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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works

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90
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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 21
Gots: 51 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottyg354 on 12-19-2011

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Ratings: 260 | Reviews: 53
Photo of Number3red
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of russwbeck
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
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

Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ghostwalker
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of DaveHack
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of yamar68
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Shnanign
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of damngoode
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of egrace84
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
90 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.