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Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Mamba Stout - Aviator Brewing Company

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Aviator Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 12-29-2011)
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1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

twowheelssoar, Aug 15, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

cbwufpack, Oct 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

ADTaber, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

leftover from the Aviator tap takeover last week.

Black body with a caramel head. Smell is just disappointing. Mostly the base beer. Thick oatmeal smell with a lot of roasted barley. Slight piney hop presence, and loads of woody, dry oak.

The smell follows almost too much. I like the base beer. Very light body with a good thick roasted feeling. I like how its light and still very deep and roasty. but thats really it. I get alot of the barrel here. Heavy dry woody oak really dominates, and, when the wood takes a break, I get a medicinal/piney hop presence that I dont want in a BA stout.

Finishes clean and smooth with the oak trying to stay around.

In terms of plain stouts, not bad. In terms of BA stouts, no.

VncentLIFE, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

A nice mahogany brown color out of the bottle, hits into a very dark walnut brown almost black body. Reddish brown around the edges and fairly see through. Head is a very light tan brown color, barely makes half a finger, and slow settles to a thin 2mm light tan collar.

Interesting nose on this. A sense of clean wet character, some hinting fruit in the back. Some char and some cookie dough like sweetness. A hint of barrel charring also, not so much molasses but a pretty solid smelling brew.

Mouthfeel is incredibly seltzery and fizzy. Charring carbon and roast, but with a bitter grainy taste. Lots of lingering roast, but there is no depth. Ashen quality. The flavor profile is just overburdened by this roasting character, and a wet sense that just provides no depth to the palate. There isn't any malt backbone to this it's pure char, with some tolerable grainy character.

Where's the malt sweetness? Where's the chewy oat mouthfeel and cream character? Where's the bourbon character or heck the molasses on this? I like this brew's bouquet a lot, but the palate does not deliver at all. Not a total drain pour, but I need some Barney Flats...

smakawhat, Feb 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

woodchip, May 04, 2014
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Boski, Apr 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

SadMachine, Jan 14, 2014
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BigGingDrinker, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Evan, Oct 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

jak, Sep 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

jal0607, Feb 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

BMart, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of RWLawman
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black with khaki colored head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - Immediately detect the bourbon odor, followed by roasted malts, coffee notes, and a chocolate presence.

T - Follows the nose almost exact. More chocolate than I expected, being that I've had the standard Black Mamba Stout offering on-tap, and didn't remember the prevalence of chocolate. There's a woody note in there, along with the slightest taste of bourbon, and a light alcohol burn on the back.

M - Heavily carbonated, border-lining on too much. There is a distinct fizz in the front, which gives way to a nice thick mouth feel, but I think it would be better if they dialed the carbonation back a bit.

O - I read through some of the previous reviews on this beer, and became a bit skeptical of my decision purchasing it. However, I'm glad I did, as I am actually pretty impressed! This is an enjoyable beer. Far better than the original Black Mamba.

RWLawman, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of KajII
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a murky opaque black with a large (2-3 finger) light tan frothy head that was mostly lasting, reducing slightly to a thick cap which lasted throughout and had good runny lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted cereal malt and a heavy leathery yeast with notes of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a mild odor of bourbon.

The taste was bold and roasty with a nice malty feel and possessed hints of chocolate and molasses from the get go, and then became slightly bitter sweet with a strong coffee note and an alcohol presence that seemed stronger than the ABV that this brew possesses. The flavor lasted quite a long time after the swallow, with an alcohol espresso taste hanging out on the taste buds for a while longer.

Mouthfeel was almost full in body with a creamy, dry texture and a very soft carbonation.

Overall this was a very good rich Stout with a lot of flavor which did not take away from the alcohol taste one bit, making it a very enjoyable and easy brew to drink...


KajII, Jul 13, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Mamba Stout from Aviator Brewing Company
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