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Bourbon Barrel Stout - Odell Brewing Company

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336 Ratings

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 19.13%
Wants: 146
Gots: 100 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Imperial Stout aged in Buffalo Trace and Old Fitzgerald bourbon barrels. 2011 batch was aged in Stranahan's barrels.

(Beer added by: waltonc on 09-12-2009)
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. This beer poured easily, but what little carbonation was there didn't last long. After I got past the lack of carbonation I was excited to get a taste of what looked like black ink.

S. Bourbon from the start, just as expected, followed by a hint of caramel and chocolate.

T. This beer was sweeter than expected and not at all bitter. The Bourbon taste was definitely there in the background, but was not at all overpowering. The Bourbon taste could have killed the malt but it was actually well balanced and quite enjoyable. The alcohol was present, but not overbearing.

M. I expected a lot more here. I was expecting something more like motor oil from the appearance. The mouthfeel didn't really detract from the beer; I just thought there could be more.

D. Overall this was a pretty good beer, not great, but one that I would like to have again perhaps in a 16 or even 12 oz. bottle. If I came across this beer on tap I would definitely have one- maybe even 2...

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 20:21:39 | More by hopstradamus
Photo of BEERchitect


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fascinating Stout that doesn't drink nearly as strong as the stated alcohol or the Double Stout classification.

Bourbon Barrel Stout pours a very dark brown but not black. Very dark but not opaque; maybe a medium haze. Light foam forms a lace on the beer and struggles to retain under the alcohol. Light lacing is evident.

Aromas of strong Columbian coffee and cocoa rounds into a roasty-toasty-nutty maltiness. The barrels give a lot of wood and vinous character instead of straight bourbon (as is with Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout). Fruity with sour cherries, under-rippened berries and green apples add to the complex nose.

Flavors are much the same. Instead of the deep espresso and extreme roast, the beer gives more moderate flavors of coffee and cocoa powder. These down-to-earth flavors allow the bourbon barrel complexities to bounce off in a more vivid and straight-forward way. Still, the vinous wood-aged character allows for a musty, tanin-y, dusty flavor that hints toward Wild Ales. Here the cidery notes and cherries begin to shine.

High carbonation and moderate body allows the body to seemingly evaporate to the mouth, helping the drinkability quite a bit. Well attenuated, the beer leaves little sugars or malt heaviness behind. Medium heat and alcohol also aids in dryness.

This is a Stout that sits somewhere between American Stouts and Imperial Stouts. The barrel aging seems to give wood flavor, light oxidation, and perhaps a few bugs that give the complex vinous notes that might go sour eventually. But for now, the beer shows great complexity and restraint. Thanks Waltonc!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 02:04:34 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of HeroJH


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice treat. Have it with some food, or split that large bottle with a friend on a cold evening. I would imagine this would pare great with desert, like cake... or just some ice cream.

A - Deep black/brown. Big bubbly head. Great lacing.

S - Dark roasted grain. Oak. Bourbon. Coffee.

T - Coffee and Chocolate bitterness. Milk chocolate like smoothness. Sweet bourbon and oak dryness. Deep.

M - Silky like chocolate, but finishes dry like dark chocolate/coffee/oak.

D - Good if you're in the mood for something deep and strong.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 23:48:04 | More by HeroJH
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New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with an orangish tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pretty standard IS aroma; earthy black malts with some chocolate malts to balance along with a mild bourbon barrel nose. The taste is good as well. Again, pretty standard IS fare; warm, roasted, black malt earthiness with a touch of caramel/chocolate sweetness. The barrels provide a fine layer of complexity that does enhance the overall drinkability. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty stout. It's not breaking any new ground, but it's a damn fine beer with excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 21:55:17 | More by WesWes
Photo of katan


4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hello review #500! Going to the cellar to celebrate.

750ml into a goblet - picked up at the brewery for the 2009 GABF.

A - Pours a dark brown to almost black color, with just a few amber highlights. Light head formation, with only a mocha film sticking around. Not very bubbling - indicating light carbonation.

