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Bourbon Barrel Porter - ShawneeCraft Brewing Company

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Reviews: 15
Hads: 58
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
ShawneeCraft Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CaptinRedBeard on 09-04-2010

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Reviews: 15 | Hads: 58
Photo of 57md
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On a nitro tap.

Appearance is a dark brown with golden edges with little head for a nitro pour. The nose is very mild.

The body is quite thin and the flavor profile is dominated by an oddly sour note. The bourbon is non-existent.

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Photo of Budinetz
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours an inky black color, around 50 SRM, with a khaki colored head that dissipates quickly for an English porter. There is visible lacing around he glass but its quite broken up and chunky, not very characteristic of what the style represents. It smells of sour milk, vanilla bean, sweet malts. Flavor is sour, vanilla bean, dark chocolate. The alcohol is masked by the sourness. I think something went wrong with this vintage. It's possible the barrels that they aged this brew in were compromised, as there should not be a sour flavor in a bourbon barrel aged English Porter. I've seen this happen with other barrel aged beers, but never to a barrel aged porter. I'll definitely try this brew again next year and perhaps a few others as I have heard good things about Shawnee, but this brew was just awful...$24 and I struggled through it the entire time.

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Photo of Paulieblaze
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You can visit bars that have it on tap and its delicous but get it bottled and its just good beer. Nitro changes the taste all day long. I recommend it to anyone who likes bourbon beers.

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Photo of JonathannRobert
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Bourbon, roasted malt, and faint bourbon on the nose. Sweetness of vanilla well balanced by the bourbon. Draft. Will submit separate review of bottle.

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Photo of pinyin
4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

By far the best porter I've ever tried.
It really doesn't get any better than this.
The fact that I tried this fresh out of the keg a few miles from Shawnee may have helped the taste and freshness.

This porter has magnificent coloring and head. We drank it in 10 ounce glasses.
Smell was inviting but not sour or alcoholic laden in any way.
Taste was magnificent. Perfectly balanced, not too strong. Shawnee has a very specific yeast taste to all of their products, but it was tame in this one, perhaps because of the barrel aging process.

I would recommend anyone who is a fan of lighter stouts or porters to check this out, preferably on draft.

My friend who is a huge fan of stouts tried this once and was hooked. He said it was the best beer he'd ever tried in his entire life.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bourbon Barrel Porter pours a black color with a creamy white head. There is a sweet aroma with vanilla and bourbon notes. The taste has some vanilla and bourbon flavors, but overall has a taste like medicine. Flavors are present but are offensive. Overall it tastes like medicine.

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Photo of haazer
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The tap list says 10.5 abv....

A - Darkest brown, nearly black body with a quarter inch latte like cap of head that lasts for some time.

S - Very strong vanilla aroma, almost a vanilla icing. Slightest but of malty ness Nd roast, maybe the faintest bourbon.

T - Vanilla cream icing that you put on a cake for sure. There's a ending bite of bourbon and slight heat you'd expect from it. But the vanilla icing is delicious. The bourbon is actually balancing the sweetness.

M - Medium, smooth bodied porter with mid to low carbonation. Could be a little fuller in the body that would make this richer, but it drinks well as is.

O - A very tasty, balanced porter. The bourbon provides more of a balancing act than adding the bourbon flavor we all know and love. I'm curious to know if this was a vanilla porter or what barrels they used.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap (nitro) at Capone's Restaurant. Kudos for going out and getting this kind on thing.Decent enough nitro beer, big and creamy leaving a lace sheet. Slight coffee aroma. Dark brown. Decent drinkability. The barrel may have rounded out the flavour even more than the nitro. Any bourbon was hidden. Let me try this in the bottle.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black with a light tan head and some lacing

S-coffee, chocolate and bourbon

T-dark roasted malt and coffee, chocolate, and light veil of bourbon, not overly boozy

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy, viscous

O-a tasty Porter with a decent balance and mix of flavors

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Photo of cspompey
4.89/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have tried this beer several times on Nitro Tap and have enjoyed it every time. Beer pours very smooth, mouth feel is light almost creamy. The high ABV is hardly apparrent and the bourbon is subtle. Overall a great beer that I always look for when I am out.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a vase: Half-finger khaki, smooth head. Black body with highlights like maple syrup, heavy lacing.

Smells of nutty malt, mila cocoa, a little bourbon-vanilla note.

Tastes of vanilla, a little dark fruit & milk chocolate with a sharp booze note that smooths out & turns woody, oaky. Overwhelms just a bit, roasty bitterness grows & hangs on through the aftertaste.

Smooth but on the thin side, creamy at the same time.

Not bad, almost out of balance. Would like to try it without the nitro. Booze teeters on unwieldy.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on nitro at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured an opaque brown-black with a creamy tan head; moderate retention, minimal lacing. Aroma of roasty dark malts and a bit of cocoa. Taste of roast and peat mainly, cocoa flavors coming in mid-palate; not much in the way of bourbon, other than a tingly bite in the finish, though at 6.5%ABV (which is what it was listed as at the bar) there wasn't much booze to be had here. Good for the drinkability, but detracted a bit from the overall taste. Pretty smooth, medium body, not very full in mouthfeel or taste, but still pretty decent overall.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking dark brown color with a tan head on top. Nice a creamy looking from the nitro tap. The lacing was sticky like a Guinness. The smell of the beer has some muted roasted aromas that are covered up by the bourbon aromas in there. The taste of the beer is sweet with some hints of vanilla in there and just a touch of the dark malts in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth. Overall this is a good brew, I was very excited to give it a try.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is rather dark amber in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are notes of bourbon in the aroma.
T: Unlike the smell, the bourbon flavors are rather strong, but not overpowering. There are also notes of oak. Overall, there is a good balance among the flavors.
M: The beer feels very smooth on the palate and has just a slight amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: On nitro tap at the brew pub. Pours with a very tight tan one finger head, good lacing and a nice dark brown body.

S: The bourbon comes through right away. Followed by some very nice roasty, malty and nutty scents.

T: The bourbon is up front once again. Backed up by some great nutty, caramel and roasted malt flavors. The bourbon dominates but does not overpower by any means.

M: Very smooth with light carbonation. Perfect.

D: Very good this is a very complex brew, but it goes down like water. Overall, one of the best porters that I have ever had . Well done.

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Bourbon Barrel Porter from ShawneeCraft Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.