Bourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout - Sebago Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout StoutBourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-12-2009

We aged our stout in four freshly emptied charred oak bourbon barrels for over four months. Next we carefully blended it with fresh stout to balance the character of the barrel with the boldly familiar flavor of Lake Trout Stout.
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Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy dark brown, not what I’d expect for a stout, let alone one barrel-aged. Aroma doesn’t entice, on the lighter spectrum and especially not bourbon-y enough. Taste overly sweet more than with a thin body. Not one I’d have again, or seek out.

*Note: from reading the description I realize that perhaps this was exactly the way the beer should have tasted—not a big boozy imperial stout, but an everyday drinker that had some time in charred barrels. Still not excited about it but it would be worth revisiting—perhaps side by side with the regular release.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown, near black, beer with a thick cocoa-colored head that dissipated fairly quickly. A mostly chocolate aroma, a little vanilla, as well as some charcoal. Chocolate flavor, late coffee, later still a bourbon smokiness. This was a smooth beer with subtle barrel notes. Similar, but so different from their regular stout.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a bomber. i love the label.

The beer is black with a large initial head it is tan and delicate full of small bubbles. As the head dissipates a thick amount clings the the glasses edge.

The aroma is very nice. The bourbon is not overpowering. The smell starts with a sweet malt. The roasted malts and the bourbon aroma enter together leaving a pleasant mix rather then just bourbon.

The taste is nice, I must remind myself this isnt an imperial stout. it is full of flavor. The taste starts sweet with a vanilla character from the bourbon. The oak flavors enter after and if you let it linger the roasted flavors. My wife notes that she likes the fact that it tastes like a stout with bourbon flavors and not like bourbon with a stout flavors like many others seem to.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a nice tan head. The aroma is oak with some roasted malt. The flavor is tobacco, leather, oak, burnt malt, ash, roasted malt and a little bit of bourbon. The beer has a lot of barrel-aged characteristics but most of it is from the barrel itself, not the bourbon that was in the barrel. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of heavy roasted malts with large amounts of plastic-like aromas. Also present are small amounts of harsh oak.

Tastes a little better than it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of oak and hints of lighter vanilla. Midway through the sip the flavor profile segues into charred malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate. The plastic influence from the aroma works its way in near the end of the sip before fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass alright however I’m not sure about another.

Overall the smell was by far the most off-putting thing about this beer but once it made its way down my gullet it improved a bit. Still, a beer that’s not worth seeking.

Photo of pwoods
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to DividedAvery for the bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a chalice.

A: Pours just about pitch black with no light shining through. Moderate head on the pour with some retention and only a bit of lacing.

S: Subtle roast with caramel and toffee aromas. Some sweetness as well. More porter like. Not really any bourbon and only slight barrel aromas.

T/M: The roast is much more pronounced with some chalky char notes as well. The caramel and toffee are dialed down a bit but the malty sweetness, although lighter in the flavor, still remind me of a porter. There is a bit of bourbon, and maybe a touch more barrel than in the nose, but still very subtle. The body is medium full at most with about average carbonation.

D: The description says they barrel aged and then blended back... not sure why as the bourbon and the barrel character is lacking. I understand balance, but the bourbon/barrel is nearly not there and even at 5.8% it could have handled more. A decent beer but nothing to rave about and certainly not worth the $10 price tag.

Photo of 05Harley
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/8/11

Purchased @ Johnsons Market Place, New Durham NH

Price - $8.99/bomber

Pours near black with a one inch off white creamy head. Above average retention and nice legs. fresh look of foam even after five minutes a thick sheen is visible.

The nose is inviting if your familiar with the scent of bourbon. For me though the beer itself should shed some qualities of its own. Chocolate and coffee hide in the shadows adding to it's authentic qualities.

The flavor begins and pretty much ends with a vanilla and bourbon adventure.

Mouthfeel is thin to at best medium, but come on it's 5.8% and at this low octane level I think it rocks. Light carbonation.