S - Very bourbony nose, rich and sweet, chocolately and vanilla like at times. Very smooth. Caramel is certainly present as well.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, some roasted barley comes through. Bourbon makes an appearance, but not as potent as the smell. Some yeasty notes in the mid-stream, bitterness restrained. Hopping is pretty much non-existent. Finishes with a hit of dark bittersweet chocolate and some coffee notes. Aftertaste really brings the bourbon back around.

M - Thick and creamy, but not as full bodied as the apparent grain bill would suggest. Very clinging. Rolls off the palette easily. Light carbonation bite.

D - Very smooth, deceivingly hidden high ABV. Flavors are well integrated. No doubt just one of these will send you on a long trip - but I would say this is a very drinkable double stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 02:39:45 | More by katan
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3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caged, capped, and corked, this beer is darker than the bottle that houses it. It pours with about a finger's worth of head. A shallow cap stays, with a pool of bubbles coalescing into a single pool in the middle of the pint.

I'm picking up less bourbon on the nose than I have in past barrel-aged beers - I thought so with the cork, and now when sticking my nose in the pint glass. It does though convey a bit of smoke, some sweetness (maybe toasted coconut?) and then bourbon.

The bourbon is most apparent, but measured nicely. It's one of the few I've had that I can say that about, with nice vanilla flavors. No burning bourbon fire, just a sufficient amount that is nicely balanced. Problem is, there isn't much stout in support. I'm getting very little of any indication of stout - might as well just dark beer on the label, because it's not reflective of a stout.

Very light carbonation, fitting with the light bourbon. Nice, and a pleasant surprise, as too many beers are over-carbonated.

This beer is fitting for a cold afternoon, but only if you don't mind missing out on the stout that should accompany the bourbon. Wish there was smoky, malty, toasted character within.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 22:25:25 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of ottovon


4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours out an opaque black, with a tan head.

S: smells a little sweet, like some dark fruit. a hint of roasted malt. not much bourbon in the nose. as it warms i get more bourbon in the nose.

T: taste of bourbon and vanilla. hints of toffee and roasted malt. the bourbon is subtle and not overpowering and allows some of the dark fruit flavors to come through.

M: a medium to thick stout, with medium carbonation. coats the mouth a little bit.

D: i could drink this all night. the alcohol is hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 02:10:20 | More by ottovon
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was accidentally served in a pint glass (it was supposed to be in a 8oz snifter but the waitress was new and I didn't complain)

A: Black and opaque; 1 finger head that is dark tan--it dissipates to a minuscule film but overall there is fairly good retention, especially for the style; lacing is decent for a while but that eventually begins to fade

S: Strong bourbon and alcohol up front; there is a woody quality as well as subtle chocolate malts; not as complex as I would hope; as I continue drinking raisins seem to be present in the aroma

T: Obviously the bourbon is strong up front; it is a bit thinner than I expected; there are nice subtle hop undertones; alcohol is actually very well masked; despite its thinness, it is quite smooth

F:A bit thin for what it is; mouth coat is decent but thinness is wearing

D: Although I'm bothered by the thinness, there is a beautiful warming quality that this beer provides and I appreciate how subtle the alcohol and even bourbon is

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 17:26:10 | More by dbossman
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3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wyoming for sending this lovely bottle to Minnesota.

Pours black. The aroma is malt, & bourbon, but subtle, which is promising. I like my BCS, but it's a little...much.

Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout lays on a different sort of bourbon to the standard experience, because of different barrels or who knows what. The bourbon is pretty subdued, & the whiplash is provided by a hop bite. The bourbon, malts, vanilla, & dry touch of 2x4 come skulking through the black snifter & then Wham! Bitterness right at the end. It's jarring. The juxtaposition threw me off right away, but as it warms a bit, I'm digging it. Hoppy big stouts I love, but in a barrel, new creature to ID. The bourbon comes out more & more as the brew warms too.

Interesting brew, & very good. Points for not being a 'typical' barrel aged stout, if there is such a thing, as the hops lend a whole new sublevel.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:58:02 | More by maximum12
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boy that cork was a bear to get off!

