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Great Crescent Bourbon's Barrel Stout - Great Crescent Brewery

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Great Crescent Bourbon's Barrel StoutGreat Crescent Bourbon's Barrel Stout

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 17.49%
Wants: 16
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Crescent Brewery visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stout aged in Makers Mark barrels.

(Beer added by: aasher on 01-25-2011)
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Reviews by 1Adam12:
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1Adam12

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty stoked to try a BBA stout out of a can. Poured what looked thick, and black. Really no head on this. The smell was a bit weak. Really no bourbon on the nose. Smells of coffee, malt, vanilla, all of which were pretty light. The taste got better as it warmed. Just a slight bit of bourbon right at the beginning of the sip, disappeared instantly and was followed by bitter chocolate and coffee. Slight bit of vanilla and malt with a bitter finish. Not half bad. I'da liked more bourbon, but I will say that the stout characteristics were not overshadowed by bourbon and were there to be tasted. The mouthfeel was where I'd say I was disappointed. Very thin for a stout. However at 7.5 abv I suppose you'll have that. Overall, Not a bad offering. Love the idea of a BBA stout in a can. Looking forward to trying more beers from Great Crescent.

Edit: Upon drinking my 2nd can, I've found that the barrel is most present at room temperature. Thins up a bit, however the bourbon becomes noticeable and is very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 23:08:22 | More by 1Adam12
More User Reviews:
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barczar

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been in the cellar two years. I heard they're beer wasn't supposed to be sold on shelves due to it not being pasteurized, but I don't know if anybody actually pasteurized their beer, so...

Pours a deep onyx with a lingering, frothy mocha head.

Coffee grounds, tar, cocoa, and soy dominate the initial aroma. That soy overpowers, but a hint of oak and vanilla are present.

Flavor reveals deep cocoa notes, with light roast and a touch of coffee at the base. I get a hint of soy, and dark cherries lie beneath, but then there's that Great Crescent tang that ruins the party.

Body is full, with minimal carbonation and modest alcohol warmth.

The oak and bourbon become evident, but it's definitely not prevalent. If it weren't for that funky tang, this would be a good beer.

Serving type: can

07-11-2014 18:55:57 | More by barczar
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Arherring

Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This can was approximately two years old, (kept cold the entire time).

Poured a deep brownish black with milk chocolate foam that dissipated quickly. Lots of vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, hints of sweetness and wood notes going on in the aroma and the taste. Not too much of the whiskey comes through with the age but everything else has come together in a very seamless way that makes it very drinkable. There is zero boozy alcohol bite to be found anywhere. As the beer warmed the wood notes came through more and more, especially on the finish.

Overall a really nice, very drinkable, beer.

Serving type: can

03-25-2014 19:10:49 | More by Arherring
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From a large can

Pours opaque black, tan head over an inch thick is firm and dissipates very slowly to an eventual film.

Smells of oak, molasses, cocoa, roasted coffee, brown sugar, and licorice.

Smokey oak and brown sugar up front with some bitter roasted coffee and licorice following.

Medium to full body with tingles of carbonation throughout.

A very attractive looking stout with a great aroma, but underwhelms slightly in the taste and body departments. It's just a bit too watery for this style and unless I'm misunderstanding what the name implies, there is less bourbon flavor here than I had assumed there would be. Maybe there isn't supposed to be any and the apostrophe means it's just a barrel stout in honor of someone named Bourbon. At any rate, those gripes aside, it's a pretty fine stout and worth trying.

Serving type: can

01-24-2014 01:36:09 | More by Cylinsier
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz can. Pours jet black with a rich dark mocha head. Frothy ringing leaves some thick coating of lace down the sides. The nose smells of roast and sweetness with coffee, cocoa, vanilla brown sugars and a touch of oak and tartness being present. The taste similar but much more of that tart dark fruit character presents itself. It’s a shame too, as you can get some of that complexity from the nose but it’s mostly trampled over here. Finish is tart and roasty with some lingering oaky dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit lively with the carbonation. Unfortunately, it also seems a little too thin at times as well. It’s too bad that there seems to be an infection taking in hold in this, as it definitely showed some promise but at least it was still fairly drinkable at this point. I liked the novelty of having a BA Stout from a can. I just wish that it had been better.

Serving type: can

01-09-2014 21:30:30 | More by Kegatron
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

poured cold and an oily black from the can to a 10oz hunaphu's snifter with a thin, short lasting tan head that dissipated directly after the pour leaving a thin rim around the edge of the glass

subtle roasty aroma, dark sugars, molasses

light bodied, big carbonation, a bit fizzy on the tongue(?), subtle balanced flavors, nothing sticking out particularly. there's bourbon, but you do have to hunt for it. i'd be interested in a side by side with the straight stout.

drinkable

Serving type: can

10-16-2013 23:41:46 | More by robwestcott
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-29-2013 00:04:11 | More by ADTaber
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bobhits

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Explosive pour, HUGE head, huge body, deep and black.