Overall I won't lie, this is much better than the regular version. At under 6% the ingredients here with a little bourbon barrel influence pays plenty dividends on both tastebuds and score. I dig it. Having said that you probably could do the same for many other beers but here it really works well. This may be one of my favorite under 6% local beers. Good job!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light vanilla and lactose with notes of roasted malt. Taste is also a nice mix between some lactose heavy roasted malt with light touch of vanilla, bourbon is not a key player for this beer. Body is quite full with creamy body and medium carbonation. Very well brewed and something I would love to have again thought bourbon could have been a bit more pronounced.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the sebago collection I recieved from my good friend Matt up north. Decided to do the vertical/horizontal/ whatever it is of all of them. Poured into a pint glass,lol.

Rich and completely black with a huge towering head on the top that would not quit. Spilling over the sides it left everything just completely soaked and sticky with a thin chocolate covered film. A wonderful mess indeed. Rich notes of bourbon and Vanilla welcome you in on this one and play off each other nicely. Warming lets a touch of the chocolate underneath peak its head up but not as much as I would have liked, still, very nice. As I take a sip, it crashes over the palate. Richness that is well served to say the least. Creamy and full bodied the deep chocolate and roasted malts interact with vanilla and a leather and tobacco note making it all so smooth and full that it was absurd. Enormous flavor here that was simply hard to withstand. I really could have just sat there with a glass of this all day, it seemed to really come together quite well.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the 480 bottles Sebago has produced, bought at RSVP while they still had 'em.

Pours a dark brown/blackish color with a decent sized head, fades at a decent rate and leaves some patchy lacing along the glass as it empties into my belly.

Smell has a huge roasted malt character with touches of coffee and chocolate, the bourbon isn't incredibly powerful and is there just to add a bit of complexity, it's good to see a beer not overly barreled.

Taste is pretty much all roasted malt with a bitter coffee aftertaste, assertive carbonation but too much, thickness and creaminess isn't as heavy as other stouts so it can feel a tad thin at times.

Surprisingly, I think this tastes just as good in bottle form as it was on-tap. It's good to see Sebago branching out from their safety zone with more barrel aging projects and different styles. Can't wait to get their next limited bottle offering (barleywine).

Photo of oline73
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown color with a half finger of creamy, off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: I'm getting a strong roast presence with some mild dark fruit notes, but overall the smell is rather mild and not too interesting.

Taste: Just like the smell, the roast completely dominates the taste. There is a hint of bourbon along with some dark fruit in the background. The finish is quite bitter from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is rather thin with fairly aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I think this one would have benefitted from a slightly higher abv or a slightly lower amount of roast. Not enough balance.

Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a short sized and medium bodied tan colored head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, chocolate, coffee aromas, darker roasted malts, some bourbon aromas mixed in as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon with hints of vanilla. Really nice mix of the flavors so no one is overpowering the others.
M: Smooth, rich, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, really enticing beer that looks as good as it smells and smells as good as it tastes.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.37/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Pours black. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Below average retention, but plentiful lacing.

4.5 S: A lot of chocolate in this one. Mixture of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate. Oak, a decent amount of vanillins, and a light complementary bourbon component. As this warms up, it keeps smelling better and better. Roastiness is secondary to the chocolate as is molasses and caramel.

1.5 T: Now I remember why I hated this at a tasting. This tastes nothing like the nose and for the most part, tastes like nothing. No chocolate, no sweetness at all, and very little roastiness (but there is some charred wood). This tastes like severly watered down bourbon. Really, this is bad. Did you ever pour a soft drink into a glass full of ice, forget about it for a while, and then drink the watered down soft drink. This is about as satisfying as that.

1.5 M: Light body. A bit too much carbonation. Not quite smooth considering the light astringent aftertaste.

1.5 D: This sucks.

Photo of macmaster761
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sebago Lake trout Stout bought at tully's in wells me.

Appearance - Jet black with no light coming through, creamy white nougat colored head that puffs up real nice and dies down to a ring. Incredible lacing.

