Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works

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90
outstanding

240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 20
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 corby112
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of fiedler84
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of egrace84
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jhartley
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of baybum
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of zillo043068
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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!

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.

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.

Photo of london1o1
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ridedatrainmarv
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.