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Burning Barrel - Craggie Brewing Company

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Burning Barrel
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Craggie Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: atsprings on 01-19-2011)
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Reviews by atsprings:
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%

On-tap at the Craggie Public House served in a Willis glass a deep not quite opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is brown malts, mild oak and just a hint of chipotle. The taste is a nice blend of dark malts, vanilla, oak and mild chipotle warmth. The beer is on the light side of medium with mild carbonation, and I feel like the heat from the chipotle will be more noticeable as I finish the pint. This is a very interesting and enjoyable beer, one I can certainly see picking up a growler of in the near future.

01-19-2011 22:57:02 | More by atsprings
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Poured from the growler a deep chocolate brown with garnet hue,a very thin wispy beige head atop.Light aromas of some bitter chocolate,light yeasty phenols,and coffe roast.Sweeter molasses flavors at the onset with some unsweetened chocolate,the chipotle comes in the finish and kicks in atthe back of the throat,mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and light to medium.This is a winter seasonal so maybe this growler has lost a little punch but this beer seems to lack some of that mentioned punch in my mind.

04-13-2011 23:54:47 | More by oberon
Photo of glid02


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Growler shared by Paul - thanks!

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder and lighter hints of peppers. As the beer warms slight amounts of vanilla make an appearance but the roasted malt and chocolate aromas dominate.

Tastes better balanced than it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light amounts of vanilla and oak. Midway through the sip the flavors smooth out further with the addition of light chocolate. The peppers come into play near the end of the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending and leaving a bit of heat on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought the peppers were nicely done - not too overpowering. Additionally, the oak chips were nicely integrated. An interesting beer that didn't blow me away but was a nice surprise nonetheless.

03-05-2011 03:21:13 | More by glid02
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

Growler purchased from Bestway in Greensboro on 7/7/12. Poured on 7/9/12.

A - deep, dark brown with a reddish hue; bubbly, fizzy, brownish head that quickly fades away

S - oak, vanilla, brown sugar, alcohol

T - oak, vanilla, alcohol, roasted malts, faint chile powder, faint sweetness, mild bitterness in the finish; there's a very faint heat in the finish

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This has potential but it is way over oaked. The oak is overpowering and doesn't let what is probably a decent porter shine through. The chile is noticeable and adds a light spiciness to the flavor and finish. This would be alright to try once. Unfortunately, I have an entire growler to work through...

07-09-2012 20:42:18 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kegatron


3.83/5  rDev +7%

64 oz growler into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a clear dark ruby in the glass, with a finger of foamy mocha colored head. This retains with a thin foaminess, leaving back spotty lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a sticky smelling mix of mellow bourbon flavors, vanilla, toffee, and cocoa sweetness. Those peppers undercut the other flavors a bit, giving off a light spicy warmth in the nostrils.

The taste has a firm base to it of caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts, with a smooth vanilla smoothness that mingles in, and then light kisses of bourbon flavor throughout. This finishes with warming peppery character, which lingers on the breath for a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft creaminess up front, before laying down more a sharp prickly feel down on the tongue. This does thin out a bit towards the back but the overall feel here isn’t too bad at all.

Well this beer was definitely as advertised and I really like how the flavors worked here, with the chipotle notes complimenting the bourbon and then the vanilla flavors from the oak melding well with that base Porter. While I enjoyed this, I think that one glass was about good for me, as I had two full pints out of the growler and the second was honestly a bit of a struggle. Being new to me, I’ll definitely be checking out some of the other offerings from Craggie Brewing as well.

04-14-2011 16:45:22 | More by Kegatron
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Big thanks goes out to the person who shared this one during the ORF '11 release (if this was you, let me know and I will give you proper credit!)! Served from growler into a sampler snifter. Poured dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, smoked meat, and smoke. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, subtle smoke, and smoked meat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Based on the latest reviews of growlers this one seems to have fallen off sharply upon being growlered. I had this one on-tap awhile back at the brewery and found it to be quite enjoyable. Just didn't have the same feeling on this one in the growler. A lot of the flavors were very light on this one as it almost tasted watered-down in a way. Worth trying for the tick, but that is about it on the growler.

08-16-2011 12:16:21 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Bung


3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

Tap at Craggie. About black pour, finger of off white head. Looks like enough.

Aroma, mix of some belgain fruits and toasted malt. Wet wood.

Some tarter fruit, reds and apple up front. Light roast, malt, chocolates after. Pepper does show up in the throat. Never quite sure what to make of these. Giving it the bump for the intersting nature of it.

Just the light side of medium bodied, carbonation was well done. No alc heat but there from the pepper.

Up there with the stone offerings as the best pepper brew, but that's about it. A one and done I'm afraid.

09-04-2011 02:06:13 | More by Bung
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%

A: Pours a dark mahogany with ruby tint and two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with some sweet chocolate notes. There are some vanilla and faint bourbon aromas in there as well.

T: Some roasted roasted malt and chocolate flavors at first, though surprisingly subtle. Oak and dry bourbon flavors follow with a slight kick from the chillies that leaves a little burn on the throat.

M: Medium body and carbonation, the chillies make this beer feel dry and crisp, which is a bit odd.

O: An interesting, but not all that great beer. I applaud such a new brewery experimenting so much, though the effort was not particularly successful. A thicker body with more roasted malt and bourbon flavors would make this beer much better.