Smell - Coffee, roasted malts, subtle fruity tones

Taste - Lots of coffee, not as much bourbon as expected, very subtle and laid back. Huge Cocoa liquor (bakers chocolate) flavors, bittersweet chocolate Tastes more like a dry stout than a bourbon barrelled stout. No alchohol burn or flavors to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Very nice actually, much thinner than a lot of the bourbon barrelled stouts that I've tasted. Perfect carbonation for this stout and HIGHLY drinkable, almost as if I want to make it sessionable.

Overall solid stout, not a fantastic representation of the bourbon barrel aged process but absolutely solid beer overall. My closest beer comparison to this beer would be the Imperial Stout Trooper in terms of taste and mouthfeel. I'm glad I bought 5 of these, and now i'm debating whether to trade any of them.

Photo of Casey10
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is great with a couple of months on it so smooth and tasty. I wish the whole Sebago beers would be tied up and rated as one as the same beers are geeting rated for the different facilities but are one and the same.

Anyway putting that aside this is a nice chocolately stout very nice with a smooth taste most likely around 8-9% ABV so for a BBA beer not a bad one at all.

I recommed this and if Sebago or BA can clean up the ratings for this even better.

Photo of GbVDave
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark, cola-brown color with a creamy dark tan layer of foam on top. Retention was excellent and the lace left behind was very attractive.

S: Aromas of fudge and dark chocolate as well as some campfire, milk chocolate, and charred oak. Bourbon is very slight.

T: Exactly as above with the addition of some sweet dark fruit and fresh espresso. Once again, the bourbon is pretty restrained.

M: Kind of thin, but, it thickens slightly as it warms. Bitter, dry, and charred.

D: A good effort, but, I was hoping for more bourbon barrel flavor out of this. I'd like another go at this...

Photo of alcstradamus
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a 3 finger head and good lacing. The aroma is heavy on charred oak and cocoa. Some booziness, floral hops, and vanilla as well. Pretty nice.

The flavor doesn't have the complexity or flavor profile that the nose promised. It ends up being a bit empty tasting really. Mostly watered down charred oak. Not really getting any bourbon barrel qualities at all other than the wood.

The body is on the low side of medium and carbonation is maybe a touch high. Overall this beer just kind of falls flat. It doesn't taste bad at all, but there isn't much in terms of redeeming qualities either. The aroma was definitely the high point.

Photo of dciBA
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at the south portland brewpub. poured a very dark brown or black, depending on the light. Just a very thin head. Chocolate, coffee, and a nice amount of bourbon give this a pleasant, almost bailys-ish smell.

I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a perfect amount of bourbon. In my opinion they nailed the bourbon level on this one. It really adds a nice complexity to the flavor rather than dominating it. Solid but not too heavy body/mouthfeel and an average alcohol level make this a very tasty, very drinkable stout. Nice job Sebago.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$5 for a big boy glass at Mikro, Hamden CT

Dark brown with a pillowy cocoa colored head. My first glass had sub-par retention and little lace and my second glass had impeccable retention with near obscene amounts of lace. Odd.

Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate syrup and char. Huge aromatics for a 6% stout.

Just like the aroma, a 6% abv belies a tremendous amount of flavor. Barrel char, vanilla, roasted malt aplenty and a few brown ale-ish fruity esters. Mouthfeel could be thicker but for 6% I'll give it pass.

I hear tell this is the best Sebago has to offer. I've had a few different Sebago offerings in my day and so far I'll back that up.

Photo of twelvsies
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim on a cold rainy day, trying a little of the local flavor. This beer pours with a lot of carbonation - almost too much - an absolutely massive head barreling over the top of the glass a la snow-cone. Brown/black transparent. Charred aroma, bitter chocolate, malty. Supple and chocolaty taste to this one, subtle vanilla and plenty of roasted malt, and a nice whisp of smoke in the finish. The only thing I'm finding a bit lacking here is the body, it's just a little thin in the mouthfeel for the style. I feel like a thicker body would help to gel all the flavors, instead it spreads a bit thin. Not that every stout has to be a sludgy beast, but with "Barrel Aged" on the label I was looking for another dimension or intangible that I just didn't find here. But, as is this beer is really tasty and more "sessionable" if you will than most barreled stouts. Nice flavors, balanced. Pretty good.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appears to have a beautiful dark brown body with a half-point off for a ridiculously oversized, even cakelike, tan head. I started to wonder if there was a bit of an infection, but it seems to be OK, judging by the ...

