggressive, boozey, or abrasive so it probably doesn't need any age. Overall, very good.

NoLeafClover44, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1205th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

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.

FosterJM, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

JohnK17, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.7%

djrn2, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

bsuedekum, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of touchmeimsac
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

touchmeimsac, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of SpillyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

SpillyBeers, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of 57md
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | 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.

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.

57md, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, 2012 batch. Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA at their PtY event on 2/29/12. Poured this into a Pinocchios snifter.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown (almost opaque) color. Initially I got almost a finger of tight bubbled head. But it faded quickly. Definitely see some alcohol feet and there are some lacing trails. Lots of carbonation too, as I can see bubbles on the bottom.

S: I get lots of vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Not getting any char or coffee right away.

T: This might be a tad over carbonated. It kinda takes away from the body and flavor of the beer. It makes it almost thin. I get a little coffee bitterness in the front of the mouth, but nothing overpowering. Then in the middle of the mouth you get those vanilla and dark chocolate notes. But again, the mouth feel is too thin. On the finish, sweet chocolate flavors and some toffee are what I get.

M: Full but thinner than expected. Knocking down a half point due to this.

inlimbo77, Mar 02, 2012
Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
90 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.