05-25-2011 03:20:31 | More by n2185
Photo of HipHopinHooligan13

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-30-2012 00:00:35 | More by HipHopinHooligan13
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

brown porter emerged from the bottle with a huge billowing four inch head of foam in its wake. Enormous retention left this one hanging back for what seemed like forever, and even after it started to settle,

Started out very sweet, with nice notes of chocolate and sugar running through it. Not at all what I was expecting. Some touches of vanilla and a bit of coffee as well coming through. There was a slight bit of pepper way in the back but it was not dominating by any means.Sweet milk chocolate and sugar a tingle on the tongue, a warming in the throat and a fire in the belly. Subtly the chili comes through, warming you as it goes, but by no means is this too big

11-27-2011 06:20:18 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Attractive beer. Dark brown in color with a massive light tan head with lot's of texture. Good aroma of roasted malts but it's missing the bourbon smell and has a faint chemical aroma that's a bit off. Good overall porter flavors of roasted malts, the chili adds a nice touch with out being too overpowering. Boubon is very faint. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall it's a good beer that could use a bit of refining here and there.

05-30-2011 00:02:15 | More by wcudwight
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-03-2011 23:45:49 | More by tclapper
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

09-28-2012 02:03:56 | More by genogirl
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%

Grabbed this growler in Asheville at Bruisin' Ales

A - dark brown almost black body with a small off white head.

S - A light dark malt aroma, some chocolate notes and a bit of smoke. Some peppery burn I think its noticeable but no hints of bourbon barrel.

T - A bit of a let down.... certainly some woody notes, a bit of a pepper flavor in the finish, smokey. Mostly smoke and char some peppery burn. I dunno I expected more from this

M - medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - Something about this beer just doesn't work for me. i'm not getting the chocolate flavors I love in porters and I'm certainly not getting any bourbon notes. I don't see myself trying this one again.

05-05-2011 01:10:02 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of humbabba

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -16.8%

I wanted to enjoy Burning Barrel Porter more than I am able to. I generally like porters brewed in the Asheville, NC area, and I also generally enjoy Craggie brewing's other offerings.

I poured a glass from a growler I got at an Ingles grocery store. There is very little head, and no lacing that I could see. The color while pouring is a dark brown with some cloudiness. In the glass it is nearly black.

I would describe this offering as starting nearly like you would expect a porter to, but with a thinner mouthfeel and less sweetness. There are the chocolate and coffee notes that you would expect. There is a sensation as if you added to each glass a few drops of something sour and a bittering agent. It does not taste vinegary or lemony, but there is a sour component here.

My philistine pallet is not able to detect chile flavors, but this sourness must be coming from something and I am going to assume it is the barrel chips.

This is definitely not a bad beer, but I would have to say that for local Western North Carolina offerings I would prefer Green Man's porter or Asheville Brewing's Ninja porter.

As a point of curiosity I have noticed in other reviews that people have noticed in their pours a full head and significant lacing. I have to wonder if there might be some inconsistency from batch to batch?

04-02-2012 00:38:42 | More by humbabba
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown (almost black) in color with some reddish brown highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with lighter notes of cocoa, vanilla, toffee, and some very light notes of bourbon and oak.

T: Light flavors of roasted malts with a light amount of toffee sweetness and some cocoa. There are even lighter notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Very slight smokey peppery notes in the finish from the chipotle - just a touch of heat as the beer warms.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: I really wish that the oak, bourbon, and chipotle pepper came through a little more strongly - very nice in concept but the aromas/flavors are just a little too subtle. Enjoyable but not something I would go out of my way to find again.

11-24-2012 01:16:34 | More by dbrauneis
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-09-2011 02:37:10 | More by CGMLS3
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-05-2012 06:35:47 | More by Ryan011235
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

02-16-2012 00:38:03 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of orangesol


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-18-2012 14:57:51 | More by orangesol
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

A-Pours very dark brown, nearly black. There was no head to speak of.

S-Coffee, chocolate, heavily roasted malt, and some smoke.

T-Very smoky, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, with some pepper notes left on the back of the throat. It tasted like a camp fire to be honest. I wasn't that fond of the flavor, but it was complex.

M-About right for the style as it was pretty complex.

D-I couldn't drink more than a pint of this because it was just too smoky for me personally.

Overall, very interesting beer, but just not for me.

05-02-2011 21:11:25 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of zekeman17


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

10-07-2012 21:30:15 | More by zekeman17
Photo of OldTime


4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

06-19-2012 02:42:45 | More by OldTime
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-19-2011 05:35:24 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of Mississipping


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

A: Pours a dark brown that tries to convince me it's actually black.  Gentle highlights appear when held to light.  A small tan head rises and falls quickly, leaving behind minimal lacing on the edges of the glass. 

S: Really nice aroma.  Starts out sweet with some chocolate and toffee with some roasted barley and hops in the background.  Bourbon and chili peppers are very subtle, but are noticeable as it begins to warm.  

T: The taste follows the aroma quite well.  Sweet chocolate, toffee, and vanilla up front with the warm bourbon, roasted barley, and hops in the background.  Excellent balance between the two profiles.  Chilies are not really noticeable in the flavor, but come out stronger than predicted in the throat, creating a nice warmth and a gentle bite. 

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied, which was a bit of a disappointment, but it's still a bit creamy and tingly.  Great transition from sweet to bitter/warm with a nice drying effect and bit in the throat. 

D: This was the first Craggie beer I've had, and I was quite impressed.  Good balance, nice flavors, and an ok feel.  I would have liked a bit more viscosity, but as is, it was still very enjoyable.  

01-09-2012 21:40:48 | More by Mississipping
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Burning Barrel from Craggie Brewing Company
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