...smell is mild but nice. Cocoa powder and bitter chocolate stand out. Not a big bourbon contribution at all. Although, there is a bit of...

...flavor from the barrel. Some oak and a little vanilla from the bourbon. The chocolate bitterness shows up again, but not much at all of dark fruits or molasses, or anything much more intense. Not too surprising judging by the ABV. Still, it's a smooth, tasty and modest brew, that description extends even to the...

...mouthfeel, which is thin and generally medium. No thickness, oilyness, toothstrippiness or other "extreme" adjectives, but...

...overall a decent, well-made and drinkable american stout. barrel-aging adds very little here, but it is certainly not over done. Enjoyable.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dan for opening up this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near black with a very thin head and a bit of a collar. The nose has some faint bourbon and a bit of chocolate plus mild roast. Flavor is a bit watery and really light. Mouthfeel is very light with low carbonation. Very watery. Good character but far too mild.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker colored almost 1 finger head that fades slowly with a rich lacing over pitch black thicker beer.

Nose brings lots of darker malts, plenty of chocolate, choc malt, dark and baker's choc, bit of creamy milk chocolate, hints of roast and coffee, caramel, bit of vanilla, a light but present bourbon and some light buttery oak barrel aromas, light oats, and hint of sweet boozy malts, and even a smidge of light fluffy nougat.

Taste starts with some dry stout flavors, pretty dry for what I was expecting, almost like a dry irish stout, a bit creamy malt though with hint of oats, some light roast, more chocolate but much less so this time with little milk chocolate and hint of baker's, a light sawdust like flavor too with very little actual oak or barrel (at first but more to come), and the slightest hint of bourbon. There's also a strange fruity flavor that doesn't fit well, but I can't put my finger on what it really is... the more I try to pick it out its starting to seem like a sweet agave nectar or something. Slight woody esters and a bit of booze start to come through, the wood starts to really come through but in a more unpleasant raw barrel taste like licking an old wooden shelf. A fair amount of bitterness and hints of earthy hops.A hint of smoke is in there but hard to detect. Finishes a bit boozy, sticky around the mouth, still fairly dry, a bit more bitter as well with some spicy and earthy hops coming out a bit. No barrel or bourbon on the finish at all, and very little of the dark malts left.

Mouth is heavier bodied, decent carbonation for the style, a bit of booze but not too heavy.

Overall not bad, the nose started great but faded a bit as it warmed, the taste wasn't bad, just wasn't great. Malts were there but not as big as they could have been, and the bourbon and oak added very little except some sawdust which wasn't that nice. Booze was there but not heavy but no idea what abv is anyways.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a cellar temp bottle of this brew poured into a snifter. The beer pours a cola brown hue with creamy tan edge layer. Aroma is roasted malt and brown sugar mixing with a heavy dose of bourbon and some dry wooden notes. Pretty complex nose for this brew.
First sip reveals mild spacious carbonation and sillky smooth texture with average body. Flavor is sweet brown sugar and bourbon with some dry roasted malt notes on the finish. There is no booze hit anywhere which makes sense with a lower ABV brew even though the bourbon notes make me anticipate a little heat. I dont get any real hop profile on this brew and find it a very easy drinker for malt lovers. Complex while not being in your face robust, that equals well crafted in my book!

Photo of NorthsideFred
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date on the bottle (that I see), but I've cellared it for a little over a year.

A: Pours jet black, but way too much foam. I had to stop three times to let the foam fade.

S: Not bad. Bourbon and smoke dominate.

T: Foam detracts from the experience. Tastes good, not great. Starts chocolatey, then bourbon, finishes with the smoke.

M: Way too much carbonation. Even after fighting through the foam there is still a ton of carbonation. I can hear/feel it fizzing in my mouth.

O: Not bad, but not great. I'd like to try it again. Maybe my bottle was a bit off from the norm for this beer.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Lake Trout Stout from Sebago Brewing Company
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