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2+ fingers of caramel colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

Sourmash as soon as the cork is popped along with some dark fruit

T: Dark fruit, Bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate & rum-raisin up front. Sour-mash comes through as this warms, along with oaky vanilla, cherry & many other dark fruits soaked in booze, along with some praline & leafy hops. Finishes dry with charred caramel & bourbon

MF: Fairly thick, dry & smooth

Drinks pretty easy but the but the ABV & style assert themselves as this warms. A nice one to share, I plan on getting a few bottles to cellar to see how time treats this. Right now, I'd say I prefer Schafly's or Boulevards take on this, but not by much ( although they are a few bucks cheaper ). If you like Bourbon, you'll probably love this I was looking for more coffee & chocolate...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 02:40:57 | More by russpowell
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4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black without being oily or heavy with a light brown head.

Very clean nose, which I think sets this one apart. Rich and bourbony with chocolate and coffee. Very well rounded.

The flavor has a fair amount of chocolate, the whiskey flavor comes in about mid-palate with a dry coffeeish finish.

So clean, soft and smooth. Just a wonderful experience for anyone who loves bourbon barrel stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:03:36 | More by brownbeer
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared by fellow BA infestaxion. Thanks Daive! Served in a pint glass in A2 after the P5 release.

A: Finger and a half of a fluffy but pitted, tan head. Hangs around forever and leaves some very nice lacing on the glass. Mostly black with some reddish brown.

S: Lot of sweet caramel, vanilla, chocolate up front. There's some earthy nuttiness competing as well (some hazelnut and amaretto perhaps?). I also detected a slight bit of faint coffee.

T: Big bourbon and woody notes right off the bat. In fact they seem to overpower the finer notes of the stout. The nose is a bit misleading as much of the initial impressions and malty sweetness is MIA. There is plenty of booziness to go around as well.

M: Medium to thick body. More than enough carbonation. In fact a little too much. Overall pretty smooth and creamy.

D: I had about 8-9 oz and it was more than enough for me. I'd have a very hard time taking down a whole bottle of this. The 10.5% ABV is definitely present and becomes very cloying.

Overall a little disappointing considering how well this beer presented itself. I'm finding more and more BA stouts just tend to have a hard time getting the right balance between the Bourbon and Beer. I do think in a year or so this might start improve significantly. If you can, I'd put this one back in the cellar for awhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 03:42:19 | More by heliosphann
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, with a frothy dark tan head.

Loads of oaky vanilla and toasted coconut on the nose, alongside milk chocolate and cocoa. Lots of bourbon character. Surprisingly little roast.

Big and bourbon-y again on the palate. Woody oak, caramel, vanilla, butterscotch. Not much stout character, as the nose hinted at, which is a bit disappointing. Still a very tasty beer, but I prefer a little stout in my stout.

Full bodied but quite soft, and very smooth. Certainly a bourbon-forward bourbon barrel stout, and definitely a beer worth trying if you like bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 00:46:26 | More by wnh
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4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black as night in color. Three fingers of thick, creamy tan head that retains well and leaves plenty of irregular lacing.

4.0 S: Plenty of roasty malts off the top. Bourbon and vanilla woodiness come second. The vanilla is perhaps a bit too strong. I prefer the woody flavor of barrels over the vanilla flavors that eminate. Some roasted barley and toffee sweetness. Touch of alcohol, but only a touch. Good aroma and very good if you are into the vanilla thing.

4.0 T: Roasty malts balanced by sweet crystal malts. Again, a strong vanilla flavor coupled with barrel woodiness and bourbon. A soft fruitiness and an even softer espresso add complexity. Hops lend just enough bitterness to complete the beer and hop flavor is nearly nonexistent. Really great beer if you like vanilla. Otherwise, still a good beer.

5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Gentle smooth carbonation. Quite creamy and ultra smooth. This is as good as it gets.

4.5 D: Though I might technically have to dock this category since I'm not a fan of the vanilla, I'm not going to because it stays just as interesting through the whole experience. When I traded for this, I got two. I'm going to stick the other one in the cellar for a while and see how it turns out a few years into the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 02:54:37 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml caged and corked into Tulip.

