Bourbon Stout - Kutztown Tavern

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86
very good

10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kutztown Tavern visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: WesWes on 09-25-2008)
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Reviews by Deerslayer210:
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Delivered to the table it displayed the typical appearance of a stout with an almost opaque deep-brown/black body beneath a densely creamy tan head. Good retention, average lacing.

Bourbon is clear in the aroma, along with some mild dark malt roastiness and deep chocolate in the background.

In the mouth it's creamy-smooth and medium-light in body with a moderate carbonation level.

The flavor is more balanced and rounded than the aroma suggests, and the malt is clearly present. Bourbon still takes its share, but some caramel notes are also present, followed by some bittersweet dark chocolate and mild coffee-like roastiness. What's missing is some oakiness.

Overall it's a pretty decent brew. And for .50 more than a standard pint I think it's worth giving it a shot. Nicely done.

Photo of Rizzy17
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The stout is dark, a blackness that absorbs everything thrown its way. Like every other Golden Avalanche beer, though, this one comes sans head. Seriously, it could pass for a cup of coffee, just a black liquid in a glass.

S: Bourbon? I'll through my vote behind bourbon-soaked chips. The aroma is heavy on vanilla as it attempts to crowd out the stout aromas. Chocolate and burnt malts represent the stout side but do struggle against the vanilla.

T: Again with the vanilla; it is overpoweringly sweet. The stout offers burnt toast, chocolate and a bit of coffee, all flavors dark but not astringent. There is a bourbony blast of booze after the first wave of vanilla passes, a segue that doesn't work as well as it could. The chocolate stout flavors are more prevalent in the latter half of each sip, delivering the roasted strength of the ale. Vanilla is interspersed in the finish, adding sweetness to the robust malts. The other aspects of bourbon, coconut and oak namely, aren't here in sufficient quantities, leading me to my bourbon chips conclusion.

M: The mouthfeel is strong despite not having such a bourbon presence. Plenty of vanilla and roasted flavors hang around though.

D: A little on the strong side, this beer led me to hand over the keys. A decent stout, perhaps better labelled as a vanilla stout.

Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice bourban scent along with some sweet crystal and chocolate malts. The taste is good also. It has a chocolatey flavor that goes down easy and finishes with mild bourban flavor. The bourban is right there, but nothing over the top. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer. I'm not sure what the abv. is, but it seem low enough where I could enjoy a few of these without getting all messed up.

Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 6/4/10 at the brewpub.

The bourbon stout (introduced by the bartender as a seasonal offering) pours a dark brown color with a creamy brown head that has really good powers of retension and leaves a coating of lace all about the glassware. Aroma of this brew includes a strong semi-sweet cocoa powder character with backings of the normal dark grainy sweetness expected from a stout. Also in the nose is a fruity character care of the yeast.

Taste has some yeasty flavors reminiscent of dark skinned fruits and some indication of a smokey quality. Bourbon is noted in the flavor as well which was pretty well hidden in the aroma. Quite thin in the feel with a light level of carbonation. This beer has a lingering flavor of chocolate and dark grain. Little to no hop character.

I really enjoy stout brews. Ones that are of the bourbon sort usually get me pretty excited to try. This particular offering didn't really do it for me. It is clearly a brew different (in the base) from the onyx but overall didn't go much beyond mediocre.

Photo of thain709
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer was served with a black body and one finger, foamy, tan head...the head didn't stick around too long...there was one a ring or two of lacing

S - The nose is loaded with chocolate...I'm talking dark, bittersweet chocolate...I can detect the roasted malts as well...where's the bourbon?

T - Again the chocolate dominates...there is a mild coffee bitterness as well...but the chocolate is present throughout and plays well with the roasted malts...which do give off some sweet caramel...you have to go searching to find the bourbon...it's very subtle (which is good and bad)

M - Medium bodied...a nice, bittersweet finish...a touch of creaminess

D - Here's my take on this one...it was a delicious beer and too me it almost tasted like their Oynx Stout and Olde Brick mixed together...on the other hand it was supposed to be a bourbon stout and you really couldn't detect the bourbon too much...again that's a good thing because I don't like the bourbon/oak flavor in my face but you should have something in there since it's in the name...anywho...a nice beer that I thought I wouldn't like and ended up having two pints while I was there...nice job

Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My final beer on the evening of Saturday Sept 17th.

Ordered this beer just before dessert arrived, as previous reviews put it a little on the sweet side.

Arrived in a Godlen Avalanche pint glass. Appearance was blacker than black with a thin head

Smell was very nice, chocolate and vanilla. Not much aroma of "booze".

Taste was just like the smell, sweet. Didn't get any of the strong alcohol taste you might expect, and had the night been colder, I daresay I would have missed it more.As the pint went on (down) less chocolate, more vanilla.

Mouthful was good, not overly thick. Smooth

Overall, a good beer to end the night on. I would order it again.

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out pretty dark, it could have been a bit blacker I think but is was still not bad looking. The head retention was really nice on this one actually, there was a bit of good lacing too. The smell of the beer gives of some sweet bourbon and chocolate aromas. The taste o the beer is rich with some roasted malts, vanilla and some chocolate mixed in there too. The mouthfeel was smooth, it could have had a little more body to it I think. Overall I enjoyed the flavor of the beer for sure, along with the nose. I feel the appearance and mouthfeel could use some extra attention though.

Bourbon Stout from Kutztown Tavern
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.