Slight vanilla notes, marginal oak, dark sugars, coffee, and a hint of sour.

I already want to try this again as I HOPE this can has some issues. A bit sour which can happen from bourbon barrels with certain stouts, but I hope this is a mistake and not their goal. The bourbon barrel isn't strong enough and if these are hops I'm tasting and not an infection it's an interesting beer I guess.

Drinkable and ok for a stout.

I hope to re-review this but it's ok nothing special and not a worthy bourbon barrel.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 11:05:39 | More by bobhits
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craft_shannie

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

04-28-2013 15:17:45 | More by craft_shannie
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Siggy125

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-05-2013 01:48:38 | More by Siggy125
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

01-24-2013 20:32:22 | More by RedneckBeerz
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chippo33

Vermont

1.5/5  rDev -59%

01-13-2013 02:45:31 | More by chippo33
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whendeathsleeps

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-12-2013 23:57:30 | More by whendeathsleeps
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-29-2012 16:24:48 | More by MSandahl23
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23%

12-26-2012 21:19:47 | More by Lukass
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, viscous black, with a dark brown finger or so of rich looking head. Didn't stick around too long, but dissipated to a consistent foamy ring. The aroma is pleasant, with notes of light bourbon, oak and vanilla, with chocolate and plenty of roasty malts. Bit more a stronger bournon note on the taste, mingling with some vanilla and charred wood. Chocolate, roasted coffee and an almost smoky, meaty taste. The mouthfeel is pretty good, a bit thin though, with a creamy texture. Smooth.

IT's quite a nice BA stout. IT's not the most bourbon barrel heavy, but that's okay; it really lets a whole lot of other complexities shine through. Must seek out more!

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 20:09:15 | More by EgadBananas
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour coal black with a sizable mocha head that fades within a minute leaving only slight lacing down the edges.

Aroma is dark chocolate, a little smokiness, vanilla oak and just a hint of bourbon.

More chocolate in the flavor. Smoke component is present, but subdued so I like that. Some vanilla with just a hint of bourbon near the end. Finishes a bit sweet.

Medium bodied. I'd prefer a touch more in a big stout Mild carbonation with a semi-sweet finish.

Nice easier to get (at least in IN) bourbon barrel stout in a can! Can't complain too much about this. Is it one of the best I've ever had? No, but it's something I'd be glad to drink any day and I'll continue to buy it in the future.

Serving type: can

12-07-2012 00:06:43 | More by jmarsh123
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours oil black with about 1/4 inch of roasted toffee colored creamy head and dies down almost as quick leaving nothing but a thin ring and eventually nothing at all.

S - Char, bourbon, oak, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, and light smoke.

T - Starts with some vanilla and oak bourbon with some light smokiness, followed halfway through with bitter chocolate which rides it through for a slight bourbon sweet finish and lingering dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Thin body, semi-sticky on the lips, mild carbonation pricklies gives way to a smooth and dry finish.

O - Solid and I dig the fact it's in a can which is a huge plus. If I have any downsides to this beer, it would be a thicker texture, it's to wimpy and watery on the finish. However, did I mention it's a bourbon stout in a can?? Pretty cool.

Serving type: can

12-05-2012 01:52:21 | More by jzeilinger
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ortie

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

12-05-2012 01:17:51 | More by ortie
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-06-2012 22:53:49 | More by baybum
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

11-01-2012 15:45:46 | More by sendbeer
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dlello2

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

10-06-2012 03:20:05 | More by dlello2
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-10-2012 21:39:36 | More by plumcrazyfx
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brewmee


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-06-2012 04:05:20 | More by brewmee
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dpasotti

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep black color with head like Coca-Cola foam, but much larger. Nutty, biscuity nose with bitter cocoa and roast underneath. Very little bourbon.

Flavor is peanut butter, toasted malt, and delicate bourbon. Not much roasty stout character. Balance is toward the bitter side. None of the smoke that is found in the un-bourboned stout (may be another base beer).

Mouthfeel is too heavy. I expect a hefty creamy body in a stout, but this comes off as slick/sticky. The carbonation is prickly and should probably be lower, although I doubt that would help the overly-thick body. Given this review, the beer's not as bad as it sounds. It is definitely different. The bourbon character is very subdued, which is a nice change from the majority of these beers that taste like watered-down whiskey. At least I can taste the beer here. It's an OK shot at the style, but I won't be buying it again.

Serving type: can

07-18-2012 23:49:23 | More by dpasotti
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Great Crescent Bourbon's Barrel Stout from Great Crescent Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.