A. Poured a big 3 finger tan head. Excellent head retention. Thick lacing. Pure black color.

S. Spiciness from the Bourbon barrels. Roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol. Bourbon is a nice complement. Sweet fruit smell.

T. Roasted malt, chocolate, hint of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, slight underlying sweetness. Very smooth. I did not think the bourbon was as strong or dominant as other bourbon stouts, which I like.

M. Medium-full bodied. Medium/high carbonation. Despite all the flavors going on it has a pretty crisp finish.

D. I was a expecting a great beer, and I was not let down. For an Imperial Stout this is incredibly drinkable. Mouthfeel could be a bit more full. High ABV is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 01:49:02 | More by siradmiralnelson
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4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Loud cork pop after it was really hard to remove. Deep black pour a half inch of cocoa foamy head on top. Dark brown highlights. Aromas of smooth dark malts with cocoa, vanilla and wood. Coffee undertone melds with a sweet bourbon accent. Caramel with a hint of toasted coconut. Very nice.

First sip brings smooth, creamy dark malts with powdered cocoa and caramel swirls. Toasted coconut and vanilla meld with a lovely, yet not overpowering oak and bourbon flavor. Flows down easy. Bourbon is just right and not overwhelming in the least. Super smooth with no trace of 10.5% ABV.

Smooth, not too heavy, easy drinking. A damn fine bourbon stout to be had here from Odell. Would love to have this again sometime as it's just about perfect. Seek this tasty brew out.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 23:30:47 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bottle with a couple of friends on New Years Day.

Poured with a nice light tan colored head. Stayed for a moment, but fell to gravity quite quickly. The beer was a shiny dark brown color and allowed some light in through the edges. Some light lacing remained. You could tell by looking at it, that it was not quite as thick as some other Imperial Stouts.

Aroma was nice and certainly led you to believe this was aged in some bourbon barrels.
Having said that, I mostly smelled chocolate notes from the beer. A touch a woody vanilla as well.

Mostly chocolate sauce notes, some vanilla, light wood tones.. Nice flavor but not the big punch I was expecting. Let's just say I was expecting Dark Chocolate and wound up with Hershey's chocolate syrup. Nothing wrong here, in fact it's good. I was hoping for something more. I will say this, I would have NEVER guessed the ABV was any higher than about 7%. Hid it very well.

The body was just a little too thin for my liking. I think these flavors match better with a thicker mouth feel. The beer was slick and the slightest grain finish as well.

Nicely drinkable, just shy of really special. And certainly not epic. Glad I got to try this, but it's no substitute for a Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 18:03:21 | More by Reagan1984
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United Kingdom (Wales)

2/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into Town Hall chalice.

Pours 1 finger of tan head. Amazing retention with splattered lace left. Color is an oil black.

Aroma: Nice chocolate notes. Subtle bourbon and vanilla notes with fresh grassy hops. Peanut butter and golden delicious apples.

Taste: Blend of vanilla and bourbon. The chocolate and oak hit next. Slight coffee flavors with roasted malts. Again, it tastes like a 2nd graders lunch: peanut butter and red apples.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy. No heat showing at all. Medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little malty/dry, but pretty clean.

Overall, one of the worst -bal aged stouts I have had. I was not so impressed with Odell in this one. It mainly tasted like peanut butter and apples. wtf. It is expensive and I will probably won't grab another bottle. I don't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 18:21:16 | More by mothman
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2 bottles brought back from Arizona, purchased at Papago. Split with a bunch of thirsty Ohio beer geeks in training at our Holiday party!

Around 4 oz Pour leaves a nice black beer with a cappunchino head in my Cantillon snifter. Looks great!

Smell is light bourbon, vanilla, wood. Also getting a lot of stouty and roasty flavors.

Taste is amazing IMO. Read that some people think this is weak sauce but I disagree. Nice coconut and vanilla flavors from the wood fade to reveal a dark base. Not too roasty, just a nice chocolatey imperial stout that is truly showing unique and well defined flavor additions from the barrel. This is really quite good stuff, not everything needs to beat you over the head to prove it was in a barrel.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but just a touch too carbonated.

Drinkability is off the hook. Even without a house full of beer freaks, these bottles would have dissapeared quickly. Many commented this was their favorite beer of the night. A nice offering from a solid brewing operation!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 14:22:09 | More by jampics2
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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You'll find this one best at room temp. and it is better that way on any frigid day, so sip on this & enjoy it.

I am a huge fan of Guinness Extra Stout, and I have to say that Odell Brewing Company has done everything perfect when it came to making/aging this beer.

Only complain is the limited QTY and yeah, it's pricey.


Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 21:35:06 | More by Recordgrooves
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle cracked with a buddy of mine from Washington; from quick notes.

This is probably the weakest bourbon stout I've ever had; thin taste, where's the overpowering semi-sweet chocolate malt and the smokey vanilla from the bourbon? Compared to beers in general, it's really quite good. Compared to other (better) beers of the style, this comes in dead last.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 23:47:51 | More by SamN
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4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.


Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonation, awesome two-finger creamy tan head, which settles down to a very nice one-finger thick creamy tan head. The nose is malty, with lots of very nice bourbon notes, nice chocolate/toffee scent, with some dark fruits. The taste is very nice, malty, sweet, with a very nice touch of bourbon, chocolate/toffee notes mixed in very well, picking up some dark fruits. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, a very complex brew. Very drinkable, this one is a joy to drink. Thanks Chuck!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 22:06:44 | More by Wasatch
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this the night before thanksgiving with a good friend. Poured into two snifters.

A: Pours a very dark brown, with a good amount of head sitting on top. The head was slightly tan and the retention was very good. Also some legs are left behind when swirling and there was only a minor amount of lace.

S: At first it was very chocolaty and bready, with an almost sour note. As it started to warm more of the barrel came through provide a nice wood and bourbon note. The vanilla was mild and lots of roastines came through as well.

T: While there was lots og sweetness, I found that it had a bit more bitterness and roastiness to balance it out, which I prefer in a BA stout. The wood provides a bit of earthiness and the bourbon is rather smooth

M: It was much lighter than I like for a stout. Not a ton of booze, and it was rather smooth but the light body was disappointing

D: I could have finished a bomber myself but am glad that I share with someone else and would be willing to try this again in the future

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 00:40:46 | More by mikey711
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolate brown that sits almost black in the glass but is not completely opaque black by any means. There is a surprisingly big (for a BA stout) fluffy tan head that shows very good retention and a ton of lacing.

The aroma is very much imperial stout with the bourbon only playing a complementary role. The dominant aromas are dark roasted malts and bakers chocolate. There is just as much wood in the nose as the sweet bourbon, though they're both present.

The taste has a bit more sweetness than the aroma with vanilla joining the chocolate with the roasted character not coming out nearly as much. The finish is slightly sweet with a bourbon burn but also has a definite dryness from the wood.

The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I'd like in the style with soft carbonation. This slightly lighter mouthfeel makes it extremely drinkable however and this one goes down as easily as any bourbon stout I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 03:46:48 | More by gford217
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with trep & friends at a Thanksgiving beer tasting. Thanks to bonsreeb85 for the trade!

Pours somewhat thin for an imperial stout, much like Odell's non-bourbon version, but the pitch black body is unmistakably true to the style. A sizable tuft of light tan head slowly settles to a cap of foam that leaves some nice rings of lacing along the inside of the glass. Good notes of cedar wood planks and hints of dark chocolate in the nose, but the bourbon-aging left me relatively unimpressed. Hints of coffee and dark fruits alongside an earthy hop presence.

The flavor matched the aroma well, but brought more dark chocolate and dried fruits such as raisin, fig, and cherry. Hints of vanilla and wood chips, but the alcohol is (a little too) well-hidden and not as flavorful as I had hoped. Mouthfeel is on the over-carbonated side of the spectrum for the style, giving this imperial stout more of a porter-like feel to its medium-thick body. Still, for a plus-10% ABV beer, Odell's Bourbon Barrel Stout drank quite easily and was tasty enough for me to want more than just the 750ml bottle. A slight let-down for me given the brewery's track record, but a good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:53:57 | More by wagenvolks
Bourbon Barrel Stout from Odell Brewing Company
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